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Installing Bay Windows Yourself

Do-it-yourself doesn't exactly apply to installing bay windows-you need at least one or two more people. That doesn't mean it can't be done, but this is a more advanced project than average double hung window installation. If you are not the most experienced do-it-yourself-er, you can still do this project, but you need to spend quite a bit of time researching and learning about what to do before you begin.

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How to install bay windows yourself

The most important step when installing a bay window yourself, or any style for that matter, is measuring the opening for the window. Every window is custom-fit for the space, so to save your home or window from being damaged, precise measurement is imperative. When measuring the existing opening or cutting a new one, be sure to leave at least inch, preferably an inch on each side so you can level it with shims once it is in the opening.

Once you have your window, have prepared the opening using flashing, and have a smooth surface, you should pre-drill top and bottom holes for the window frame. This will save you some effort, but be sure to measure carefully when you do this to ensure that you get the holes in the right place.

The next step, and you really need help for this one, is to lift the window into place and screw in the header (top) and footer (bottom) screws. Make sure to lift the window straight in without twisting the frame, which could damage your window or even break the glass. Once the window is in place and the first screws are in, make your way around the window, making sure it is still level after each screw you put in. After that is done and the window is still level, put the shims around the outside of the window and fill any gaps with insulation. Don't shim the inside of the window, but do insulate all around it. The last step to installing your own window is replacing or putting on the new trim.

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