Any brick layers or masons? I need advice.

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  1. Shizzle

    Shizzle Veteran Member

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    I want to get rid of the existing window and replace it with the vinyl one. What’s the best route to go about it?

    Remove the bricks & replace it with block then install the window? Put the window in and since it is 2 blocks high, the put the 3rd row on top of it?

    Anything special I have to do to patching a hole with the blocks?
     

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    351maverick full time Ebay seller/hustler/car killer

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    buy the correct size window
     
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    In my area there are places that will build a window to your opening.
     
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    It’s an oddball size opening as it stands.
    I am buying the correct size window, it’s just the opening isn’t correct as it was made just for a sash 50+ yrs ago. So I need to make the opening bigger one way and smaller in the other.

    I am doing siding and replacing all the windows on my house now with in stock sizes. Wood is easy to adapt than block, & I never worked with block before.
     
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    Is it possible to get a window that fits the opening and and put in a fake planter box or something to disguise the gap on the outside ?

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    No the existing opening both ways is oddball.
    I was hoping I could drop the windows lower, and have a block on top under the sill instead of the vinyl window.
    Or use a 4” block about & below the window.

    The window size is what I bought, that isn’t going to change.
     
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    I did a similar one before and I builta wood frame and centered the window
    To split the difference

    Then trimmed it out with pvc board (azeck or home depot tuff board)

    It came out great and didn't look out of wack at all
     
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    Id remove the old window.
    Chisel out the brick.
    Cut the block sides to width of the new window plus 1/2" on either side.
    Build back block on the bottom to the correct height so the new window top will be just below the sill plate figuring a half inch mortar joint on the bottom of window.
    Get rid of all the dust.
    Wet the block.
    Make a slurry of mortar or straight portland cement and brush it on the block where the mortar joint will be. Let the slurry just start to dry very slightly.
    Mortar in new window. Probably going to have to push mortar in on the sides and top where it meets the sill plate.

    Im a Mason.
     
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    I remember someone being a mason on here, thanks.
    Do I need to use any of the wire ladders?
     
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    My house is concrete block. All the windows have a Pressure treated frame 1/2" in between the window frame and block. I replaced one window with a big gap on the side. I just used my circular saw with a concrete blade and cut a piece of concrete block to add and get close to the same width. Keep in mind the width of the mortar to hold the new piece on. Then after a week I used concrete drill bits to make holes for plastic anchor to screw the wood frame back in. Then fit the window screwed it in and caulked it up. I also removed a sliding glass door and built a block wall to accept a 36" door. My first time with block. When I got to the top I had about 3/4" gap between the concrete header and the wall. I ended up taking portland putting in a heavy plastic bag. cut the tip off and squeezed it in the gap till it was filled. Like a birthday cake decorator uses. It worked really well.
     

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