Slideshow: Prepping the Opening

Removing the Existing Windows

Prior to demolition, the carpenters masked off the interior side of the windows. The window removal began by first cutting through paint at the clapboard-to-trim seams with a multi-tool (above left), then prying the jamb trim off (above right). This allowed for removal of the sashes, parting bead, and sash weights. The home’s exterior lead paint had been abated 12 years earlier.

Salvaging the Pediment Head Trim

After they carefully removed and salvaged the window’s pediment (above left), they removed the window frame and sill, exposing the roughly 3 3/4-inch-deep wall cavity (above right).

Prepping the Salvaged Pediment

The first-growth pine pediments were in good shape. After the carpenters removed some old cut nails, they rabbeted the pediment’s back edge (above right) and legs (above left) so it would lay flat during reinstallation (the new window frames were deeper than the framed opening, installed about 1/2 inch proud of the exterior face of the framing).

Pediment and Sill

The exposed surfaces of the pediment were primed (above left). For a small upgrade, the window units came with factory-applied mahogany sills (above right). In some instances, 1-by jamb extensions needed to be applied to the window frame to butt the existing interior trim.

Padding Out the R.O.

The rough opening was padded out with new 2-by stock to take up the space of the sash weights (above left). Here at the gable-end wall, the head is prepped for new head (and sill) framing (above right).

Prepping the Sill

In preparation for the sill flashing, a piece of beveled siding was first installed on the sill plate for drainage (above, left), then the siding was pulled slightly away from the existing king stud to allow room for applying small pieces of Zip System flashing tape at each corner (above right).

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