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Wool Pile Weatherstripping

A home owner from Philadlephia PA says:
1. How is this applied. Does it have a stick on base? 2. How do you determine what dimensions you need to replace exisitng weatherstipping? I am a board member of a condo assoication. We have 40 units - configuration and number of windows/sliders varies by unit. We might want to buy in bulk or arrange for unit owners to buy directly. ButI'm not sure what size will fill the gaps. 3/16" x 3/16" looks close but who knows. Can you send send samples of a couple dimensions for the board to look at?
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Donna from SWISCO responded:
The 58-002 wool pile does not have an adhesive base. SWISCO product code 58-026 is the only wool pile we offer with a stick on base.

Wool pile such as 58-002 slides into a pre-existing groove.

Measure the existing weatherstrip and try to match up to a size close to the original. You may purchase a 25 ft sample, there is no minimum order for stock items.
A quick learner from CT says:
How do you remove the old weatherstripping? Does the new weatherstripping fit securely in the channel without any adhesive?
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
You should be able to slide out the old weatherstripping (it may be a bit stuck from being worn over the years). You may find that your window's channel is crimped to prevent the weatherstripping from sliding out. If your window's channel is crimped close you will need to carefully try to pry open the channel with a thin tool like a putty knife. You may need to cut out the old weatherstripping first with a utility knife (be careful not to damage the window or cut your fingers).

After you have removed the old weatherstripping you should be able to slide the new weatherstripping into your window's channel. If you cannot slide the replacement weatherstripping into your window's channel, try laying the weatherstripping along the channel with one edge of the weatherstripping placed into the channel. Using a pointed tool, push the other edge of the weatherstripping into the channel. You do not need to use any type of adhesive, the weatherstripping should fit tight into the channel and hold.
A home owner from San Francisco says:
What if my window never had any weatherstripping? It's a large window (60 x 48) with hinges at the top and little glides at the bottom that turn into channels to hold the window shut. It is loose enough to allow a 1/2 gap around the bottom third of the window. What do you suggest? thanks.
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A quick learner from Atlanta, GA says:
Thanks Paul for the window pile crimp information. I've been searching off and on for months and you're the first person to advise of how to remove crimped pile.
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