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Old 12-28-2021, 03:48 PM   #1
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Do you have to deconstruct your interior if a window breaks?

If you're keeping all or part of your OEM school bus windows, I have a question for you...

What happens if one breaks?

I've seen countless builds where it appears - and I admit appearances can be deceiving - but it appears that if a window were to break, it would necessitate pretty extreme measures to replace.

Who's considered this potentiality and what have you done to future-proof your wall assemblies to easily service windows if need-be?

Who hasn't considered this possibility and wishes they had?

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Old 12-28-2021, 05:24 PM   #2
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I've broken three of my windows so far, one by stepping on it and two by driving past an improperly-trimmed tree. Haven't found any replacements yet (my bus is a high-ceiling IC and these windows are 30" tall instead of the usual 24") so I've just left the broken ones in place.

I designed my wall framing so I can remove the trim pieces around the windows and replace them if necessary. The pieces that cover the ribs between windows are attached using the two screws that hold the windows in place, and the top and bottom trim pieces are screwed up and down (respectively) into my wall framing, so any set of three windows can be accessed in this way without more than 10-15 minutes of work.

The back parts of my countertops are also separately-removable to allow this access, since they stick up a couple of inches above the bottoms of the windows they're in front of.
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Old 12-28-2021, 05:39 PM   #3
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I've broken three of my windows so far, one by stepping on it and two by driving past an improperly-trimmed tree. Haven't found any replacements yet (my bus is a high-ceiling IC and these windows are 30" tall instead of the usual 24") so I've just left the broken ones in place.

I designed my wall framing so I can remove the trim pieces around the windows and replace them if necessary. The pieces that cover the ribs between windows are attached using the two screws that hold the windows in place, and the top and bottom trim pieces are screwed up and down (respectively) into my wall framing, so any set of three windows can be accessed in this way without more than 10-15 minutes of work.

The back parts of my countertops are also separately-removable to allow this access, since they stick up a couple of inches above the bottoms of the windows they're in front of.

Nice. That's pretty much what I'm envisioning doing as well.
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