I'd like to caulk my windows to eliminate drafts this winter (they're old,
and I have no $ to replace them). I'd like to do this on the interior so I
don't have to remove all of my storm windows and spend days on the end of my
extension ladder. Will plain silicone caulk be useful or is there a
special/better product to do this? Thanks in advance.
Silicone caulk is fine, but get the GE Silicone II, or whichever brand/model
is labelled as paintable. Cut the nozzle only a short way back, to dispense
a fine bead, perhaps 1/8 inch or less, so it is not noticeable, and makes it
easier to razor blade the excess off, where it smears or drips. I hope you
intend to caulk at the pane edges and casing/trim; not between the moving
part and the sill. Unopenable windows are draftproof, but dangerous, should
you have a fire.
If you are able and fit, a trip up the ladder may be part of the cure.
Caulking around window frames can be quite effective in lowering heating
bills; check doors and other openings in outer walls (pipe entries,
etc.) Depending on the type of window, you may need weatherstripping or
reglazing. Need more info about your setup.
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