Installing a Bay Window by Yourself
Remove the sashes to lighten the window, and use a temporary support as an extra pair of hands.
Synopsis: The project featured here is the addition of a small bay window to an existing home, with emphasis on doing the job alone. Installing shims ahead of time and working from a sturdy scaffold are two of the keys to success.
As a general contractor with no employees, I’ve learned a thing or two about working alone. Getting a difficult job done by myself sometimes means I have to rent a piece of equipment or spend a few minutes making a jig. But mostly, working solo is about thinking ahead and being prepared. Installing a bay window is a perfect example of a job that is challenging but not impossible to do alone. Bay windows are heavy, and because they hang outside the house, they need extra support both during installation and for their life span. When installing a bay window alone, I use temporary supports and prepare the…