Replacing old windows trickier from indoors

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Q: I need to replace some older aluminum windows. Can they only be removed from the outside? I have a two-story house, and I'm not comfortable on a ladder at that height. Also, two windows have brick siding over them. Is it possible to remove them from the inside? --Tom M. A: Most types of aluminum windows have a flange on the outside. The window is slipped into the rough opening in the wall from the outside, and secured in place by nailing through the flange. Therefore, the easiest way to remove it is by removing the exterior trim, removing the nails in the flange, and then taking out the entire window unit. If that is not possible, you can also do it from the inside, but it's more difficult. You have to remove the interior trim and/or drywall around the inside of the window, then cut between the wood wall framing and the inside frame of the window on all four sides, using a reciprocating saw with a metal-cutting blade. You also need to make some sort of provision for hanging onto the...