ESL 642 – Installing Windows and Doors

Vern: I really think we’ve bitten off more than we can chew. I like do-it-yourself projects, but installing a new window and a new door isn’t as easy as it looks.

Genevive: What we don’t know, we’ll learn as we go. Okay, we’ve removed the old window. This new double-paned one is going to be great and it’ll slide open and close easily, unlike the old one. We just need to put in a new frame first, and then we can move it into place.

Vern: You make it sound so easy. Is the screen going to fit? It looks too big.

Genevive: Oh sure, it’ll fit.

Vern: This latch doesn’t seem to be working.

Genevive: It’ll work once it’s installed. Come on, give me a hand. Hmm…the new window doesn’t seem to fit exactly. I’m not sure what the problem is. Let me think about it. Let’s move on to the door and come back to it later.

Vern: Are you sure?

Genevive: Sure, I’m sure. Installing the new door will be easier and we can get it out of the way.

Vern: Maybe we should wait until the window is installed. If we can’t finish installing the window and the door before nightfall, it’ll be a very cold night in the house.

Genevive: Don’t worry. Let’s see, first we have to remove the old door without damaging the jamb. The hinges are rusted; it seems to be stuck. Oh, I think it’s finally coming off.

Vern: See? Replacing the door isn’t going to be as easy as you thought, is it?

Genevive: I got it off in the end, didn’t I?

Vern: Yes, but will you be able to put in the new one before I die of frostbite?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse