I. Removal of Existing Wood Window

Check new windows before you tear out opening. Make sure you have correct amounts and sizes.

Tools Needed

Caulking Gun Chisel
Phillips Head Screw Driver Square
Pocket Knife or Tin Snaps 3/32" Drill Bit
Hammer Electric Drill

From Inside the House

  1. Carefully remove all inside trim or stops, since you will reuse this material.
  2. Cut bottom sash balance cord or chain and remove the panel.
  3. Remove the middle parting strips at the sides and top.
  4. Cut top sash balance cord or chain and remove the panel.
  5. Remove the sash pulleys or hammer into the jamb so the jambs are flush and unobstructed.
  6. Leave the exterior stop (blind stop) intact to prevent the replacement window from falling through.
  7. Clean opening thoroughly and caulk or use insulation to fill the old holes.


II. How to Install Your New Vinyl Replacement Window

  1. Install the head expander on the top of the window and set into opening. In some installations, (because of variances in heights) the front leg of the expander may rest too low. If this is the condition, the outside leg will have to be field trimmed. Mark and remove window. Utilizing the score lines on the inside of head expander as a guide, with a utility knife cut off excess. Apply a liberal caulking bead along the inside of the blind stop at the top and both sides where the window frame will make contact. Also apply caulking beneath the sill angle. (Installation screws found behind bottom sash stop.)
  2. Install sill angle above blind stop.
  3. Place expander on top of window and caulk along top of expander.
  4. Apply a bead of caulk to inside top of sill angle. Set window in opening capping over sill angle. Fill gap (at contour on both ends of exposed angle) with sealant.

    Window must be squared to operate properly.
    Determine if any wood shims are needed to keep the window plumb, square and centered in the opening.
  5. Raise the bottom sash and the two sash bumper stops. Install a screw into the jambs at each side of the bottom of window. Make screws snug, not too tight. (Installation holes are pre-drilled.)
  6. Lower the top sash and the two bumber stops at the top. Install a screw into the jambs at each side of the window. Make screws snug, not too tight.
  7. The window must be centered and squared in the opening. Check to be sure window frame is square and adjust installation screws if necessary.
  8. Lift expander to flush with top of opening. Drill holes and secure with small at lowest part of expander to insure contact with window.
  9. The jamb adjustment grommet screws are located in both side jambs of window. Turning the screws in a clockwise direction will cause the jamb middles to "pull" toward the center of window. This adjustment is necessary to give a close and even alignment between the sides of panels and the jambs, and to assure proper panel operation. The distance between the operating panels and the jambs of the window should not exceed 1/16". After making partial adjustment, replace the panels, operate them and visually judge their alignment with the jambs.

    Adjustment may have to be made several times until satisfactory performance is achieved.
    Adjustments can also be made by loosening and tightening the previously installed jamb screws.
    In extreme cases the old window opening might be badly "bowed". If the adjustments do not solve this problem, wood shims will have to be used between the rough opening and the replacement window jambs.

    If the top expander channel is used, adjust it up against the rough opening. Install it there, with three screws, thru the leg of the channel into the vinyl window frame. This can be done from either inside or from outside.
  10. Caulk around the entire perimeter of the window on the inside.

    Replace the old window trim strips or install new strips around the inside of the window at head and jambs.

Warranty: One warranty registration should be submitted for each window job. Ask your dealer for registration form.

Dealer is not responsible for incorrect measurements or problems resulting from improper installation.
Dealer will not authorize returns from the dealer in these two cases.