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Aug 20

How Much??

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, value, resale value, remodeling, handyman


Can you provide me an idea of how much I

Mar 17

Restoration Glass

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, preservation


My husband and I have recently moved to an old townhome on Church Hill.  We have numerous windows in the house with cracked glass that we'd like to fix.  Problem is, the glass people we've talked-to cannot match our old, wavy glass.  It's either "perfect" new glass, or a fake-looking reproduction.  We'd love it to be the real thing - what should we do?

Liz S., Richmond, VA



Actually, you have plenty of options, if you know where to look.  Local architectural salvage yard Caravati's ( has a stock of authentic salvaged antique glass panes, which may be cut to

Feb 25

Dr. House on Chasing Leaks

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, window leaks, stucco, repairs, leaks, exteriors, cracks


Here's one for you ... how do you fix a leaking window - in a stucco / concrete block house ... that comes somewhere from the wall above (appears above the window), but only when raining from a certain direction ... which no one else can isolate??

In addition, if this is helpful info to know or not (?) ... we also had the entire front face of the house re-painted with 2 coats of a professionally recommended "rubberized" paint that was supposed to give and expand better with the severe high temps we sometimes have here ... the thought supposedly was that it would help fix it by

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