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  1. Painting
    Our daughter is moving into her really, really old new home :) The house is circa 1955, and it has had various owners who have taken relatively good care of her. There are just a few "why the heck did they do that" things to fix or do. I'm sorry that I don't have a photo to post...yet. I will...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    As the title suggests, our first house is "full of charm" but certainly functional so we can't complain. It was planned, intended, and made sanely after watching the Money Pit - Nevertheless, it's 2022. New year, new problems, and a wicked supply chain to contend with. We've been floating this...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    With a pregnant wife and toddler at home. Thus I’m trying to minimize disturbing the paint as little as possible. The good news is, as far as I can tell, the hardware doesn’t seem to be painted over with lead paint but I know for a fact the door, jamb and casing are. The lead paint is under at...
  4. Building & Construction
    We took out the stucco and plaster in my 95 year old Tudor Revival house because of leaking. We aren't sure exactly where the leaking originated but have found one entry point. My question is do these photos look like all the wood needs replacing or is it just old wood that is still sturdy...
  5. Building & Construction
    Hello All, I have been looking through the other posts to find one similar but I couldn’t. I have a few rafters in my 1970’s ranch home that are split. One of the splits is in a 24’ long rafter. My question is do I need to use a supporting rafter that I attach the full length or if there was a...
  6. Electrical
    so i just bought an old house. there are many old, ugly 2-prong outlets scattered throughout the house as well as some newer (and potentially ungrounded) 3-prongs. the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated to GFCI. essentially what i want to do is replace the old 2-prongs with new 2-prong OR...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    I am overly-paranoid by nature (and have a 6-month old so) so yesterday as we were painting a small closet and my FIL sanded some old paint away it had (has) me worried. with that worry comes questions. given that painting prep does include sanding, how is it possible to safely prep and paint...
  8. Insulation
    We have a house built in 1879 and our floor is the original hardwood floor made of heart pine with no subfloor under it - laid right on the beams. We have an unfinished basement underneath that is about 6 feet in height with our HVAC, boiler, etc. If the light is on underneath, you can see...
  9. Electrical
    I have an old house, ca 1928. A lot of the wiring is old. A lot has been replaced over the years. I'm not an electrician but I am very comfortable doing wiring. But I don't have the experience of an electrician to be able to answer what's up with this particular wiring. Into my breaker box...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Aloha! I've recently purchased a home built in 1976 in the middle of nowhere Florida. This poor thing was apparently built by people who knew enough about building a house to get it to stand up this long...but I'm not sure how much longer. It's cinderblock construction outside, wood framing...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an older home that needs some brick to be repointed. It's not extensive, otherwise I would hire pros. How can I determine the age of the bricks to ensure I'm using the right mortar mix? The house was built in the early 20th century (likely 1920s but officially 1935). The house is in...
  12. Flooring
    Hello all. I've refinished around 2500 square feet of wood floors as a DIYer over the past several years and I think I have it down pretty well. However, I have a new challenge that I would appreciate some expertise on. The 3rd floor of my house (circa 1918) was only sorta finished when I...
  13. Carpentry
    Hello, I'm trying to trim/case a passageway from my dining room into the living room. The problem is that it, the passageway, is the corner of the room. If you imagine your in a box cut off a corner and walla there is the doorway that needs to be trimmed out. My great grandfather built the house...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hi all, Building a deck and as I had mentioned in my last post, the guys who put the posts in ended up being a few inches off from my plans. As a result, the one side of my deck goes about 7 inches past the concrete stairs. I'm building a privacy fence onto the deck and also using a picture...
  15. Remodeling
    I am remodeling a room in my house, built in 1941. Various renters have lived here since 1986, so the walls have been painted more times than I can count. I originally thought the walls that I am re-doing in my daughter's room would have to be totally re-drywalled and so I was just going to add...
  16. Flooring
    I have an old house built in 1925. The floor joists are not only spaced more than 24 inches apart, they are laid on face (i.e., not on edge). Is there a way to reinforce the floor joists? Can you sister these kinds of floor joists or bridge them? I want to put down ceramic tile, but am worried...
  17. HVAC
    I'm thinking of changing out my electric water heater for an oil-fired indirect off my oil burner: more efficient, faster recovery and all that. Problem: my 19th-century cellar lacks a finished ceiling, and in many spots there's not even any subflooring beneath the floorboards above. If some...
  18. Electrical
    Hello all! Long time reader, first time poster - I'm a 24-year-old gal who grew up helping Dad renovate a Victorian house, now I'm married to a carpenter and we're moving from the tiny cabin we built in N. WI to a c. 1915 foreclosure fixer in North Carolina. I've been doing a lot of reading...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello everyone! I'm coming here today to get some advice on a major issue with a foundation wall in a house I am buying. It's an old flatstone/sandstone wall (whatever you want to call it), and a gutter has been draining directly onto it for several years while the property was unoccupied. I...
  20. New Member Introductions
    I am in my early 20's who just graduated with a degree in the medical field. My wife and I just made our first home purchase, which is actually a duplex that we are using as an investment property. I am new to the home improvement scene, however, very driven to learn as much as I can and...
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