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Preliminary Information

Introduction Welcome!  I hope you’re excited about this little adventure.  This turned out to be one of my favorite restoration projects, and I really learned to love and appreciate these old windows.  It’s my love for these windows and my …

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Old, worn down house

My Restoration – Before and After

So you know where I started out when I was beginning, and where I ended up when finished, I wanted to show you some before and after pics. Please click on the headings below to see some comparison videos and …

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How to Make a New Rail

Welcome!   “Rails” have many names from “outer stops” to “parting beads”, but for the purposes of this chapter I will call them all “rails.”  The double hung window has three rails on each side that guide the sashes up and …

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How to Make Rope Templates

You can save a lot of time in the restoration process if you make a few rope templates to help you measure out new ropes when you start putting the windows back together. By “rope template” I mean simply having a …

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All the trim sitting out to dry.

Restoring the Exterior Trim

Window trim is technically part of the window but would typically be restored as part of an entire exterior restoration.  Still, you might want to take the time during your window restoration to restore the trim.  It will definitely make …

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How to Just Change Out the Sash Rope

Welcome!  I made this chapter as a stand-alone chapter, designed to be separate from the rest of the Guide.  Unlike the rest of the Guide, this chapter is not geared towards restoration of windows.  Rather, this chapter is for people …

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Boarding Up The Windows Chapter

A Quick Explanation On Boarding Up Your Windows In the Preliminary Information Chapter, I suggested you go ahead and get a few sheets of plywood to board up your windows.  Hopefully you’ve got some now.  If not, run to the …

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