At last, the new bathroom window is in. I am happy it is in, but I am not entirely happy with the window. It is a vinyl Regency Awning window made in Maine by Waterville Window. Sounds, good, eh? Local and all that. However, the whole process was kind of screwed up. The locally-owned building supplies center we purchased the window from made a mistake and the order was not placed at first. Despite 2 calls from us, this was not discovered until the window was already 2 weeks overdue. Arghh.
Fortunately, after Dan spoke with the store manager, the window order was expedited and it arrived just in time for this weekend, our last free weekend in a while. We gleefully removed the old homemade fixed window, and set the new window in.
When I went inside, however, I noticed that the new window’s crank mechanism has a big gouge, as did the crank handle. Grrr. We ordered a vinyl window because someday, if the stars align, that window will be in our new curbless shower. Paint gouge =rust. Sigh. Dan also noticed the opening mechanism seems rather flimsy, and that when the window is open, there is a gap around the mechanism. Can that be right? Arghh. Of course, because we chose the local business, there was no one available on the weekend to answer our questions about the window, like, is that right and can the mechanism be replaced with an undamaged one. Now I remember, this is why people shop at Home Depot. Sigh.
So, there we are with a hole in the house, and us back at work on Monday.
Fortunately, Dan is clever. Very, very clever. He decided that we would go ahead and install the window, and that the trim on the window would be installed in such a way that should the window need to be removed, we would not need to remove any siding but only the trim. And, he used stainless steel screws to attach the trim and install the window.
Of course, because nothing is easy, we had to remove some additional, newly painted siding to put in the trim, but ah well, it was only a few short courses. The next step will be to talk with someone from the building supplies business about the window. The best outcome would be the window can stay in place and the mechanism can be readily replaced, preferably by someone from the window manufacturer, or if not, the building supplies store, but we shall see. In the meantime, we have an operating window and not only do we not have a hole in the house, but under the trim, I used some spray foam to seal up some big gaps, too.