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Exterior Windows

Postby archive » Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:58 am

From: "David Quave" <dquave@b...>
Date: Fri Jan 19, 2001 9:45 pm
Subject: Exterior Windows

My current studio is located in a some what rural area and I want to install
some windows in it to see outdoors when not doing any important recordings.My
question is what is the best consumer grade double glazed window to
install.Possibly one on the exterior backed by one on the interior.Or if anyone
has any better solutions.I know it is best not to have any windows but the last
studio I built like this I began to hate to be in it because of the closed in
feeling.I guess it would be best just to build them all like a control room
window but this would involve alot more work and materials.They will be set in
a 2"x 6" studded wall with brick exterior.I also considerd building some kind
of latch built into the interior wall to use a plug when in a session.But I am
not sure how to construct this.How do all of you who like and have exterior
windows in the studio delt with this?
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Postby archive » Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:58 am

From: steve <whitaker@p...>
Date: Fri Jan 19, 2001 10:02 pm
Subject: Re: Exterior Windows

Hello,

Windows are like everything else. Mass-Air-Mass
Skimp on the mass and you lose the value of the wall construction.

Plugging up the hole when you're not looking out is tricky.
You might install a large heavy door. open the door and see out the window.
close the door and add to the sound blocking.

steve

>My current studio is located in a some what rural area and I want to
install some windows in it to see outdoors when not doing any important
recordings.My question is what is the best consumer grade double glazed
window to install.Possibly one on the exterior backed by one on the
interior.Or if anyone has any better solutions.I know it is best not to
have any windows but the last studio I built like this I began to hate to
be in it because of the closed in feeling.I guess it would be best just to
build them all like a control room window but this would involve alot more
work and materials.They will be set in a 2"x 6" studded wall with brick
exterior.I also considerd building some kind of latch built into the
interior wall to use a plug when in a session.But I am not sure how to
construct this.How do all of you who like and have exterior windows in the
studio delt with this?
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Postby archive » Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:00 am

From: info@d...
Date: Sat Jan 20, 2001 6:50 pm
Subject: Re: Exterior Windows

Hello,

This may or may not apply to the original poster, but I'll just
describe what I have done / am doing with my windows.

Per the guide of my contractor who is very experienced with glass, we
bought two Anderson casement windows... merely for the frames. We
installed the windows into the frame. Then my contractor ordered
custom glass to be fitted into the Anderson frames. If I remember
correctly, the stock Anderson glass was two panes of 1/16" with an
air gap inbetween. The glass we put in is one pane of 1/8", an air
gap, then two panes of 1/8" laminated together (1/4"). A very big
difference in the STC was obvious after swapping in the new glass.
Also, if you tap on the old glass, it resounds like a drum. With the
new glass, it's totally dead, like lead.

The custom Andersons as described above are merely the "outer"
windows which are installed in the outer frame of the building. I
will then add my "inner-room", and will add separate "inner-windows"
into the inner frame as well.

The main reason for using the Andersons on the outside was for the
frames (obviously)... ease of installation, excellent all-weather
duty... and they open (casements). As well, it keeps up the value of
the building... if in the future the building needs to be converted
back into a typical office space, the windows can stay. If they were
some type of crazy solid fixed insanely heavy studio windows, they
might not be universal enough for future applications, etc.

-dave
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Postby archive » Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:16 am

From: "Sjoerd Koppert" <sjoerd@n...>
Date: Mon Jan 22, 2001 9:30 am
Subject: Re: Exterior Windows

I'll try and explain what I did in my tracking room, which has 8 good
size windows in it (its a 32 x 26 x 20' high room).
The outer windows are normal windows in a timber frame. On the inside
I have glued & stapled 1/8" thick mineral loaded vinyl on the frame
surrounding the window. On top of this is screwed a frame of 3/4"
finishing ply. On top of this frame is another frame of 1/2"
finishing ply, set out 1" from the frame. This is fitted with 1/4"
laminated glass. I can send you a picture if you like. This method
has an extremely good STC rating.
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Postby archive » Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:22 am

From: dude <dude@c...>
Date: Wed Jan 24, 2001 7:57 am
Subject: Re: Exterior Windows

Picture would help. I'm having trouble visualizine. So the windows are fixed an
can't be opened? I need to use more of a plug or second hinge-framed window
(like
a door) I think so I can open them in summer for cooling when I'm not making
noise (or before and after!). Thanks.
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