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Introduction: In our home, I made the mistake of installing a large inexpensive bay window on the coldest, most weather prone side of our house.  The result was a window that leaked terribly! The two side casements did not seal and the middle window formed a lot of condensation.  Since this window took over 1 week to install, weighs hundreds of pounds, and requires 2nd story scaffolding, I am not about to replace it soon.  Instead, I came up with some ways of weather-proofing the window without the shrink film covering the entire bay window opening.  I made an interior storm from screen window hardware to cover the middle window and made two plastic covered storms by purchasing spare screens and modifying them.  The details are given below.  Now, I have a window that does not form condensation, not even in -20F temps and howling wind!  The storms work and they look good!

Build Your Own DIY Interior Storm Windows - With this option, you obtain some storm screen framing from a local home store that snaps together at the corners. Just ask for framing to build your own screens.  Build a storm that just barely fits over your existing window.  Attach shrink plastic to the frame  (facing the exterior) with two sided tape or use the rubber tubing designed for attaching screening. For the large window shown below, I used tape since the tubing was pulling the sides of my large window in too much.  Attach foam weather seal to the inside of the window and then secure the window in place.  You can use swing cleats made for screen windows if you have a place to attach them.  In my large bay window, I did not want to drill into my vinyl window so I used clear plastic strips that protrude into a channel that just happened to be on the existing window.  The strips were made from plastic ice cream pail lids (how's that for low tech!). You just need a way to keep the window weather stripping snug.  My interior storm window is not noticeable at all - there is only a very slight decrease in clarity. I remove this storm window in late spring and store it away.

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Make a Storm Window From a Spare Screen Frame - For my bay window, I have two casement windows that have interior screens.  I purchased two spare screens and replaced the screen with window shrink plastic. Then, I applied a thin strip of self-adhesive insulating foam. Just secure the storm windows just like you would secure the screens.  These storm windows work great!  Even in -20F temps the windows seal perfectly with no condensation. These interior plastic storms are not noticeable and may be easily removed if you get an unexpected warm spell and want to open the windows.  In late spring, I take out the storm windows and put the regular screens back in.

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