:: Saturday, September 20, 2003 ::
I started a window project today. Sutton Place is housed in a c. 100-yr.-old former boarding house, and the windows are original. Today, one of the two original windows in my room was re-glazed. The glazing had cracked and fallen out over the years, and I realized that it was going to get a bit cold in here in a few months if I didn't do something about it. Moreover, there is a considerable amount of space around the frame and sill - enough to see light through.
The glazing went well. Unfortunately, I could not complete the project because the putty knife caught in a small crack in the side of the glass in one window and cracked the whole pane. So now I have to replace it. Furthermore, the cheap foam weatherstripping wouldn't stick to the old wooden frames, despite washing and drying them beforehand. I am going to attempt another type.
Windows are labor-intensive. I can see why most people just replace them with the new models rather than putting the time and effort into rebuilding existing ones. But I believe that maintaining old, well-crafted work is good stewardship of resources. And it often looks great in the end!
:: Matt 9/20/2003 09:37:00 PM :: permalink ::