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How To: Make Rust Disappear

By Scott Sidler | June 19, 2017

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 […]

Free Your Front Porch

By Scott Sidler | June 12, 2017

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 […]

The Paint Stripper Test

By Scott Sidler | June 5, 2017

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 […]

The Glazing Putty Test

By Scott Sidler | May 29, 2017

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 […]

How To: Find The Right Contractor

By Scott Sidler | May 22, 2017

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 […]

How To: Make Shiplap

By Scott Sidler | May 15, 2017

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┬áNo Joanna, That’s Not Shiplap which I wrote to poke […]

What is Picture Rail?

By Scott Sidler | May 8, 2017

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 […]

Are Steel Windows Worth Saving?

By Scott Sidler | May 1, 2017

are steel windows worth saving

Historic wood windows are kind of like the rock stars when it comes to preservation and restoration. Everybody talks about them, most people understand the need to preserve them and you’ll find dozens of workshops around the country where homeowners […]