Month: March 2015

PEX, CPVC or Copper Plumbing?

By Scott Sidler • March 30, 2015


There are a lot of options on the market when it comes to plumbing today. Old houses can have tons of different types of pipes from remodels and repairs over the years. Sometimes these different generations of plumbing can get […]

How To: Glaze Wood Windows

By Scott Sidler • March 23, 2015

Continuing our focus on window restoration to mark the release of my new book Old Windows Made Easy, I decided to post about putty glazing today. This skill is one of the most important and difficult to get right. Proper […]

How To: Remove Window Sash

By Scott Sidler • March 16, 2015

In my new book, Old Windows Made Easy, I outline the complete process for restoring wood windows. Today, I want to walk you through some of the content in the book for free right here and teach you how to […]

Old Windows Made Easy

By Scott Sidler • March 9, 2015

If there is one element of an old building I get more questions on, it’s windows. How do I glaze my windows? What about lead paint? How do I fix a broken rope? The questions go on and on like […]

Vapor Barriers 101

By Scott Sidler • March 2, 2015


When old houses were built, there was no such thing as a vapor barrier. Sure, there may have been felt paper or rosin paper installed under the hardwood floors or behind the siding, but these pieces weren’t as much about vapor […]