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12-03-13, 07:47 AM   #1  
(very) tall church windows

Hi, folks:
Our little church on the Massachusetts south coast has high, ancient double-sash windows which are so drafty we're supplying free heat to the community.
Can they be sealed up safely by a group of DIY's and helpers?
Stapling sheets of plastic to the inside frames would work but look shabby.
I/we will very much appreciate suggestions.
Jim in Dartmouth, MA

 
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12-03-13, 08:06 AM   #2  
Got some pictures?
Are these just plain windows or stained glass?

 
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12-03-13, 09:14 AM   #3  
Assuming you can't get storm windows to fit, how about building a frame out of 1xs and stapling the plastic to it? It shouldn't look as tacky and could be easily removed [and stored] when it warms back up.


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12-03-13, 09:50 AM   #4  
Hi Jim,
Just thought I would toss some reading in if you haven't found this one.
Community Preservation Coalition

The down side is that many old buildings are so poorly insulated that other than eliminating some drafts it won't make much of a difference in energy use, but it will help.

The 1xs that framed as inside storms (as mark suggested) is probably the best option and may serve several years even if you make some other improvements. The added layer of plastic will further reduce air leakage and act as a second layer for better performance.

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12-04-13, 05:32 AM   #5  
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Add exterior storm windows.

 
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12-04-13, 12:23 PM   #6  
The windows are simple, big old sash jobs, not stained glass.
The 'one-by' approach sparked interest, from an expense standpoint as well as
looking right.
True, the old place is drafty as a barn, but the price of oil is driving all this and
we have to cut costs a clip at a time - a few bucks here, a few there; and pray for mild weather over the next 4 months. We'll definitely look at the Community Preservation Coalition.
Thanks to all of you for the inputs.
Jim in Dartmouth Ma


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