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Old 02-17-2007, 10:34 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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hire a company to core out from the inside using a wet rail saw. You also need to excavate first so no pressure on the wall.
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:10 AM   #3
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hire a company to core out from the inside using a wet rail saw. You also need to excavate first so no pressure on the wall.
This advice is correct. You will want to hire a Concrete cutting company. We have done this....Cost in our area was about $1200 to do 2 large window openings (6x4)....with us removing and disposing the cut-out slabs). As stated, you will have to do all the other prep., excavating, and additional demo work....
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