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Visual treat for the armchair repairer of old houses,
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This review is from: Old House Handbook: A Practical Guide to Care and Repair (Hardcover)
I greatly enjoyed this book, not least for the wonderful pictures. Details of wood and stone work, views inside and out of humble homes and grand buildings, men and women at work with hammers, chisels, paintbrushes, and plastering tools. From the comfort of an armchair, I can swoop from the nitty-gritty of one job, the horrific challenges of another, or to some charming, beautiful old building preserved by careful repair and maintenance. I get to peek into and around attics, doorways, windowframes, walls, fireplaces, chimney stacks, slated roofs, tiled roofs. I've worked on all of them in my time, although rarely if ever to the very high standards I see here. The text is good too - sensible, informative, helpful - enough info for many tasks provided you have a bit of confidence and some practical ability. All in all, I was very pleased to have bought it, and I expect I will dip into again for practical guidance, and maybe again sometime for the simple pleasure of seeing good work being done on precious buildings.