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2009 Historic Wooden Window Workshop

May 4th, 2009 · No Comments

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Sponsored by: Wanamaker Restoration, Champlain Valley Millworks, and Green Mountain Window

Topic: Historic Wooden Window Restoration

Place: 16 Kilburn Street (next to Conant Custom Brass), Burlington, VT

Date: May 23, 2009

Time: 9AM-4PM

Price: $70 members / $80 non-members

Workshop Overview: Due to a dwindling amount of craftspeople with the skills to properly restore historic windows and an ever increasing push for newer more “efficient” synthetic windows, wooden windows often end up becoming the first element replaced in an older home. This workshop will focus on providing training for regular people to learn the necessary skills to restore and repair these aesthetically-important features of historic homes. While learning these skills, participants will also be given the necessary information on how to properly deal with lead paint hazards and make historic windows more efficient.

Learning Outcomes:

·         Basic “how-to” knowledge of disassembling and reassembling historic windows and components.

·         Training on proper and appropriate reglazing methods

·         Lead hazard awareness and safety precautions

·         Methods of boosting the energy efficiency of historic windows.

Workshop Format:

The Workshop will be a hands-on format with everyone bringing, sharing, or working on sash salvaged from the dumpsters of Burlington. All participants will receive a painter’s putty knife and a glazer’s putty knife to keep at the end of the day. A bag lunch will be served at 12 noon. Everyone will have the opportunity to prepare a sash for paint, prime the prepared sash, cut glass to fit, and glaze a pre-primed sash in readiness for painting.

We will also cover the methods of removal and reinstallation of old windows in addition to discussing the types of window hardware and differing methods of restoring original hardware to functional utility. There will be ample time for questions and open discussion of the many issues involved in the preservation of old windows.

Tags: lead paint · maintenance · windows

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