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newdinc

09:39PM | 07/31/01
Member Since: 07/31/01
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We bought an 1866 farmhouse and just recently squeezed a bathroom downstairs. The previous owner moved the staircase and covered up half of the window- than boarded it in. So we took down the walls and found the boarded window with the glass still there- half concealed by the staircase. We just purchased an 2 ft round barn window we want to install. 1/4 of the old window is in our way. Also, how does one put in a round window? The only wall that is there right now-since we took off the lathe and plaster is the barnwood and the wide aluminun tin outside. We want to do this ourselves. Can you please help?

Jay J

08:34AM | 08/01/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi newdinc,

For starters, you measure the 'square' dimensions of the new window. (I.E., make measure of its WIDEST and HIGHESTS 'points'.) Then, add 1" to each dimension. The L and W are now your 'rough out' measurements. You now need to build (or box-out) a rough-out sized area in the wall. If you need to cut studs, you MUST install studs in the cavity to hold up the wall BEFORE you cut. HOPEFULLY, you're only having to cut 1 stud when you're all through. If you have to cut more, I suggest you call a Pro.

I'll assume that the 'thickness' of the new window is the same thickness as your wall. (If not, again, call a Pro.) Once you set your window in the 'box', you'll need to shim it THEN screw it to the studs. Usually, shim on BOTH sides of where you're screwing. Finishing off the inside of the house will be easier than the outside. I don't know how to do that on the outside since working w/aluminum/tin is not in my 'bag'.

Here are a couple of window installation links that may help. If you can't finish the job, you may want to hire a pro, perhaps for the 1st half or the 2nd half of the job, at worst. At best, have him do the whole thing. If wiring or plumbing is there, you need to be aware of that so BE CAREFUL!

<a href="http://hem.dis.anl.gov/eehem/97/970114.html">Installing A Window</a> and <a href="http://daveosborne.com/dave/articles/window.php?PHPSESSID=2bd0ab25063cb2269efd7f6b773c0584">Installing A Window In An Existing Wall</a>

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

Jay J

08:35AM | 08/01/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Ooops!

Hi newdinc,

For starters, you measure the 'square' dimensions of the new window. (I.E., make measure of its WIDEST and HIGHESTS 'points'.) Then, add 1" to each dimension. The L and W are now your 'rough out' measurements. You now need to build (or box-out) a rough-out sized area in the wall. If you need to cut studs, you MUST install studs in the cavity to hold up the wall BEFORE you cut. HOPEFULLY, you're only having to cut 1 stud when you're all through. If you have to cut more, I suggest you call a Pro.

I'll assume that the 'thickness' of the new window is the same thickness as your wall. (If not, again, call a Pro.) Once you set your window in the 'box', you'll need to shim it THEN screw it to the studs. Usually, shim on BOTH sides of where you're screwing. Finishing off the inside of the house will be easier than the outside. I don't know how to do that on the outside since working w/aluminum/tin is not in my 'bag'.

Here are a couple of window installation links that may help. If you can't finish the job, you may want to hire a pro, perhaps for the 1st half or the 2nd half of the job, at worst. At best, have him do the whole thing. If wiring or plumbing is there, you need to be aware of that so BE CAREFUL!

Installing A Window and Installing A Window In An Existing Wall

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

newdinc

10:09AM | 08/01/01
Member Since: 07/31/01
4 lifetime posts
To Jay J. from Newdinc
Thank you ever so much for your help!!You were very helpful and kind for helping someone in need.
God Bless you and your family.
Bonnie

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