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Old 03-10-2008, 10:53 PM   #1
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Ok - I have 3 windows that I am putting in. They are 14 1/2" wide. I cut the first hole and it will fit snuggly into place and I think I'm off to the races! Great day ahead! @@$%^%%$@#%^
So, I cut the holes for the 2 remaining windows (drywall only at this point) and low and behold if there isn't a beam being supported by 4 2x6 studs making a cradle. First question - Can I remove a section of the 2x6 on the right side and put in a 1x6 then the window frame will make up the other inch when secured. Is that ok?

Next question is the 3rd window won't fit either. It is almost a whole inch off. So, can I take a sledge to it with the 2x6 brace that I will be installing under the window anyway. Should it move an inch in either direction this way without damaging anything?

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and low and behold if there isn't a beam being supported by 4 2x6 studs making a cradle. First question - Can I remove a section of the 2x6 on the right side and put in a 1x6 then the window frame will make up the other inch when secured. Is that ok?
That sounds like a Load Carrying beam,.... So,.. Nope,.. Don't do it.....
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As stated: No...and No....are the answers...
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What would be my best option? Removing 1/2" off both studs? Or can I remove a whole inch from one side. This is an exterior wall so it will be load bearing for sure.
The beam holds up a small overhang for the front porch. kind of a wrap around type. It is not in the middle of the house.
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I would think Smaller Windows, or placing them where they Don't interfere with the Structure of the house.....
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This is the smallest they can make the windows. This is also where they have to go. no choice in that. Am I looking at doing a little bit of work here for an inch?
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There are two choices. You can do it correctly or you can do it stupidly. Correctly, is you reframe the openings to fit the windows. Stupidly is everything else, because it compromises the structure of the house.
You seem to be opening holes in drywall and hoping there is a framework for window installation. It doesn't work like that. If you're installing windows in a new location they need to be framed out with the appropriate structure. They need to be weatherproofed on the exterior and trimed in the interior. All the new drywall will need to be primed and painted. Maybe you can get away with just painting the one wall, but more then likely the whole room will need to be done.
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