Install A Timber Window Frame

  • Install A Timber Window Frame , AFTER
  • Install A Timber Window Frame , Before

This aluminium window set in double brickwork had corroded over time with exposure to salty air. The surface was pitted and eaten away in parts and the double hung sash was no longer functional. 

As part of a new look, the old 1800 x 2000mm floor-to-ceiling combination window was replaced with a smaller 1800 x 1200mm high wind-out awning timber window. 

An 800mm gap below the window was filled with two 1800 x 800mm stud frames built from 90 x 45mm T2 Blue pine to guard against termites. 

Blueboard was used to clad the outside of the new stud wall. 

Insulation was fitted into the cavity and plasterboard attached using stud adhesive and clouts.

The new timber, blueboard and plasterboard were sealed and finished to protect them from the weather and blend in with the existing decor. 

All the frames were sanded using 240 grit paper and stained in Sikkens HLS Light Oak, then finished with two coats of Sikkens Supernatural Top Coat. 

Two coats of Dulux Weathershield were applied to the blueboard. 

The new plasterboard was sealed before undercoating and painting with two coats of acrylic wall paint.  

Build A Stud Wall 

To replace a full-length window with a smaller one, build a stud wall to close the space in between the floor or wall and the base of the frame, using 300mm wide flashing to seal the gap.

Step 1. Measure the opening 

Measure the opening and cut the top plates, base plates and studs to length. Assemble an outside and inside frame, securing each joint with a pair of nails.

step 1 measure the opening

Step 2. Cut the flashing 

Cut the flashing to length from the roll, turning up 100mm at the ends. Position it across the cavity leaving enough to turn up at the back of the stud wall before the plasterboard is installed.

step 2 cut the flashing

Step 3. Position the frames

Position the frames and drill two 5mm holes 100mm from the top and base through the studs into the brick joints. Push plastic spaghetti into the holes and secure with nails.

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Install A Timber Window Frame 

Step 1. Remove old window

Remove the sash then drill out the rivets at the centre mullion. Tap the mullion sideways then pull out the rubber seals to remove the glass. Cut through the rails with a hacksaw and pull inwards, prising the stiles from the brickwork.

Step 2. Position the frame

Roll flashing across both stud wall top plates, turning it up at the ends. Lift the frame into position on top of the flashing and use a spirit level to set it plumb. Insert timber wedges between the stiles and brickwork to hold the window frame in position.

Step 3. Secure the window

Measure 150mm from the top and base, drill 5mm clearance holes through the stiles into the brickwork and push in plastic spaghetti, securing the window with two nails through each stile. Punch the nail heads and fill them with timber filler.

Step 4. Clad the outside

Measure the stud wall and mark on a sheet of blueboard. Use fibro cutters to trim the sheet to size, tidying up rough edges with a file. Secure the panel with galvanised clouts to the wall studs. Punch the clout heads and
cover with two-part epoxy.

Step 5. Clad inside stud

Fit insulation inside the framework. Measure and cut the plasterboard to size, apply stud adhesive to the frame edges and position the plasterboard, securing with screws or clouts. Set the plasterboard joints with paper tape and three coats of compound.

Step 6. Add the winder

Secure the winder to the sill with screws, aligning the back with the edge of the rebate, and the chain in line with the centre of the sash. Open the sash, wind out the chain and secure the chain cleat to the frame with screws.

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