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In this special episode of Ask This Old House, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor explain everything you need to know about using, installing, maintaining and repairing a window.
First, Kevin explains the anatomy of a window: The sash, stool, sill, jamb, head and side casings, apron, trim and stiles.
Kevin takes a deep dive into the history and manufacture of glass, the most important part of any window: Single pane, double pane, triple pane, coated, safety etc.
We dive into how you repair glass windows. At the studio, Kevin and Tom take you through safety glass and how it works. Then Tom replaces or repairs several windows in different locations.
Where to find it?
The tempered glass replacement window used for this project was custom ordered from JB Sash and Door [https://jbsash.com/]. Pre-built tempered glass windows are typically limited to a small selection of sizes. Most window and door manufacturers/suppliers can custom order almost any size tempered glass window.
The window film used to dress up the tempered glass can be found at the local home center. The window film is manufactured by Artscape [https://artscape-inc.com/]; the style and size is Summer Magnolia Decorative Window Film, 24” x 36.”
Tom demonstrated how to replace the pane of a single-pane basement window. His technique will only work with that type of window. For double- and triple-pane windows, the whole unit will need to be replaced.
The materials Tom used for this project, including the window glazing, glazing points, replacement glass, and glass cutters, are all available at home centers.
Tom installed antique window sash balancers manufactured by Pullman Manufacturing of Rochester, NY [https://www.pullmanmfg.com/].
Replacement sash cord can be purchased at a hardware store or home center. The display window that demonstrates how sash weights operate was on loan from Boston Building Resources [https://www.bostonbuildingresources.com/].
Tom installed new replacement windows manufactured by: Andersen Corporation [https://www.andersenwindows.com/] (model# 400 series “Woodwright”). Anderson replacement windows are available at: The Home Depot [https://www.homedepot.com/].
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