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Sash Windows.


Due to the success of my Psychotherapy and Counselling practice www.individualpsychotherapy.co.uk
I now work part-time as the Frome Handyman, which limits me to small jobs and projects, and/or patient customers!
Please consider this before enquiring.

With thanks,
Gary Tomkins

aka The Frome Handyman.

Please read the above Important Notice as I get a lot of enquiries about  sash window repairs and my circumstances now pretty much limit me to sash cord replacement and catch refitting/replacement.

Original sliding sash windows are an essential part of the character of Frome buildings. Many sash windows with their wavy glass have probably acheived antique status and there is much to be said for repairing and improving such windows rather than replacing with new. If your property is within the Frome conservation area or has a listed status, it is likely that replacing your sash windows with anything other than matching wooden sash windows will not be an option. I service and repair sash windows which may be more economical, than replacing them, whilst retaining their character.  

My background in woodwork, timber treatment and experience of glazing makes me well placed to provide a comprehensive service for all facets of sash window care and maintenance from repair through to redecoration. Whether its simply renewing a broken sash cord, easing stuck frames, replacing broken panes, altering weights, repairing or replacing frames call me for an assessment.

Re-painting can sometimes be carried out without removing the sashes, provided they are fully functional, i.e. the frames can pass one another. Generally though, it is best to remove the sashes, to enable full access to all parts of the window and the renewal of the cords, if necessary. Obviously such work takes time and repairs to rotten timbers and replacing glazing can make the work even more costly.

The changes to VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) regulations a few years ago has had a significantly detrimental impact on the application and durability of modern oil paints. I now almost exclusively use Farrow and Ball paints (Little Greene get good reviews from the trade) which are acrylic based. The colours and finish are widely acclaimed and, if their application instructions are followed, I am finding durability reasonable (although it is too early to form definitive conclusions). Furthermore being water based they tend to age by thinning rather than cracking, meaning less chance of rot forming beneath the paint surface making future maintenance easier. At least three coats, one primer-undercoat and 2 top-coats are needed when overcoating previous oil based finishes.

Often simple servicing and the correct installation of the beads can reduce draughts and improve sash window energy efficiency. Personally I am averse to fitting the nylon brush beads designed to "draught-proof" the window. Technically once such beads are fitted, a trickle vent should be fitted (like those seen in uPVC windows) to permit sufficient ventilation to prevent condensation build up and the detrimental effects this has to the building and occupant's health.

Similarly, my knowledge and skills are applicable to all wooden windows and doors.

Right hand door jamb renewed at base and Oak threshold made and installed. Door renovated.