window weatherstripping

A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
I am trying to find replacement weatherstripping for my windows. It is the bubble type and the bubble is filled with foam. It slides into a groove on the windows and is located on the bottom of the moving window near the outside edge. I have been to four hardware stores and cannot find it. I was wondering if you could possibly help. The windows are double hung vinyl windows that tilt out to clean. The only marking I could find on the window is " J/W OH 2/25/99".
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
Take a look through our bubble weatherstripping and see if anything matches up to yours. If you do not see anything that matches up, send us a picture of your weatherstripping so that we can take a look at what you have.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
Since I contacted you, I have been looking around at several hardware stores. I saw yesterday that the Croft brand Savannah window displayed at sutherlands appears to have the same weatherstripping. They however do not carry it. I will email a picture for you to look at to see if perhaps you can help.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
Here is a picture of the weatherstripping that I am trying to find a replacement for that I contacted you about before. Thanks for your time.
Customer image of their foam filled weatherstripping.
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Paul Sr. from SWISCO responded:
Take a look at the 58-164, this may be a good match for you.
A quick learner from kansas city,MO says:
The 58-164 looks like it might work but doesn't have the foam center. Is that important? I guess I could order one piece to try and see if it works.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
We believe the bubble seal holds up a little better than the foam.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
Thank you for all of your help. I am going to order one piece to try and if it works then I will order enough for the rest of the windows.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
I got the 58-164 and got a piece of it installed. It does fit into the groove cut in the face of the window which is great but it seems like it is a little too tall since it makes the window very difficult to close all of the way and latch. Is there another product that might be a slight bit shorter?
A quick learner from kansas city,MO says:
After closer observation of the one in the picture and the 58-164 I have also noticed that the wall thickness of the 58-164 is quite a bit thicker and perhaps is contributing to the window being harder to latch. However, I would think that since the old strip had foam in the center that the new one would be closer. It takes quite a bit of downward force to be able to close the two latches on the window.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
We have found that many vinyl windows do not allow much room for error, making it harder to lock the windows due to lack of space. You may want to try a shim to help raise the keeper.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
I don't understand how that would help. The top window is stationary. The bottom window slides but since the weatherstripping is a little too thick then I am having difficulty pushing it down far enough to turn the keepers into the slots in the upper stationary window. Maybe I am not understanding you correctly but my thinking is if I shimmed the lock and keepers then that would make it nearly impossible to turn the keepers. I hope I am understanding the terminology correctly.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
The shim would be installed underneath the keeper. Does the sweep lock fasten into a screwed keeper, or a slot in the meeting rail of the window?
A quick learner from kansas city, Mo says:
The two locks go into a slot in the upper window.I also want to take a moment to thank you folks for helping me so much. I do appreciate it.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
It fastens into a slot in the top stationary window.I had to swing the bottom moving window out and remove it completely to install the weatherstrip since the groove in the window that the weatherstrip goes into is on the outside edge of the window and the window I tried it on is a second story window. There is a second window in that room with weatherstripping that is in very bad shape and really need to figure out what to do. I was planning on replacing it on all 17 windows for good measure.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
If the sweep lock goes into a groove on the window, then you cannot raise the keepers. You can take a look at the 58-164 Dual-durometer Weatherstrip, but it may be a little too hard to lock in your existing groove.
A quick learner from kansas city, MO says:
Ok Mike. I did order and try the 58-164 and it does make the window very difficult to close. I left it in the window that I tried for a temporary solution until I can find the right thing. Is there no other solution besides the 58-164? If not then I guess I will have to keep trying to find the correct weatherstripping.
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Donna from SWISCO responded:
I've looked into a softer version of this product and do not have a solution at this time.
A quick learner from kansas city,mo says:
I still haven't found a replacement but would be grateful if you let me know if you find something. I will have to use some generic weatherstripping until I can find the right thing.
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
We will post an update on the discussion board as soon as we get more information.
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