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09-23-08, 10:34 AM
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Posted By Tru_blue

Chains

Unlikely. The chain attached to the sash weight is what holds up the sash when opened. If you detach the chain the sash will normally not stay up. The weight/chains also make the window easier to...
09-19-08, 06:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 16,494
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Door and sidelights

You usually can replace just the door and frame, but not always. The door frame and sidelight frames are usually three separate frames that are mulled together with corrugated fasteners, mull trim,...
09-17-08, 10:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,060
Posted By Tru_blue

Repairing

Just one side is fine. IF you're doing the chains. However, I'd recommend getting rid of the chains and the weights and insulating the hollow pocket where the weights go (see below).

It's easy...
09-17-08, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 34,394
Posted By Tru_blue

Changeling . . .

Hi Changeling, I had several thoughts on your post.

First, the original message you replied to is from 3 years ago, so it's doubtful that the original poster will read the reply.

You mentioned...
09-17-08, 07:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 915
Posted By Tru_blue

Sticking

A block of Paraffin wax (found at most grocery stores in the canning section) works great, just rub it on. Also, a silicone spray works as well. It doesn't leave a gummy residue.
01-12-08, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
Posted By Tru_blue

?

At first I thought maybe he was referring to jamb extensions being short by 1.5" to 2" from the wall; that would make sense. But his followup comment sure made it sound like shims. So now I really...
12-27-07, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 26,421
Posted By Tru_blue

Storm Doors

I second (and third) the previous comments. Storm doors are not intended to be airtight. They are intended to be windbreakers, screens/ventilation, and a loose thermal barrier, but not airtight. ...
12-23-07, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 10,798
Posted By Tru_blue

Condensation

I'm going to throw a lot of statistics at you to address condensation on your French patio door and windows. Keep in mind that these stats are based on a worst-case scenario of 0 outside and 70...
11-29-07, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 903
Posted By Tru_blue

Install

Sure, it would be acceptable to remove the fins, shim, and screw through the sides. In fact you don't have much choice since it'a a metal window in a brick opening. I would add however two more...
11-23-07, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,225
Posted By Tru_blue

Mortised hinges

I have a bunch of comments, some which offer a contrasting opinion to previous comments posted. Over the last 30 years I've done many doors, and I've seen numerous doors without the hinges mortised...
11-22-07, 02:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,385
Posted By Tru_blue

Disassembly

I've done that procedure to numerous brands, but don't take as many steps. Steps 1 & 2 are necessary, but you have choices from then on. You could use a recip saw to separate the middle window...
09-12-07, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 9,909
Posted By Tru_blue

Test method

Another way to discern if you have the argon gas is to measure the glass temperature. You can buy a digital infrared thermometer (I've bought a few from RadioShack for about $40 each), which will...
08-28-07, 06:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,402
Posted By Tru_blue

Two possibilities

There are two main possibilities that come to mind as to why water may be getting in.

The first (and most likely) is that the water is coming in from on top of the unit, between the mulls of the...
02-20-07, 06:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,978
Posted By Tru_blue

Ice Cold

Your Marvin windows are not supposed to be room temperature. Nobody's glass performs that way. If it's 0 outside and 70 inside, clear double glazed windows from Marvin or from anyone would be...
02-13-07, 06:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,241
Posted By Tru_blue

Argon

To present the statistics another way, if it's 0 outside and 70 inside, Low E insulating glass without argon gas is typically 51-52 degrees on the roomside center of the glass, and 57-58 with...
02-12-07, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,769
Posted By Tru_blue

Clad?

I can't fully picture what is it you're trying to do. I understand the concept of wanting to glue or veneer wood to the interior of a vinyl window, but I can't quite see how you're going to do it. ...
02-07-07, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,009
Posted By Tru_blue

Tempered Glass

There is no way around it. Even placing an interior storm made with tempered glass won't meet code if the main glass isn't safety glass. The glass above the tub has to be tempered, period (or...
01-30-07, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 970
Posted By Tru_blue

Frames

Normally one would cut down the frames so that they are flush with the wall, not build out a portion of the wall or backfill behind the interior casing. For that matter it's presumed that the window...
01-28-07, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,095
Posted By Tru_blue

Handles

XS's answer about Tee Handles is a great option; it should do the trick. There are also "shortie handles" (that's what I call them) which are crank handles about an inch shorter than normal for...
01-28-07, 10:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,630
Posted By Tru_blue

Oby

Nicely done Oberon. It was your turn to do the condensation talk anyway, and you even said it all in less than 33 paragraphs!

One thing I don't get. Every time I read your posts I seem to learn...
01-28-07, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,137
Posted By Tru_blue

Window + Window = Usually Bad Idea

Yikes where to begin. . .

There are numerous disadvantages of adding an interior window in addition to the existing interior windows that are being kept in place. Here we go:

1. If the new or...
01-28-07, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,303
Posted By Tru_blue

Storms

Storm screen combination windows are available in aluminum, vinyl, and wood. My recommendation is aluminum. Although aluminum is a lousy insulator for the prime (inside) window, it makes for a...
01-25-07, 10:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,021
Posted By Tru_blue

Two-Way Swinging Pivot Hinge

Any pair of full length doors would presumably work for you. The tricky part is finding the correct type of hardware. First of all, the doors: take any two doors that together would fill the...
12-10-06, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,329
Posted By Tru_blue

Simulated Divided Lites

You can buy kits that are applied with double sided tape to create a simulated divided lite look. Available from Creative Millwork at http://www.creativemillwork.com/product.htm
12-05-06, 09:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,686
Posted By Tru_blue

Door spindle

Gee local hardware stores carry more than one type, including the obsolete ones. However you could probaby get one at Blaine Window hardware (they have door hardware too). They carry lots of...
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