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Old 06-20-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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changing my exterior windows.
My existing rough opening is 40"x55". The biggest ready made double hung windows in home depot is 36"x48, which I decided to use(saving money not to custom order).

So, the new windows will be 4" narrower and 7" shorter than the existing frame.

I think i should fill in the gaps and cover the gap. what matrial i.should use and how to build into the gap?

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changing my exterior windows.
My existing rough opening is 40"x55". The biggest ready made double hung windows in home depot is 36"x48, which I decided to use(saving money not to custom order).

So, the new windows will be 4" narrower and 7" shorter than the existing frame.

I think i should fill in the gaps and cover the gap. what matrial i.should use and how to build into the gap?

thx
Is this a bedroom? If it is you will need to meet minimum egress size. The 40" x 55" window does, the 36 x 48 does not.

Framing is easy if you leave the bottom at the same height. 2 x 4 or 2 x 6, depending on current framing to frame the correct rough opening. Place the top first, then the sides. If you want to raise the bottom, you'll need to place cripple studs between the existing bottom and the new bottom, lining up with the existing cripple studs.

Before I can advise on covering, I'll need to know what the interior and exterior are currently covered with, how the window is framed and style of the house.

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the cover: wooden inside, exterior is just the one layer aluminum window. it is a very moderate 1910 small or tiny 2 storey red brick home.

in my area, ppl usually cover the gap with aluminum or pvc. I m not sure how to make the cover,or it's really a pro job?
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3 things that come to mind.

#1. Egress is critical.

#2. You'll need wider interior trim to hide the paint/wallpaper lines.

#3. I would split the difference on the height, unless you're not
concerned about having a 1x6 to 1x8 head trim. And no matter
what, looks like you'll have to use flat stock for casing. Which means
not being able to match existing trim [if not flat already] will be the
final result.
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1.rooms are only 10x10ft, so egress is ok,

2.interior wider trim is acceptable

3.splitting the height is a good point.

flat stock for casing? i will have to google that.
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also,do we put the windows in first or put the cover on first?
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1.rooms are only 10x10ft, so egress is ok,

2.interior wider trim is acceptable

3.splitting the height is a good point.

flat stock for casing? i will have to google that.

Flat is just builders term for regular trim. 1x4, 1x6....etc. It has no molding detail. Just flat 3/4" x 5-1/2" would be a 1x6 for example.

And I have know idea what you mean by "putting the cover on first"?

Once you have modified the opening [sides, top, & bottom] to fit your new window, you simply install the new unit from the outside, nail the nail flange and apply vicor window wrap.
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As it is a new window in an old brick facade home, after the vicor window wrap on the newly added frame, I need some kind of exterior "cover."

Aluminum cover seems to be used around here.

I will get a pic tomorrow.
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As it is a new window in an old brick facade home, after the vicor window wrap on the newly added frame, I need some kind of exterior "cover."

Aluminum cover seems to be used around here.

I will get a pic tomorrow.
Unless you're able to bend the metal properly, might I suggest PVC trim?
Goes up easy, don't have to paint it. and it's white! Any lumberyard has it. Even the box stores, but believe it or not, it's more expensive there and the quality is sub-par imo.
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Take the window back and custom order a vinyl window from a real window manufacture in your area. Windows off the shelf are double pane but that's about it. Your gonna save yourself time putting all of the additional framing, sheetrock, trim, caulk, paint, wife nagging, and putting in a quality window custom fit will save you more money in the long run with the ROI. Good luck!
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Take the window back and custom order a vinyl window from a real window manufacture in your area. Windows off the shelf are double pane but that's about it. Your gonna save yourself time putting all of the additional framing, sheetrock, trim, caulk, paint, wife nagging, and putting in a quality window custom fit will save you more money in the long run with the ROI. Good luck!
that is what i am thinking.
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From post #5: "1.rooms are only 10x10ft, so egress is ok," room size has nothing to do with egress (emergency escape openings), whether or not it is a "sleeping room" does: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...9_3_sec010.htm

Notice the chart; https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...33otStRi7Aff7g

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