How to Remove Aluminum Capping From a Basement Window
The key benefit to having aluminum capping on the basement window is that it is sturdy and easy to maintain. A common repair to make on the capping is to fix a dent. If you find yourself in this situation, here are a few tools and materials that you will need, along with some steps that can help guide you through the process.
Step 1 - Prepare Your Materials
Begin by getting all of your materials ready and together before you start the project. Be sure that you are wearing safety goggles and gloves to protect yourself while removing the aluminum capping from the basement window.
Step 2 - Cut Ends
Using a hacksaw, you can cut the ends from the aluminum capping. Often, if you are removing the capping it is because it is coming undone already. Use one of the loose ends to start when you are cutting. If you are new to using a hacksaw, keep in mind that you should hold the aluminum tightly before you begin cutting. Since you will be at an awkward edge, either have someone hold onto the aluminum capping while you cut clamp it down. Do so because when you start to cut, part of it will begin to come off, putting the capping at an angle and loosening it.
Step 3 - Remove Nails
Once you have cut the aluminum capping, you can use a pry bar to remove any nails left behind with a hammer. Once the nails are gone, you should sand the edges to prevent injury. Doing so also prevents damage to other areas if they hit the ends. You can use a hand sander or a piece of sandpaper, depending on how much there is to do. Gently move back and forth with the sand paper. You aren't looking to remove anything, just to make sure that the edges are soft and not harmful. Then you can use a damp, warm rag to wipe the aluminum so that it isn't full of dust from the sandpaper or debris.