What is the purpose of this metal stuff on my windows?
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woodturner



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: What is the purpose of this metal stuff on my windows? Reply with quote

My wood windows have a metal strip on each side. It's gray in color, like galvanized steel, but is bendable rather than springy. It's sort of an omega shape in profile - it has two flats for nailing with a "loop" of metal in the middle.

This material is nailed to the sides only of my window frames. It extends the height of the window frame, and is placed so that the inside flange is nearly against the top sash.

It looks like it would be some kind of weather stripping or something like that, but I can't see how it would help at all - it doesn't actually touch the window, it's just this ridge sticking out into space.

The sashes do have the metal T stripping on them, if that provides any further insight.

I can try to strip one enough to post a picture (DPO painted them), but it will be difficult. Hopefully the description will 'click' for someone.

Thanks.
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woodturner



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Location: Western Pennsylvania

PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: Here are some pictures Reply with quote

Here are some pictures of the window and the metal piece. Note that the metal piece is in front of both sashes, but between the sashes and the storm windows.


window edge.jpg
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This is another view of the metal piece on the window
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window edge.jpg



window corner.jpg
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This is a view of the corner of the window, showing the metal piece in position
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window corner.jpg



metal bit.jpg
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This is a bad picture of the end, to show the "omega" profile. Digital cameras don't autofocus well on small pieces like this
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metal bit.jpg


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