Replicating Brass Door Hardware

Project: Elmwood Neighborhood, Episode 8, Part 4



Bob meets Robert and Krystal Emanuel, owners of a Shingle-style home that needs a new roof, new sidewall shingles, and a renovation of the front porch.

The construction team begins by applying the Georgia Pacific roofing shingles, while Bob talks to Homer Earle (from the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau) and Johannes Boonstra (from Sikkens). They discuss sidewall shingles, as carpenter Bob Ryley works at installing them.

On the porch, the columns are being stripped, and work on the landscape and hardscape gets underway. Bob takes a tour of the Architectural Brass shop, where the new door fixtures are being fabricated.
Part 1: House Seven: Shingle-Style Renovation
Part 2: Removing Lead Paint From Exterior Surfaces
Part 3: Discussing Cedar Shingle Siding
Part 4: Replicating Brass Door Hardware
The front door once had lovely brass ornamentation, the lingering outline of which will allow for reproduction fittings to be made. Steve Moore (from Architectural Brass) demonstrates how to replicate a brass escutcheon plate. In addition to the ornamentation, new brass doorknobs are also installed on the door.
The theme of community building in the historic Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, RI, is the focus of this project. Rather than tackling one house, Bob Vila is helping 11 neighbors tackle smaller projects like porches, kitchens, bathrooms, and even a third-floor artist's studio.

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