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  1. There are lots of companies that provide quality commercial curtain wall glazing in aluminum frames. The problem is they all look like commercial store fronts. High quality wood direct-set windows are hard to find. Local millwork companies often offer products that typically do not perform well. The windows leak and the wood rots in short order. Try Renaissance Conservatories. This company has considerable experience solving problems like yours. They work anywhere in North America. They build custom wood window wall systems, glazed roof systems, skylights and conservatories usually fr
  2. Problems with rotting Pella windows, you might be interested in this. http://www.windowsettlement.com
  3. Weep holes where? Between the fame and EIFS, yes. Integral weeps in the window frame, consult the manufacturer's shop drawing for specific details.
  4. It could be a bad batch of caulk. My friend just returned a couple skids to a manufacturer. The stuff wouldn't dry.
  5. The caulk may be reacting with the glue used to adhere the surround panels. Use only quality caulk designed for use with the panels. Properly applied, caulk requires no tooling. The push technique takes practice. Also keep in mind caulk shrinks as it cures.
  6. The caulk may be reacting with the glue used to adhere the surround panels. Use only quality caulk designed for use with the panels. Properly applied, caulk requires no tooling. The push technique takes practice. Also keep in mind caulk shrinks as it cures.
  7. Hi Robert, Be careful with the tactical caulk. You can easily make things worse by blocking openings designed to drain water. Kurt has it right.Start from scratch. Seldom does caulk correct the problem. I too have extensive experience designing skylights and glazed roof systems from scratch. Show us pictures of the outside.
  8. Hi Robert, Be careful with the tactical caulk. You can easily make things worse by blocking openings designed to drain water. Kurt has it right.Start from scratch. Seldom does caulk correct the problem. I too have extensive experience designing skylights and glazed roof systems from scratch. Show us pictures of the outside.
  9. It's the stop acting as the sill that will be a problem. Water gets behind the stop and rotts the wood and deteriorates the IGU seal. If the setting blocks rest on framing, the framing is the sill. The framing /sill needs to slope for water to drain. The glass and setting blocks must be sealed to the sill. The sill stop must weep. Flashing between the sill and stop will aslo help.
  10. The best installations combine tape and sealant. A sash doesn't matter, the principles are same. The installation principles are the same. A skilled glazer is absolutely critical to the success of the installation. As Tom states, the system must be designed properly. Executed properly, glazing direct-set in wood frames will last a long time. A skilled glazer has no need to clean up smeared caulk. I have extensive experience with design, fabrication, installation, repair, and retrofit of such installations across the country. Problems, leaks or seal failures, almost always have a direct co
  11. The best installations combine tape and sealant. A sash doesn't matter, the principles are same. The installation principles are the same. A skilled glazer is absolutely critical to the success of the installation. As Tom states, the system must be designed properly. Executed properly, glazing direct-set in wood frames will last a long time. A skilled glazer has no need to clean up smeared caulk. I have extensive experience with design, fabrication, installation, repair, and retrofit of such installations across the country. Problems, leaks or seal failures, almost always have a direct co
  12. Never rely on a single roofing nail to support a jack. Do your research as to how to safely install the jacks. Roofing nail heads commonly snap off.
  13. I've been using Inspection Support Network for about eight months. They offer many more included services than Dominic mentioned. Their support is awesome, Home Inspector Pro awesome. You can use it free for a while. The setup does take some time, but ISN will help you. They even do a lot of the setup work for free. The system is constantly upgraded. Did I mention the support is awesome. Their calendar syncs with Google and Outlook. Clients receive and execute the inspection agreement via email. No more chasing down signatures. You can use the system to do mass marketing emails.
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