Why is Silicone Caulk Bad For Wood?

By Scott Sidler • June 24, 2019

why is silicone caulk bad for wood

I get a lot of comments from people wondering why I don’t use silicone caulk on things like leaky wood windows or doors. Silicone seems to be the savior of the caulk aficionado. The creme de la creme of the […]

Bringing Old Hardware Back to Life

By Scott Sidler • June 17, 2019

bringing old hardware back to life

Nothing beats the solid bronze and brass window hardware you typically find on old houses. And the patina of antique bronze? Get outta here! It is solid stuff that can stand the test of time much better than the cheap […]

How To: Restore a Wood Deck

By Scott Sidler • June 10, 2019

When the weather turns warm we all want to go outside and enjoy it, and having a deck is a great way to do that. Like anything outdoors, a wood deck needs regular care and maintenance to look its best […]

Picking the Right Dust Mask

By Scott Sidler • June 3, 2019

Whether you’re a DIYer or a professional renovator you need to protect your lungs from the assorted stuff floating around the air as you work and picking the right dust mask is extremely important. Some of these airborne meanies are […]

How To: Save Money With Blown-In Insulation

By Scott Sidler • May 27, 2019

how to save money with blown in insulation

What’s the best way to save money on your energy bills? Hands down it has to be adding blown-in insulation to your attic. There are more complicated and expensive ways to save energy, but without a doubt the low cost […]

How To: Paint in Hot Weather

By Scott Sidler • May 20, 2019

how to paint in hot weather

When the mercury starts rising and the temps change from comfortable spring weather to sweltering summer heat, a new set of challenges is upon all us looking to do some exterior painting. In a southern climate, it’s imperative that you […]

DIY Standing Desk

By Scott Sidler • May 13, 2019

DIY Standing Desk

I know this isn’t an old house related post, but sometimes we all need a break from all the scraping and fixing to do a little something different to get our creative juices going. That’s exactly what this week’s post […]

29 Window Terms You Might Not Know

By Scott Sidler • May 6, 2019

29 window terms you might not know

Old windows are pretty simple, right? I mean, it’s only one little piece of an old house. I’ve often described them as consisting of only wood, glass, and putty and while that’s true, there is a plethora of pieces that […]