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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Welcome ! Reply with quote

Taking care of an old place is a lot of work, but it doesnít have to be a struggle. Mowing the lawn can be fun. But I know Iíd better fix the window before the glass falls out and hurts someone, and if that leak in the back porch roof dribbles down the back of my wifeís neck one more time sheís going to shoot me.

Part of the problem is that thereís always more to do. Maintaining an older home is an ongoing process. This is true because all building materials continuously deteriorate. Ancient granite blocks, old pine trim and even plastic vinyl sidingótheyíre all weathering and wearing away over time. When the exterior paint film cracks rain water soaks in swelling the wood beneath and a joint loosens up. Water dribbles in, rotting out the wood and the loose joint widens into a gap. The water pours in causing extensive structural damage within the wall. Itís an accelerating cycle of deterioration and damage. The key is to interrupt that cycle.

What if there just isn't enough time or money to do everything that needs to be done? Then you set good priorities and apply limited treatments that can be done with the resources available. You can get fancy up front at the big house and call it ìStabilization,î but out here on the back porch we call it the ìquick fix.î

All the old-timers had a big bag of "quick fixes" that many of us now-a-days have forgotten about. Some may call these "slip shod shortcuts," but with the right attitude, an additional step or a key material, they can effectively stabilize many rapidly deteriorating situations. Stabilization saves historic materials and features. Plus it buys time to raise funds to do longer-lasting work another day.

You can see the window stabilization method shown in the article by clicking on "Sample Pages" here:

http://www.historichomeworks.com/hhw/reports/reports.htm#Windows

Feel free to post your comments and questions here by clicking "Post Reply" or "New Topic" below.

Let us know about your favorite "quick fix," or "Stabilization Treatment."

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:06 pm    Post subject: An interesting quote Reply with quote

It is for all these buildings, therefore, of all times and styles, that we plead, and call upon those who have to deal with them, to put Protection in the place of Restoration, to stave off decay by daily care, to prop a perilous wall or mend a leaky roof by such means as are obviously meant for support or covering, and show no pretence of other art, and otherwise to resist all tampering with either the fabric or ornament of the building as it stands; if it has become inconvenient for its present use, to raise another building rather than alter or enlarge the old one; in fine to treat our ancient buildings as monuments of a bygone art, created by bygone manners, that modern art cannot meddle with without destroying.

William Morris, 1877, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool quote. I guess I should find the time to get around to reading W. Morris.
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