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Old 10-12-14, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default replacing windows what brand and how hard is it?

I need to replace windows in my house they are from 1982
metal frame

but we have a biga$$ window in our living room

that is like this \______/ it sticks out and the middle glass is one giant piece of glass like 10x6feet and I would like to keep it as a single piece window


what is the best bang for the buck windows
and any advice on doing it the right way
or maybe a thread that someone already asked same question I couldn't find much

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Old 10-12-14, 01:48 PM   #2
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Piece of cake if you have enough muscle on hand to move that behemoth piece of glass.

Me and 1 person removed and installed my 5' x 6' windows from the 2nd floor without issue. They are nailed in around the edges , pull out the nails and the window is free.
I bought the ladder braces that turn 2 ladders into a scaffolding, of sorts.

I assume your window is on the first floor which makes it much more possible for a homeowner to do. 4 Strong People would make short news of it.

Pay the window company to install the new one , why gamble.
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Old 10-12-14, 04:38 PM   #3
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because DIY lol
I could pay someone but was curious how hard it is to install a normal size window

was looking for some feedback from people who done it before as a DIY
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Good luck!

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Old 10-13-14, 12:47 AM   #5
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Its 3 piece not like in the video

Center piece is 93x60 side pieces are 22x58
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Pics of what you have would be helpful. Goals for your end product also. The plan and design will be different depending on aesthetic and energy efficiency desires.
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Here is one of the best performing windows that I have found. We have them in a passivehaus that I am working on.

Zola European Windows
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Here is one of the best performing windows that I have found. We have them in a passivehaus that I am working on.

Zola European Windows
When I was at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer, WI this year, there was a presentation on an 'almost passive house'. They compared their house, which was their interpretation of making the house as close to passive but not making a few modifications to the plan to drop the price of the building and make the building easier to build. They chose to go with the Zola window on their project because it was the lowest cost option that met their quality and u-value requirements. They do look very nice and well designed on the website. I'm strongly considering using them.
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I was quite amazed. The quality puts anything I have seen from this side of the pond, to shame. The hardware is amazing too.
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Being in Seattle, you have the luxury of very large windows since the house does not need to be build for large snow load. Furthermore, there is many consideration in the construction of the windows that might be critical in snow area such as Michigan, Toronto or Québec... but just does not apply in the maritime climate.

In Seattle, the main considerations are "Rain" and "moss". Otherwise, any double pan windows is likely to be efficient for the climate.

On my Seattle house, I have PVC windows, some are very large (up to 118 in wide) and seems pretty trouble free so far.

I did not install them and I am not sure I will try to install a large 118 Inch windows myself. This weight a lot.

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