Replacing windows is not really as difficult as you would think it is. It is not imperative that you hire professional window installers when replacing an individual window. It will take a little bit of sweat equity, some instructions. General household tools and a little bit of time and you can install your replacement windows. Every type and brand of windows is a little bit different so it is imperative to look into the directions that came with your window to properly install it.
So the first thing you will need to do to install your replacement window is to get together all the tools you will need to complete the project. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of the job. And realize you don’t have everything you need to do a finish the job. Most jobs will be completed with items you have around the house from previous work that you might have done. The following is a detailed list for most replacement windows. Be sure to double check the instructions included in the box with your new replacement window also. You will need; clear caulk and caulk gun, a small pry bar, hammer, tape measure, shims, square. Level, utility knife, chisel for wood, drill, sandpaper, saw and the actual window.
The first step to replacing a window is to order the replacement window. You will want to take measurement from the inside window jam. You will take six measurements in total. First measure the middle of the window jamb to the opposite middle of the jamb from top to bottom and then side to side. The other four measurements will be to the left and right of the first two measurements from the center of the window. You will use the smallest measurement you get. There will be a difference in measurements from wear and time but hopefully they will be within a quarter inch of each other.
The next step is to remove the old window. From the inside of the house you will remove the stops and sash. The sash is the moving part of the window and the stops are the part that prevents the sash form falling into the house. You will want to be very careful and try and salvage whatever materials. You can from the existing window to use in the replacement. This includes the window sash and stops. You may need to use your utility knife and shims to protect some materials. By running the knife down the cut any paint that might have adhered to the old window.