Just removed a wood frame window from its tracks so I could clean & paint
it, and found that the outside sill beneath the window is rotted to the
point where it's the consistency of blue cheese. Before discovering this, I
had plenty of time to prime & paint the window and get it back in place.
But, this rotted wood discovery may delay things, so I'll have to cover the
window area with plastic, due to rain on the way in a couple or three days.
I don't get a good feeling about masking tape staying in place when wet.
Duct tape - gotta leave a sticky mess on the siding, and if I clean off the
goo, I'm guessing I'll then have to clean the whole side of the house. Not
What kind of tape might deal well with moisture for 3-4 days?
My guess is that *any* type of tape is going to take the dirt off, and
I don't think duct tape will get gooey in such a short period of time,
so I'd opt for the duct tape. in other words, whatever you use may
leave behind some evidence, so you might as well just go for it.
On the other hand, do you really need to seal the window or just
protect it? I recently replaced a window in the rain, which included
painting, caulking etc. It was the last window of nine, and it would
have meant at least a 2 week delay before I could get back to the
project if I let the rain stop me.
I rigged up a tarp from an upper window and roof section and tied the
bottom off with ropes and tent pegs, making a slanted tent over the
first floor window. I left it up for 3 days until the sun finally came
back out, by which time the caulk and paint were dry enough to expose
to the elements. Wind would have been a problem, but I got lucky.
There are no eaves on this particular side of the house, so I really do need
to seal the window. The screen is still in place (it's a stupid
arrangement), so I wrapping that with plastic just to keep the room
warm/cool/whatever. But, any rain hitting that window opening will drain
under the screen and down the recently painted walls. Not good.
Considering my current mood, this is looking like a better idea:
Drive a stake into the holes....
I shouldn't be in this mood. This house has been mostly trouble free. But I
hate puttying windows, and then waiting and waiting and waiting...
- I shouldn't be in this mood. This house has been mostly trouble
free. But I
- hate puttying windows, and then waiting and waiting and waiting
...which is one of the main reasons why I decided to replace my
windows a few months ago. It was either reglaze the panes, paint the
sashes and caulk the storms before winter or just bite the bullet and
The other reason was the triple track storms - picture a week of 90
degree days and 70 degree nights. We were running the air conditioner
on cool nights because we didn't want to go around the house wrestling
with the storms before bed and then wrestling with them again when we
got up.The first time I realized that it was hotter in the house with
the AC on than it was outside, I knew it was time to take some action.
It just got more interesting. Removed the little clamps that hold on the
storm windows, lifted out the storm window, and half the putty from the wood
frame window came along with it. The people who owned the house before me
were young. They didn't know the rule about curing time for paints, putties,
etc: It always takes two to ten times longer than whatever the instructions
At this rate, we're talking a week, round trip, for putty, primer, high
gloss paint. Phuque!
Any tape you use is going to make a mess if it gets sunshine.
Could you trap a piece of plastic between the upper sash and top of the
window and extend it to the ground where you could weight it down?
A blowing rain it going to get in no matter what you do.
There's no sash. These windows are weird. They're hinged at the top, latched
at the bottom, and swing out. The screen's on the inside, set up the same
way, but they swing inward. It's really stupid.
I have a total of 10 windows to paint, with enough room to work on 2 at a
time. I'm thinking about getting a couple of pieces of plexiglass cut to
size tomorrow, and wedge them in place with some weatherstripping.
on 10/5/2007 2:06 PM JoeSpareBedroom said the following:
3M clear duct tape. I used it outside in the summer for weeks and it
didn't deteriorate like the grey stuff, and when taking it off, it
didn't leave that hard crap that had to be chiseled off. Some WD40 will
remove the goo.
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