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Old 09-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Good window replacement DIY Links?

I need to replace a window that is leaking. Any good DIY's out there?
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Have you tried the manufacturer's website of the new window you are buying ?
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You sure it's the window leaking?
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You sure it's the window leaking?
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You might be able to seal the leak without having to replace the entire unit.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:58 PM   #5
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Yea its the window, it is a wooden unit and it has some rot the bottom. I put a plastic sheet purposely around the face of the window (not the sides where it is mounted in the wall) and the leak stopped.


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Haven't even started at looking at new units. Any brand recommendations?
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Haven't even started at looking at new units. Any brand recommendations?
Are you going to replace the one, rotten window or all of them ?

If it is one window, you could probably take it to a window restoration site and they could repair it and you would maintain the same image across the home. And it would be a lot cheaper until you are one hundred percent prepared to spend the money on new windows across the entire home.

When I replaced the windows on my last home I learned that :

1. There are a lot of regional manufacturers that undercut the major brands. I am not sure of their quality, but I am sure they do what they promise. However, I think the major brands are more attractive.

2. The major brands like Andersen and Pella are more attractive and more
expensive but they might be worth the additional expense. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend and ho long you plan to stay in your home.

3. Let someone come by and measure the windows for you and remove the moldings when it is done. Prior to ordering mine, I knew my limitations, so I hired a man to come by and do my windows..."Windows are easy". I asked about the moldings but he said it was not necessary. The windows were an odd size so I had to pay 75 dollars extra per window to get them custom made. They arrived, they were too small, about 2.5 inches all around and I had to pay someone to box them in......I wanted to choke him. He denied he made a mistake, he said he was not the one that ordered them , but I ordered the sizes he gave me. I even carried the same paper with me to the store. So I paid extra for a custom window and then paid extra to fix the incorrect size... I thought about suing him, but I did not have anything in writing. It would have been a lot of trouble.

4. After that fiasco, it would have been cheaper to get Pella.

5. Windows are like cars. A lot of options. Wood inside and wood outside, plastic inside ? , low E gas ? 2 panes or 3 ?, locks are optional, tinting, lots of decisions..... it's not like buying a combo meal at McD.



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Great information, thanks for your input!
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:30 AM   #8
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Shwagon, you say DIY. Are you thinking about doing it yourself?

If so, your first choice is going to be a new construction window, or a replacement window. Specifically, a replacement window fits within your old frame, while a replacement window requires ripping everything out down to the studs, and reinstalling.

In my case, the wooden frame, sill, and exterior brickmould wasn't in great shape, so I opted for new construction windows. They are also cheaper, but the installation is a lot more.

I've been doing them myself, and have done 2 so far. I'm done. I had the installer for a local Anderson dealer offer me $350 a window for the labor. I'm spending enough time per window that it's worth it to me. The main reason why is that my construction is concrete block, so I've been building and tapconning pressure treated buck frames. I've also needed to trim the studs a little to get the standard sizes to fit (my studs aren't load-bearing, since the walls are concrete block, they basically serve as furring strips to nail drywall to).

In a normal house, with, say, 2x6 walls and Tyvek, I think I could do a new construction window in a day by myself.
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