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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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How To Replace Your Own Windows

by Edwin Johnston

If you need to replace the windows in your home, whether to upgrade or due to major window damage, it is usually advised you have a professional do it. However, if you are confident in your DIY skills, you can try this on your own. Here are the basic steps for replacing your windows if you are ready to tackle this project.

What You Need

Before getting started, make sure you have the right tools, materials and supplies for replacing the windows. Many items will already be in your garage, but others you might need to pick up at the local home improvement store. Some things to have on hand for replacing the windows include:

  • Wood shins
  • Dripless caulking gun
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Square
  • Miter saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Cordless drill
  • Wood chisel
  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar
  • Replacement window

Measure Your Windows

Before you head to home improvement store to purchase the replacement windows, measure your current windows. You want to measure every window, even if they look like they are the same size. The last thing you want to do is purchase a replacement window that doesn't fit right. Keep in mind you are measuring windows from the inside of your home, not the outside.

Measure the width first, going from one side of the window jamb to the other. You are measuring inside the window jamb to get the correct size window. Next, measure the height, using the same method. Measure multiple times and if the measurements are off, go with the smallest one. It is easier to caulk around a window that is ¼-inch too small than fitting a window that is ¼-inch too large.

Remove the Stops and Sash

Once the measurements are done, remove the stops of the window by using any tools you need. Sometimes just the pry bar is sufficient, but you might also need to use the screw driver or utility knife to get the stops off. The most important thing to remember is not damaging the outside materials. With the stops off, remove the sash on the inside and outside. The only thing you don't want to remove here are the outside stops.

Prepare the Window

Once the sash and stops are off, you should clean the framework of the window to be sure it is ready for the new window. With it clean, caulk along the outside stops on the window jambs and install the sill angle. Insert the expander, also called a header piece, on the top of the window frame. Caulk along the top of this as well.

Install the Window

You are finally ready to insert the replacement window. Carefully put the window in the opening and check each corner to be sure it is even and square. Tape the shims where you need to in order to get the window squared. Do not make the shims flush with the wall, as they may need to be removed later. Screw the mounting screws on each side of the jamb, being careful not to screw them too tightly. Test the window to make sure it works properly and caulk the inside of the window where there is an empty space.

If you do not feel comfortable in your skills for installing the replacement window, do not hesitate to call a professional.

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