Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 17

With a Hole in the Wall
It was one of those typical September Days when the air is crisp, full of sun and a feel for that the summer still lingers  around a bit. When night temps are dropping 6-7C and frost warnings are out for higher elevations inland, the days can still warm up to 19-20C.
It was the picture-perfect day to put in those new windows. I started with cutting a big hole in the wall of the entry. The window we would be using here, had a nailing flange and would have been been relatively easy to mount, if it hadn't been for the considerable weight of it. With a measure of 67x62inch it is way too big to be handled by one person. So I needed Bea to help with carrying it over from the trailer and putting it into place. To make it a bit easier we put two low Sturdy ladders with a sheet of plywood over it in front of the wall. That way we could use this "scaffold" to turn it upright in front of the hole. After some trying and failing we managed alright and I could put the nails through the nailing strip.

Hole-in-the-Wall #1
When we were done we took on the other window in the living room. Here we needed to remove the old window first. That was a more tough challenge as the windows were kind of "glued" to the frame by layers of old paint. We wanted to keep the old window frame as the new window was a so-called replacement window without a nailing strip. After a lot of bending and tearing we got the old window out.

Hole-in-the-Wall #2
When we tried the new window it proved to be slightly too high to fit into the hole. Luckily the old window sill was a very thick and solid one, so I could cut away a little bit of it, thus making the hole slightly bigger. When all was done I used a spray can of construction foam to fill the gaps around the window.

The result was a pretty nice solution also for the living room, and most importantly, we could keep the historic window moldings on the inside without even taking them off the wall.  You might remember me blogging about those old hotels on Campobello. When those buildings were taken down many of the materials were taken care off and used again in private residences. And that is the reason why we have the same moldings around windows and doors as also used in parts of the Roosevelt Cottage. Also our stairway and the interior doors are from the hotels. The doors are still showing the two small screw holes where the room number has been sitting once.

New Window in the living room

A day off the kitchen for Bea

At 5.30pm we were finished and instead of starting to cook a meal I suggested the Campobello Golf Course Restaurant for supper. Here I could enjoy my favorite Fish+Chips dish. 

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