Weatherproofing and older home

Old 02-05-07, 07:30 AM
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Weatherproofing and older home

Hi. I'm looking for advice on how to weatherproof and older home. We just purchased a 100 year old home. The original windows are still present and in good conditions. Most have newer storm windows installed. During this first winter here we are finding several spots where cold air is leaking in and want to make sure we get those areas taken care of in the spring.
I can see some gaps that need to be filled where storm windows are attached to the house. What is the best way to fill those? Caulk? Expanding spray foam?
Does anyone have advice on weatherstripping for old windows? There are some small gaps that are allowing some air through. Is there a good way to insulate the channel where the rope pulley is so air doesn't come up through there?

We've also noticed several cold spots on external walls-especially in the basement. Does that mean that there is poor insulation in the walls? Could there be gaps in the stone foundation that are letting cold air into the walls?

Thanks for any advice you have!

Scott Wildenberg
Old 02-05-07, 09:17 AM
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This is a good example on how to eliminate the weights and allows you to fill in the pocket for the weights with insulation. Which is a major source of the drafts you are feeling. The wood slats for your window stops and dividers are common stock, inexpensive, easy to remove and replace and will make the window tighter. These wood slats wear down after a while, which makes the window loose. Also replacing the latch on the window will make it tighter. If you look at it, it is half moon and graded. It is designed to push the upper sash up and the lower sash down and bring the two sashes together. You'll probably notice the latch has leveled off.

Then you could weather-strip to your heart's content but you'll probably see that it does not need it.

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