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Migard Retrofit Window Installation Questions

Old 05-25-07, 09:55 PM
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Migard Retrofit Window Installation Questions

I've been hired by a friend to install a small retrofit window in a bathroom. The current window is an aluminum casement window, and the retrofit window is a Milgard Z Bar vinyl horizontal slider (already purchased and delivered). As this is my first time with this type of window, I have a couple of questions about the process:

1) Milgard says to use AAMA 2410 for the installation procedure. You can review this on their website (PDA format) and save it, but cannot print it out! I guess its a copyright thing, or something. I called Milgard but the operator just sent me to some guys voicemail, and he never called back. It seems like a pretty straightforward installation procedure, but it would be nice to have something I can take to the jobsite. Anyone know where I can print out a hard copy of this document (or equivalent) from the internet? This is pretty ridiculous of Milgard to not even provide handy installation instructions with their window!

2) Apparantly there will be a fairly wide gap (maybe about 3/4") between the new window frame edges (4 sides), and the interior sheetrocked sides of my existing window "cutout". What do they expect you to do about this gap? Won't it look weird and unsightly? What is the best way to trim this out? Do you have to buy special trim hardware from Milgard, or do you just buy some sort of stock trim at the hardware store? The AAMA procedure says nothing.

3) What is the easiest way to remove the hinged casement window from the frame? Its attached with aluminum rivets. Just drill them out, maybe?

I'm hoping to get a response to this question pretty quickly. I plan to start on Tuesday. Thanks!

Old 05-26-07, 04:20 AM
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1. I agree, but if that is how they do business, next time do business elsewhere.
2. Better maesuring would have helped the gap, but too late for that. I would just trim it with vinyl or composite molding as is normal with any window. Plastic will not be a problem in a bathroom. But fill the gap with a non expanding foam like DAP or the blue can of urethane faom at big box.
3. Sashes on most casement are removable without drilling or cutting. Look closer, there may be enlarged holes in the slide that the traveler slips out of, or the arms pop lose from their pins.
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professional installer:

what style of wall surrounds the window? Whatever surrounds the window can be replaced to extend and mask the gap. If there is cedar brick mold, .75 " gap is minimal. replace all the brick mold with new cedar with a portable table saw.

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