Refinishing a Frank Lloyd Wright house – Putty Nail Holes & Cracks

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It is a beautiful Fall day to replace all the screws on the south side of Cedric’s balcony and putty all the nail holes and cracks. Took off Wednesday afternoon to treat the surface with 4 oz of TSP, 1 quart of Clorox and three quarts of water. Will sand and paint the first coat of Sikkens Cetol 1 tomorrow. Getting the correct screws was an adventure. First I got # 12 2-1/2″ brass screws because they seemed to match and I just took it for granted that they should be brass. They were very hard to screw into the holes so I checked the plans we scanned at Taliesin West and they indicated #10 3″ screws. And after checking the interior walk away screws they are steel. They just looked brass because of the finish over them. Replaced the #12s with #10 steel. “Something is always happening in the country,” as Frank Lloyd Wright said. I guess it was meant for refinishing a Frank Lloyd Wright home as well.