How to Install Glass Windows in a Cargo Container

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Cargo containers are being used more and more by resourceful builders looking into making homes from recycled materials. These durable metal shells provide excellent protection from the elements at a very inexpensive cost to the owner. One necessity in any home, let alone a cargo container home, are windows.

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    Purchase the windows you are planning to install. Keep in mind the restrictions a cargo container presents. This means choosing smaller, simple windows as opposed to bay windows. The layout of the container does not allow for certain innovations, though it does have a great deal of flexibility.

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    Measure the windows you have purchased and then find an accommodating space along the walls of your container. Take a permanent marker and mark the measurements and outline of the proposed window on the wall. This will give you a final opportunity to make changes before committing to cutting the side of the wall.

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    Using a saw that is strong enough to cut through the thick metal of the container's walls, cut out proposed area for the windows, one at a time. Be careful not to let the metal fall backward once it has been cut, so you do not get injured.

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    Construct a solid framework to hold the window. Many people choose to use wood to attach to the metal. This will provide insulation and a foundation for your windows. If wider space is needed in order to accommodate a frame and the window, trim more of the wall away with your saw.

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    Install the windows by placing them within the frames and fastening them. Since the frames are made from wood, your best route will be to nail the windows in tight.

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