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Old 06-15-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Skin over window methods

Wanted to run my thoughts past you pros on covering 1 window. My goal is to keep as much natural light as possible with as many windows as I can. One window however will span a wall between the shower and bedroom area. The reason I think I will remove it is because it wouldnt be opened without 2 people standing on either side. It is also near the shower area.

So my thoughts are as such:

Pull the window and cut a thick like 1 inch plywood to the same size and then get it wrapped on the sides and front with sheet metal from a local heating and cooling company. I would paint it and put it back in place with sealer and screws the same way the window that came out went in.

Another option is to simply keep the glass or remove it but have sheet metal rivited to the existing window frame and simply put it back in.

Or ... something I have not thought of yet.

I like the idea of using plywood skinned with sheet metal as I could vent the composting toilet with little issue... maybe.

How di you skin your windows? I wouldnt expect that glass to break any differently than the others and primarily concerned about just dealing with it opening. Should I should black it out and frame it in a way that you cannot even reach the latches and not worry about it?

Your feed back is welcomed. If you see my latest pictures it's the 2nd from last window on the right side.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
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You won't need 1". Half-inch BCX would work better and cheaper, too. You can remove the windows with a linoleum knife to cut the caulking material and pull it out from the inside. A one-man job.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:34 PM   #3
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So 1/2 inch plywood covered with sheet metal put back in as a window is the way you would go?
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:36 PM   #4
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Sure would. And metal only on the outside. You'll still need some silicon caulking between the metal and the bus window frame, though.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:37 PM   #5
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Yup thats what I was thinking. When I painted the inside of my bus I resealed the lower portion of each window. One bead under and smoothed from the outside.
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I've only pulled one window out so I could install a 10K BTU AC unit. I've weathered TWO Montana winters so far. I've got 1" double faced insulation on the sides. I found some very nice 1/8" birch ply at $24/sheet to skin the inside. Yeah, I know - pricey! But, wood, too, is an insulator. Besides, it'll look better than foil facing. I'll purchase some brass hinges and hardware to have some access for a window in the bedroom.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:07 PM   #7
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I had a sheet of 18 gage steel cut to the size of the window frame this way I could leave the glass in the frame. I used the pink insulation 1/2 or 3/4 inch and a pice of 1/4 inch to fill in the gaps this way you get some R value. If you cover the insides with wood you add the insulation to fill out so the wall is flushed before adding the wood. Caulk the outside and your water tight.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:15 PM   #9
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BT, I took the entire window frame out of the side. No messing with possibly breaking the glass. I kept the window intact because I may have to remove the AC if I travel down the road.
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Good input from everyone. Thank you
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