S19 E5: All About Windows

Jenna Harris November 2, 2020 7 No Comments

S19 E5: All About Windows

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In this exceptional episode of Ask This Old House, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor describe all you want to know about using, installing, maintaining and repairing a window.

First, Kevin describes the body of a window: The sash, feces, sill, jamb, head and side casings, apron, trim and stiles.

Kevin requires a deep dive in the background and manufacture of glass, the most Significant Part any window: Single pane, double pane, triple pane, protected, security etc.

We dive into the way you repair windows. At the studio, Kevin and Tom take you through security glass and the way it works. Then Tom replaces or repairs many windows in various locations.


Tom replaces a broken stairway window in the interior with a tempered glass alternative.

Where to locate it?

The tempered glass replacement window utilized for this particular project was custom ordered from JB Sash and Door. Pre-constructed tempered glass windows are typically confined to a small choice of sizes. Most window and doorway manufacturers/suppliers can custom order virtually any dimension tempered glass window.

The window movie used to dress the tempered glass are located in the local home center. The window movie is fabricated by Artscape; the size and style is Summer Magnolia Decorative Window Film, 24″ x 36.”


Tom replaces a broken pane in a cellar window.

Where to locate it?

Tom shown how to substitute the pane of a single-pane basement window. His technique is only going to work with that sort of window. For dual – and – triple-pane windows, the entire device will have to be replaced.

The substances Tom employed for this particular project, for example, window repairs, glazing issues, replacement glass, and glass cutters, are available at home centers.


Tom belongs into an 18th century house to substitute classic window sash balancers.

Where to locate it?

Tom installed classic window sash balancers made by Pullman Manufacturing of Rochester, NY.


Tom heads to West Virginia to aid a homeowner substitute broken sash cords.

Where to locate it?

Replacement sash cord can be obtained in a hardware store or home center. The display window which shows how sash weights function has been on loan from Boston Building Resources.


Tom shims a window which has dropped from parallel as a result of improper setup.

Where to locate it?

The substances Tom utilized to resolve the window gap, such as shims, the hammer, and also the utility knife, are available at home centers.


Tom Silva educates three apprentices in our Generation NEXT program the best way to put in a window sash replacement kit. Of the 3 choices, it’s the easiest and cheapest. The kit is made up of 2 jamb liners in addition to a top and bottom sash.


Tom assisted a homeowner pick and set up fresh semi automatic replacement windows. After measuring the openings, Tom took the homeowner into a local home center, where he showed her a replacement window with dual panes of insulated glass and high quality weather stripping. They put an order for 2 windows Tom came several weeks later to assist her with the setup. Tom first eliminated the “stop beads” and eliminated from old sash units along with the older storm windows. He then caulked around the outside of the opening and then tilted the window components into position. After checking to be certain that they were based and plumb, Tom added shims and screwed the windows set up. He then reinstalled the previous stop-beads, caulked around the outside of the windows out, and the setup was complete.

Where to locate it?

Tom installed new replacement windows made by: Andersen Corporation (version # 400 series “Woodwright”). Anderson replacement windows are available in: The Home Depot

Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2020 Season 19; Ep.5 23:43


Products and Services from this Episode

Replacement window producers:
JB Sash and Door
Andersen Corporation

Replacement window merchant:
The Home Depot

Window movie:
Artscape

Window sash balancers:
Pullman Manufacturing, Rochester, NY

Display window (for demonstration):
Boston Building Resources

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