Friday, September 15, 2006

I was informed by Camille that a solution to the balustrade situation was found. Yesterday (Thursday) Phil and the gentleman who owns (?) works for (?) the "This Old House" company met at the temple and discussed the problem. It seems that there is a material that could be used to fill in the rotted areas of the wood and the total replacement of said balustrade would not be required.

Work on the Temple Talk newsletter continues.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.
Phil dropped by the library around 12:00 p.m. He told me that he was doing some research on the Internet to find a company that could reproduce the balustrade that was rotted through. He gave me a print out from the Blueberry Woodworks Web site (
He also mentioned that he was discovering more spots of dry rot and warped wood on the balcony area. I suggested that someone from the board go up on the balcony with Phil to take digital photos and notes of all of the damage so that we would have a complete picture of what further repairs are needed beyond the paint job itself. He left saying that he would continue with his on-line research.

At 5:00 p.m., Camille called and said that she had been by the Temple and found that Phil had painted or primed all but one balustrade. So maybe the others were not so badly damaged that they needed complete replacement. Camille is still trying to find a local woodworker with a lathe to reproduce the one balustrade that needs replacement.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Friday, September 8, 2006. 8:30 a.m.

The repaired skirts, ready to be painted.

Phil Pinhero discussing the finer points of wood rot in a balustrade.

Phil removing a loose balustrade. He found eight loose balustrades that he suggested should be replaced with new ones made of redwood. His two suggestions: (1) do research on the Internet and find a mail order company that deals in home restoration and order the balustrades or (2) find a carpenter or someone with a lathe and have them make new ones. The one downside to the mail order idea is that the exact pattern of the original may not be found.

Phil checking for loose balustrades.

Phil sanding down the balcony area.