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Thursday, November 21, 2013

A porch wall made from recycled windows.... fun n' nearly free!

Here's a great find that was sent to me by Kari Cooper.... who also attended our Tiny House Building Workshop last week, AND brought her yurt out for display (we'll have a video on that soon).

If you ever want to build a wall of windows like this, here are a few simple tips:

1. Try to locate old discarded windows that still have their putty work intact. Loose mullions and putty can be a pain to fix, and some of the old crumbling putty might have asbestos in it. Better to leave it behind if it needs too much work and is becoming loose.

2. DO make sure you further support the windows with vertical structural members. These windows can only be stacked so high when unsupported- gravity will eventually win and crack them, or worse.

3. DO lay them out ahead of time to see how they might best fit together. This will avoid costly layout mistakes later on if you were to ad lib it, mess up, and have to start over.

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen