The windows in my old house are one of the "sore spots" esp. from inside.
Alligatored paint that would make a faux specialist swoon in envy, flaking pint
with lead in it, paint worn down to the bare wood...ad infitum. I want to get
them repaired, not replaced: much of the glass, as well as the wood, sash
weights, etc. is original, and I keep reading that in the long run if an old
window is sound, it's likely to last longer repaired than a steel replacement
and not cost much more.
Obviously I need a glazier. But who else?
Yeah......ROFA. Retired Old Farts of America. I can get to N'awleans
if you are willing to put hubby and I up for a while :o) We charge
union rate, three squares a day. Could get by if you have room for us
to park the camper. We are old and slow.....how many windows? All
first floor? We do windows, but not if ladders required :o)
Ever thought of wintering in So. CA? There are a number of homeowners on my
block that could keep you busy re-habbing *first story* old bungalow windows
for months. We like preservation, but it's hard to find qualified
craftspeople. It seems most of the ROFoA around here have already switched
to aluminum or vinyl replacement windows <gag!>
This isn't skilled labor, as I have done it. If the wood is intact,
doesn't need replacement, then a "handyman" would do. If wood needs
replacing, you would need to have wood milled to match the old, and some
woodworking skill to put it together.
This isn't a bad spring/fall job, as long as it isn't raining or too
cold. We redid windows on my daughter's house, without removing sashes.
I would have taken out the saches, stripped inside and outside,
replaced sash ropes, etc., with more time. This was during a vacation
With lead base paint, you do not want to sand. Take them out and use a
heat gun or torch to remove the majority of the paint. Need to avoid
breathing fumes. Stripper, along with appropriate disposal, is best for
lead paint but likely more expensive.
If you have a retired neighbor who likes to take on odd jobs, and knows
what they are doing, it might be ideal. Reglazing isn't rocket science,
but needs to be done right and takes a bit of practice. When we worked
on my daughter's windows, I asked at the local (fantastic) old-fashioned
hardware store, about having new pieces made for the wood storms that
sat on the garage floor too long and got eaten by termites or some such.
They knew of a couple of guys who did that kind of work but I ended up
using wood filler - looked good, had to be handled carefully but did the
job they were designed to do :o)
I would do it, but I don't think there are wood framed windows within
100 miles of where I live :o) If money is unlimited, find a paint
Tony offered excellent advice. You may want to shop by phone. Around here
some of the glass shops have outside craftsmen who rebuild and repair sashes
for them and some don't want to be bothered with a job like yours. Find the
right shop and except for hauling them in and back U R done.
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I'm afraid moving even one 6 x 3 sash-weighted window from its moorings and
carrying down a floor to my subcompact del Sol is beyond me...which is why I'm
looking for a qualified person to help me.
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