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Old 10-03-2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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Winterizing Old Doors and Windows

I have a 35-year old house with 30-year old windows and a 30-year old patio door. I have owned the house since 2006, and have realized since then what an energy guzzler of a house this can be. I'm on an all out mission this year to do everything I can within the small budget I have to keep heat in my house.

Problem #1 : Windows. I have some very drafty windows. They are mostly slider windows which means if I put caulking around them I basically have to close them off completely until the spring at which point I'd have to cut the caulk to get them back open. Any better suggestions?

Problem #2 : The Patio door. This is one of my worst problems. The house has shifted slightly, so the patio door isn't perfectly flush to the frame. There's a gap at the top and there are some fairly heavy cracks in the doorframe. This due to be replaced anyhow, however I won't be able to afford it for at least another year. What would be the best kind of product to seal up those cracks while still allowing the use of the door. I have some weather strips on there already but because it's not perfectly flush I think I probbaly need some kind of liquid foam or filler solution.

Keep in mind I'm almost a total novice just flying by the seat of my pants in the area of home repair. Anything from red duct tape on up is an ok suggestion but dumb it down for me.

Look forward to any answers you may have.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:17 PM   #2
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I don't know if this helps in your case but I've used this pliable clay rope

( Mortite brand, home depot,Ace ect) for double-hung type windows in years past

with good results.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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well the thing is you don't wanna put too much time and money into junk

what are the windows made from? aluminum probably,you could use that heat shrink plastic indoor storm window stuff or make an insulated panel to go over it,but you loose the use of the window...sometimes you can't make lemonaid from lemons
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