A Brief Conversation

by Josh on February 15, 2011 · 9 comments

in Journal,Windows

“Good evening, sir.  I noticed that you have some older-style windows here.  Have you ever thought of replacing them?” “Heavens, no.” “Oh.  Well, thank you.”


Sashes and Storms

by Josh on November 17, 2010 · 3 comments

in Projects,Windows

You’d never know it by my writing volume, but I’m having a really productive fall.  Unfortunately for you, Dear Reader, I’ve allowed my free time pendulum to swing too far toward working on projects and away from writing about them.  I’ve also been extra busy this fall with new elementary and pre-schools for the kids […]


Continuing the restoration of window frames and hardware I talked about in my last post, this entry completes the restoration of the frame portion of the project bedroom windows with new cord on the sash weights and weatherstripping that will keep these 86-year-old windows comfortably draft-free and energy-efficient. Sash Cord and Weights There is just something […]


Old windows get a bad rap. To listen to the way replacement window marketers tell it, old windows are creaky, stubborn, lead-coated draft monsters possessing a single-minded intent to kill your monthly heating & cooling bills. The current U.S. federal tax rebates for energy efficiency are also helping push window replacement to homeowners who want […]


As I try to keep my bedroom project moving forward, I am working on an assortment of small projects to get the room ready for sheetrock. One of these had been stripping paint from the window frames and radiator in the room. But before I could start with the paint removal, I had some preparations […]


Window Frame Insulation

by Josh on December 21, 2009 · 3 comments

in Bedroom,Projects,Windows

In my long-running bedroom project, the next piece that I am tackling is the restoration of the two double-hung windows.  Recently I thought of a great way to insulate the weight pockets next to the window frame. And then I thought of a different idea that would actually work. But before I get to that, […]


Vintage Casement Latches Installed

by Josh on September 12, 2008 · 7 comments

in Projects,Windows

At last, the casement windows in the front entry and above the mantle in the living room have their latches restored.  For reasons beyond my comprehension, some previous owner decided that these windows would be better as fixed windows instead of operating ones.  They removed the latches and, in the case of the living room […]


Cleaning Window Hardware

by Josh on March 8, 2008 · 2 comments

in Projects,Windows

If you’ve missed the terrific recent posts on window restoration over at Stuccohouse, do yourself a favor and check them out. The photos and instructions she provides are are excellent supplements to resources like Terry Meany’s Working Windows. Inspired by the latest entry in Stuccohouse’s window series in which she strips the paint from window […]


I broke the glass in a storm window for one of the dining room piano windows last year. It happened when I was removing some debris from the nursery bedroom on the upper level by lowering it out the window opening. Countless trash bags and trim pieces went down smoothly past the main floor windows, […]

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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.