Many people have inexpensive air conditioners that are intended to fit into a double-hung (vertically sliding sash) windows and want to use them in horizontally sliding windows.
If you already have some of these air conditioners or are attracted to them because their price tags are significantly lower than that of casement units, portable units, or central air, it is possible to make a frame to adapt them to sliding windows.
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However, this can be finished, painted or replaced with plexiglass or other materials, as the sheet lumber simply covers an opening and is not structural.
YOU NEED: 2X4s *(2 or less but the amount varies) 12 deck screws (or other long wood screws) Drill Saw Screwdriver Plywood Scrap Measure the width of your air conditioner.
Create a rectangle by screwing another short piece of 2X4 between the long pieces at the other end, as shown. At this point, it's a wise idea to put this rectangle into the window opening to make sure it fits.
It should slide in and sit against the window framing.
I considered building the frame around it but it was simply too awkward to maneuver this frame air conditioner into place.) Measure the height of your air conditioner.
This height should be the box height and not include the lips on the bottom or the top. Take this measurement right up against the window because it will give the shortest height of this opening.(If it's a little loose, you can use shims to help wedge it in place during installation.)Next you will want to dry-fit your air conditioner.Set the A/C into the frame with the bottom lip against the outside of the frame.If everything looks o.k., lay this piece of lumber in place and mark its position on the frame.Also, mark the top edge of the front lip where it will hit this piece of framing.(Please note that window air conditioning units aren't intended to be permanently installed.