new window casing on old house

Old 08-07-08, 05:51 AM
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new window casing on old house

I just removed 1970's style pressboard from my 1920's cottage to expose the original wooden clapboard. I was considering putting vinyl up but the clapboard is in decent shape so now I'm thinking of restoring it. Problem is the current window trim/casing protrude (about 1/2 inch) beyond the old clapboard siding. Can I just remove the old trim and replace it with beefy wider trim and what precautions I could take to reduce water penetration?
Old 08-07-08, 03:47 PM
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If they are original windows, the casing was well nailed to the window frame and the window was held in place by the exterior casing. So removing the casing would make the window loose in the opening, held only by the interior trim. You could screw the sides to the house framing, then replace the exterior casing.

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