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Are Your Old Windows Drafty in the Winter?

Jan 17, 2019 2:32:35 PM Christina Wilson

As the most visible elements of old homes, windows define the character and curb appeal of the buildings. Moreover, they offer clues to the history and architectural integrity of the house...

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Look Outside When You See Interior Water Damage

Jan 3, 2019 11:31:23 AM Christina Wilson

The old brick homes in most DC neighborhoods were constructed with relatively soft, porous bricks and limestone mortar. Many of the interiors were covered with lime plaster. Occasionally, during..

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What Should I Do to Hang Something on My Brick Wall?

Dec 20, 2018 4:52:44 PM Christina Wilson

The oldest of historic brick homes have solid brick walls of two or more layers called wythes, with plaster covered interior walls. Owners who expose an interior brick wall as part of the..

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What Should I Know About Preventing Ice Dams?

Nov 29, 2018 1:06:33 PM Christina Wilson

Winter. There’s no avoiding the harsh weather, with its freeze and thaw patterns. While walkways and steps demand immediate attention, there is also the problem of ice forming on the eaves of our..

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How to Safely Remove Ice and Snow From Brick Walkways

Nov 22, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the season of ice and snow, DC brick walkways and steps become a challenge for homeowners. The problems is that salt or other chemical de-icing products should not be used to remove ice and..

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How to Find the Best Masonry Contractors for Historic DC Brick

Nov 15, 2018 9:33:16 AM Christina Wilson

Does your exterior brick inspection reveal signs of weather wear and other types of deterioration?  Historic DC homes require a particular expertise for brick restoration and mortar repair. You..

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How to Reduce Energy Loss in Old Windows

Oct 25, 2018 3:41:38 PM Christina Wilson

 “Windows are the eyes of a house.” As the most visible elements of old homes, windows define the character and curb appeal of the buildings. Moreover, they offer clues to the history and..

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Your Old Brick Chimney Needs the Right Kind of Repair

Oct 11, 2018 3:08:04 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, it may need to be repaired before the winter weather hits. The exposed mortar in many old brick Washington DC chimneys is particularly vulnerable to..

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What's the Best Way to Fix Interior Walls That Have Water Damage?

Sep 27, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The stately historic brick homes in most DC neighborhoods were constructed with relatively soft, porous bricks and limestone mortar. Many of the interior walls were covered with lime plaster...

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What Should I Know About Water Damage to Old Brick?

Sep 20, 2018 1:25:21 PM Christina Wilson

As a preservationist I love the enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick homes. The rich sense of history conveyed by these historic buildings is irreplaceable...

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