Monday, August 31, 2015

Thrice is Nice

The barn window improvement project got a huge boost on Saturday with the installation of not one . . .not two. . . but three new windows on the west side. The fact that we didn't really even get started til about two in the afternoon makes Saturday's work even more amazing. We are well on our way to having the project completed within Scott's deadline goal of the end of September,
Since the state of each window opening varies, Scott made adjustments on the fly. The trusty M-12 was used for fine tuning the existing wood. Any rotting wood in the way of the improvement was replaced with wood from the stockpile.
Notches were made at the base of the existing trim to receive the new built-up sills Scott made. The new sills were necessary to help our off-the-shelf windows fit the openings.
It's always best to "dry fit" all the pieces before anything is permanently installed. 
Meanwhile, Scott set me up to paint the sills. I put two coats of the exterior-grade white paint on each side. I also kept busy sweeping out and otherwise tidying up the potting area of the barn. The spiders are gonna be ticked at me for a while but Bibbers should be happy.
Although the exterior window trim has seen better days, we want to do our best to extend its life. Scott gave the three windows a quick sanding before painting. (He painted the first window, then turned the brush over to me for windows two and three.)
Once the paint was mostly dry, the new sill was attached with 4" screws. 
The windows are held in place by a wood stop, screwed to the top of the window jamb. This is a temporary solution until we come up with something that is secure yet allows the windows to be operable.
Ta Da!
The first window is done!
Scott repeated the same process on the two north windows.
Just as the sun started to set, Scott set the third window in place. 
And now, the west-facing side of the barn looks pretty spiffy! We hope to get out and do some more window improvements over the next week.
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!

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