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Installing a new window

If you are working on a new addition or just It adding a new window to a room, the process is the same. You have to expose the sheathing on the outside of the house so the window can rest against it. On new work, the sheathing is exposed already. But on old work, you have to re move the siding before you can proceed. Use a circular saw, with a straight guide board nailed to the house, to cut the siding boards. Set the saw depth so it cuts just through the siding; then remove the boards with a pry bar.


Step 1. Remove the siding from the outside of the house, a and mark the rough opening of the window

according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Draw all four lines on the sheathing, and make sure they are level, plumb, and square.


Step 2. Measure the thickness of the sheathing; then set the depth gauge on a circular saw 1/16 in. deeper than this thickness and cut along the lines.

Step 3. Install house wrap over the sheathing, and cut out the window opening. Fold the house wrap around the framing members, and staple it in place.


Step 4. Before putting the window into the opening, run a bead of silicone caulk around the backside of the nailing flange to create a tight seal.


Step 5. Set the window onto the rough sill, and tip the top into the opening. Avoid touching the caulk on the backside of the flange. Have a helper hold the window from the outside, while you go inside to position the window.


Step 6. Begin adjusting the window position by centering it in the opening from side-to-side. Check the level on all the sides, and shim the window so it is level and plumb. Once it properly shimmed, change places with your helper.


Step 7. Install the window by driving galvanized roofing nails through the holes in the nailing flange that surrounds the window. Fill all the available holes, and make sure the nails are flush with the flange surface.


Step 8. Fill the gap between the window lambs and the wall framing with fiberglass insulation. Push the fiberglass into the opening, but don’t compact it because this will reduce its insulating effectiveness. A shimming shingle (or a putty knife) works well for this lob.





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