I want to put a double-hung window in my garage for a window unit AC. Am
handy enough with framing and sheetrock but the exterior veneer is brick. I
have been quoted $250 to cut the opening. It seems simple enough but I
realize that its one of those things you better get right the first time.
The opening is going to be about 36" x 48"
Any tips on this? Do you have to use wet blade equipment or would a good
circular saw with a diamond blade do it? The other windows in the house have
a row of bricks turned on edge at the window sill. Is it easy enough to
mortar those in?
I know this is probably brick and mortar 101 to lots of you. I'm looking for
advice on that would help convince me whether I should attempt this on my
Mike in DFW
Cutting the brick is the easy part. You'll have to support the brick
above the opening while cutting the opening and you'll have to install
a steel lintel to carry the load after the opening is completed.
At least as important as the brickwork is the flashing. Relying on
caulk is asking for trouble.
If the $250 included cutting the brick, installing the lintel and
flashing, then I'd hire it out.
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