Hurricane Windows – Saving lives and property

Properly designed and installed hurricane windows can save lives and property Hurricanes are nothing new for folks in coastal areas, but what is new and evolving is our understanding of how hurricanes affect our buildings, and especially the costs that are incurred when a nasty hurricane engulfs an area. That very reason is why hurricane windows were invented. The first thing we found is that,…

Window Caulk Failures

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for caulk failures. Since caulk is usually the primary means of sealing elements of a window system together and to the surrounding condition, caulk failures are often part of a window leakage problem. Email me for a great caulking contractor at mark@www.ftp-link.com To the uninitiated, caulk is gooey stuff you buy in a tube at Home Depot…

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Diagnosing Window Condensation Using Absolute Humidity

Diagnosing Window Condensation Using Absolute Humidity Absolute humidity is a different way to look at moisture in the air that can contribute to window condensation. Investigators of this problem look at the relative humidity, but their conclusions can be mistaken. They need to look at absolute humidity as they diagnose window condensation. Winter is the time when perplexed, frustrated people across the northern hemisphere contact…

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The Tragic Window Fall of Josh Hilberling

During the first 24 hours of this posting, over 2,000 site visitors read this article. That is a lot for this site. Comments have mostly been expressions of sympathy and sadness. Some readers also expressed a desire to “clear Amber’s name”. My mission is not to clear the name of Amber Hilberling. My mission is to communicate important aspects of this complex case. You can…

Get the Best from your Caulking Contractor

Information to help you find and manage your caulking contractor Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for caulk installation and failures. He has extensive experience working with caulking contractors. [audio:http://www.ftp-link.com/audio/sealant.mp3|autostart=no] Since caulk is usually the primary means of sealing the window system together and to its surrounding condition, caulk failures are often part of a window leak problems. To avoid caulk failures and…

Use the Right Window Weatherstrips and Gaskets

Use the best window weatherstrips and gaskets to keep the weather out! Operable windows can be grouped by the type of weatherstripping they use, either sweep or compression. Window weatherstrips are the flexible material that runs continuously between operable and fixed elements of a window to repel air infiltration and water penetration. Double hung, single hung, and sliding windows and doors all utilize window weatherstrips…

Replace Weatherstripping on Drafty Windows

Replace weatherstripping to bring new life to tired, drafty windows Replace Weatherstripping on Drafty Windows for Winter Comfort As the winter hawk swoops in bringing chattering teeth and shivering bodies, looking out the window can unpleasant. It’s not just because of the arctic landscape we see out there, it’s also because the windows are darned cold! Your drafty windows are allowing the winter hawk to…

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups When good windows happen to bad installers WARNING This article contains profanity, which is not gratuitous but rather fundamental to the art, as well as being a true and accurate expression of my frustration with aspects of the window industry. We can put a man on the moon, so why do we sometimes do bad window replacement?!? The…

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