How do I install a replacement window ?

Installing a replacement window can be a challenging task, but as long as you have the accurate measurements and get the correct window size, you will find the installation very easy. Taking the measurements of the windows is mainly based on three locations – the bottom, center and top. Make sure to use the smallest measurements. Repeat the same process on the window height. The size of you replacement window should be quarter of an inch less than the opening in width and quarter to three fourth of an inch in height.

First, prepare the necessary materials and tools. You will need a chisel, tape measure, utility knife, hammer, level, Philips and flat head screwdrivers, caulking gun, safety glasses, shims and paintable interior/exterior caulking. Remove the old window by inserting a putty knife between the stop molding and the window casing and gently remove the stop molding on each side of the window. Keep the stop molding so you can still use it in trimming the new window out.

Remove the lower sash on both sides. Normally, you will see a cord connecting each side of the sash leading to a pulley on the top of the window jam. Remove the pulley from the jamb and cover the opening with a tin. Take the parting stops out on both sides of the window and you will see the wood pieces that parts the inside and outside sash. The entire jamb should be flushed. You can use a chisel to take out protruding parting stops beyond the jamb. Do the same steps in removing the outside leaving the exterior blind stop for the new window to rest.

Clean out for unnecessary debris and check if the new window fits. Again, take the new window off and apply caulking on the exterior blind stop and the sill where you will put the new window. Insert the new window in position making sure it is intact, level and square. Finally, screw the new window in the jamb; make sure to use long enough screw or better hold. Replace inside moldings for finishing and caulk the exterior and interior of the window frame where it meets the old lamb.

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