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Bill Rigby
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  • Cooperstown, NY
  • United States
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Bill Rigby replied to Kat Hudson's discussion Wanted: Sliding Barn Door Hardware / Trolley system
"Hello Kat: What is the width of the door you are hanging? I might have something. Bill Rigby American Historic Hardware Co. www.wmjrigby.com "
Oct 3, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to juliann's discussion linoleum rug?
"If this is a room that gets minimal traffic then fine. Most of these rugs are very brittle by now and cannot take the traffic they could when new. Some house museum with  period  rooms would love to have it. Problem is getting it…"
May 9, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to juliann's discussion linoleum rug?
"To find these in any condition is always a plus. Nice discovery! These were made in many sizes years ago. Bill Rigby www.wmjrigby.com"
May 8, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to tracy's discussion Anyone have experience installing mini-ducts air conditioning system?
"I'm presently in the same boat. We are doing research on the best systems and trying to find a local installer I can work with. Leaning toward Mitubishi brand cooling only. We will be installing 3 room air handlers on one outside condenser and…"
May 3, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to TriDog's discussion What is it?
"If this has a closed box on the rear then it is a built- in laundry hamper. Clothes in the top. Grating for air. Laundry day you open the bottom door to retrieve the clothes. Many companies offered these in various designs. I've sold a few…"
May 1, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to Holly Ulrich's discussion Varnish Stripping Residue Problem
"No, you want to only use denatured alcohol. Never rubbing alcohol. No matter what you use to strip with indoors you should always ventilate the space and never work alone. Remove any rags and debris to the outdoors each time you finish up. Bill…"
Feb 10, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to Holly Ulrich's discussion Varnish Stripping Residue Problem
"You might do best by cleaning up with alcohol. It is likely that the first coat of finish is shellac and alcohol is the solvent for that. You will also be able to remove any residual layers of varnish and paint with it. lacquer thinner will do a…"
Feb 9, 2012
Bill Rigby replied to Ken the Old House Guy's discussion Wood Window Repair, Restoration, Fabrication
"Interesting! I really like what you are doing with your site. I am forwarding your info to our local planning board for the Village of Cooperstown NY. I think others should do the same in their locales. Bill Rigby Wm J Rigby…"
Nov 9, 2011
Bill Rigby replied to Ken the Old House Guy's discussion Wood Window Repair, Restoration, Fabrication
"Very interesting website. However, I'm a bit troubled by your side-bar advertisers. Not exactly promoting the restoration of original windows. Bill Rigby Wm J Rigby  Co. www.wmjrigby.com  "
Nov 8, 2011
Bill Rigby replied to Edward Duffy's discussion Pocket door hardware
"Hello Edward; the plates I have are similar in construction to the ones you need but the measurement is 2-3/8" These could be made to work but I would rather have you first contact Stephen Thorpe at www.fixpocketdoors.com   to see if…"
Jul 27, 2011
Bill Rigby replied to Edward Duffy's discussion Pocket door hardware
"Hello Edward: Can you give me the center to center horizontal measurement of the two angled slots? This measurement varied between makers and is critical when finding replacement door top plates. I'm assuming you need 4 plates?   Bill…"
Jul 26, 2011
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1878 Walter Bunn Residence, Cooperstown NY
Jul 11, 2011
Bill Rigby replied to LovesOldHouses's discussion How to shorten pocket doors?
"You can trim your doors with any of the power tools such as the Fein Multimaster. Craftsman makes one as does Harbor Freight (though you get what you paid for). This tool is perfect when under cutting moldings to slip in flooring so trimming the…"
Jul 11, 2011

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Tell us about yourself:
I own an operate the Wm J Rigby Antique Hardware Company.
We sell original unused and restored builder's hardware.
No reproductions.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
I have been an historic house consultant and restorer for about 38 years.
I recently completed the exterior restoration of an 1889 private railroad car.
My next project is the restoration of a 1916 Milburn Electric Automobile.
Website:
http://www.wmjrigby.com

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