In this video, This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps a family farm install their antique street sign on an original granite post.
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Mason Mark McCullough helps a farm manager bring an old granite post back to its original glory. To do so, Mark measures, grinds, and drills to attach an antique road sign to the face of the post. After that, he uses a Dremel tool and stencils to sculpt the street number into the post for a timeless look.
There are few things as exciting for a homeowner as finding some of an old home’s original antique touches. When a family farm uncovered a granite post and an old street sign, they wanted to proudly display both at the entrance from the road. Mason Mark McCullough knows just how to help.
Time: 6 hours
Cost: Under $30
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Mark helps a homeowner refashion an old 1800’s granite post into a road marker for their farm.
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