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September 19, 2011

Sill and Lintel restoration on 1850’s Adobe house

I have posted about this restoration project here and now that the French Hydraulic Lime was has been applied over the repaired adobe exterior of the Fairbanks Home at This is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I had help from George Merrill and without his work and talent, I could have not undertaken this job.  I think a ladder with more than two or three rungs is enough and I don’t do second stories nor roofs.


 The lintels because of their size and the fact that they are secured within the adobe walls were flat and only required that the paint be mostly removed to glue and attach the new lintel extensions.  I don’t own a belt sander, so I had George use the next best thing to loosen up the paint, a Belt Ax.

The coats of modern latex paint did do well on the sills and came off in large sheets.  The belt ax would fracture the paint on the lintels by striking at an angle.  Any marks left in the existing lintel helps add a key for the glue.  The new work is all treated with Moses T’s St. John’s Oil and the old existing work on the sills were treated with Moses T’s Reviver and will be ready for oil paint.

Here is a picture of George using his Stanley No 5 to join the edge of one of the many sills that he had to join square to accept the new 1 1/2″ sill extensions.

Here are before and after pictures of a window lintel, and sill.  The extensions were added to allow for an inch and a half of stucco put on traditionally in three coats.








I will take pictures once the lintels are flashed and the first coat of stucco is applied.

And thanks again to George Merrill.




  1. I guess what I am wondering is, is George planning on Clocking or Timing the screws? If he’s not using screws, what about cut nails? Will he arrange the nail heads in matching order? Enquiring minds and all that stuff…

    Comment by Gary Roberts — September 20, 2011 @ 11:29 am

  2. Only time or clock screws on furniture and pianos. The cut nails are clocked to match the grain. Soon people will not know what the term clocked or timed mean, already people look confused with the term ‘clockwise’, etc.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 20, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  3. True, I asked my nephew to adjust his digital clock for daylight savings time by turning it clockwise and he just gave me the bent eye.

    Comment by Gary Roberts — September 20, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  4. About the only thing that got clocked was my forehead when it met with a low hanging scaffold. You’ll notice the dent in my forehead in that last image with Stephen and I together.

    Comment by Geroge Merrill — September 20, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

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