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Window Restoration Boot Camp is a 3-day event being conducted to assist Bill and Wendy Rowand with the restoration & weatherization of the historic windows at their project house located at 528 23rd Street, in the Broadway National Historic District in Rock Island, Illinois. Bill and Wendy had planned on doing the windows themselves but Bill has become too ill to do so and so, need our help.


Students will learn cost-effective rehab of original, double-hung, wood windows by actually doing the work. You will be part of a team restoring the windows.


This is a learn-by-doing workshop with a limit of 18 students. Bob Yapp, author, teacher, nationally known old house expert, former Broadway Historic District resident and friend of Bill & Wendy’s has volunteered to conduct and teach the workshop. Bob will be assisted by another friend of Bill’s & volunteer, Patrick Kennedy of Owenton, Kentucky. Patrick has worked with Bob teaching & restoring windows all over America.


Window Restoration Boot Camp is an intense & fun hands-on opportunity. Students will be learning & performing: sash removal, safe paint & glass removal, architectural epoxy repairs, glazing putty application, priming, painting, weather-stripping & sash re-installation which includes re-roping the sash weights.


At the end of the three days participants will know from beginning to end, how to completely restore a double-hung, wood window unit as well as helping a neighbor in need. Each pre-registered student will receive a “Certificate of Completion” from the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation based in Hannibal Missouri. You will also receive a jump drive with all the backup information for all the methods and materials.


In three-days the participants will restore & weatherize 11 double hung window units from beginning to end, minus interior paint. This creates a real opportunity for both learning and helping to save original windows in an endangered, historic property the Rowand’s are rehabbing.


Potential students include: historic homeowners; contractors; city, county & state HP staff; not-for-profit housing organization staff; architects; preservation commission members and anyone wanting to help a neighbor in need.


Lunch will be served on-site each day and students who register should be willing to get dirty and stay all 3 days. The tuition will be $25 & covers lunches on-site each day; morning coffee & snacks; beverages through the day.

Window Restoration & Weatherization Boot Camp
Window Restoration & Weatherization Boot Camp
Nov 30, 2018, 8:00 AM – Dec 02, 2018, 5:00 PM
Bill & Wendy Rowand's Project House,
528 23rd St, Rock Island, IL
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