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Old 07-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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I have cut open a hole in the side of the house and installed a new replacement window. I am told that I can use a zip tool and remove the section of aluminum siding that I need to repair. That is good, but how do I get the new pieces locked back together on the last row and still have them maintain their tightness. I have read many differeing stories, curious what you guys have to say. Cheers

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ive read that it's possible too but i don't believe it

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Little late now but the siding needed to be removed, install the window then reinstall the siding. The top piece at least most often get damaged trying to get it off.
The way you did it I'd be looking for some new siding. I see no way to install the J moulding around the window and the window seal need to make it water and wind tight the way your trying to do it.
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It is possible to get it off and on with a zip tool, I have done it. Much more difficult than with vinyl. Best way is as suggested above. Remove it from the top down. I may take longer, but less chance of damaging a piece that can't be replaced.
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ive read that it's possible too but i don't believe it
Done all of the time Tom. Just take your time.
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Little late now but the siding needed to be removed, install the window then reinstall the siding. The top piece at least most often get damaged trying to get it off.
The way you did it I'd be looking for some new siding. I see no way to install the J moulding around the window and the window seal need to make it water and wind tight the way your trying to do it.
Aluminum siding rarely has J channel around windows.
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Aluminum siding rarely has J channel around windows.
Umm it may not look like a traditional J channel to you.
If the job was done right in the first place it would of had it installed with the original install.
I'm with Joe on this one.
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if you cut the siding back far enough,you can slip in j channel around the opening interlocking the corners as you go,slipping the back of the head j under any paper

then fill in the space from the j to the window with trim,the siding will keep the j in place
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It is possible to get it off and on with a zip tool, I have done it. Much more difficult than with vinyl. Best way is as suggested above. Remove it from the top down. I may take longer, but less chance of damaging a piece that can't be replaced.

getting it off is one thing,re locking quite another
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getting it off is one thing,re locking quite another
Agree with Tom. I did a lot of aluminum siding years ago. We always channeled around just about everything. It was common in new construction for the siding to be run up against the brickmold of the windows and doors and caulked. I didn't do it that way, but I did more resides than new work. The new work didn't pay nearly as much.
I found with the zip tool you could get the panels unlocked without too much trouble, but the stiffer siding (.024 gauge) was hard to get locked up again with a zip tool. The bottom lock didn't want to flex enough. I have taken down a wall of siding and put it back up again for repairs.
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op try it idk,it works for other guysbut if it don't you should have an alternate plan
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Okay so the window is installed and I pulled the aluminum from the bottom up. The old window had a J Trim aluminum molding around it. Here is what we did.
1) Removed vertical length window and old J trim molding
2) Cut out new opening in barnboard/shingle siding to accomodate new window + 3" all around
3) Installed new window with nailing flange and sealed
4) Removed aluminum siding starting at bottom of old hole up to the new hole. Used zip tool to start
5) The last piece to come off - Score it with a sharp knife about 1.5 - 2" below the piece above it all the way across. Flex it back and forth and snap it off
6) Installed J trim around the perimeter of the window plus drip molding on top
7) Installed new siding up to the last piece
8) Last piece. Take a sharp knife and score it all the way across the edge of the nailing fin. Snap it off
9) Get a chisel and insert between cutoff piece and next piece up to open up the interlock
10) Slide the new piece up into place starting at one end until you have the whole piece started. Lock it up in place. Everything should be nice and tight
11) Cut 2X4 and installed around perimeter of window to J-trim
12) Cap off with aluminum starting from bottom-2 sides-top.
13) Seal it up
It came out really nice. I was surprised how easy it went together. So much so, I repaired another spot on the back of the house where the milkbox used to be.


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