Our 1885 Stick Victorian has a beautiful turret complete with huge curved wavy leaded glass windows.  The glass is in great shape, the windows themselves look good.  But there is little to no glazing left on the windows, sash cords rotted out, and many many layers of paint.  I will have to strip enough paint to get the windows to move and replace sash cords.  I think I can handle all of that.  But I am not sure how to get the exterior windows out without losing the glass since there is very little glazing left.  Also, they of course, won't lay flat, so how do you handle that reglazing?  Would it be better to try to glaze in place?  There is a fair amount of clear caulking here and there.  Before you tell me to hire a professional- none of our glass places around here want anything to do with it ;).  I just finished stripping and reglazing several other windows, but nothing enormous and curved!

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I would think that once you have released them from the paint and unhooked any intact sash cords, that you should be able to pull them into the house without the glass falling out, especially if you have 4 hands on that task.  They are only curved on one plane, so you should then be able to lay them flat, glazing side up to do your stripping and glazing of the outsides of the sashes.  Do they need to be stripped on the insides of the sashes?  That is where you won't be able to lay them flat on saw horses or a table.

the windows should come out like another double hung windows system.  If you are concern about the glass failing out, use some duct take to hold the glass in place. 

Yours

Randall

R.M. Design & Construction

Saving our future, one project at a time.

I think I can handle the interior double hung windows as they are in pretty good shape.  I am worried about the exterior windows falling out on the sidewalk.  I don't know if they are called storms or what, but they are in addition to the regular windows.  They also have curved glass and wood frames and are original.  Almost no glazing left.  They do not have any screens, just single pane, non sliding windows.

I think you are talking about storm windows.  Need some pictures to see if you have the kind of storm hanging hardware that allows you to swing the storms outward safely.  

Yours

Randall 

But thanks for the duct tape idea.  That helps!

Here is a resource for you: Adams Architectural Millwork, Dubuque, Iowa. They deal with curved glass and make new wood windows. They have photos of some on their website in the gallery. Maybe they can at least tell you what is best to do. Good luck. 

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