Having Trouble Replacing Casement Windows?
October 15, 2009
Replacing casement windows can be quite confusing but it is definitely not an impossible task. If you are willing to take the chance, why spend money on a window replacement expert? For your assistance, here are some pointers to help you through the process smoothly.
The first thing to keep in mind is not to take down old windows till you have bought the replacement windows. So, your first task would be to buy replacement casement windows. To begin with the removal process, check if you have single casement windows without any fixed panels. If yes, then start to crank open the window from the inside. You will see a metal lip about ½ inches in width. This usually extends from the drywall on all the 4 sides. Make sure that this part of the frame remains in place because this is where you will fix your replacement casement window (that is, inside the metal lips).
Now is the time when you need to measure - begin with measuring from left to right and then subtract approximately ¼ inch to get in. Similarly you can measure the height. If you face trouble with measurements a window expert or even the window retailer can help you. Most of them have a customer support in place for assistance. Alternatively, you could purchase retrofit frames or add trim to the outside when replacing your casement windows.
Do not let the pivot assemblies confuse you when you crank open the single casement windows. Be very careful when removing the screws holding them in place. You may require a pair of pliers to break off the metal.