Hangin’ double hungs

We are pretty much on schedule with the window fixin’ at NCSU’s Leazer Hall but the job is leaving little time for diversion.  My crew is up-and-at-em starting around 7:00a and we go until 5:00p most days.  Then, at least for me, the paperwork starts.

Leazer Hall.jpgDouble Hung is a wood shop on wheels.  Part carpentry, part tinkerer’s dream, part hard, sweaty lifting, it helps to be creative and versatile to fix what ails century-old windows.  One of the questions I ask any new hire is if they enjoyed putting model cars or Legos together as a kid.  If they say no, I’ll usually pass on them.

It also helps to have a bunch of cool tools, which I am not shy about obtaining.IMG_0347.jpg

Despite their 93 years, the majority of the sash in Leazer Hall is in great condition.  A little Gorilla glue, epoxies and wood filler generally prepares each of the 290 units for another century of service – but sometimes I find after getting rid of layers and layers of paint that the only thing holding some of them together was the paint itself.  Then we bring out the clamps… lots of them.

IMG_0346.jpgIt took about 13 clamps and a lot of tinkerin’ to put this 5′ radius half-round sash back together… but that’s why we get the big bucks, right?

During the various phases of this massive undertaking I am taking progress photos with an eye toward finally building a website.  In addition, being the publicity hound that I am, I have contacted every preservation organization in the area to come by for a look-see in case they find themselves in need of such a service in the future.  All are very pleased to find a company that is into repairing old windows rather than replacing them.  I ran out of business cards about a week ago.

It looks like we will be here until mid-May due the fact that I picked up a couple more restorations on the beautiful campus of St. Mary’s School.

So… all that said… I’m not through with blogging as it may seem to some – not by a long shot.  It’s just that work is pressing and there are mouths to feed and children to clothe and there’s this thing I learned about making hay while the sun is shining.  Hang with me.

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3 Comments

  1. Wayne R.
    Posted April 5, 2006 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how I”m going to keep up with GSO politics until you get back to town, but those are great projects, and it’s
    great to know that windows aren’t going to the dump.

    Keep up the good work, spread the gospel, and convert the Great Unwashed…and put the Vinyl guys out of Biz!

    Matt from Minj misses you on Fridays..

    Ww

  2. Mike K.
    Posted April 5, 2006 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey you’ve got to focus on what pays the bills. As much as we all enjoy your blog, it’s not a source of any significant income and you need that in order to have the time to tell us all what you think, and ask us to do likewise.

  3. Posted April 5, 2006 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Get to it Hogg, NC State will be a better place when your done !
    Greensboro will still be here when you get back !

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    [...] We have a few punch-list things to take care of today and tomorrow, but as of Monday, Double Hung will relocate its shop-on-wheels back to Greensboro to take on a backlog of projects that have amassed over the past four months. -dhoggard no comments trackback this article comment on this article [...]

  2. [...] As more and more people are discovering as I ply my trade throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, there is some extraordinary craftmanship hidden behind 20 coats of paint on most every original window in pre-1935 structures. All it really takes to keep them functioning like a new Greenwich, CT mansion’s million dollar fenestration is a little maintenance every fifty years or so.  As ‘old house people’ know, there are few sounds as satifying and quirky as the distinctive squeeks of pulleys, ropes and counterweights doing their thing when they lift their old sash as easily as the day they were made.  That’s what we do. [...]