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6 Simple Ways to Weatherstrip for Winter

By Scott Sidler | January 22, 2018

6 simple ways to weatherstrip for winter

I know it’s cold outside and we all want to stay warm inside, so what can be done about the cold drafts? I’ve heard a lot of talk about how drafts are just a part of living in an old […]

Mineral Wool vs. Fiberglass Insulation

By Scott Sidler | January 15, 2018

mineral wool vs fiberglass insulation

You probably know fiberglass insulation well. It’s been a staple of residential insulation for decades in the United States. You know, the pink stuff! The insulation that makes you itchy when you install it. Wait, they removed the itchy making […]

Spray Foam vs. Historic Buildings

By Scott Sidler | January 8, 2018

Spray Foam vs. Historic Buildings

A lot of people extol the powers of spray foam these days. When it comes to big gains in R-value and air sealing, there is really nothing else that stands a chance. But insulation doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It […]

Insulation for a Cold Climate

By Scott Sidler | January 1, 2018

Insulation for a Cold Climate

While I may live and work in Florida, I’m not unaccustomed to living in the great white north. For years I lived in New York and Boston and suffered through my fair share of winters before heading south. Insulating an […]

Scott’s Best of 2017

By Scott Sidler | December 25, 2017

Scott's Best of 2017

Merry Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying your time with family since that is exactly what I’m doing too! Every year I like to take a look back and take inventory of the content that I’ve put out on the blog. […]

How To: Maintain a Fireplace

By Scott Sidler | December 18, 2017

how to maintain a fireplace

When the temps turn cold, the fireplace springs into action again to keep us warm and cozy as we stare transfixed at the dancing flames. There is something magical about a wood burning fireplace that can quiet rowdy children and […]

My Favorite Color is Patina T-Shirt

By Alyssa Carroll | December 15, 2017

patina shirt

Hello old house lovers! We may be located all across the world, but we are a community of people with the same passion for creating, repairing, and restoring that ties us together, right? That’s why we’ve created something to start […]

How To: Restore Hardware (Video)

By Scott Sidler | December 11, 2017

how to restore hardware

One of the most satisfying things about restoring an old house is the night and day transformation when you restore hardware. Years of paint and rust can make you think the hardware isn’t worth saving, but I assure you that […]