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by johnleeke
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Storm Windows
Topic: Replacement Storms for Vintage Casement Windows
Replies: 7
Views: 3090

Re: Replacement Storms for Vintage Casement Windows

Hi Sandy, thanks for coming over to the windows Forum. OK, let's use the good old Q&A method here. Where are you located? Have you identified which brand and specific product the windows are? They look like they might be the Andersen brand. Look for a logo etched in the corner of the pane or num...
by johnleeke
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Site Work
Topic: Seal Frame to Masonry, Burnt Sand Mastic, Traditional Materials
Replies: 0
Views: 1558

Seal Frame to Masonry, Burnt Sand Mastic, Traditional Materials

Burnt Sand Mastic (more to come) Notes: burnt sand mastic made with sand, linseed oil, lime and newts eyes packed on top of soaked wool roving and saturated hemp or jute oakum, seen it used around 18th & 19th century windows here on coastal Maine, learned more about it from Andy DeGrunchy at the...
by johnleeke
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Site Work
Topic: Sash Locks
Replies: 0
Views: 1022

Sash Locks

Re-installing Sash Locks Sometimes the old screw holes are worn out and the screws will not tighten down. What screw hole repair method works best? No single treatment is good for all, or even most, situations. Select the repair method that gives the results required by your project. First try the o...
by johnleeke
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Sash Glazing & Painting (with Video)
Replies: 28
Views: 90527

Cut the paint line with a brush

Cutting a straight line with a brush is essential to best practice in window work. It eliminates the entire step of scraping paint off glass, saving 5 to 10 minutes per sash. If you routinely face "stacks 'o sash", and do this work to earn money, how can you afford not to pick up on this b...
by johnleeke
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Site Work
Topic: Sash Rattles Side-to-side
Replies: 0
Views: 1062

Sash Rattles Side-to-side

First determine the cause of the gap that allows the movement, which will suggest a treatment. If the size of the sash has diminished, then adding strips to the side edges of the sash could be good. If the jamb/sill joints have failed allowing the space between the jambs to widen, then repairing the...
by johnleeke
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Storm Windows
Topic: Old Aluminum Storms, Maintenance & Repairs
Replies: 1
Views: 1492

Cleaning Aluminum

Don't "shine" it with abrasive and acid containing products. That dull finish is aluminum oxide that acts as a protective coating to prevent further deterioration. If you remove the oxidation, it will just happen again. Simply remove obvious gunk gently with a plastic or wooden scraper and...
by johnleeke
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Storm Windows
Topic: Interior Storms (aka Interior Air Panels)
Replies: 1
Views: 32310

Alternate Film

When I need a more durable film (cat claw resistant) I use Warp Bros 5FP-3650 Flex-O-Pane https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71aOlcKO8rL._SL1280_.jpg This clear, somewhat flexible film is thicker and more durable that the Clearmount film. It is made of Cellulose Acetate Butyrate resin,...
by johnleeke
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Site Work
Topic: Boardup
Replies: 0
Views: 1060

Boardup

JOslX1LtSX0 Materials: - Tongue & Groove wood boards - 1 1/2" wood screws Tools: - Tape measure - pencil - Cross cut saw - Drill/Driver, with bit for screw heads, with twist bit to drill shank holes for screws - Rabbet plane, table saw, or router & bit to cut rabbets on side strips Pro...
by johnleeke
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Glaze & Paint Sashes
Topic: Sash Glazing & Painting (with Video)
Replies: 28
Views: 90527

Take the Time to Do It Right

Many window specialists complain about how long it takes for putty to skin over. Why is that? Because they are trying to emulate the corporate business model where "time is money," "faster is better," and "immediate gratification" of the consumer is a major marketing ta...
by johnleeke
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Materials, Products, Tools, Equipment, Shop Setup
Topic: Scrapers
Replies: 2
Views: 12790

Scrapers, Hook Shaves

I consider it a scraper if it has a 25-35degree bevel with a simple burr left from grinding, and a "hook shave" if the bevel is ground at a very low angle and a hook-shape is formed along the edge with a burnisher. The hook shave is far too aggressive because it more easily gouges into the...

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