As a little "quick and easy" project (never should have thought that, everyone knows that is the kiss of death) I was going to attempt to put latches on the sashes. I go to slide the window open to drill pilot holes for the latches when to my disdain, the plate glass just pops out and cracks. Yep, just falls right out. The glazing has long since deteriorated and the sheets of glass in the windows are pretty much just propped against the frames. (Ahh.. that must be really energy efficient!)
Since this is a second floor window, there is no way to repair it from the outside, so we have to remove them. Mr.Bimbo and I spent the better part of two hours, using a putty and utility knife to dig out the screws coated in about 12 layers of (probably lead based) paint so we could unscrew the frames and remove the tracks and sashes.
In the meantime the only thing stopping the frigid winter air from rushing in is a rickety old storm window. Great. Eventually we pry the two windows out (of course the broken one was the exterior sash) and patch up the window to the best of our abilities:
Tomorrow I am headed to the glass shop with these beauties:
Nice paint job hey? You can tell these haven't been taken out since they were first installed. I guess that explains the non-existent glazing.
Here is a close up, where you can see what bad shape they are in:
These bad boys are going back in tomorrow (and oh how I dread that since I know what a bitch it was to get them out.) It isn't in the budget right now to get new double pane windows.
The vast majority of our income right now is going to a complete kitchen remodel. Yes, I am elbow deep in yet ANOTHER do it yourself job. Here is a little preview:
Some really awesome wallpaper behind more of the wood paneling. It is pretty much the only thing holding up the plaster walls.
Hopefully I'll get some good "Kitchen Remodel:Before" posts up shortly. That is just the tip of the iceberg!