Conservation. Culture. Community. These are three words you could use to describe the two-day wood window restoration workshop we like to call the Rescue Rally.
You know what we love? I mean other than the obvious answer of wood windows, of course. We love people. So you can only imagine how elated we were about hosting an event entirely devoted to welcoming others into our shop. Last Thursday we held our official Grand Opening for the Great Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce right here in our facility, complete with the Junction Coffee Bus and an amazing spread of tasty eats catered by one of our talented clients, Bo Taylor.
Kansas City may be famous for its barbeque, but we found ourselves drooling over more than their brisket and ribs. But wait! We are from Oklahoma City. What are we doing talking about Kansas City’s saucy smoked goods? Well, friends, let me tell you all about our experience as a vendor at the Main Street Now Conference, about the relationships we are building, and dare I say, the vision we have for the Midwest.
How to glaze a wood window with Aqua Glaze.
Here at the Wood Window Rescue Shop, we have searched the internet to find the best and most accessible old window repair techniques to share with our audience. This video series from Dave Bowers of Olde Window Restorer is one of the best. We use these videos for training in our window restoration projects and love how the historic wood windows turn out. We hope that you will find these videos and additional window sash repair insight to be helpful.
- Putty Knife
- Damp Rag
- Glazing Points
- Aqua Glaze
We suggest that you remove the window sash from the wood window frame. We also recommend using a make-shift sash easel on a slight incline. If you are doing this at homes and want the best results, do it outside and make sure you have enough time set aside to complete an entire window sash glazing.
Tips on Working with Aqua Glaze
- Work up a softball sized amount of Aqua Glaze and then set aside in a separate container.
- To keep window glazing from drying out, keep only a small amount of window putty in your hand while you work the glazing into the wood window sash.
Putty Knife Tricks
- Keep your knife clean and free of grim. Grim will cause the glazing to drag and will leave a rough, less than desirable window sash glazing.
- Make sure to use a flexible putty knife. Apply enough pressure so that the knife bends as you pull the knife over the window glazing. Doing this presses the glazing on to the glass and wood on the wood window.
- Keep your knife moist by wiping often with a damp rag.
How to Estimate Glazing Material
To estimate glazing, we use a great tool created by the folks at SRS Hardware. Here are the basics:
Number of Sashes x Number of Lights Per Sash x .2 x .2 x Perimeter of Each Light x .0022=Gallons of Glazing needed.
To get a more precise estimate and for further detail please check out the Putty Calculator.
Don't give up! It may take a few tries...especially on those corners. The important part is you are doing this instead of replacing with disposable vinyl windows.
If you need help, just comment below and we will do our best to help.
I do my best to make every project as predictable as possible and yet, in every job and every customer complaint, the same things come up. So to be completely transparent, here are the five things that will suck about your renovation project.
1. The Mess
There is no way around this one. There will be a mess! Saw dust, drywall dust, normal dust...we do everything we can to keep it clean but inevitably, we will not get it all. In addition, subcontractors will eat lunch at the job or have a big gulp. I would like to say we are perfect and this always ends up in the trash, but that is not always the case.
However, we do strive to keep job sites clean. We keep trash receptacles on site so it is obvious where the Coke can goes. Each sub-contractor cleans up after they are finished so the next contractor has a clean work area. Outside areas are cleaned up daily, so that loose material is not blowing all over neighborhood.
2. The Unexpected
I wish I had an x-ray machine and could see through walls. However, I do not. I have opened up walls and found that 60% of the framing was chewed up by termites. I have finished beautiful projects only to find that some backwoods plumber, without a clue or a permit, improperly tied into the sewer main. If you expect anything expect finding this, haphazard wiring, backwards plumbing, irregular framing, asbestos or mold.
It will suck. You will be angry. It will add to your cost. But I will patiently walk through it with you.
3. The Cost
First, the cost of a renovation can be expensive and there is often major sticker shock. If you are considering DIY, I would do some soul searching first. Someone else's DIY could could be the reason you have unexpected costs.
Remember, you get that for which you pay. If you hire a handyman, chances are your base cost will be low but your cost overruns will be high. I once took over a project that the owner had paid the handyman and affordable $18/per hour and there was no material mark-up. Sounds like a great deal! Until you realize that he had been on the job for five years! That is a total labor cost of $187,000!!! Then, you add in the materials...YIKES!!
I always try to fall in the "Goldilocks Zone"...Not too low. Not too high.
4. The Delays
I have tried praying, cussing and wishing...but there are still delays.
First, there is the weather. If any exterior work is part of the project, you should just expect delays. Second, life happens. People get sick, have babies, vehicles break down. These things just happen. Third, things change. The copper farmhouse sink is six weeks out instead of two. Fourth and final, it's not a delay...it's down time. There are unavoidable down time periods. Waiting for city inspections, utility companies, scheduling of subcontractors and delivery of materials.
When we start a project, we have a detailed plan and schedule. It generally includes a level of expectation for delays and down time. And most projects are completed within 2 weeks of original scheduled completion.
5. The Punch-out
The house is almost done. You're ready to move in. That day is so close you can taste it! Press the pause button...there are still a few loose ends. Inevitably, there will be a few things that need to be done. Things like paint touch-up, final cleaning and minor hardware adjustments are very common. These things should not delay the project (See 4). The mistake most people make is that they move in too quick and a weeks worth of punch out items becomes a month of working around furniture, pets and people.
I always recommend doing a walk through with a project manager using a camera, note pad and blue masking tape. Identify what finished looks like and allow the project manager reasonable time to complete.
These are not avoidable, but reasonable expectations. Clear communication between the home owner and the project manager can make them manageable and able to overcome.
We are starting the planning and design phase of a new restoration project in Oklahoma City. Watch my Periscope broadcast where I give a tour of the home's exterior and Greek Revival characteristics.