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BV002919

03:58PM | 01/02/14
Bvwindows
My hurd windows were built while the employees were on strike. They then filed bankruptcy and got out of the 20 year warranty. What can I do with these expensive junky windows that leak, apparently have NO gas in them, have ice build up all the way around them, have non working mechanisms and screens that break at any appempt to even touch them. My humidity level is 30%, so I do Not go for that answer as far as the ice is concerned.

BV002938

04:43PM | 01/04/14
We have Hurd casement windows with the "Heat Mirror" installed in 1989. We should have known they were bad when the first one cracked upon installation. They are fogged from inside moisture. They have always leaked. We bought IR heaters to compensate with high electric bills. This year we took a good look at the problem. The millworker is poor around the outside frame, with 1/8 inch gap common. The gasket weather stripping is to thin for the window and some are short by 1/4 inch. When shut, the window hits the wood perimeter and no weather seal is made leaving gaps for air. The casement dead area is not insulated, leaving cold air to sweat the hardware. The windows are aluminum clad allowing a cold perimeter. All this leads to warm hitting cold outside air and condensing. We have seen drops of water forming above the aluminum window and ice at the bottom. The wood is dark with mold stains.
This is what we did to partially fix the problem. We bought 1" pink closed cell insulation from Home Depot and cut to fit the open gap in the crank area. The crank mechanism was insulated with sticky grey 1-1/8" x 1/4" "camper bed" foam tape cut to fit top and bottom small area. Black 5/8" thick sticky foam was placed in the center area to allow the crank hardware to close inside a cacoon. This was painstakingly hard as the backing had to be removed to stick inside the 1" deep x 3" high area. We used white water proof outdoor calk for the wood area that was not milled right and weather strip corners. Then 3/8 brown Frost King door weather stripping was used around the crank area. The above was a stop gap measure we ran out of warm weather to do the whole project. Tapeing the windows with packing tape helps stop the air flow. Other ideas would be to flip the windows to get the mold stained on top refinish or reglaze with low-E replacement glass. New crank hardware for larger windows. The right weather seal is a must. We bought Hurd because downstairs Pella were failing. Andersen vinyl replacement windows downstairs have never had any problems.

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BV003018

06:09PM | 01/13/14
Hurd is a mid level quality window at best. Honestly you might be better off replacing with a higher quality window such as Kolbe or Marvin.

BV004724

11:21AM | 06/19/14
I will be replacing with Marvin as soon as I can.

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