As an accomplished 'Screw-it-up-yourselfer', I have found that replacing my
sliding aluminum windows with a vinyl replacements to be one of the easiest
projects I have done. The key here is accuracy in measuring the opening...
My BIL just replaced one of mine as part of a kitchen remodel. Banged
out the stucco, un-nailed the window, added wood so the new,
slightly-smaller window would fit properly, nailed new window in, mixed
up stucco and re-patched all around window. My 16YO son, who helped
with the project, said that he could probably replace another one
himself and that the hardest part would be taking care to do a neat job.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. - Mother Teresa
I just replaced an aluminum window with one of the vinyl ones from Home
It was not a big deal and I am _not_ a rocket scientist.
The slowest part was the caulking, as I was trying to make it look super.
The window sill and drywall will have to be trimmed by 1" or so to allow
for the thicker replacement window. Use a utility knife for the drywall.
Buy a new sill or carefully remove the old one and rip it to size.
I located each nail and punched it thru to remove mine.
You have to trim 1 1/2" around the perimeter of the outside to access the
flange. I used a skill saw in some cases but was able to remove the siding
Level and nail on the new window (some say not to nail the top flange) and
try to get some insulation between the window and frame. Caulk the inside
and outside. Fill-in the cutout with the appropriate trim. You can also
buy reno windows with a wide flange that covers the cutout from the
Yep, the trimming of window sill and drywall was the most
time consuming. The window sill was the hardest part for
me. I should have just removed it, but I cut it with a
circular saw and then used a chisel on the corners so it too
a bit of time.
A lot of installers cut the flange off and use screws in the
sides, especially where there is brick siding. Not the best
way but it allows you to position the window in and out to
fit with the siding. Careful caulking will make the window
water tight. I ripped 2x4s and routed them to form trim to
fill in the siding cut out to remove the original windows.
A groove, actually a lip from going deeper with a round over
bit, will allow you to easily put caulk between the window
frame and the trim and make it look continuous.
I would hesitate to do a window replacement if I didn't have
the tools to make the the trim, but you could probably find
something at a BORG. I needed 1-1/2" material and wanted my
own design; besides I'm cheap.
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