||02-17-2007 10:34 PM
Basement Window Replacement
I have a couple of windows in my basement that I would like to replace. The existing windows are aluminum framed sliders that were cast into the concrete when they poured the basement walls (not block/CMU basement walls). The windows are already small enough that I really can't just demo out the aluminum and frame in new rough openings. I would also like to be able to replace at least one of the windows with an approved egress-sized window. Does anyone have a method for cutting through 6-inch concrete that will produce a clean, relatively smooth opening? The saws available from the local rental stores will supposedly only cut to a depth of about 4.5-inches. I'd prefer to be able to cut from just one side so that I don't end up with an exceptionally rough opening. I'm afraid that if I end up having to cut from both sides of the wall, that's exactly what I'll end up with. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.