John Leeke's Historic HomeWorks

    207 773-2306      26 Higgins St. Portland, ME  04103

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PRACTICAL RESTORATION REPORTS

by John Leeke, American Preservationeer

Practical Restoration Reports are a detailed technical series on preservation topics packed with practical methods you can use now. 

"Based on years of extensive research and field application, each is put together with John's trademark hands-on, step-by-step instructions and famously lucid illustrations. ...photos in particular are marvels of clarity and veracity..." - Gordon Bock, Editor-in-Chief, Old-House Journal

"I've appreciated the reliable information and understanding you provide--we particularly appreciated the report on Steam Paint Removal which we found to be enthusiastically- and well-written and informative." - Jeff, woodwork contractor, Chicago

"Thanks, John - I wouldn't have know where to start on my porch columns without your Restoration Report. Your experience and advice took all the mystery out of the project, and helped so much. Thank goodness for your reports!" - Cindy Nelson, Homeowner, Montana

"This is a great book for all levels of working on windows. Mr. Leeke has put everything together in a clear, easy to follow book. I felt like Mr. Leeke was looking over my shoulder and giving me tips."  -  Marion Rood, Woodworker

"Your Practical Restoration Report is really superb. It is the best thing I've seen on the subject. It's clearly written, not overly technical and easy to understand." - Roger Reed, Maine Historic Preservation Commission

"I landed the contract because your Reports gave me the insight and confidence needed to explain the project to the clients. They said I was the only contractor to give them any hope that the job could be done. Your reports are most informative and concise. I'm very impressed!" - James A. McGrath, Contractor, Eggleston, VA

"Practical Restoration Reports are short, non-technical, and well illustrated...For the building owner, contractor, or architect with a need for solid working information about both what to do and how to do it, they are economical and useful." - Allen Charles Hill, Architect, Winchester, MA

Reports are printed in 8.5" x 11" perfect-bound (paperback) format or stapled booklets with color covers and black & white contents. 

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Save America's Windows, 177 pages

Covers traditional methods and the latest in modern high-tech materials and techniques. Learn how to avoid falling under the spell of the window replacement salesman. Specific step-by-step repair and maintenance treatments. Window project profiles. National directory of 200+ window specialists who will save your windows and not try to sell you replacements.  Reprints of five window chapters from 19th and early 20th century trades manuals. This is the new 2013 edition with many revisions, an all new chapter on sash glazing and painting; and an expanded directory with hundreds of window specialists, some in every state. 177 pages, 257 illustrations.

cross-section of wood gutter showing layers of tar in trough with decayed wood beneath.
Figure 56.
Filling Window Sill Weather Checks. Fill only the checks (cracks) ... Do not coat the entire sill with epoxy which can trap moisture promoting decay ... Step 4. Fill the checks with epoxy filler. The epoxy must completely fill the checks. For deep or very narrow checks first mix a batch of filler that is of a thinner consistency that tends to flow into the checks on its own. Spread it onto the surface and press it into the checks with a putty knife ...


Step 6. Trim Filler. When the filler has cured trim off the excess. This is most efficiently done with a very sharp hook-type paint scraper. Skim off just a bit of the surface of the wood between the check to remove any wood that was saturated with the primer to reveal bands of bare, untreated wood. The bands of bare wood are needed to allow moisture to pass out of the sill...


Figure 62. Removing Sash.
If the sash is still stuck use a "Window Zipper" tool. Lay the bottom of the tool flat on the face of the sash stile. The bottom is smooth and flat so it will not scratch the face of the sash. You may have to stick some thin tape or adhesive paper on the bottom of the tool or on the face of the sash to keep from marking the finished surface of the sash. Keeping the bottom of the tool flat on the face of the sash, run the curved toothed edge of the tool along the joint, sawing through the paint buildup into the joint. The top of the tool is rough and will rasp away paint buildup within the joint as well as rasp a little wood off the back side of the bead making room for the sash to move. Work the Zipper tool all along both side beads and the header bead if there is one. The exterior joint between the sash and the blind stop may also be painted shut, which you will have to work on from the outdoors side of the window

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Wood-Epoxy Repairs for Exterior Woodwork, 31 pages

Stabilize and save deteriorated exterior woodwork with long-lasting wood-epoxy repairs. Restore and strengthen deteriorated wood by applying liquid epoxy resins which solidify within the wood and fill voids. Wood-epoxy repairs complement traditional repair methods and modern part replacement. They save time and money when you know how and where to use them. This report covers how wood decays, epoxy materials and methods, tool kits, safety, and alternate materials and methods. 33 illustrations, 3 methods, 1 step-by-step procedure, 31 pages.

Newly revised edition with major new sections on understandable wood technology and important health and safety updates.


Figure 6.
A hair dye applicator bottle is ideal for mixing and applying small amounts of epoxy consolidant to this shutter. The narrow spout makes it easy to control application, putting consolidant right where you want it. If the bottle is knocked over only a few drops will spill.


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Exterior Woodwork Details, 16 pages

Reduce maintenance and extend the life of exterior woodwork with good design, proper materials selection and effective installation methods.


Figure 16. A designed joint is used to seal the top joint of the base board using backer rod and high-performance sealant.

To see how the designed joint works, click the arrow in the middle of this animated graphic:


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Wooden Columns, 17 pages

Stabilize and maintain exterior wood columns (up to 10' tall). How to buy the right columns for your project with sources of supply and installation methods to make restored or new columns last longer.

round base and square plinth
Figure 30.
Offset the joints in the square wood plinth and round wood base to provide a stable support for the shaft.


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Managing Maintenance for Older and Historic Buildings, 44 pages

Use the four steps of maintenance programming; Assess, Plan, Maintain, Evaluate, to reduce deterioration and save money. Learn to set priorities, schedule work and control the costs of maintaining your building while saving its historical significance and architectural character. Includes 10 worksheets and forms to copy and fill in. 20 Illustrations. 45 Pages.

the four steps within a circle
Figure 7.
The maintenance cycle begins with an initial assessment. Then the four steps repeat again and again to ensure effective maintenance.


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Wood Gutters, 16 pages

A detailed guide for repair and maintenance. Also covers assessment of conditions, replacement, flashing and preservative finishes.

cross-section of wood gutter showing layers of tar in trough with decayed wood beneath.
Figure 14.
Tarred gutters decay due to trapped moisture.


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Mouldings, 12 pages

What can you do if your early building is missing short lengths of a few wood mouldings? You can spend hundreds of dollars in setup costs at the millworks each time you need a few mouldings, or you can save money by learning how to make short runs of wood mouldings yourself. Includes names and shapes of mouldings, how to document moulding profiles, and three methods to reproduce mouldings.

cross-section of moulding showing cut locations
Figure 10.
A full-form moulding is begun on the table saw by wasting away unwanted wood with step kerfs and bevel cuts.


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$89 value, 45% discount, Save $39.00. 

Compendium, All Seven Reports,  206 pages

Order this compilation of all seven reports in one handy spiral-bound volume. Includes: 

  • Save Your Wood Windows
  • Wood-Epoxy Repair
  • Wooden Columns
  • Exterior Woodwork Details
  • Wood Gutters
  • Mouldings
  • Managing Maintenance

Does not include: Steam Paint Removal 

206 pages, 259 illustrations.



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Steam Paint Removal, Report from the Field

Steam paint removal softens the paint film so it can be more easily scraped away. It works well with the heavy paint buildup commonly found on the wooden exteriors of older buildings during house restoration and historic preservation projects. It can also be used on interior paint and on window maintenance and repairs. Report covers methods, techniques, equipment, sources, making custom steam heads and profiles three steam paint removal projects.

21 pages, 23 illustrations, 2 step-by-step methods (color cover, black & white inside)

Heavy paint buildup on this carved wooden column capital is softened by steam and removed with careful scraping.

This publication is a new format for the Practical Restoration Reports. In a Report from the Field you receive late breaking news and information. While the information here is based on my own experience and reports from others, it may not be as thoroughly investigated and confirmed through long-term testing over the decades as in the standard Practical Restoration Reports. As always, I encourage you to do your own testing, development and trials before using any new material, method or technique on important or critical work. The material presented here is intended to keep you up to date on our work and is not intended to convince you to use this method. This is a new method and we may not yet have worked out all the best tooling, procedures and techniques. Whether you use this method is entirely up to you. With that said, it is my opinion that the method has some merit, and that it is important to get the word about it out now because it has the potential to improve the safety and health of workers and building occupants, save buildings from catching fire, and save the environment from chemical contamination as seems to be the case with some other paint removal methods. Keep in mind that adapting new methods and using some products for unusual purposes, such as steam paint removal, usually voids any warrantee from the manufacturer, and may create a situation that is hazardous. Do not use the methods shown in this report if you cannot control the risk of unexpected results, harm to yourself and others, and the loss or damage of property.



 

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Practical Restoration Reports are a detailed technical series on preservation topics packed with practical methods you can use now. The reports contain complete descriptions of useful techniques with drawings and photos that reflect the latest developments in the field of architectural preservation. Information in each report is updated as new developments in preservation are actually used on projects around the country. These reports are based on real projects and the author's thirty years experience as a preservation tradesman and contractor. He brings that experience to work for the readers of these reports. He developed these reports in response to the needs of professionals, contractors, and homeowners for detailed and accurate information about their old and historic buildings.

Homeowners & Do-It-Yourselfers:

Use Practical Restoration Reports as do-it-yourself guides. Gives you information you need to talk with tradespeople confidently.

Tradespeople & Contractors:

Bring your crews up to speed quickly on new preservation techniques with Practical Restoration Reports. Move into productive work with less time and hassle.

Architects & Professionals:

Refer to Practical Restoration Reports in your specifications then just include a copy of the report. Provides a hands-on approach contractors appreciate.

 

Unsolicited Testimonials

"This is a great book for all levels of working on windows. Mr. Leeke has put everything together in a clear, easy to follow book. I felt like Mr. Leeke was looking over my shoulder and giving me tips."  -  Marion Rood, woodworker

"I landed the contract because your Reports gave me the insight and confidence needed to explain the project to the clients. They said I was the only contractor to give them any hope that the job could be done." "Your reports are most informative and concise. I'm very impressed!" - James A. McGrath, Contractor, Eggleston, VA

"Practical Restoration Reports are short, non-technical, and well illustrated...For the building owner, contractor, or architect with a need for solid working information about both what to do and how to do it, they are economical and useful." - Allen Charles Hill, AIA, Winchester, MA

"Your Practical Restoration Report is really superb. It is the best thing I've seen on the subject. It's clearly written, not overly technical and easy to understand." - Roger Reed, Maine Historic Preservation Commission

How to Order

Purchase the reports online via PayPal, or with your credit card by clicking "Add to Cart" and "View Cart" above. Reports are provided in 8.5" x 11" perfect-bound (paperback) format or stapled booklets with color covers and black & white contents. Standard delivery via US Postal Service, Media Mail, ground, to the USA takes 1 to 2 week. 

Discounts:  Call 207 773-2306 to obtain discounts for orders over 10 copies.

10 - 49 copies of the same report 10 % off
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100 or more copies 45 % off (or, save more money and call to for a special deal to buy reproduction rights and print up your own copies)

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John Leeke's Historic HomeWorks

    207 773-2306      26 Higgins St. Portland, ME  04103

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