rope or chain which is best
rope or chain which is best

Should I use rope or chain for my windows? This is a big question for a lot of homeowners and the answer is usually very simple. If your windows originally had rope then stay with rope and if they originally had chain stay with the chain. The reason is not because I’m a purist, but rather a few reasons that may make more sense once I explain it a bit more.

Window pulleys are designed specifically for either chain or rope and while they can function with either they work best with their intended material. …


free tickets to homebuilding & renovating show
free tickets to homebuilding & renovating show

So, you’re renovating — pinning 100 images a day, searching endless hashtags on instagram #ihavethisthingwithfloors and googling the most unlikely of questions you thought you would ever be asking, “22mm copper pipe, or 15mm copper pipe?”. It’s fun, exciting, daunting and oh-so bloody stressful.

Whether you’re taking on a DIY renovation, a whole new-build project, a conversion or just remodelling the kitchen, the most invaluable aspect to renovating is being able to get advice and help along the way. …


how to make rust disappear
how to make rust disappear

Rust sucks. Let’s not sugar coat it. Nobody wants to have rust on their metal tools or steel windows. It’s wood rot but on a different surface and it will slowly eat away the metal things you treasure most. But what if there was a way to make rust disappear? Sure it will come back if you don’t take steps to prevent it, but if you already have something that is seriously suffering from rust what can you do?

I’ve been fighting rust for years in the historic preservation business. Sometimes with great success and sometimes with huge fails. And since I like to pretend I’m some kind of crash test dummy for preservation I have been doing some testing in my shop to see how I can stomp on the head of rust and claim victory once and for all. …


free your front porch
free your front porch

I see way too many old houses with a front porch that has been bound and gagged. The front porch was closed in with jalousie windows or cheap aluminum windows and plywood siding almost as an afterthought. It looks so out of place to me like a straw hat on a woman in a formal gown or sneakers with a tux.

The front porch was key to the design of an old house and closing it in to gain a few extra square feet may improve your standings in the tax rolls but, but does nothing but give your house a black eye. …


the paint stripper test
the paint stripper test

We are working on an exterior restoration project right now where the client wants to remove all the original paint from the siding and trim. So that means chemical paint strippers because infrared is too slow and hand scraping is too exhausting for a whole building.

Dumond was nice enough to send us one of their test kits that comes with 4 different types of paint stripper so we can find the right product for the job. …


glazing putty test
glazing putty test

From time to time I like to do product testing here on the blog because it helps me find the best products out there and share them with you. You can check out my most popular test to date the Wood Filler Test (Year 1 and Year 2) for some useful testing. Today I thought it was about time I did some head to head testing on glazing putties.

In my shop we glaze about 600 LF of putty every week so making sure we are using the best putty that is not only easy to use but performs better than the other products on the market is of vital importance. I’ve written about Which Glazing Putty is Right For You previously, but have never done head to head testing of multiple products. Plus I’ve included some additional putties that I don’t have experience with but are readily available so I’ll be learning right along side you. …


how to find the right contractor
how to find the right contractor

Even as a contractor myself I can’t deny that one of the most difficult things a homeowner will have to do is hire a good contractor. Learning how to find the right contractor is more of an art than a science. When you tack on the added speciality of needing a contractor who understands historic homes it may feel as if you are looking for a unicorn.

Trust me when I say that there are quality contractors out there who would love to work with you. You just have to find them and that’s what I’ll help you with today. …


how to make shiplap
how to make shiplap

Decorating with shiplap seems to be all the rage these days thanks to Fixer Upper and other popular TV shows. Consistently the most popular post on this blog right now is No Joanna, That’s Not Shiplap which I wrote to poke a little fun at Joanna Gaines for her seemingly constant diagnosis of shiplap whether a wall is true shiplap or not.

It’s all in good fun, and because of her and Chip the world has gone shiplap crazy! People ask me all the time where they can find shiplap or if this or that qualifies as shiplap and most commonly how to make shiplap. …


picture rail
picture rail

What is picture rail? It’s common in older homes built before WWII and more common the older the home is. A lot folks don’t understand this simple piece of stock molding that is sometimes mistaken for crown molding or other things, but picture rail has a very specific design and function.

Maybe your old house has a picture rail and you want to know how to use it properly. Maybe it doesn’t and you are thinking about adding one for some style and pop to your walls. …


Cheat Way to plastering a ceiling
Cheat Way to plastering a ceiling

In my last renovation update post, I shared our DIY plastering. But one thing we didn’t plaster (did you catch it?) was the ceiling. Why? Well, because after my not-so-great attempt at the bathroom ceiling and some of Grants imperfect walls (although once painted looked fine!), we were somewhat worried. Unlike walls, there’s something about ceilings that just shows up every imperfection. We spent some serious dollar on getting a roof window in this room, which we wanted to be the feature of the ceiling, not a bazillion plaster imperfections. …

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Hello I am Arom Hope from california. I have three years of working experience as Home Restoration Service Cleaner.

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