Monday, May 5, 2014

Follow up from Wooden Windows at LPRC

Thanks to all who attended the Wooden Windows presentation at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center this past Saturday. I'm going to try to answer some of the questions that I remember from our session.

Quite a few people asked about tools, especially for removing glazing putty and for getting windows that are painted shut to open. Some links to the Window Zipper and some putty chasing tools seem in order.
Now that you have the putty out, some options other than Dap '33' glazing compound.
Wood preservatives, epoxy fillers and consolidators. For all your rot repair needs.
Now a correction. Someone asked if the glazing rabbet should be brushed with boiled linseed oil before applying glazing compound. I think I answered that I wouldn't, which is incorrect. The glazing rabbet should be treated with boiled linseed oil or oil base primer before applying the compound. My apologies for that error. 

That was bothering me so I checked it out at John Leeke's Historic Homeworks. In my opinion the best resource for this work on the web. 

Feel free to comment or email with questions, suggestions or whatever. 


  1. Regis, thanks for mentioning and linking to my website. Feel free to contact me the next time you are giving a workshop on windows and I'll send you some handout materials. You may also want to check out my new website on windows:

    take care, work safe and keep in touch,

    by hammer and hand great works do stand

    1. John, thanks so much for your comments. I certainly will be checking out your new website and will be contacting you directly via email about those handouts.

      Best Regards,