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Last Fall I started repairing some of the old windows in my house. A little scraping and painting here and there and some caulk and window glaze. Some elbow grease and a good putty knife and they all open and close now. It has been at least a decade since we have been able to open and close all of our windows.

The window in the picture is well over 100 years old. What looks like leaded glass is an inexpensive plastic window cling.

If we have to stay home for another month I might it is possible that I’ll have time to fix things. I do have my eye on a closet that I would love to clean out and paint.

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Here’s an interesting story I found, courtesy of Brownstoner.com regarding windows.  It might seem like a no-brainer to replace your old windows with vinyl replacement windows, or similar.  However, the author makes a compelling financial case for keeping those old windows and fixing them up.  I don’t know if he’s right (he is, after all, working for a company that sells old windows!).

By Mark Pierce

Those beautiful single glazed wood windows in your older home are not nearly as inefficient as you have been led to believe by the advertising industry. Nor will window replacement necessarily be in your financial best interest. How do I know this? I investigated how much it would cost to replace the existing single-glazed wood windows (R-1) in my older home with new, highly energy efficient double-glazed, low-E, argon-filled vinyl replacement windows (R-3). Here is what I found out:

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