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We had to buy another window air conditioner unit for our 3rd story suite... so we order it, picked it up and DH gets it up to the 3rd story and it's too heavy to install by himself, so he calls the company...bad news: they don't install higher than 2nd story. Good news: we're friends with a contractor who comes and takes a look and all the work can be done from within the room... the old air conditioner has a frame installed. Bad news: they pull out the old unit and discover the window sill is rotten from moisture. Good news: new unit can go in the next window without a lot of work. bad news: we're going to have to install a new window frame so we're going to just go ahead and do the energy saving window replacement. Keeping fingers crossed that the wood under the sill is not rotten as well... We'll have to schedule some down time for this room soon to get all of this taken care of.
 

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Always in these old dinosaurs.
DH is having to replace all the wood structure underneath the porch decking due to rot since they used untreated timber. He has to jack up the whole corner of the porch, use come-alongs to move the railings back where they should be. It is a huge process which is why it is taking so dang long. But he will only do it right, no half
job like previous owners did.
Hope it all goes well for ya and there are no more surprises.
 

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It's always something.
 

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Yes, you can count on finding more when you start a repair project in these old houses!! ugh. Here, you can't replace the windows with anything but original wood windows with the original type of divided light panes. If you can find a new energy efficient all wood replacement that looks exactly the same, you could use it. (Maybe like a custom Pella window). That's why we have storm windows here....
 

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Yes, you can count on finding more when you start a repair project in these old houses!! ugh. Here, you can't replace the windows with anything but original wood windows with the original type of divided light panes. If you can find a new energy efficient all wood replacement that looks exactly the same, you could use it. (Maybe like a custom Pella window). That's why we have storm windows here.....
We got our replacement windows from Bonneville in Canada. Yes custom, if they don't stock your particular window size. We had a tiny sash window that needed to be replaced and they had the best price and they built it to spec. It fit like it was made on site.
 

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"Here, you can't replace the windows with anything but original wood windows with the original type of divided light panes. If you can find a new energy efficient all wood replacement that looks exactly the same, you could use it. (Maybe like a custom Pella window)"
We're in an Historic District but our house is not a registry house, so, fortunately, we can make improvements without a lot of hassles. Also, the original windows are without the small wood divides so the replacements will look okay. I'm looking forward to better heat and cooling costs, too.
 

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"Here, you can't replace the windows with anything but original wood windows with the original type of divided light panes. If you can find a new energy efficient all wood replacement that looks exactly the same, you could use it. (Maybe like a custom Pella window)"
We're in an Historic District but our house is not a registry house, so, fortunately, we can make improvements without a lot of hassles. Also, the original windows are without the small wood divides so the replacements will look okay. I'm looking forward to better heat and cooling costs, too..
We're in a National Historic District but our house is not individually listed on any registry. We have strict restrictions on many things...
I am waiting for the day when they will approve a wood composite tongue & groove product for porch floor decking so that we can finally have a good solution for a second story porch floor without continually using tongue & groove pressure treated wood. ugh.
 

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our front porch is made of that, too.... it is a constant thing to repair/replace and paint
 

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Yes, you can count on finding more when you start a repair project in these old houses!! ugh. Here, you can't replace the windows with anything but original wood windows with the original type of divided light panes. If you can find a new energy efficient all wood replacement that looks exactly the same, you could use it. (Maybe like a custom Pella window). That's why we have storm windows here.....
We got our replacement windows from Bonneville in Canada. Yes custom, if they don't stock your particular window size. We had a tiny sash window that needed to be replaced and they had the best price and they built it to spec. It fit like it was made on site.
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Our replacement windows were custom measured - each of the 29 windows. They are by a WV company - Simonton.
 

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"Here, you can't replace the windows with anything but original wood windows with the original type of divided light panes. If you can find a new energy efficient all wood replacement that looks exactly the same, you could use it. (Maybe like a custom Pella window)"
We're in an Historic District but our house is not a registry house, so, fortunately, we can make improvements without a lot of hassles. Also, the original windows are without the small wood divides so the replacements will look okay. I'm looking forward to better heat and cooling costs, too..
We're in a National Historic District but our house is not individually listed on any registry. We have strict restrictions on many things...
I am waiting for the day when they will approve a wood composite tongue & groove product for porch floor decking so that we can finally have a good solution for a second story porch floor without continually using tongue & groove pressure treated wood. ugh.
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We are a "contributing factor" to our town's historic district but thankfully did not have to go through hoops. Our city tries to preserve history now but is also conscious of practicallity.
 

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We have a lot of historic buildings here and a small place called Blue Ox Millworks that makes replacement parts for old homes. I believe they have clients around the world. If anyone is interested here is their link: www.blueoxmill.com They make wood windows and gutters out of Redwood. Redwood lasts a long time.
 
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