S > We live on a ski-hill, and they have recently begun running their
S > snow-making machines all night. The window in our bedroom is allowing a lo
S > of noise through, and because of this we are looking for a sound-proofing
S > solution.
S > The window is also letting a draft through, so I imagine that it is a seal
S > problem causing both. All of the other windows in the house do not let muc
S > of the noise through.
Is this window fully closed, properly? Maybe it's "locked", but the
two halves of the lock didn't align properly and the lock mechansim is
pushing the window apart slightly, allowing in drafts and noise.
S > We don't ever open this window in the winter, so is there a type of foam /
S > caulking with which we could seal it up, and rid ourselves of the sleepless
S > nights?
Remember you don't want to use something too 'permanent' as you will
want to remove with minimal damage it in the Spring to correct the
situation. If this is an older house some of the air leaks (drafts
and noise) may be coming from around the window (framework) rather
than the window proper. A removeable caulk or even Plumber's Putty
may help. (Roll out the Plumber's Putty to make a long skinny
cylinder -- thick spagetti strand -- and push into place.)
With our old windows I used a 3/8" or 1/2" wide self-adhesive foam
strips to seal some of the smaller areas. On a couple I used V-shaped
metal strips -- normally used on doors.
Seal the window the best you can. If you are able use a thick drape
over the entire window to hold back some of the draft and soundproof.
(Some drapery has a thermal lining.)
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