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Inspecting Old Houses Inspecting Old Houses Online Membership Required

Follow the inspection of a 200-year-old house, from attic to basement

New Life for Old Double-Hung WindowsOnline Membership Required

With new weatherstripping, weights, pulleys, and ropes, you can improve performance without compromising historical authenticity

Restoring Window Sashes

Yes, they're worth fixing. Those old windows were built better (and from better wood) than anything you can buy today.

Re-creating Victorian Trim
Re-creating Victorian TrimOnline Membership Required

Complicated profiles require custom knives, but installation is a cinch

Exterior-Trim Details That Last

Flexible caulk joints combined with a drainage path for moisture keep vulnerable trim elements rot-free

Working With Old WiringOnline Membership Required

Careful testing is your hedge against frayed insulation, faulty splices and missing ground wires

Site-cast sash weight
Tip: Site-cast sash weight

Double-Hungs RestrungOnline Membership Required

More than just fishing for sash weights

Ornamental Plaster Restoration

Making an impression with traditional techniques and materials, plus a few new twists

Dummy Rafter TailsOnline Membership Required

A useful technique for old-house remodelers and those who build alone

Remodel PlumbingOnline Membership Required

How to connect the new pipes to the old ones

Veneer PlasterOnline Membership Required

Getting the look and texture of plaster on lath with gypboard and mud

Classical Style in a Porch AdditionOnline Membership Required

Tips from a restoration expert on deck construction, column building and weatherproof design

Patching plaster
Tip: Patching plaster

Restoring a PorchOnline Membership Required

A fast, inexpensive method that doesn't require house jacks

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