Quietly

Not so much going on, quantity wise. But, quality is good. Exempli gratia, we had restored, and hung on prominent display, this beautiful light fixture.

Restored Pan Light

The wonderful restoration was done by By-Gone Days Antiques in Charlotte. They are finishing up a floor lamp that I will pick up tomorrow.

Nigh the solstice

As we transistion from summer to fall, we are also transistioning out of only work for the dollar to a more balanced way of life. This more balanced way of life includes such niceties as working on the old house, sleeping on a regular schedule, and being home on the weekends.

For the past 3 weekends, under the carport, we’ve devoted a good bit of effort continuing the window sash restoration we started in the spring. Five sashes are now stripped of paint, repaired with wood hardener and epoxy, and had their first sanding. A sixth sash has 4 of 6 panes of glass, another, number 7 is completely done with glazing skinning over.

For those of you who have never had the experience of replacing a sheet of window glass, be warned, it is all about technique. The materials and tools are the most fundamental and inexpensive. The result is almost entirely based on the skill/art required.

A video of how to glaze a window sash, by the master himself, John Leek, of Historic Home Works:

HistoricHomeWorks glazing video

We’ve also been planning for the big roof build/repair coming this fall. More on this later, but we’re estimating about 12 man days of labor. So much involved, I’m taking 2 weeks off work and hiring a helper. This project will remediate our worst roof leak headaches, including the ice dam flood we have every winter.

Check out the results from the big snow of 2004:

Effect of snow melt on addition roof.