Glazing Windows

Friday, June 8, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Zac Crandall works as a glazier at the old Lewisburg Post Office building that has also served as the Marshall Tribune office.

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Skyrise Windows of Linden, Tenn., has been cleaning up again in Lewisburg this week as a city resident worked nearby and found his mother's advice is still true.

Marshall County hires Skyrise to wash its windows and Zac Crandall, 35, of Lewisburg, has been working as a glazier and outside maintenance man at the old Post Office.

David Lomax, proprietor of Skyrise, supervised window washer Juan Galvan.

Meanwhile, Crandall agreed to stop and contemplate his employment during the continued lackluster economic recovery.

"My mama told me, 'There's money out there. You just have to be smart enough to get it,'" Crandall said. "She always said, 'Have a plan B. If you don't have a job, go make one.'"

Crandall has also worked as a roofer in Lewisburg.

At the semicircular window over the old building's front door, he's scraped out the old glazing, painted the window frames ... "glazed it up" and painted it, he said.

Part of one of the window frames was broken, so he recreated that part, Crandall said.

As for the angle of the putty from the frame to the glass, Crandall said, "That's all me."

He prefers to take his time with the work in the early mornings and this week, he's avoided the midday sun as well as enjoying the cooler, dry air, compared to what South Central Tennessee might normally suffer in June.

Working from his elevated position, Crandall's mind wanders to his dream for a variety business he's been thinking about. It would be "Arg Maties," as he spells it, to convey a pirate-theme variety center with a paintball gun range, a tattoo shop, nail salon, motocross and "quite a few things I want to do," he said.

He would like to get Arg Maties "running and then have ministries there... ministries to get people right ... close to Jesus, because it's coming."

Fifty acres near Interstate 65 is the place for such an enterprise, he said

Crandall still considers himself a Marine, says he's been willing to die for his country, but is disappointed when people don't get involved. His son wants to be a Marine, too.