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Old 07-31-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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Replacing windows from the inside


I have a ground level condo in Chicago and have some really crappy rear windows (aluminum Traco double-hungs). Two don't stay open and one doesn't stay SHUT. I purchased some new windows and was going to start installing them soon but I have run into a problem.

I have metal security bars on all the windows. The problem is the bolts used to attach the bars to the brick appear to be welded to the metal bars. Therefore, it's gonna be really hard to get them off (8 per window). My new windows have a nailing fin (I think that's what it's called) around them, I'm not sure if the old windows do. So, can I bend this flashing back and install the windows from the inside, then unfold the flashing and install as normal? I have about a foot spacing from the windows to the security bars and can easily reach through the bars.

More details: The window openings are brick and have a wooden frame of 2x4s. The exterior is finished with aluminum trim (looks to be pretty common in Chicago condos)


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Old 08-01-2009, 05:36 PM   #2
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Common in multi-family buildings.

Traco makes a ton of windows just for this purpose. You need to get insert windows, not new construction windows. If you want something inexpensive...traco makes them, but you get what you pay for.


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Old 08-01-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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dont most condo associations usually make you use a specific window?
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:27 PM   #4
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I think I would check with the condo association first as well to make sure I don't violaate any association covenants and then go with MJW's advice and insight.

Good luck and be safe!
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