New windows, and even some new wall

This blog may have been silent, but work has been continuing on the 100-plus-year-old house at Prarie Woods in rural Saskatchewan.

With old aluminium framed single pane windows in some of the house, it was obvious from day one that we would be replacing some windows. John also knew we would have to rebuild some sections of wall below and beside some windows as we could see water damage on the sills, frames and even surrounding boards.

We focused our stucco removing efforts (see “The stucco has to come off” on those walls where we hoped to have windows replaced before winter and, as soon as the stucco was off the main portion of the south-west wall, scaffolding went up and work began on window replacement. The first step was removing old windows.

close-up of old rotten window frame

The deterioration of the wood in this frame around one of the old aluminum windows is evident in this close-up.

Then John had to determine how far down the wall the rot had penetrated. In the case of one bedroom, the main boards of the house were so rotten between the window and the floor of the bedroom that he simply kicked them off! Even in action movies, it’s usually only the doors that the heroes kick in to capture the bad guys — the outside walls are kind of assumed to be tougher than that.

Careful work cutting out sections of the supporting studs and replacing them with new 2x4s followed.

Replacing rotten studs and wall boards accompanied the work of replacing an upstairs bedroom window.

The hole in the wall was considerably larger than it needed to be to simply install a new window, because of the need to replace rotten studs and wall boards.

At last, the wall was rebuilt and it was time to build the frame and install the window.

all is ready for a new window

All the old rotten wood has been removed, the wall's been repaired, the frame for the window has been built and even the house wrap is secured to the outside and cut ready for insertion of the new window.

John and I carefully manoeuvred the window from where it was sitting, waiting in a corner on the bedroom floor, through the hole out to the scaffold. Then it was pushed back into position in the frame. I stood outside on the scaffold holding it in place and praying it wouldn’t slip and fall out on me as it was far too heavy for me to hold onto by myself.

John meanwhile raced around inside and back up the stairs to the bedroom where he shimmed the window level, then nailed it in place. Whew! This particular window was by far the largest,  heaviest and most expensive of the five we have put in and it was a relief to have it resting safely in its final destination.

putting the final weather-proofing touches on a new window at Prairie Woods

Just in time for winter, three new windows on the south-west of the house at Prairie Woods in rural Saskatchewan will let in lots of late afternoon sunlight.

October was probably cutting it a little late, here in Saskatchewan, but we were in luck with wonderful fall weather most of the month — unlike today as I write this post while outside snow is starting to fall and an icy wind is blowing.

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