help replacing old wood window in brick home


Old 06-21-08, 01:50 PM
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Question help replacing old wood window in brick home

I've done alot of home improvement projects but none in a brick home that was built in 1950, i just want to know if there is a certain type of screw or nail that i am supposed to use for brick as opposed to a wooden house, any comments welcome....thanks
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What you are looking for are called Tapcon screws. They are made for masonry. You will have to drill holes into the brick with a hammer drill. The drill bit size you need will be on the screw box. On some occasions the box will have a bit in it. If the brick you are screwing to are soft you may have a problem getting them to hold. If this is the case and the mortar joints are solid you can drill 1/2" holes and glue in pieces of wood which can be screwed into.

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If this is a true all brick house, 4" block w/brick interlaced to the block, or 8-12" thick of brick, what he said. Tapcons work well. The secret is drilling the correct sized hole.

If brick veneer, the windows are actually set into the brick opening but secured to the wood framing. Plain wood screws work for that, but you will need windows with no nailing fin.
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thanks for the help.....this project probably would have been a lot simpler if we didnt have to replace the frame, but its in the bathroom and its over fifty yrs old now, so the mold ate at it....thanks again
Old 06-22-08, 11:08 AM
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It may not be that bad either. You could remove the old window and replace it with a newer wood window. Some come with all composite sills and brickmold (exterior trim).
Old interior trim could be re-used, and the job would probably only take a couple of hours.

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