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Tom, Gary et al,

Here's where that window frame has sat since 1973 or so. Speaking of "nuts", I about dropped one moving that frame out where it can be seen, and I ain't talking about the one on top of my neck either.

This view is taken from the inside of the frame. One section of trim is removed and another is dangling from a screw.


Again,the picture below is taken from the inside.


Again,taken from the inside.

Again, taken from the inside. Above is a 1" ID flange bearing. Picture below gives you an idea of the depth of the hollow channel accessable from the room side of the frame. That sprocket is a common size for motorcycle-type chain.




Again, taken from the inside. Below is a chunk of 1" galvanized all-thread rod. It does not have a motorcyle sprocket welded onto it yet. (Give you a hint?).


The sprockets on the blocks are idler sprockets to get the chain around the corners without rubbing the frame. The ones to be welded to the 4 threaded rods are (will be) the operative sprockets.




Now, from the outside.



Above, you can see three of the four flange bearings attached to the outside of the frame, with a nut threaded onto a piece of rod coming from the inside flange bearing.



Above, if you look close you'll see two strips of weatherstriping on the window stop.






Above is a steel rimmed wheel.



Above, for a sense of perspective.



By the way, don't try supporting a deck the way I did the one below unless it was planned for during the foundation stage, and steel beams are taking the lateral load caused by those angled telephone poles. Concrete with rebar would not handle the lateral load that deck is putting on it - especially with 3 or 4 feet of wet snow sitting there (or 30 naked women sipping tea).



Above peak is where I was going to put it. Unfortunately, I ran out of money before finishing the window, and had to go back overseas to make some more. And I had to dry the place in before leaving. That fixed glass in the peak I made from two plies of salvage plate from Portland Glass. Back in those days all you needed was a good pellet gun, and you could get all the plate you needed for real cheap. Just ask Hdrider or Kubbie, they're both from Chicago. Come on!! Just kidding!

My plan was to weld brackets to the wheel rim that would connect to the nuts. A chain would pass around the sprockets welded to the 1" threaded rod, around the idler sprockets already positioned in the other corners, come out through the window frame, down a stud bay (inside pvc pipe) , and finally, around a sprocket attached to a small ship's wheel mounted on the wall below. Spinning the wheel would open the window straight out. Aside from looking cool, I would be able to leave a screen in place on the inside. And just think how tight that window would go to the weatherstrip.

Since that house faces due South, it gets hot both summer and winter from not only direct sun, but from sun reflected off either the water , ice or snow. There is a window in the loft on the back gabled end that would evacuate heat immediately if there were an operable window in the front gable.

In fact, I had to doctor the picture below because the glare off the lake was so bright, all you could see was white in a big black blob.


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