Cheap Windows for House




I am very cheap by nature,
so when i decided to start working on the house, i had decided to make it as inexpensive as possible, Free is even better.
well, we have this house that was built in 1957 and the heater was bad, the grade was bad, the doors, windows and the lack of insulation in the ceiling made it vary cold in the winter and vary hot in the summer, I had decided that i need to fix the problems, and one of those projects involved replacing the windows. Well there seems to be a lot of people here where i live that like to tear down old homes and build McMansions worth millions of dollars, in the process the previous house gets mowed down, you can contact the owners and they will let you take whatever you want, (the more stuff going the land fill is equal to more money that needs to be spent.) regardless, it means that you can get stuff for free.
this instance i knew the owner and he had just replaced the windows 2 years ago, and said i could have the windows. So i went over with a screwdriver and a crowbar and proceeded to remove all of the windows. next thing i knew, i had eight relatively new windows.
and here is how i installed them in my house, maybe this will help out some one.

here is one of the windows i replaced, i did the same process for all of the windows

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Step 1: Removing the Windows

this is easy, place the window in the middle of the track, grab the top and bottom of the window, push it back into its track and at the same time pull it out from the front.

Step 2: Pull Out the Tracks

use a power screw driver, goes faster

Step 3: Pull Out the Otherside

Step 4: Clean Up the Tracks

now you have hole that needs a new window.
i used a paint brush to clean up the dirt left behind

Step 5: Frame the Window in to Fit Your New Window

i used one side of the track for a template on the 2x4

i had to shim out the 2x4 1/2 inch on one side and 1/4 inch on the other side.

(i built this table and posted instructions in one of my last instructables.)
It has turned out to be a very robust table, i use it for everything. and it can support well over a 1000 lbs.

Step 6: I Left My Great Stuff on the Bench Over Night and Noticed It Grew Up

thess pictures were take at 2 diffrent times 8 hours apart

Step 7: Pop in the New Window

make sure you use a square to square it up
I used 3 4 inch deck screws on both sided to keep it in place.

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    12 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Want to replace screen on my porch with windows


    3 years ago

    Instead of posting a reply to this loser, just flag the post so it gets removed.


    3 years ago

    Wow! Attacking someone for recycling 2-year old windows and who is trying to help others out? You are truly the lowest form of life on Earth! It doesn't surprise me that you are so uneducated you can't even spell the word "company's" correctly. What a complete loser! You are bitter beyond words. Your life totally SUCKS, what a WASTE!!! My God! I really feel sorry for worms like you. You have my pity at least.


    8 years ago on Step 6

    LMAO!!!! Oh, my! I bet that was interesting to encounter the next time. I too have been surprised by foam that 'grew'.


    12 years ago

    FYI, you'll want to use low expanding foam for this kind of thing, I can tell you that I've fixed windows like this where the "other guy" used the wrong foam, the result is a broken or misaligned window.

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    Reply 12 years ago

    its funny, im actually not using foam, (i wanted to but the foam grew up, i should post a picture of it) regardless, i dont need it anyway, the windows fit so perfectly that none is needed, im just using indoor/outdoor paintable silicone calk to fill in the 1/32 -1/16 inch gap between the window frame and window. i will post a followup picture. at the same time, i like the idea of using a low expanding foam, its hard to control the otherstuff and it gets everywhere and this old house needs foam from time to time. thanks!


    Reply 12 years ago

    That's cool, I'll be taking care of some windows in our house, the guys that renovated it must have bought every single window that was in the "mix n match" area of window makers convention, aluminum, vinyl, sash etc etc... Got to love "flippers" LOL...


    12 years ago

    ummm....which pictures are you guys talking about that are so horribly rotated? I mean a few are taken at angles, but come on, sometimes theres just no better shots. If you rotate one of those pictures, you lose a good chunk of the picture. If you can't imagine what it really looks like without rotating the picture, either move your monitor, or get out more often. :D Good instructable!

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    12 years ago

    Sorry, I trust that better. I just don't seem to notice when a picture is sideways, i think my brain is miswired somewhere.


    12 years ago

    yes, its not that hard to rotate a picture. Please rotate the pictures and repost.


    12 years ago

    Thanks for the effort, but it'd be nice if I didn't have to crane my neck to see the pictures.