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Old 09-27-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Am going through the process of replacing some rather old, metal frame windows. As I am a typical DIY guy, I got a few quotes an now want to see what it's ganna cost me to do it. I have replaced windows before but it was a generic vinyl to vinyl same size replacement, no questions asked. Now I am going from a large single metal frame to 3 double hung vinyls. I just cut open the inside portion of the metal from and got down to the ruff 2x4 opening. Just trying to get an idea for how to measure when going from one opening to 3. I will frame out each window and allow for a shim tolerance but not sure how much of a tolerance I will need. Any one got suggestions?


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Old 10-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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Really would have been better to order the windows first since it may take two weeks to get them.
Also best because often times the ordered size and the one's you receive can be slightly different.
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It sounds as though you are putting 3 windows into one opening? If so, the best but would be to get them factory mulled (put together at the factory) and not frame in each one individually. You could also look at something like a 3 lite slider as opposed to the 3 double hungs if cost is a major concern.
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standard practice for all windows is to frame the opening 1" larger both in height and width. this allows for proper shimming and space for spray foam insulation
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