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Town of Manchester: Chowder House and Singing Beaches

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Damage to headers at Manchester-by-the-Sea; the plastic keeps the debris off the beach.

Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of my favorite towns on the North Shore of Boston, in part because I grew up there. So I know all about the Chowder House, the Singing Beach (the “singing” probably comes from sand grains rubbing against each other, but no one is really sure) and all of the historic buildings and homes that help give the town its charm.

This fall, the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea called on WORKS again to handle repairs at several public places.


In August, at Singing Beach, we were hired to remove old doors on the bath house and prepare the space for new doors. But we found that the headers supporting the roof were entirely rotted because of water damage. After consulting with the town officials, we replaced the rotted header, then framed and trimmed out a new door opening and finally installed the new doors.

In early October, at the Manchester library, we repaired dry rot on one of the beautiful Palladian windows.

In late October, at the Police Department, we repaired a door jamb that was no longer functioning. We filled big gaps in the jamb with epoxy spray foam, then sanded it down to level and painted.

The town of Manchester knows that when they hire WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis, they hire an entire team who looks out for their best interests.

Maybe anyone can replace a door; but WORKS will tell you if the header is rotted. Maybe anyone can fix dry rot; but WORKS understands how to fix the problem without undermining the history and style of Palladian windows. Maybe anyone can work on a door jamb; but WORKS makes sure that it not only functions properly but looks good as well.

It’s a good feeling to be able to help your old hometown maintain those public spaces that give the town its character and that everyone enjoys.


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