Month: November 2014

Brushing vs. Spraying Paint: Which is Best?

By Scott Sidler • November 24, 2014

Brushing vs. Spraying Paint

I get asked a lot why we don’t spray our primer on window sashes. Just the other day one of my employees asked the question, hoping they had thought of something that might make our jobs easier and the work […]

Veneer Plaster: An Affordable Alternative

By Scott Sidler • November 20, 2014

Veneer Plaster

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Phil. “To repair a damaged wall [drywall]¬†seems so out of place, but hiring a plasterer to do lath and plaster is way too high a cost.¬† Is there an in-between solution?” There […]

How To: Get Free Mineral Spirits

By Scott Sidler • November 17, 2014

free mineral spirits

If you’re painting with oil-based paints occasionally like I am, you need to have plenty of mineral spirits or paint thinner on hand to keep your brushes clean. Mineral spirits are expensive, running around $11-14 per gallon and disposal of […]

Product Review: Trash Buddy

By Scott Sidler • November 13, 2014

A couple months ago I was approached by the creator of the Trash Buddy about advertising on my site. Like all advertisers, I asked them to submit their product so that I could review and see if it would be […]

What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Windows

By Scott Sidler • November 10, 2014


Windows are a lot like Star Trek. Got your attention didn’t I? But seriously, come with me on this. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock there is a brilliant line by the head engineer Mr. Scott (who has […]

The Easiest Way to Measure Sash Cord

By Scott Sidler • November 6, 2014

how to measure sash cord

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Mark. “I want to replace some missing ropes on my home’s original windows. How do I measure the right length rope for double-hung windows?” Mark, I try to avoid breaking out the […]

How To: Repair Weathered Window Sills

By Scott Sidler • November 3, 2014

How to repair weathered window sill

If you’ve got badly weathered window sills, you’re not alone. Wood that has been exposed to the sun’s destructive rays for years without a protective layer of paint can begin to weather so badly that it may appear to be […]