How do you install vinyl basement windows in concrete opening?

We have 2 smaller basement windows (about 31 w. x 36 h.)that are aluminum and in poor condition. We want to install new vinyl windows but are unsure how to measure precisely to order new ones and unsure how to install them. The current windows appear to have their "flanges" installed into the concrete foundation itself. We don't want to change the size since there is another larger egress window already in the basement. Neither of our handy-men were able to suggest solutions other than "they don't do windows" Any information would be a help. Do we measure from concrete opening size or glass size? Thanks

Asked By: pgmaxtwo - 4/4/2007
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I did a similar project recently. I removed the old window and the cement/mortar around the window to allow for a level surface. Next, I installed pressure-treated wood around the opening using special screws available from Lowes/Home Depot that are specifically for screwing into concrete. There is a special drill... More
Answered By: jd0601 - 4/4/2007
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I would first remove the window and then frame the inside of the concrete hole with tight fitting wood. You can even glue the wood to the concrete. canned foam is amazing for adhering wood to concrete. After you get it framed in with wood installing window should be simple
Answered By: enord - 4/4/2007
Cut out the right size with a mason saw put morter in opening Insert window spread morter around edge
Answered By: nancy s - 4/8/2007
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