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Old 01-23-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Our house was built in the early 70's. It is brick (inside and out) with original aluminum windows. They are double pane, but single hung.

A previous owner took out two of the kitchen windows and installed a couple of greenhouse windows. The greenhouse windows are poorly installed, have broken seals, are full of condensation, and I'm sure we are losing a tremendous amount of heat due to them.

I have finally convinced DH we should do something about them.

We found the original windows stashed up in the rafters of the garage. I'd like to reinstall them. The bad news is both top sashes are cracked (I assume when they removed them). The bottoms are fine.

I assume the bottom sashes won't be difficult to reinstall, but if I have the tops re-produced (which I can do locally) how are they secured in place? Is there a way for us to do this?
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While I commend your DIY spirit (you truly are one at heart) I think these windows might be more trouble than they are worth.

Why not just buy a new window in a new frame, with low-e, argon, and a warranty.

The original windows do not have Low-e/argon or a warranty with them. By the time that you have the glass re-made and try to engineer a means of attaching them to the home, it might be a loosing venture.

Just run the numbers and sanity check them.

There is ultimate a cost on your time and that factored in might make this venture a non-starter.

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I certainly haven't ruled it out. Just wanted to check out my options.

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I'd have to agree with WoW...
If you are on a shoestring budget, look on craigslist or call some of the larger window installation companies in your area and ask if they have any mismeasured/misordered windows close to your size. Even if you have to shrink the opening slightly or something along those lines, it would be more clear cut and deliver a much better finished product if done properly.
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