Phase I of the Beauport Window Conservation project has presented numerous opportunities to perform minimally invasive repairs or fully replace certain elements associated with the various windows.
While none of the windows have been replaced, the condition of some elements has mandated sensitive repairs by using wood splice repairs – commonly referred to as “Dutchman Repairs”. Earlier posts regarding the Strawberry Hill and Master Mariner’s Rooms have touched on these repairs briefly. The following images show wood splice repairs at different areas of various sash. All repairs were performed with Eastern White Pine (new, although selected for heartwood and tightest grain available) and secured with epoxy adhesive. (click on any image for a zoomed in explanation)
Returning to the field for installation, it is inevitable that just as the lower parts of the sash experienced deterioration their associated sills were also found to be deteriorated. In some cases, deterioration was small enough or a part of a structural framing element such that a splice could be implemented. In other cases, sills were found to be so deteriorated that total replacement was necessary. The following images detail some of those repair and replace options. (click on any image for a zoomed in explanation)
While all these repairs are done in a conservative preservation environment, none of the damage nor the repairs are unique to this particular environment. These same problems can be seen in many window installations. The nice thing about these problems is that they can be fixed relatively easily. There is rarely a need to fully replace the windows; proper repairs will continue to add years to the service life.
If you would like to make a matching contribution to the Save America’s Treasures grant so that we can continue the much needed work at the house, please contact Development@HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-227-3957, ext. 247.