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A Stitch in Time

“A stitch in time saves nine.” I saw this gentleman touching up the paint on his fence while out for a walk and immediately thought of the “Poor Richard’s Almanack” maxim “A stitch in time saves nine.” While referencing textiles, this maxim (like many) applies to much more. Ben Franklin was full of good advice and for old house owners, this one is a gem.

A few hours spent touching up exterior paint each spring can prolong the lifespan of a paint job many years. Similarly, a bit of rot repaired early on, a loose screw tightened, or a missing shingle replaced will save significant time and money in the long run.

Like Franklin’s maxims, lots of good advice for old house owners can be found in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Based on 40+ years’ experience, the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book now available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available at YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/ and in the shop on this page.

Our shop also carries select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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