Re-seal win­dows with sil­i­cone

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - HOMES & DIY -

IT’S a sim­ple but very cost sav­ing way of en­sur­ing your home stays cosy this win­ter. If you don’t do this job now you’re likely to forget it once the mild weather van­ishes and you sud­denly find your­self sit­ting in a drafty liv­ing room on a cold win­ter’s night.

Cold and drafty breezes through win­dows and doors are an ut­ter tor­ment this time of year and I bet you’ve promised your­self a thou­sand times in the past to fix that breeze in the win­dow. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Drafty win­dows and doors rank in the Top 5 most com­mon DIY com­plaints which is why au­tumn is the time to take this job by the scruff of the neck. It’s sim­ple re­ally as all you have to do is run the back of your hand along the win­dow frame and the seal joint where win­dows open and close. Once you have felt a breeze, mark with a piece of sticky tape.

Now get a sil­i­cone gun and fill the gaps us­ing a thin line of clear sil­i­cone. Have a cup of warm wa­ter nearby to clean your fin­gers in-be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions. Job done. Sil­i­cone can be messy if you’re not used to it so keep your good clothes and ex­pen­sive fur­ni­ture well clear. For a job that costs less than €10 and takes all of 20 min­utes, the ben­e­fits far out­weigh the ef­fort. Bye, bye pesky breeze!

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