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Old 10-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Please Help Me With This Window

Can someone please explain to me how to get the curved plexiglass window into the rubber gasket? Teh corner won't go in because the sides aren't in yet, but the sides won't go in because the corners are in the way. Please somebody explain this to me.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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Joel not sure if this will help but there is a YouTube video Boler Trailer Window Install that might help you
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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Do you put the window in the rubber, then put it all in the trailer. That is how older windshields were done.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Thanks Carol, the videos were very helpful. Have some extra hands coming to help. My usual helper (pictured at left) is too short to reach.
Mary and Bob, I asked the same question, but was told that is much more difficult than the video method.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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Just be sure to buy a lockstrip tool! Yeah, you can use screwdrivers, fingers nails and swear words. But, for a tool that costs less than $20, you won't use a new language nor need to buy a case of hair color Just For Men!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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The gaskets I got are "self-locking". They have this strip that sort of sticks out, you bend it back into a slot. The nightmarish Tab A into Slot B. Hope it's as easy as advertised. Yes, I'm talking pictures.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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Uhaul used the "fold-in" lock strip on one side window. Lube it with some dish soap. A hook type tool or small screw driver, or old putty knife that doesn't have sharp corners may help. I just sent Pam a NAPA # 3470 hook tool to use on her window replacement, ask her how she liked it. I took one window out that used that type lock strip just to measure the opening size, it went back together easy, less work than the separate lock strip.
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Thanks, Bob, I could use some good news today.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:00 PM   #9
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I hang my head in shame and utter defeat. Two friends who also watched the videos, and two people who supposedly had put in "dozens of windshields like this" all failed miserably. We never got one whole corner in. I gut-renovated my whole house, I should be able to do this. My fingers are so sore that tomorrow a friend named Visa is going to take care of it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:17 PM   #10
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There are some things that are just not as easy as they should be, or are out of our realm of expertise. Sometimes just walking away and trying again later is the solution [I've done it many times] or sometimes we turn it over to an "expert", who may not find it so easy either but won't admit it unless it means charging more. Don't feel bad, if your friends couldn't do it either you're not alone. Sounds like the usual case of things come apart a whole lot easier than they go back together.
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Got my Cloud back from the auto glass shop today. He doesn't like me much right now. Since I'm an idiot about how sometings work on the forum, please go to the Cloud gallery to view pictures.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:27 AM   #12
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So did the window guy get the window in then? Was it expensive if I may ask? This probably explains why one of the PO's of my Cloud just built frames out of wood for my windows. Not that I mind, I like how they make mine original but they are aging and are going to need to be replaced in the next several years I think.
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Joel the demo on utube shows the man installing the window from the outside, but his rubber gasket in installed with the outside face on the inside. and the window should be installed from the side that the removable locking strip has been removed it is in the center of the outside face. Donna has the right idea of the tool available at Amazon! The top halfway and one top corner is the easiest way to start, work your way across the top watching to make sure the corner stays in place. work your way down each side into the corners work each side of the bottom to the center screw drivers and or a small very stiff putty knife works well,I have a glazing compound putty knife about 3/32s thick ( for putting in window glazing compound), liquid soap is good to lubricate the gasket This works on a boler, My BigFoot is different.

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Do yourself a favor and get one of these tools. I don't guarantee there won't be any swearing but you will at least be able to get the window installed.


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