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Posted on: February 10, 2014


The Brookings Historic Preservation Commission is looking for a historic house for a 3-day restoration workshop being held from May 1-3, 2014, with national restoration specialist Bob Yapp of Preservation Resources, Inc. The potential home will be in need of window restoration on the ground level, exterior painting and exterior wood repair. Ideally, one house would be in need of all three restorations, but homes in need of one or two restorations will also be considered. The potential home needs to be nominated by the property owner. The workshops and specific site requirements are listed below.

Window Weatherization & Repair WorkshopThis workshop will focus on safe glass removal, glazing putty application, weather-stripping & sash re-installation which includes re-roping the sash weights. Most windows will be one finger operation when completed and stop virtually all air infiltration. This is the number one method a majority of window restoration experts use all over the country and recently tested above the 2012 International Energy Code for air infiltration.

Requirements and Considerations:• The property must have two original, historic, double hung window units in need of weatherization. These units must all be on the ground floor and in close vicinity to each other. The window sashes must not exceed three feet in width and preferably be one light over one light (one pane on top and one pane on the bottom).
• All window sashes will be removed from the interior of the property for the workshop. The areas around each window opening must be accessible from the inside. This means there should be no furniture of any kind in the area where the windows are being taken out or in the work area. For protection, all finished floors will be covered and safe paint management will be practiced.• The property owner must also have an area to work on the windows, which must be big enough for three, 4' x 8' benches where electricity can be reached easily. Two car garages work well for this work area. Sometimes large front porches are big enough to handle all the benches, tools and supplies.
• The property must have electrical service that can handle 3 separate electrical circuits (three outlets, each on a different 20 amp breaker). The outlets must be accessible to the work area with extension cords not exceeding 50 feet. There must also be plenty of light in the work space. Contractor lights can be provided, but natural and existing ceiling lights are preferred. • The property owner is responsible for making sure all work areas on the property are accessible.

Paint It Right! It often just seems easier to replace wood siding that never holds paint for more than 3 to 5 years. This workshop will show how to achieve a paint job that can last from 12 to as many as 20 years. For property owners and small contractors, cost effective painting of wooden exteriors is an excellent way to save money and preserve original materials.

The Brookings Historic Preservation Commission is looking for a wood framed house with peeling paint issues. The building owner(s) is also encouraged to participate, so he or she can continue the work after the workshop is complete.

Exterior Wood Repair Too often it just seems easier to rip out the old and replace exterior wood materials on old and historic houses with shiny new products. This workshop will teach the techniques to preserve original, exterior wood components while saving money while doing so by repairing rotted trim, columns, balustrades and other wooden architectural features rather than replacing them. Architectural epoxies as well as real wood repairs to original wood surfaces will be the major focus of the workshop.

The Brookings Historic Preservation Commission is looking for a wood framed house with rotted porch elements and deteriorated wood clapboard. The building owner(s) is encouraged to participate, so he or she can continue the work after the workshop.

Please submit your nominations by February 28, 2014, to Shari Thornes, or (605) 697-8641.

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