Bottom of Bay Window Falling Out

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Old 10-08-13, 08:04 PM
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Bottom of Bay Window Falling Out

A note the prior owners left said the bay window was installed in 1989. The word "Advanced" is stamped on some hardware. The siding on the house is vinyl and the bottom of the bay window overlaps it.

The problem is the bottom of the bay window is falling out. It appears to be insulation foam with vinyl facing. I've tried to pull it out with no luck. I would really like to remove it to check for leaks, mold, etc.

If the insert image button worked, you'll see two exterior photos. One shows the front center and the other is taken from below that area. I removed the screws at the bottom of those aluminum pieces. I thought they were holding the vinyl bottom in place. But removing the screws make no difference. The parts of the bottom that are hanging out are on the sides -- not shown -- but you can see how one of the aluminum pieces is displaced because the bottom piece is not tucked up.

So can this piece be removed?

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Old 10-09-13, 06:14 AM
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Now back up so we can see an overall picture.
No clue what that first picture is trying to show.
Something's very wrong with that whole set up.
Looks like someone that had no clue tried to use some new construction windows to try and make there own Bay window.
A real bay would not have had those gaps under the window or in the mullion strip.
The trim with the bead on it would have been under the window not sticking out proud of the window where it's going to cause water to back up under it.
There's no trim covering up the nailing fins.
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Old 10-09-13, 07:39 AM
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I have an overview of the bottom and then photos from lower and lower angles. In the wide-angle you can see the brown edge of the insulation hanging down.

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Again, I'd like to figure out how that bottom part is attached so I can push it up and seal the gaps.
 
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What do you plan on reattaching? And to what?
Sure looks like waters been getting in there for years and has rotted it out.
Looks like the windows may have to come out to get that trim piece off.
 
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Old 10-09-13, 08:59 AM
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I'd like to push the bottom vinyl panel panel up so it doesn't jut down below that aluminum trim. Then push the aluminum trim horizontal against it and screw everything together so I can caulk it.
When I push on the bottom it gives a little but then meet resistance.

See the bottom photo in the last set of photos where the white panel meets the house? I can put my hand behind there and feel that the thickness of the panel is composed of foam and the greenish vying siding is continuous behind the thickness of the panel. So the panel doesn't go into the house, but sits outside it.

I was thinking of just demolishing the bottom with a utility blade and then recreating it.
 
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