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Home Improvement Resources:
Restoration & Preservation Briefs
from the National Park Service, Technical Preservation Service for Historic Buildings  
Also See:
Historic Preservation Technical Procedures
(from the Federal GSA)

The Preservation Briefs series from the National Park Service is a "reference source"
for homeowners, property managers and architects on rehabilitation topics for older
properties.  The "briefs" cover over 40 specific topics.  

It is strongly suggested that you (and/or your contractor/architect) be familiar with the
topics discussed in these briefs before any repair work is undertaken.  Why?, new
building materials may not be compatible with traditional materials and may actually
be a hazard to the longevity of your property (not to mention the expenses of
re-doing incompatible work).  

These briefs are also important and referenced guidelines when conducting
re-hab work for qualification under various "historic tax-incentive" programs.

The complete set of briefs is available on line at the NPS website.  We have made
available a selected few which cover many of the topics common in Bolton Hill.

Repointing Mortar Joints in
Historic Masonry Buildings
The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows
Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling
Historic Buildings: Problems and
Recommended Approaches
Roofing for Historic Buildings
Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork
Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors
The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron
The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained
and Leaded Glass
Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings
Appropriate Methods of Reducing Lead-Paint
Hazards in Historic Housing
....and many more on the NPS website

For the do-it-yourselfer (or contractor) details and methods of "preservation repair" are provided at the following link: "Historic Preservation Technical Procedures" from the Federal General Services Administration.


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