May 2009 Blog Posts (10)

mansard roof repair

i have a 1886 Victorian with a third floor mansard roof. In our efforts to insulate with icynene spray foam we found that the bottom portion of the roof soffit was rotting due to water damage. I understand the cost to reline the "gulley" with copper is expensive. does anyone have any suggestions on how to remodel the roof so that there is no "gulley" ?

Added by victoria c. on May 27, 2009 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Improve the performance of Victorian era windows

John,
My wife and I have been having a tug of war over the issue of replacing or improving Victorian era windows. After reading a few articals she has provided me, she has my ear. My problem is that the windows in my 1897 Queen Ann Victorian are a real challenge. I have to agree with my wife's position that the old glass is too attractive to loose. But the heat is too expensive to loose too. So tell me, how can I have my cake and heat it too?

Sincerely,
Phil

Added by Philip T Dunwoody on May 24, 2009 at 11:12pm — 5 Comments

painting exterior Folk Vic.? (pictures are posted of house in my journal)

Hello. My fiance and I recently purchased a home in Ohio. We very much appreciate historic, Victorian homes. After exhausting many realtors and after an estimated 50 something showings attended all over Ohio of these type of homes; we finally fell in love with one that didn't have the tiled fireplaces covered or removed, the back staircase hadn't been ripped out, and the pocket doors and all wood work were still in beautiful tact. The historic interior element that we had been longing for was… Continue

Added by Melissa and Danny on May 24, 2009 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

shutter hardware reconditioning, more help needed

I am reconditioning shutter hardware from a 1919 farmhouse. Once I have removed the caked-on paint, can I reuse ones that are rusted? Can you suggest a paint to make them all look uniform, both for rusted and non rusted? Thanks for previous responses!

Added by Elizabeth Azerad on May 17, 2009 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

Old Windows

Can anyone tell me anything about this style of window? These windows are featured in several different achitectural styles of homes around my City. The age of the homes range from around 1905 to 1910. Thank you. Deborah

Added by Deborah Jackson on May 16, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Copper downspouts

Can anybody offer info on copper downspouts? How long should the seam on the back side last? Is necessary to repair these beauties on a yearly basis? I had mine installed six years ago and they are now splitting open. Is this normal?

Added by Susan Scofield on May 16, 2009 at 5:17pm — 2 Comments

Paint removal from shutter hardware

HI,
We are painting our 1919 farmhouse and have removed over 200 shutters for temporary storage until we can recondition them. I have pounds of the shutter's hanging hardware, all with much caked-on paint. Any tips for removing the paint? I would like to reuse the majority which are in good condition.

Added by Elizabeth Azerad on May 15, 2009 at 5:47pm — 2 Comments

Help Installing A Vintage Wall-Hung Toilet

We have a 1930s vintage wall-hung toilet that we want to install. I can't find any how-to info on the web -- does anyone know where I can get instructions on how to do the installation? Thanks

Added by Chris Gagnon on May 12, 2009 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

Replacement windows

What would be the appropriate replacement windows for an 1823 farmhouse? 84" tall

Added by Cliff Avant on May 2, 2009 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Why Save Historic Wood Windows Presentation

Historic Shed recently made a presentation entitled "Why Save Your Historic Wood Windows" at the historic Shuffleboard Courts in St. Petersburg, FL along with City of St. Petersburg Historic Preservation Planner Aimee Angel and window restoration contractor Steve Quillian. Below is the PowerPoint presentation that we used as an outline for our presentation.…



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Added by Jo-Anne Peck on May 1, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments

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