paint removal

Old windows get a bad rap. To listen to the way replacement window marketers tell it, old windows are creaky, stubborn, lead-coated draft monsters possessing a single-minded intent to kill your monthly heating & cooling bills. The current U.S. federal tax rebates for energy efficiency are also helping push window replacement to homeowners who want […]


A Fully Stripped Radiator

by Josh on December 30, 2009 · 6 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

A few posts back, I talked about my disappointment with my progress onstripping the paint from the radiator for my bedroom project. With the radiator already partially stripped from a prior session of less-than-satisfying paint removal, I found the chemical strippers I tried either a) didn’t work well,  or b) softened paint but produced strong […]


As I try to keep my bedroom project moving forward, I am working on an assortment of small projects to get the room ready for sheetrock. One of these had been stripping paint from the window frames and radiator in the room. But before I could start with the paint removal, I had some preparations […]


Different Light, Same Story

by Josh on April 12, 2008 · 2 comments

in Projects

Two down and one to go. That’s the count of restored bare bulb light fixtures in the house after I cleaned up the main floor hallway light over the past two days. This fixture is almost exactly like the entry light, but without the canopy and tassle. I followed the identical procedure for restoring it […]