Double Windows, Not Double pane but Double windows

Originally Posted By: lkemble
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The home was built last year and the builder installed double windows to reduce noise in the home. The problem with the windows is that a person must slide open the first set of windows (No latch installed), unlatch the second set and then slide it open to get air into the room or possibly escape a bedroom. The windows were manufactured by ABC windows. The latch is difficult to access and the windows in the bathrooms do not have a handle to grasp to open them. The handle would interfer with the first set of windows. You have to place your hand on the glass to open the bathroom window.


Have you come across this configuration? Do you know of a possible code violation?


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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Do you have a picture. It sounds like an aluminum single hung window with an inside storm window. Those, at least, are common in some areas.


Originally Posted By: Gino Conner
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Please submit a picture if you can.


I would love to see that arangement!


Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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I did a home a couple of weeks ago that had a sliding patio door that was the exactly the same way. It was a nice setup. Especially for colder climates there is some real thermal value. These doors were manufactured in Canada. Wish I would have taken a picture icon_cry.gif



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Originally Posted By: lkemble
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Gino Conner wrote:
Please submit a picture if you can.
I would love to see that arangement!
The photo did not come out. Due to the sunlight coming into the window it is dark. ![icon_sad.gif](upload://nMBtKsE7kuDHGvTX96IWpBt1rTb.gif)


Originally Posted By: lkemble
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bwiley wrote:
Do you have a picture. It sounds like an aluminum single hung window with an inside storm window. Those, at least, are common in some areas.


You may be right about the configuration being an inside storm window. What troubles me about the design is the inability to quickly egress from the bedroom window.


Originally Posted By: jpeck
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Window and storm window?



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Originally Posted By: jbehling
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kmcmahon wrote:
I did a home a couple of weeks ago that had a sliding patio door that was the exactly the same way. It was a nice setup. Especially for colder climates there is some real thermal value. These doors were manufactured in Canada. Wish I would have taken a picture ![icon_cry.gif](upload://r83gSGUzNOacIqpjVReDwcR83xZ.gif)


See them all the time here (north of the border). Watch for condensation damage to the wood between the two, especially in the bathrooms.


Originally Posted By: rcloyd
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Lee:


Is the house located near an airport?


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Originally Posted By: lkemble
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rcloyd wrote:
Lee:

Is the house located near an airport?


No, it is near a busy street. The busy street is why they installed a double window accoring to the owner.


Originally Posted By: rcloyd
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Ahh, I see. I have seen the same type of double window installation used when sound proofing a home near an airport.


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Originally Posted By: rmoore
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I did one last week with aluminum single pane sliders (1/2 fixed) with similar storm windows. In one bedroom the storm window had been installed in reverse. Didn’t matter what was open, there was always solid glass in the opening. Had one of those “Huh?” moments before I realized I was still sane and the installer was the crazy one.



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