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Why doesn't the USA Energy Star program approve of windows that help reduce winter heating bills?

The USA Energy Star program helps people find energy efficient windows. It guides us to prefer windows with low U-Factor and low solar heat gain coefficient. This is good in two circumstances: In ...
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Window dividers have slipped out

I don't even know the appropriate words, so good luck understanding this! Our formal dining room has a large window with dividers that are between two glass pieces. There is the half moon window ...
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how to blackout a large bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting an apartment that comes with blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the light in the morning. I can not remove the existing blinds I ...
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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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Did my home's builder not properly protect the outside molding from water?

Ok so for a few months now I've noticed that the outside moldings of the garage doors and the windows are beginning to look really bad. The wood looks like it's warping and rotting I guess because of ...
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Cost to replace “wall of glass” with sliding doors? [on hold]

I'm considering buying this house, which is in need of pretty significant renovation. The one area I can't even ballpark an estimate on replacement cost would be this wall of glass with large sliding ...
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how to attach framing to this window in concrete?

I'm looking to finish my basement. I have several windows embedded in the concrete as shown in the picture below. I was planning to put framing up in front of the concrete and run some plywood all ...
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How can I repair a vinyl window that is not staying up?

I moved into a house. There is one vinyl window with a problem. If you unlatch the window, the top half drops like a guillotine. Smash. I'm surprised it isn't broken yet. None of the other ...
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What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?

As far as I know, the lifespan of PVC windows is highly dependent on periodic lubrication. What kind of oil should I use to lubricate the moving metal parts of my PVC windows? Additionally, what ...
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I want to permanently remove and fill-in below grade windows in multi-family building. What's the risk?

I have a 5 family apartment building in NJ. There are 2 below grade window wells that protrude from the building and into the asphalt driveway. I want to fill these in permanently with concrete ...
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Why are these cracks around all of our sash windows?

We've been renovating a Victoria house (~1875) in Hackney (London) and had new sash windows installed about a year ago. Across most of them, we've had these cracks/separations start to appear (see ...
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uPVC casement windows don't shut tightly

Several of my uPVC casement windows have a draught due to not fitting tightly against the seals when closed. The gap between the casement and the seal is not uniform along the height of the window. ...
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How can I replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass?

I'd like to replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass for more light. Is there a how-to site explaining how this is done?
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Replacing vertical picture windows

My rancher has several large single pane picture windows oriented vertically along the south and east sides of our house. All have storm windows that do a great job insulating from noise but the whole ...
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How can I automatically open/close window blinds?

I live in an apartment where I cannot change anything. I would like to have my blinds open/close via computer (any interface controllable via RPi/Arduino is fine). It's not required to also roll them ...
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How do I clean marks from masking tape glue on my windows?

During the Hurricane Sandy, we placed tape on our windows in case the glass would break. The problem is, after removing the tape, it left a disgusting glue mark that it became impossible to remove. It ...
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Where to find glass window specs

Does the AAMA Certification label shown here imply that the window has been subject to wind and projectile testing? If so, where can I find the details of that testing?
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Proper methods for cleaning window sill

See photo. I'm not even sure I'm using the right terminology, because I don't know the name of this type of window. It's very hard to get these areas clean from the inside. Is it truly necessary to ...
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Remove screen from window

I've got an American Craftsman 70 series double hung window and I'm trying to remove the screen. It is a full screen, and the only mechanisms on the screen are in the corners as shown in the picture ...
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Where do I install an outside mount for blinds?

I'm installing faux wood blinds in my home. I prefer the outside mount because it looks better on my windows, however the molding is a weird design. The head casing and side casing don't meet at a ...
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Do I need window trim for a chair rail

I have three close windows here. We are putting in a chair rail 6 inches above the sill and I was thinking of just putting a 30 degree miter cut on all the pieces across this bank of windows. I am ...
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Use Gap and crack sealant on the window sill

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. ...
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Help understanding Window anatomy

I'm renovating my basement, which has one double-hung vinyl window (pictured). I want to add one more on the same wall and trying to get a close match. The windows in this house were replaced in 2007 ...
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Windows with efficiency with blue tint

My house was built in Florida in 2008. I am having a difficult time in replacing my windows as they have a blue tint. I have contacted all the local window places in the area and they do not know of ...
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pvc windows constantly wet …door handles dripping wet inside of premises [closed]

I had windows fitted 6 years ago and still to this time for ever wipe up puddles of water off all doors and windows ..plus its always draughty iv had insulation in walls roof and attic but its a no ...
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Stain, poly, cut… What order should I use when installing window trim?

This is my first carpentry project where 'looks matter'… I recently installed a new window in my living room, and it's now time to trim out the interior. The other windows in the house have simple ...
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Leaky windows: How to know where the leak is?

Our rented apartment has double pane windows in PVC frames. They are of good quality, I think. However, during the current weather (lots of rain and heavy winds), two windows let in some water. It ...
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Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?

We are building, and just now after the windows have been installed is that I realised they are really high up. The window is made of tempered glass 8mm thick, 3.5 m wide, 2.5 m high and starts at ...
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Is there a difference between Low-e Glass And Argon Gas?

Is there a difference between Low-e Glass And Argon Gas? My boss is trying to convince me that they are one in the same, despite my repeated attempts to differentiate the two for him. At this point, ...
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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the ...
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Window for shower

I'm doing a bathroom remodel, and there's currently a large window smack in the middle of the place where I intend to have a walk-in shower. I'd like to keep that window - I love the natural light. ...
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greenish gray mold on wooden window frame

Does anyone know how to deal with greenish gray mold on the border of my window frame with my Insulated glazing? I've never had mold before and my house is 32 years old and very well insulated. The ...
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What is the neatest way to run power to Somfy motorized window blinds?

I have several Somfy RTS motorized window blinds installed. Right now they just have electric cables attached to them that could be tacked to the wall, but I'd rather have the cabling completely ...
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Is it normal for uPVC window shutters to be pre-fitted to the frame at the factory or not? [closed]

I recently had some uPVC windows installed at home in South Bombay (Mumbai), India. It was not a positive experience. The people who manufactured and installed it were Deceuninck fabricators based in ...
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What can I use to fill a 5mm gap between a PVC window frame & a double-glazed window pane that it too thin?

I have old double-glazed windows where the frame doesn't allow easy removal of the window from the outside. I had problems with finding anyone who would do the replacement as it isn't as ...
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How do I remove huge gluey sticker tape on glass?

I'm asking for my cousin in Hong Kong, whose little children stuck this window sticker onto the glass. We read How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass, ...
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How can I seal old Jalousie windows?

In our rented house there are old Jalousie windows (the kind with glass slats). When I was looking for ways to seal them better (it's getting cold here), I came across this: ...
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What kind of caulk should I use for sealing windows to drywall?

I installed new vinyl windows and now need to caulk them to the drywall of the window boxes on the interior side. What kind of caulk should I use? I've generally been using a nice silicone caulk, but ...
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How can I tackle thermal downdraught?

Thermal downdraught on windows is a fact of life. I understand the mechanics involved, but that doesn't make it any more comfortable! Short of replacing the glass in my double-glazed units with (yet) ...
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Can one-way window film actually be a detriment to my windows?

I'm considering getting one-way mirror film for my home windows and sliding patio door. The salesperson I spoke to advised that these films could actually contribute to the breakdown of the window's ...
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Can you blow dry clear vinyl sheeting around windows outdoor application?

I bought some Dennis™ Clear Vinyl Sheeting, 8 mil thick. I installed it around the windows on the outside (outdoor installation) with pine stripping. I found it difficult to get rid of all the ...
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How can I remove humidity from a room without a dehumidifier?

I've noticed a problem in my apartment that returns every winter - I get mold around the windows. This year the cold weather came earlier than usual and the mold appeared quickly in great amounts, so ...
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How can I fill a gap beneath windows?

Outside my house, there is a gap visible below some of my windows. I have attached pictures to make it clear, since I don't know the terminology. The gap is about the width of my thumb. I can see the ...
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Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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How to fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking between the metal frame and the foundation. The concrete is chipping ...
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What can I do about a basement window well that is filling with water?

My house was built in the 1950s and I have a basement window well that was filling up with water after a hard rain. I have covers however the water would come up. After much reading online that there ...
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Window “brakes” - What are these things?

I have a bunch of windows in my little 1950 Cape Cod in need of re-glazing but they also need a bit of mechanical repair for their "brakes". The "brakes" hold the sill in place, they are actuated by ...
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How to block wind between rooms

I am living in an old (renovated) flat which size 25 m2 in Riga. However, there is the wind feeling all the time. There is very bad isolation in the corridor. In my apartment, there is no isolating ...
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How to manage mold growing along the bottom vinyl window frame of every window in an R2000 home?

We have a lot of windows in this house, for some reason black mold grows along the bottom of each from basement to upper floor. Its and R2000 so we don't pump any moisture into the house and we run ...
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How do I attach windows to a block wall covered with rigid foam insulation?

I'm wrapping a block wall house with rigid foam insulation. I plan on liquid nailing it directly to the exterior block wall of the house. I plan on attaching furring strips with tapcons on top of the ...