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Test Your Knowledge
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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 knowledge on old house styles. It's short and fun. Give it a try!…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 6, 2016.

Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors
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Hi everyone!Here's a great how-to article that's in our May issue of Old House Journal. If refreshing your wood floor is on your spring to-do list, you might find it useful!Finishing Basics for…Continue

Tags: stain, finishing, floors, wood, woodwork

Started this discussion. Last reply by StoneHouseGuy Jul 13, 2016.

 

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Quick Energy Fixes

Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.By Mary Ellen Polson…See More
Nov 2, 2016
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Nov 2, 2016
Lair Tienter replied to Emily O'Brien's discussion Test Your Knowledge
"I got them all right so it must be too easy."
Sep 6, 2016
caseypratt replied to Emily O'Brien's discussion Test Your Knowledge
"got 8/8, naturally. Make a harder quiz. ;)"
Sep 6, 2016
Emily O'Brien posted a blog post

DOWN THE CELLAR

Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out. By Mary Ellen PolsonBasements in older homes are desirable and undesirable in roughly equal measure. On one…See More
Aug 24, 2016
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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 knowledge on old house styles. It's short and fun. Give it a try!http://www.oldhouseonline.com/test-your-knowledge/Best,Emily (Old House Journal production editor)See More
Aug 12, 2016
StoneHouseGuy replied to Emily O'Brien's discussion Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors
"well, Shellac is good, too"
Jul 13, 2016
Matt replied to Emily O'Brien's discussion Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors
"Thx a lot."
Jul 13, 2016
Emily O'Brien left a comment for Kory Krofft
"Sorry, everyone. Mr. Frank's membership has been revoked. Best, Emily (OHO Production Editor)"
Jun 20, 2016
Randall Marder replied to Emily O'Brien's discussion Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors
"the main thing to avoid damaging your patina and wood grain, never use waterbased finishes only true oil base finishes.  Yours Randall www.rmdesignconst.com"
May 2, 2016
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Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors

Hi everyone!Here's a great how-to article that's in our May issue of Old House Journal. If refreshing your wood floor is on your spring to-do list, you might find it useful!Finishing Basics for Woodwork & FloorsOld-growth wood trim and flooring may last practically forever, but finishes are ephemeral. They need refreshing when they begin to look worn and dirty.…See More
Apr 28, 2016

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Production Editor - Old House Journal, New Old House and Early Homes magazines
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I've owned 2 old houses. Love them!
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Emily O'Brien's Blog

True Vintage Style

The 1970s kitchen was garish before we got serious about restoration.

By Rosalie Wampler and Michael Gill | Photos by Blackstone Edge Studios

We tried to make the best of a really…

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Posted on March 7, 2017 at 12:13pm

Kitchen & Bath Renovations with a Budget in Mind

Before you start demolishing the room, have a master plan—and decide where you will save or splurge.

By Patricia Poore

A few good decisions, made early, just might buy you that art…

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Posted on December 15, 2016 at 2:31pm

Stuff Nature Screwed Up

“Not long after we moved into our 1791 stone farmhouse, we realized we were not alone. A steady hum was coming from deep within our velvet-green living-room walls. Turned out, bees were living in there—thousands of them! We’ve managed to coexist for years. But now they’ve…

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Posted on December 15, 2016 at 2:00pm

Hot Water, Cool Savings

Almost every type of water heater now offers improved efficiency—even that dinosaur, the storage-tank heater.

By Mary Ellen Polson



Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.

Panels for solar water heaters usually have a smaller footprint than those for overall heating.…

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Posted on November 2, 2016 at 12:07pm

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