DIY: How to install new window on old house



okay pretty exciting here we're gonna take this window out that's about my guess million years old and we're gonna put a new one doing new double-hung window so I'll show you how to do it should be a lot of fun here's the old window now what we're gonna do is I got this metal screening already take it off they had like a storm window it's been em a time all the screws are all rotted off so I just pulled it out the windows right there it just came out pretty easy we'll take this trim off you know around here I already took some of the trim off on the inside but I'll go through with you let you know how to figure out what size of window to get so let's go any inside take a look at this before we get inside here's the new window we're gonna put in a typical double hung window this is a impact glass and the pressure drop rating so we're gonna have some clips we got to put on this one shouldn't be too big of a deal but I just got out of the box and just look at the rough opening size for it and you know measured it up made sure it all look good it does look good so let's go inside and we'll review a few things here we are in the inside you got a look at now is uh you know before you get too far into this you got to figure out how big this window is how big the rough opening is behind it so you know you got some as you can see you got some you know stuff on the way here so my suggestion to you is if you're doing it yourself take the trim off take the trim off the window the existing window and you can sort of get your scale on here you know this one's about 34 but at the same time you can feel back there and you feel there's nothing there you know there's a little bit of room back there so it's probably a little bit bigger than 34 so you figure that out you do the same top to bottom you figure out how big your hole is and again you can usually feel down there you can feel a little bit more room so you know it's a little bit deeper a little bit higher than what you're actually seeing right here so you go to your anderson window brochure whoever makes your windows and get something that fits in there if you have to get something a little bit smaller you never want to put a bigger window and then your rough opening because that's a lot of that's a lot of swearing okay if you got to build in a little bit in each side up and down with a piece of wood or two not a big deal when you got to get into you know knocking a 2×4 out or taking one of these horizontal pieces out you're gonna hate that so like I said if you get if you fill the wall back here and you figure it's 35 or whatever don't put a 36 wide in there put something a little bit smaller put a 34 and a half or you know go down one size well you'll find with these new windows is even though they're the same size or maybe a little smaller their glass area is so much bigger this thing is gonna look like a you know something out of a submarine compared to when I put that new window in here so anyway let me tear this window out and get a little closer to putting a new one in okay about 20 minutes later everything that was there is pretty much on the ground these old windows they don't put up much of a fight to get out they come up pretty easy so I got it all taken out now my openings 37 and a half by 58 so I got the window laying on the ground now it's pretty windy I don't want to lean it up against something and have it blow over so the top the bottom is about 57 and the widthwise of the window is 54 so you know I got to go or 30 34 sorry so I got to go from 34 to 37 and a half two by fours one and a half so I put a couple two by fours and one on each side and that would bring that right into you know 34 three four and a half inches top and bottom you know I got 50 58 rough opening it's 37 oh sorry 58 rough opening I got about a 56 and a half probably 57 be fine so I got a make a skinny one inch and if you either put a 1 inch on the bottom or I can put a half inch top and bottom whatever I got laying around so I'll figure that out so that's it so I got a frame it in a little bit from what we got and pop this sucker in there had to go in pretty easy okay let's do it so some of this siding was the 1-inch stuff they had here was getting in a way because I would have put a piece of wood to build this up again this wide I don't want to go this wide I want to go this way that's where the that's where the windows gonna be hooking against so I want to get the want to get this flush so I did that my trusty sawzall out in the ladder here just shaved it down here got it all nice and smooth not a big deal this is like hemlock or something it gives up pretty quick so and if I got a little bump or two it's not a big deal but now I'll put a I'll put a base on here whatever width it is then I'll put two vertical stringers here I don't want to put anything on the top because I want to get the top and bottom about even and there's nothing right now to nail into here you know because right now we're at the siding so I'll bring this up you know the width of a 2×4 and I could probably sneak it under there if I needed to the face you know the flange of the window so good now here we go I built in a frame and again it was old Woods who wasn't perfect so you know any time you put a piece of wood like this and check it and you know mostly these old houses are pretty good and you know what I did I it wasn't great so I put a shim underneath it on the side so I got this thing just about a plum or I should say level plum is vertical and same with these things you know this came out pretty good I didn't do no shimmy at all so I left about a 3/4 of an inch left to right here to get the window and so you'll split the difference there and you know one thing I found all these old houses is you know you can see that's not quite perfect but if you look at the house it's not quite perfect either so it's a catch-22 what do you do right you make it perfect that would put a you know kick the window out quite a bit at the bottom as you try to make it the same as what's there right or wrong that's what I do so anyway I got it pretty even the whole way up so I'll be able to put that into a no problem and sand weighing it down get that in there like I said this one has a bracket so I'll have to fit all that a little bit but then I'll shim up if needed try to get it even in the hole and I'll try to get it even out here too you want to even reveal here cuz you're gonna be putting some to buy whatever here for outside trim and you want it even you don't want it like one inch on one side and six inches on the other side you want to get it within you know that way you see it from the bridge you won't see too much yeah I see it you don't want to be obvious anyway okay let me keep playing okay here's the beast in it what smooth as usual you can see I added a little bit of material here like I say the worst thing you want to do if you put a new window in the old house and this is a replacement window really because you're replacing an old window you already got a hole in the house it's not a new hole it's the same hole you just make a little smaller so I would say us a replacement window but it is what they Lowe's or Home Depot would consider new construction has this flange here a replacement window if you ever look at them you know you're expected to use the wood you already have for the window you just take the panes out and built in from there but usually that wood is so rotted and again you can see that the wood I took out it's it's wonderful that's the old window weights that cool thing is these window weights are still attached to the ropes that's a nice story but anyway so the window went in no problem so now I got to get some you know some 2×4 and do a little song and trimming and whatever and the crap out of it no big deal and on the inside I got to do a you know I got a mess with I got a mess with the trim on the inside like I said it's not too bad plumb wise you can see it's a little bit off it it's pretty much even with the house you know you look at it this way and it's pretty sweet you know see a shim it up a little bit usually if you got a good solid base here like I did I got that pretty level I put a couple spacers underneath there to get the where the windows gonna sit pretty level and you don't have to do much messing with it and you just put a tack in every one of these holes and on the inside there's some bracketry I got an anchor in but I'll get to that tomorrow and you know I got to get a bunch of trim and start trimming it up so that'll probably take easily as long as putting in this window because these windows usually go in fast but they finish slow so hope this is a good video for you if you ever have to do this product to your house don't be too intimidated take your time you know figure out where you're at get everything like I say get the window a little smaller not a little bigger and you'll be you'll be doing good so of course if you're up 20 feet in the air it gets a little tougher but usually people will bring them in from the inside of the house and you know put them in place put them outside and bring them back inside so you usually have two people I just had myself and my 11 year old girl helper and she did pretty well so I hope you had a good video bye okay here we are the windows all trimmed up it takes a while for the trim and I really don't expect this video to be anything about the trim just basically you know how to figure how big a window to get really that's the hard part you figure that out you get the window in you'll figure out how to trim it when I do the trimming I just put a simple side here this is a 1 by 3 you know this is a 1 by whatever usually I rip it to the width of the wall you know you want this stuff to lay flat but anyway I don't buy the jams the jams will cost way too much money from Anderson so I just get to select pine and anyway rip it then I put a 1 by 3 and down here I'll put a 1 by 4 I leave the edge you go a little long and maybe chamfered or something pretty simple stuff I mean you can go crazy with trim you could easily spend as much money on the trim as you do in the window so and I'll show you outside to what it looks like looks pretty good so I'll just let this for the person who owns it and let them figure out what they want to stain it if they stain a great as long as they figure out what stain to put on I can do that not a big deal it's a little bit of a pain because when you're saying these things you gotta wash you don't get the glass fit anyway here's the outside I trim this up too I just put to buy whatever I got whatever I needed and cut him down you know what a little above tried to get the sides even when I put the window and I was pretty close so I only had to rip one size of these I put it in there then on the top I put a piece up there then I also put a piece of corner flashing up there I slid that underneath underneath shakes and talked the crap out of it you can see I got a bunch of right here I usually beat it on a lot of people were better than me about with caulking but I usually beat it on and hit up my finger to smooth it out a lot of people don't even have to do that they're much better so that's it I'll let that dry a little bit paint it white and put the screen in I got to take a film off too and be done so I hope you enjoyed the video

28 Comments

  • Robert Preston

    April 13, 2019

    Where is the moisture shield or flashing or weather guard . The most important part you forgot. Before you make a install video you should first learn how to install properly yourself.

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  • DTRAX33

    April 13, 2019

    great video, this helped me in replacing a window in my house that was built in the 30's.

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  • Richard Dolesh

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks for the video! Appreciate your advice to go 'smaller' and not bigger–to avoid headaches. Thanks!

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  • ManInTheBigHat

    April 13, 2019

    Wait, wait. I can't see what you're measuring from in the dark.

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  • Bob Roper

    April 13, 2019

    Among the poorest "how to" videos I've watched. He failed to compensate for the bright out door light and most of the interior shot are too dark to know what you're looking at. The camera work is terrible. Sorry. I know he was trying to be helpful.

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  • Youtube Comments

    April 13, 2019

    Wanted to see a professionally finished job. And I see this hideous window.

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  • James Horrocks

    April 13, 2019

    This guy should be happy with his work. He shouldnt be teaching others though. Totally skipped flashing to keep water out. Flashing also prevent drafting. Dont use his instructions.

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  • P. Ndebt

    April 13, 2019

    Just another caulking gun carpenter..wtf i'll go fix it when it goes bad..If you don't get good flashing tucked in you are screwing the customer. Really getting sick of seeing people get screwed over..go learn the trade properly please.

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  • Mao Touch

    April 13, 2019

    This is not very helpful, why bother making this video?

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  • no no

    April 13, 2019

    Thank you for uploading I am a 40 year old single mom of four, something that would have cost me $3,000 to do I was able to do for 800 because of this video, I appreciate the time you took to record and explain window replacement. Thank you ?

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  • 985432

    April 13, 2019

    is this a joke? you can’t be serious!

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  • Marie Edward

    April 13, 2019

    Waterproofing?!! This window will fail in no time

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  • mr. JH

    April 13, 2019

    You did everything wrong. From the housing inspection CV inspector.

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  • Mystery47

    April 13, 2019

    ALMOST PERFECT. Your old window looks like my old windows. Everything was great EXCEPT you didn't show putting the window in the hole. Do replacement windows slide in from the inside or the outside? Did you shim it up to allow for expansion? Did you foam and weather seal around the window and how did you do it? What's the difference between new construction windows and replacement windows? Can you use either as a replacement window? Does one have an advantage over the other? TOO MUCH LEFT UNANSWERED. DO THE VIDEO OVER.

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  • David Jessee

    April 13, 2019

    I could have installed 3 replacement windows in the time of this video of you replacing a wondow with a new construction window..

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  • David Bertrand

    April 13, 2019

    Bad lighting. Need redoing video.

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  • John Spiro

    April 13, 2019

    Where can I get the 2x whatever size? I'm trying to install my windows but I can't find that size anywhere. Great video.

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  • Indy Debauchery

    April 13, 2019

    Bro are you using a pink tape measure???
    No need to look manly while building when you can look like a woman.

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  • John Pelletier

    April 13, 2019

    Go here instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfjDBzbwQDA

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  • James Newman

    April 13, 2019

    Yah and what about how to seal and finish that outside???? Thats the hardest part… he said it himself!!

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  • JAlly Farms

    April 13, 2019

    dont you need a permit for changing windows?

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  • Tony P

    April 13, 2019

    No sealant tape/putty?

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  • Chinook Helomech

    April 13, 2019

    You cannot pass knowledge to someone else, when you skimp over major parts of your process by using zero lighting on your indoor shots so badly that no one can see what you were measuring as to the size of the old window. If you are going to post DIY videos to show off your skills, actually show HOW to do your projects will less skill or know;ledge than you have can understand everything and follow along.

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  • Carlitos Carlitos

    April 13, 2019

    ??

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  • Scott osborne

    April 13, 2019

    Love the pink tape measure! Is that yours or does it belong to your helper? JK. Great Video!

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  • Sand Foundation

    April 13, 2019

    Fucked er buds.

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  • Slowed Hits

    April 13, 2019

    ?

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  • Michael Nord

    April 13, 2019

    A how to talk about replacing a window not a show you how to do the work hahaha

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