At It Again

Attila and I had planned to spend our weekend at the Rideau Camp. But this morning dawned grey and wet and cold. So, we decided that we would spend this weekend installing the new windows in the dining area of the kitchen. This is preparation for our big project next spring/summer/fall, which is to replace the roof on the garage, which is just under the windows we are replacing.

The new windows are shorter, much, much shorter, and will be high. The garage roof is under these windows, so it will allow Attila to raise the side of the roof beside the house by several feet, allowing adequate slope for runoff. With the window segment of the garage-roof-replacement-project done, we will be ready to roll when spring comes around again.

I will miss the light, which will be much diminished. But there is no view to be missed. The windows look out over the garage roof and into the windows of the neighbours bedroom, and above to their roof. The advantage in the new smaller windows is that they are energy efficient, which will make the house easier to heat and cool. They offer a smaller glass surface to the great outdoors, which will make the house easier to heat and cool. The real coup de grâce is that the new windows open and close more easily, which a bonus for an old geezer like me.

The hole in the side of the house today made for an interesting day. I spent a fair amount of time killing yellow jackets and flies. The indoor temperature fell to about 16C, not warm. But here we are, it is almost 7 p.m. and Attila has closed in the wall from the exterior, caulked it, and painted it the same colour as the siding. It will be inconspicuous from the street, important to our visually discerning neighbours, some of them actually care what the houses on the street look like, and we like to keep those neighbours happy. We will be able to have the heat on tonight, and we will need it, as the low is fall to 5C (41F).

Tomorrow will show how far we can get with a project like this on a weekend. The fiddly bits are always time consuming. We have to finish the new wall under the new windows. That space will need insulation, vapour barrier, and finally drywall. The drywall will need to be mudded, sanded, and at some point painted. I doubt we will get past the mudding though, it takes time to dry, best not to rush things. After all that the trim must be installed. The trim is a little more complicated because I would like a wide window sill, I love window sills!

Well, here I sit, snug as a bug on a rug. It is Saturday night. Attila is making himself a pizza in the kitchen, for his second supper. That man loves to eat! I am thinking, suddenly, that although almost none of my dreams have ever come true, the few that did are the ones that really count!

More by luck than by design.

DSCF1301 The windows are gone! The first step in the process is to remove the old windows. They will come in handy somewhere else. This big hole in the house meant it got cold in here!

DSCF1313 The framing for the new windows is done, and the new windows are in place, but still need to be secured.

DSCF1326 The new windows are secured. The exterior sheeting (3/4″ plywood) is installed, the caulking has been applied, we are bug proof now!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 7:00 PM EDT Saturday 30 September 2017
Condition: Mainly Clear
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 10.6°C
Dew point: 3.4°C
Humidity: 61%
Wind: NNE 4 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.”
John Lancaster Spalding
1840 – 1916

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Great job! This is something we will need to do but I find I’m somewhat put off by what seems the complexity of it. Okay, I’m afraid we’ll do it wrong and the house will fall down around our ears because there wasn’t enough support. *nervous smile*

Any chance of putting in a outer door with window to that room or a nearby room to add back in some extra light?

Strange how your weather has been opposite of ours, lately. We had beautiful blue skies today, though the temps were the same as yours. Tonight, it’s supposed to hit freezing and we have a frost advisory.

Bex Crowell

Putting in windows is an art. Paul put in some here and we had a carpenter put in some others. Our neighbor is replacing his tiny little slit-type-windows in their ranch with a few double-hung windows… they look funny mixed in with the ranch-style slit-windows but maybe they will be replacing all of them. I need windows… the more the better.

Still the Lucky Few

So glad you are getting your windows replaced! Windows are so necessary, especially during the winter. I’ll never forget the lack of light on the homestead where I grew up. Because of the extreme cold, we couldn’t indulge in having lots of large windows, so our home always seemed to lack light. Of course, when spring came, that prompted us to spend even more time outside!