Some old second story windows are painted shut. I was told I
should think about new windows, which WILL happen, but not for a year or
so. But, until then, I want to get these old windows open again, if
only for safety sake, and for summertime ventilation.
Any ideas on the best way to get these painted-shut windows
On Feb 23, 2:04�pm, email@example.com (Pdk Pdk) wrote:
use sharp knife between moving sections.
its highly possible there are other troubles making the windows
unusable, like broken weights etc.
winter efficency is best as is, get them unsealed they will leak bad
Last time this Q came up someone recommended a window zipper.
Personally, I've never used one.
If you are inclined to climb a ladder, you can use a utility knife to
cut through the paint film,
taking care of course not to cut toward yourself or be off balance. My
choice would be to
removed the inside trim and just pull the sash loose. You probably will
chip some paint
either way. For simplicity, you might want to try a couple of taps on
the sash to see if
that loosens it.
BTDT. New blade in a utility knife, and cut the paint in the corner so
as to minimize flaking. Go slow- it will keep jumping out of corner on
you. But it usually takes more- because I already had it in the tool
bucket I was using, I used a clean wide high-quality putty knife and a
hammer, to tap sideways into the sliding joint, where some paint almost
always has seeped. The window will make scary noises, and if wood or
putty is rotten, this is when it will fail, so have plastic film and
duct tape ready, along with plywood if you are in a bad neighborhood.
(Better to have it and not need it, etc.)
Yeah, I could use new windows too, but these are basically in good
condition, and with current housing market, I'd never get my money back
on heating costs or added value at resale. I reputtied mine 2 summers
ago, but really need to go back and scrape and paint, and maybe replace
the storms on the windward side. So I do feel your pain.
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