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by johnleeke
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Site Work
Topic: Casement Windows
Replies: 0
Views: 12

Casement Windows

Tips: - clean and lubricate all parts - if you need parts the brand and part number are often marked on the operator arm - the bottom horizontal piece of wood is often easy to pry up (wedge and wiggle) to investigate the operator condition - if the glass storm panel may have been left on, making the...
by johnleeke
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Materials, Products, Tools, Equipment, Shop Setup
Topic: Scrapers
Replies: 3
Views: 14750

Stortz Scraper Customized

I customized the Stortz triangle scraper for sash deglazing:
-- ground to corners to a slightly less than 90 degree angle for removing front putty
-- ground a profile on the other point to match the typical ogee profile
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by johnleeke
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Mending Broken Glass
Replies: 2
Views: 1071

Re: Mending Broken Glass

8" is longer than I have done, but it should be possible. It's possible that it can be mended leaving both pieces right in place, if the two pieces of glass are still aligned in the same plane, and close together. It may not work well if there is anything in the crack, like residue from past wi...
by johnleeke
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Weatherstrip Sashes
Topic: Weatherstripping
Replies: 4
Views: 41241

Casement Weatherstrip Documentation

"Demonstration of how spring-bronze weather stripping works on a French style (in-swing) casement window. Rare to see it correct; I wanted to document it for future restoration work." (video courtesy of Peter Lohmann)

by johnleeke
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Painting Frames, Sills and Casing
Replies: 6
Views: 18722

Temporary Stabilization of Sills

One project had limited funding and requirements to make the windows safer and stabilize the windows for future work. The wood sills had weather checks and a heavy paint buildup that was alligatored and ready to start flaking off. There was no money or time to set up for lead-safe work, strip the si...
by johnleeke
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Sash Glazing & Painting (with Video)
Replies: 30
Views: 99056

Keeping your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean. First, get less on your hands. Spread a rag out on your bench. Sprinkle a little whiting on it. Pat your hands on the whiting to coat your palms and fingers. Then pick up your wad of whiting and roll it in the whiting on the rag. Get the putty on the sash as quickly as poss...
by johnleeke
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Materials, Products, Tools, Equipment, Shop Setup
Topic: Wood
Replies: 2
Views: 10252

Re: Wood

White oak is fine for window sash. The heartwood is quite decay resistant. I have seen 300 year old sash made out of it.
It's not common because other woods (like pine, cypress or fir) are less costly and more easily worked and machined.
by johnleeke
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Cleaning Glass Panes
Replies: 1
Views: 875

Razor Blade Scratches

With the glass cleaning methods detailed in my book, I clean all the glass for five or ten windows before I change the razor blade, and never get glass scratches. I think the details that lead to no scratches are: -- while the glass is still in the sash and dry, dry brush off the glass and sash to g...
by johnleeke
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Cleaning Glass Panes
Replies: 1
Views: 875

Cleaning Glass Panes

Glass Cleaning, Wet Wash Methods These methods and materials are for cleaning glass panes before glazing and painting. Can you keep a secret? At the risk of getting sued by the window cleaner product manufacturers, I'll tell you two secrets they definitely do not want you to know. But first, here ar...
by johnleeke
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Sash Glazing & Painting (with Video)
Replies: 30
Views: 99056

How to keep window cleaners from damaging new putty. With oil putties I always advise ABSOLUTELY NO window cleaning until one full year after glazing and painting to allow the putty and paint to fully cure and firm up. Then follow the step-by-step window cleaning method in the Window Preservation St...

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