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Shade in front of second floor condo window

I live in the second floor (one over ground level) in a condo building in Germany. It is rented, so I cannot do major modifications. Minor modifications must be arranged with the owner. The living ...
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How can I reduce the force required to operate double-hung windows?

I'm looking to create or even just buy a product that can be mounted onto any single- or double-hung window where the user doesn't need a lot of force to open/close a window. This is for an elderly ...
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Good vinyl windows that are NOT clad

Are there any time proven vinyl windows that have NO wood core to retain ANY moisture and rot? I want wood on the inside of the house where the HVAC can take care of everyday interior moisture, but in ...
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Cannot adjust dropbolt on bifold doors which is catching

I have a patio door made of up two aluminium tri-folding doors which meet in the middle. One side has a normal 5 point locking system operated by a normal door handle and key. The other side has a ...
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Low-profile clear cover for a basement window

I'm looking to protect some wooden exterior basement window casing so that I don't have to re-paint it so regularly. I've seen window well covers like so: ...which could be useful except that ...
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What's the best way to cover my egress window (not soft plastic) where the window is above the window well?

What's the best way to cover an egress window where the cement for the window sticks 11" above the metal window well cover (the window itself is above 10" above the metal window well)? I'm looking for ...
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Window Label - Need Help ID'ing

Ok, I have some windows in a home that may be under warranty but the window ID labels are not like any that I've seen anywhere online. Any help would be appreciated. Here's the information on the ...
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What should I fill drill holes in pvc window frames with?

A previous owner had drilled holes into the pvc frames to fit blinds, which have since been removed leaving small holes. I'm not expecting pvc can be filled flawlessly, but what would be the best ...
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Water flow over basement window sill

The sidewalk going around my house was poured very close to the edge of the basement window. The slab has sunk and water no pools against the house in that area. If we get a torrential rainfall, the ...
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How to Cover Small Window but allow Light?

I want to prevent my neighbors to see through my window but allow maximum light. Blinds are not possible there in the small one. The small window Some transparent layer/membrane could work, not any ...
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Window leaks from hole in bottom of frame

See the video. I have a bad window leak. The water comes in during rainy days and makes its way from the 2nd story window to the first floor window and wall just below it. After much painful ...
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Cheap & Effective Way to Soundproof Windows

I am looking to soundproof my home from the busy road that is in front of it. The roads are concrete not asphalt so the tires make a substantial amount of noise since the speed limit is 40mph. I ...
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Double window has play when pushed on

My son bought a house that has a window like this one. When I push in the center from the inside, there is some play of a quarter of an inch or so at the bottom (and the top I presume). Maybe more. ...
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How to fill a 1.5 " gat on the exterior window gap to brick?

I am getting a water leak from several of my window, appears the window opening is at least one inch larger than the window. The gap was filled with mortar and caulked along the top and bottom of the ...
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Legality of hanging things outside your window?

I have been thinking of hanging something outside my window. It occurred to me though that there are building codes. I am in a private home of my own but wondered to what extent building codes apply. ...
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support for “bow” window

I'm installing a Marvin Integrity "bow" window, kind of like a bay window except it's multiple casements set in a smooth arc. These are installed in a rectangular rough opening like any window; ...
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Suggestions on window casing with a small window sill?

I would like to put in window casing around my windows. There are original stone window sills on all of my windows, which I want to keep. I am trying to figure out how to construct the casing, because ...
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Best way(s) to add new king stud to existing exterior wall

I'm going to be removing a large 4'wide x 7'tall window and replacing it with a small 3'x2' window. I will probably need to add a couple of new king studs when framing up and to keep everything 16" ...
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Window transmittance of 940nm near-IR

What is the near-IR (940nm) transmittance of typical modern, energy star for Northern Zone windows, or where could I find out? I am also interested in how much this varies, and if non-energy-star ...
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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 3/4")....
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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 them)?...
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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 I'...
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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 long does it take for polycarbonate to yellow?

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. ...