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at the March HAHC meeting, a homeowner wanted to replace their old windows with new, identical looking, wood windows and were denied.  They wanted energy efficient windows so that the money they were spending on the new Hvac wasn't literally seeping out the old windows. I think most of us thought in the early days of the ordinance (or maybe it was just me) that you could replace your old windows with identical LOOKING wood windows (that were operable and energy efficient, etc) and that would be fine, within the ordinance.  

 

It's my understanding that the HAHC granted window replacement with identical looking wood windows before the 90-day waiver period was abolished.  Now you have to jump through all sorts of hoops to prove your windows are damaged.  (i'm not saying they never let people replace windows now...they allow a few here and there....but I personally feel like they have never seen an old window they don't think is un repairable...and technically, there aren't any...you could patch and fill and rebuild until the cows come home...that's not the point.) Never mind the argument you want modern functioning, energy efficient windows.  They are seriously suggesting people put up storm windows to help with that? So you now have to decide if you want energy efficient windows or the ability to open them on a day like today?  Oh, wait......let me take off my storm window, put up my screen...wiggle this stubborn window open......give me a break.

 

Maybe I should go buy a home in Katy instead...obviously I don't deserve my old house.

 

Anyway, this homeowner appealed to the planning commission (April 11th meeting) and there was some good discussion.  The matter has been deferred for two weeks so the homeowner can show pictures of how the new windows will be identical and if her windows are operable.  I really think the decision the planning commission makes is going to be important.  Important because the HAHC is expecting people to live in the past and that's ridiculous.

 

 

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In this video you can see Gafrick's & her staff's dishonest Modus Operundi with regards to window replacement.  She lies on a regular basis to saps in the Districts; now that I figured out simple editing, more videos to follow demonstrating The Big Lie as it unfolds.  I'm going to the Planning Hearing and tell her to her face.

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Great videos fwki!

 

Here is a video of the window appeal to the Planning Commission, heightslurker mentioned, where they deferred it to this coming Thursday, April 25.

 

http://houstontx.swagit.com/play/04112013-589

      Click bottom: Item III - Consideration of an Appeal of the Decision of the HAHC

 

Everyone, we need to rally the troops and come out to show our support for this poor lady Thursday, April 25. The ordinance CLEARLY states that replacing your old windows is ok, as well as Marlene Gafrick herself on 3 different occasions: 1) in the 2010 Woodland Heights video posted by fwki 2) at the HAHC meeting where they denied the owner, and 3) during the appeal to the Planning Commission. At the appeal, there were SEVERAL people who came to show opposition to the applicant replacing her windows. We need to counter them by showing our support in person. One of the people who talked against her lives in a THREE-STORY 1996 house at 16th and Arlington....really, you can have new windows and she can't?!? Who are you to say that old windows are better and more efficient than new ones when you have new ones yourself! Hypocrite! The only thing we can do to help is show up to speak in support of letting people do what the ordinance clearly allows them to do. I own 2 homes with 1920 windows, and I like how they look personally. However, I don't like that they don't open and cost me a fortune in energy....not to mention the fact that my preferences have nothing to do with another person's ability to do what they want if they are following the ordinance.

 

Also, this is even MORE important b/c the ordinance clearly states that if the Planning Commission denies you, you can appeal to City Council. HOWEVER, Marlene opened the meeting saying that the Planning Commission's decision will be final b/c the applicant didn't request a court reporter for the Planning Commission meeting. She said that they notified the applicant about the court reporter in writing. This is simply not true - the applicant had never heard anything about a court reporter until the Planning Commission meeting. It is COMPLETELY unfair and WRONG to deny somebody their rights to appeal to city council, especially when this is actually outlined very clearly in the Ordinance (unlike other subjective parts).

 

I will be there, and I hope to see you there too. This is just not right.

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You know, I find it very hard to believe that the self righteous busybodies on the HAHC and planning commission are wasting my tax dollars discussing stupid crap like this. Let the property owner decide what is appropriate for their situation. If the property owner wants to replace all the windows, even if it isn't economic, so be it. We replaced all the window in our Timbergrove house, and you know what, it's far more comfortable than with the old ones. We will never pay back the cost with the savings, but we are much happier. The reduced noise is great too. If this was my house, my 10 year old would have a tantrum involving a hammer and all of the windows and frames. There would be no possibility of repair. I think the solution is to just demo all the windows and ask the commission if they are going to force you to not replace them.

 

 

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In this video you can see Gafrick's & her staff's dishonest Modus Operundi with regards to window replacement.  She lies on a regular basis to saps in the Districts; now that I figured out simple editing, more videos to follow demonstrating The Big Lie as it unfolds.  I'm going to the Planning Hearing and tell her to her face.

 

Where is the lie?  The guy asks about replacing rotten windows.  The response is that you can use new wood windows to replace rotten old windows and that would just be considered a repair.  They did not say that you could just decide that you wanted new energy efficient windows and rip out all of your windows without needing a COA.

 

They could require you to rebuild rotten windows to be identical to the originals.  The Sash Guy does that and does beautiful work.  He also can add insulation to the windows that make them comparable to the new energy efficient windows (superior in terms of cost recovery as the new windows are very expensive compared to what the Sash Guy charges to rebuild and insulate existing windows). 

 

Windows are an important architectural element of the historic housing. The replacement wood frame windows that people are using are very different from the original windows. The old windows can and should be preserved. 

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Translation: You think living in Russia is bad? We could force you to live in China, instead!

 

Translation:  Can't answer the question, avoid the issue with a snarky remark. 

 

But, I am serious.  It is very much possible to reconstruct the old windows.  The HAHC and the ordinance make a compromise and allows people to just put in a new wood window when the old window has rotted away.  But if the only reason for replacing the old windows is that you want better performing new windows, then you will have to get a COA and show that there is no difference in the appearance of the new windows. 

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Truly disgusting that we are even debating whether or not a person can have F*ING permission to replace their OWN DARN WINDOWS.

 

I would do it and raise my middle finger to the snotty busy bodies who complain about it.  This is an absolute TRAVESTY!  It literally makes me sick. 

 

 

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Half truths are whole lies. - Yiddish Proverb

Gafrick emphasizes visual compatibility from the street is the metric, not condition of the existing element. She says it's ok to use different materials but does not say doing so is automatically an alteration and needs COA wherein they will tell you you need to repair it unless it's been stolen. Her statements then were intentionally misleading and that is a lie.

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This is rediculous.  I think the new slogan should be   "HAHC wants to kill Polar Bears"

 

 

(my gross exaggeration is almost as rediculous as the HAHC)

 

s3mh,   you can make them better for sure (as I have done on several of my current house's and my brother's old bungalow), but compared to new windows... not even close.  It is laughable that you even think it is comparable.  I have 20 windows in my 1300 sq. ft house... one of them being ~ 8' tall by 10' wide.  This one was added at some point (probably in the 50-60s judging by its style).  If I was in the district, would I need to get a COA to replace that one?  I also have several triple windows  (three windows in one set with the middle being slightly bigger) that are orginal.  These are the kinds of windows that would greatly benefit from upgrading.  Yes you can (and I do) use thermal curtains and have blinds and etc., but now in a roundabout way i'm being told how to decorate...

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Translation:  Can't answer the question, avoid the issue with a snarky remark. 

 

But, I am serious.  It is very much possible to reconstruct the old windows.  The HAHC and the ordinance make a compromise and allows people to just put in a new wood window when the old window has rotted away.  But if the only reason for replacing the old windows is that you want better performing new windows, then you will have to get a COA and show that there is no difference in the appearance of the new windows. 

 

You may be serious, but you are seriously wrong.

 

The HAHC makes NO compromises. The proposed compromise from Gaffrick was that old windows could be replaced with new ones that look the same. However, the HAHC now does not approve replacement windows unless the old window cannot be repaired. That is not a compromise. That is tightening the screws.

 

Further, your belief that one can simply replace a rotted window without a CoA is laughably wrong. NOTHING can be done to the house without a CoA. Replacement of a rotted window must be approved. Of course, it likely won't be, but you have to ask. The only thing that does not require a CoA is having old windows rehabbed or repaired. Replacement requires a CoA.

 

As for my translation, there was no question that I was answering. I was comparing your "it could have been worse" comment to the choice between two miserable options. But, you do not seem to have the logic skills to get my comparison, just as you do not seem to understand what HAHC has done to the historic ordinance.

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This is rediculous.  I think the new slogan should be   "HAHC wants to kill Polar Bears"

 

 

(my gross exaggeration is almost as rediculous as the HAHC)

 

s3mh,   you can make them better for sure (as I have done on several of my current house's and my brother's old bungalow), but compared to new windows... not even close.  It is laughable that you even think it is comparable.  I have 20 windows in my 1300 sq. ft house... one of them being ~ 8' tall by 10' wide.  This one was added at some point (probably in the 50-60s judging by its style).  If I was in the district, would I need to get a COA to replace that one?  I also have several triple windows  (three windows in one set with the middle being slightly bigger) that are orginal.  These are the kinds of windows that would greatly benefit from upgrading.  Yes you can (and I do) use thermal curtains and have blinds and etc., but now in a roundabout way i'm being told how to decorate...

 

If you were in the HD, you would be told that you cannot replace that window at all.

 

If you are able to convince the HAHC that the 8x10 window was added later, and as such is not original, you might be able to return to original. However, they don't just take your word for it. You need proof, such as old photos.

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which is why my window may or may not miraculously change over the weekend...  got it.

 

That would be my recommendation. Black market renovations are the only way around a capricious and arbitrary governmental commission. If you get caught, plead ignorance. Even s3mh got it wrong. The usual punishment is to go through the HAHC, and they usually approve, rather than make you tear it out.

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You may be serious, but you are seriously wrong.

 

The HAHC makes NO compromises. The proposed compromise from Gaffrick was that old windows could be replaced with new ones that look the same. However, the HAHC now does not approve replacement windows unless the old window cannot be repaired. That is not a compromise. That is tightening the screws.

 

Further, your belief that one can simply replace a rotted window without a CoA is laughably wrong. NOTHING can be done to the house without a CoA. Replacement of a rotted window must be approved. Of course, it likely won't be, but you have to ask. The only thing that does not require a CoA is having old windows rehabbed or repaired. Replacement requires a CoA.

 

As for my translation, there was no question that I was answering. I was comparing your "it could have been worse" comment to the choice between two miserable options. But, you do not seem to have the logic skills to get my comparison, just as you do not seem to understand what HAHC has done to the historic ordinance.

 

I never said you do not need a COA to replace a rotted window with a new one.  I said that if the window is not rotted, you cannot just flip them out with a new wood window.  That was never promised by anyone.  But, some people now think that they are entitled to start taking apart their homes and replacing them with what they think is close enough to the original architecture.  The HAHC exists to make sure that the original architecture is preserved.  New windows can seriously destroy the architecture of the original housing.  Just look at the ones with vinyl or aluminum replacement windows.  The wood replacement windows aren't bad, but the original windows should be preserved if they are not rotted.  If they are rotted and the homeowner does not want to rebuild them, the homeowner should have to get approval of the replacements to make sure people do not start sticking in replacements that are inappropriate. 

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This is rediculous.  I think the new slogan should be   "HAHC wants to kill Polar Bears"

 

 

(my gross exaggeration is almost as rediculous as the HAHC)

 

s3mh,   you can make them better for sure (as I have done on several of my current house's and my brother's old bungalow), but compared to new windows... not even close.  It is laughable that you even think it is comparable.  I have 20 windows in my 1300 sq. ft house... one of them being ~ 8' tall by 10' wide.  This one was added at some point (probably in the 50-60s judging by its style).  If I was in the district, would I need to get a COA to replace that one?  I also have several triple windows  (three windows in one set with the middle being slightly bigger) that are orginal.  These are the kinds of windows that would greatly benefit from upgrading.  Yes you can (and I do) use thermal curtains and have blinds and etc., but now in a roundabout way i'm being told how to decorate...

 

You have never seen what the Sash Guy and others can do with the old windows.  Once repaired and properly fitting, they add insulation at all the points where you usually see energy leaking.  The new windows are superior in energy efficiency, but they are also very expensive compared to refurbishing and adding insulation to the old windows.  On a cost basis, there is very little advantage to replacing v. refurbishing/insulating the existing windows because the new windows are so expensive by comparison. 

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You have never seen what the Sash Guy and others can do with the old windows.  Once repaired and properly fitting, they add insulation at all the points where you usually see energy leaking.  The new windows are superior in energy efficiency, but they are also very expensive compared to refurbishing and adding insulation to the old windows.  On a cost basis, there is very little advantage to replacing v. refurbishing/insulating the existing windows because the new windows are so expensive by comparison. 

 

Actually I have seen what they do... and while nice, you can't change the insulation value of the glass...  a house like mine with a crap ton (technical term) of glass will never be able to get close to what it would if I used modern windows.  Let's not even get in to the whole single pane "sweating" issue and problems that can arise from them.  On a "cost basis" it would be very advantagous if people didn't have to jump through stupid hoops to change out their freaking windows. 

 

Red I have a question...  let's say I changed out some windows in the back of my house... a nosy neighbor calls it in but the work is all done on Saturday... how can the city get through my fences to see the work?  Would they actually get a warrant to get on to my property or do they have some other mechanism to penalize you for denial of access?  I've always been baffled by this...

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Red I have a question...  let's say I changed out some windows in the back of my house... a nosy neighbor calls it in but the work is all done on Saturday... how can the city get through my fences to see the work?  Would they actually get a warrant to get on to my property or do they have some other mechanism to penalize you for denial of access?  I've always been baffled by this...

I don't know if they would go this far, but I know from experience with fighting my HCAD appraisal that HCAD at least has access to some very detailed satellite photos. I was surprised at the detail of the back of my house and of my backyard that they could pull up while discussing my appraisal. Theoretically, the city could get access to similar images, though I'm not sure they would.

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They might just go to nosy neighbor's house and look that way. But, realistically, no one cares about the back of your house. I'm not even sure that HAHC would care about windows back there. They are obsessed with the front, and a little bit of the sides.

 

On a side note, I am watching a neighbor completely redo his hideous looking house with even more hideous looking windows and hardie siding. It is hilarious, as there is no way that any of this could have gone through HAHC or permitting. No one on our street is a snitch, so it keeps going up, but we all gather in a neighbor's yard and laugh at it each evening.

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I never said you do not need a COA to replace a rotted window with a new one.  I said that if the window is not rotted, you cannot just flip them out with a new wood window.  That was never promised by anyone.  But, some people now think that they are entitled to start taking apart their homes and replacing them with what they think is close enough to the original architecture.  The HAHC exists to make sure that the original architecture is preserved.  New windows can seriously destroy the architecture of the original housing.  Just look at the ones with vinyl or aluminum replacement windows.  The wood replacement windows aren't bad, but the original windows should be preserved if they are not rotted.  If they are rotted and the homeowner does not want to rebuild them, the homeowner should have to get approval of the replacements to make sure people do not start sticking in replacements that are inappropriate. 

 

The HAHC exists solely to provide a means for control freak busybodies to enforce their aesthetic views on others with the backing of the police power of the City of Houston. From the videos I've seen, they do nothing to further any historic preservation.

 

So what if new windows don't meet your aesthetic view of how the world should look. It's not your property, and you should have zero say in what the owner does to it.

 

Bew windows do not hurt the historical nature of a house. There are no historic houses in the Heights, merely older than average ones.

 

The only arbiter of what is or isn't correct for the appearance of a house is the owner. The City's only interest is life safety and weather resistance. If you want more control, convince your neighbors to agree to deed restrictions.

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There's a hidden agenda at play to twist the original intent of the ordinance that was sold to the citizens and to City Council into a form resembling severe back door-zoning.  Watch the video of the first appeal to Planning wherein they deferred the decision and then read the agenda for Thursday's re-hearing.  The Director of Lies was forced to admit to the PC that they sold this PoS ordinance based on window replacement, for one, because Sue Lovell was there as a witness ready to rat her out.  It went downhill from there for the Director.  She even propped some "citizens" of the Heights to speak of their love for old, crappy windows.  One guy was Deed Restrictions enforcer for the fake Norhill up north.  The other was, get this, a professional urban planning consultant who lives in a 1996 construction near the home at risk and will absolutely kill himself if those dear windows are even washed.  Yeah, no conflict of interest there Marlene, future client.

 

So it's clear the PC is very concerned about what was sold to the Council and what is now in play.  They talked about the original intent of the ordinance when it was voted and that the HAHC was setting a new precedent.  Then look at the new game plan for the Director of Lies: she goes right at the precedent-setting theme and says if they allow these windows, the whole ordinance is toast....it won't be long before we are taking our weather vanes and putting new houses underneath.  She has raised the stakes with a big gamble, because if she wins, we become a radically zoned neighborhood with her calling the shots.  Is she loses she will have lost because of her lies, stuck with the flexibility she promised years ago but obviously loathes now.

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Who is able to come Thursday - on both sides of this issue? I will be there speaking in support of the owner, as someone who likes and has 2 houses with 1920 windows.

 

The only way we can make an impact in the short-term under the current regime is to go to the public meetings and show our support. I was out of town for the appeal, so I couldn't go 2 weeks ago. However, I am in town now and will take off work Thursday to go.

 

This woman needs us b/c the opposition will likely have many more people there to talk against again. It all comes down to a vote, and human nature tends to go with the majority of what you hear, in the moment....if someone on the commission thinks she should be able to replace her windows, but hears 4 neighbors saying they don't want her to be able to do it, then that could sway their vote against her...."well, I would be ok with her replacing the windows, and the ordinance does allow it, and the director promised the neighborhood that they could do it, BUT it sounds like the neighborhood doesn't want her to do it, and I don't want to vote AGAINST the neighborhood...." etc, etc, etc.

 

Who's coming? 

 

(Private message me if you don't feel comfortable posting publicly.)

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HAHC on the run, Planning Commission getting fed up with having to clean up after them.  HAHC gets house-broken or they get relegated to the dog house....nice legacy Phoebe, hate to see ya go just when it was getting fun. 

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HAHC on the run, Planning Commission getting fed up with having to clean up after them. HAHC gets house-broken or they get relegated to the dog house....nice legacy Phoebe, hate to see ya go just when it was getting fun.

I'd say a little Perestroika is in order for the HAHC Apparatchiks.

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So, we have dozens of people sitting around a room discussing window replacements for an hour, after another session a while back, and after another group of people discussed the same thing. What a crock. Congratulations to the applicant on successfully navigating the minefield of public process. She should not have had to do that.

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hey everyone...the banter has been pretty quiet lately (I'm going through a bit of withdrawl!).

 

I don't really have much interesting to say, other than to let folks know that there is a Historic Preservation Fair on Saturday. I have read up on how to make old windows as energy efficient (or more?) as new windows, but I want to hear what the group has to say about it since I'm keeping my old windows, as well as how easy the process is to get a CoA in Historic Districts. I also want to shake hands with and meet several of the key players that had a big voice in my CoA process. I actually consider myself a preservationist and spend my weekends trolling through local antique shops to find things like old 1920's doors and light fixtures. I was painted a bit differently by a lot of people (a destroyer or historic material), which is quite unfortunate. 

 

See the agenda below. If you end up going to, I hope we cross paths and please introduce yourself (my photo is on my profile and there are videos of my cases in earlier posts)!

 

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/docs_pdfs/hist_pres_fair_sked_2013.pdf

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My next move (aftertheroof) is windows.  I'm not in the district, but after the Planning Commission ruling on April 25th (based on past HAHC rulings and Gafrick's words during her 2010 sales pitch) , those in the district should have a much easier time with window CoA.   I have 29 including French doors etc.  The six vinyl windows in the 1990 add-on are absolute crap and will be replaced.  I would say 12 are from the1920's original house and the rest from undated additions.  The twelve are inoperable and you really can't see through those with melted glass.  Glass drips after so many years and must be replaced if you care to see through it.  I would love to have working windows with screens, but for that kind of money, I'm going with new, high tech....double pane with alarm-armed screens.  I gave all my original screen frames away to someone with handy skills years ago knowing full well they were in better hands.  Lots to think about.

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My next move (aftertheroof) is windows.  I'm not in the district, but after the Planning Commission ruling on April 25th (based on past HAHC rulings and Gafrick's words during her 2010 sales pitch) , those in the district should have a much easier time with window CoA.   I have 29 including French doors etc.  The six vinyl windows in the 1990 add-on are absolute crap and will be replaced.  I would say 12 are from the1920's original house and the rest from undated additions.  The twelve are inoperable and you really can't see through those with melted glass.  Glass drips after so many years and must be replaced if you care to see through it.  I would love to have working windows with screens, but for that kind of money, I'm going with new, high tech....double pane with alarm-armed screens.  I gave all my original screen frames away to someone with handy skills years ago knowing full well they were in better hands.  Lots to think about.

 

Little known fact - glass is actually a liquid...not a solid.  Its just an extremely slow flowing liquid.

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  Glass drips after so many years and must be replaced if you care to see through it. 

 

All of one of my windows are original.  I cannot see any evidence of the glass flowing and have no problem seeing out them.  I have been in buildings from the 18th century that had original windows.  You can see just fine through them.  The only evidence of the age is a rumple at the bottom of the window where the glass is starting to accumulate as it falls.  Glass from the 1920s will be stronger than glass from the 18th century and will hardly flow at all over decades. 

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All of one of my windows are original.  I cannot see any evidence of the glass flowing and have no problem seeing out them.  I have been in buildings from the 18th century that had original windows.  You can see just fine through them.  The only evidence of the age is a rumple at the bottom of the window where the glass is starting to accumulate as it falls.  Glass from the 1920s will be stronger than glass from the 18th century and will hardly flow at all over decades. 

 

If you can't see evidence of the glass flowing and your house is from the 20s,  your even more clueless about historic homes that I previously thought.  There are blatant signs on all of my orig. windows (i think there are 20), I can see through all of them just fine, but to say there is no evidence would be an outright lie.  (btw, that "rumple" you are seeing is most likely a sign of flowing...)

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Old glass is wavy and not uniform in thickness due to older imprecise manufacturing methods, whereas modern techniques produce glass that has perfectly smooth surfaces and uniform thicknesses.  Once the glass is made, it doesn't really change.  The glass in your old windows has probably always looked like that.

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btw,  what i'm considering glass flow is not the same as Marksmu...   the glass does not actually "flow" but due to the nature of the glass becomes more wavy and distorted.  Glass is not a liquid, that is a myth.

 

Glass is actually something between a solid and a liquid.  Its not a myth.  I've seen shows on glass, and we studied it in strength of materials when I was getting my engineering degree in undergrad....I wasnt trying to start a debate on it, but its worth knowing.  Our textbook considered it closer to a liquid than a solid b/c the atoms never stop moving.

 

You can look it up - ahh what the heck - here:

 

Glass, however, is actually neither a liquid—supercooled or otherwise—nor a solid. It is an amorphous solid—a state somewhere between those two states of matter. And yet glass's liquidlike properties are not enough to explain the thicker-bottomed windows, because glass atoms move too slowly for changes to be visible.

 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fact-fiction-glass-liquid

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If you can't see evidence of the glass flowing and your house is from the 20s,  your even more clueless about historic homes that I previously thought.  There are blatant signs on all of my orig. windows (i think there are 20), I can see through all of them just fine, but to say there is no evidence would be an outright lie.  (btw, that "rumple" you are seeing is most likely a sign of flowing...)

 

Actually, although I had previously been told that the rumple was a sign of flowing, I just read up on the subject and the rumple was actually a remnant of the old glass manufacturing process that is no longer in use.  JJ is right.  Glass does not flow.  So, it looks like you have blatant signs of something that does not happen on your windows.

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The wavyness of the class and distortion increasese over the years.  It causes an appearance of "flowing".  I believe it has to do with the glass reacting to the weather changes over the years (I saw something about it on this old house).  I thought s3mh was claiming that his/her window's do not have any signs of distortion/wavyness.  If you would have read my second post that would have been obvious...

 

 

Mark... thanks for posting that link that proves what I said... glass is not a liquid.

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The wavyness of the class and distortion increasese over the years.  It causes an appearance of "flowing".  I believe it has to do with the glass reacting to the weather changes over the years (I saw something about it on this old house).  I thought s3mh was claiming that his/her window's do not have any signs of distortion/wavyness.  If you would have read my second post that would have been obvious...

 

 

Mark... thanks for posting that link that proves what I said... glass is not a liquid.

 

Got it.  When you said "flow", you really meant further exageration of original manufacturing imperfections.  All I said in my original post was that I can see through my windows just fine and have not had any deterioration in the glass affect the visibility.  My house is fairly well shaded.  So, my windows have been spared a lot of heat from the direct sun.  But even in the most sun soaked house, I have never seen a window that had to be replaced because you could no longer see out of it.

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I get seasick looking through it, now give me my damn CoA. This is the crux of the issue, some people like seasick windows, some people don't, so don't make me puke in my living room just so you can walk by and think it's October 29, 1929 unless you pay me for it big time, like no taxes.  That'll get you some grass-roots historians.  Right now it's just weirdos (take a look at that Thursday circus called the HAHC), nostalgia hobbyists and people with no jobs advocating for the HAHC.  Go down there to speak on an issue and see for yourselves.  Ten-to-one impassioned citizens against forcing people to part with hard-earned treasure to satisfy those with enough cash to play the game...a few weaklings from the other side show up occasionally and murmur a few useless things.  But regular working people won't stick their necks out for preservation, but they will when they see wrongs being foisted on others.  It takes a real strange bird to stick out his neck in support of  those doing the foisting.  Change where the money goes because of this ordinance and the whole debate changes.   

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Hi everyone,

 

I have been nominated and already vetted/approved through the Committee Boards and Commissions to be appointed to the HAHC. Council Member Cohen (my council member) nominated me. I really want to serve, as I think I could bring significant value as someone who has been through the process. I support both Historic Preservation and owners' rights as outlined in the Historic Preservation ordinance. Recently (the past day), there have been several people that have called Council Member Cohen's office against me. I had not told anyone about my nomination, but apperently it leaked ONLY to people that are vocal against me. I'm not sure who they are, but it's unfortunate because they are saying things about me that are simply untrue.

 

It's unfortunate that Council Member Cohen doesn't know how many people actually DID, DO and WILL support me.

 

Therefore, I would greatly appreciate it if you could please take a minute out of your day to call Council Member Cohen's office. Please keep your message simple and positive. All you need to say is:  

 

"I've heard that Brie Kelman has been nominated to serve on the HAHC, and I support her nomination. I think she would be good for my neighborhood."

 

Her number is: 832-393-3004 and her and her chief of staff's emails are: Ellen.cohen@houstontx.gov,districtc@houstontx.gov,Brooke.boyett@houstontx.gov

 

Thank you!

 

p.s. I am running out the door for a business lunch, so I owe Council Member Cohen a phone call back. I will call her as soon as I return, but would appreciate your calls in the interim.

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Can Disbanding the HAHC be your primary directive? 

 

I'm sure you are partially serious, but mostly joking. However, I would say that based on the short history of posts from Brie, you could do worse for a HAHC member.

 

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/23402-historic-districts-in-houston/?p=420532

 

as an example.

 

Assume that getting rid of the HD is impossible, it is a good idea to do everything you can to ensure level headed people are involved.

 

It appears you could certainly have worse people to choose your the fate of your renovations, and as long as the system is in place, you should be trying to get it to work in your favor. Additionally, it wouldn't hurt to have an active forum member as a part of the HAHC.

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I'm sure you are partially serious, but mostly joking. However, I would say that based on the short history of posts from Brie, you could do worse for a HAHC member.

 

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/23402-historic-districts-in-houston/?p=420532

 

as an example.

 

Assume that getting rid of the HD is impossible, it is a good idea to do everything you can to ensure level headed people are involved.

 

It appears you could certainly have worse people to choose your the fate of your renovations, and as long as the system is in place, you should be trying to get it to work in your favor. Additionally, it wouldn't hurt to have an active forum member as a part of the HAHC.

 

More like mostly serious, partly joking. 

 

I'm happy for Brie and I'm sure after her experience of dealing with this group that she will add a nice fresh view on these issues, and having a whole committe of level headed understanding people would be great.  We'll see how things go from here.  Its too bad that it will take many more level headed people to overcome the HAHCs current standing.

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Recently (the past day), there have been several people that have called Council Member Cohen's office against me. I had not told anyone about my nomination, but apperently it leaked ONLY to people that are vocal against me. I'm not sure who they are, but it's unfortunate because they are saying things about me that are simply untrue.

I would take this is a sign that you're doing something right. Dysfunctional systems will do anything, through any means, to justify their ends.

Think of the contrast between a set of rules they want everyone to live up to, and the number of rules they are willing to break to retain their grip on power.

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