Meeting Rail Alignment

I came across this meeting rail alignment video entitled “How to Make Meeting Rails Line Up.” Although I think it should be called, “How to Temporarily Make Meeting Rails Line Up Until You Have the Time to Fix it Properly.” I guess they thought that title would be too long. Nonetheless, the video is a good example of a meeting rail alignment problem that is quite common in older homes. Read more

Window sill dry rot is a common problem on older homes. This is especially true if the home in question was poorly maintained. If the home owner neglected peeling paint or cracks in the caulking, window sill dry rot is inevitable. Once the wood is damaged, its too late for a fresh coat of paint. You will need to dig deeper and remove the dry rot. I found this handy video that demonstrates the easy steps required to remove window sill dry rot like a pro. Read more

Repairing Wood Rot

For the DIY homeowner, repairing wood rot on your window sills may be a good weekend project. But let’s be honest, the photo above depicts an older, damaged window that is well beyond repair. If your windows look like this you better give the Window Repair Guy a call. It’s time for replacement windows if you have this severe wood damage. Read more

Opening Stuck Windows

Opening stuck windows in older homes can be quite a challenge. It is relatively common to find windows in historic homes that have been painted shut. The culprit is usually a lazy painter, or in the case of a recent Victorian Home restoration project, numerous painters who painted multiple coats of paint over the windows over time. This is the worst-case scenario, at best the windows of historic homes are simply stuck from lack of use. In either case, you can follow these five easy steps for opening stuck windows and letting the fresh air in. Read more

airtight window seals

If you live in an older, historic home, chances are your double hung windows have less than airtight window seals. You could spend the money to replace your older windows with new-style, energy-efficient windows, although many owners of historic homes may prefer to keep the original windows to preserve the historic nature of the home. The dilemma you are faced with is a how to create airtight window seals without replacing the windows themselves. With a simple router and a little elbow grease, you can eliminate the draft found on older double hung windows. 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

sticky windows

Do you have sticky windows in your home? Have you ever considered that the problem could be your foundation? When we perform window inspections or when we are called in for window repairs, more often than not it is an issue with the windows themselves. However, we often discover that the problem with your sticky windows is an underlying issue with your foundation. In such cases the sooner you address the root cause the better. Read more