Replacing a window is a delicate job. It asks in priority, a permanent check of the verticality of the elements because it is essential that the window is perfectly plumb so that it does not tend to open or to close itself.
- Packer's hammer
- Bubble level
- Wedge set
- Wooden ruler
- Joint trowel
- Brick square
- Sealing tabs
- Wood screws
- Half-round baguette
- Prepare the frame of the frame
- Fixing the frame
Prepare the frame of the frame
1. The fixed part of the window (its frame) is called the frame. It must be integral with the wall that surrounds it. The stability of the frame is essential to the good behavior of the window. Joinery is one of the most exposed building elements. The frame must be securely sealed. Dig up reserves in the thickness of the masonry (housing every 70 cm approximately) with a chisel (here with damper) and mass.
2. The reserves made in the masonry, locate the location of the brackets on the sides of the frame. Screw them firmly, the lips of the legs to be spread apart so that the anchoring is solid.
3. Introduce the window frame into the bay. The frame must be positioned on the inside of the wall. Be sure to respect the direction of opening the window. The anchors have positioned themselves in their respective reserves. Using the level and a set of wooden blocks, block the frame up to the lintel. For this, make bevel wedges. Balance the frame gradually with small hammers, until it takes its place properly. Check the horizontality of the base of the frame and the verticality of its sides with a bubble level.
Fixing the frame
4. Check the frame against the plumb line. If necessary, correct the position of the shims as before. Adjust the verticality of the frame. The slightest defect at this level is important. To avoid this, nail (outer side) a wooden batten at each corner to obtain perfect right triangles (especially if it is a large window).
5. Screw the top cross member of the frame to the wood panel on the underside of the opening. This will prevent the frame from falling or moving afterwards. Wedge the lugs for the strength of the whole.
6. Place the window on the hinges. Check, by folding it on the frame, that the frame is not deformed. Make the necessary corrections, always playing on the holds: the carpentry is ready. All you have to do is seal the fixing brackets of the frame and make the necessary masonry finishes.
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