The Window Sash Bible: A Guide to Maintaining and Restoring Old Wood Windows


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The Window Sash Bible: A Guide to Maintaining

and Restoring Old Wood Windows

by Steve Jordan


“The Window Sash Bible is an essential resource for historic house owners and those who work on historic buildings. Steve Jordan’s decades of experience and clear writing style combine to show how and why preserving historic windows is the sustainable and wise choice.” Scott T. Hanson


The Window Sash Bible by Steve Jordan is about the repair, maintenance, and restoration of old or historic windows. With so much misinformation provided by replacement window vendors, this book aids homeowners and anyone in the old-house business make sound decisions about windows.

The information is gleaned from his experience as a window repair contractor and old-house enthusiast, from other craftsmen, books, catalogues, journals, trade manuals, and ah-ha moments. 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.

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 and contractors. Basic repairs and putty work include removing sashes, installing new sash cords and other balances, glazing (puttying), and replacing broken glass.

You’ll learn how to weather-seal your windows with materials that are usually superior to those found on new and replacement windows. Carpentry instructions include selecting durable wood species and range from a simple Dutchman repair to replacing a muntin or meeting rail. Also learn about long lasting epoxy repairs and patches.

Government studies confirm that storm windows provide the best path to energy efficiency and savings. Learn about wood, wood combination, aluminum, and interior storm windows.

Inappropriate or careless painting techniques 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 green 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.


• Author: Steve Jordan
• Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (February 16, 2015)
• 264 pages
• ISBN10: 1505299144
• ISBN13: 978-1505299144

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Weight 1.5625 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .6 in

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