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Solo window installation

comments (0) January 31st, 2011 in Project Gallery
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Photo: Drawing by Chuck Miller

I was recently faced with installing windows in a new house, all by myself. Here's how I did it, First I cut a couple of 2x4s about 8 in. longer than my widest window. Then I measured the distance that the windows projected from the house and cut four blocks equal to this distance plus 1/4 in. I screwed one block to the ends of each 2x4.

Working from the outside, I installed one of the vinyl windows and placed the 2x4s over it. I screwed the 2x4s to the wall on both sides of the window, as shown in the drawing. Now I was free to go inside and level the bottom of the window and center it in its opening with shims. The extra 1/4 in. allowed me to move the window without interference from the 2x4 crossbars. When the window was centered and level, I went back outside and nailed it in place, beginning with the bottom flange. Then I pulled out the crossbars and moved on to the next window.

 

Scott Bruce, Grand Blanc, MI 

From Fine Homebuilding 85, pp. 32

 


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