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Re: replacement window

Posted By: Phil
Tuesday, 29 May 2001, at 11:34 a.m.

In Response To: replacement window (Ernie Estela)

Carpenters normally build in a wooden subframe around bricks/concrete door and window openings. This makes it easier to install/replace new windows and doors. The opening must account for the extra space for the subframe, which may explain why your window has an extra 4 inches around the opening. I just had an opening cut in a blocks and bricks wall about eight inches thick. I had the opening made to 37 inches wide and 85 inches high. I nailed a wooden sub-frame out of 2X10X8 pieces of pine lumber to the concrete sides of the opening using a power hammer and concrete pins. This leaves me with a rough opening of 34 inches by 82 inches to hang a 32X80 inches door. When I am ready to install the door, I just secure it to the subframe with finishing nails. With the extra space between the door jams, I can use wood shims to level the door. If you are not sure about the measurement, you can have a contractor come out and measure the opening before placing your window order. They may charge about $59 for this service. Doors and windows are sold in increment sizes of 2 inches. Any size that deviate from the norm will require ordering a custom window or building up the subframe to the nearest window size. Hope this help.

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