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The windows – have arrived – at least in part.  The plan is as follows:

1) cut house wrap at openings

2) install self-adhered sill flashing

3) pre-attached exterior casing to window frames

4) install window frames with self leveling “jack-screws” (requires no shimming) – you’ll notice in one of the images how far the jamb studs are from the edge of the window frame, and you can see in the space between the jack screws.  This space, although a bit offensive to me, is intentional to allow the windows to be “dialed-in” to the correct location relative to the window above or below it.  This allows the continuous casing around the windows to work.  If this makes no sense, it will once the windows are all up.

5) remove plywood from frames (temporary just to keep frames square) and install sashes into frames

6) install window hardware

SImple, right?

Not really.  The windows are big and unruly.  The way the exterior casing fits on the windows is bit a different from window to window. The alignment of windows on the facade is critical for the casing to look correct.  All that said, the installers are doing a pretty good job.   We’ve got over half the frames installed, and once that is complete, the window manufacturer will install the sashes onsite.  Here’s a few pics.

The wood is “red grandis” – a type of Eucalyptus which is farmed in Uraguay, which makes it a better choice than rainforest or wood from natural forests.  I recommend checking out the little video on YouTube which shows how impressive the trees are.  It has a natural red color which I hope will go well with the antique pine flooring.  It will remain unpainted inside and out.  It has been primed with CPES (clear penetrating epoxy sealer), and it will eventually receive a second coat of the same stuff.

The exterior casing is “Extira” – an exterior grade mdf board (medium density fiberboard).  Being manmade, this material has no grain and will be more likely to stay straight over time.  It has been preprimed, and it will be painted when the exterior of the house gets painted.

The sashes will be installed with Soss hinges and surface bolts (to keep them closed).  Ill talk more about those pieces of hardware when they start getting installed.

Meanwhile, they are also installing the wood battens (as discussed in the previous entry).  I will give the builders full credit in coming up with the detail of how the insect screen/vent works at the bottom of the wall.  We will have to do the same type of thing at the top of the wall to allow air flow through the wall space.  This will allow the cladding to dry out more easily after a big rain event and prevent rot or deterioration of any of the exterior materials.