Forum Title: Replacing metal frame window mounted in brick wall
Working on house made of block walls, approximately 5.25 thick. There are presently single pane windows mounted in metal frames installed throughout the house. I would like to remove these windows and install double pane insultated windows. I was thinking of removing the current windows and using framing each opening with 2x6 lumber. Hopefully, this will allow me to obtain a standard size opening for the the replacement window and give me something to easily attach the window to. What would you recommend for installation of the wood frames to the block walls? At present the window openings are: (approx. will get better measurements prior to window purchase) 71 wide x 38 high 48 wide x 26 high 40 wide x 26 high 40 wide x 39 high 46 wide x 38 high Any other recommendations on installation, all ideas will be considered?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: MICHELLE LOPEZ (Schenectady, NY), 01/05/2019

Hi easelpad, Just some FYI. When I test homes with new windows, the new windows often leak. Make sure the leak you are feeling is coming from around the window as opposed to the window itself. Incense sticks can provide a little gentle smoke to help. Also, for the gap between the rough and the window, I usually apply the non-expanding foam to seal them tight. Make sure it is non-expanding and fill the cavity a little at a time, as I have had it push on the frame. If the gap is too thin to get the straw all the way in, I use a drill to carefully give me access, as the foam will fill that hole as well. GL Bud

- JIMMIE BALL (Palm Bay, FL), 03/04/2019

This is a block constructed house. The walls are entirely made of what I am assuming to be the smaller sized cinder block type blocks?!?!? The metal frame windows are the old heavy L frames, with single pane windows which swing out to open. I guess I could cut the enterior grids out of them and use the perimeter frame to attach the new window to...... what do you think? I am just more used to working on wood framed houses, so thought by framing the windows in I could at least get back to wood framing. But if I can get a good seal using the above method, it would save some time and money.

- JACOB GREENE (Pomona, CA), 02/04/2019

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