Window term help (w/ pictures)

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Old 11-29-08, 11:14 AM
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Window term help (w/ pictures)

The previous owner of our house replaced the original window with some cheap unknown brand vinyl window in our bedroom. I'm trying to "complete" it now that I'm restoring the rest of the trim in the room - not to mention the fact that it leaks air like crazy.

I'm trying to figure out the correct terms for what needs to be done (ie: what was left out from completing the original install) but seem to be little more than confusing myself. The original windows are all flush depth with the wall with the storm window being more where this window is located so I don't even have any other examples to go by.



Another full-window view is at http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3294/...0054220f_o.jpg.

There is a gap on both vertical sides which were stuffed with pink insulation as well as at the top, which has some sort of vinyl attachment piece connected to the window. Is the portion of wood that is visible the rough opening with the wood framing visible? Do I need to look for a jamb liner or is it that "finished" part just casing?

I've done dozens of searches here and through search engines but part of the problem is I'm likely not searching the correct terms so I've not been able to find anything. Help is VERY appreciated!
 
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you can throw in some interior stops around the window and then install some casing(window trim).
 
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It looks like you have a replacement window that has been put into an existing window frame. The top of the window is covered by an interior stop, but it looks like the interior stop on the sides of the window is missing. It's hard to tell from the pictures.

So, as Krypton mentioned, you just need to cover the sides of the window with a "stop", which is just a piece of wood that is big enough to cover that gap... usually about 1/2" thick, 1 1/4" wide. You won't be able to go to the store and find anything that's exactly that size- usually it takes a table saw to rip stock down to the right size.
 
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Do yourself a favor. You have very basic molding and it will be easy to remove it and install minimally expanding foam (blue) behind where the boards are. I think you will find that is where your cold air is coming in. Replace the trim and install either quarter round or square stop molding as krypton said where the insulation is showing, but do it all around the window.
 
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Thanks a million guys! I'm so used to the "old" wood windows and, despite all the diagrams and window term glossaries, couldn't figure out all of the equivalent pieces.

As for the leaking air, it's actually coming from the window - when stripping the (literal) dozens of layers of paint I was taping up the seems of the molding and around the window to prevent the feeling that I was turning into an ice cube. Unfortunately, it didn't help at all. The majority seems to be coming in where the sash rails meet and the night vents, with a slightly smaller amount coming out at the tilt latches on either side.

I'm going to try to put more weatherstripping on it and hope that it helps some. If the window isn't plumb, there is nothing we can do until spring and I'm not taking it out unless we have a better replacement ready to go.

Thanks again for all of the help!
 
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I have the exact same windows at home I think. They look nearly identical and the previous owner had them installed. I always wanted to know if they were good or cheap. How do you know they are cheap? Thanks.


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