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How should I finish the wide-plank, unfinished wood floor in my attic?

Should I use polyurethane? If so, should I stain first (I'd like a dark, reddish - yellow finish similar to the other floors in the house)?…

Started by Kathy KeenLatest Reply

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Sandbox in the attic?

I am a building consultant in New England, and have worked on a few late 1800's/early 1900's buildings and found a 2' by 2' square box (mad…

Started by Alison Keay

7 Oct 6
Reply by KatieM

Test Your Knowledge

Hi there- In case you haven't seen this floating around social media, I thought I'd post it here. It's our latest quiz to test your knowled…

Started by Emily O'Brien

2 Sep 6
Reply by Lair Tienter

Hanging oil lamp is stuck

Can anyone tell me how to unstick a hanging oil lamp? Picked up a really nice hanging kerosene lamp all original, but it won't pull down. T…

Started by psychochix

2 Aug 5
Reply by Franz

Roofing a part of my house that can't be seen from my yard or the street

The project is nearly done now.  As you can see in some of the early pictures, the inability for previous owners to see it led to a very ba…

Started by Phil

0 Dec 13, 2015

Random Thoughts about Old Houses For Sale

- Why do so many old houses, especially those most in need of saving, have to be in places I'd never want to live?  Why can't more be in ME…

Started by James Olson

6 Jul 21, 2015
Reply by James Olson

Designer Craftsman & Historic Home Show

Events Announcement: I just received an email from AIM Home Group, the publishers of 'Old House Journal', 'New Old House', and 'Period Home…

Started by James Olson

4 Feb 23, 2015
Reply by James Olson

In The Garden

OHJ occasionally covers issues regarding gardens so, I guess, it could be mentioned here, too. For the first year or so living at our curre…

Started by James Olson

3 Feb 16, 2015
Reply by James Olson

Stair Safety Question/ Historick House

Readers; Here is a safety question for those, 'in the know'.. I have an 1860 house which will be rented, again, soon. Since it is not 05 mi…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

2 Nov 1, 2014
Reply by James Olson

House Contruction dates on the house

Readers; Following an early 19th century custom, I stenciled the date '1860' to the front boards of the top of the porch, just over the ste…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

4 Sep 6, 2014
Reply by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

What Year this Floor Covering?

Here is one for the flooring experts(& the Moderators, if this is in the wrong spot, please move.) I was takeing up the circa 1970 plyw…

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

3 Sep 5, 2014
Reply by James Olson

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