book repairs

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Planning Your Repairs

Just like any activity you don’t do often, book repairs should be planned and your work area prepared before you start. Read the directions for any repair thoroughly before attempting the repair. Make sure the workspace is large enough to work comfortably. Clear away excess objects and have the tools and materials needed close at hand. Think about where the repaired books will dry. Materials that are glued or pasted must dry under weight or the paper will buckle. If the book has several…

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Which Repair Method Should I Use?

It is important to determine why a book needs repair. Has it been damaged through carelessness or simply through use? Was it manufactured in a way that caused the damage? Has an old repair failed or caused more damage? How have previous repairs hindered the mechanics (the way the book opens and closes, the way the pages turn) of the book? Is the book constructed in signatures (folded pages that can be sewn or glued together)? Is the book constructed in single…

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Is My Book Worth Repairing?

To Repair or Not? Before you rush in and prepare to work on repairing your book, ask yourself a few questions:- Has the book previously been repaired using incorrect or damaging techniques?  Is the book worn beyond mending or rebinding?  Should this book be sent to a specialist? It can be a difficult decision to not repair a book. However, the urge to save every book is unrealistic because some books cannot be effectively repaired. I was recently at a family…

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