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Phillips or Flat?

By Scott Sidler | April 16, 2018

phillips or flat

I never really knew how serious the discussion about which screw to use could be until I posted a picture of a restored sash lock on social media the other day. I was particularly proud of this meticulously restored piece […]

How To: Clean Hazy Glass

By Scott Sidler | April 9, 2018

how to clean hazy glass

How do you clean hazy glass? If you’ve got an old house I’m sure you’ve asked this question before. It’s amazing how nice clean, sparkly glass looks. After staring through grimy windows for years, when that old wavy glass is […]

How To: Paint a Room Like a Pro

By Scott Sidler | April 2, 2018

how to paint a room like a pro

Painting is one of the most DIY friendly projects you can tackle and it can make a wall, a room, or an entire house look incredibly good if done well. If done poorly, you’re in for lots of trouble down […]

How To: Triage an Old House (aka Where to Start)

By Scott Sidler | March 26, 2018

how to triage an old house

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you get ready to start renovating an old house. The questions will swirl around your head like tweety birds after a cartoon concussion about where to start and how much it will cost. You […]

Wood Restoration in 4 Easy Steps

By Scott Sidler | March 19, 2018

wood restoration in 4 easy steps

If you are doing any wood restoration then using epoxy is a must, but a lot of people are intimidated when they hear the word “epoxy” like it is some dark art of magic wood repair that only professionals can […]

Preservation is Not About the Past, It’s About the Future

By Scott Sidler | March 12, 2018

preservation is not about the past it's about the future

You may think that historic preservation and the preservationists that adhere to its sometimes kitschy principles are stuck in the past, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You see, I’m going to let you in on a little […]

How To: Install Subway Tile

By Scott Sidler | March 5, 2018

how to install subway tile

Subway tile is one of the staples of kitchens and bathrooms in historic homes. The clean simplicity of 3″ x 6″ ceramic rectangles harken back to the early 20th-century like nothing else. It has been around comfortably over a hundred […]

The Everyman’s Saw Blade Guide

By Scott Sidler | February 26, 2018

the everyman's saw blade guide

It’s a pretty basic thing, but getting the right saw blade for the job is an important part of getting the job done right. The wrong blade can tear up your material or make the job so much harder. Choosing […]