replacing a casement window


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Old 09-08-08, 08:12 PM
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Question replacing a casement window

I own a 1978 home in Kansas and am looking to replace the original single hung/storm windows and the one 3 paned casement window in the front room. I am pretty sure I can replace the single hungs, but not sure how the anderson 3 paned casement is installed. I am looking to replace it with two double hungs mulled together. I have searched the internet many times for a guide on replacing a casement window and have found nothing. Any suggestions? Will there be an exterior blind stop? I am looking at American Craftsman 9500 series or Gerkin vinyl windows. Anything about these? Any help appreciated as I have never replaced a window before. Thanks
 
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I recently replaced three casement windows. They were held in with screws on the inside of the frame. The screws were buried behind the edge of the plaster. I cut the frame with a sawsall on both sides about half way up and broke some of the plaster until I could see the screws. Some of them were easy to remove and others weren't.

Vinyl clad or new construction windows would be a better choice.
 
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Old 09-09-08, 11:20 AM
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Why?

Why would you go with vinyl clad or new construction versus vinyl replacements? Thanks for the info.
 
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Just to throw something else into the mix....

Are you replacing the casements for looks or because they are in bad shape, or just energy efficiency? Andersen has replacment sashes for many older products that can be had with all the newest things like double pane LoE gas filled glass. I believe they even have vinyl clad sashes for older non clad product, not 100% on that tho.
 
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Originally Posted by lmcdill
Why would you go with vinyl clad or new construction versus vinyl replacements? Thanks for the info.
I would go with vinyl clads or new construction windows for the simple reason that they are more efficient when it comes to heat retention. If you live in the tropics, disregard that.
 
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They are single pane, beat up, screens are bent, doesn't open or close very well, just basically rough. I did pop a piece of trim off and saw that each pane is held in by metal clips/brackets with staples. I might just have to hire this window done. I will do more inspecting to see what I have to remove and don't have two. Any other hints or tricks for these? Do they utilize an exterior stop? Thanks for the replies.
 
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Old 09-09-08, 05:32 PM
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Also has anyone dealt with American Craftsman 9500 series? The local hardware store sells Silverline, which I realize is also American Craftsman and they sell Gerkin. It is very hard to find comments on Gerkins. The window guy at the store likes the Gerkins better. Check them out and let me know what you think. Gerkin.com. Thanks for the help.
 
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Old 09-09-08, 05:41 PM
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Since you said A/C , the same type HD sells in some parts of the country....

They aren't bad, they are the top replacement line Silverline sells. There are better windows out there for the same price, depending on your area.

The problem is putting a DH replacement into a casement. No sloped sill, different type of install, problems with water intrusion, etc.

Are your current windows wood?
 
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Yes they are wood anderson windows. I found on the net that they are Silverline. Have you heard of Gerkin? Not an extreme amount of options out here in Hays Kansas.
 
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Andersen bought Silverline about hmmm 4 yrs ago. to get a foot in the lucrative all vinyl window market, and to cement their relationship with HD in many regions.

Gerkin sounds like a pickle...lol.....but they may make a good product, I don't know. Always feel its better to go with a widely distributed national brand. I'd trust the recommendation of a few local guys that have used them, over some old dude on the 'net with too much time on his hands.. again..lol.

Ask for a few folks that have bought them and call to find out what they thought. Homeowners or diy'rs if possible, some installers like things that are cheap and go in quick.
 
 

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