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lannton

05:46PM | 12/10/01
Member Since: 12/09/01
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Help...

I just got new vinyl replacement windows and I want to make sure they were installed correctly. When I walked around during installation, I noticed that some of the windows did not fit snug. I figured this was expected seeing as my home is over 25 years old. My question is, some windows had gaps that were about 1/8 to a 1/5 on one side of the window (i.e. upper left side). Should they have used shims or filled the gap with anything other than caulking. I'm no expert, but it seems to me a gap over a certain size should be filled with something other than caulking.

Any help/advice you can give me would be great. I have the manager coming over to discuss this issue and I want to sound like I have some clue as to what I'm talking about. On the other hand, maybe they are correct and I don't have a clue.

Thanks in advance for the help.


rpxlpx

05:54AM | 12/11/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
A gap of no more than 1/5 inch is not much. Just my opinion that caulk is OK. As to shims, those should be to level and square the windows, but not to fill spaces.
If there are no other concerns with the installation, I think I'd be happy with it.

DH

02:20PM | 12/11/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Any gaps as small as you mention are fillable with caulking any thing 3/8" and over requires backing rod.

Your windows were a retro fit, you must expect that the openings are not true, as long as the windows are square level and plumb, I would accept the job.

DH

02:21PM | 12/11/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Any gaps as small as you mention are fillable with caulking any thing 3/8" and over requires backing rod.

Your windows were a retro fit, you must expect that the openings are not true, as long as the windows are square level and plumb, I would accept the job.

Iceman

09:10PM | 12/11/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
302 lifetime posts
DH,
Do you always repeat yourself? LOL
Len

DH

03:38PM | 12/12/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Not usually, modem hung up, redialed and posted again?????
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