I am building new window sash (stiles and rails) for an aunt who's house is
in bad shape. Needless to say this is a "fer" her project. Her in southern
IN if you do something "for" someone you expect to be paid. :-)
Anyway.........the weather has deteriorated and we (family) have been
meeting in my shop to convert some used-old poplar to window sash. The
frames(in the house) are basically ok. We have the raw matierials made to
create the stiles and rails. This is an old house and the windows may have
been made on the job. No two are identical according to my tape. I would
like to build and install no more than 4 windows in a given saturday. This
will include a crew at my shop building the four removed windows, a crew at
my aunts house, scraping and painting the frames, with fast drying paint.
Here is the question: Are there alternatives to glazing compound and glazing
points. We will be reusing all original glass if we don't break it. I have
seen plastic stripping on all new windows, but cannot find a vendor. Lee
Valley has some but don't say if it is for outdoor us or not. If I could
rout an 1/8 slot in the sash and slap the glass and said rubber strips in
place, then I could get back in town and help with the painting, planing,
nailing ect. to get the new window to fit the 100 year old house frames.
Looking to install first batch of windows this weekend. What say ye! All
Thanks in advance. Lyndell
P.S. I will cross post with. alt.home.repair
I have no luck with the plastic strips holding glass in my windows, on the
side of the house that gets the afternoon sun I've had to replace it all due
to the plastic warping and coming out of the slot after 15 years, I've had
to do this to all windows on that side of the house, all in front which gets
the morning and all the other side of the house which doesn't get a lot of
sun, but I guess enough unless they were in bad to begin with.
I have received valuable help from a local glass company on window projects.
I have contracted with them to remove plate glass, store it, and re-install
it when I was ready. Didn't cost that much. At least they can give you
I would take out the glass, take the glass and the sash to the glass company
and pay them to install the glass in the sash. I'm sure I stand alone in
this opinion though.
I'm a woodworker (I like to think so anyway), not a glass worker. I don't
do mdf either. :-)
I put a bunch of new glass in not too long ago - it was definitely a
PITA at the beginning. If you decide to glaze yourself, check this
link for some tips http://tinyurl.com/ys6c9 The biggest help was the
mineral spirits tip, but getting good glazing is key as well. Just
take your time with the first one, even to the point of ripping it out
and starting over if necessary, and the subsequent ones go much
smoother. It's a relatively steep learning curve.
However, if I was pressed for time, was really concerned about
quality, and the money wasn't an issue - I'd get it done. It's
definitely not near the top of my list of restoration tasks to do.
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