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fidom

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:47 pm Reply with quote

I want to replace my tiny bathroom window with a bigger one. For some reason a previous owner of the house took out a taller window and fitted a short one so it will mainly be a case of removing infill. The existing softwood frame is 550mm wide but I can buy a standard 600mm wide UPVC window quite cheaply. I investigated the brickwork today to see if the lintel is long enough to do its job with the wider window. I found there is no lintel. The brickwork is rendered so I could put in a concrete lintel if necessary. I have a 4" x 4" reinforced concrete fencing post which I could cut in half to support the inner and outer brickwork of the 9" wall. Do I need to do this or is the window narrow enough not to need a lintel?
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JobAndKnock

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:49 pm Reply with quote

I'm no expert, but I'd say you always need a lintel otherwise the window frame is potentially carrying some of the load of the wall above it. Not recommended!
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