How to Remove Windows From a Brick House

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How to Remove Windows From a Brick House
You can replace older windows in a brick house with newer, more energy efficient models. (brick house image by david hughes from

Exterior windows can dramatically increase your house's energy efficiency while updating its look and feel. Windows installed in a brick house are generally fastened to a wooden frame, or buck, that has been constructed within the window frame. Removing a window from a brick house requires prying away the window trim, cutting away the caulking seal and then removing the nails or screws that hold the window in place on the wooden buck. Once you've pulled the fasteners, you should be able to pull the window free of the buck and out of the frame.

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Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Cordless drill
  • Assorted bits
  • Claw hammer
  • Hacksaw

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    Remove the trim from around the window frame. The trim hides the nails or screws and creates a nice looking, cohesive seal around the house. Sometimes the frame may be caulked. If so, use a utility knife to cut away the caulking. Insert the pry bar in between the window trim and the brick side of the window frame. Pry the trim loose and remove it to expose the window nail fins and the screws or nails holding it in place.

  2. 2

    Remove any additional caulk or sealant from around the edges of the window. Use your utility knife to cut away this material.

  3. 3

    Remove the fasteners. Place a screw-driving bit on your cordless drill and use it to twist any screws out of the buck. Nails can be trickier. You might have to lift any nails slightly with a screwdriver before you can access them with the claw of your hammer or the nail-pulling end of your pry bar.

  4. 4

    Remove the nail heads from impacted nails. In some cases you may not be able to pull the nails. You can use a drill bit to drill off the nail head and then pull the window free from the leftover nail shafts. If you plan to use the same window buck, you can pull the shafts with pliers, hammer them flush or cut them off with a hacksaw.

  5. 5

    Pull the window from the frame.

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