Installing Windows from the inside.

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Morning all,

Can anyone tell me if all windows can be fitted from the inside please? We want to replace out single-pane wooden windows but live on the third floor and want to avoid paying for scaffolding if at all possible.

If it helps, we live in a victorian conversion and the external brickwork is narrower than the internal (if that makes sense?).

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Yes, used to fit windows all the time this way.
What kind of windows are you fitting, wooden/plastic, tilt turn, "H hinges", sliding sash or casement?
 
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If it helps, we live in a victorian conversion and the external brickwork is narrower than the internal (if that makes sense?).

Sounds to me like you used to have box sash windows once upon a time.

I would make sure that you are not living in a conservation area before you plough ahead.

Use the rebated inner leaf as a means of fixing reveal insulation.
 
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We are not in a conservation area, but we would be keen to find something which (at least from street level) looks similar to our wooden casements.

Pine not - thanks for the reply. We would love to go with wood, but we are being quoted £3500 upwards for just 2 windows which we are struggling to justify. This leaves us with upvc or aluminium(?) I suppose.

What is recommended - should I just contact a local fitter? I assume I should go for someone who stocks the big names (I.e. koemmerling etc)?

All advice appreciated.

Gw
 
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Have you removed the original windows yet?
what is the reason for replacement?

Plastic windows don't last, no matter what your told, and achieve little benefit over revamped wooden as ones in all departments.

Some pics would be helpfull...pinenot :)
 
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They are still in, but are in a sore state. They were rotten when we bought the place 5 years ago and are now more filler than wood...

I don't like UPVC, but the price of wooden frames is bonkers.
 
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Can you post some pics, they would be very helpful...pinenot :)
 

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Check out the reidence 9 range of windows or upvc vertical sliders you can get them a lot cheaper than they used to be......we do both and timber :rolleyes:
 
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This is the better of the two windows (they are the same, but this has less rot).


It is 950x1550 and both casements open. What a beaut.
 
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If the rot you speak of is in the external cill, it can be fixed with a half cill. If any of the stiles or top/bottom runners are rotted they can generally be repaired (pics of rot please) etc.etc.
Your window looks o.k. from the pic but some more detailed ones will tell more.

You asked whether the windows could be fitted from the inside however and my answer is still yes should you still decide on that course of action.
First you would have to remove all the reveals, plaster, wood - whatever, until the casing edges are completely revealed. Then remove the opening sashes, your now left with the casing intact, by cutting through both the bottom runner, cill and all, and the transom above, both at the angle,

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you can now crowbar the left hand side cill/runner up, allowing the left stile to be crow-bared off the wall at the bottom. Next use a hammer to smash the left side cut of the transom up and away, when all is aside you can crowbar the right casement stile off the wall, imploding the frame at he bottom.
If all's well the frame along with it's fixings, will be free of the wall except at the head, which will be just holding it in place. By wiggling and pulling the whole structure in and down (some crowbar force may be needed here) you should be able to free it from the slap (aperture). Some cleaning up of the slap is now required, and the new frame fitted.

That's a fairly abbreviation version of events, but should give you the gist of the work involved.
Let us know what you decide...pinenot :unsure: [/i]
 

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