The corner where the side flashing tape meets the sill tape is the most vulnerable for leaks. This is where the bow ties that were made in the shop earlier are used, stretching across the corner to seal it.
John Simmons The corner where the side flashing tape meets the sill tape is the most vulnerable for leaks. This is where the bow ties that were made in the shop earlier are used, stretching across the corner to seal it.

Here in the Northeast we've been battling a brutal winter with record cold temperatures and record snowfalls. In the midst of all this, Manny Silva of Silva Lightning Builders in Andover, Mass., completed a project that involved removing and replacing the windows in an existing house. The trick at this time of the year was having the house open for the shortest period of time. The methods for accomplishing this are also consistent with the quickest and most efficient way to install the windows.

In Part 1 of a two-part slideshow on the topic, Manny preps the opening for the new window. The key was having things cut ahead of time and ready—good advice for working efficiently in any kind of weather. The complete article with text and photos will appear in the April issue of the magazine.

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