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If feasible,
Secure any significant decorative features.
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cover them in place, perhaps by boxing them in with
plywood .,  Otherwise, carefully remove and store them in a
safe place.  Photograph the features before removing or
covering them,  to aid in rehabilitation planning.
Features to be protected include staircases, mantelpieces,
ceiling cornices, door and window trim, and baseboards.
3.6 USE OF MAINTENANCE MANUALS, GUIDE SPECIFICATIONS AND OTHER
PUBLICATIONS FOR HISTORIC FACILITY MAINTENANCE PLANNING.  There
are many books, magazines, guide specifications, brochures, and
videotapes on methods and materials for treating historic
facilities.  However, the diversity of old materials and old
techniques that can be encountered makes it likely that just the
right guide specification does not exist.  Maintenance manuals
and Engineered Performance Standards (EPS) will provide basic
guidance; however, the entire project should be evaluated with
the sensitivity talked about throughout this manual.  Public
Works Departments are encouraged to compile specific data that
directly addresses the local historic resources.  The greater the
library of alternatives, the higher the chance that the work
performed will be sensitive to the historic values being
preserved.
Planning for historic work should include those materials and
methods that will, within the realm of economics, last the
longest.  This may include using new materials or technologies as
they become available as long as they maintain the desired, or
required, appearance of the building.  Plan enough time so that
proper attention can be given to those older materials,
remembering that older materials do not always need to be
replaced.  Painting or providing simple weather protection can go
a long way towards being most of the required preservation
undertaking.
Again, remember to include enough time for the formal reviews
required for projects that affect National Register listed and
eligible properties.  Be sure to contact the EFD, NAVFAC, and
SHPO before work begins.  They will have helpful planning
techniques or resources to ensure the proper preservation actions
are accomplished in accordance with the mandated policies.  Early
involvement by these organizations can help to prevent later
delays in completing the project.
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