Monthly Archives: June 2006

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2006

Paymaster’s Office I think the Paymaster’s Office is the second coolest building on the property. (The coolest, of course, is the¬†privy.) But you can’t live in the privy, and you don’t get all of these other benefits: The paymaster window. How many other buildings are divided by a wall with a double-hung window? The basement, […]

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2006

Todd Auker I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The people on this project have been fantastic. Todd is no exception. I’m not sure how Dawn found him, but it was a last minute thing, and he had to squeeze us into his schedule. (Which meant he would do one room, disappear for […]

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006

Brian Schaeffer I feel bad for Brian because, while he’s probably put in the most time on the project, his work will be the least appreciated. That’s not because his work is poor — on the contrary, he does excellent work, and he approaches every job with such care and attention to detail that even […]

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006

Leaders and followers Make no bones about it: I’m a follower. I must hold a record for belonging to the most Pennsylvania organizations without actually residing (or ever resided) in the state. Here’s the list I’ve joined, am joining, or am trying to join: Historical Society of Pennsylvania The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Lititz Retailers […]

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2006

American Chestnuts The world is an amazingly small place. Several years ago, I read an article in Nature Conservancy about American chestnut trees. In the 18th century, they accounted for one-quarter of all trees in the Northeast. They grew up to eighty feet straight up, their wood was light, strong, and resistant to rot, and […]

THURSDAY, JUNE 08, 2006

National Historic Register Some interesting facts about the National Register: In Lancaster County, there are 212 sites (including us) on the National Register. By comparison, York has 92, Berks County has 130, and Lebanon has 24. (Chester County, though, has 313.) 25 of Lancaster’s “sites” are railroad cars in Strasburg, 25 are covered bridges, and […]

TUESDAY, JUNE 06, 2006

Grand opening July 23, 2006 – You’re invited! I would like to say that Dawn and I drew up a list of everything that still needed to be accomplished, set down a reasonable timetable, built in sufficient contingency, and then selected an opening date. However, we more or less just threw a dart at a […]

MONDAY, JUNE 05, 2006

Hydroseeding Time was, planting grass over a large area was a tedious chore of spreading fertilizer, then seed, then raking it all in, then watering it all daily. No more. Now a truck backs up to your house and blasts water, seed, and fertilizer out of a firehose. Plus, the fertilizer acts like a glue […]

SUNDAY, JUNE 04, 2006

Serendipity It may seem odd, but when restoring an old house, the best you can hope for when stripping paint is to find more paint. Not only does that give you some chronology of the house, but also clues as to the original color because, ideally, that’s what you want to use. (And in the […]