Window Frames

Well, it is almost done. The new window frames and windows are in place. And I really like the result. It really looks good.

But it not only looks good, there are also other benefits. These frames and windows give a much better isolation. Something I will notice on the money that I pay for the heating. And most of all, no more draught in the house when the wind is coming from the east (that is the direction the windows of my apartment are facing).

Anyway, if everything works out as planned then today the heating and the blinds will be placed back. After that I really start cleaning everything and place it all back where it belongs.

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Today the removed the asbestos that the old window frames contained. Asbestos was in the past often used in building because of its sound absorption, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. But nowadays we know that the prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer.

So I expected men in those white protection suits to remove that asbestos from the window frames. Well no (and that was kinda a small disappointment). I was explained that only the fibers of asbestos were dangerous and as long you do no damage to the structure of the asbestos (like sawing or drilling) there is no problem at all. So they simple removed the asbestos boards, packed them in plastic and that was all…

Then a phone call of Tom came in. He just remembered that there was another electric wire that maybe needed to be removed. He was right, so the wire is no also removed.

Anyway, another step done!

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Next week, when the window frames are actually replaced, there should be enough room to do the work. Therefor it was asked to clear out 1,5 meters from the windows (both in the living room, as in the bedroom). That doesn’t sound much, but you will surprised how much you have to move then. Specially in my case that also means my desk with my 2 computers, 3 monitors and all the other devices are involved. It was quite some work to get it all cleaned out.

For the living room the vertical blinds had to be removed. Something I was not looking forward to, but it turned out to be very easy. And when those are removed, you realize what things as blinds do for the atmosphere in your house. Also all the wiring (electric and TV/Network cables) had to be removed. This means that a part of my apartment is without electricity, but that is something that is not a real problem.

Most work in the bedroom was to remove my desk with all the computer stuff. Getting the curtains off was easy :-).

As already said, I had to move my computer desk. But no, I won’t sit around for a week without computer and internet. As many will know, throughout the week when Marion is abroad, we use Skype keep in touch. This is very important for both of us.
So I needed to move one of my computers to another place for this week. There was only option I could think of and that was the dinner table…

All this leaded to some new “hardware” as well. Until now I was always dependent from other, but from now I can do the drilling in the hard walls of my apartment myself. I had some good advises from Tom. He knows quite something about this kind of things.

All this moving of furniture and things was done last weekend. This is what called part 3 of this “operation”. But in the title of the article I also mention part 4…

Today the heating elements were removed so there is room to do the rest of the work that needs to be done.

Okay, up to the next part tomorrow (but to be honest, I cannot wait until all is done and my apartment is all neat and tidy again).

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So today the new window frames were delivered and placed on my balcony (that is the reason why it needed to be empty).

The frames look good, more solid. And I think the are a lot giving a lot more isolation than the current ones, what will be very nice for during the winter.

I will be off from work from next Wednesday. I will use these three working days to remove everything that is in 1.5 meter from the windows (living room and bed room). And with everything, I mean everything… electric wires and such included. That will be a lot of work and will create a big mess, but it needs to be done. In case needed, I can also use the next weekend, but I will try to keep that free so I can relax a bit.

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I love the apartment where I live, but when I am really honest, the windows frames are not the best. Which is not really strange after all these years. Well, the window frames and windows will now be replaced. But that is not something that is done in a few hours.

Today I did the first preparation: Removing everything from my balcony. This will provide the space to work and to store the things that are needed. Next Monday all that is needed to do the job will be placed on my balcony (and on the balconies of others where the windows frames and windows will be replaced).

For me that was also the opportunity to clean out the balcony. There were for instance quite some planters that were not used anymore. Those and other things I don’t use anymore are gone.

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