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Window History | a Look at Residential Windows of Yesteryear

Window History

Let’s take a quick break from all that technical stuff about window repair and maintenance and explore window history for a moment. Have you ever wondered what the residential windows of yesteryear looked like? This brief article on window history may answer a few of those questions. Read more

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Repairing Old Wood Windows | Repair Tips for Historic Home Windows

Old Wood Windows

Old wood windows, such as those found in historic homes, can be charming but at the same time very frustrating. The allure is their unmatched craftsmanship and the authenticity they add to an older home. The problem is they tend to leak like a sieve and are no match for today’s energy efficient windows. If your home is situated in a historic district, local restrictions may prohibit the removal of the existing windows. In which case repair is your only option. If your old wood windows are not subjected to restrictions, you may want to consider replacement windows to take advantage of the newer technology. Before you decide, review our window repair tips. Read more

Removing Lead Paint on Historic Home Windows

Removing Lead Paint

Extreme care must be taken when removing lead paint on older windows. Lead paint, which may be found in homes constructed prior to 1978, can lead to serious health problems. This is particularly true for children under the age of 6 who are exposed to lead. The source of the danger comes from flaking or chalking lead paint. The risk of exposure is amplified when sanding old windows during a remodeling project. Read more

Installing Sash Locking Pins to Improve Home Window Security

Sash Locking Pins

Installing sash locking pins is a great way to improve the security of your windows and prevent a casual thief from entering your home. I mention “casual thief” because a sash locking pin won’t keep out a professional thief who is properly equipped and determined to get inside. What it may do is keep out a local burglar who won’t take the risk of breaking the glass for fear of being noticed. Without the pins installed, in many cases the would-be thief can simply use a knife or thin screwdriver to pry open a standard clasp. This is especially true on older homes where there may be an excessive gap between the upper and lower sash. 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 Repair Series
Window Glazing Tricks

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

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Wood Window Repair Video Series
Remove the Upper Sash

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

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Wood Window Repair Video Series Simple Steps to Working Windows

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

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Historic Home Windows

historic home windows

Are you restoring an older home? If so, you may be faced with the challenge of finding replacements for your historic home windows. If your existing windows are in need of repair you will need to make a decision between buying new replacement windows and repairing the old windows. While you can take advantage of the new technology incorporated into modern windows, you may sacrifice the historic value of the original windows in the home. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of both options so you can decide the best route to take for your unique circumstance. Read more