Hello Jalousie window fans
(If you want to get straight to the question, skip the first two paragraphs
I'm curious how many other mid-70s Bolers have Berdick windows
in the rear sides. I had always assumed that they were all made by Hehr (indeed, the smaller crank-outs in the door and over the stove are), but then I noticed a small, faded sticker on the rear/side windows
(the big squarish jalousies).
Well I found that there is still a Berdick in Canada and I e-mailed them, just to see if they still had any parts, or maybe a diagram of seals, or .... anything. The fellow in Calgary (where I first wrote) confirmed that they did make "aluminium torque windows" in the past but don't anymore. Nonetheless, he directed me to e-mail a different plant of theirs to inquire again. I'm not expecting much, but you never know. 'Twould be fun if someone had a parts list or... well, who knows.
Regardless, I'm planning to remove those windows
for resealing as soon as it gets a bit springier outside, and, although they are still functioning, I'd like to install new seals and clean the windows up a bit. Has anyone here done that? If so, where did you source the new seals? I see that Vintage and a few other places have the various profiles (mostly listed for Hehr but likely also usable for Berdick), but it looks like I might do some damage in removing the present ones (to determine exact profile and measurements), and then if I can't find new ones....
So, has anyone replaced seals in their Berdick windows who has a source/part number/etc.?
My next question is on the cranking mechanism. My windows all crank in and out and seam to seal fine, but one of the cranks is very stiff. Once I have the window out, can I clean and lubricate the crank without removing it from the window? Is there a suggested proper lubricant (of the nine million out there...)?
Here are photos of the Berdick jalousie windows
in the rear dinette of my 1974, Neonex/Winnipeg-built Boler
. Sorry, the label photo is a terrible zoom, but it gives you the general idea. I could take a better one if someone would like to see it in more detail.
Zoom of brand label in lower right outside corner of glass:
(By the way, the Hehr windows in door and above stove look like this and have Hehr brand labels - although I'm not asking about them here
I should get an inside photo of the Berdick windows for later in this thread, but for now I'll say that they have a 7/8" x 1" aluminum extrusion (which I believe is wood-filled) around the inside as a frame. I think the outside window is screwed into this inside frame, and that the inside frame is not otherwise a part of the window. I'll confirm this when I remove them, of course.
The crank handle is aluminum, and looks similar to the Hehr crank, except that the "knob" on the Hehr crank flares out on the inside end, whereas the Berdick crank handle "knob" is just a straight cylinder
So.... anyone replaced seals on these or lubed cranks? If so, I would love to hear about it and have a nice, informative thread (I had searched "Berdick" on FGRV but didn't find anything...?) Edited because Oh, for Heaven's Sake I had inadvertently misspelled Berdick as Burdick in my original post. I did go back and search "Berdick" here, but only came up with one thread about insert strips (and the part numbers mention are for Hehr strips - no-one in the thread confirmed that they will work on Berdick windows (Trilliums use Hehr windows).