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Bauxite Casement windows provide you with the maximum light and fresh air. They are installed with a side hinge and are opened with casement window cam handles. You just crank the handle and the cam moves the connected arm to open the window as much or as little as you like. When closed the cam locks the window closed even if you have a separate locking mechanism.

The Bauxite easement window cam handles come in two types. One is locked onto the cam crank with a set screw and the other just snaps in place. If you apply too much torque to the handle you can break off the teeth inside the casement window cam handles and you will need to get a replacement handle.

If it is an older casement window the teeth or gear in the crank cam can get broken inside and either the handle will just rotate around without opening or closing the window. If this happens you will need to replace the entire cranking cam.

By converting to a push open window you can save the cost of replacing the entire window.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Window Casements: Things To Consider

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I have been getting quite a few emails from homeowners wanting to know how to replace their old steel casement windows. Those are the type with the handle that you crank and the window opens outward. My instructional video didn't cover these windows, so I am going to dedicate two articles to this subject. This first article will cover the removal procedure and measuring for your vinyl windows. Next week I will go over the installation procedure.

The first thing you need to do is order your vinyl replacement windows. You can't remove the old windows until you have the new windows. So, let's start with a single casement window, no fixed panels. Crank the window open from inside and you will see a metal lip approximately 1/2" wide extending from your drywall on all four sides. This part of the frame stays in place, so the new window is going to fit inside those lips. So, to get your width dimension, measure left to right from lip to lip, then subtract 1/4" to get in. Do the same for the height. Let's say you measure 35 3/8" width and 38 3/8" on the height lip to lip. You would order your new window 35 1/8" X 38 1/8". If you live out west, where retrofit frames are available, you want to order the retrofit style frame. In parts of the country where only replacement style frames are available, you will have to add trim to the outside after you have installed the window.

After your windows arrive, it's time to remove the old window. Single casements with no fixed panels are the easiest of the casements to remove. When you crank the window open, you will notice two pivot assemblies. There is one on top and one on bottom. Cut off the metal piece where the pivot pin is attached. Just like that, the entire window frame and glass are removed. Now, remove the crank assembly by removing the screws holding it in place inside the house. The last step is to remove the protruding metal studs that you cut at the pivot to remove the window. The easiest way to do it is to clamp a pair of channel lock pliers or vice grips as close to the frame as possible, then raise and lower the vice grips to break the metal off. That's it.

If you have a combination of casement and fixed panels, you remove the casements as I described. Then, you have to remove the fixed glass. I used to put duct tape all over the outside of the glass. Then, I used one of those 2 dollar glass cutters that you can buy at the hardware store. Put a drop of household oil on the cutter tip before each cut. From inside, score the glass across the very top of the glass, the very bottom, and along each side. Then, using the tip of a screwdriver, tap the score all the way around the glass. Put a tarp or old sheet down outside the window, take the handle end of a hammer, and knock out the glass at the score. You will have a vertical metal bar in the center where the casement window locked. Using a reciprocating saw or a hacksaw, cut the bar where it meets the frame coming from the drywall. There will be bits of glass protruding beyond the metal lips. You need to knock those out, so they aren't in the way when installing the new window. You can leave the glazing putty in place, since it will be hidden after you have installed the new window. PLEASE WEAR GLOVES AND SAFETY GLASSES DURING THIS ENTIRE REMOVAL PROCEDURE!!

Next week I am going to explain the two types of installation procedures, whether you install retrofit or replacement style frames.

Window Styles Need to Be Chosen With Care

If you are renovating your home and considering new replacement windows, you have several great styles to choose from these days, including beautiful casement windows. You know these windows: they're attached to their frames by hinges (usually on the side) and open by way of a crank or a lever (usually at the bottom) that also serves as the window's lock.

Casement windows have been around a long time-as long as poets have been writing about them you could say. But modern casement windows are more than just a thing of beauty. They're a smart choice. In fact, I see a number of terrific benefits to choosing casement windows over other styles:

If You Want an Unobstructed View: Casements make a fabulous choice for rooms that look out over the ocean, lakes, woods, meadows or mountains. Unlike sash windows, all you see is the glass-and your beautiful vista. (Now you know why the poets love them!) You'll want to just sit back and enjoy the view for hours.

If You Like to Fully Open Your Windows: Like the open air? Yes, this window is for you, nature lovers! No other window design opens as wide. As an added bonus, casement windows catch side breezes. Because casement windows sport an open sash that acts as a flap, it can funnel the air into your house. This is a real godsend if your home is close to another house or a building, with very little space between for air to enter directly. And they can be hinged on either the left or the right side to open out, further maximizing on the amount of air you can capture.

The Sounds of Silence: That airtight "snugness" has another benefit: silence. Casements can really keep the noise out, and this is especially true of Andersen's FIBREX windows, a unique patented composite that has the added feature of durability. FIBREX won't rot, even in those salty ocean breezes! So many reasons to take a second look at replacement casement windows for your next home renovation project! Gerry Rogers is the founder and president of Mr. Rogers Windows. He has been selling and installing home improvement products for over 20 years. After introducing his Worry-Free, Lifetime Performance Guarantee, Gerry has earned the trust of thousands of clients by "doing the right thing" to ensure complete satisfaction when it comes to quality products and installation. Visit the Mr. Rogers website to learn more about choosing the right windows for your home and your lifestyle.

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