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weatherstripping sash windows (ca. 1939)

Posted by Graham Charles on October 28th, 2002 07:42 PM

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I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to weatherstrip my 60-year old sash windows, or even picking the right type of weatherstripping. Here are my main quandaries:

1) Do I use a foam block at the bottom? The largest gap is between the front (moving) frame and the window sill.

2) For the rails, would you weatherstrip inside or outside?

3) At the overlap of the two frames, I'm at a loss even to approach---stripping the inside would run into the lock mechanism, but I'm not sure where I would strip on the outside.

4) Is this even worth it, or am I losing most of the heat between the pane and the frame? (I.e., is it time to replace the windows completely?)

If you could even point me to a good reference book on this topic, I'd be appreciative.



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