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lewisthepilgrim 11-28-2012 03:27 PM

how should I finish the window siding?
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I litterally pushed on my old window and it fell right out of the house :rolleyes:

So I had this window sitting around behind the garage. It seems to fit perfectly, except that its a pocket window.

How should I go about installing this badboy?

How far out should the window be mounted? What should I use for trim to make up that big gap?

I already flashed the frame, what now?

joecaption 11-28-2012 03:42 PM

You have a mess there.
I would not suggest trying to use that window.
Really should be installing a new constrution window at this point.
Got a picture of the old window, and one of the windows that are still in place so we can see who the other ones where done.

Right now all the sidings to short to make that window you found work.

DannyT 11-28-2012 05:23 PM

they do make 3 inch wide j channel. but like joe said i would get a different window also. trying to make that waterproof, windproof and look good will be a nightmare

kwikfishron 11-28-2012 07:00 PM

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Obviously the window does fit in the rough opening, although the situation is not ideal it can be made to work.

A picture from the inside would also help.

An 1 ’ of frame exposed from the sheathing to the outside is typical but how things play out on the inside could effect that some.

lewisthepilgrim 11-29-2012 02:57 PM

thanks for the info guys.

The old window was just a basic wood framed pocket window. The frame was only held in by a few nails. The frame was trimmed on the outside with aluminum that was just bent over it and nailed a couple times. The ONLY thing keeping water from getting by this was a bead of silicone calking around the entire wooden frame. The house then had J chanel on the END of the vinyl siding that butted up against the wood frame of the window.

There was NO house wrap, or anything else around the window gap. There was also ZERO water penetration. ALL the wood is dry as a bone and SOLID. crazy huh???

My plan is to plumb and level out the window. Then flash over the outside edge of it to the house on the top and sides. I'm told I'm NOT supposed to flash the bottom of the window to the house in order to allow for drainage correct??

Then I am not sure How I will deal with the siding issue. would just cutting some wooden trim and covering it with aluminum be the easiest/most cost effective way here? I really have no idea where to start with the J channel stuff.....

joecaption 11-29-2012 04:36 PM

Do you want this done right, or just make do with what you have and it may or may not leak.
Really would be great if you could post a picture of one of your other windows so we could make a suggestion that would match what you have.

scottktmrider 11-29-2012 07:15 PM

Since your siding is short you could put some wood up and wrap it with coil stock than just butt the j chanell to the wood.Or get some of that pvc trim and you wont have to worry about painting or wraping it.keep in mind what ever you do with this window you will have to do to the rest of the windows in your house to make it look right.

Duckweather 11-29-2012 08:03 PM

I don't see a nailing flange at all. What holds it in, screws through the frame? Is it a replacement window that is inserted into an existing frame? It also looks like it could be a window that might slide into cement blocks with a window slot. Just a couple things to think about to adapt to.

Missouri Bound 11-29-2012 09:12 PM

I reallly don't see an issue. Obviously it's not a perfect situation but a bit of framing and trim will make it work. Sizing the opening to fit properly is first, then attaching the window. Wrapping the window framing with a waterproof adhesive membrane will be needed. And some creative trimming, caulking inside and out. Weatherproofing will be the key to a good installation.:yes:

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