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Jalousie Jealousy: The Story of the Jalousie Window

By Scott Sidler | January 23, 2017

jalousie jealousy jalousie windows

The jalousie window (pronounced jal–uh-see) exploded onto the scene in the middle of the last century. I find that people either love them or hate them with no middle ground for compromise. It’s almost so polarizing that jalousie windows have become the third […]

6 Reasons to Keep Your Plaster

By Scott Sidler | January 16, 2017

6 reasons to keep your plaster

Plaster is one of my favorite features in an old house and one that is easily overlooked. After all, how much do you really notice a wall or ceiling unless something is wrong with it. That being said I think […]

How To: Install The Nest Thermostat

By Scott Sidler | January 9, 2017

how to install the nest thermostat

Just because you have an old home doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in the dark ages of electronics. Modern technology like The Nest Thermostat can very easily be incorporated into historic buildings to make them energy efficient all-stars. […]

How To: Build a DIY Lumber Rack

By Scott Sidler | January 2, 2017

diy lumber rack plans

One of the most most useful things I have in my shop is a simple DIY lumber rack that I built in just a few minutes using only scrap lumber. It is ridiculously simple to build almost to the point […]

A Christmas Gift From The Craftsman Blog

By Scott Sidler | December 23, 2016

have yourself a merry little christmas

Every year at Christmas time I try to do a little something fun for my readers. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and for a musical theatre performer turned restoration contractor I like getting to work with some […]

How To: Cure Drafty Windows

By Scott Sidler | December 19, 2016

Stop Gap

If you love your old windows like I do, but you hate the cold drafts that show up every winter then I’ve got a simple solution for you that works all year round. I’ve talked a lot about weatherstripping windows […]

Big Changes At The New Craftsman Blog

By Scott Sidler | December 12, 2016

The new craftsman blog

I’m super excited to show you around my completely redesigned website today! This redesign has been a long time in the works and I know you’re going to love the new features and functionality. I don’t want you to worry […]

How To: Repoint Historic Mortar

By Scott Sidler | December 5, 2016

Learning how to repoint historic mortar is an important part of maintaining any masonry structure. Whether it’s built with brick, stone, or block any historic masonry building with lime mortar will need some amount of repointing during its life. When repointing […]