Sounds like the average job here - watched two of them myself in the past few years. All those windows (minus most of the frames) are in our own cellar now. Some of them were huge intricate art-nouveau casements with opening transoms and everything! They took the casements off the hinges, broke some of the glass and took a jigsaw to the frames (and a chainsaw to some of the more accessible parts) as removing them whole would have required removing the stucco, cutting the nails and then lifting down the frames whole.jade mortimer wrote:no respirators, no eye protection, no floor covering, working right next to a piece of unprotected furniture AND ripping out windows that appear to be in fine condition...i didn't watch the whole thing either.....jeesh....
Oh and what about people working on the fourth floor without any fall protection??? And I'm talking old-house floors here, roughly 20ft. off the ground.
A friend of mine had her 50s windows replaced 2 years ago because they were in rather poor shape (some were so warped and sagging they required brute force to open and close) and because she lives in a very busy street and wanted soundproof glass (one thing I can totally understand, her new windows ARE great in that respect) and *omg* she had some sleazy guys bid for the job! One of them started talking non-stop as soon as he walked through the door and didn't stop for a second until my friend drove off (he'd been talking through the open car window before too, didn't react at all when he was told to leave because they were in a hurry).
I know it's a bad stereotype, but in my general picture replacement window salespeople are on the same level of sleaziness as used-car dealers and traveling salespeople who try to sell the Inuit refrigerators.
It's just a SWAG, but I think all that maybe 80% of the windows replaced every year in Austria need is a good paint job, new weatherstripping and maybe reglazing. Many people actually replace their windows because the glass is loose and rattling every time a truck goes by! Happens as the glazing hardens and gets brittle. Actually the window immediately to my left has this issue - but we have so little traffic that it's been pushed all the way down on the list of priorities.