I have all Hurd windows on my house. The house was an old barn and was
redone before we bought it,
about 8 - 10 years ago or so. (we have lived here for 6 years, the old
owners lived in it for about 4 after
In the front I have a problem with the two Hurd units that form the
There is a two door swing atrium-type unit, with built-in side lights.
Then above this, is a row of "top" lights. These
may form one unit, or may be separate Hurd units "attached" in some manner.
Then, above the doors by about 5 feet, there is a unit that spans the
same width, is square, and has 24 lights.
They are all wood, with separate lights. The window does not open, but
has a decent amount of trim or molding
that makes me believe it is a single unit.
We've had a problem with leaking water. When the wind is hitting the
windows/doors head on, some (about 2 or 3
in the doors and about 4 or so in the big window) number of lights have
water leaking. The water seems to run on the
inside corner of the "frame" of the light, on the vertical member, and
collect on the horizontal member.
We recently had the house painted. It seems worse now, but then again,
it's raining, 20 deg. F and 30 mph winds. I
just may notice it more now.
The question is obviously, how do I stop the water? Do I
a) use window putty (if it were warm enough, which it won't be until
b) use silicone chalk? (again, may be too cold!)
c) something else...like sell the house!
Also, the door seems to give me problems in its operation. You need to
do certain handle movements to lock the
"fixed" side of the opening doors, and the moveable side has a hard time
closing. The builder put this door unit right on the
ground. that is, they built a cement porch of about 6 inches, then put
the door right on here. So rain and show may have
compromised the bottom of the doors. But this does not explain the leaks
in the windows and doors.
Keep in mind, any repair I'd perform would be done on a ladder about 15
feet about ground ... in the snow!
Oh, if anyone wanted to fix this for me and lived in MA, you can email
me...just "figure out" my real email address.