Is there a way to seal old windows

Old 08-28-11, 10:30 PM
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Question Is there a way to seal old windows

I live in an apartment that has really really old windows. The landlord is not going to replace them or do anything to fix them so it's on me.

My major concern/problem is one large picture window that has a small sliding window on each side. The rubber that used to be around these moveable windows is rotted and only bits are left. So, when it's windy these windows rattle and the wind actually whistles, really loud, through them.

Can anyone suggest a way that I can put something around them to stop the whistling? Of course, given the landlord isn't willing to put any money into his property, I'm certainly not going invest in any costly solutions. As a last resort I may seal them closed but don't want to do that.


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Old 09-01-11, 04:19 PM
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There is a fairly inexpensive partial solution. At home stores, look for window shrink wrap. It is a plastic film with material you stick around the edges, then stick the film to that and shrink it with a hair dryer. It will certainly help.

But there are agencies that can force the landlord to make repairs. He is not allowed to force you to live that way.
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Temporary Caulking

I have a 1902 house with original wooden double hung sashes. I found a product called 'More Tight" if I am remembering correctly. It is a putty soft small rope that I stuff around my windows each fall and remove it in the spring. Leaks are more costly than conductive losses. Go ahead with the plastic film also.
Old 10-02-11, 08:42 PM
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I used that stuff over 30 years ago, it's pretty good and cheap. I am almost surprised it's still around or not replaced by newer technology of some type. Frost King F4 Mortite Caulking Cord 9-1/2-ounce 45-Feet Long, Grey: Home Improvement

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