DIY: Towing Hopper Windows

Jan 3rd

Hopper windows are found almost exclusively in basements. They are wider than they are tall and open from a tab at the top center of the window. Hopper windows are available in vinyl, wood or aluminum, as well as any other type of window. Because they are often installed in concrete, it may be necessary to tow them into the opening, similar to how the glass block is installed. This may be easier than drilling and can protect the opening windows.

Fiberglass hopper windows
Fiberglass hopper windows


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  1. Measure the size of the opening where the hopper windows will be installed, and record the measurement. Passing a tape, both length and height from one end to the other.
  2. Brush the opening with a brush concrete. Remove all debris and other particles from the concrete surface, and clean the area with a clean, damp cloth to get rid of all visible dirt.
  3. Pour the plaster mixture into a wheelbarrow. Add 1 m³ of concrete, 1 m³ of gypsum and 5 liters of water to the wheelbarrow. Mix it with a trowel. Moving the spatula from one side to the other until the entire mixture is wet and has the consistency of a cream.
  4. Pour a little hydrated lime into the mixture and stir. This will allow the grout to fix the wall. Dip the spoon in the mixture and spread it over the hopper windows opening, starting from the side. Covering the surface with approximately 1 cm of layer thickness everywhere.