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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 3rd edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599213117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599213118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The best guide on the subject.". --Seatle Times/Post Intelligencer

"Meany has put together the definitive book on wood window repair and restoration. . . [it is] written with excellent detail, helpful diagrams, simple and clear instructions, and a good bit of Meany's wry humor to make it a lively read. It is an absolutely indispensable part of any wood-window-owning do-it-yourselfer's home library." -- Amazon.com

"Whether you simply need to eliminate drafts or want to tackle complex stripping, author Meany is sure to steer you in the right direction. Remember, the windows really are the eyes of your home." --Timber Homes Illustrated
"Assuming you have a reason to repair old, single-pane windows instead of replacing them with insulated glass windows, Terence Meany's Working Windows. . . could come in handy. Meany, who calls himself Mr. Window, has some neat tricks up his sleeve. . . . "--Journal of Light Construction

"Working Windows leaves the subject of window design and installation to other authors, and instead concentrates on something more basic to homeowners: getting the windows you already have to work properly for what they were designed and installed to do."--Woodshop News
“a healthy dose of humor and lots of detail as it tells the basics of how to restore, repair or replace virtually any kind of window.”--Booklist
"The next best thing to taking a class from Terry." --Larry Kreisman, Program Director for Historic Seattle, a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1974 and dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County's architectural legacy.

From the Back Cover

In Working Windows, 3rd Edition, Terry Meany (aka Mr. Window) explains with detail, humor, and accessibility everything you'll need to know to repair, replace, or restore almost any window—regardless of its age.

Inside you will find:

• detailed instruction for disassembling and repairing various types of wood
windows
• repair hints and tricks of the trade you won't find anywhere else
• easy ways to clean and restore original hardware
• safe and efficient methods of stripping, refinishing, and painting
• effective ways to eliminate drafts and rattles
• methods for glass cleaning
• invaluable information on tools and materials and more.

Working Windows, 3rd Edition is the only fully illustrated guide to repairing and refinishing every part of an old window, from weather stripping, pulleys, sashes, hopper vents, and casings to old hinges, paint, and glass.
Whether you are a craftsman or a do-it-yourself homeowner, you will find Working Windows, 3rd Edition packed with essential advice and instruction to get your windows looking great and operating smoothly.

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This has a lot of great information in it.
MICHAEL R DELAURENTIS
If you have wood windows that are rotting, won't open and look to be beyond hope, then buy this book.
P. Yates
We cannot imagine how we could have restored our old windows without Terry Meany and his great book.
Elizabeth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Edgar on January 18, 2010
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If you have old windows in your house and you can use a screwdriver and hammer, this book will tell you how to renovate them. I have been rebuilding windows for 40 years, and still get good ideas from this book. Well worth twice the price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. An on July 6, 2008
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This book covers the restoration to working condition of various types of windows found in old homes. The information is presented in a clear, easy to follow format. Unlike most books of this type it is written so well that it is fun to read even if you don't want to fix windows. The author has a great sense of humor and I often found myself laughing out loud and learning at the same time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Love to quilt on August 8, 2008
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This book was very helpful in showing how to repair old windows. It is geared mostly to windows that have pulleys and weights however. Mine have friction brakes on the side so that part wasn't helpful, but there was a lot of other good info.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Russell V. Rankin on July 20, 2011
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Window installers come at the public with a good line of hype. Many times it is flagrantly untrue. I think, almost every time, it is worth restoring the original windows rather than replacing them with new vinyl ones. Seasonal movement is one of the major problems for windows. Vinyl's seasonal movement is four times that of pine or fir according to the government testing lab that tests building material. Vinyl does not rot or is not destroyed by termites; it deteriorates. They are not made to be repaired, they are throw away. Also, the design of the vinyl window is out of place with the period of the home, making them grossly stand out as inappropriate to the style of the house. If you are concerned about the R rating, your old restored window, with a storm window attached is rated much higher than a new vinyl window. There are some homes,being lived in now, with two to three hundred year old windows still functioning fine. These are the reasons to buy this book. Window restoration and repair are good DIY projects. This book will take you through it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Yates on May 24, 2011
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I live in a 1920's house with mostly wood double hung windows which are rotting away and haven't been opened in at least twenty years. I was worried about the horrendous cost of installing new windows, and the difficulty of doing that in a house with concrete asbestos siding. With the aid of this marvelous book I am now restoring the windows, and doing all the work from the inside! I have done many home projects over the years from building an addition to plumbing and electrical installation and I have read at least a hundred books in my search for ways to do things and not one of those books has been as helpful as this one. If you have wood windows that are rotting, won't open and look to be beyond hope, then buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on February 24, 2010
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We cannot imagine how we could have restored our old windows without Terry Meany and his great book. We checked it out of the library many, many times, then finally realized that this is an essential book to own. We love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QuickReviewBuyer on July 13, 2013
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I think this book is worth having. As someone that was embarking on restoring 100 year old windows, i saw a number of recomendations for this book as I searched for information. But, I have to say, while the book was informative and helpful, I wish it had more specifics in some areas and more pictures would have gone a long way. And, sadely, so much information is available on the internet that you don't find much new in the book. I didn't regret buying it. But I am continuing to look for other good sources of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL R DELAURENTIS on October 2, 2013
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I've read through this, and done a little bit of work on my windows. I'm getting ready to start restoring them a few at a time in the spring. This has a lot of great information in it. I like that he lists vendors that supply good quality hardware and materials for old windows.
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