Summit III

Window Preservation Summit III is the Woodstock of Preservation Conferences!

When:  September 25 through 29, 2017

Where:  Pine Mountain Settlement School in Pine Mountain, Kentucky.


Brooks Gentleman, with Re-View in Kansas City, called the last Summit II the best conference he had been to in all his years in window preservation. He coined it “The Woodstock of Window Preservation.” We couldn’t agree more.

We work and we party! If you’ve never been to Pine Mountain, it is a chance to get together with our tribe in one of the most fabulous, remote and beautiful places in America.

This 4.5 day biannual event is to continue the work of best practices and standards for the preservation and weatherization of historic windows. You being a part of this process is critical to our industry.

The Window Preservation Standards Collaborative’s (WPSC) mission is to provide best practices for our industry, test preserved windows for energy efficiency and conduct training at this Window Summit III.

The following tentative agenda and schedule was written by Bob Yapp and revised by Duffy Hoffman and John Leeke. If you have updates, questions, comments, want to sign up to present a topic or help present, want find out if a certain topic or information will be covered, just Leave a Reply below at the bottom of this webpage. All planning for the Summit is done right here, so if you want something to happen Leave a Reply below. Presenters, please Leave a Reply below to confirm your commitment to present and provide more details on your presentation included your space and equipment requirements. Based on the comments and discussion below I will update the Agenda and Schedule weekly.  –John Leeke

Topics with headings in Bold Black are definitely scheduled and confirmed by their presenters.

Topic with headings in Bold Red, still need presenters and further development.

If it’s not on the Agenda and Schedule below, in Bold Black, it’s not happening.

Tentative Agenda and Schedule

Sunday, September 24

7:00am to 8:00pm  Arrival of all participants throughout the day.

Register for room assignments, pick up packets and name tags.

6:00pm Barbecue Kick-off. Presenter:

Founders’ Welcome. Presenter:

Monday, September 25

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00am to 5:00pm Steel Window Refurbish, Presenter:  Jim Turner

Ongoing Monday through Thursday, the complete restoration of a steel window. Observers welcome at any time. John Leeke will document the procedure and write up standard treatments for the new edition of the Window Standards book.

8:00 to 11:00 Window Standards Book, Revisions & New Edition, Presenter:  John Leeke

The entire group works with John revising existing material in the book and developing new content for the next edition. Learn how to write up a new method Standard. Accept an assignment to be completed by the end of the Summit. Contest:  Bring your trusty dog-eared Standards book, smeared with paint & putty, full of cryptic notes and secret info and win prizes for the most authentic wear & tear on your Standards book.

11:00 to 12:00 Historic Structure Functions, Duffy Hoffman & ?Dave Clark?

Windows provide ventilation for health of occupants and durability of the structure. Covers the nature and purpose of materials used in historic structures, how to repair them following the builder’s original intent, and how to reverse flawed restorations and repairs. Windows play an important role in air circulation and ventilation effecting moisture in the structure. 

Noon Lunch at Laurel House

1:00 to 3.00 Air Infiltration Testing. Presenter:

Demonstrate how to do scientific air infiltration testing. Include the participants in the set-up, testing process and analyzing the results.

 1:00 to 3:00 Infrared Thermal Testing, Presenter:

What ASTM standards or other certified procedures are used? Demonstration and hands-on for infrared thermal testing. Demonstrate how to do scientific testing. Include the participants in the set-up, testing process and analyzing the results.

3:00 to 5:00 Woodwork Repairs. Presenters:

A to Z- Sill checks and rot, dutchman, loose muntins, hand and machine work.

5:00 Sessions over for the day

5:30 Dinner, then gathering at Founder’s Cabin

Tuesday, September 26

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00 to 10:00 Hands-on Weatherization Techniques, Presenter:

Show us your system. Bring the special materials and tools you will need.

8:00 to 10:00 Hands-on Hanging Sash. Presenter:

Show us your system. Cords & pulleys, parting beads, stops, stop adjusters, etc. Bring the special materials and tools you will need.

10:00 to 10:30 Break

10:30 to 12:00 Weatherstrip, metal systems, presenter:  ?Tom Fransis?

Noon Lunch

1:00 to 2:45 Jamb & Frame Restoration, Presenter:

Paint removal, pulley mortise repair, pocket repair, timing your work.

2:45 to 3:15 Break

3:15 to 5:00 Weatherstrip, ribbed metal with rubber bulb. Presenters: ?Bob Yapp, Rob, David Gibney?

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Partaaay, Location:  Far House

Featuring Duffy Hoffman and The Putty Heads. BYOA (Bring Your Own Ax. Bring Your Own Amp.)

Wednesday, September 27

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00 to 10:00 Steel Casement Window Restoration & Weatherization, Presenter:  Jim Turner

Jim shows progress on steel window refurbish. Shows weatherization done on the steel window at Summit I.

10:00 to 10:30 Break

10:30 to 12:00 <open>

Noon Lunch

1:00 to 2:45 Testing a Vinyl Disposable Replacement Window, Presenter:

Field test for air infiltration. A field test has not been done. This would be good for the Standards book.

1:00 to 2:45 Wood Sash Restoration, Presenter:

Removal to installation, A to Z, putty & paint removal methods, infrared, putty softener, steam, etc.

2:45 to 3:15 Break

3:30 to 5:00 Why Putty Fails, Presenter:

Interior & exterior, moisture transfer, longevity of putty and paint with and without exterior storms, maintenance cycles.

5:30 Dinner

Thursday, September 28

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00 to 9:00 Glass, Presenter:

The history, historic types & how they were made, cleaning, cutting. Historic and current actual samples.

9:15 to 10:15 Innovative Shop Setups, Presenters:  ?Rob Cagnetta, Duffy Hoffman?

Achieving efficient work and lead safe practices in the shop.

10:15 to 10:30 Break

10:30 to 12:00 Employees, Presenters:

How to find them, how to work with them & how to stay legal. How to pre-test employees for lead and respirators.

Noon Lunch

1:00 to 2:00 Managing Lead Paint Issues,  Presenters:

For workers and occupants, isolation, confinement, keeping the other trades safe, residential and commercial projects, identifying the harm

2:15 to 3:15 Leaded Glass Basics. Presenter:

Basic cleaning and maintenance. How to determine when a leaded glass specialist is needed.

3:15 to 3:30 Break

3:30 to 5:00 Paint. Presenters:  ?Bob Yapp, Duffy Hoffman?

Painters paint anything that doesn’t move, Got a Problem wit Dat? Prep, sash painting techniques, brushes.

5:30 Dinner

6:00 Pine Mountain Settlement School Added Value Event, Organizer:

Friday, September 29

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00 to 9:00 Assessing Windows, Presenters: Duffy Hoffman and ???

Assessing and pricing window work, large and small projects.

9:15 to 10:00 Marketing Your Window Work, Presenters:

10:15 to 11:15 Wood-Epoxy Repairs, Presenters: ?several, to illustrate the differences?

Panel discussion. When, what & how to use. Compare different brands, different methods. etc.

11:30 to 12:00 Summit Wrap-up. Moderator:

Noon Lunch

Everyone goes home

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