Gaps in Window Sill Returns--How much putty is too much...

AugbaleJuly 3, 2014

New to this forum but hoping to get some feedback on how big a gap is acceptable or normal on the window sills we had installed. Our contractor says that with putty and paint it will be fine, but I really think the gaps are very large, and frankly, that he and the saw and measuring tape are not really good friends...

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sombreuil_mongrel

That's way too big. The carpenter should be able to make and glue in a wafer of wood, as he should have done when he miscut it to begin with.
Casey

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:10AM
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Augbale

Thanks. At least one other person doesn't think I'm nuts....He's actually done the same thing on 4 of the 5 sills he's done so far, and is just using putty. I'm paying a lot for the work being done and I'm just wondering if I should ask the company he works for (who we have a contract with) to redo the sills and moldings. I wish I knew if there some standard for the size of the gaps that I could hold them to.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:16AM
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HandyMac

Completely unacceptable.

Have done similar installs and never left close to a gap like that.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:16AM
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HandyMac

There is NO standard gap!

There is the professional standard no gap fit. One that does not need putty.

Talk to the company. They should fix the sub standard work.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 4:01PM
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Augbale

Thanks. So does that mean it is fair to ask for new sills? And also for the moldings around the windows which also have gaps, or were not cut straight? Or do I have to accept that they fill with wood wafers as a previous poster said?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 4:08PM
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HandyMac

Basic professional---and if a person is being paid for a job they should be professional-----trim carpentry means no gaps anywhere. Sills, moldings or stools(the board sometimes installed under the sill).

You should get minimum quality at least---what you have is nowhere close to minimum quality.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 12:16AM
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Augbale

Thanks. I'm going to talk to the company and see what they are willing to do about it.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 6:51AM
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klem1

Were the stools to be left natural,the gap would be a problem. Since they appear unfinished,I asume they are to be painted which will "almost"conceal the misfit. Having said that,much depends on who's at fault here. If the same contractor installed new windows,I would expect near perfect fit and finish. Lack of attention to detail while installing window make's trim out difficult. Actualy the root could lie with framing and/or siding. It's not unusual to find different depths from window to window. The solution is to rip off a strip at rear of stool equal to gap.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 12:22PM
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HandyMac

A competent finish carpenter can make a sill fit uneven windows. How do I know---by doing that very thing.

I've finished jobs after the original carpenter was fired and I was mainly a handyman---with trim carpentry knowledge.

Patching---even on painted trim is simply a waste of time---it is easier to do it right than to patch it.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 3:34PM
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Trebruchet

Augbale:

Completely unacceptable. Look up the AWS:

Here is a link that might be useful: AWS

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 4:16PM
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Augbale

Thank you so much! I am still waiting to hear from the company what they intend to do. Keeping my fingers crossed...

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:21PM
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