Is it customary to install a replacement window directly into a rough
opening, and if so are there any gotcha's I should watch for. I am removing
a picture window and replacing it with a triple mulled double hung unit. The
window is 12 feet off the ground so I would like to forgo the staging etc
and install from the inside in the easiest manner possible.
Thanks in advance
<< Is it customary to install a replacement window directly into a rough
<< are there any gotcha's I should watch for. >>
Precise fit is essential. Make sure your rough opening is square, plumb and
level. Rip out and replace any marginal framing. Get a copy of the the window
installation instructions and commit it to memory. Buy several tubes of DAP
latex foam to fill the gaps. Buy sheet metal flashing.
<< The window is 12 feet off the ground >>
You would be well advised to 1) rent a scaffolding and 2) get a friend to help
you. Large windows are absolutely not a simple inside job. Some instructions
call for leaving the sash in the frame to prevent frame twisting or corner
<< install from the inside in the easiest manner possible >>
Obviously, installation from the inside may not be the easiest. HTH
Staging is cheap and easy. Takes a bit of time, but saves those gotchas.
Go for the staging. Have people inside and out. You will be happier than
trying to wrestle a window from a ladder 12 feet off the ground.
You would think it would come with detailed instructions for flashing, etc.
If not and if it has a nailing edge you might want to go to Pella's window
site and follow the instructions for their windows or sliding glass doors.
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