Working Windows: A Guide to the Repair and Restoration of Wood Windows

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This definitive book covers the operation, care, repair, and restoration of all kinds of wood windows, along with chapters on weather-stripping, repainting, and refinishing.

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In the late 20th century, in spite of the renewed interest in historical renovation, preserving resources, and a strong do-it-yourself tradition developing among homeowners, the art of maintaining and repairing wood windows has somehow fallen by the wayside. Few modern home-repair books include more than a cursory look at wood window repairs and restoration, offering sketchy information at best. A whole generation of people have been raised not knowing that the upper sash in a double-hung wood window is supposed to open just like the lower sash to allow one to easily wash windows inside and out without going outside, or that properly working double-hung windows permit one to adjust home ventilation by allowing warm air to escape out the upper sash and cool air to enter through the lower.

In Meany's book, individual sections are devoted to the operation, care, and repair of double-hung wood windows, casement and awning windows, fixed windows, and other more unusual windows like pivoting and leaded glass windows, along with chapters on weather stripping, repainting, refinishing, and working with different kinds of window moldings. This definitive book on wood window repair and restoration is now offered in a new edition with excellent detail, helpful diagrams, simple and clear instructions, and a good bit of Meany's wry humor to make it a lively read. It is an absolutely indispensable part of any wood-window-owning do-it-yourselfer's home library. --Mark A. Hetts

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In Working Windows, Terence Meany explains with detail, humor, and accessibility everything you'll need to know to repair, replace, or restore almost any window, regardless of its age. You will find: detailed instructions for disassembling and repairing all sorts of wood windows; repair hints and tricks of the trade you won't find anywhere else; easy ways to clean and restore original hardware; safe an efficient methods of stripping, refinishing, and painting; effective ways to eliminate drafts and rattles; invaluable information on tools and materials; and more.Filled with line drawings and practical tips, this is the most comprehensive, accurate, and detailed book on the subject. Whether you are a craftsman or a do-it-yourself homeowner, you will find Working Windows packed with essential advice and instruction that will help you get your window looking great and operating smoothly. (61/4 X 81/2, 136 pages, diagrams)

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