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MovingHow to Replace Windows

November 28, 2018by was73100

Window Replacement

If you’ve checked into getting new windows in your home chances are you’ve thought about doing it yourself after getting quotes higher than you’d expect from window replacement contractors. Odds are that you can save money if you get estimates from more than one contractor, speak to the right window replacement contractor, or do it yourself. If you decide to replace your windows yourself it could reasonably take 6+ hours for each window you replace and that is assuming the window is easily accessible from the exterior of your house. Window replacement is a competitive field so you can probably get a bid lower than your initial one if you shop around for different contractors to replace your windows. Good contractors have years of experience and can generally get the job done in a day depending on the size of the job. They can also include features that you may not have the experience to install yourself. But if you do decide to replace your own windows this is a short guide on how to do just that.

Preparation

The most important step to replacing your own windows is measuring. You need to make sure you get the right size windows to replace your old ones so that the installation can go as smoothly as possible. Measure your windows from inside your home and measure from jamb to jamb up and down. Make sure to measure from the bottom, middle and top when measuring horizontally, and from the right, middle and left when measuring vertically. Hopefully all the measurements will be within 1/4 of an inch of each other. But no matter what be sure to use the smallest measurement vertically and horizontally so that the replacements will fit the window opening you will be making. Don’t worry about the gaps now because you will use caulk and insulation later to make sure that your windows seal up. Once you have your measurements you will be able to get purchase your windows. You will also need some other supplies. These include:

  • Caulking Gun and Caulking Tubes
  • A Square
  • Wood Shims
  • Tape Measure
  • Miter Saw
  • Hammer
  • Strong Cordless Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood Chisel
  • Utility Knife
  • Small Pry-Bar and Putty Knife
  • Your Replacement Window

The Replacement Process

To begin your replacement you need to remove the stops. Stops are the thin vertical pieces of wood that keep the sashes from falling inward into the house. Be cautious when removing these pieces because you can re-use them later and they can break rather easily. Use your knives and prybar in the removal of these pieces. The next step is removing the sash from…


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Source by CJ DeStefano

Home Removals, Fine art Removals Office relocation

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