Last year, we got new siding on the house. I had 2 windows on the side
that we deemed unnecessary, so we had them put up plywood, and the
siding went on top of it. Now we want to remove the windows from the
inside and replace the window with sheetrock. These are old double
I understand the window has to be removed, but what will the sheetrock
screw onto? Bear in mind, I'm totally new at this.
I know I have to take a prybar to the sill and moldings and remove the
windows itself, but I don't know how to go about the sheetrock
You shoulda removed the windows from the OUTSIDE, and framed the cavities in
then. If they didn't at least pull the outside trim off, how did they keep
the siding from bulging? Problem is, the windows are usually nailed/screwed
to the house from the outside. Sometimes that is ALL that is holding them
on. At this point, about all you can do is start removing the sashes and
other parts from the inside until you can cut the frame out in sections. You
have to get back to the rough opening to frame in a patch, insulate, and
rock over. You don't need to remove the header or anything- just make up a
2x4 frame with studs in the right places, slip it in, in place of the
window, and nail it in. This frame, and the edge of the old rough opening
around it, is what the sheetrock will attach to This also makes it cheaply
reversible, in case next owner wants to put a new window back in. Read any
DIY book or web site for the sheetrock procedures- basically cut a peice to
fit the hole, screw it in place, scrape away any high spots on the seams,
and tape and mud till smooth. The sheetrock will be the easy part.
It doesn't say much about your siding company that they went along with
this. A competent estimator or foreman would have explained the correct way
to go about it.
While you were blanking windows off, did you evaluate the floor plan for
minimum standards of light and ventilation, and emergency egress
You might want to have a chat with your local building official before
you go any farther.
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Thanks for the suggestions, the area is a front porch with 2 side
windows (now sided over) and on large window facing the street. The 2
side windows really had no purpose, except to stare into my neighbor's
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