Hard Work

Thursday, November 09, 2006

No one can ever say at my funeral one day that I didn't know how to work hard, because I do. In fact, I'm about to start prerequisites for nursing school next month, and it will be hard work--especially with a toddler--but, with some hard work & determination, I'll get through the prereqs & move on toward applying to BSN programs. Speaking of hard work, I filled twelve yard debris bags today with leaves, mowed the lawn, leaf-blew the sidewalk, and pruned back some dead perennials. My muscles were pretty sore by the end of the day, and no, I wasn't about to cook dinner, so we headed to Tigard and had some good old Po' Boy Sandwiches at Buster's. I used to mock that place, but now it's kind of nostalgic going back there since we ate there often when we lived at our Pasadena house.

Later this evening, a couple that fixes old windows for a living stopped by & talked to us about our windows & how to maintain them. Except for our kitchen windows that are sealed shut from interior paint, most all of our windows are operable. We have some broken sash cords, but all of our sashes for the most part move up & down. The water problem is due to old glazing, or glazing that was not properly applied. Landon & I have read up on reglazing old window sashes, bought the supplies, and Landon will begin the process one by one until they are all reglazed. We may have to replace some window panes that do not fit properly while we have the sashes apart. Everything should be sealed tightly against the wood to disallow water from entering & soaking through. Landon feels pretty confident he can also replace the broken sash cords on two of our south facing windows. Old window sashes come apart like a puzzle. The couple that came over was really helpful in showing us how to take them apart. Landon will get started on this project as soon as we have some dry weather.

As far as the water coming in through our foundation cracks, this will hopefully be greatly alleviated by getting some exterior drains put in. We may even get by for awhile by sloping the soil away from the house & keeping our gutters nice & clean so that the soil can't get overly saturated there.

Getting to know "this old house" is part of ownership. It can be stressful, but it's also a learning process, and the more you know, the less stressed you feel. Knowledge is power. I've always believed that! For Landon, it will be a lot of work to get all our windows reglazed, but the learning & confidence he will gain in mastering this skill & getting to know our windows inside & out will be well worth his while.

We subscribed to the magazine of "This Old House" today. I have a feeling this magazine is going to come in super handy for us!

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P.S. Here is some old window terminology that I have recently learned. I can now accurately describe to someone (to a degree) the problems we have encountered with our sashes!
Balance. A mechanical device (normally spring-loaded) used in single- and double-hung windows as a means of counterbalancing the weight of the sash during opening and closing.
Bead. A wood strip against which a swinging sash closes, as in a casement window. Also, a finishing trim at the sides and top of the frame to hold the sash, as in a fixed sash or a double-hung window. Also referred to as bead stop.
Bottom rail. The bottom horizontal member of a window sash.
Check rail. The bottom horizontal member of the upper sash and the top horizontal member of the lower sash which meet at the middle of a double-hung window.
Convection. A heat transfer process involving motion in a fluid (such as air) caused by the difference in density of the fluid and the action of gravity. Convection affects heat transfer from the glass surface to room air, and between two panes of glass.
Double glazing. In general, two thicknesses of glass separated by an air space within an opening to improve insulation against heat transfer and/or sound transmission. In factory-made double glazing units, the air between the glass sheets is thoroughly dried and the space is sealed airtight, eliminating possible condensation and providing superior insulating properties.
Double-hung window. A window consisting of two sashes operating in a rectangular frame, in which both the upper and lower halves can be slid up and down. A counterbalance mechanism usually holds the sash in place.
Frame. The fixed frame of a window which holds the sash or casement as well as hardware.
Glass. An inorganic transparent material composed of silica (sand), soda (sodium carbonate), and lime (calcium carbonate) with small quantities of alumina, boric, or magnesia oxides.
Glazing. The glass or plastic panes in a window, door, or skylight.
Glazing bead. A molding or stop around the inside of a window frame to hold the glass in place.
Header. The upper horizontal member of a window frame. Also called head.

Interior Stop.Small piece of trim removed with a stiff putty knife to remove sash.
Meeting rail. The part of a sliding glass door, a sliding window, or a hung window where two panels meet and create a weather barrier.
Pane. One of the compartments of a door or window consisting of a single sheet of glass in a frame; also, a sheet of glass.
Parting stop. A narrow strip, either integral or applied, that holds a sash or panel in position in a frame.

Pocket Covers.Small piece of wood that must be removed in order to get to the sash weights.
Rail. Horizontal member of a window sash.
Sash. The portion of a window that includes the glass and the framing sections directly attached to the glass, not to be confused with the complete frame into which the sash sections are fitted.

Sash Cord.Loops over pulley & attached to counter weights in order to keep sash opened.
Sash Weights. In older double-hung windows, the concealed cast-iron weights which are used to counterbalance the sash.
Sill. The lowest horizontal member in a door, window, or sash frame.
Single glazing. Single thickness of glass in a window or do
Single-hung window. A window consisting of two sashes of glass, the top one stationary and the bottom movable.
Stool. The shelf-like board of the interior part of the window sill, against which the bottom rail of the sash closes.
Stop. The molding on the inside of a window frame against which the window sash closes; in the case of a double-hung window, the sash slides against the stop. Also called bead, side stop, window stop, and parting stop.
Window. A glazed opening in an external wall of a building; an entire unit consisting of a frame sash and glazing, and any operable elements.
Window hardware. Various devices and mechanisms for the window including catches, fasteners and locks, hinges, pivots, lifts and pulls, pulleys and sash weights, sash balances, and stays.

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