I’d want to believe that any one person can produce unique pieces that are as good, if not better than the next.
With that, this is a step by step guideline of a “Do It Yourself” (DIY, henceforth) project on how to change windows to bigger ones from much smaller ones.
So, here goes;
- Spirit Level
- Mortar; workable paste of cement, sand and water used to bind building blocks together
- Building blocks i.e. blocks
- Foremost, clear the proposed working space. Identify the windows of interest and the position of the lintel or ring beam.
- Then take to marking the proposed sizes with chalk on the windows.
- Case of the Water Closet, cover the fragile ceramic sanitary fittings i.e. cistern, bowl or sink, with anything plastic to shield from debris.
- Mark straight lines along a spirit level while leaving an allowance around the frame for mortar.
- Now use a chisel to remove putty to free the panes from the frame of the existing window. Since safety is paramount, secure the panes away from the working space.
- With the hammer, knock the chisel along the marked straight lines gently and picking up appropriate force to free the frame.
- Later, remove the freed frame from position and likewise, secure it away from the working space.
- Place into position, the new frame.
- Hammer into pieces a block or two to fill the allowance left after fitting in the opening the new frame with mortar.
- Once in position, fit panes into the frame.
- Plaster thickening around the window is an optional effort to maximize on the building’s aesthetics.
- Lastly, clear and clean the working space.
Alterations of any sort to a building can quite be taxing since such an undertaking might take hours on end to complete but never despair because that’s often how you add value to a property – through maintenance, and the end product is always rewarding.
And voila, that’s your DIY guideline on how to re-fit windows. I suppose fitting windows in a new building call for about the same “bureaucracy”.
- Common glazing thickness options for windows are 4mm and 6mm.
- Window frames are available in sliding, folding or hinged configurations.