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Old 06-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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I had replacement windows put in last year and the guy made a real mess of it. It had aluminum windows to start with. The replacement windows are vinyl. I have a table saw so making jambs would be no problem. Has anyone ever done this? Would I move the vinyl window all the way to the outside and if so why would I need a sill cut on an angle? If anyone has a diagram showing this particular application I would love to see it. TIA

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Posting a few pictures here would go a long way to getting the best advise on how to “clean up the mess”.
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There is no cleaning up the mess. It is a complete do over. Windows are in wrong place, 3/4 jamb on one side, 1/4 on the other side. On the small windows he used a 3/4 filler on one side and nothing on the other so you can see the windows are not centered. Just wondering about building my own jams etc. for the replacement windows. Could always have them covered with aluminum later.

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That be a hack job for sure.

You just need a decent trim guy to clean things up.

Do you own a table saw?
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The windows are not square in the holes, I dont want to cover them up, will be head ache down the road. The pictures make them look better than they are.
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Were the aluminum frames left in the openings and the new units set into them?
Do the windows sit flat on the old window exterior stops?
What's the trapazoid shaped object at the bottom of the window?
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Part of the aluminum is left in place. I am not sure what he was trying to do with the trapazoid looking things. This gives a new meaning to "Hack".
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Part of the aluminum is left in place. I am not sure what he was trying to do with the trapazoid looking things. This gives a new meaning to "Hack".
Do the new windows sit flat against the aluminum frames? If so, then the walls might be off.
During the installation process, did you ask him about the installs?
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Normally there is a blind stop on the exterior side of a window frame that a replacement window will sit right against. It's hard to tell from the picture, but perhaps those trapezoid things are a poor attempt at adding stops?

Also, even if the opening wasn't completely square anymore, that's why the window itself is supposed to be a little smaller than the rough opening, so you can shim and square your window in the rough open.

Did the person who did this for you take out the old aluminum window completely before doing this? Again, hard to tell from the picture what was left behind from the old, before he added the new.

You have to keep the slope so that water weeping out of the window will go to the exterior. Sill plate is sold with a notched underside so that it sits flat on the angled rough opening.

Tough to give a clear answer without knowing what the rough opening looked like before the mess.

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