Snowy Windowsill

by Josh on December 3, 2007 · 3 comments

in Projects,Windows

Who knew there was a “right” way to configure my hated aluminum triple track storm windows? I had assumed that both of the glass storm sashes had weatherstripping on the sash to allow them to be positioned with either sash as the bottom or top.

Wrong.

It looks like only the “inside” sash can be the bottom. I gained this bit of enlightenment during this past weekend’s snowstorm when I noticed snow piling up in the window sill space between the storm windows and the interior windows in the sunroom.

Snow Through Storm Windows

I scooped out the snow, reversed the storm sashes and haven’t had any more issues. Yes, dear reader, I feel like a dummy. So that you won’t repeat my mistake, remember to position your storm window sashes just like those on your main windows– with the sash closest to the interior of the house on the bottom.

Or do what I hope to do someday and replace your aluminum storm windows with new or salvaged wooden ones.

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Josh December 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I’ve got a few old wood storms on some of the windows here, Sandy. One or two of them have the vents you mention, though we never get the place hot enough to feel like we need to use them.

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Sandy December 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Glad you got it fixed with hardly any trouble! Hope you get your wooden storms. I can remember those from when I was a young girl and my Mom & I lived in an old apartment building. The wooden storms had this little oblong-shaped piece of wood in the bottom of the storm and when the steam heat (radiators — love that heat) got too hot we would open the window, open that little piece of wood and then prop the window open just a crack to cool off the place!

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Sandy December 3, 2007 at 5:57 pm

We were thankful for those vents at times — the landlord controlled the heat and, thankfully, erred on the side of too much heat (for my Mom, at least) than not enough!

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