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The Window Sash Bible is about the repair, maintenance, restoration and improvement of old or historic windows made from about 1800 to 1940. With so much misinformation provided by replacement window contractors and vendors, this book aids homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, carpenters, architects, designers, preservation commission members, and anyone in the old-house business make sound decisions about windows. Since most homeowners are unaware of their alternatives, The Window Sash Bible provides an array of options to save money, energy, and historic windows for decades to come. The information is gleaned from my experience as a window repair contractor and old-house enthusiast, from other craftsmen, books, catalogues, journals, trade manuals, and ah-ha moments. Most of the recommendations are based on available materials and simple techniques that were once common. Whether doing the work yourself or hiring it done, the Window Sash Bible will help you understand how to evaluate any problems and how to undertake the repair process. Instructions range from simple tasks that anyone can do like replacing broken cords and cutting glass to repairs requiring intermediate wood working skills, for example, making a new sash rail. The book begins with window and glass history and nomenclature. Familiarity with the pieces and parts prepares you to discuss your windows knowledgably with vendors, contractors, or other professionals and also sheds light on how your windows are supposed to work. Basic repairs and putty work include removing sashes, installing new sash cords and other balances, glazing (puttying), replacing broken glass, and everything you need to know about finding and using old wavy glass. Almost any old window can be retrofitted with effective weatherstrips. You''ll learn how to weather-seal your windows with materials that are usually superior to those found on new and replacement windows. Choose materials and techniques to last ten years or for the 50 year solution. After learning all you need to know about durable and inferior wood species, carpentry instructions range from a simple Dutchman repair to replacing a broken muntin or meeting rail. You''ll also learn the ins-and-outs of long lasting epoxy repairs and patches. Thinking about putting those old wood storms and screens on the curb? Confused if your ugly aluminum storms are worth keeping? Learn how to convert your old wood storms into efficient, handy combination units or how to extend the life of your aluminum storms by renewing the weather seals. And what about painting? Did you know that your painter is often your window''s worst enemy and that inappropriate painting techniques and poor choices of paint are the leading cause of sticky windows and ineffective weatherseals? You''ll find instructions for painting inside and out, the best and worst choices for paint, and precautions to keep everyone safe from lead dust and debris. The Window Sash Bible promotes environmental friendly solutions for window maintenance, repair, and restoration. After reading it, you''ll understand why most replacements are unnecessary and why your existing windows are superior to any you may replace them with.

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Michael P.
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good reference for the beginner/serious DIYer, but with limitations
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2016
I am in the process of working on a very large, 100 year old building with tons of windows in need of restoration. This is the second reference Ive gotten on window restoration. The first book, ''Old Windows Made Easy'' by Scott Sidler was a good intro to this subject, but... See more
I am in the process of working on a very large, 100 year old building with tons of windows in need of restoration. This is the second reference Ive gotten on window restoration. The first book, ''Old Windows Made Easy'' by Scott Sidler was a good intro to this subject, but definitely basic. While I found Mr. Jordan''s Window Sash Bible to have a lot more practical and useful information for the majority of problems that you would encounter, I really wouldn''t call this a "Bible". I say this because there is a section that briefly addresses rebuilding a broken sash. Mr. Jordan discusses relatively minor repairs, but when it comes to major repair of a sash, he actually tells the reader to read another book by John Leeke regarding that subject. I was a bit turned off by this, as I got his book hoping to address all problems on this subject. Perhaps that was a bit naive on my part, but then I don''t expect your book to be called "The Window Sash Bible" if it doesn''t go into depth regarding these types of repairs.
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Adam S.
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A decent start.
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
This book is a bit unorganized from the start. Want to know the parts of a window? Turn to page 17 and you get a reproduction drawing copied from another publication. I think page 1 would have been a better place to start. This book could use a LOT more diagrams... See more
This book is a bit unorganized from the start. Want to know the parts of a window? Turn to page 17 and you get a reproduction drawing copied from another publication. I think page 1 would have been a better place to start.

This book could use a LOT more diagrams and COLOR pictures. The black and white pictures are very washed out. Don’t expect to see too many details. There are some line drawings, but not as many as you’d expect to understand the details of the text.

There’s a picture of a random forest. Why bother putting a picture of this in the book and not more how-to info?

Fully detailed, step-by-step drawings matching the text would be a huge help. He references pictures in his text, but again they are black and white, washed out, and sometimes there’s just no need for the reference to a picture because the picture is maybe 2”x2” and you can barely see what he’s referencing.

Don’t get me wrong. There is some decent information in this book. There are diagrams of hardware and the time periods they used them.

It’s going to take time to figure it out though. I’ve referenced Google for better (and color) pictures of things he discusses in the book.

Is it the end-all bible to windows? No. Is it a tool to help you? Yes. Just know what you are getting into before buying this book.
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Erin
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and has earned high praise from both a historic preservation professional I know and one of our state''s best window preservation
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
This book is complete in every detail, and has earned high praise from both a historic preservation professional I know and one of our state''s best window preservation specialists. It''s well written and thorough. The asides are interesting, the appendices specific. Some... See more
This book is complete in every detail, and has earned high praise from both a historic preservation professional I know and one of our state''s best window preservation specialists. It''s well written and thorough. The asides are interesting, the appendices specific. Some color photos (or clearer photos) would have been nice. Only caveat: as a complete beginner, I could have used numbered step-by-step lists to make approaching a project less intimidating, since the process is involved. Still, all the information is in there, and reading it all isn''t the worst way to learn. Grateful that this book is available as we tackle our old house''s windows! The author does provide contact information and invite you to contact him, as well. Will save that "lifeline" for only the most dire of circumstances, but it shows great faith in the reader.
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Sagmoore Cottage
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Good resource
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
We bought an 1850 home and the worst windows are the three replacement ones! The remainders are not original to 1850, but are easily over 100 years old and in decent shape. They vary from no lift mechanism through cord, chain and metal tape lifts. This book describes the... See more
We bought an 1850 home and the worst windows are the three replacement ones! The remainders are not original to 1850, but are easily over 100 years old and in decent shape. They vary from no lift mechanism through cord, chain and metal tape lifts. This book describes the history of the development of windows and glass, which is very interesting. The detailed information on restoring and maintaining old windows is excellent. A great reference book for owners of old houses.
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StevenReads
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My great hope is that this book will help stop the ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2015
At long last, we have all of Steve Jordan''s deep experience and wisdom with historic windows and their restoration in one book. This well written, well organized, and well illustrated volume is an essential guide to anyone wanting to understand and value historic windows as... See more
At long last, we have all of Steve Jordan''s deep experience and wisdom with historic windows and their restoration in one book. This well written, well organized, and well illustrated volume is an essential guide to anyone wanting to understand and value historic windows as important character defining features of old houses and learn techniques for their repair and restoration. My great hope is that this book will help stop the widespread and mostly unnecessary replacement of historic windows by bringing people to their senses and giving them practical ways to maintain and preserve them. Bravo!

Steven Engelhart, Executive Director
Adirondack Architectural Heritage
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Rod Paine
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Excellent book if you''re refurbishing really old windows in your house
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2017
Excellent book if you''re refurbishing really old windows in your house An excellent book for anyone with an older home with very old windows, who wants to tackle repairing or refinishing them. I recently purchased this book for my own library and to have it... See more
Excellent book if you''re refurbishing really old windows in your house

An excellent book for anyone with an older home with very old windows, who wants to tackle repairing or refinishing them. I recently purchased this book for my own library and to have it available for the continuing work we are doing on our 157 year old windows, removed from an 1860 schoolhouse in 1925 and used in the construction of our 1927 house and restored during our work on our house since purchased in 1983. Truly an excellent resource.
-Rod
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gndc
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Buy it!! Everything you need to know in clear instructive steps and great photo illustrations.
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2018
As the name states, this book is the Bible of historic wood windows. Very detailed, great pictures, and decades of practical experience inside. If you are handy and planning to tackle restoring your historic wood windows, buy this book and follow the steps to success. Well... See more
As the name states, this book is the Bible of historic wood windows. Very detailed, great pictures, and decades of practical experience inside. If you are handy and planning to tackle restoring your historic wood windows, buy this book and follow the steps to success. Well done Mr. Jordan
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K. Post
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THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE!!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2021
I own 2) 100 yr old duplexes and renters are hard in windows! I’ve learned to remove sashes myself instead of paying someone else to repair them for me. This book has ALL the details you need to KEEP YOUR BEAUTIFUL OLD WINDOWS! (Old windows... See more
I own 2) 100 yr old duplexes and renters are hard in windows!

I’ve learned to remove sashes myself instead of paying someone else to repair them for me.

This book has ALL the details you need to KEEP YOUR BEAUTIFUL OLD WINDOWS!

(Old windows are not as energy inefficient as we’ve been told!)

I wasn’t sure about paying the price for this book but is worth EVERY PENNY!

Thanks, Steve Jordan!!!
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Ben1979
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Poor quality printing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2015
The printing of this book, is truly awful. I have 20:20 vision, and struggle to see the photographs. DO NOT BUY!
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