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Old 07-23-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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I know this topic has been done to death, but the frames that my windows are in dont seem to be like the ones most others have, so im curious what I am up against.

I have replaced all the windows in our house except the basement. All of those were in wood frames, and easy enough to do. These have me a little confused.

It looks like a four piece frame (t, b, left, right) with flanges on both sides of the foundation that recess into the wall. Im curious what it will take to remove the frame, and what I will have to do to prep for the new vinyl sliders.

From the outside, you can see the top flange is rusting away and has bent due to freeze/thaw. I have caulked it as a temporary measure until I had time to replace them.


From the interior, you can see the frame better


It looks like there were four pieces to the frame since they have flanges on both sides of the foundation. The metal seems to be about 1/8".

Whats the best way to remove these, and what will I be left with to prep for new windows? I dont want to use any sort of wood framing as these get pretty consistent south/west exposure and will be rained/snowed and in direct sun, etc.

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Pull the whole steel frame, trim out in an Azek or PVC buck frame with some positive drainage, set in new vinyl slider, and seal up.

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Any tricks to pulling the frame? Are those frames set into wet cement or just sealed in place?

Im thinking the angle grinder at midpoint and then a large prybar should do it?

Once its out, i think im good, Im just trying to figure out what sort of damage im going to have to repair when i wrestle the frames out!
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No real tricks and each one is different. Thankfully, in this case, you don't need to re-use it so get to pulling, cutting, and smashing.
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so get to pulling, cutting, and smashing.
Sheesh...you can't give these guys all the good tricks of the trade.
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Sheesh...you can't give these guys all the good tricks of the trade.


Very true.

While demo is a violent process sometimes, it is certainly not as it is glorified on TV where you are going through the sledge hammer and breaking stuff just to break it.

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