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Old windows--can they be saved??

Posted by KristyH on October 8th, 1999 11:54 AM

Hi folks. I've got a house with 80 year old windows. I know, I know, they're terrible with drafts and energy efficiency, but, they add too much to the architectural detail of the place and I can't stand to replace them...which brings me to my problem. They are in terrible need of painting...some paint has flaked completely off down to the bare wood, other places it has a nice coating of dirt and other scum...and, with some, the counter weight cords are snapped. My questions are these: If I try to paint, should I remove them to do so? How should I prep them, given the different surface situations? Should I attempt repairing the weight cords myself (is it difficult, destructive, etc.)? How should I prepare myself mentally -- should I set aside two weekends a month for the next year (or for the next 10 years)? (I have 20 windows to do...) Should I hand this off to someone else? If anyone has done this already, I'd love to hear from your experience...

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