Replacing the Window Sash Ropes

In the video below you will learn how to replace the window sash ropes on an old wood window. If you are restoring an older home and have taken your windows out to refinish them, taking the extra time to replace the sash ropes can save you a headache down the road. It’s well worth the extra effort. Read more

Window Glazing Tricks

In the previous two videos in the wood window repair series we outlined techniques for safely removing the upper and lower sash of the windows in a Historic home. The 3rd video in the series provides window glazing tricks so you can properly remove and replace the glass. The following window glazing tricks demonstrate the proper technique for removing the old glazing, repairing the wood sash, and reinstalling the glass and new glazing. Read more

window repair video

In the first video of the Wood Window Repair Video Series you learned how to remove the lower sash without damaging the components. The video specifically addressed the idiosyncrasies of working on a double hung window in a historic home. The second installment of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office window repair video series goes into greater detail on how to safely remove the upper sash, and what to look for in the process. Read more

wood window repair

Before you jump in with both feet on your wood window repair project, take a few minutes to watch these educational videos. This five part video series produced by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office will walk you through the process. Each of the videos are full of useful tips and simple steps to ensure that your window project is a success. Read more

Wood Window Restoration

To maintain the authenticity of your historic home you may have decided to repair your genuine windows in lieu of installing new replacement windows. If this is the case, you will want to read our wood window restoration tips below. While it is very common to find 200-year-old windows in historic homes, regular maintenance is required to achieve this level of longevity. This may include routine painting and minor repairs every 20 years or so. If you have neglected your windows for the past 50 years you may be facing more significant repairs. Don’t despair, roll up your sleeves and read on before you tackle your wood window restoration project. Read more

flanged window installation

Follow these flanged window installation tips for a leak-free result. These easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions outline some of the things to consider with your flanged window installation project. While the process is pretty simple, there are a few things to keep in mind as a do-it-yourselfer that may save you time, money, and ensure success. Read more

Standard Wood Dimensions

Why are physical wood dimensions different than the advertised dimensions? Why does a 2×4 measure 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” and not 2” x 4”? And what the heck is a nominal dimension? To answer these questions, we need to travel way back in time and look at the history of the 2×4 and how wood dimensions have evolved over time. Read more

Window Frame Opening

The first step in constructing a window frame opening in your new wall is to lay the top plate and bottom sole plate side by side on your workbench or saw horses. Use a framers pencil to mark the location of the wall studs which are the vertical 2×4’s or 2×6’s depending on the framing design of the home. For discussion purposes in this article let’s assume all measurements are from the left end of the wall plates. Read more

problem with window inserts

The main problem with Window Inserts (interior storm windows) is that they are simply no substitution for high quality, energy efficient, insulated glass windows. Let’s get this out of the way immediately; I’m not a big fan of interior storm windows! Read more

decorative window film

Are you searching for an easy way to spruce up an old window? Applying decorative window film may be the best solution. With so many options to choose from, applying decorative window film is a fast, easy, low-cost way to change the look of any room in your home. As an added benefit, certain films may even improve the energy efficiency of your existing windows. Here are some popular film choices and design ideas for your home: Read more