No Drills or Nyalox Brushes against Headstones

  • by: Ray Horner
  • recipient: Governor Mike Pence, Indiana House of Representatives, Indiana Senate

To The Residents and Citizens of the State of Indiana:

Governor Mike Pence

Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(317) 232-9600
(800) 382-9842

Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785
(317) 232-9400
(800) 382-9467 

Please sign this petition to Stop the Use of Power Drills, Nyalox Brushes against Headstones which causes significant destruction to headstones and is a practice of Cemetery Preservation as endorsed, advocated, taught, and sanctioned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The INdnr should have no employee affliated with any outside organiztion in making hiring decisions for its workshops.

Please change the law that this in itself can be considered vandadlism to any cemetery in the State of Indiana. Please introduce a bill to stop this practice in the state of Indiana. Please also stop the Indiana Department of Natural Resources from sponsoring or endosing worshops that teach this practice of headstone cleaning with Power Drills and Nyalox Brushes in the State of Indiana.

Video showing a Power Drill with a Nyalox Brush against a Headstone

These practices of power drills and nyalox wheels ARE NOT ADVOCATED by the National Parks System and made the following in a statement against the Use of Abrasive Cleaning of headstone:

The National Center for Preservation Technology Training stated: "NCPTT does not advocate the use of power tools to clean headstones. The use of such tools can abrade and remove granules from weathered marble and limestone. We do not advocate grinding, re-lettering, or polishing headstones as this alters the original surface of the grave marker. The company that makes Nyalox brushes compares their performance to wire brushes, which are much too harsh for a stone surface. Would you use a Nyalox brush on a power drill to clean the surface of your automobile? If not, then you would not use it to clean a grave marker."

Nov 5, 2007 National Park Service
Video Produced by David Beier for the National Center of Preservation Technology and Training. Narrated by Jason Church.

The Indiana Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies ( also made a statement: 

"So far, the Indiana Chapter of AGS has not participated, sponsored, or discussed stone preservation in the meetings.  All we have covered is history, symbolism, etc.  The group that attends has a wide variety of interests and we have focused on those. 
 At the national AGS conferences, they do not discuss or endorse the use of the nylox brushes.

Jeannie Regan-Dinius
Director of Special Initiatives
402 West Washington Street, W274
Indianapolis, IN  46204

No Drills or Nyalox Brushes against Headstones

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