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Old 02-17-2013, 09:27 AM   #16
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I just need to know how to seal windows from the outside. I was asked for pictures and ive provided them. We will install a proper egress window ina couple years when we sell. Can you add any insight?
We know what your question is. You can't just ask a simple question and not expect to have other questions asked.

This sounds like you're making a bedroom NOW illegally without permits and inspections and when the time comes to sell....you will HAVE to add an egress window because it makes no sense to add one when you sell. Correct me if I'm wrong.

If I'm right and you are making a bedroom with no egress windiw, permits and inspections, you are doing the wrong thing and could endanger someone sleeping there if there was a fire. Does that make any sense to you?

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We know what your question is. You can't just ask a simple question and not expect to have other questions asked.

This sounds like you're making a bedroom NOW illegally without permits and inspections and when the time comes to sell....you will HAVE to add an egress window because it makes no sense to add one when you sell. Correct me if I'm wrong.

If I'm right and you are making a bedroom with no egress windiw, permits and inspections, you are doing the wrong thing and could endanger someone sleeping there if there was a fire. Does that make any sense to you?
Nope. It isnt a bedroom now. When we sell we'd like to market it with another legal bedroom. Although in my market you can offer a house with nonconforming basement bedrooms.

The windows were only a year old when we bought the place so Id hate to replace them all together. I am just wondering how they should have been installed and sealed. If you can help thats great if not thats ok too. Ive already spoken with the BD and they are gine with the plan.
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The answer to " . . . how they should have been installed and sealed" is that they should not have been installed at all. Those windows are too small for the opening. Read cleveman's earlier post about how it should be done.

"Nonconforming basement bedroom" sounds like a euphemism for "death trap." I can understand that an existing bedroom might be grandfathered, but to construct a new one that doesn't meet current code and have it be legal makes no sense to me at all.
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The answer to " . . . how they should have been installed and sealed" is that they should not have been installed at all. Those windows are too small for the opening. Read cleveman's earlier post about how it should be done.

"Nonconforming basement bedroom" sounds like a euphemism for "death trap." I can understand that an existing bedroom might be grandfathered, but to construct a new one that doesn't meet current code and have it be legal makes no sense to me at all.
Ok so those windowa are too small. Good to know. Looks like Im going shopping for new ones.
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So how do I know what size window it need to be?
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So how do I know what size window it need to be?
Call your building department and ask them. They will know. They will have to inspect it anyway.
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Call your building department and ask them. They will know. They will have to inspect it anyway.
So I called my inspector and it turns out he doesnt need to come out and inspect me asking what size of a window fits in these openings. Anyone else have any constructive ideas? Joe Corola, feel free to unsubscribe to this thread. It seems like you're eead set on causing me grief.
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You caulk a window from outside. Inside WINDOW foam. Not just any foam. WINDOW.
Ok very nice. Ill go get some window foam and caulking for the outside
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Are you still trying to figure out how to weatherstrip a window?

What is the deal with a building inspector?

You got an architect for the project yet?
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So I called my inspector and it turns out he doesnt need to come out and inspect me asking what size of a window fits in these openings. Anyone else have any constructive ideas? Joe Corola, feel free to unsubscribe to this thread. It seems like you're eead set on causing me grief.
Hey Genius.....I'm talking about when he comes out to inspect your basement since your finishing it. You have permits and are getting inspections ...right?
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Hey Genius.....I'm talking about when he comes out to inspect your basement since your finishing it. You have permits and are getting inspections ...right?
Dont need em. As long as Im only doing cosmetic improvements. He said if I didnt have an egress window now I didnt need one.
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So how do I know what size window it need to be?
Measure the framed opening. Buy windows that are 1/2 inch smaller in both dimensions.
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I don't know how many windows like this you have, but it might be worth replacing them for $50/shot.

The window bucks are doing you any good. I would look to get a window which is 1/2" smaller than the opening. Then you fit the window in the opening on 1/4" spacers and put a screw or two in each side jamb. I've also done it without screws.

Then you loosely fill the perimeter with fiberglass and put the foam caulk backer rod on both the interior and exterior. You can caulk over this on the exterior and finish the interior to your taste.

If you don't want to replace the windows, take them out and build a window buck which will leave you with the 1/4" all around space.i
I'm not sure what a window buck is but if you look at that window frame it is all metal. There is the outer limits of where the frame meets the concrete wall and then there is a smaller opening in a metal sash. The windows that are in there fit pretty snug. No more than 1/4" gap in any direction. I think they are the right size but then again I'm not a window installer. Here is a little better picture of one of the windows.
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