The Cross House
The Cross House has 4,738 windows.
OK. Maybe not that many. But there are a lot. I get scared when I try and count how many, so my solution is to never finish counting.
Wind freely blows into the house because the sashes are so loose in the frames. I could laboriously install bronze weather-stripping but wind would still get in, and my plan is to make the Cross House as tight as possible. Making the house TIGHT will prove far more important in terms of heating/cooling than storm windows or fully insulating all the walls.
My solution is to seal the windows shut with a peel-away type of caulk. This is something you squirt in, and can later just peel it off. Genius.
However…I have long used the Red Devil brand of peel-way caulk and hate hate hate it. It is like like trying to push almost solid glue out of a caulk dispenser. Once the “glue” is out, you can’t smooth it, so you get this gloppy string line alone the edges of all your windows. Oh, the horror! The horror!
Recently, I found another brand. By DAP. OMG! OMG! The stuff is a wonder! A glory! A miracle! It comes out of the caulk gun with NO effort, and can easily smoothed to a degree guaranteed to delight anybody with full-blown OCD.
While I can later peel the caulk away, I will never likely do so. The windows are now tight, and I am happy that they remain forever so.
Now I just have 4,733 more windows to do.