Tag: historical

How To: Work With Spiral Balances

By Scott Sidler | January 11, 2016

Spiral Balances

While most of the windows on historic buildings built before WWII used the simple and effective rope and pulley counterweight system there are some that utilize different balances systems. A popular option were spiral balances, sometimes called a tube balance, […]

4 Ways Preservation Could Be Better

By Scott Sidler | January 4, 2016

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act and I have been thinking a lot about where we have been, where we are and where we could be when it comes to historic preservation. If you’re a follower of […]

How To: Patch Plaster

By Scott Sidler | October 19, 2015

How to patch plaster

I’ve written about repairing plaster walls before, but sometimes there are sections of plaster that have been removed or are missing and you need to fill in the gaps. I’ll show you how to easily fill in these missing sections. […]

The Window Preservation Alliance

By Scott Sidler | October 12, 2015

Window Preservation Alliance

What is the Window Preservation Alliance (WPA) you ask? Well, it’s a new organization dedicated to saving old windows that I think you might want to know about. Why I think you need to know about this organization is because […]

6 Things I Wish Architects Knew

By Scott Sidler | October 5, 2015

6 Things I Wish Architects Knew

I recently learned of yet another window project gone awry. The 1920 Lake Ave. fire station in Saratoga Springs, NY is due for an renovation. It needs some structural repairs to its floors, some framing repairs and also window repairs for its […]

How To: Install Indow Windows (in only 5 minutes!)

By Scott Sidler | September 14, 2015

how to install indow windows

If you haven’t heard of Indow Windows and you own and old house you are missing out. A couple years ago I bought some of these for my own house and was so impressed that I decided to become their Central […]

Which Glazing Putty is Right For You?

By Scott Sidler | September 7, 2015


There are a lot of options when it comes to finding the right window glazing putty for you. A lot depends on the type of window and where you will be doing your gazing (outside or in a shop). So, I’ve […]

How To: Tell If You Have a Balloon Frame House

By Scott Sidler | August 10, 2015

how to tell if you have a balloon frame house

I’ve written about the differences between timber frame, balloon frame and platform frame houses in an earlier post you can read here, but I constantly get questions about how to tell if your house has balloon framing. Why do people […]