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Old 07-02-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am getting ready to start shopping for windows. I have reviewed consumer reports and the BBB and I am still doing comparison's on various companies and models. I had a large home center come out and measure my windows and they measured from inside of the house. The representative never went outside. I just happen to look at the windows from the outside and found the below.

Can anyone tell me what the heck was done? It looks like that perhaps the window was too small and they put these pieces of wood in to make the window fit.
Should I have the windows measured from the outside to account for this?

Thanks in advance for your feedback and advise

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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those are standard insert windows in a wood double hung frame,that is a ''typical'' installation

looks like the bottom expanders weren't installed

what wasn't done was the wood trim was not wrapped with aluminum or repainted which is why it looks like the wood was tacked on..it wasn't


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Old 07-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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There was suppost to be a vinyl strip that went under the windows to make a seal between the windows and the sill that's missing.
It should have been shipped with the windows.

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There was suppost to be a vinyl strip that went under the windows to make a seal between the windows and the sill that's missing.
It should have been shipped with the windows.
It is also acceptable to "step"the aluminum up into the utility channel, although neither was done. What we have here is a very poor window installation, whether it was DIY, or done by "pros".... Maybe my screen is too small to see, but what is that corn dog looking' thing on the side there?
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looks like a thermometer.
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When you say home center, if you meant someplace like Home Depot of Lowes, for goodness sake get some more prices.
It just blew me away how high there replacement window quotes are, or any of there quotes for that matter.

Just from that pictue it looks to me like someone messed up when measuring, it looks like gaps on the sides that someone tryed to fill with caulking.
The window should have been wide enough to be able to sit againt the outside window stops on the face frame of the window.
Replacement windows are measured from the inside not the outside.
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Yes, very poor installation job. And yes, get other estimates from local contractors, and more then likely you had a salesman there just to give you an estimate and they only take rough measurements for pricing purposes, a qualified individual would then come out and take the build measurements if you sign a contract.. but seriously though... It's killing me.. .What is that corn dog looking thing !!!
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There was suppost to be a vinyl strip that went under the windows to make a seal between the windows and the sill that's missing.
It should have been shipped with the windows.

it's probably still under the head expander
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I'm working on a house right now that they left the head externder out and there's a 1" gap at the top of the window, not one window had any caulking on the inside around the trim or stool and there was a breeze so I pulled the window to find out they never had put any caulking around the outside stops when they install the window.
Should have been a simple job of just doing some painting but how I have to go back and redo every window in the house.
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like i said..''typical'' install
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i have seen head expanders on the bottom of the window
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i have seen head expanders on the bottom of the window
Part of the new rain catchment feature for those green builders.


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