Forum Title: Recommendation to retrofit sidelite storm windows
Hi, We have an old (1920s) home with an original door, sidelites, etc. The exterior was aluminum sided probably in the 60s or 70s, and we like the look of the wide, smooth siding When that was done, the trim was also cladded, and all is in good shape. We replaced the storm doors on the original wood doors, as the wood doors are in great shape. There were sidelite storm windows long ago, and the frame still is in place, in great shape... So, Id like to get some new sidelite storm windows made, and then put them into service in the same frame that is there. Of course, I intend to fully scrape, sand, caulk and paint the actual sidelites first! The framing material I intend to use is shown in the pictures below. It is fairly thin and Im not sure it can be drilled through without ruining it. Also, I intend to use tempered glass for these. Here are a few pictures of the situation: Any recommendations? I guess the whole old frame could be removed, the storm glass be cut just undersize of the actual opening, and then some PVC wood or similar be used to hold them in... But that seems like a lot of work/risk, when the frame is already there. Thoughts/recommendations?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: MELANIE ALVARADO (Ontario, CA), 01/17/2019

I would probably use a Multimaster to turn that hole into a perfect shape... like a right triangle maybe. Cut out a piece of wood in the shape you want to use as a plug. Hold it against the jamb and trace around it... then cut the rotten edges out of the jamb. Insert your plug, glue and nail it to the rough opening, shim it if it's not thick enough... or rip it on a table saw if it's too thick. Then apply your stop, which will need to have a rabbet/kerf in it to accept the weatherstrip.

- TONI YANG (Vallejo, CA), 02/23/2019

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