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08:35PM | 06/20/02
Member Since: 02/12/02
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Absolutely love the wavy glass with little bubbles in it that I have in the old double hung windows in my 1850's Victorian. Who knows when the window themselves are from, but I'd like to restore them, front of the house living room 3 windows first.

Totally take them apart, take them out, heatgun all the paint off, fix the putty, fix the grooves they go up and down in, fix the weights behind them, fix everything and put them back together. Then research those 'invisible storms' or something to go over them.

Can anyone recommend a site to read up on this, a class to take or a good step-by-step book?

Thanks - JOHN


04:00PM | 06/24/02
I don't know of any books or classes but if you are interested I can help you with step-by-step instructions. You can contact me through the "Expert Advice" section of theis web site under "Doors & Windows".

Glenn Good


03:34AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/25/02
12 lifetime posts
A local paint store should be able to help you out. It's not hard just take your time and make sure the paint is completely dry before puting them back together.


03:52AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts

Be very carefull removing the old glass, it will be very brittle!

Good luck,


11:33AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
1 lifetime posts
A reply to John on fixing old windows. I think the old windows are charming but please be careful. Sometimes they are painted with lead paint and taking them apart may involve a lot more risk in exposing yourself and family to hazards especially in children younger than 6 years of age. May want to check into this.

j Xynn

04:49PM | 12/19/02
Member Since: 11/29/02
6 lifetime posts
If there are weights then the windows were replaced in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Windows from the 1850-1870, at least in New England have very thin flanges on the muntins. (the pieces between the panes of glass.) They are exceedingly fragile. I suggest using a heat gun to "warm" but not burn the caulking. Indeed, not only the paint is likely to be lead, but much of the putty was lead based. But lead won't be volatilized until it reaches way over 200 degrees, but beware of the dust. There is a special point gun, but I don't know where one can be purchased, which makes working on old windows a breeze, as the points are tiny and very thin, but work well. If the windows are from the 1850's also, they will not be nailed or glued but will be pegged with two pegs in each corner, and you can knock the pegs out, and work on the rails, stiles and muntins, repair, and put it all back together. If the house is worth it...historically. It's very time consuming. There is a magazine, but I can't remember it's name...perhaps someone else can that covers old restoration, and you'll find articles there...good luck.

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