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  1. Insulation
    1899 farmhouse in very rural Zone 5 with original beadboard walls and ceilings on first and second floors. Fiberglass batts in the attic. Blown-in insulation to exterior walls in poor condition and will be removed. No sheathing. True 2×4 studs. For exterior walls: Removing original wood siding...
  2. Roofing/Siding
    I am remodeling a 1875 house. I have removed the deteriorated cedar siding and am putting on new sheathing, 1/4 fan fold board, taping seams, and then installing soffit, fascia, and vinyl siding. My main concern and issue comes with trimming out the existing windows. When putting the j-channel...
  3. Insulation
    I just purchased an old home (~1910) that was converted to a duplex in the 70's that needed some major cosmetic work. When I purchased it the previous owner performed very little in maintenance and upgrades of the property, he apparently did not see the potential for return on investment...
  4. Building & Construction
    I just bought a home built in the 1790's and in my quest to "fix" the walls, i took the plaster off the interior walls and on the inside of the exterior walls i discovered stone. The stacked stone is between the timbers and i am wondering what i can do with this. Are these in fact stone walls...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    I'm back again. So, we moved into a house built in about 1905. And the entire house is shiplap, obviously. Now, of course, my husband loves the bare, stained shiplap walls. Problem is, the previous owners painted 'test patches' of ugly brown paint in various shades everywhere. As well as the...
  6. Electrical
    I am sure there have been many reported wirings of old houses. I am gradually rewiring an old house (log cabin). I think the original wiring must have been done by the seat-of-the-pants of whoever was doing the wiring -- different people at different times. Most of the circuits are two-wire...
  7. Electrical
    Hello Experts, Thanks for all your help with my previous space heater wiring project. I am thinking about restoring a log cabin that was built more than 50-60 years ago. Some of the original wiring is still in place. Cables run under door/window fascia and through holes bored through logs...
  8. Painting
    Hello there! I've been reading quite a few posts on here looking for some help. I have found some good info so far, but I could use a little more assistance. I own, and live in, a house that was built in the late 1800's. The doors and trim, at least the ones that wern't horribly painted over...
  9. New Member Introductions
    I just left Florida and purchased a house in middle Tennessee built in 1947. it has the common problems of older houses such as poured block w/no insulation causing the block to sweat inside during winter which is causing mold issues. There are many other issues I would like to discuss and some...
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