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house is 105 yrs. old, the replacement windows don't fill the opening very well

house is 105 yrs. old, the replacement windows don't fill the opening very well

Old 05-10-05, 05:20 PM
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Question house is 105 yrs. old, the replacement windows don't fill the opening very well

My installer does a good job of putting in the 4 windows that are already in (my house is 105 yrs. old, Colonial) but there is quite a gap between the windows that fits well on the "indoor side" but the "outside" there is at least 3 or 4" of my old wood. That tells me that rain and snow will pile up and then drip down between my walls. I need to know what kind of some sort of "sealing paint" can be done. The Home Depot guy told me that it has to have first wood put all around, then aluminum covering that then a bead of caulking. My installer can't do that on the second story I'm pretty sure and #2, the wood, aluminum etc. would cost me a fortune! I'm a Senior on fixed income. Does anyone have a really cheaper suggestion. I'm 70 now and I'll be dead before new paint would wear off as long as it keeps out the water!! Please tell me all your suggestions? Diane
Old 05-11-05, 05:35 AM
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as a master carpenter by trade, i would have him come back and fix the gap.
I install many windows in my days and always make sure that there where no gap and used quality workmanship to complete the job.
Get him to fix it.

good luck

Old 05-11-05, 09:52 PM
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I have to agree with pgtek... you say "my installer does a good job..." but then you mention these "gaps" and "seeing old wood". The picture I get in my mind is not a very good one. And if your installer can't do the same thing on the 2nd story that he can do on the 1st story, it sounds to me like you haven't had your windows professionally installed.

Your first step should be- discuss your concerns with your installer- or if the installer was contracted by Home Depot- go back and explain to them the work that their "installer" has done and whether or not you are satisfied that you are actually getting what you paid for.

If you do not want to pay for maintenance free aluminum cladding, the exterior of your windows should have been finished in a fashion that would either have been painted (depending on what your contract stated) or to be ready to paint.

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