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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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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

0 1 hour ago

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
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
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

1 Aug 28
Reply by Bill Hendrickson

Ditto/close up of floor covering

Here is a close up detail. The flooring looks like some sort of early plastic material Kilted Tailor

Started by Mr. Charles ANTHONY

0 Aug 27

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

0 Aug 27

What has your spouse screwed up?

Time to come clean! We're collecting stories for a new column in Old-House Journal, and we want to know if there's anything your better hal…

Started by Clare Alexander

6 May 1
Reply by James Olson

What style does one call a new old house?

Whenever a Long Islander thinks "Victorian", there's a good chance a design similar to any one of the first three "Victorian" houses a…

Started by James Olson

0 Apr 23

What's the worst thing a contractor has done to your house?

We're looking for homeowner horror stories for the June issue of Old House Journal—specifically about contractors gone awry. Share your tal…

Started by Clare Alexander

11 Apr 19
Reply by James Olson

Identifying Chairs

We're trying to get an idea of what type of seat and  upholstery this side chair may have had.  If the original is something we like we'll…

Started by James Olson

0 Apr 11

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