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Repairs & How To

Repairs & How-To

Problems with plaster, woodwork, pocket doors–or do you have a foundation to fix? Find advice here for old-house inspection, repair, and maintenance.

Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors

Thumbnail image for Finishing Basics for Woodwork & Floors Old-growth wood trim and flooring may last practically forever, but finishes are ephemeral. They need refreshing when they begin to look worn and dirty.
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A DIY Floor in Wood Paint

Thumbnail image for A DIY Floor in Wood Paint Although there was some labor involved, this solution to a problem floor was inexpensive and remarkably effective.
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Warm Welcome

Thumbnail image for Warm Welcome Treat guests to a traditionally styled entry.
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Forged Iron

Thumbnail image for Forged Iron “Long before the factory system, long before mass production, there was the blacksmith,” Ted Ferringer reminds us.
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Vintage Hardware to Match the Door

Thumbnail image for Vintage Hardware to Match the Door Victorian charm was revived on this cottage that had once worn white aluminum siding.
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Lightning Rod Basics

Thumbnail image for Lightning Rod Basics If yours is the tallest house around, if it’s surrounded by open land, if it’s been hit before: invest in lightning protection.
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Keeping Kitchen

Thumbnail image for Keeping Kitchen A light dusting won't cut it in this most hardworking of rooms.
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Hall Tree From Scraps

Thumbnail image for Hall Tree From Scraps A little imagination kept an old interior door with a full-length beveled mirror from going to waste.
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How To Revive Your Deck

Thumbnail image for How To Revive Your Deck Learn how to refresh your deck and add some character to help it blend in with your old house.
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10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts

Thumbnail image for 10 Fireplace Do’s & Don’ts Follow this advice to keep your fireplace safe and snug all winter long.
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10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House

Thumbnail image for 10 Tips for Rewiring an Old House What you need to know to get an old house rewired properly, with minimal damage to the building.
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11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration

Thumbnail image for 11 Tips for Surviving a Restoration A seasoned old-house restorer gives advice on how to survive a major home restoration.
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12 Great Gifts for DIYers

Thumbnail image for 12 Great Gifts for DIYers Need the perfect gift for the old-house restorer on your list? We’ve got you covered, from the newest gadgets to the classic must-haves.
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12 Ladder Safety Tips

Thumbnail image for 12 Ladder Safety Tips Choosing the best ladder for the job is key to using one safely.
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23 Easy Ways to Save Energy

Thumbnail image for 23 Easy Ways to Save Energy Want to save more energy in your old house? Start with these simple behavior tweaks.
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25 Lessons You’ll Learn from an Old House

Thumbnail image for 25 Lessons You’ll Learn from an Old House Owning your first old house is a crash course in home improvement. Here are 25 things you can expect to learn in the first five years.
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3 Ways to Refinish an Entry Door

Thumbnail image for 3 Ways to Refinish an Entry Door Three DIY ways to give your front door a new look.
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35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses

Thumbnail image for 35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses From radiators to roofing, these specialists offer up a wealth of advice that can help fine-tune the care and repair of your old house.
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5 Best Sanders for Old-House Projects

Thumbnail image for 5 Best Sanders for Old-House Projects How to choose and use the right sander for your old-house upgrades.
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5 Ideas for Adding On

Thumbnail image for 5 Ideas for Adding On Traditional approaches help make additions to old houses more successful.
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