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New Hope For Endangered Windows

New Hope for Endangered Windows

  • November 29, 2017
"Three preservation organizations recently proclaimed their states’ historic windows as endangered. Are these promotional efforts doing any good?"
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Plaster Repairs

Plaster Repairs

  • November 29, 2017
"I have an 1890's building with plaster walls probably from the 1920's or before. The plaster was installed for wallpaper since it has a rather rough texture. In one room, a skim coat of finish plaster had been put over the top of this original plaster (date unknown) and has developed several cracks both along cracks in the original plaster..."
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Lockset Cleaning

Lockset Cleaning

  • November 29, 2017
"I have an old front door mortise lockset that is complete, but doesn't work very well. The bolt doesn't really spring very well. What are the steps for cleaning and restoring this thing?"
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Piano Load

Piano Load

  • November 29, 2017
"On a home built in 1750, would it be possible for the weight of an upright piano to cause damage to the beams in the basement?"
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Gutter Talk

Gutter Talk

  • November 29, 2017
"Do you recommend, as my regular hardware store owner does, preserving gutters with a 50/50 mix of raw (not boiled) linseed oil and paint thinner - or do you recommend something better?"
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Boring Bugs

Boring Bugs

  • November 29, 2017
"There are signs of wood boring bugs in my timbers. The main concern here in mid-coast Maine are carpenter ants and powder post beetles..."
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Exterior Paint And Clapboards

Exterior Paint and Clapboards

  • November 29, 2017
"I live in an old farmhouse in Vermont. The oldest part of the house still has it's original clapboards that date to about 1830. Much to my dismay, the new paint is already peeling rather dramatically..."
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Floor Finish

Floor Finish

  • November 29, 2017
"What steps would you recommend in refinishing an old strip-wood (fir) floor in a high traffic area?"
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Chimney Flue Lining

Chimney Flue Lining

  • November 29, 2017
“I own a 1772 center chimney cape. The chimney is original with four fireplaces, one bake oven, and it serves the furnace and a water heater. I don't want to use any of the fireplaces until I have it repaired..."
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Stripping Painted Floors

Stripping Painted Floors

  • November 29, 2017
"I want to remove paint from my old wide pine floors. I understand that historically most of these floors were painted, but I'd prefer to go with an unpainted butcher's wax finish..."
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Window Condensation

Window Condensation

  • November 29, 2017
"By this time of year the conscientious homeowner has restored their fine old windows, installed weatherstripping and had new storm windows installed. A week later condensation and frost is building up and they cannot see out the windows..."
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Pumping Mortar

Pumping Mortar

  • November 29, 2017
"Have you had experience with pumping mortar into a stone wall for a repointing project? We had request to use the pump machine called the Putzmeister, a company known for large concrete projects..."
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