DIY How To Remove and Install A Basement Window



but today is window replacement day not just any window the windows upstairs in the house are really easy to do today we're going to tackle the basement window because if you can do a basement window you can take care of any window or door in your house so what we have here is an awning style window and it's set right in the concrete of the foundation of the home so what we've got to do is remove this clean this up prep the new space to slide the new window in we're just going to take a little bit of work because the homeowner here has done something creative for us this is not window casing this is drywall returns right into the jamb and that means we've got to open up the interior of the building a little bit and try to do this in such a way that when we're done we can cover it with casing and not have to do a lot of Pat's or repair work the process traditionally what the window is simple you take out the glass section you cut the frame you peel the frame off and then you have a nice big hole you just clean up inserts a new window shim it foam it you're done here we're gonna have to resize the inside of the frame so unfortunately instead of just a couple of basic tools and might need to pull out a little bit of special tools and get those done but right now we've gotta get rid of drywall corners without breaking the glass preferably so we got to expose it and get your climb behind yes they just use nails you set up screws and look at I've already put a hole in the wall that's just great sometimes there's just no easy way to do this when you're pulling this corner bead off you got to be really careful this metal is sharp it's galvanized sorta but it rust you can see that so this kind of stuff could cause injuries he just got to be real careful so it amazes me is when people install really tiny little pieces of drywall they use more nails than they doing a whole sheet funny I love my drywall hammer it acts like a great big pry bar hatchet we've got a hammering surface as well gives you a little bit of flexibility so when you're measuring your window before you order for replacement you want to do it from the inside and the outside just to confirm when we were measuring this one we ordered a 48 anticipating that we had a jam extension and then a gap for installation on the side but what we have is because they frame the inside of the house so tight to the jamb to just put a little bit of drywall return although the space where the window is is big enough the space in the wall isn't so we're going to have to live and modification on the actual wall itself here's an earful painting if you do have this kind of window and you have a draft the best way to solve that problem open it up and just line it with a new gasket your compass no need to smash the glass if you take it out one piece okay that's our screen one of the benefits of getting rid of the old is it you don't have to be too careful with it now just a quick word here before you go and start tearing out the healed window and being really committed especially in the wintertime right now it's cold enough but the snow isn't melting you really want to double check your measurements the funny thing is about this job is this is our second attempt the first time the windows are the wrong side so it's glad we didn't just jump ahead and start ripping things apart because it does take a few weeks you should leave where you get them again no risk what we're going to do is we're going to cut through this wood and then start peeling this space open so just use a sawzall kick blade don't have to spend a lot of money on this so you can use this about anything you're just looking for a little leverage you can use a hammer I wouldn't suggest one little small red pry bars just because the edges are sharp and if you flip you're going to put a hole in your hand basically that's it just lift it up and off easier to clean up the mess outside and inside and you will see as this window was installed when we poured the concrete very interesting there we go you know what's coming downwards so we've checked the size of our hole but because they pour the concrete around the frame there's this area down the middle here this trough it's in the way of our new window we're just taking our chisel hello popping that off I don't think it will be in the way but when I go to insulate I want the insulation to be where the glass is and that line represents where the glass is going to be so I don't want to have stone as my insulator we want to get rid of that so we can get our expansion foam in there make sure we're not going to have any draft so here we go another dry effect what we want to do is we want to establish as window is tight to the sill as we can so that we have a nice seal for the moisture but the same time we want to make sure we have enough of a gap that I can get in here and for my installation foam so I just want to get right there a couple of shims now they're not going right through on the outside we have the concrete remember the window was like set into the sill where they had parted up to it so if I don't lift it up too much then we'll still be able to just finish off the outside with a bit of you know acrylic talking you want to level all right so that's perfect doesn't always happen the first time actually no if you watch enough of our videos you've seen that happen a few times it's just perfect every time so here we go we have only a 15 inch tall window so I'm not really going to spend a lot of energy trying to make sure that it's square the way that these are built with those unibody construction this is square it's not going to change putting in a bigger window double check make sure that you're square as well you don't want to put in the window that's level across the bottom but sitting like this it won't operate properly so once you're done filming this in will just confirm that slides are working great now you'll notice lovely they sent it with screws that's for another day we have nothing to screw this into now you could pull out a drill drill a pilot hole and tapcon screw right into the concrete but I'll tell you what if you put an expansion foam around this window and all four sides it's not going anywhere guaranteed so what we're going to do give our sim clean up our space a little bit here and we're going to film it so there are a few different types of expansion foam out there guys that do windows for a living and general contractors I mean we all have our special tools it's like a gun and it has a stop on it so that the foam doesn't harden up and render the rest of the cane useless but for most people you're not going to go out and buy a good 60 or 80 dollar gun to buy the big can that will do ten windows so you're going to run out and grab one of these just a canister of expansion foam nice and simple this is labeled for windows and doors it's a few different kinds this is a low expansion so you actually want to fill the cavity pretty considerably they have other foam it expands marble dealers put so much pressure on the plate that it'll actually make it too hard to open the window it'll actually Bend and bow this window see how that can move use the wrong foam it's going to be pinched and then your window isn't gonna open very well so I always make sure you buy the right product for the job with a cute little knob with no gotta shake the can really good upright position it is control pressure you don't want to fire it too quick there we go now just run the head of your foam it's okay if it comes out not going to hurt anything [Applause] now the goal here is to insulate wear the glasses you don't have to bring it right out to the front of the plan basically you're taking that insulation line of the wall up through the glass and up through to the installation above again now when you get up top then where you got to try to point your hose a little bit I'm going to come from the other angle just so you can see that on the camera better man and I'm just shooting ahead of it like this keeping my nozzle just a little bit beneath inside the window and forcing the foam right to the outside well in that way well here's a little run on tip we've got a little bit of foam left in the can remember the very beginning made a nasty mess on the wall punched a hole with my hammer well here's a tip for you how to fix this mess you can't repair that drywall but you can fill this whole void with this expansion foam it will bond to all the little bits of the drywall there we go what we'll do is we'll come back in about an hour take my utility knife lay it up in the wall slice it off now we only need two coats and Lud's real quick of the taping knife and you're ready to paint and just for good measure as a precaution close your window lock it in position while the foam is drying just in case it's good happen to be in the bigger the window the more you're going to want to have that in position so now we're outside we're just going to seal up the old window important just remove any of this a little bit of extra cocking that's there before this is actually part now we go okay all right so hi talking 101 you want to cut your tip the width of the bead that you want so we're looking at about yeah 3/8 that's good on an angle just like that put this in your gun you have to puncture the seal on the inside first with most of these coffees this is a this is a quad this is very good outdoors it has off gasses you don't want to use this in the home because it'll smell really bad but outdoors the fresh air you're fine this bonds to the stone and to vinyl and wood and metal no matter what you're sealing up on the outside of the house this stuff works for you real good but what you don't want to do is you don't want to work it with your fingers it makes it a heck of a mess so when you're putting it on you want to apply it in such a way that you're pushing it out on in the front of the tube and then the backside of your edge that you cut is actually doing like a snowplow action something like this so you're forcing it into the hole and that is that's it right there see that action that is me forcing the caulking into the hole you do not want to use your finger to rub that afterwards okay take your time nice and slow don't get big dollops of it you do not want to try to wipe it to clean it up because it won't wipe nice it starts to set almost instantly so it is cold outside now this particular caulking is rated for up to minus seven degrees and Laurie Canada so down in the States that's a that's a lot colder check your label they'll have a specifications right here blah blah physical properties application raised -7 up to 38 degrees so if it gets too cold or too hot you can't use it but for the most part this product is pretty much designed for year-round you never have to think twice this is not a silicone silicone you don't want to use outside in the cold weather and so basically the installation is complete can head back inside now clean up vacuum our mess always leave the area cleaner than you found it so now we're finished our window installation I want to check look at that two finger action lovely it's not sticking the last thing we want to do here is we have these channels that are designed for receiving the jam we were just going to cut or Jam down and then put on some casing basic carpentry I'm sure you can all handle that but let's get back to that little how to fix to repair a hole in the wall our foam is no hard I take my knife press it against the drywall slice off the extra oh that little part there is easier we'll shoot up a little bit more foam so the idea is once you're nice and flush here and built up of foam no taping no joint tape no fiberglass just cover it over with your mud give it a couple of coats and you can sand and paint that no time at all you

45 Comments

  • Kosta K.

    April 13, 2019

    Awesome video, many thanks! ?

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  • Eric Diem

    April 13, 2019

    Love the spray foam fixes drywall tip! Thanks for that.

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  • Aaron Tyrrell

    April 13, 2019

    That's why you always make sure your opening is clear and/or do a dry fit. Also, these windows are made for aluminum cladding on the outside, and because you just used caulk, there's is a higher potential for water and ice problems in the future. I like the comment about the spray foam though, a lot of people think it's all the same and screw up what would have been a decent job.

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  • American Prepper

    April 13, 2019

    Sooooo, is there a different video somewhere on how to measure, and what? You commented on doing it wrong once; what did you measure wrong and how do we avoid that?

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  • Pavel Nesterov

    April 13, 2019

    No pointing guns at people. ^_^

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  • Hector Garcia

    April 13, 2019

    After I force the chalk into the hold I always rub it with my finger… two finger action. ?

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  • Richard Bowles

    April 13, 2019

    No safety glasses !!

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  • smarro71

    April 13, 2019

    12:52that's me forcing the caulk in to the hole ????

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  • Corey Erickson

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks for the video. I did one bsmt window today. I will be masking off the next one because I got the spray foam all over the first one. That's how we learn

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  • leonard wissinger

    April 13, 2019

    Wow hope this was just a rental

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  • Joe Williams

    April 13, 2019

    I will be replacing a 35X22 bathroom window. Can I use a smaller size similar to video like 35×13. Also can you the ultra-light thin set for the shower walls.

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  • Blaine Bugaski

    April 13, 2019

    Is the window any easier to kick in when relying purely upon the foam rather than screwing into the block?

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  • Mike Johnson

    April 13, 2019

    Not happy about the big chunk out of the sheet rock.

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  • No Name

    April 13, 2019

    Two finger action!!!!lol

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  • Masters Supreme

    April 13, 2019

    I need to do this in a basement window. I appreciate the video and insight

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  • De De

    April 13, 2019

    question , why use dewalt impact gun with Milwaukee impact bits ? lol.

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  • Paul S

    April 13, 2019

    I love your safety glasses. Invisible and never fog!

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  • Adrienne Marcath

    April 13, 2019

    Great video.

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  • Universal Steele

    April 13, 2019

    When you scroll through and read most of these comments it's as if people want things to be complicated. The comments on safety glasses…get over the bullshit and get your windows in! : )

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  • kmnopqrst 5675788

    April 13, 2019

    I hate of your face and your eye

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  • Lino Talbot

    April 13, 2019

    That s the video I was looking for!

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  • papasparks2009

    April 13, 2019

    Safety Glasses?

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  • Sabrina Gravel

    April 13, 2019

    Such an awesome and simple explanation. Thanks a lot! I have 7 basement windows to replace in the new plex I bought. But I am wondering, I see several videos saying that you need to make a lumber frame before putting in the window and I can't see the advantage in doing so. Is there really a problem with putting in a vinyl window directly into a concrete hole?

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  • Marcaveli7

    April 13, 2019

    You're not a very careful installer but at the end of the day you did a fantastic job and gave some great tips. Thanks for the video!

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  • Chad Perry

    April 13, 2019

    Where’s your safety glasses?
    And you never ever hammer two hammers together

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  • C Chris

    April 13, 2019

    Great "How-To", thank you! I have a couple of basement window replacement jobs coming up and I've never done them before, you've helped me tremendously with my confidence in doing so. I'm reluctant about the "no fasteners" technique but I dig it and you're getting thumbs up from others so I'm going for it. Funny little joke about how -7 is much colder down here, love it! Bravo! Thanks again

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  • Mike Russell

    April 13, 2019

    Love the idea of sliding the new window right into the space previously occupied by the old window. However, when I passed this idea by a couple of friends with more building experience, they both suggested—more on principle than anything else—that I should build a square frame for the new window. @HomeRenoVisionDIY, why didn't you build a frame for the new windows? Thanks for an excellent video!

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  • Falcon XP

    April 13, 2019

    Ever heard of "Safety Glasses"?

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  • Imanbir Mann

    April 13, 2019

    I am a home owner and I wanna install an Egress Window in my Finished Basement in Brampton, Ontario. How much should the size be ?
    I have a semi-Detached house and, can I dig a window well on the side of my house as there is another house next to mine. Please give me information on that.
    thanks
    Imanbir Singh Mann
    306-501-8089

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  • UncaTuck

    April 13, 2019

    Jeff, you're being naughty…..where are your safety glasses?

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  • Tony S.

    April 13, 2019

    Great! Thanks.

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  • Croy Wedgewood

    April 13, 2019

    Great video! I've seen your vids before and you are always a tremendous help. I'm in the midst of replacing my basement windows and have the same situation as you illustrated…without the irritating concrete strips you had to chisel off. I was a bit worried about load bearing since the wood was rotten and I had to remove it too but you didn't mention it so I figure it's nothing to worry about. The band of concrete above my window is about 5 inches high by, of course, 8 inches thick.

    I've got a question. What's your opinion of using a silane based concrete sealer on the concrete before installing the window? I saw that in another video and wondered. In my case drywall will lay against some of the concrete and I thought it might be a good idea. Maybe I'm overthinking it. What do you think?

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  • Jay Nujabes

    April 13, 2019

    great vid

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  • joshua klingenberg

    April 13, 2019

    Glad to see your black eye healed.

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  • Toumba

    April 13, 2019

    Do you have any videos in installing an egress window in the basement?

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  • redmudpei

    April 13, 2019

    yea… I used the wrong foam before, it's a mistake you only make once

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  • Mike Arend

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks for the video. After watching i'm sure i could do it. My only concern is getting the outside caulk to look as nice.

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  • Joe Johnson

    April 13, 2019

    Great vid. Thank you. Should help me install mine.

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  • naria01

    April 13, 2019

    I live on Lake Champlain, and we've had winds as bad as 55 knots… Is this method strong enough to hold against those winds?

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  • Billy Jones

    April 13, 2019

    I have just started to watch your home improvement videos. I must say I do like the down to earthiness that you show. I would have never thought to use the foam you had to fix dry wall! Good show!

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  • 854GPS

    April 13, 2019

    Hello,

    I need to replace a basement window, but can't find a window the right size to replace (it's 31½ x 20). Thinking I need to buy a smaller window to replace it, but confused how to do it. Do I just add a frame into the opening against the concrete with spray foam as you have, then screw the window to my frame?

    Appreciative of your feedback,
    GP from Thunder Bay, ON

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  • Jeremiah Stephan

    April 13, 2019

    Great video. Thank you!

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  • B Z

    April 13, 2019

    No Safety Glasses…..you are FIRED!…….

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  • Prohybition

    April 13, 2019

    where i can buy this window ? please

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  • Schubox Productions

    April 13, 2019

    Try to do it in a way that doesn't require a lot of patch and repair work… puts hammer through wall?.

    Reply

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