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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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How to extend 5/8" window jamb?

The window I just received in special order came with a 5/8" jamb. I'm really upset at that awkward dimension because it makes it difficult to extend it with regular 1xX lumber (actual thickness ...
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How do you hang a casement window sash?

I have Anderson casement windows I want to rehang because some sashes are rubbing up against the bottom or side. I think the rubbing is just from the sash sagging over time, they were installed in ...
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Should storm windows be removed if AC will be on and windows rarely opened?

We generally run our AC most of the day. I am wondering if it is a detriment to leave the storm windows on (b/c they create a pocket of hot air) or a potential benefit (by reducing the escape of cold ...
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What's a clever way to stop old windows from rattling?

My old wooden windows rattle in their casings (the frame rattles in its tracks--the glass is secure). One suggestion was to use vinyl flooring as shims--that material would be too thick, but I'm ...
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Touching up black aluminium window frame

I have a set of folding doors (interior <-> exterior) that have been badly scraped and scratched during a renovation project. I have purchased the correct colour touch up paint from the ...
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Where to buy replacement seal or latch for glass block ventilator window

We have glass block windows in our basement (bought this place 6 months ago). Almost all of the ventilators have this problem where the seal no longer holds air-tight. A secondary problem is that the ...
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Window unit lets in lots of outdoor noise. How to insulate?

I just moved to NYC and I have a window unit like this: The foldable frame around either side lets in a considerable amount of outside noise; it's just as if the window was open. In fact, I'd swear ...
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I'm trying to find the manufacturer and age of French Patio Doors

grateful for any advise anyone can give me. I'm trying to find the manufacturer and age of French Patio Doors installed before we bought the house. Inside frame ...
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What is the most efficient window design to maximise cooling in a tropical climate?

I am building in equatorial Indonesia. My building is roughly 10x4.5 metres in footprint, and it will be a two storey (3.5 metres each) concrete structure. The building backs directly onto a limestone ...
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Suggestions for closing in a sunroom?

So I have this sunroom off the side of my garage that has a roof and what I think is a metal exterior. 1 wall is to the garage and the other 3 sides have large openings which once housed screens ...
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Can I use a portable air conditioner with a casement window?

My apartment has windows like this, where they rotate out upon a vertical hinge. I live in Seattle, so I can't rely on an evaporative A/C unit because the humidity is too high. And all the portable ...
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What's the best way to keep insects from coming in Jalousie windows?

My house has an attached sunroom with old Jalousie windows. They're great for a breeze, but I'd like to find a way to keep insects from coming through. What are my options (other than replacing ...
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Knob and worm gear open windows

Can you help me identify or suggest what you'd refer to this type of window that has a rotation handle powering a worm gear that drives the rod to open or close the window? Basically, what do you ...
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All-around header dimensions for external wall

Putting in two small windows as part of our kitchen remodel (21" x 31"). They are going in an exterior gable wall, framed with 2x6's. I can't get a straight answer from anyone about what "size" ...
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Vented soffit under bay window

Background: A bay window has been having ice dam issues for the past couple of years. I think the water is coming in through the space between the gutter and the fascia. That space is just on the ...
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Will humidity hurt my furniture and paint/fixtures while on vacation? Note: I left a few windows cracked before I left for a week

I am on vacation for a week. I left a couple windows cracked in my 2 bedroom apartment. I also left all the doors inside the apartment open. I thought air flow would be good while I'm gone, but now ...
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How to properly fix these cracks in exterior window sill

The inspector suggested that these are easy fixes but most of the searches for repairing window sills brings up rotten wood and that's not what I've got here. and also this one
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steel windows diy design+construction

I would like your suggestions/experience/opinions on designing steel windows+patio doors, using hollow sections (RHS as they call them) and angle sections. The window style I have in mind (but can not ...
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How to deal with this mold on the window frame?

I just discovered what I assume is mold on my window frame in the kitchen/living room (quite high humidty, but the window has been open a lot and our fan is going 24/7). Now, I've been told that ...
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Can one pane of a double pane window be safely removed?

Recently I asked Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window? The answer appears to be "no", at least not without resorting to very dangerous chemicals. Two of the ...
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Cleaning window rollers with ball bearings

I was trying to get rid of the debris and old grease in my window rollers that have ball bearings by washing them with acetone. When I finished, they spun pretty well, but within 5 minutes when I spun ...
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Hang blinds inside window frame on drywall only?

I need to hang some standard window blinds (blinds that you pull upward by pulling the strings down) inside a few of my windows, but my walls are concrete stucco, and there is about a 3/4" gap between ...
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

I have some double pane windows with failed seals. They get condensation inside. When it dries it leaves unsightly residue that I can't figure out how to clean off. I know that I could replace ...
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How well do Lexan windows survive?

I recently replaced a broken small window with Lexan polycarbonate. Lexan is reported to yellow after 10 years. How bad is this likely to become, how quickly -- will I have to change the window again ...
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window sash replacement

I have a window with a jkk1006cba serial number in between pains of glass. I need to find the manufacturer of the window in order to buy a replacement sash.
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window top flashing/channel against flat surface

I have parging above the window, nothing to tuck a channel under. What is the product to use to add flashing to the top of the window in this case?
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Soundproofing windows against air traffic noise

We're currently renting an attic apartment under one of Heathrow's main flight paths and unfortunately have only double glazed velux windows. The aircraft noises are fairly loud and I'm looking to ...
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Reverse a roller shade

I have some levolor roller shades and after much struggling with them I realized that the problem is that they are the wrong way around. They have a pin on one end and a kind of flat piece that sits ...
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Leveling floors and Installing windows

I have a sagging 1930s house and plan to level the floors using I-beams and jacks. I've read that the process is very slow and I'm also wanting to install windows. Will it cause any kind of problems ...
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How to repair rotten plywood board under vinyl bay/bow window?

This vinyl bow window was installed about 15-20 years ago: Overall it looks and works OK, but the underside is wood and has severely rotted around the outer edges: Here's a detail of one corner. ...
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All vinyl Windows - bugs underneath the stationary sash - Please help!

I live in a townhome in the PNW. I have double paned all vinyl Windows. Mfr. un identified but I will post it after I compare the ticket with list below - Thank you Home Improvememt!The left side is ...
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How can I cover a rounded window under a slanted ceiling?

We're soon moving into a new house, and my room has a big window (with a door in it to access the balcony) under a slanted ceiling. The ceiling is quite steep, and there is very little clearing ...
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Nets to protect windows from typhoon damage

I'm building a house in a part of Asia where typhoons are common. The houses (including mine) are all built from reinforced concrete. When a typhoon comes, people typically hang nets in front of any ...
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workaround for ground anchor settling in clay

We have a sun room built by a contractor for which building plans had to be approved by the city and a professional engineer. The room is about 12' x 12' and attached to the house. It sits on a ...
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Name of plastic piece

Where can I buy this plastic piece? Here is another pic: I need it to place it between these two metal rods so that the curtain will slide easier: Now I don't need this exact same piece but ...
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How to remove window with minimum damage to outside trim

I've recently purchased an old home with windows that have probably not been replaced since the thing was built in the 20's. The siding on this home looks new and I'm taking it upon myself to replace ...
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What can be used to prevent my windows from sliding down?

I have wooden windows in my home, they came with a pulley mechanism to hold them up once they are opened. However, some of the pulley's cord popped, so now when I lift the lower window open and let go ...
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How Do I Install Custom Exterior Fixed Shutters?

I've recently been working on making my own "open board and batten" shutters out of cedar pickets. I've completed making them. I didn't want to use shutter hinges, so I bought a pack of deck screws ...
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How do I change an external door to a window?

I'm looking to change a Door to a window due to kitchen redesign. Can anyone give me any idea on what I will need. The door is a back door and is old and rotten its around 3 ft wide. Its a old ...
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It is current -5° F. Is this much condensation normal?

I noticed there is a lot of frozen condensation on the inside of my windows. It is -5° F outside right now. Should i be worried?
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Why do windows generally open to the outside in Ireland but not in the rest of continental Europe?

See title. I see the reason for having it outside is being able to always have them open for ventilation. Since Ireland has a mild but humid climate. Opening to the inside inteferes with having ...
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What code requirements exist for low-sill, upper-floor windows?

I own a house in Texas (USA), built in 1885. I am renovating, enclosing the second floor back porch; it's essentially an addition, with a bathroom, a storage closet, and a hallway. The area will be ...
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Building code requiring rooms to have internal windows?

I am staying at the Radisson in Colorado Springs this evening and I notice that some of the rooms, in an extension built about 15-20 years ago, have large security windows facing into the hallway. The ...
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Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows

I purchased a new home last year and all the windows installed are vinyl. My previous home built in 1999 had wooden windows. My question is are all the exterior windows needing to be caulked? I know ...
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2 layers of plastic film window insulation?

I am insulating a single-pane window with plastic film (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GKC2GW?keywords=plastic film insulation&qid=1453679450). This window can't be opened, so I will keep ...
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Improving insulation on windows and preventing heat loss

Here are the images of my window (currently it's 18F/-8C outside, 74F/23C inside): Now, this condensation / ice forming gets even worse - on some days whole bottom of the window from the first ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

OK I had a hard time thinking of a good title but here's the gist of the problem/concern I have which I can't find an answer to anywhere online. Please note that this is a very specific but common ...
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Bedrooms aren't being heated as well after new furnace

When my bedroom doors are closed the room is cold. We replaced our furnace about 5-10 years ago and the repair person said we didn't need as big a unit as we had before and every since then it feels ...
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How to seal the exposed top of glass block windows

My basement has some glass block windows, that seem to be improperly (or not-optimally) installed. See picture.... As I understand it, there should has been a perimeter channel attached to framing, ...