Thursday, April 29, 2010

Curb Side Jalouise Window Part 2...

Made more progress and was able to get the window riveted and back together...

I ordered new aluminum DF11-10-ST rivets from Hanson Rivet & Supply Co. I have to say thank you to VSTF member Joek for the information on which rivets to buy. They are spot on and were a needed replacement.  I bought the overpriced squeezer dies from Hanson to set the rivets but didn't get the hand tool to put the dies in. Those tools are CRAZY expensive and I didn't want to blow more budget on something like that. Having done a bit hand riveting while leather working I knew I could do it with a hammer. The softer aluminum rivets are pretty easy to set unlike something like a steel rivet. I just took the bottom die and placed it in a mini vice I have. The other die got stuck into a socket screwdriver that was just about the right size. I set one on my own and it worked fine. The problem was I needed another hand to hold the part while I held the screwdriver and hammer. I roped Molly into the project and she became that third hand. She was a good sport about it and was a big help. The rivets were pretty easy to get to roll and flare. 

Here you can see the steel rivets the Hehr factory put in their windows and the new replacement rivets in the cleaned up parts. You can see some pitting on these parts still remains but overall they look a hundred times better...
Here you can see the right side (as you are looking at it from the outside) with the new felt weather strip installed. 8 rivets per side. Some advice for anyone out there taking their Jalouise windows apart: Take pictures before you take it apart. That way you know how to put it back together. It can get a bit confusing and you don't want to have to drill out rivets you just set...

Here is the outside of the window. As you can see the steel rivets are done and barely holding on. Shined up and new aluminum rivets now set. They will probably last longer than the trailer...
Here is the whole window before and after. The after is missing the insect screen in the picture...
Here you can see the bulb seal and the felt strip weatherstrips...
Just some details. The window works so much better and I'm not so worried about breaking the opening mechanism gears...
And thats really is about it. I have been saying that I will do a in depth step by step for folks that want to redo their Jalouise but that process is pretty time consuming. I just want to keep moving on with the project. Thats it for now.

2 comments:

FRANK said...

Hi...Great job. I'm doing my windows, and they look to be almost the same as yours. Have you been able to find the correct seal (header gasket) that runs the length of the top of the outside of the window? Its almost flat and 5/8" wide. Thanks Frank

Pam said...

Our single-wall home in Hawaii was built in 63 and we have these same type jalousie windows. They are wonderful for cross ventilation! The mechanism looks pretty much the same though... we buy our parts at the hardware store here. This is such an interesting blog....enjoying it so much! Aloha! Pam @ Sallygoodin