Sunday, November 25, 2007

The time has come to get ready for the work of next spring and summer. That will involve adding the exterior, non load-bearing "frame" and installing doors and windows in the cabin.

I have most of the windows already: we renovated our house last year and replaced most of our old double-hung windows with new double-hung windows. I saved the old sashes and intend to use these wherever possible in the cabin.

Here, you can see them loaded up in the trailer, as I moved them from my garage to my workshop. They are 60 year-old windows, but they are in pretty good shape. One of the larger windows has a bit of decay in one corner. I need to determine a good way to replace/repair or at least brace it.

In addition to stripping paint, I will need to come up with a good way to frame them. The sashes were in a double-hung frame with counterweights. I no longer have the weights. I really have no idea how to make these into double-hung windows again.

I may try to do something like hinge the window sashes instead of hanging them as double-hung. That way, they would swing up or swing left or right. That would certainly be much easier, but I also absolutely need screens on all windows and doors to keep out insects in the summer.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Jer said...

The snow is so beautiful! You might have to get some XC skis to get up there this winter.

Great call, saving your old windows. This might help with the iffy bits:

At 11:49 AM, Blogger neuwave said...

Thanks, Jer. I appreciate the link to the rotdoctor stuff. I'll check it out.

I have a pair of snow shoes that I will probably need soon. That will be one of the nice aspects of this cabin: you'll need to hike, snow shoe or ski in during the winter!

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed following your progress. Very beautiful and interesting.

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like such blemish to use old windows on such a beautiful hard worked for cabin.

I myself did the same thing on my cabin here in Alaska and wish I had gotten nicer or custom windows for my cabin.

Something that adds to rather than takes from... but we all sing the money blues and free is enticing.


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