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  • Fri, April 25, 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous
    We are restoring an 1830's Greek Revival brick home painted white.  The brick appears to have been painted twice but unfortunately the outer or more recent paint has not adhered well to the initial coat.  We want to repaint the brick but first we need to remove the poorly adhered paint payers. 
           We do not want to sand blast for fear of damaging the soft brick.  We do not want to chemically strip because a nearly neighbor tried stripping their home. The residual stripper absorbed by the brick interfered with the new paint adhesion.  Pressure washing blows out the old soft mortar.
        We have resorted to sanding off the paint with a Norton 24 grit fiber disc mounted on a 4 1/2" angle grinder.  It works pretty well but is awful labor intensive. 
        Anyone have an easier technique? 
  • Wed, April 16, 2014 4:49 AM | Anonymous

    This winter was severe.  Two of eight radiators sprung leaks.  Many coats of paint insulate and I am considering sandblasting.  One leak is between the radiator's panels. Is flushing radiators an option? Any direction where I may learn how  to DIY restore these beautiful works of cast iron art?  You tube has limited info.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wed, June 05, 2013 11:01 AM | Anonymous
    We envision this becoming a database of how-to's for home owners and a valuable member benefit.  In the meantime, we'll make these available to everyone so we can spread the word about the society.  Our job here will be to take these videos from our members, get them uploaded to the web and recruit experts to provides the answers.  I hope everyone gets a lot of out these.  I know I've personally got a bunch of questions I need to ask!

  • Thu, May 09, 2013 2:02 PM | Anonymous
    We're very excited to see the article about us in the June/July issue of Old House Journal!  As you would expect we're seeing a lot of traffic as a result of the article and a bunch of new members.  Thank you and welcome!!!

    Thank you Old House Journal !
  • Thu, April 25, 2013 4:38 PM | Anonymous
    A quick thank you to one of our members for supplying the picture of their beautifully restored home in Georgia, that we are featuring on our home page.  We heartily encourage all you to send along pictures of your classic and historic American homes!
  • Thu, March 28, 2013 5:38 PM | Anonymous
    I know we're all captivated and more than a little concerned about our treasured historic homes that fall into disrepair or worse.  Much like our friend Nell Dickerson, Rich Taylor is trying to capture these solemn structures and inspire us all to be good stewards or our shared American heritage.  I'd like to invite our members and followers to check out http://www.abandonedbeauty.net and support their effort to catalog these properties.

    If you're listening Rich and Karen, thank you!
  • Wed, March 20, 2013 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    We're in full swing as we plan the first issue of the magazine!  Help us make it the magazine of your dreams.  Which magazines do you love?  Which are the easiest to read or have the best content? 

  • Thu, February 28, 2013 10:54 PM | Anonymous
    http://youtu.be/4AoYlmMEXqs
  • Tue, February 26, 2013 4:19 PM | Anonymous
    We'll be onsite at a very interesting restoration project in central Virginia capturing more video footage for our pilot TV project.  This private property has a very interesting Civil War legacy and we hope to feature it's story either in print or video in the near future.  Look for some photos on the blog!
  • Wed, February 20, 2013 6:45 PM | Anonymous
    We are officially launched at www.HistoricAmericanHomes.org!

    What an exciting "first" for the Society.  We'll be doing our best to add content and build community here for you.  So check back frequently and be a part of saving our historic American homes!
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