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Old 08-02-2010, 08:15 PM   #1
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Hello. Looking to change a corner window in my 1960s house. Currently there is a 3.5 square post where the two windows meet. The windows are the original aluminum crank open kind (don't know the actual name)

I am looking to replace with impact windows which are heavier and have a thicker frame (3 in.)

I was advised to use a 4 x 4 x .25 inch aluminum square post with clips

* Does that recommendation make sense?
* Might there be other things I should consider?
* Are these posts load bearing?


Any guidance us greatly appreciated!

Thanks


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Old 08-02-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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The square post you have is probably steele and integrated into the corner structure. Unless this person has some engineering background, I'd leave it alone.
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Hello. Looking to change a corner window in my 1960s house. Currently there is a 3.5 square post where the two windows meet. The windows are the original aluminum crank open kind (don't know the actual name)

I am looking to replace with impact windows which are heavier and have a thicker frame (3 in.)

I was advised to use a 4 x 4 x .25 inch aluminum square post with clips

* Does that recommendation make sense?
* Might there be other things I should consider?
* Are these posts load bearing?


Any guidance us greatly appreciated!

Thanks
I think that your crankout windows are called 'casement' windows. At least thats what I call them.

I would be inclined to add jack studs to the existing 4X4 post and buy windows to fit!

Pics are always a good idea!
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Thanks Ron & Wildie. Pics would be helpful. Will take a pic in the morning as it was already dark when I posted this thread. Not to mention I am a rookie at this posting stuff.

My house is in S FL so our homes are made of concrete blocks so don't know if jack studs are needed. I do know that there is a wood trim around the opening that is nailed using concrete nails before the window is put on.

I'm a first time home owner, must be very obvious...

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Check with LOCAL B.D. as a lot of FL require a licensed window company to install due to liability.......

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As promised attached are some pics. Not sure if the pics help but all the original windows are made of aluminum. The new windows and square tube are painted white.

There seems to be some corrosion at the base of the post.
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As promised attached are some pics. Not sure if the pics help but all the original windows are made of aluminum. The new windows and square tube are painted white.

There seems to be some corrosion at the base of the post.
The windows are called jalousie windows. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalousie_window

The post looks like a reinforced concrete one and is definitely load bearing.
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I knew it started with a J. After further examination, I think that it's a
Post with an aluminum wrap. Could I keep the post, put a new white wrap? Currently the post is 3.5 inches with the new windows being 3 inches wide. I wouldn't know of course until I actually take the old windows down.

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