Jeff Finch
Historic Building Specialist

I have been given permission to store some of my favorite Jeff Finch postings to a great on-line discussion group concerning love for old homes.

 “Discussion List for Old House Lovers” <oldhomes@oldhomes.lovemyoldhome.com>

Here is Jeff’s company website:

http://www.heritagerestorationservices.com

Here is a short bio sketch of Jeff from…

http://www.heritageconservation.net/bio_finch.htm

Jeff is an historic building specialist who has worked with the National Park Service, Architectural Preservation Division as a Preservation Specialist since 1998. He now divides his time between the Park Service and his own preservation consulting firm, Heritage Restoration Services. For eighteen years prior to that, he specialized in restoration carpentry working on a wide variety of projects. He has lectured and led workshops for many groups interested in preserving historic architecture.

Areas of special interest to Mr. Finch include repair and replication of decorative wood trim; documentation and restoration of decorative finishes and color schemes; disassembly and rebuilding of historic structures being moved; application of new technology to historic buildings to affect energy conservation.

One example of his many projects is the conservation and reconstruction of buildings at the Swamp Locks Dam in Lowell, MA. Work included research, design and procurement of custom and specialty materials, conservation and reproduction of original windows, color research, and wood trim conservation among other things. More recently he has been involved with Heritage Conservation Network and the Francis Mill Preservation Society on the project to restore the Francis Mill in Waynesville, NC.

Here is my first posting of Jeff’s wisdom and information for old home lovers.

Jeff Finch on Concrete Slabs Directing Water Toward Foundation Walls

I see this more often than not (slabs sloping toward the house instead of away). Sometimes I think it stems from the fact that closer to the foundation is less-compacted disturbed earth and away from the foundation is undisturbed earth. Thus when the soil near the foundation compacts over time the outer edge is better supported and the close edge settles. The reference to Great Lakes Country may apply also to any area where there is a hard freeze in the winter. The explanation there is that the ground near the foundation doesn’t freeze or at least not as hard due to heat loss through the foundation. While the outer edge is away from the tempering effects of the house and gets lifted when the ground freezes and over time takes on a slope back toward the house.

Last edited by TeganDowling. Based on work by Jeff Finch and Godsil.  Page last modified on July 22, 2006

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