Month: April 2016

No Joanna, That’s Not Shiplap

By Scott Sidler • April 25, 2016

What is Shiplap

My wife and I, like most all old home owners, are fans of a lot of the restoration themed DIY shows these days. Rehab Addict, Barnyard Builders, American Pickers and, of course, Fixer Upper. Their designs and passion to keep […]

1st Annual Sash Revival

By Scott Sidler • April 20, 2016

sash revival 2016

May is National Preservation Month, and there are all kinds of events planned around the country to raise awareness about historic preservation. The Window Preservation Alliance (WPA) decided to get in on the act too! Throughout May, our members nationwide […]

How To: Diagnose Common Plaster Problems

By Scott Sidler • April 18, 2016

How To Diagnose Common Plaster Problems

After a century or so, plaster walls and ceilings can develop a variety of problems from neglect or abuse. Your plaster can tell you a ton about issues that may be developing around your house if you know how to […]

Plaster vs Stucco: What’s the Difference?

By Scott Sidler • April 11, 2016

plaster vs stucco

A lot of folks confuse plaster and stucco in old houses. While they are similar in a lot of ways, they are different enough that understanding when and where to use them, especially in renovations, is imperative. Their differences are […]

How To: Fix Chipped Paint

By Scott Sidler • April 4, 2016

Chipped Paint

When you have dozens of coats of paint on trim and woodwork, touching up paint is not always as simple as grabbing a brush and going to town. When old paint chips off, you’re likely left with a crater in […]