Jefferson Kolle

It’s an all too common practice to rip out all the old windows in a house and replace them with new ones. Steve Jordan, the author of the exhaustive treatise, “The Window Sash Bible,” makes a strong case for fixing existing windows. He writes, “Old windows are usually meant to last a lifetime when maintained; modern windows last fifteen to thirty years and most cannot be maintained to significantly improve durability.”

The book’s breadth of knowledge is impressive, as is the detailed table of contents, index, glossary, bibliography, and source list for window parts. It’s bothersome to buy a reference book and not be able to find what you’re looking for. Not that I didn’t want to read the entire manuscript, but if I hadn’t and were only looking for, say, sash...

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