It's not the most exciting topic, but if you're restoring an old house, you're probably going to end up on a first-name basis with epoxy. The properties of the adhesive substance make it ideal for use on historic structures, but knowing how to use it correctly is key to a successful repair.
If you don't know your fillers from your consolidants, start your epoxy education with these three articles—they'll tell you everything you need to know about how, when, and why to use this valuable repair material.
The Art of Epoxies: A primer on what's possible with thermosetting resins.
Making Sense of Epoxy: What makes epoxy chemistry ideal for repairs, and why every two-part product isn't epoxy.
Short Course on Epoxies: Epoxy adhesives can work wonders on restoration projects, if you know how to use them.
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Wood Restoration Kit, $75.60/pint, $117.30/quart
The New York City Department of Design and Construction contacted Abatron for advice about a structural beam in one of the historic buildings of Fort Trotten in Queens, NY that was showing signs of water damage and rot. Abatron recommended LiquidWood® to consolidate the beam and WoodEpox® to rebuild the wood that had crumbled away. To make the same project easy on a smaller scale for DIY homeowners with historic houses, Abatron has packaged LiquidWood®, WoodEpox®, and Abosolv™ (the solvent for LiquidWood) into a convenient Wood Restoration Kit. The pint package contains 2 pints of LiquidWood, 2 pints of WoodEpox, and 1 pint of Abosolv, for a value of $88.
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The Preservation of Historic Architecture
For the student or the professional restorer, The Preservation of Historic Architecture is the official government text on saving old buildings. The advice and guidelines found here can save homeowners thousands of dollars, time and perhaps a priceless piece of architecture