Month: October 2014

DIY Paint Brush Cover

By Scott Sidler • October 30, 2014


This week’s Ask the Craftsman question comes from Lorrel. “I’ve lost my paint brush cover and now the bristles get all wiry after cleaning. Any suggestions?” The paint brush cover, or husk, is an important piece of any paint brush. It […]

How To: Salvaged Wood Wall

By Scott Sidler • October 27, 2014


Nobody likes bare walls in their house. We spend time and money to find attractive paintings and decor to hang on the walls of our home. And a house doesn’t feel quite like a home until the walls are covered […]

Should I Fill Cracks in Window Frame?

By Scott Sidler • October 23, 2014

window cracks

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Desley. “My windows have some cracks that go from the outside right through to the inside. How should I fix that?” Desley, first let’s be sure what you are looking at is something that […]

4 Easy Tips to Keep Your Old Home Warm This Winter

By Scott Sidler • October 20, 2014


Fall is here and all across the country the leaves are changing as temperatures dip from their muggy summer highs. In Florida, we’ve even gotten down into the 60s already! For the rest of the country that doesn’t live in […]

The Thermostat Age

By Scott Sidler • October 13, 2014

The Thermostat Age

We live in an age of spectacular technology today. We’ve invented creative solutions to countless problems that used to plague humanity. Today you can solve most anything with a simple query from you smart phone. The information age truly has […]

Why Are There Double-Hung Windows?

By Scott Sidler • October 9, 2014

double hung window

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Jeremy. “Why on earth are there DOUBLE hung windows? Everyone just raises the lower sash, but I have a hunch that there may be a reason.” Jeremy, great question and there is […]

The 3 Best Mistakes I’ve Ever Made

By Scott Sidler • October 6, 2014


I’m not usually in the habit of reliving the greatest hits of my renovation follies, but just like you, I’m not perfect. I don’t always do the right thing or know that answer to every question about old houses. Just […]

How To: Determine Different Types of Wood Finish

By Scott Sidler • October 2, 2014

How To Determine Different Types of Wood Finish

This week’s Ask The Craftsman Question comes from Johnathan. “How can I tell what type of finish is on my wood floors?” Johnathan, get out your chemistry set and I’ll show you how to determine the different types of wood […]