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Old 11-30-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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My workshop is complete but without windows or ventilation. The walls were built on 24" centers. I found a vinyl HORIZONTAL sliding window for about $27. It's dimensions are 11 1/2" by 24". Can that type window be modified and/or used vertically? I really wanted to keep away from cutting into the wall studs, if possible.

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Old 11-30-2009, 08:37 PM   #2
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If it's a slider, then you need to install it horizontally.
Why would you install the windows after you built the structure? Retrofitting weatherstripping to seal the window will be unnecessarily burdensom.
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We built it from a kit that had no windows so they really aren't that big of a deal and neither is the weatherproofing. Just thought if I could find something smaller than 24" in width, we could cut the opening in the siding to install the window.
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We built it from a kit that had no windows so they really aren't that big of a deal and neither is the weatherproofing. Just thought if I could find something smaller than 24" in width, we could cut the opening in the siding to install the window.
I don't think you really understand what is required in weatherstripping an, "after thought", window installation. It goes hand in hand with the question of whether you could install a slider vertically. Both situations will result in water damage. You can't just cut open the side of a building and slap in a window.
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Rons right, not as easy to retrofit windows
Plus windows are built to shed water a certain way
A slider installed horizontal will fall out of the track
The sides turned horizontal were not made to shed the water
Installed incorrectly water will quickly rot out wood & mold will grow
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In addition to the above, a slider doesn't have any balances to keep the sash in place. You'd have to lift the sash and prop it open. Look around for a narrow casement window. You'll be much further ahead.
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Thanks all for the advice. I will look for a different option, even if all I do is cut a piece of the siding out between the wall studs and put a piano hinge on it and a stick to hold it open when I'm in the shop

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