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Old 04-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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I need to pop out the window in my basement egress window so I can get some drywall brought down to the basement. It appears to be a Majestic horizontal slider window. The sliding window pops out without any problems, but I'm wondering how to remove the stationary window. I've read that with windows like this, you can typically remove the vertical bar and then the stationary window can be popped out too. But I can't figure out how to remove the vertical bar. I attached some pictures. Any help would be appreciated.

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Look for some L-brackets and screws on the mullion post. If you can't see any, it may have been screwed in from the backside to start with and in that case, you would have to remove the window to disassemble or just remove the window altogether and replace.

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Look for some L-brackets and screws on the mullion post. If you can't see any, it may have been screwed in from the backside to start with and in that case, you would have to remove the window to disassemble or just remove the window altogether and replace.
Thanks. I'll take a look. I wonder how hard it would be to remove the entire window. Looks like there are only 2 tapcon screws on the left and right side that hold it in. And also some silicon caulking. Do you think that's all there is to removing it? Just remove the 4 screws and cut the caulking?
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If it was set retrofit, yes.

If it was put in with a fin and in the form, no.
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+1. You should be able to just pull those tapcons and slide it out. Probably screwed from the outside of the frame, or there is an interlocking tab or something along those lines.
Different procedures are more common in various regions, but it is rare to see a basement window set in a poured foundation with a nailing fin in my experience...
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Yep, I just found a picture of window opening after the foundation was poured. I don't think anything was set inside the concrete.

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That's an "escape"/"egress" window -
make sure you take that into consideration when installing a new window!
Cut the caulk, remove the tapcons -
it should come out.

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That's an "escape"/"egress" window -
make sure you take that into consideration when installing a new window!
Cut the caulk, remove the tapcons -
it should come out.

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Thanks. I'm actually going to put the same window back in. I just need to remove it temporarily to bring in some 12' drywall.
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Ahhh!
12 ft. pieces of drywall in the basement!
That sounds like fun!
(Sorry, can't help - I'm busy!!)

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Watch your "fire-blocking"!
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Ahhh!
12 ft. pieces of drywall in the basement!
That sounds like fun!
(Sorry, can't help - I'm busy!!)

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Watch your "fire-blocking"!
HaHa! Also, the drywall is 4.5 ft wide since I have 9 ft ceilings. Yes, the fireblocking is still confusing to me. I think I have it done except for the soffit right now. I'm planning a trip to see the inspector soon before I have him come out to ask him about it.
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Yeah, talk to the inspector.
Here's a link to "fire-blocking" in the "How-to guides" -
How to fireblock framing

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4.5'x 12' , those are some big sheets. I know this is a really dumb question, but you've measured the clearance with the window out, right? I'm sure it is just the pic, but that looks like a tight fit.
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4.5'x 12' , those are some big sheets. I know this is a really dumb question, but you've measured the clearance with the window out, right? I'm sure it is just the pic, but that looks like a tight fit.
Window is 5' x 5'
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jon -

Despite the 5x5 window, the "wrinkled tin" well could inhibit the ability to get a long (12') x 4.5' sheet oriented and threaded down and turned around.

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What "jonhayden" means - the sheets aren't 4.5 ft. - the ceilings are 9 ft.
So - going to have either have a 1 ft. strip of drywall (if run horizontally)
Or run the sheets vertically.

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It's no fun! -
However, we've got sheets through a 5 ft. window well.

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