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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Window Madness

Window Madness

I know it’s been quite a while since my last post.  I’ve been working non-stop replacing windows in our house.  It’s a relatively straightforward procedure, as long as your measurements are right.  Most of mine were right on.  The ones that weren’t ended up being both a blessing and a curse.  I had to replace the three windows in our front dormer.  The opening was placed something like this:

front-windows1.jpg

Only problem was, that once we had the opening totally clear, I realized two things:  First, I had measured the rough opening wrong, and the windows were the wrong size.  Second, I realized that the window opening went right down to the roofline, leaving no room for any sort of window trim, flashing, or waterproofing.  Just enough room to put out a sign that said, “Hey leaks - here’s an opening.  Please destroy our living room ceiling.”  This is where the mismeasure turned in to a blessing.  Since I had measured the windows too narrow, we could (theoretically) scoot them together and up, to create the room at the bottom of the dormer we needed.  Like so:

Reframed windows

My dad and I spent the full fourth of July weekend reframing the opening, but we got it done.  The rain this week resulted in no leaks.  At least not on the work we did.  There’s another leak or two back in the attic that I will have to address at another time.  Awesome.  Here are some photos of the whole procedure.

Removing the old windows

Removing the old windows.   We found 20 or 30 wasps nests in the framing of the dormer.  Some abandoned, some not.

Rough opening

Here you can see how the rough opening is right at the roof line.  We framed the opening higher (both top and bottom) and narrower. 

Re-framed opening

Here is the re-framed opening.  It’s about six inches higher and six inches narrower on each side.  Time for windows.

Installing new windows

Here are the new windows going in.  I’ve since trimmed the out, re-sided the dormer, and iced my legs from the trips up and down ladders all weekend.

53 Responses to “Window Madness”

  1. raisingcain Says:

    wow, impressive. i liked the pictoral play by play too.

  2. Seth Says:

    I agree. This post rocks.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Wow! Good job, buddy. Nice diagrams - I would have had no clue without ‘em.

  4. Nate Says:

    If you like the original, you’ll love the sequel, Windows Madness II: Return of window madness.

    http://www.motorcityhomestead.com/archives/166

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