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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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Can I cut out the sill plate to pass a duct through a load bearing wall?

I need to pass an HVAC duct through a load bearing wall into the basement below it. I can't seem to find a code reference in IRC for what I am allowed to do with respect to notching or cutting away ...
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Use Gap and crack sealant on the window seal

I have a small gap (2mm) under the window sill that is causing some draft to come inside the house. I have attempted to correct this using the Ge Silicone Caulk, but the draft continues to come in. ...