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Why did oiling cause this crank to become dirty?

My house has exterior roller shutters operated by a manual crank inside (right pic). But operating it created a lot of squeaking noise from the crank handle so I used a few drops of fine-mechanic oil ...
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Questions about DIY on cedar siding and maybe new windows

Admins, this might be too much for 1 post, but they're all related so if it needs broken up, just let me know. Also anyone reading this, please feel free to speak to just one part because it's a lot. ...
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Replacing window

I am replacing a window in a garage. I measured the rough openings but the current window in the garage is quite old and I am not even sure what kind of window it is (or the proper terminology for ...
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Fix single hung window glass that is cracked

My question is somewhat similar to this question - How can I fix a window with cracked glass?. The difference is that my window is single hung. The windows are double pane and the inside pane has a ...
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Block view, but allow sunlight from windows

I live in a rental property where some of the rooms (living room, and bedroom) are situated right next to the street. I would like to block the view from the street so people looking in can't easily ...
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Remove Caulk Residue from Brick

I'm removing and re-caulking the windows. The house has sand colored bricks and removing the old caulk left unsightly black/grey residue. Any tips on cleaning the brick? I tried isopropyl alcohol ...
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Searching for a specific window lock

I recently moved into a new place and almost all the window locks are broken and these windows are single hung and are located on the ground level. I have looked numerous places but I cannot find a ...
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How I can remove this Ingersoll window bolt?

I have a small window with security bolts which have become rusted and unusable. However, I can't see how to remove them without forcing them off and damaging the wood. Anyone seen these types before ...
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Replacing old windows - how to make vapor barrier?

I'm replacing a couple windows in an 80 year old house. Not surprisingly, there is no house wrap or any kind of vapor barrier. It's 2x4 studs with 1/2" tongue and groove wood siding on the inside, ...
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How can I fix multiple layers of paint on window trim?

In our new house, we have discovered that the previous owner simply added a new layer of paint to the entire house whenever it began to peel. The paint job around the window sill and trim is ...
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Are window frames structural?

My circa 1920 house is one story, solid brick from the footings in the basement to the roof. Three layer thick up to the first floor joists, then two layers to the roof. The basement windows are all ...
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Attaching windows wells to foundation

In fighting some recent leaking issues, I've discovered that my window well are not attached to the foundation. It's a steel window well. It's fairly snug against the house, but I can wiggle it fairly ...
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Can I identify window manufacture from the NAMI information?

All I could find short of removing the window to look for the manufacturer's label is the NAMI sticker information it had inside top frame. And yes I did look through the posted NAMI list here, mine ...
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Do I want low-SHGC windows on the east and west sides?

I live in sunny New Mexico and am doing research for having my windows replaced. I'm torn on the question of whether I want low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) windows, though. My house faces ...
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Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?

I live in Bombay (Mumbai), India. I'm planning to install sliding sound-proof Windows in a room. There are two common types of window frames manufactured here; one is aluminium, and the other is PVC, ...
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Using replacement windows in new construction

A few years ago I replaced my old drafty windows with high-quality replacement windows. Now I am doing some renovations, which will require some windows to be relocated to a different position. The ...
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How to darken a room without hurting airflow?

I am a sucker for open windows. My room has two windows on opposing sides, and I get an amazing flow of air between them most hours of the day and night, and I want to keep it that way. A problem ...
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Is it possible to replace original vinyl windows with retrofits?

We're in a split level, in Massachusetts, that was built in 1997 with contractor grade vinyl siding and vinyl windows, nothing fancy. One window has lost its seal, another has a broken tilt-in latch - ...
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How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
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The sill plate touching my foundation isn't laying flat, it's about 10 degrees tilted. How do I install a header below it?

I installed a window in my basement 2 years ago and in the time since I've realized that I fastened the header incorrectly. Oops. I have to take it apart anyways to re-do the trim and match the other ...
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Problem Using Wall Anchors for Curtain Rod

I'm trying to hang curtains for a floor-to-ceiling window by using drywall anchors to hold up the curtain rod. However, the plastic screw gets stuck about halfway anywhere I attempt to drill. When I ...
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Why don't American homes have blinds on the outside of their windows?

Traveling through Europe, seeing many different construction methods, I try to take an objective look at why things are done a certain way. One of the most positive things that I see done in Europe ...
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What kind of damp do we have?

We have a damp problem in a 1920s semi-detached house we moved into 8 weeks ago. We are not sure if it's a condensation problem, or penetration from the outside, or even rising damp on the ground ...
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How can I remove this tile window stool without compromising the installation of the vinyl window?

I'm planning to replace the tile window stool below this window with a piece of quartz countertop. In this picture, I have already removed part of the thick tan tile the stool is made of. It looks ...
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Proper order of operations for re-doing windows, stucco, and footing insulation

I have three big projects coming up: Replacing all the windows and a sliding glass door Adding 2 inches of rigid foam insulation to the exterior and re-stucco-ing Adding rigid foam insulation ...
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How can I fix my window frame so that the window doesn't drop down?

I'm working on a fixer-upper, and I needed to repair the screens. In order to remove the screens, I of course needed to lift the window all the way up. However, there was a bracket blocking the ...
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What do you call a widget that holds the side of a curtain against a wall?

I moved into a house and found these handy widgets screwed into a bedroom wall. These widgets each consist of a hook-shaped piece of metal with a small clip that fastens a window curtain to the hook. ...
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Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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How do I add window stools to my new windows?

I installed new Jeld-Wen windows and saved the old stools. I'm trying to figure out how they should be attached but these windows don't seem to be designed to take a stool -- they are flush with the ...
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How to install a new window header that overlaps an old one

I'm attempting to move some windows. I have an engineer drawing up the exact plans of how to make sure it is structurally sound, but my question here is more on actual implementation. In one or two ...
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How to paint vinyl window frames?

We're buying a new house where we will soon be replacing a quite old bay window. The new window will likely have a white vinyl frame (which we like), however there are other windows on the front of ...
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How do I remove a lead stain from my windows?

I have lead around my windows and after a new lead installation there has been a stain there for over a year. I have tried window cleaner and multi-surface cleaner but no success. I had an 'easy ...
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How to check the type of installed insulated glazing

In the Netherlands, insulated glass is rated by a standardized rating system, classifying it into 3 categories by the u-value: HR : U value between 2.0 and 1.7 HR+ : U value between 1.6 and 1.3 ...
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What is a safe maximum amount to leave a window open?

We have sash windows and got broken into last week due to poor security (just internal latches). I want to install better locks on the windows to prevent the windows being opened past certain ...
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Do I use a wooden frame for a basement hopper window?

I am replacing a basement hopper window. The previous owners replaced an old hopper window with a too-small piece of storm window and piece of plywood: I want to replace this with a correctly-fit ...
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How to force installation of standard-width blinds for window with nonstandard dimensions?

I want to install blinds on a window that has a 27.5-inch width. But it looks as though 27.5inches is not a standard width; it's easy to find widths of 23, 27, 29, 30, I don't see 27.5 inch blinds ...
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How long should I let my window dry out before caulking?

I just noticed a major leak in one of my windows last weekend during a heavy rainstorm. Upon inspection, I found several gaps in the caulking that I think the water is getting through. I managed to ...
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Recommened nailing schedue for cripple studs between header and top plate

I have a 2x6 header for a window in a remodel with approx 5" long cripples between the header and top plate. What is the preferred nailing schedule for the attaching the cripple studs to the top ...
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Diagnose leaking window on fourth floor of building?

I have a window that leaks (from not being installed correctly prior to my taking over management of building- no idea who installed them). This window is on the fourth floor of a building and access ...
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What can I do about out of square rough opening for new windows?

I am building a new patio/sunroom, and I have framed up a small shear wall, along with openings for 2 new 4x6 windows. As I tried to install the windows today, I realize that the openings are out of ...
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Removable windows for the porch or sunroom

I have a potential project where there is a metal roof/awning/overhang supported by posts on the south side of the house. It is sort of like a car port, except there is no vehicular access to it ...
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What material is window insulation film?

That clear, heat shrink plastic film they use to insulate windows... Does anyone know exactly what type of plastic it is? Can't find anything searching. I have a project I think it might be good for ...
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How to fix a window, keeping rain out but allowing wind in?

It's always raining heavily here at my place and I had to keep the room windows shut due to the electrical appliances near the window inside the room. However, the room quickly becomes ill-ventilated. ...
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What makes water condense on the interior of the windows at night when it's cold? [duplicate]

While staying with some relatives, I noticed that all their windows experience terrible interior condensation at night and am wondering about what they can do to prevent it. The house is kept to 70 ...
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In what order should I complete these projects?

We would like to complete the following projects on our home. Assume we cannot afford more than one at a time, so they must be completed sequentially. Add electrical outlets outside ( we have some ...
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What to mask space between panel floor and balcony with?

We have put the floors on our own. They're not perfect and we have left too much space between the floor and the window. And a standard finishing element like this: is too small. Here are ...
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Fixing “Blind in Window” / Replacing Part

We just moved in to a house that has blinds built in between the window panes. We like them, but one of them is not functional (the blinds are closed, and rotating the dial that controls the blind ...
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Fixing poor caulk job at aluminum siding and window trim

I am about to have my windows replaced at my home. The openings are all block frame, which from what I understand generally means that the exterior trim of the window doesn't need to be disturbed. A ...
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Aluminum window trim: what is it called and where to look for it?

I am building a wall in my condo. To place the stud as close to the window frame as possible, I had to cut through the rectangular enclosure (that houses a power cable) made of plywood and covered by ...
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How can I winterize windows with original trim from 1885 without ruining them?

I have very nice wood trim and would rather not use the double sided tape on them. I have tried in the past on one window and it took some of the trim off with it. I really don't want to ruin the ...