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Try It, You'll Like It....

Posted by Dodgeman on February 13th, 2002 12:33 PM
In reply to Don't be surprised if... by Jason on February 13th, 2002 11:11 AM [Go to top of thread]

A lot of what you say is exactly correct. However, this problem is a matter of degree. The idea of cracking open the outside pane is not to allow air to move or blow around between the panes, but to allow the moisture between the panes to dissipate. It does not take much of an opening, and the "dead air insulating space" is not destroyed. For instance, I have the personnal experience where I had moisture and frost build up on the outside pane (storm windows) installed on the outside of casement windows. By adding 1/32 inch spacers only at the bottom of the storms, the condensation and frost cleared up. The 1/32 inch spacer was added to a flange on the storm, and did not result in even a 1/32 inch opening.
Of course, if the inside window is a very leaky one, then the opening on the outside one will have to be greater.

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