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Old 05-04-2010, 08:36 AM   #1
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I'm towards the end of a major kitchen renovation, which included tearing down the old plaster and putting up drywall. My problem now is that the casing of the kitchen window isn't evenly placed in the wall. This was probably mostly hidden before because of the added thickness of the plaster. The left side of the window casing sticks out past the drywall about an inch; the right side about half that. When I go to put in trim, this is going to be very noticeable. Any thoughts on how to best correct this?

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Anyone? Trimming the casing will make the window look crooked, I think.

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the window jamb that the casing nails to sticks out?
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Got a picture??
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I've run into that problem before and you're right, trimming the frame makes the window look out of whack. The first one I had, I removed the drywall and installed furring strips on the wall so that the dw was even with the frame. The second one was so far out I just rebuilt a custom frame and reinstalled the window. Couldn't for the life of me find any kind of trim that didn't look like...well...like I couldn't find any trim!
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I had this problem, but it projected out uniformly! About 1/2"!
I made 1/2" X3/4" strips and glued these to the back of the casing, then cut the required miters!
My friend, on the other-hand cut his back with a jig saw (and a hand-saw) then planed it down to wall surface level.
I think that my method was easier!
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Yep Wilde,good point, but if I understand the question right the window was not installed square and I bet dollars to doghnuts the walls aren't either! lol Both of my examples are from bathrooms...windows are tough enough, but try to install a bathtub and tile after removing plaster/lath
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I've been advised (and OP, sorry that it is little help to you now) to preserve 4-6 inches of plaster around framed windows when removing plaster for DW.
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Yep Wilde,good point, but if I understand the question right the window was not installed square and I bet dollars to doghnuts the walls aren't either! lol Both of my examples are from bathrooms...windows are tough enough, but try to install a bathtub and tile after removing plaster/lath
Now, its my impression that the jamb projects beyond the wall surface. Maybe because the window is skewed or perhaps cut back to accommodate an uneven plaster job!
I guess we need clarification from the OP!
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The frame of the window wasn't put in square, I believe. I'll have to take a picture(s) tonight to illustrate my point.
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Pictures attached. There is a picture of the frame/casing from both the left and the right demonstrating it's crookedness in the wall, as well as 2 showing the window inside the frame, demonstrating it's correct placement.
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That looks like a newer alloy window in an old timber frame if this is the case you should be able to unscrew the window from the timber frame remove it then plane the jambs back to suit the plasterboard then reinstall the window square to the reveals
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I had the same situation in my bathroom. Solved by using 1x4 furring boards to bring the Gypsum flush with the window frame.

Looking at the pictures, if the counter top is in place, there is no way to fix now. This is what happens when you rush the job.
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Sounds like planing and adjusting the window might be best; I'll have to make sure this doesn't screw up the exterior first.

As Ive been working on this kitchen by myself since December, I wouldn't say it's rushed. I suppose one or two mistakes should be expected.

I'll update when I give this a try. Thanks!
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You could try shaving some wood off of the frame to make up that it was installed for Plaster walls, but would have to make sure that you frame the finish trim to hid any "fixes". Even though you have been working it since December, taking the time to make sure that the Drywall was flush with the windows is where you take the time to look before where you are now.

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