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Balanced or Lifting Shutters

  The cords had broken on these shutters, and I could not locate the pockets to access the weights in order to re-cord them. I had to refer to a publication by George Ellis titled ‘Modern Practical Joinery’, printed in…

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New for old: Replacing Window Frames

The wooden frames to this turn of the 20th century property were in a remarkable condition, the owner had records going back to 1930 showing a schedule of maintenance, the house had been in the family since it was built! however…

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Porch in Southampton

This particular porch is in good condition apart from the corner post and cill. The rotten timber was cut out and a hard wood replacement offered up and glued in place, Merranti was used for the post and the cill,…

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Refurbishment of 1950s Crittal windows in Southampton

This particularly fine example of a double bow window manufactured and installed in the early 1950s was made by Crittal, who have been trading since 1849 originally in Braintree Essex. The steel windows are almost as good as the day…

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Fan lights

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Window repairs

My portable home made jig for machning rotten timber from the face of an otherwise sound window. Once I have machined off the rotten face, in this case to a depth of about 1/2″ i then ‘flannel’ (see terminology) new pieces…

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Plastic out – wooden in

I was asked to replace a french bay, the original timber bay was replaced 17yrs ago with this plastic substitute. i was given a photograph taken before the old bay was replaced. Using only this as a guide, i was able…

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Double glazed units fitted into existing windows

This is something I am asked about frequently. It depends on the style of window you have and the thickness of the openers or sashes. Unless I am taking out double glazed units and replacing them, the rebates will need…

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Rot in openers and sliding sashes:

Putty The number one cause of rot, it cracks over time, usually starting in the corners, water gets in, and the damage starts.  Water sits in the rebate where it has no means of drying out sufficiently, until next winter arrives,…

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Rot in window frames

There are very few instances where a window frame has become damaged by rot any significant distance above the cill.  Such rare instances have four main causes: when water gets into the drip bar or the transom; when a closed opener…

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