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Installing Your Bay Window

Installing Your Bay Window By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

By Craig Friesen
HIP-home Columnist

Many people like to install a new window themselves but a bay window installation is much more complex than inserting a regular window frame.

The following tips are general in nature and are not intended as a replacement for the instructions that should come with your bay window. These tips will give you a general idea of what is involved and could help you decide whether you should be attempting this project on your own.

Preparing for a New Window

No matter what kind of window frame you are going to install, preparing your space properly will eliminate unwanted problems during installation. First of all you need to make sure that your opening is roughly the size of your bay window without being too tight. Next you should ensure that the sill and jambs are level.

The most involved part of preparation for a bay window is the construction of a supporting platform. Since the new window will extend beyond the exterior wall, you will need to build a support system above and below that looks good but does the needed job. You should plan to build the platform to follow the angles of the window frame and support its entire length. Insulate and seal as appropriate for your structure and climate.

Inserting the Window Frame

With help, place the bay window on the platform from the outside. Place a temporary brace directly under the window frame supported by a jack. If your new window unit comes with a cable system then follow the instructions for attaching and securing the cables.

Before securing you will want to make sure that the bay window is sitting firmly and squarely in the opening, adding shims as necessary. Now you can permanently secure and apply sealants as instructed by the new window manufacturer.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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