Basement window question

Hello. I've got 4 steel casement basement windows that I want to replace. I understand I need to frame out the steel with pt wood, then put in a vinyl replacement window. In the middle of the steel window, there is a piece of steel that is vertical. What have you guys done in this situation ?? Cut it out ?? Thanks.
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You can cut it out with a sawzall.
Depending on the type of window you are putting in, you can frame it with pt lumber or, if it is a concrete or stone foundation, you can cement the window in place.
I used to put them in basements in the neighborhood where I lived. Rip out all the rotted wood, mix up some mortar and set the metal or vinyl framed window in place, put mortar all around it. . Made a nice buck doing it.
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Would you attach vinyl basement windows using only mortar in a fieldstone foundation? I presently have wood single pane windows.

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Depends on the window design. Some have a flange about 1" or so. that runs around it, or at least on the top and bottom. You have something that mortar will hold on. You have to put mortar both inside and outside. You can also have some insulation in there but there is not room for a lot of it.
Done right, it looks as though it was built right in and it maintenance free. If it ever has to be replace, the mortar can be chipped out.
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If you remove the putty that holds the glass into the frame, you may discover that the frame is held in the concrete by a few screws. Makes it easy to remove the entire frame.
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