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Old 11-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Reinstalling a retrofit window

Anyone know if it is very difficult to reinstall a retrofit window? Lowe's installed a window and it is leaking on the inside when it rains. It was a while ago they installed it so it isn't under warranty anymore. It doesn't rain a whole lot in San Diego so we didn't notice it quick enough.

I've actually installed 3 other retrofit windows in my house...none of which leak. Is this simply a matter of pulling the window out, cleaning off everything real good, and just installing it the right way?

Thanks for any advice!


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Old 11-05-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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Where is the window leaking?

Reinstalling the window is no big deal if you pull it out carefully. Cleaning off the caulking is probably more of a hassle.


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Old 11-06-2011, 09:42 AM   #3
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The windows is leaking from the top part of the sill. I did recaulk it on the outside several months ago when I noticed it leaking due to a gap in the outer caulking. The stucco is a bit concaved at one spot which did make it tricky. The sealer on the inside of the fin must also not be doing anything good.

I did find out a while back that lowe's fired the company that installed my windows and now I know why.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:26 AM   #4
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What "W-on-W" says!

Use the right caulk!
"Quad" - "Solar Seal 900" (if you can find it)

Maybe, put a metal "pan" in under the bottom of the window.
Remember - "Drain Plane"!
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