Category Archives: Double Hung

Compromise is in order for lead paint law

Strong statement, this: “Guilford County’s lead-related regulations, as currently worded and enforced, are imminent threats to the preservation of some of our most treasured places and make de facto criminals of their owners.”  But if you’ll take the time to read our ordinance on lead paint poisoning prevention (.doc), it is absolutely true. I’ve spoken to several government [...]

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Gone silent, again

Looks like I’m back to stealth-mode blogging for a while longer.  Work is pressing like nobody’s business.  Well, maybe somebody’s business is pressing like Double Hung’s current – and future – workload, but it is all a bit overwhelming right now. In addition to ongoing projects on the UNCG and NCSU campuses and five or six [...]

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The real cost of removing historic windows…

On Thursday I was in Athens, GA to give a talk on the energy efficiencies and ‘sustainability’ benefits of restoring historic windows as opposed to ripping them out and tossing them in the landfill.  Sponsored by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation and other local preservation interests, the emphasis of the symposium was on enegy savings in historic [...]

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Nothing could be greener

A big focus of Preservation North Carolina’s annual conference last week had to do with sustainable ”green” building techniques.  This concept is what preservationists are all about sense historic preservation is the ultimate in recycling.  Or, as conference keynote speaker Carl Elefante, AIA put it… “The greenest building is… one that is already built.” (pdf file)

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Those ugly vinyl windows

David Wharton found someone who despises vinyl replacement windows almost as much as I do.  As I said during my presentation at Preservation North Carolina’s conference last week, most vinyl window salesmen will lie like a dog to make a sale. The new mantra among the preservation community is this: “No maintenance means they can’t be repaired.” Don’t replace [...]

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Preaching the Double Hung gospel

Starting tomorrow, I am taking a couple of breaks from fixing old windows to do my bit for educating people on the ways and economics of historic restoration. Preservation North Carolina’s annual conference begins tomorrow in Raleigh and I will be one of the presenters (brochure, pdf file).  Seems I have become a “preservation specialist” and an [...]

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“A clear vision” now online

When the Triad Business Journal’s profile of my company, Double Hung, LLC, was first published back in March, it was not available online.  Now it is.

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Bath restoration

OK.  I’m back.  But really out of sync. I found that the tiny hamlet of Bath, while possessing gracious people and oodles of history, is woefully lacking in the internet connection department.  After the first few days of unsuccessfully trolling for a wi-fi spot, I finally said to hell with it and resigned myself to the [...]

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Taking on Bath

Double Hung, LLC is headed to the coast. Back in October, a lady from Bath, NC discovered our services and rang me up.  Seems she was part of a grassroots effort to save her old high school from the wrecking ball.  Bath High School was built in the 1920′s and occupied until 1989 when a [...]

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Double Hungs around the world

I have found that t-shirts bearing my company’s logo are becoming a sought-after item.  There’s something about the name Double Hung that seems to appeal to some of the more, um… shall we say… dirty minded among us.  I will admit here the double entendre’ was quite intentional. But my company’s slogan, “Don’t replace… repair“, [...]

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