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Windows and Components Category

Improvement Project:

How to weatherstrip a window.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Spring bronze weatherstrip of 1" 1/8 width (also available are spring copper, stainless steel and aluminum weatherstrips) (fastened either with finish nails or some similar fasteners, usually included)

  • Hammer

  • Metal shears / cutting pliers

  • Screwdriver

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Paper

Guide:

 

One of the most basic means of weatherizing your house and simultaneously having it become energy efficient to a certain extent is to install weatherstripping on your windows.

Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as metal shears or a pair of cutting pliers, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Installing weatherstripping on a window can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Make sure the window, including its frame and track, is clean of debris.

  2. With a tape measure, measure the lower portions of both the top and bottom window sashes along the inside.  If need be, measure again given the adage, "Measure twice and cut once."  Write down your measurements on a sheet of paper with a pencil.

  3. With metal shears/cutting pliers, cut the spring weatherstrip you have into two strips of certain lengths:  One weatherstrip cut to the measurement of the lower portion of the bottom window sash size;  and another weatherstrip cut to the measurement of the lower face portion of the top window sash size.

  4. Attach these two cut-to-size weatherstrips to their respective locations on the window sashes, as noted above, with the appropriate fasteners, using a hammer with the appropriate finish nails, as may be applicable.

  5. With a tape measure, measure the channel sides of the window frame on which the bottom window sash slides up and down.  If need be, measure again given the adage, "Measure twice and cut once."  Write down your measurement on a sheet of paper with a pencil.  In this instance, it is best to cut the weatherstrips about an inch more than the length of each channel on which the window sashes slide up and down, so factor this additional inch in your measurements.

  6. With metal shears/cutting pliers, cut the spring weatherstrip you have into two additional strips of certain lengths for the bottom window sash:  One weatherstrip cut to the measurement of the left window frame channel of the bottom window sash;  and another weatherstrip cut to the measurement of the right window frame channel of the bottom window sash.

  7. Attach these two cut-to-size weatherstrips to their respective locations with the appropriate fasteners, using a hammer with the appropriate finish nails, as may be applicable:  In attaching the weatherstrips, make sure you slide the bottom window sash up in order to slip each weatherstrip down between the sash, itself, and the channel.

  8. Repeat steps 5-7 for the installation of weatherstrips of the channels for the top window sash.

  9. Make sure the tension of the spring weatherstrip is properly set:  Insert a screwdriver between the edge of the weatherstrip attached to the lower face portion of the top window sash and the edge of this sash, itself, and pull back and forth with this screwdriver so as to bend the weatherstrip outward as much as possible; make sure you bend only just enough so as to create the needed tension, but not so much to the extent it becomes an obstruction to the closure of such a sash.

Taking the following steps will lead you on your way to saving house energy costs:  The heat generated by your heating system during the winter season will not easily escape through the window crevices now covered by the weatherstrip; vice versa, when it is the summer season, the cool air generated by your cooling system will not easily escape through the window crevices now covered by the weatherstrip.

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