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How to Replace an Old Window in Your Home

Written By Zanuddin Yaacob on Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 1:17 PM

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A Guide to Installing a New Window in Your Home
If your old wooden window is drafty, does not open or close well, or is showing signs of water damage and decay, it is probably time to think about replacing it with a new state-of-the-art Low-E glass, vinyl clad window.
Also, if the glass pane associated with your existing old wooden window is foggy or you can feel cold drafts during the winter months emanating out from around it, or you need to hold it open during the summer months with a prop of some sort then it is definitely time to replace it.
Replacing an old window is something a Do It Yourself homeowner can tackle with some basic carpenters knowledge and a few basic carpentry tools that you probably already have in your home.
Purchasing the Proper New Window
Prior to installing a new window you first need to figure out what size window to purchase. The key parameter required when ordering a new window is its rough opening. This is specified by the window manufacturer and tells you how large of an opening you need for installing a specific window. Typically the rough opening is 1 to 2 inches taller and wider than the actual window itself.
You may need to remove the interior trim from around the old window to obtain the rough opening dimensions for your new window.
Make sure you purchase a new window that has rough opening requirements that are equal to or smaller than your measurements.
Removal of the Old Window
Once you have purchased your new window it is time to remove the old one. Using a hammer and a claw remove the old exterior trim and any nails that may be securing the window to the home. There may be a nailing flange around the perimeter of the old window. Simply use your hammer and claw to remove these nails.
With the nails removed the window should be able to be pulled out of the window frame opening.
Installation of the New Window
With the old window out, it is now time to install the new window. Before, installing the new window, make sure the rough window opening is clear of any debris and any old nails.
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