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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 […]

The Ultimate Glazing Putty

By Scott Sidler • April 29, 2019

the ultimate glazing putty

For years I’ve been on the search for the ultimate window glazing putty. I’ve tested dozens of different putties trying to find the right one for the right application. I’ve written about some of those tests in my previous post […]

Earth Day & Historic Preservation

By Scott Sidler • April 22, 2019

earth day and historic preservation

Today is Earth Day where we celebrate taking care of our planet and leaving a greener and healthier world for the next generation. You may be thinking “why on earth is Scott writing about Earth Day on a historic preservation […]

6 Ways to Stop Demolition by Neglect

By Scott Sidler • April 15, 2019

6 ways to stop demolition by neglect

Demolition by neglect is when old buildings are destroyed not by the wrecking ball, but by time and neglect from owners who either don’t care about their condition or wish to raze a protected historic structure but can’t get permission […]

How To: Pick the Best Asphalt Shingles

By Scott Sidler • April 8, 2019

how to pick the best asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles were invented in America in 1901 as a low cost and fire resistant alternative to the available roofing materials of the day. They were originally cotton rag soaked in asphalt with a variety of granules such as slate, […]

What Types of Gutters Fit Historic Homes?

By Scott Sidler • April 1, 2019

what types of gutters fit historic homes

Gutters have been around for a long time in one form or another and they can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from water damage. But, modern style gutters often look out of place on an old […]