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Airtight Window Seals Eliminate Draft on Old Double Hung Windows

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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

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Replacing Window Hardware on Historic Home Windows

Replacing Window Hardware

Before you start replacing window hardware on your historic home windows you will need to reinstall the interior stops. The first strip is to install is the parting bead. This is the vertical spacer that is placed between the upper and lower sashes. With the upper sash in the top position, place the parting strip in position. Pay close attention to the bevel, which must be at the bottom, with the longest edge facing outwards. Secure the parting strip in the middle with a small finishing nail. Read more

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Replacing the Window Sash Ropes on Historic Windows

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

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Wood Window Repair Video Series
Remove the Upper Sash

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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

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Wood Window Repair Video Series Simple Steps to Working Windows

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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

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Wood Window Restoration Repairing Historic Home Windows

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

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Window Warning Signs |What the Symptoms Mean

Window Warning Signs

Your home windows are trying to speak out and you should be listening. What are your windows trying to tell you? If you are experiencing any of the following window warning signs your need to listen up! Read more

Home Window Styles | How to Choose the Best Option

Home Window Styles

When the time comes to replace your windows there are several basic home window styles to choose from. Understanding the differences between these options will help you decide which home window styles you should consider for your upgrade. The first consideration is finding windows that match the architectural style of your home. You also need to know the opening sizes for all the windows before you start shopping. In many cases you can combine two or more windows into one larger opening to obtain a specific look. Read more

Windows That Won’t Stay Open | A Quick Fix

Windows that won't stay open

Finally, a nice spring day and you want to let the fresh air inside your home but you have windows that won’t stay open on their own. This can be very frustrating to say the least. You can always prop the window open with a block of wood like my buddy does. Or you can continue reading and discover a quick fix for double hung windows that won’t stay open on their own. Read more

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Double Hung Window Balance Assembly Repair

Having trouble keeping your double hung windows open? Do you find yourself propping up the window sash with a stick? The problem may be related to your window balance assembly. If the problem is prevalent on all of your double hung windows it may be time to install new replacement windows throughout your home. If the issue is isolated to just one or two windows you may want to consider a window balance assembly repair or replacement.

The easy part of the repair is removing the broken window balance assembly and installing the new components. The more challenging aspect of the balance assembly repair is identifying the style of the balance so you can purchase the correct parts to complete the repair.

Identifying the Window Balance Assembly Type

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