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 Eileen Dushek-Manthe's discussion storm windows: replacement options
"stabilize the existing wooden screens with titebond 3 and clamp or repair as necessary.  Than turn the frames around so you can access the glass or screens from the inside, than put the glass into c channel frame, than take some nylon clips and…"
Jun 12
Randall Marder replied to Al Shehadi's discussion Old Iron Radiators
"agree with Lair gun oil, also olive oil, really any cooking oil.  I would run some tests and heat up several types of oils on the stove and choose the one that smells the best or least.  "
Jun 12
Randall Marder replied to Dave P's discussion help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related?
"Hi Dave, I been saving our history for over 44 years and you have me stumped.  I have worked on turret architecture, as for example William Lang, but never ran into a hose as described.  If your game, I would stuff the end of the hose with…"
May 21
Randall Marder replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"I think you are talking about storm windows.  Need some pictures to see if you have the kind of storm hanging hardware that allows you to swing the storms outward safely.   Yours Randall "
May 10
Randall Marder replied to Austin Litteral's discussion Identify Old Floors in Kitchen
"do not be so quick to sand the floors.  First check between the tongue and grove how much grove is left.  You could destroy the floor and cause the grove to break or crack away.  I usually take a business card and slide it into the…"
May 10
Randall Marder replied to Pamela Logan's discussion Do I use a sealer on 227 year old pine floors - Sanded.
"No sealer is required.  If the Zar is true oil based finish you can always cut the Zar with paint thinner and create a sealer.  Not an issue, I do it all the time, especially when i am doing touchups. Yours Randall"
May 10
Randall Marder replied to Dave P's discussion help with basement hose mystery -- cistern-related?
"I do not have enough information to determine whats going on. Is it a grading issue, is it a downspout issue, what is the turret made out of.  Does the turret need to be repointed.  So many questions to be able to find the use and…"
May 10
Randall Marder replied to KARODY ROBBINS's discussion How to Restore Curved Turret Windows
"the windows should come out like another double hung windows system.  If you are concern about the glass failing out, use some duct take to hold the glass in place.  Yours Randall R.M. Design & Construction Saving our future, one…"
May 10
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

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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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