Misquoted quotation

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity but today’s article about the relocation and restoration of one of Greensboro’s oldest residences in today’s N&R comes close.  At least as far as my business goes.

“Unfortunately, most of the windows in the house will have to be replaced. Southern Evergreen got an estimate from Double Hung Historic Window Restoration to repair rather than replace the windows, but at almost $1,000 per window, the cost was prohibitive.”… says the peice.

The window restoration quote I provided was actually $626.00 per window which included retaining the structure’s extraordinary original, wavy glass, removal of all paint and putty, replacement of several rotted sash parts, re-glazing, priming as well as refurbishment of the windows’ early – but very effective – perimeter weather stripping system.

When the group undertaking the restorations responded to my quote informing me it was “not in the budget”, I replied, “…by how much?” because I really wanted my company to be a part of the project.

I never received a reply and should have followed up.  Sounds like something got lost in the shuffle – unfortunately it is probably going to be those beautiful old windows.

Update: Come to find out I did receive a reply to my “… by how much” inquiry.  The email apparently got lost in my shuffle (actually, spam filter).

Even if I had been given the opportunity to lower my services and cost, turns out it would have been to no avail.  The information provided indicates that the budget for the house’s 22 windows was just over $4,800.00 ($219 for each unit by my calculations).  I don’t know of too many companies that could even wash the windows for that.

At that price for replacement windows, I can assure you they will be replacing the replacements in a few years.  Gotta love that vinyl.

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He solved the problem. No muss, no fuss.

Charles Haithcock – my hero.  The incident happened a scant three blocks from me and my family.

His demeanor… calm.   His justice.. swift.   His sense of the law…. infallible.

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N&R:”Opening Windows to History”

Although today’s N&R story about my company, Double Hung, LLC, makes it sound like I still get to do some of the actual work of restoring historic windows – I really don’t.  I’ve got people – good people – that get to have all of the fun.  With the business growing as it is, my duties now mainly revolve around the more mundane aspects of running a company: sales/bids, customer service, payroll, taxes, collections… etc.

But reporter Eddie Huffman did a good job of capturing the essence of what we do.

We’ll begin a high profile and complicated project within the next few weeks.  The Greensboro Historical Museum‘s windows are to be completely restored through the good graces of Greensboro citizens who voted for the bond money to take care of the museum back in 2006.

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Recession takes a Holliday

Reliable sources tell me that Holliday Hardware on Spring Garden Street is closing after 50 some-odd years of providing more service than you could stand.  If they didn’t have it, you didn’t need it.  Definitely an ‘old school’ store that will be missed.

Holliday Hardware is the family namesake business of former Greensboro Mayor Keith Holliday.

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A nice Merlot with my homegrown broccoli, please

From a City email regarding a proposed change at the Curb Market:

“The Greensboro Parks & Recreation Commission has received a citizen request and requests your input on the following:

Given the growing wine industry in North Carolina, and the fact that some of these wines are sold at Farmers Markets throughout the state, and having met with staff of the City of Greensboro’s Legal Department, City staff is exploring the possibility of allowing North Carolina-produced wine to be sold and sampled at the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market.

The Parks & Recreation Commission will review and discuss this issue at its next meeting, Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 6:00 p.m. at the Central Library.”

From what I hear, the sale of NC wines at the market has wide support from most everyone.  The sticking point seems to be the additional step of allowing on-site wine tastings by ABC-licensed vendors.

Don’t know about you, but I’m fer it. I think it will make Saturday mornings at the Market even more appealing than it already is – if that is possible.

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‘Weatherization’ money strikes. Windows destroyed.

There is nothing ‘green’ about, nor is it in any way ‘energy efficient’, to rip out a building’s original windows that have been in service for 50+ years (with 100 more to go) and replace them with petroleum based replacements that have an expected service life of 15 – 20 years.  However, the window replacement industry seems to have grabbed the Obama administration by the short and curlies when it comes to how best to dole out Federal stimulus money earmarked for “Weatherization“.

There is an oft quoted, fact-based mantra among the small chorus of companies, like mine, who are trying to turn the tide on the wholesale practice of replacing windows for replacent’s sake:

“They call them replacement windows because you just have to keep replacing them”.

It doesn’t take much research to discover that most of the claims about vinyl replacements , including “they will pay for themselves”, are misleading at best.  Some would call them lies.

I have been in contact with the Asheboro based company who is being charged with the dissemination of much these weatherization funds and recently met with State Senator Don Vaughan (who sits on the committee that makes such decisions) regarding the inclusion of thermal upgrades to existing windows as being preferable to replacement.

If there is not some change in policy, this Federal  ‘weatherization’ money could become the the biggest threat to historic preservation since the advent of replacement windows by Anderson in 1980.

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The reverend cries “wolf”… again, and again, and again…

I will consider it a major step forward for race relations in Greensboro the day Nelson Johnson calls a news conference and nobody showed?

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Best All Around – that’s my girl

Got a call this morning that Jinni & I ought to come and stay for all three hours of Grimsley High School’s Senior Awards Day.  So we did.  If you are looking for the good in public education, Grimsley’s auditorium this morning would be a fine place to start.  It is a pretty amazing event.

Some of the academic and athletic awards date back nearly 100 years and are named in honor of teachers and administrators who served the school and its student for years and years.

After sitting through it all, it came down to the the last and most coveted award the school has to offer two of its graduating students.   The P.T.S.A/ A.P. Routh Best All Around Student Award is voted on by the senior class and faculty and presented to one senior girl and one senior boy in the school of over 1600 students.

Josie Hoggard’s name will be inscribed on the ancient silver platter that graces the school’s trophy case and be added to the list of the award’s winners’ hallway plaque that dates back to 1914.

We are proud of our little girl.

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Luebke Project

Rick and Margaret Luebke are dedicated preservationists and they put their money where their mouth is when it came time to restore and modernize their own home.  My company, Double Hung, LLC was fortunate to have played a role in their endeavors; not only for the opportunity to work on such an important property, but also because of the extraordinary amount of publicity their project has generated.

Featured last month is Preservation Greensboro’s most excellent “Landmarks” publication (not posted) and the month before that in “99 Blocks” magazine (also not available online) the project appeared in this morning’s N&R as a feature in their Triad Homes section. (Photos here)

Not exactly sure what all is driving it, but despite the state of the economy, we’ve been busy… real busy… as you can probably tell from my lack of posting over the last months. Perhaps I’ll get time to return to regular blogging once the recession has eased a bit.

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Deception?… hardly.

Nothing like starting the New Year off with a public call for your resignation.

A woefully misinformed Mr. Steve Parker writes in today’s N&R: “I find it sad indeed that the people of Greensboro are not asking for the resignations of those members of the Parks and Recreation Commission who scammed residents out of $12 million…

Nobody “scammed” anyone out of anything, Mr. Parker.

If what you are talking about is the fact that the $12M swim center was nested within the larger P&R bond in November, then you need to get your facts straight. (Didn’t that used to be the job of an editor?)

It was your City Council who did the deed to which you are referring.  And by placing it on the ballot, they went AGAINST the recommendations of the Commission.

It was only after the bond’s contents where set by the Council that this Commissioner – and this Commissioner only – recommended that the swim center folks lay low lest the issue, which had failed twice before, torpedo the funding for some very real needs that the balance of the bond was to provide.

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