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Don Wagstaff



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Issues & Garden & landscape Reply with quote

Hello,
The issue has been a difficulty at the underside on the double windows of the dormer. With particular wind and rain combinations of weather, water run-off gets blown/sucked underneath the windows and inside. A receding draft brush floating in the underside of the bottom rail resolves the great majority of the problem however with particularly directed winds some water would still intrude. My final solution was to mount planters beneath the windows with the plantings acting as wind breaks.

Greetings,

Don Wagstaff



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great solution.

One time we solved leaking windows on the whole side of a building by cutting down a row of dense trees next to the building. This modified the micro-environment around the building, changing a high-pressure side of the building to low-pressure, so the low pressure in the building did not suck in the rain water into the building.

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Don Wagstaff



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello John,

Micro-climate. I do like that idea.

Planters should be just temporary until the Lime trees out front reach a bit higher.

Greetings,

Don Wagstaff



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SashGuy



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One word of caution here. I replace many sills and lower rails due to sunlight being blocked by vegetation.
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Don Wagstaff



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Thanks for pointing that out Sash. Then at the first sign of trouble I can haul the planters away. This was however my last ditch effort at resolving a puzzling issue of water getting in there which led to me replacing not only the sills and bottom rails but the structural posts of the dormer and the section of the wall plate supporting the whole thing as it crumbled from within so to say.

Greetings,

Don Wagstaff
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SashGuy



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch.... A lot of moisture for a long time. Assuming that is was caulked and painted properly in the past, have you checked the barometric pressure differential when your blower cycles on?
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