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Old 05-12-2010, 01:20 PM   #16
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Wow! When i first looked at your photo's, I thought that I was looking at my own window!
I had the same problem and the same casement window!
If the original window is 'true' to the outside, perhaps someone trimmed the frame back to match the original plaster. And now you will have to trim it back some more!

If you make a series of cuts, 1" apart all the way around the frame, down to about a 16th of an inch from the drywall, you will be able to chip the frame back to where you want it.
Then, take it down the rest of the way with a plane. [an electric plane would be ideal]

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Old 05-15-2010, 10:35 PM   #17
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Get a cheap power planer from Harbor Freight. Plane it down flush with the drywall. You might want to switch to a sander at the end to smooth up any slight deviations from learning to use the planer.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:15 PM   #18
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As others said, cut the old frame back below the drywall surface and forget the plane.... it's going to be cover by your new jambs, sill and head boards along with the new casing. Think of it as framing.

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Old 05-22-2010, 02:47 PM   #19
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It is not entirely necessary to get it completely flush with the drywall, If doing so is harder than it sounds you might want to consider floating around the jamb (after some of it is cut off of course) with hot mud (quick setting drywall compound) and depending on what is left on the jamb will determine how wide you need to go.
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I'm thinking a jigsaw would work well. Run it around the inside. Maybe have an oscillating multitool around for cleanup? And Trim.
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Everyone knows the finish stool, and jambs are not in yet, correct? The sub-jamb is sticking out proud.

Notice the old caulking from the removed finish jambs left on the window.....

Notice you can see the side, bottom of the joint of window/sub-jambs. These will be covered, remove them or cut them back as they are only a filler from the framing to the window. Any cuts will be covered by the finish jamb material after removing old caulking.

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GBR has a good point and is right on the money.

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