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Removing window and filling opening

Dear TOH,

I need to remove a window, fill in the opening, in order to build a wall of bookcases. The window is 2x4. The window is single-pane-no sashes.

I need some guidance- A contractor wants to charge me $1200.00 to remove the window. I think I can do it myself.

Help! I think this is what I need to do:
1. Remove the mouldings and the sill.

2. Remove the window (there are no sashes) Fill in the opening-outside part is stucco.

3. Fill in the opening with insulation.

4. Reinforce opening with 2x4 studs

5. Working my way into the inside of the window-Chicken wire mesh to spread the stucco-next layer-plywood-next layer insulation-next layer-sheetrock-then tape it-then paint it.

6. Does it sound like I am headed in the right direction?

Your input will be appreciated. Since I also need to close-up a door opening, I am assuming I can do the same procedure as a window. I will be closing a window and putting French Doors in it's place. This is why I do not need to have two doors in the den.

Thanks for your help.

Re: Removing window and filling opening

I would say you are on track. Install some 30# felt behind the wire and on top of the plywood. Also, make the edge of the old stucco jagged, it will make it easier to match up the new stucco vs. the old.

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