I am about to begin a total kitchen remodel, including a replacement
window above the sink.
70s era house
aluminum framed, dbl pane w/single horizontal slider is existing
I will buy a custom sized, flange-less vinyl window to reinstall.
My question is how to remove the existing window frame without mucking
up the alum siding. I am down to the exposed 2x4 framing on the
interior side, on the exterior, the J-channel is *tight* against the
window frame. I can get down to the bare frame easily, the sliding
pane lifts right out, the fixed pane comes out by removing a couple of
sheet metal screws.
I could probably use my Sawzall to cut the frame out, leaving the
existing flange, but that would most likely make a mess out of the
I know this has to have been done a gazillion times, how do I do it?
Well, actually it's only been done a bazillion times, which as you know
- is nowhere near a gazillion.
The first step is to tear off all the aluminum siding, so that you can
see what somebody else was so desperately trying to hide. You have to
be careful though, as it's sometimes very difficult to seperate what
was rotten before the siding went up vs. what the siding caused to rot.
Now, having accomplished this, your next step is to tear out the rotten
siding, which is located directly beneath the aluminum siding, which
you already removed in step 1.
Which takes us to step 3. Under the rotten original siding, which you
have removed (after you removed the aluminum siding, of course), you
will find the rotten structural members of your house. These must now
be removed. Removal is very easy, because dry rot has reduced them to
compacted dust, or termites have so kindly done the work for you in
You may notice that after removal of the structural members, the roof
is now positioned where the walls formerly stood. This is normal for
this type of installation, and you needn't worry about it.
Now that you have removed 2 layers of siding, and the structural
framing members of the house, you are ready to begin with installation
of your new windows! (Codes in your area may require replacement of the
structural members removed in step 3. Check with your local zoning
comittee for specifics).
It is not necessary to remove the siding in order to install
You can simply remove the existing sash, then carefully pry out th
existing aluminum nailing fin out from under the existing sidings.
The new replacement window will be installed in the existing roug
opening and sealed with caulk alone on the exterior where the windo
but against the abck of the existing siding
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