After the great wood window restoration of Aught-Seven, I took a little break. And then I took more of a break. And then some more. Not from work, but just from renovation work. I would putter down in the workshop at night, but I wasn't getting anywhere on restoring and retrofitting the old wood storm windows. Not anywhere fast.
Do you notice how tidy my workbench is? That is because NOTHING IS HAPPENING HERE.
Part of it has to do with the fact that I STILL haven't figured out an easy way to retrofit the wood storm windows that we DO have. Having to rout out a 5/16" ledge on the inside edge of an old window--one that cannot easily be replaced--when I don't have a lot of experience with using a router or access to a full-size router table has frozen me with indecision. And now freezing weather (ironic, eh?) has me scrambling frantically for a solution to winterizing the windows.
But, that's not all. We have 18 old storms that would need to be retrofitted. And 11 windows without any storm windows at all. (The other storm windows are fine as they are.)
Here is where I am stuck.
We don't want vinyl storm windows for a number of reasons...aesthetics, sustainability (vinyl warps in extreme seasons over time), eco-friendliness (vinyl is not eco-friendly), etc. We'd rather not have aluminum. We'd rather have wood storms that have a swappable storm and screen for the bottom pane.
Okay, fine. I did some research and found a source for some quality swappable wood storms that are affordable. Doesn't solve my retrofitting problem on the existing storms. And, oops. I waited too long in the season to get an order together and it will take at least six weeks for the manufacture and delivery of swappable wood storms.
And it's just going to get colder here in Chicago.
So, I'm torn. What do I do? Cover the windows with plexiglass? Order the swappable storms anyway, wait it out and install them after Christmas? Order cheap and unwanted but more timely vinyl/aluminum storms and despise them forever? Huddle in a fetal position under the dining room table with my laptop and eat the rest of the Halloween candy?
I'll give you three guesses as to which of the above I am doing right now.