How to Replace your old windows at home
Are you ready to throw your old, rotting window out and install a replacement? Here are a few tips that can give you a breezy and inexpensive DIY window installation.
1. Grab the Right Equipment
To mention a few, here is a list of tools that will help from start to finish:
- Caulk Gun
- Insulator / Foam
- Tape measure
To start, measure the width, length and height of the old window so you can get the right size from the store. Leave the window open but be mindful of debris that may fall out.
3. Pull The Stops
Pull the Stops off slowly with a crowbar to expose the sash. If you are reusing these stops, be careful not to crack or damage them.
4. Use That Crowbar
With the stops out of the way, insert the crowbar into the tracks or guide where the sash slides up and down. Pull both of the sides out and once they’re loose, grab the sash with your hands and slowly bring it down.
If this task has started to look a bit daunting to you then you might want to find a window replacement specialist from a glass company specialist near you.
5. Pull The Hooks
Once the sash is out, you’ll find strings situated at the top part of the window, go ahead and pull them out along with their hooks.
Repeat the same process. There should be another line of stops and upper sash that needs to be removed. Be careful not to damage the window frame where the replacement window will sit.
7. Clean Up
Now that you have everything out clear the frame from nails, hooks, or any debris that can get in the way during installation of the replacement window.
Seal the back of the front stops using a caulk gun. While holding it in a 45-degree angle, squeeze the trigger as you run the gun along the back of the stop. Let it dry for a few minutes.
The top of your window will come with an expander. Before putting this in place, run the insulating foam and stick it to the top of the window. Any large holes in the window frame should be insulated too.
10. Replace It
Now it’s time to bring the replacement window up. Situate the bottom ahead of the rest and push it into place. Make sure the new sashes slide up and down correctly. Screw it tightly and run the sealant on the sides.
Return the old stops and nail them into place. After which, seal the sides, and you’re done.