John Rodgers
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Building Storm Windows
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Rodgers Jan 4, 2010.

Old Growth Wood Friendly Stains?
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Subway Tile Scored Plaster Bathroom
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Clarence A Bauer Sep 14, 2009.


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John Barnes commented on John Rodgers's blog post damask wallpaper substitute?
"Do the stencil, its worth the extra time and YOU get to choose the colors.  I am planning this in my dining room ... probably a very deep and rich red, tone on tone in a flat base coat with semi gloss or satin for the stencil itself ... could…"
May 28, 2015
John Rodgers replied to Ken Overfelt's discussion What style of house would you call this Federal ?
"definitely Italianate, late 19th century judging by the exterior woodwork and overall styling. 1870-1890 is a good bet regarding age. Beautiful home, congrats on your soon-to-be purchase. Add some more pictures when you get settled in. JR"
Jan 21, 2010
John Rodgers replied to John Rodgers's discussion Building Storm Windows
"Made enough for the 4 large windows in my bedroom (not quite sure how to tackle the french doors out to the balcony, and already feel a noticeable difference in addition to seeing the plastic "breathing" as the drafts come in and I presume…"
Jan 4, 2010
Brian Campbell replied to John Rodgers's discussion Building Storm Windows
"I made storms like this for my shop, but I put plastic on both sides of the frame to make a thermal pane. So far, very little condensation between the plastic layers. I should try some with this method inside the house and keep an eye on…"
Jan 4, 2010
John Rodgers replied to John Rodgers's discussion Building Storm Windows
" Found always thank you to John Leeke and Historic Home Works."
Jan 4, 2010
John Rodgers posted a discussion

Building Storm Windows

I remember this being posted previously, but I'm having trouble finding the original discussion thread...hoping John Leeke or Laird or some of the previous discussers might be able to find and/or re-post the discussion.From my memory, they were removable interior storms made out of 1x and heavy mil plastic. Not the ideal solution, but will work as a temporary draft barrier. I've never noticed my house to be unbearably cold, but my better half disagrees and the prospects of lows in the teens…See More
Jan 4, 2010
John Rodgers replied to PStewart's discussion What was this arch in our chimney?
"Hilary~ If it is in the basement directly beneath the fireplace, it is possible that it is (or was) a cleanout for the fireplace. As the coal (or wood) would burn out and ash, it would fall into a grate in the floor of the fireplace, or a trap…"
Dec 14, 2009
John Rodgers commented on Lair Tienter's blog post Is Anyone watching over this site??????
"I think this was the issue with the last website before it was shut down and replaced by the current version. There should be some way that the moderators can set the security settings up to where it detects and blocks spam members"
Dec 11, 2009

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I'm a single guy working to restore my 1911 dream home, listed on the National Register as a "unique blend of Medieval, Georgian, and Bungalow architecture. I'm only the 3rd owner since its construction, and have so far uncovered quite a few relicsfrom the previous owners, both of whom were prominent members of the community and state.

If the home looks vaguely familiar, it was recently showcased on the HGTV show If Walls Could Talk, Episode number 2007. I just caught a rerun of it yesterday, so they may have information on when it will be played again.

I am also the Executive Director of the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, as well as Manager of the Main Street Donaldsonville Program. Donaldsonville was founded in 1806, and is the 3rd oldest city in the state, and the 2nd largest historic district--behind only the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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My kitchen and living room are connected in a long wing of the house, and they are the only two ceilings in the house that had the original plaster replaced by the much higher quality drywall. Pbbbtthhhh...not to mention the tape job was not done correctly so it is peeling and chipping off throughout the two rooms.

Woke up this morning to a call from a good friend in town who is managing the renovations of a large commercial building downtown, and they decided that they do not want… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments

This showed up in my mailbox yesterday...

Shortly after buying my home I was lucky enough to meet the granddaughter of the original owner...she had returned to the house after attending a funeral to see if she could enter for the first time since her childhood. She was able to give me some vague information regarding how she remembered the house to be, but not much more than family history.

I returned home from work yesterday to find this photo in my mailbox, along with a note from her.… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 8:22am — 2 Comments

damask wallpaper substitute?

Time for my random question of the day:

I absolutely love the look of damask wallpaper, yet at the same time despise wallpaper. Growing up in Florida and flipping houses for a couple of years (none historic), I learned very quickly that pretty much everytime I decided to pull down wallpaper, I was going to find mold.

For those of you who are into faux painting, are there stencils available where one could mimic the look of damask wallpaper, and is this something that is… Continue

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 12:43pm — 6 Comments

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At 1:46pm on September 24, 2008, Demetra said…
Welcome to the site John. You have a great house--would love to hear more about your projects on it.-Demetra
At 11:48am on September 26, 2008, Chip Wright said…
These projects are in various stages of completion. All have been assessed on an individual basis holding firm to the belief that all buildings mature at varying rates with varying levels tastes and impacts. I have been working with the city for nearly two years now to manage rehabilitation activity in the downtown. I work with property owners on a case by case basis creating phased rehab plans that work with their individual budgets that result in a completed rehab over time. I teach them to manage their investment by making the right choices and addressing priorities first. I also give quarterly contractor workshops (half-day) that teach local builders the correct techniques required to restore historic structures. These have been a tremndous success. One builder told me that he appreciated the workshops because "he was learning how his great grandfather built buildings." We use private investment, a facade grant program developed by the city, low interest construction loan (2 and 3 percent through a banking partner), and various other grants that are available through the state and federal government. In two years we have completed 18 rehabs and 2 complete restorations which includes the historic courthouse and grounds (SPLOST). As an architect and designer I have really enjoyed this project because of the economic incentives and energy it has brought to the downtown area which for years had been nothing more than a ghost town of empty buildings and struggleing businesses. The Northeast Georgia mountians are the second most popular region in the State of Georgia. I strongly believe that people are attracted by beautiful places and and quality character areas. As we strive to restore the mountain communities and regulate trends for over development and SPRAWL, our section will continue to offer visitors and residents a higher quality of life for years to come. Historic Preservation works for communities who think outside the box, have an appreciation of their history, and understanding of the economics behind growth and resource managment.
At 9:23am on October 24, 2008, Demetra said…
Hi John,
Regarding featured members, the server rotates through our memberes to highlight some; you don't need to do anything to get featured like this. If, however, you don't want to be featured, you should let us know.
At 6:22pm on November 18, 2008, Andrew said…
Still trying to find an exact date here. I was told the 1910's or up but found a book a couple of weeks ago tht was displaying postcards for the early 1900's and it had a postcard with this house on it that was dated 1902. So I know it goes back at least that far.
At 8:15pm on December 4, 2008, Lair Tienter said…
I can't begin to tell you about everything. The house was "redone" in the early 60's. Rich avacado greens and burnt orange's. Wood work was cut and sanded so it was flat. Flocked wallpaper everyware. On the outside they tried to make it look like the white house. Since then the only work done was to put band-aids on problems as cheaply as possible. I've had to remove all the band aids and repair damage then restore everything. I'm now over the purchase price in repairs and the labor has been mine. After the last summer I think we are now on the road to maintainance. I've replaced everything.
At 11:23am on December 7, 2008, Joe Copley said…
Thanks, John, I'm glad you find the useful. Always looking for ideas to improve it, so let me know if you have any.
At 12:01pm on December 7, 2008, Joe Copley said…
We generally keep all of the information that sellers provide, although we remove promotional content from archived listings. We don't display the seller's contact info or the listed price (which may differ from the actual price), but everything else is displayed.

I invite you to add your own home to the archive. Most of our archives come from expired for-sale listings, but we'd love to get more people to add their homes, even if they have no intention of ever selling it. I haven't figured out how to persuade large numbers of people to do this.
At 11:06pm on December 10, 2008, John Leeke said…
I think Phil is on the right track--weights getting stuck up. Open up the pocket and check out the weights, make sure they run free and clear.

The upper sash should have weights that are slightly heavier than the sash to hold the sash up and closed. The lower sash should have weights slightly lighter than the sash to let the sash go down and closed.
At 6:07pm on January 6, 2009, Mal & Greg said…
Thank you. Yeah--that drive is going to kill me. I need to get a pilot's licence, oh--and maybe a plane......
At 1:52pm on January 9, 2009, Meredith K. said…
Thanks for the info, I'll check those sites. I'll post some more pics. The architectural elements on the porch are really neat... From my understanding, not many Second Empire houses were built in the south. There are apparently only four others in Alabama. I imagine that there were not many people in the South that either wanted or could afford the style during Reconstruction, but that's just my guess.

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