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miamicuse 10-10-2013 10:53 PM

Window company fixed my glass broke something else...
 
I have a tenant that broke the glass in the kitchen bay window. House is 1960s so this window is pretty old. There is a crank mechanism on the inside when you turn that will open and close the top panel. The tenant said his daughter cranked and cranked and forced it and the glass broke. Thankfully no one was harmed.

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I have annotated the dimensions in case this is relevant.

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You can see what's happened. The window frame is straight and fine. There is a piece under that's bent. There is a screw (label B) that goes through a bar, when you turn the crank that bar goes up and down, pulling the metal piece that's now bent. If you look closer, the top portion of that piece (label A) has dislocated as well. For some reason this piece of bent metal is not attached to the window frame, but to the frame of the screen under it. When she force turn the crank, it pulled that piece off up top, tore the screen mesh up top, and bent it, she cranked it further and the glass broke.

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So the window company quoted me $150 to fix the glass and the metal bar.

They tried to take apart the frame, but the screws holding it together was corroded and stripped.

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So the guy glued the glass into the frame.

In order to fix the metal bar, he said there is no spare parts for this because the window is so old. So he straightened out the bar, then he removed that screw and inserted the top of the other piece into the channel of the window frame middle member, then drilled the screw through both.

When he was done, the window frame in the middle is bent and cracked. The glass is fixed, and he said I should avoid opening that window from now on.

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My wallet is $150 lighter, and my window now has a slightly different problem.

Is there an expert here that can advise me on how to properly fix this? What parts do I need and can I get a brand new panel, including the glass, frame, screen and the pieces that connect to the crank mechanism?

gregzoll 10-10-2013 11:02 PM

That whole mess needs to be torn out, and replaced with a newer more energy efficient Greenhouse window, or just replace with a standard window. It has served its time well, and now is the time to tear it out, and throw into a dumpster.

Problem with Greenhouse windows, is after a while, they leak water big time, and most of the older ones are leaker's when it rains, along with very energy inefficient.

miamicuse 10-11-2013 12:26 AM

Do they make greenhouse windows that match that same size?

It will be a real pain to replace it...I even have custom fabricated a metal hurricane cover for this window, that was much costlier than the window itself. Ouch.

gregzoll 10-11-2013 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by miamicuse (Post 1252092)
Do they make greenhouse windows that match that same size?

It will be a real pain to replace it...I even have custom fabricated a metal hurricane cover for this window, that was much costlier than the window itself. Ouch.

Really cannot tell you, due to as you can see in my profile, I reside up in Illinois. Suggest speaking with the glass company that you had do the work, see if they make custom fabricated units, or other companies that make units with the option of having a set of shutters or way of covering, for flying debris.

If all the renters are doing, is using it for lights, not plants, I would just replace with a regular window unit.

joecaption 10-11-2013 04:30 AM

I agree, not worth fixing and it looks like it was installed wrong anyway.

HomeSealed 10-11-2013 03:57 PM

Another vote to replace. It looks like the guys that replaced the glass did the best that they could given what they had to work with. Personally, I'd have never even touched it. Most vinyl companies will make a garden window like that in any custom size... Not sure how hurricane shutters work, but I assume that if the window is the same size they will still be usable?


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