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06-03-14, 07:31 PM   #1  
Window stool for replacement window

Hi Experts,
I have decided on changing the current wood windows with vinyl replacement windows.Well i have bought the replacement windows and did the install myself.
Now the question is do i change the stool on the windows to butt against the replacement window.
The reason for changing the stool is that the old wood window sash, when closed used to butt against the stool whereas there is about 3/4" gap between the replacement window and the old stool.
I am planning to remove the old stool and put in a new one which would butt against the frame of the replacement window.

Any suggestions on the type of wood to use or if it is good idea in the first place.
I am considering the aesthetics of the window and would want to close the gap with a new stool.

Thanks.
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06-03-14, 08:42 PM   #2  
Sounds like you "could have" installed the replacement window to the interior so that it would meet the old interior trim (your stool and stops) but instead chose to install it to the exterior against the exterior (or blind) stop.

So you have a couple options. A). replace the interior stool and stops. But beware that removing the stool (and apron) will almost certainly screw up the finish on the woodwork. B). remove the replacement window, install a 3/4" filler against the exterior (blind) stop and then reinstall the window.

BTW, congratulations on being 1 in 1000 who actually calls the stool by its correct name.

Hard to give a suggestion on the type of wood sight unseen. We don't know if it's painted or stained. So either a description or a picture would be nice.

 
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06-05-14, 07:28 AM   #3  
Thanks XSleeper, appreciate your response.
I have already installed the windows and have completed caulking around the window. According to your first point, when you mentioned that it will screw up the wood work did you mean the woodwork on the stool? If that is the case then i would not bother about it since i am refinishing the whole room.
My idea to install the replacement window against the outside stop is because there is about an inch space around the inside and wanted to put the blinds in there instead of fixinf them against the outside trim above the window. What is your take on this.

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06-05-14, 08:06 PM   #4  
What I meant was that it's usually impossible to get "just" the stool out by itself... without damaging the bottom ends of the casing. You didn't post a picture of your window trim so I am just imagining that you have casing sitting down on top of the stool and an apron below it. The stool was installed first, then the casing sits on top. Sometimes it will even be toenailed into the casing from below. Removing the stool only is not usually possible without removing other trim (like the apron) so that the stool can be rolled DOWN to separate it from the casing. It's also nailed to the sill, so those nails need to either be cut with a sawzall or pulled out with the stool. To do that you usually have to remove the casing so that you can pry the stool upward, pulling those sill nails out along with it.

Installing the window farther out to make room for blinds is a good reason to move the window out. I know some old windows sure didn't leave much room between the window and the casing for them, since old venetian blinds were thick and were usually either wall mounted or mounted on the casing itself.

You still didn't mention staining or painting. When you say you are refinishing the room that doesn't mean a whole lot... are you trying to match anything as far as style of trim or stain color or ???

 
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