OT - Replacement Window Question


Greetings!!
I know that this is off topic but I figured that people who build things with their hands would have some ideas on installation replacement windows in my house.
I just got a quote from Anderson windows (and about had a stroke). Further research indicates that it is possible that I could do a replacement myself.
But, I dont know where to buy replacement windows. Are they at Lowes and HD? Do I order them? How do I get them to fit my openings?
I am overwhelmed by sheer number of choices (analysis paralysis) and any help you could offer me would greatly help (and possibly save me money that I could spend in my shop on new tools!!).
Thanks again.
Rob
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You can get or order windows through any of the building supply stores.
You need the rough opening dimensions if you are replacing the whole thing.
If your opening is not a stock size the windows are made to order.
Fitting the new windows can involve removing some of the siding in order to get the new window properly seated.
Be very careful removing the old window so you don't have a lot of interior repair work.
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Rob McConachie wrote:

This may help:
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Improve/RepWindow.html
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remember there is a reason for the price.I made the mistake of buying standard vinyl windows from my local home center,(mind you there is nothing wrong with them they are as designed low e glass with double panes high efficacy ect) they're installed correctly. THEY ARE DRAFTY, ALLOW NOISE THRU EASILY,AND CAN BECOME STIFF TO OPEN. but they kept the rain,snow out. I wish I had spent the money for the better windows.
Len
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Rob McConachie wrote:

You could use "replacement" sash, instead of replacing the whole window, if the existing window frames are in good condition. Much less wear and tear on the installation.
In general, you remove the sashes) (the part of the window that slide upand down) and remove the center stop between the sashes. The replacement units, which have been built to order to match *exactly* the opening in question, usually fit in snugly, the front edge up against the stop that the upper sash used to slide against.
These systems come in several breakdowns as well. Some have loose side pieces, which are fit in with headers and a sill, all 4 pieces individually fitted and fastened, then there is enough spring type tension to slide the sash into the new tracks, or:
Some are completely assembled, the entire rectangle fits into the inside of the original window. It is fairly important to know that your house is reasonable straight and level if you go that route.
Harvey Industries has an assortment of replacement sash, but you need to show you are a "contractor" to buy from them. Open a checking account in a DBA name will do it.
If you have an old house with a lot of ornamental trim around the windows, it can be a nightmare to retrofit a new installation window like Anderson, as you are disturbing finished surfaces on both the inside and outside of the house.
Good luck,
Jonathan
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