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    Sealing windows temporarily

    I rent a unit in an apartment building, which has very leaky windows. Summer isn't a problem because my A/C barely runs throughout the day, but in winter it contributes to a lot of heat loss. Each year I usually put a bead of tape over the gaps to keep them sealed.

    This year I was thinking of sealing them with silicone or something, but it can't damage the paint or framing and easy enough to remove so I can open the windows when winter is over. Would silicone work or is there something else I should look at?

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    Why not that plastic shrink wrap stuff with the double sided tape and a hair drier.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman0880 View Post
    Why not that plastic shrink wrap stuff with the double sided tape and a hair drier.


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    Hmm, that’s a good thought. I’ll look into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman0880 View Post
    Why not that plastic shrink wrap stuff with the double sided tape and a hair drier.


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    Yeah do that, but get yourself some of this stuff first...

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    I was reading about something called rope caulk. Apparently it's kind of like a putty that comes in a roll and you stuff it in the gaps. I'll try out that Seal 'N Peel too, see which one works best.

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    Plumbers putty would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman0880 View Post
    Why not that plastic shrink wrap stuff with the double sided tape and a hair drier.


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    was thinking same thing, hardware box store has it with weatherstripping stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CircusEnvy View Post
    Hmm, that’s a good thought. I’ll look into that.
    We used those as well.
    Any good hardware store will carry the shrink-wrap plastic. It comes in individual pre-cut window size and also in big sheets that you cut to fit. Measure your windows and compare to the sizes mentioned on the shrink-wrap package.The package includes double-sided tape for attaching to the window frames. Try to cover the entire frame (wrap to edge, or around edge if possible). You'll need a hair dryer to "shrink" the plastic and make the windows "clear". However, it's no big deal if you don't shrink it; it will just look wrinkly.
    Just be careful with the hair dryer because you can actually melt the plastic if you don't keep moving the dryer around, at a distance from the plastic.

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