Hello. I have been obsessing about my windows since I moved into my
house 3 years ago, and I think I've finally worked up the gumption to
do something about them.
The house is 125 years old, and all of our windows are big, beautiful,
double-hung, leaky, inefficient, rotting old things. I've read This
Old House website and "Repairing Old and Historical Windows" until my
eyes bled, purchased a "Silent Paint Remover" to deal with lead paint,
and read every site I could find on the web.
Now. It is time. This will be the year. I am primed with loads of
knowledge, and motivated by a winter of record heating bills.
Before moving forward, though I would like advice on some things:
1) Storm windows. I hate them. Are they necessary? I am assuming
that, if I do the job properly, I won't have any air leaks to worry
about, so I won't need storms.
2) Screens. If I don't have exterior storms, are there any
alternatives for screens? I'm not so much worried about bugs getting
in as cats going out (and down 3 stories) while the windows are open in
3) Ancillary repairs. While I'm at it, are there any other repairs I
4) Professional help. While all of the individual steps seem doable
(pulling off the molding, sashes, removing paint, re-glazing,
reconstituting bad wood, etc.) is there any part that would be best to
contract out? I plan on only doing one window at a time, starting with
the least important window.
5) General advice. Any would be appreciated.
I'm kind of fanatical about doing this myself, and doing it without
significantly altering the mechanics and aesthetics of our windows
(we're in a historical district, so I can't, and wouldn't want to
install vinyl replacements). It seems like the windows are definitely
repairable, and it might not be as big of a deal as I'm making it out
to be. However, I just wanted to put this out there and see what
Thanks for reading!