VANCOUVER, B.C. — What the hell is this window winding up on a door?
It’s been a mystery for months, and it seems there’s no clear answer yet.
“It’s an old door, and I’ve seen them used before,” said Lisa Boudreau, a neighbour of a couple who lives near a window-winding condo.
The window-winding condo, with a view, was the first one built for Boud, who was born in Victoria.
She bought the home in March and has lived in it ever since.
“They were originally made for window-sills,” she said.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s, when a window had to be built on the back of a house, that Boud started using the old window-making equipment to construct the casement walls that form the windows.
Now, window-tweeling is one of the most popular trades in Vancouver, with several shops and services offering the job, including a window company that sells windows for $1,000.
One of the more common uses for casement winders is to protect a balcony.
Vancouver has many residential buildings with balconies, but some windows on the balconies can get in the way of the glass.
Boudreau said the windows would probably stay in place in her condo, but if she was moving out, they might be a problem.
On the other hand, if they were to fall on her porch or balcony, she said she’d consider buying a new condo.
“It would be really cool to have something that was going to have the window windings, and not be affected by them,” she told CTV Vancouver.
Some windows in Vancouver’s condos can wind up in the stairwell, or they can wind around a window and onto the patio.
If they do get into a stairwell or patio, they can be easily replaced with a new one.
What does it cost to make a casement wall?
Most of the windows in homes in Vancouver are made of cast-aluminum.
That makes them lightweight and durable, but it also requires a lot of work to put them together.
When a window is finished, the cast-metal frames are placed on a sheet of aluminum, which is then welded together with bolts and rivets.
The panels are then attached to the frame with a plastic sheet.
Once they’re welded in place, they’re then wrapped in polyester tape, which holds the panels in place.
To put it all together, the work typically takes about two weeks.
But casement-weling isn’t cheap.
There are several companies that sell window-temperature window-warming products.
And Boud said some companies also offer a window “glue” to make windows a little more durable, which costs about $10.
For Boud and others, the price tag is more than worth the convenience.
As Boud has been using window-building equipment since she was a child, she has seen her family’s living space change.
A couple of years ago, she had her first balcony installed, and the window has remained up.
While the window is a lot taller than it was when she first lived here, it still isn’t as high as it used to be.
Another thing that’s been nice about the windows, she added, is that they can come in a wide variety of sizes, from one to two stories high.
So far, Boud says she’s not sure if she’ll be able to keep them up when she leaves the condo.
“I’ll have to wait and see,” she laughed.
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