For questions relating to the installation, maintenance, and repair of windows and window treatments such as shutters, blinds and curtains.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
18 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
43 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
31 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

anyone know a source for pivot bar for tilt-in Northeast windows? [closed]

My friend's tenants broke parts on 2 windows. The house was built in 2003 in Lynn, MA and the builder thinks the manufacturer was Northeast but that the store he bought them at is out of business. I ...
1
vote
3answers
61 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
174 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
40 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
41 views

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, ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Need mfgr of double hung casements w/“PG” engraved on lock

I purchased a mobile home that has had its windows redone since DOM. I would like to have additional windows put in, and would prefer them to match existing. Only problem, I can't find any identifying ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

How does one reapply window film?

My wife bought decorative translucent film for our bathroom. Over the last year, it's gradually peeled off until it fell off today. I tried reapplying it, but the curl of the material keeps pulling it ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

Small crack along windowsill

I am decorating my new home and i've noticed a thin crack around the entire of the windowsill. It is only visible if you are looking for it. Is it something i need to get resolved or am i ok to ...
1
vote
4answers
30 views

how do I replace an unknown brand casement window?

this is an old house. it has double paned casement window. some of them are foggy and need to be replaced. I dont know what brand it is. but on the casement window operator, it saids "entrygard ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Is white vinegar as effective against black mold as rice or apple vinegar?

Does anyone know if you can use white vinegar to irradiate black mold from inside window panes? I see they mention rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar; is there a difference on how those react with ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

What is this part of a double hung window sash called?

A few of the covers for these are missing in my house and I can't figure out what to search for for replacements. I'm referring to the dirty, vertical rectangular thing in this picture: Full size ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Is there something wrong with this energy efficient window?

There appears to be moisture build up for a single window in a room. Cant tell if its inside or outside the insulation layer. This is a double panel window (filled with argon gas).
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Fixing window condensation on vinyl windows

I have double pane gas filled vinyl windows that are approximately 10 years old that recently starting condensation around the edges of the glass. I've done some basic caulking around a few of the ...
0
votes
2answers
31 views

Window security?

I have noticed that I cannot activate my home security system when a window(s) is/are open without bypassing the window(s) which is/are open. If I keep the window open and bypass it, how can I better ...
1
vote
2answers
40 views

Repair a crack in a brick windowsill

How do I repair a crack in a brick windowsill? I assume that it needs to be sealed to prevent water from getting in, especially during the winter when it could freeze. The other side of the ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

Replace weatherstripping on old Anderson casement windows

The weatherstripping is damaged or missing on my Anderson casement windows. Not sure of the exact age but they are original and the house was built between 1969-74. Due to their age, I found ...
0
votes
3answers
42 views

Privacy for lower level room

I have a quad level home. The family room windows are pretty much ground level outside. If our neighbors walk by, they can pretty much see everything. Not to mention our homes are pretty close. We ...
1
vote
2answers
31 views

How do I figure what height I need for my egress window wall?

I have an egress window. I would like to know why they sent me a 46'' tall well and a 48'' window? I need to know how to figure meausurements and why.
3
votes
2answers
68 views

Why do our windows collect condensation?

All of our windows vapour. They have been replaced about ~10 years ago. From outside the house got ~10 cm dryvit. The house was built out of "grey silicon" bricks. We have heating with Co-firing, ...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

Wait until summer to seal?

I have zero home improvement/DIY experience. I got someone recently to carry out an unrelated repair on my porch, and he offered additionally to apply sealant to the exterior porch window frames, as ...
0
votes
4answers
58 views

What else can I use to clean glass windows?

I have a job scheduled that involves getting a house ready to sell. The customer wants it cleaned and polished as she is putting it on the market. It's a 3 story 1950's era house that has a lot of ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Replacement window spring won't raise

Old house with double-glazed replacement window. I had to have one of the glass panes replaced and was able to easily tilt in the window and remove the lower unit. Upon replacement, the window goes ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Do wooden storm windows need weep holes?

I have read about the importance of weep holes with aluminum storm windows, but we have several old wooden storms in our house. Do those naturally drain because they're not airtight, or is some kind ...
2
votes
2answers
87 views

How to remove some unknown sticky dirt from a window?

This happens on my car, but it could happen in any home window. Therefore, I post here. My car has some unknown sticky dirt on the window. I have no clue what it is. I can remove some of the dirt by ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

What is the name for the section of vertical tiling underneath a bay window?

As per the highlighted section in this picture.
0
votes
2answers
88 views

Bare Wood Window Sill Stinks Bad

So I've been redoing my window sills. Basically I smashed out tile sills and replaced with routered wood sills. There are maybe 15 in the house. I have not had time yet to prime any of them, so for ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Will foam tape stop condensation on metal windows?

I am having an issue that water is building up on the inside of my metal window. has anyone tried putting foam tape on inside or outside to stop condensation?
0
votes
3answers
118 views

How to refinish indoor window molding wood?

The window molding in my house feels very "rough," for lack of a better word. The house is 25 years old. I assume this is from the sun beating down on the finish and wearing it down over the years, ...
0
votes
2answers
23 views

How to improve window sash sliding?

I have a brand new window and it seems like it could slide a little smoother if it had some lubricant in the rails. It does open fine but it feels like it could be broken in more. Is there any ...
5
votes
5answers
649 views

Can insulation foam expand around window framing and cause warping?

I was just wondering if insulation foam (I used regular Great Stuff from HD) can expand in dry conditions around a window (frame) and cause warping and damage to the window up to and including ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

OSB vs plywood for window padding/shimming

I need to use 1/2" plywood or OSB on both vertical sides of my retrofitted window frame. I was wondering if there is any difference in OSB (cheaper) vs plywood (more pricey) for this application ...
5
votes
4answers
121 views

Prevent dead animals in basement window wells

How can I prevent animals from dying in my basement window wells? The wells are about two feet deep and have a clear plastic covers over them. The covers don't fit tightly and critters seem to ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Why do blinds have two different close options?

This hopefully works on this site. It certainly should be DIY, though a rather paltry task. Why do blinds have two close options? There are two different angles that they can be closed and this seems ...
6
votes
1answer
130 views

Should window well for basement window be attached to the house?

When answering this question, code references are great (IIRC) if there are any applicable, but I am asking specific to northern midwestern climates in the United States (up near Canada) and best ...
3
votes
2answers
376 views

How far does a basement egress window well need to stick out above ground?

Is there code on this? I am having an egress window well installed today and was surprised to see the window well sticking out 2 feet above ground (1 foot if you count all the new dirt they mounded up ...
0
votes
2answers
43 views

How to heat proof aluminium windows, prevent heat from entering?

Aluminium windows made about 15 years ago. In hot climate, all day sun the frame becomes hot to touch when touched from inside. What can I do to insulate heat form entering? I know about accordion ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Any reason I couldn't use self adhesive flashing tape on a window?

I grabbed the wrong roll and instead of the thinner one-sided adhesive flashing tape typically used to flash windows, I got the double-sided stuff that is much thicker. Other than potentially being ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

How to resolve a rusting uPVC window fixing torx screw?

The window in this property has been fitted with steel screws, all of which have rusted as the window is often open and inevitably moisture has reached the screw heads. My goal is to replace them all ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

new roof + new skylight windows

The roofers are installing a new roof on my house today. Since one of the skylight windows cracked, should I get them to replace the window at the same time, or should I get one installed by a ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Installing a window unit in a metal window frame with two raised lips

I have a window that has a metal frame with two raised lips. All the diagrams in the installation manual show only one raised lip. The problem is that the bottom frame of the window unit that is ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

Ideas for 1" of ceiling/crown trim?

I'm drywalling around a window. The window has a 12" deep "frame", which I plan to drywall on the sides and the top, and then make a wooden sill on the bottom. The problem is that the top of the ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

Window Replacement

I'm remodeling a home. The kitchen has a garden window I wish to replace. The walls are open from the inside, but we are "out of time" (for various reasons) to remove the exterior siding and install a ...
1
vote
2answers
316 views

Window sill slant bricks

I was wondering if any manufacturer makes bricks whose top is not flat but slightly slant to be used for window sill for water drainage. I have seen slant window sills made with regular bricks that ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

Weatherizing wood window frame in masonry opening

If I have a masonry (brick) house and I will need to fit a 2xX window frame in it for a new window. Assuming that I use regular SPF 2x lumber, and use aluminum flashing around any part of it that ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Disassemble spring-assisted sash window

I know how to remove the sashes from an old-style counterweighted window. But some of the windows in my house appear to have spring cylinders to assist them instead, and they travel in a plastic track ...