How to Install a Window in my Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SophieLain127, May 11, 2009.

  1. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got the window and I've got the wood but where do I go from there? I've got the interior walls of the back and other side partially done and now I'm just waiting on the front and the side with the window.

    Please help me install my window.
     
  2. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a replacement or new construction window?

    Replacement:

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    New construction:

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    New construction has the nailing tabs on the outer edge.


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  3. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The window is just an old wood frame window. The coop in new construction. I'm not sure what I'm doing I've watched videos and read books but I'm just lost on the subject....lol.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Your window has the frame within which it moves, yes? In that case you need to frame out a space ever so slightly larger than the outer dimensions of the window frame, with the horizontal members of that opening supported under their ends by extra 2x4s that are doubled against the existing studs.

    Once the opening is framed out on the stud wall, you put the window in, shim it in place (you can buy shims, but if you've had lumber delivered the thin stickers they use to separate pieces work just fine IME), check that the window operates freely (if not, it is probably out of square, adjust your shims) then screw through the windowframe and shims into the studs to secure the whole thing firmly in place. Caulk (or whatever) the parts of the gap not filled by shims, and there ya go.

    I am sure this is not exactly as per official contractor practice, but it will be plenty fine for a coop [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would go with Pats direction, I was gonna say get a sawzall, cut a hole put in the window. I forgot about the frameing and caulking and squareing, take pictures so we can critique your techniques, and figure out all I did wrong. Well I gotta go find some bigger screws, my window keeps falling out. [​IMG]
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Well hey, Dennis, I just figured that if someone asks how to do it, they a) want instructions beyond 'just do it' and b) might want to do it in a way *sure* to work as opposed to 'might be more or less ok in particular situations'.

    BTW Sophie it occurs to me I've described it for larger size buildings and windows -- if these are very small windows and/or a very small coop, you may not need to do a lot in the way of headers or extra vertical supports, and *might* be able to get away without anything underneath the window.

    Still have to screw thru something, either a flange or the frame, to hold the window in place, though; and still likely to need shims and caulk.

    <shrug>,

    Pat
     
  7. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'd agree there is probably no need for upper or lower sill plates. Although they may help in apply the outer skin whatever it ends up being. Just space your studs that will house the window the width of the window and nail in place. Remember it's a chicken coop. Not a house. Heck if you knew the fudging that goes on in the building of a house nowadays it might make you kring.

    jeremy
     
  8. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's an example. There's no need to go heavy duty like this but you can use this for a visual idea


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  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:[​IMG] , clear and concise. Thank you from me, too!
     
  10. SophieLain127

    SophieLain127 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a small coop 4x6 feet and it is a single payne window with a wood frame. No moving parts or anything. It came out of a house from the late 1800's.

    So do I just build a frame and put it in? What secures it? it Can I put a little "frame" on the inside and out in order to ensure it doesn't move?

    Then I just caulk it and I'm done?

    Sounds easy
     

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