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07-12-16, 07:32 AM   #1  
Old Windows with Sash Cords

Hello. I am looking to replace some old windows that happen to have the old sash rope cords. I am going to replace the windows with new construction windows since the old wood is rotted outside of the house. My question is exactly what I should replace to. Since the windows have spacing between the 2x4s and the window currently for the sash cord, should I measure to that piece of wood or should I remove that and go straight to the 2x4s. The window opening will be larger and require me to replace the inside trim, but that isn't a big deal. Wasn't sure how people do it...Should I just insulate the opening where the cord is today or if I should go with a larger window to the 2x4s?

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07-12-16, 11:03 AM   #2  
The exterior (your siding opening) is generally more important than the interior, since you generally want to keep the exterior trim symetrical. You didn't say what the exterior is, and you can always post a picture.

 
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07-12-16, 11:17 AM   #3  
Hello

The siding is Cedar Shingles and I plan on replacing that as well as I replace the windows.

 
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07-12-16, 03:56 PM   #4  
OK. Personally, I would probably plan on tearing out the window then pad the opening with 1 1/2" bucks on every side. (This will ensure you have a double stud on each side and will give you more solid nailing surface for your interior and exterior trim).

So if you have the trim torn off and can see your rough opening, (once weights are gone... if you have lathe over the weight cavities, cut that away with a sawzall) measure that RO and subtract 4" each way. That will give you a window with 1/2" of space per side for shims and insulation.

 
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07-15-16, 07:04 AM   #5  
That sounds perfect. Appreciate it!

 
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07-15-16, 07:15 AM   #6  
Be sure the people you order the window from understand that you are giving them the exact measurement of the window size that you want.

On more than one occasion I have had a salesperson subtract another inch from the measurements I give them. If they can only enter rough opening measurements into their computer, then give them the RO.

 
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