There are a number of reasons why the San Rafael window must be replaced. It may have been destroyed by the strong gush of wind or it just degraded over time. Since it does a very important job in your house, it is only important to replace them as soon as possible. Here are some easy steps that you can do by yourself so you do not have to spend fortune in hiring a contractor.
As a general rule, you have to get the exact measurement of the windows. This is essential to learn the size of the replacement that you will need. Measure the height and the width of the frame. In measuring the height start from the top of its sill down to its bottom. The width is measured inside the jamb on its side until the other side.
Remove the old window. Take off all the screws and the nails out. If there is a caulk, remove it with the use of putty or a utility knife. Loosen the frames so it will be easier to remove the panes. If removing the panels is a bit tough, you may use a pry bar and work the sills and outer jamb free.
Remove the remaining caulk from the frame. Make sure that the frame is clean in preparation to the installation of the new windows. Make sure that the frame is free of caulk and other particles that may be getting in the way of the replacement. You might need to use a sandpaper to polish the area.
Install the new windows. If one panel is too heavy, ask another person to help you carry it. Have another person get inside the house and hold the window in place as you adjust it. Make sure that the panels are placed in their respective frames. Use a level to ensure that the panels are level on both sides.
Have the person inside the house hold the panel then place its shims in its proper place. The person outside will monitor the level so he can advise the others about the distance that the panel has to be moved. Make the necessary adjustments until the panels have been completely installed.
Square up the window. Get a tame measure. Check the angle of one corner to the other. Make sure that all corners read the same number. Adjust the ships as necessary to bring the entire panel into a square.
After all the necessary adjustments have been done, use a screw to hold the windows in place. Hit as many shims in order to keep the panels secure in its place. Spray the interior part of the outer frame with non-expanding foam. This is used to fill all the dents and cracks. Put a silicone around the entire outer frame and seal it.
Recheck everything. Make sure that all the screws are in place, the shims are secured and the windows have been properly installed. You may also apply a new finish or paint to make it more attractive. You had just replaced your old San Rafael window with a new one.