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glauster

09:53AM | 11/30/05
Member Since: 11/15/05
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1. I had weatherstripping put on my doors and am finding out that the doors have to be slammed hard in order for the locks to catch. Is this normal? If not, how long is this to be expected?

2. Double-pained windows were installed and am wondering if some kind of gas is pumped between the glass layers. I've noticed a lack of condensation during cold weather but wonder how long this noncondensation will last.

Billhart

05:25PM | 11/30/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
"1. I had weatherstripping put on my doors and am finding out that the doors have to be slammed hard in order for the locks to catch. Is this normal? If not, how long is this to be expected?"

It depends on what kind of weatherstripping was used and how it was installed. It is easy to install some types "too tight" so that it presses agains the door with enough force to keep it from latching.

Some of the quality plastic weatherstripping will stay like that for years until it is remove and re-installed.

"2. Double-pained windows were installed and am wondering if some kind of gas is pumped between the glass layers. I've noticed a lack of condensation during cold weather but wonder how long this noncondensation will last."

Double pain windows increase the insulative value of the glass and thus the inside surface of the glass stays warmer. That reduces the probablility of condensation.

But depending on how cold it gets and what the humidity level is in your house then you still might see some condensation on the very coldest days.

Also there are different types of double pain windows, some have a low-e coating on pains and/or argon gas between the pains.

Both of those increase the insulative value somewhat and thus less the likelyhood of condensation even more.

The insulated glass from well know manufactures are warantted for 10-20 years.




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