While new construction projects are fewer and farther between these days, the tax credit for window and door replacements has kept our company plenty busy. A number of the houses we’ve worked on have been log homes, which are fairly common in our area, and we’ve developed some techniques that make these jobs go quickly. Since log homes typically have deep window jambs and custom trim that would be expensive to replace, our method focuses on preserving and reusing the finished woodwork.

The first step is ordering windows properly. It’s crucial to find a knowledgeable salesperson who understands how the windows will fit into the trim and can size the replacement units correctly. This typically eliminates the need for custom sizes. For the method shown here, the windows must have either folding or removable window flanges, so...

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