Basement windows

Old 10-16-05, 08:25 AM
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Basement windows

Ok, Call me a dreamer. I'm a fairly handy individual so I thought "Hmm.. basment windows. I can do that". Then I ran into something I was not expecting at all, of course. So here's the thing...

House was built in 1960, so I'm assuming so where these windows. They appear to be steel framed, glass is just hanging in there with two metal triggers on each side. Basically an energy nightmare. I went to remove then and noticed that the bottom of the frame seems to be cemented directly to the blocks of the foundation. Is this normal?? Did they figure that basement windows would never need replacing?

Anyway... my questions are really this. What's involved with removing these frames and cement? Is it responsbile that a diy'er can handle it? If not, who do I call to replace these, a contractor or a window shop?

Thanks for any info. -Jim
Old 10-16-05, 12:44 PM
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Yes, that's pretty normal. Reading the following old thread may help you get an idea of how to tear them out:

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