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Old 02-09-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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My house was built in 1920 and the windows seem like they have not been replaced for over 10 years. Plus, they do look worn out that they leak or conduct outside temperature into the house. This makes my house feel cool or cold even though my furnance is set at 70F. Not only my windows are leaky but there are one too many of them in my house. My house is quiet small and it has exactly 12 windows - 4 in the leaving room, 3 in each of 2 bedrooms and one 1 in the hallway and 1 in the bathroom. And they are all leaky.

I have tried many cheap tricks with plastic wraps and hair dryer, but it never did help. So, I caulked and am using thick plastic sheet and white duct tape to completely tape off all of my windows. It seems to help alot. However, now we can't see outside.

I have had contractors come in and see my windows for free estimate to have them replace all of my 12 windows. One of them wants $5000.00 and HomeDepot wants $8000.00. My jaw dropped when I heard their prices. I am only looking for cheap ass double hung windows and I know it can be that expensive. LOL. Maybe $2000.00 or little more.

So, my question to you is this. What can I do that is very cheap to seal off my windows but not using the plastic wraps? Like window sealant spray or clear sticky plastic that will go over your windows that won't require sticking tapes?

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Old 02-09-2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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What type of windows do you have? Ten year old windows should not be as bad as they sound if they were properly installed and not crap windows.
If they were double hung, they probably had weight pockets. Check to see if the pockets were filled with insulation.
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Lol...Decent storms will cost almost as much as cheap dh's, plus he aleady has replacement windows.
DIY: Are you looking to install new windows yourself or have them installed. For $2000 you can buy windows, but even crackheads will charge more for an installed price. You can probably find dh's installed for a little over $200 each, but that is gonna be a cheap window and a cheap installation that will probably yield the same results you have already. As Ron mentioned, 10yr old windows shouldn't be that bad, but it does depend on the quality of the window and the installation. The fact that you say that the window film doesn't work for you is troubling. That stuff is ugly but is effecetive UNLESS you have air leakage around the window frame as Ron alluded to with the weight pockets. My recommendation is to either have a pro come out and assess your situation, or do some homework about a proper window installation to see for yourself.
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I'm wondering if the OP meant 100 years.
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I'm wondering if the OP meant 100 years.
But that would mean he was at least 10 years in the future.
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What are you all talking about? OP? 100years?
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100 years=you said your windows had not been replaced in 10 years, well that doesn't seem like a very long time so people assumed maybe you meant 100 years rather than 10.
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I was saying that perhaps there was a typo by the Original Poster (OP)

the windows seem like they have not been replaced for over 10 years.

I was thinking that if the windows are that bad I would expect them to be original to the house. Hence why I was thinking the 10 years was a typo. But hey, I could be wrong. And maybe most of the issues come from poor install and the windows themselves aren't too bad.

Brons2 beat me to the reply.
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Can you answer the questions?
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Can you answer the questions?
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I assume you were talking to me.

I think you guys already answered the question given the current information.

If diy4life could provide more information on the type of windows in there currently and be more specific where the cold is coming from. Maybe even a photo or two would help.
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I assume you were talking to me.

I think you guys already answered the question given the current information.

If diy4life could provide more information on the type of windows in there currently and be more specific where the cold is coming from. Maybe even a photo or two would help.
I was speaking to the OP about the questions I asked about his current windows.
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well, let me put it this way, guys. Your guess might be as good as mine. My windows insulator - the rubber and fuzzy lines that runs along the window edges are falling out and hanging and about to fall off. My guess is that my windows probably are older than 20 or even 30 years old. Previous owner lived in the house for over 18 years, she said. If you put your hands about 6 inches away from all the windows, you will feel slow draft, even though I have caulked all the way around the window.

It's true that I could probably buy all the windows myself for as low as $100.00 a piece and have a handy man install them for $50.00 a window, but as some of you said, they may do a crap job.

The thing about major company installing your windows is that they only deal with major brands - no off the wall cheap brands. That's why HomeDepot asked for $8,000.00 - that's with all the discounts and price break even. Can you believe that?

I am getting sick and tired of drafty windows. My plan is to get window company to replace my windows in the living room first and replace my 80% furnace with 90% or above one. Then, if I have enough money to replace my other windows later on, I will do it.

Thanks you in advance.
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diy4life,

Maybe someone with some knowlege will give you some input on putting money towards new furnace versus new windows. Maybe the payback would be greater with new windows. I personally don't know the answer to that question.

Regardless, please let us know your progress and what you decide.
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Are they single pane glass or double pane?
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