Lime Mortar

  • November 7, 2017
"The mortar on our 1840s Victorian home is falling out and the bricks seem soft. I have heard that repointing with currently available mortar supposedly would crush the bricks as it cures..."
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Door Panels

  • November 7, 2017
"We have a problem with our doors. The doors are various 4-8 panel doors. However the panels have a fair amount of movement within the door (back and forth between stiles, and up and down). Is this something we should glue tight?"
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Plaster on Brick

  • November 6, 2017
"Our house is a small one bedroom federal brick house built around 1774. All of the walls are brick and plaster. In many places the plaster has separated from the brick, creating bubbles away from the wall..."
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Insulation Retrofit

  • November 6, 2017
"Last year, we bought a 1850's vintage house in Maine with no insulation. After paying our oil company too much we want to add some insulation...
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Peeling Paint

  • November 6, 2017
"I have been told a paint job on my house built in 1900 will only last about 5 years. Yikes! Is this true?"
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