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Old 10-12-2010, 08:59 AM   #1
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I need to saw flush the Outside window stop on my single hung wood windows. The cut is at a total depth of 1 5/8" from the outside frame. What power tool would do the job with the least amount of work and damage to the existing painted surface? Rotozip? Multimaster?

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I am trying to visualize what you can be referring to as a window stop that is 1 5/8 inch thick. Could you be talking about the brick mold on the outside of the window jamb?

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The depth from the outside of the frame to the stop is 3/4", plus the stop is 7/8" the total is 1 5/8". The stop sticks out 1/2". I am trying to cut it flush so I can remove the windows from the outside, and replace the stop with a piece of molding a 1/4" narrower to accommodate the new windows and tracks.
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I am in the same situation. inside stops not removable and my wife doesn't want a mess in the house. I was considering one of the dremel tools. I also may use a small cordless circular saw to cut most of the way. I have heard of people using a sawzall, but it doesn't sound like good way for accurate cuts.
Have you gotten any other suggestions. Also are you planning to wrap your trim when done with aluminum?
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:58 PM   #6
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If I'm understanding your explanation correctly all you need is a utility knife. On traditional wood windows window stops are never glued but nailed into a grove. This is done so that the window may be removed. Take a utility knife and break the paint at the joint and remove the stop.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:25 PM   #7
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My stops-both inside and outside are sandwiched between the jamb and the casing. I will have to cut them out. How fast and accurate is a multimaster. I was also considering using a trim router with a fence to ride against the outside of the trim. It is getting cold and I am thinking -Damn the mess -and do it from the inside.
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Also are you planning to wrap your trim when done with aluminum?
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What's the purpose of wrapping the trim with aluminum?
Multimaster is great for what you want to do if I understand correctly. Harbor Freight (I know) has two knockoff models If you don't want to invest big bucks. If your going to be cutting nails get the appropriate blade.
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Thanks Mike,
If I cut the outside I am not too worried about neatness. If I cut the sandwiched in molded stop on the inside I want it neat enough to cover pretty flush with some new stop. I think I will get a multimaster. Any thoughts on the Dremel brand for $99?
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Haven't used anything other than a Multimaster but from what I read on the various DIY and woodworking forums the Dremel, Crafstman, Bosch etc. all seem to do a good job. Just not as industrial as the multimaster
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Thanks Mike,
If I cut the outside I am not too worried about neatness. If I cut the sandwiched in molded stop on the inside I want it neat enough to cover pretty flush with some new stop. I think I will get a multimaster. Any thoughts on the Dremel brand for $99?
Thanks again
I am going to cut through the frame holding the window glass with a sawsall and remove it. Then I will use my Rotozip with the right angle flush saw blade attachment to cut through each stop. I will use the Multimaster to get into the corners.
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Oh yeah it has to be quick and dirty as I have 13 windows with 2 stops each on three sides.

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