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Old House Journal's best advice on fixing, building, designing or restoring an old house, including restoring doors & windows, architectural salvage projects, flooring repair/restoration, plumbing, roofing, painting, wallpapering and more. 

Common places where your house may be losing heat—such as the walls, roof, and attic floor—are good targets for insulation.

7 Insulation Tips to Save Money & Energy

These 7 tips will help you save energy—and ultimately money—when retrofitting your old house with insulation. Learn about the different types of insulation, insulation removal, installation techniques, eco-friendly options and more.

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How to Fix Plaster Ceilings

By using modern materials and a traditional technique, it is possible to repair plaster ceilings that are cracking and delaminating. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to fix plaster ceilings in your old house.

An arm, part of the center body, and embellishments have been cleaned and are ready for assembly.

Restoring Antique Lighting

Regardless of the condition, restoring antique lighting fixtures is one of the best ways to maintain your old house’s original character. Here we give you an enlightening tutorial about saving vintage fixtures: safety, cleaning, replacing missing parts, and special finishes.

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The 5 Best Types of Saws for DIYers

The most important saw I have in the shop or on a restoration job site is the one I need to do the task in front of me at that moment. Here's a look at the 5 best types of saws to use on your DIY home improvement projects.

Products of the Week

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Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic fabricates heirloom quality architectural tiles for public and private installations, gift and commemorative tiles, vessels, gardenware, ornaments and both reproductions and adaptations of its historic designs and offers classes, workshops, lectures, internships and residency programs for studio potters and other artists.

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Vintage Doors

Bring beauty and value your home with heirloom-quality REAL wood doors by Vintage Doors. Meticulously handmade by expert craftsmen in your exact size and style—to be loved and respected for generations, just like the olden days. Hand-crafted wood product line includes: screen doors, storm doors, Dutch doors, French doors, louver doors, pantry doors, interior doors, exterior doors, entrance units, three season porch enclosures, pet doors, arch top doors, round top doors, custom doors and more.

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Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.