October 2009 Blog Posts (14)

1920's school house roof repair

The roof on my school house is possibily original. The roof has a shallow pitch and is very nearly flat at one end.

It is a pretty heavy guage metal with a thin fibrous tarpaper over the metal. A couple of years ago the whole roof was silver coated.

There have been a number of patches where cracks are showing, the repairs have been with fibre tape and plastic roofing tar.

So i noticed that all around the perimeter, the metal bends down and is nailed into a… Continue

Added by Donald Shore on October 31, 2009 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Request for Feedback

Hi. I just posted a new lens that may be of interest to you (aka old house owners). Would GREATLY appreciate feedback from members of this community.


Thank you!

Added by Charles J on October 28, 2009 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments


Our blog and builder/rehab. website on our 2006-08 restoration project in New London, CT.

Added by evan j andriopoulos on October 25, 2009 at 4:13am — No Comments

Brick Foundation inside of basement

Within the cellar of our 1801 Gambrel we have found a brick foundation app. 40 inches from the current granite foundation. It runs the length of the granite (current) foundation and is about 20 inches high? Thoughts?

Added by evan j andriopoulos on October 25, 2009 at 4:08am — No Comments

Window Sash Deglazing

Check out my Q&A on removing putty and glass in the current print issue of OHJ (Dec.2009, p.18) , here's the video that goes with it:


Added by John Leeke on October 24, 2009 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Historic Hauntings

A Famous Ghost Story

As many of you who follow my musings know, I am from a small town in West Virginia. Shepherdstown has been my family’s home for years, ever since I was ten. We moved there when our little house in “Clippe” (a small village also in Jefferson County) burned and my parents decided to move to the town where my father was employed as a history professor at the local college, Shepherd.

But back to “Clippe” (odd name for a place and, in truth, that is not this village’s… Continue

Added by Louise H. Corderman on October 24, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Historic Wood Windows: Repair or Replace?

A slideshow showing some of the factors to consider when thinking about whether to repair or replace historic wood windows.


Added by Jo-Anne Peck on October 23, 2009 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Wood floors

Well, we ripped up the old carpet upstairs and at first were shocked by the condition of the wood floors in the test bedroom but after some time and a lot of looking around we have made our decision about our floors upstairs. We looked at carpet but just could not find a style we liked or could afford. We did look at linoleum but found no styles that appealed to us. We looked into Angie's List and found a wood floor refinisher in our area that came recommended and invited him to our house for a… Continue

Added by Nick Wylie on October 22, 2009 at 8:45pm — No Comments

A New Look for myOldHouseJournal

In preparation for the launch of Old-House Online, we're updating myoldhousejournal.com to match. Your myOldHouseJournal.com will stay mostly the same, aside from the address (which will eventually change to www.myOldHouseOnline.com) and the new look. You won't lose any of your posts, photos, or content with the change.

On OldHouseOnline.com, you'll still get the same great articles, beautiful photos, and content of Old-House Journal,… Continue

Added by Emily Roache on October 21, 2009 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Where is the Chimney?

I live in an old house - similar in design to the one in the Old House Journal "dot". The original section was built in 1752. When we moved in, there was only one obvious, working fireplace - in the living room. The one in the room above it has been covered over, but is easy to find. However, there is no sign of any fireplaces or chimneys on the other end of the house. This is a typical "I" house, 3 bay, single pile, 2 1/2 stories, constructed of stone (with 18" deep walls) - chimney imbedded… Continue

Added by Pam Rizzo on October 19, 2009 at 8:16pm — 5 Comments

sliding doors

Hello. Anyone have experience with old carriage house doors? It seems my 129-year-old carriage house sliding doors are not what they used to be….. over the years these doors have drooped and sagged so they no longer meet in the middle like they should. It is obvious that the hanging bracket they roll on has sagged because of the weight of the doors. A foundation specialist told me that in order to remedy this they would need to jack up the building on both sides of the door and replace the sill… Continue

Added by Charles J on October 15, 2009 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments

Tile Flooring

I am looking for small octagonal tile for the bathroom floor of an 1890 Queen Ann Victorian home, where can I find the tile?

Added by Beverly Gentry on October 10, 2009 at 10:59pm — 5 Comments


Well we decided to leave the texture on the ceiling. The test removal we did went smooth but it is clear that the texture is covering up some cracks and other defects. We have been scouring the design books for Arts and Craft and Prairie style decor. Found a reproduction of a print ad from a 1920 magazine and decided to try the scheme. Below the picture rail is Sherwood Green from Benjamin Moore above the picture rail and the ceiling is Chesterton Bluff also from Benjamin Moore. We have a great… Continue

Added by Nick Wylie on October 8, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Lost historical finish oils found, now available

I have decided to can and sell Monkey Juice Oils. Monkey Juice Oils are deep penetrating oil finishes for professionals and homeowners. The oils refresh, restore, refinish. These oils were created from lost historical formulas I discovered when I was commissioned to restore the Gamble House Museum located at So. Pasadena, CA. These oils can be used for interior and exterior woodwork, and also for fine furniture. For more information visit: http://www.monkeyjuiceoils.com

Added by Randall Marder on October 4, 2009 at 1:09am — No Comments

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