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nhemming



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Location: Milwaukee, WI

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:10 am    Post subject: Storm window restoration Reply with quote

I am pleased to have the Save America's Windows and Restoration Reports on my bookshelf! My restoration work seems all that much less difficult...

Here's what I'm facing this summer: restoration of storm windows, especially those on the west side of the house. Our living room has a bank of four windows together, some are in better shape an others.

Most of the windows on the west side look something like this, with weather checking on the bottom rail near each of the stiles:



The joints at each end of the lower rail are opened approximately 1/16" and do not seem as solid as the joints between the top rail and the stiles. I didn't see any significant rot in these areas when I pulled the storm windows to look at them, though I will have to look more closely when I pull the windows out in a few weeks to install the screens for summer:



One of the storm windows is somewhat warped, sticking out approximately 3/8" at the bottom, on both sides:



We also have several storm windows with ventilation holes in the bottom rail where a cracks have appeared that go through the lower rail:



The good news is that the storm windows have protected well the double-hung windows that live behind them.

I'm considering these as candidates for epoxy repair...none of these are too-far gone. Am I on the right track?

Looking forward to making these windows work well again!


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JulieL



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Location: Albany NY

PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first 3 photos look like my windows and look like good candidates for steam paint removal, epoxy treatment and finishing that will make them last for many more years. I am not an expert, just a homeowner who has been using John's techniques and class. I have some photos posted on the forum under windows and exterior carpentry - one sill after epoxy treatment. So yes, go for it and others will give advice when you need it.

As for that bottom rail with the huge holes in it, someone else has to help you with that! Doesn't look like that was the original or a smart design so may need a new piece there. Good luck.
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johnleeke
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nate, thanks for getting the books. You'll be able to fix these windows up just fine.

Ventilation holes in the bottom rail are common in the northern states and Canada. Once the paint is removed you will be able to use wood-epoxy repair methods to fix the split between the holes. When you get ready to do that, post questions here for more details.

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nhemming



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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies. I'll be glad to have this project underway later this summer. Once I get started, I'm sure the questions will start rolling in!

We pulled the storm windows off and put the screens up today. From what I gathered when talking with the neighbors and long-time resident of the block, it was the first time in 25 years that the storm windows were taken down...and it shows!
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