I have to hang a wooden window casement. Is that the right word for the
part of the window that opens and closes? This one is top hinged, and I
think it's quite hard to do on my own. Essentially, the window needs to
be held at right angles whilst the hinges are screwed in.
Any tips for doing this? Is it easier to fit the hinge to the window
first or the frame first?
I suspect that what I need is a mate on a ladder outside holding the
window whilst I screw it into place, but my son who usually helps me is
busy, and I am trying to work out whether it's feasible to do this
uPVC rather than wooden, but I found these air wedges made fitting
windows (other than the heaviest two) a one-man job.
Probably difficult to justify for a single window, though.
Casement really just means hinged at the sides. The moving bit is called
That makes it an awning window then...
What kind of hinges are you using? Traditional "door style" ones or
modern pantograph ones?
Its usually easier to fit them to the sash first, then use that to mark
the position of the hinge mortices (if required).
You could make up some large L brackets out of timber, that you could
then clamp to the frame verticals, creating a horizontal "shelf"
protruding outside the window. Positioned a few inches below the hinge
position they could fully support the window in a near horizontal
position leaving you free to work on the hinges.
Yes, that would work (even upstairs). Or use a square or rectangle of
say 12 mm ply or sterling board cut along the diagonal to make two
triangles. You could screw these temporarily to the window frame
uprights, just leaving four holes to fill and paint afterwards. With
this method the horizontal edge would line up nicely with the frame of
Timber frames normally use cranked hinges and you can screw them up without
opening them out completely. If the opener is small you can probably just
hold it in position while you get the first couple of screws in. Anything l
arger will require support i.e. A mate outside or a temporary support on th
On Mon, 6 Jun 2016 17:24:15 +0100, John Rumm wrote:
Mine are about 25 yo now and the hinges are 13mm wide. I couldn't get any
when some broke (the plastic slider with the friction screw split and the
whole lot goes titsup). Had to use a multitool to widen the slots by a few
mm. Put egress hinges in the bedroom windows as well.
Well, that's all done now. I made some brackets out of some old library
book ends - this involved an angle grinder! Screwed the brackets to the
frame, and screwed some board to the top of the brackets.
I also hacked out the bottom of the frame and spliced in a lot of new
timber, with plentiful dollops of two part filler.
I'd fit the hinge to the window, so that when fitting the final screws
you are screwing into something which can't move.
If it is on the ground floor, and not too heavy, I can imaging jury
rigging something to support the window based perhaps on a step-ladder
or one of those multi-purpose ladders / mini scaffolds. Perhaps using
trigger clamps and bits of wood to make a suitable support for the window.
If upstairs, you need a mate.
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