DIY Window Replacement

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DIY window replacement is an interesting do-it-yourself project. If you have an old house where the windows and doors have become extremely old, it is best to replace them before they either break or come off their hinges. Moreover, it is not safe to have old doors and windows in your house as anyone can break into your house simply because the doors and windows are not strong enough. It is, however, important to note that older windows were much different from the windows we see today. Today, windows are much like self-contained units that can be easily inserted into openings created for them in the wall. In the olden times, however, windows were installed in pieces, and you will have to take out each of the pieces of the window if you are to replace them.

The most important thing to consider when replacing your window is that you should always get a replacement window that will fit right. If you have bought a window that leaves gaps, the entire purpose of the replacement is defeated. Another word of advice, you never want to take the old window out before the new window has been purchased and is ready to be installed.

Measure the Window

Get a measuring tape to measure the height, width, and thickness of the window. Start at the window jamb, the widest point at which your window is sitting. Now, measure the length from this opening to the top, then to the middle, and to the bottom. Take the smallest measurements you have and then subtract 1/4 inch from it. Ideally, this will give you the width of your window. Now measure the height again from the middle of the window on either side. Again, subtract a 1/4 inch from the smaller number. This is the height of your window. Once you have all these numbers noted down, order your window.

Remove the Old Window

To be able to take off the window, you will first have to remove the trims on the sides of the window. These are usually made of clay in order to steady and hold the windows. Use a flat bar or a hammer to loosen off the trims. When the trim has been removed, begin to pull the bottom sash out. Sometimes, it is connected to the wall by a weight attached to a small chain. Cut the chain to remove the weights and then remove the pieces that are holding the top of the sash. Carefully remove all the pieces to leave a clean hole for the new window.

Install the New Window

The bottom part of the window goes into the jamb. Apply some force to push the window in place. Ideally, the trim would allow the window to remain in place. The length and the width of the window should be in level. Use a level bar to make sure that they are. Once the windows are leveled, use the screws to set the window in place. Use the caulking gun to caulk around the window and trim the caulking to give a clean finish.