Aluminum Storm Windows

Old 08-20-01, 12:31 PM
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I recently (June) bought a 1914 home. In addition to single-hung window insulation issues (mentioned in a separate message), I also have problems with the storm windows in this house.
All other storm windows that I've seen in the past have latches on either side of the bottom that you pull in with your fingers to be able to slide it out of the track. The tracks on my windows are closed and there appears to be no way to "latch" them. It's as if they're just supposed to slide up and down...and they don't even do that very well.
I did, in looking through the helpful hints/ideas on your site, discover that the sticking is most likely from the rusting of the frames over time (no idea when these storm windows were put in). That to fix it, I can use something like an SOS pad or other wire brush item to "buff" the rust off the aluminum frame and oil the sides and tracks with WD-40 before putting them back in.
However, I don't know how to get them out of the tracks. <sigh>
Any information you can share would be most helpful.
Old 08-25-01, 03:29 AM
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If these frames have rust on them, they aren't aluminum. Sounds like you would be better off simply replacing the storm windows with ones that CANNOT rust or rot. (Aluminum or vinyl)

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