Tag: restoration

Deciphering the Sandpaper Puzzle

By Scott Sidler | February 29, 2016

Sandpaper is an integral part of any almost every kind of home repair, especially finish work. Painting, carpentry, refinishing, flooring, woodworking. They all require sanding at some point in the process so it’s imperative to know what you’re doing. There […]

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 […]

An Old Fort Gets a New Look

By Scott Sidler | November 30, 2015

Fort Coombs Armory

My company recently finished the restoration of the windows at Fort Coombs in Apalachicola, FL and I wanted to share the project with you. These were some unique windows from a fort with a lot of history and meaning to […]

Turn an Old Door Into a Mid-Century Coffee Table

By Scott Sidler | November 23, 2015

Mid-century Coffee Table

My good friend and employee¬†Mark Akers not only helps me run a smooth shop as my production manager, but he also moonlights making furniture with a story. Mark takes pieces of old buildings like doors, flooring, old timbers, hardware and […]

Will HEPA Really Keep You Safe?

By Scott Sidler | November 16, 2015

Will HEPA really keep you safe

In the age of RRP renovation rules and a lot of fear about everything lead paint it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe. A lot of folks hear about HEPA vacuums and think that if they just use […]

How To: Glaze Windows

By Scott Sidler | November 9, 2015


Some of the most commonly asked questions I get are about how to glaze windows. What’s the best practices? What tips and tricks have I learned over the years? Basically, it’s a lot of folks wondering how to do it […]

How To: Cut Window Weight Access Doors

By Scott Sidler | November 2, 2015

How to cut weight pocket doors

Sometimes builders installed their old wood windows without weight pocket access doors to save a couple bucks. While it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, it creates a whole lot of work for us today when a […]