Learn the tips and tricks of historic wood window repair! Join us at the Callahan Community Center located at 322 Van Voast Avenue on Saturday, April 13 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. This free workshop, led by Patrick Kennedy, will show you a variety of techniques and tools to rehab and maintain your historic wood windows. Be sure to bring pictures of your windows, free advice is also available! Lunch is included when you RSVP. Call Jody at 859-292-4220 or email her at jody.robinson@bellevueky.org.

Check out what will be included:

  • See the final repairs to a window and compare it to its mate that hasn’t been rehabbed.
  • Demonstration of common and historic weather stripping techniques (never spray foam) and discuss the pros and cons.
  • Demonstration of removing and replacing stops, adjustable stops and re-roping. Types of rope or what about chain?
  • Paint removal options, techniques, and tools. You’ll want an infrared paint remover after you see how easy it makes removing paint.
  • Did you know a Dutchman is also a repair technique? Learn about Dutchman and epoxy repairs.
  • Do you want to learn how to paint like a pro? Patrick will demonstrate how to paint, where to paint, and all the tips and tricks of priming and painting.
  • Get your hands dirty practicing glazing. You also learn about the pros and cons of different types of putty.
  • Check out window repair books from Patrick’s collection to see different options and discuss the pros and cons.
  • We have all heard, “use the right tool for the job.” It’s true! See the typical and specialized tools and what they are used for. Windows painted shut? No problem.
  • Did you know you can get a lot of what you need to rehab your window, right here in Bellevue? Thanks Pilot Lumber. You’ll also get a list of where to get materials, tools, and parts.
  • Be sure to bring pictures of your windows! There will be plenty of Q&A.
  • Plus, we are providing lunch!

The City of Bellevue, Bellevue Historic Preservation Commission, and NKY Restoration committee appreciate Certified Local Government (CLG) grant that makes this workshop possible. This project was funded in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council. The contents and pinions do not necessarily reflect the views or polices of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade name or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.


About Patrick Kennedy: Patrick is retired from the Kentucky Heritage Council as an advisor on historic building renovations. He helped set up the nationally recognized restoration skills program at Pine Mount Settlement School. Patrick continues his work in historic preservation as a go-to source for historic building projects, contractor for special preservation projects, instructor at hands on education workshops and supervisor for HistoriCorps volunteer projects.