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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Building reusable interior storm windows

Building reusable interior storm windows

Merry H.
Portland, ME
Post #: 33
INTERIOR STORM WINDOWS - Can reduce your fuel bill by over a thousand dollars. Generally, windows are our home's greatest losers of heat. Interior storm windows will provide insulation for a relatively low cost . Dependent on size, thats about $10 a window IF you make them.
United Way is collaborating with the UCC church on Congress Ave in Bath to have all-day learning sessions on Nov 8th and 9th at the church and to help in buying materials for those who cannot afford them. The sessions are open to all residents in the area, including those who rent.
The windows use wood for frames with heat shrink films on both faces. They are not throwaway and can be used for many winters to come.
The event for Nov 8 & 9 at the UCC church on Congress Ave in Bath will go something like this:
Sat 9 -12 AM Introduction on measuring windows, followed by breaking up into a number of small teams to assemble frames and attach heat shrink film for windows to be used at the day care center at the UCC.
Sat 1-3 PM Return to UCC after lunch (or bring lunch) with dimensions for at least one window for your house and start cutting and assembling it's frames.
If you prefer to use glue to join the corners (mitered corners with glued biscuits) you must allow about 8 hours for the glue to set and return Sunday to apply the film faces.
Or, if you prefer to use screws to join the corners than you can start applying the film and heat shrinking it. Make sure that it will fit into your vehicle.
Sun 1-3 PM Continue applying film or fix mistakes if any, for your windows or those for the day care windows.
We shall have a fair amount of:... pre-primed door frame 1x4s split into 1x2s with grooves (for optional splines) cut into their centerlines on both faces. ... clear tapes for those who prefer taping the film.... splines for those who prefer to attach the film with splines (as used on screen doors)... heat shrink clear poly film 40" wide... soft self-stick weather stripping (1/2" thick by 1/2" wide) ... screws for fastening the corners if if that's your choice.... biscuits for joining frame corners if that's your choice.
We don't think that we will have V-strip self-stick weather stripping. I do prefer this to foam on the edges because it's less fragile while stored during summers. I think that Lowes may have it at about a dime a foot. However, Charlie Wing knows where we can get it for less if we buy a large roll of it. Guy Marsden has found a source for the 1/2" x 1/2" foam self stick weather stripThere's a good possibility that we may wind up getting the materials by group buying in bulk
We will have the tools such as miter box and biscuit slot cutters; you may wish to bring your own screw drivers, hair dryers, hammers, long clamps if we run out of them.
Unless we get a better deal, we expect to pay about $.90 a foot for the pre-primed 1x4s. We will rip them into the 1x2s before you get there. As mentioned above, both faces of the 1x2s will have spline groves cut into them. These raw edges will not be painted and some may want to do that.
This project is being conducted and paid for by volunteers. However, any financial support or labor or cookies will be appreciated. It's essentially an experiment in community. It's success will be measured by it's level of our broader community's acceptance at cutting energy waste through double hung windows.
I'm delighted that Guy Marsden and Charlie Wing will be, and already are, participating by coming up with some great designs and by teaching us how to teach our neighbors and friends.
The windows are not throwaway and can be used for many winters to come. So, any effort you make now will pay for itself over the years. You will be paying yourself very well by not spending on fuel, even if it's wood.

Save the date and, if you want more information or if you wish to
attend and start making your own windows call:
... Tanya Hanger at 442-0420
... John Grill at 443-9140
... Charlie Wing at 443-5161
... Guy Marsden at 443-8942
... Bill Brillant at 729-9924
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