Where to start with old windows???
OK, I'm a newly-single (don't get me started!) young woman who bought a 200 year old millers house last December.
I'm in the process of a big kitchen re-do (the soapstone counters come in soon! Yippee!) and landscaping projects. So money is very tight.
As the temp drops here in the suburbs of Philadelphia, my thoughts turn to my oooooold windows. Wavy glass and all.
The previous owner did install exterior storms, but the windows still need work. Many panes are broken, they don't stay up on their own (probably why so many panes are broken!), they need repainting on the outside, and are drafty.
Where do I start?? I have fantasies of pulling them out, reglazing and repainting, and then installing some kind of "channel" in the jams that would a) create enough friction to keep the windows up when open and b) reduce drafts.
The big puzzle is that I can't see any pulley or rope or even a spot where the pulley used to be. Is it possible my style window predates this system? There are, however, big gaping channels that look like they held ropes in the bottom sash (boy the wind really leaks in through those spots).
I have an able carpenter but he's a "replace them" kind of guy. I know he'd do a good (and cheap) job but I don't even understand what can be done for old windows like this!
Any help is SO appreciated. Wish I could post a picture... just new to the gardenweb...???