Month: August 2015

4 Reasons You Should Never Pressure Wash Your House

By Scott Sidler • August 31, 2015

never pressure wash your house

Everybody pressure washes their house. But few people know that the way it’s usually done is NOT good for your house. You may just be going with the crowd, but in this case, the crowd is wrong, and you’re likely […]

How To: Start Your Own DIY Blog

By Scott Sidler • August 24, 2015

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This is a little bit different than my usual How-To posts, but I think it’s just as important. If you’re like most of my readers, you live in an old house which means that you have stories. You fix things […]

How To: Stop Peeling Paint on Windows

By Scott Sidler • August 17, 2015


Peeling paint is never a good thing, and in an old house, one of the most typical places you’ll find peeling paint is on your windows. But if you knew what caused this incessant peeling, you could stop it in […]

How To: Tell If You Have a Balloon Frame House

By Scott Sidler • August 10, 2015

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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 […]

How To: Keep Critters Out of Your Crawlspace

By Scott Sidler • August 3, 2015


Do you know who lives underneath your house? Do you want to know? Old houses are often home to a lot of unwanted visitors in the crawlspace and these unwanted pests can cause major damage to things like ductwork, electrical […]