Randall Marder
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The original stain leaded glass Koi pond lantern at the Gamble House Museum
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall Marder Apr 11.

Historic pro advice, just ask
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Started this discussion. Last reply by KARODY ROBBINS Jan 15.

General rules and guidelines when restoring and saving your historic home
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Started this discussion. Last reply by I love old houses! Jan 9, 2016.

 

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Randall Marder replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"Pamela's right. If a wire brush is in your future, use a brass wire brush. I would do a few tests first."
Apr 11
Randall Marder replied to Randall Marder's discussion The original stain leaded glass Koi pond lantern at the Gamble House Museum
"Glad you enjoyed my tale, its time to share.  I have a lot of stories to share.  Although writing is not one of my expertise, its important all stories shared are accurate and not embellished.   Thanks Randall"
Apr 11
Randall Marder replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
" although chinking is the commonly used term, I learned thru the historic state fund, that the term dobbing is the correct term.  The fund shared that chinking is the scrapes place between the logs to hold the dobbing in place.  I…"
Apr 11
Phil replied to Randall Marder's discussion The original stain leaded glass Koi pond lantern at the Gamble House Museum
"Interesting story.  Thanks for sharing it."
Apr 11
Randall Marder posted a discussion

The original stain leaded glass Koi pond lantern at the Gamble House Museum

I found a picture that I took during my days preserving the Gamble House Museum, under the direction of Randel Makinson.  As you can see in the picture, the Koi pond had not been in used years.  The Greene and Greene lantern, shown on the brick pedestal, was missing one panel.  We were commission to make an exact duplicate.  After matching the glass, the foil was applied.  Than we took exacto knives and craved the foil to match,  We hand dripped the solder, using an standard pistol iron. After…See More
Apr 9
Randall Marder commented on Rosie Murray's blog post How to clean wood furniture
"I am an expert with over 45 years experience, never use any water based products, ever.  To make that suggestions is bad information.  Sorry for being so strong about this topic, i seen more damage finishes, veneers, grey patina, etc due…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Richard Pryor's discussion My problem: Crooked screen door frame
"No old house is perfectly square and Lair has a good point.  Either build a custom wood door to fit or plane the door to fit.   Yours Randall"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Brantley Ferrell's discussion We are looking for homes/homeowners of repurposed buildings for an upcoming Television Series
"check me out at www.rmdesignconst.com  Also I seen some of your shows and your guys need more guidance.  I seen some very bad methods that are being shown that are damaging buildings.  I know the lost arts and can not watch some of…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Jay Nouri's discussion Random screech-like sounds in walls - Not an animal though
"two possibilities,  if you have steam radiator heating, their could be air in your pipes, or your house is haunted and saying Hello and trying to tell you something.  Check out the area for repairs.  Always listen to ones old house…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Devyn's discussion Protecting finished wood floors while stripping paint from baseboards and trim moldings.
"I've been restoring historic homes for over 45 years and their is no way.  It is easy and quick to do floor touch-ups.  Also if you are using a water based remover, the water in the chemical will damage your patina and turn it grey.…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to John's discussion matching late 1920's moulding
"Nice, your are on your way.  Either have it custom milled or check all the inside of your closets and unused areas of your basement that may have also have the top moulding detail.  Depending on the owner, we remove the top crown from…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to JRTebow's discussion Saving 120 year old siding
"I have had to remove old siding for various historic projects and reinstalled.  For me to assist you I would need much more info and pictures to give you an idea what is the best approach. Doing this wrong could damage your old house.  We…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Erin Braico's discussion Linseed oil
"In regards to boiled linseed oil, this will only work with oil based products. Not with any waterbased products.  Also cut the linseed oil with paint thinner and make a mixture for the best results Yours Randall"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Amanda Stroud's discussion Removing cement/plaster/The Blob from tiles
"I once set a floor with tiles from French will old mortar still left on all the backs.  I set all the tiles into a wet mortar mix base and push them into the the mix one by one. I ran sting from one end of the room to the other to avoid losing…"
Apr 9
Randall Marder replied to Lorraine Nacey's discussion Restoring a log house
"a corn broom used to sweep and a vacuum as mentioned above.  If you dub with lime and sand mixture be careful and ware good full rubber gloves to protect your hands.  The lime mix or bucket of lime water rinse will slowly burn your skin"
Apr 9
KARODY ROBBINS replied to Randall Marder's discussion Historic pro advice, just ask
"What is the style of this house?  My husband and I bought it yesterday at auction.  It has stunning interior woodwork, but exterior needs a big rescue.  1910 build."
Jan 15

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Tell us about yourself:
I am a preservationist /general contractor that has been involve in preserving and restoring historical sites since 72. I headed the first team that worked at the The Gamble House Museum and restore many important elements that had not be touch for years. I also work on the Blacker House and other Greene and Greene Houses. I live in Colorado and for the last 15 years had the opportunity to restore many historical sites throughout Colorado. I am a expert in; Craftsman, Bungalow, Capital, Square, Victorian, Etc. My skills range from carpentry, antique restoration, woodwork restoration, window and door restoration, and much much more. An one stop service
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
I have restored historic barns, homes, building, log cabins, open space sites, etc. The Denver Old House Society has tagged me at Nation Known Craftsman. I feel lucky to have so many opportunities thru the years. I feel fortunate to have restore many historical sites for future generation to enjoy.
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http://www.rmdesignconst.com

Randall Marder's Blog

Save our History

When I moved from California to Colorado to escape the city, for the last 15 years all my preservation work was with the Colorado State Historical fund.  About one year ago I ventured back into the consumer market.  Since I been back I have meet many homeowners and visited many historic homes.  One common thread I have witness is how unqualified general contractors have severely damage many beautiful historic homes in the Denver metro area.  The horror stories that homeowners have shared and…

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Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

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