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Restoring Old Pulley Windows to their Former Glory – DIY – Part 1 – Tear Down

If you own an old house, there’s a pretty good chance your windows, which probably don’t work/are painted shut, have little pulleys at the top of the window frames. Have you ever seen them working on windows that are either … Continue reading

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Three Summers of Scraping Paint – Now We’re Done – DIY

Other than a few small areas that need tidying, I am finally done using the awful tool in the photo above. It’s been a long run: three summer vacations spent manually tearing away layer after layer of angry old paint … Continue reading

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Applying Wood Putty to Wood Siding Before Painting – DIY – Video

After scraping for what seems like forever, we continued our painting prep work by applying wood putty to the imperfections in each of the siding boards. This step is extremely important if you want to have siding that is smooth. … Continue reading

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