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How can I thoroughly blackout a bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting a house that has beautiful wooden venetian blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the ambient night light that is abundant on my street. ...
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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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What's a good cheap sander to sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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Is having a window in a room that is below grade a requirement?

This would be in Charlotte, NC, Mecklenburg County. I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that rooms that are below grade are required to have a full size window in them or they can't be considered ...
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What methods can be used to make a dark colored window become opaque?

Currently, I have some problem regarding some windows, which are dark-colored. During the day time, people outside the windows cannot see people inside the windows. However, during the night time, ...
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How can I temporarily soundproof my bedroom window?

I live on the second floor of a noisy NYC apartment building, and my bedroom window is unfortunately right above a busy street. I've been sleeping with earplugs for a while, but I still get woken up. ...
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Kind of contractor to hire to install new basement window, where there was none before?

A family member is interested in getting their basement finished, and one of the things they'd like to do is have an additional bedroom in the basement. The bedroom should have a window. However, ...
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Easy to spread caulking - window weather proofing

I want to go around the exterior of my windows, etc with some caulking. I have some now that I used in the bathroom but it doesn't spread that easy or lay a decent bead. I know when I was growing up ...
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How to stop windows from sliding down?

About 10 years ago I had all the windows in my apartment replaced. Four or five years later, when I would open them to insert a fan or an air conditioner, the top window would slide down 6-12 inches ...
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Draughty PVC window

Some of the PVC windows in my house lets wind and cold in, so I need to adjust them to cut off the draught. I have no experience in adjusting them, so I need to find out how I can achieve this. Any ...
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Can I demo plaster walls but somehow keep the window casing?

My house was built in 1915. It has cracked (original?) plaster over lathe, poor insulation, leaded paint, and knob and tube wiring. To fix all of these things, I'm demo'ing the upstairs down to ...
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How to prevent small birds from getting trapped inside open double-hung windows?

I have a double-hung window which has an AC unit, meaning it is always open. Occasionally, like just now, small birds get trapped in between the panels and they can't get out because it is narrow and ...
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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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Window insulation in a rented apartment

My apartment is extremely drafty during the winter months, with a window in my bedroom, as well as in my bathroom, my room suffers as soon as the temperature drops. I gave a call to my landlord and ...
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How do I fix window jams that are not even with drywall?

We recently bought a house that was in the midst of a remodel. The PO had replaced 80% of the windows but had not gotten to the trim. The issue I have is the jam does not match with the drywall. In ...
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How do I correctly measure this basement window for a replacement?

I have three of these metal-framed basement windows which I would like to replace but I am unsure of what dimension I should measure and use for the replacements. Initially I measured the outside ...
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How to fix a house window that falls out?

Two sets of windows on the second floor of our house fall out, due to too much space between the window and frame area. It's tight enough at the corners of the frame area, but not in the middle. In ...
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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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What is the proper way to install windows on the house that is not level

My house is sloped at least 1/8" per 1' along the front side. It also has long horizontal siding. So if windows are installed level it may be pretty noticeable. Leveling the house is not an option. So ...
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Window Replacement (Inserts or Gut Out)

When replacing wood windows of a brick house do you just insert them into the old frame or do you gut the frame out and replace the whole thing? What are the pros and cons of each method? Edit: I ...
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How should I prepare doors and windows for painting?

I'm mostly interested in what is the best way to protect the wood from bad weather, but any other advice on how to improve overall quality of work would be appreciated.
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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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Can I install windows into a concrete rough opening without wood buck?

I recently cut two holes in my foundation and installed new windows. I lined my hole with 2x8 PT wood bucks that I attached to the masonry with Tapcon screws. Then I attached my window nailing flange ...
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How do I fix air leak in windows?

Our windows in the back of our house receive a lot of wind. When it's windy or very cold, the air is coming in through various crevices: window track and space between window. The windows are about ...
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How to cover a window well seamlessly so I can project TV onto that wall?

Problem: I would like the projected image to cover the whole wall, but when I turn the projector on, the window is in the way. I bought a small screen (see the photographs) to try and cover that up, ...
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What can I do about foggy double glazed windows?

We have double glazing throughout our house, and most of the windows have started to "fog up". Doing a quick search revealed this video, which looks very much like the problem that we have. I have ...
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Can I use interior oil-based primer on window glazing?

I'm re-glazing some windows with DAP '33'. The instructions call for an oil-based paint or oil-based primer. I have a can of Sherwin-Williams oil-based interior primer. Will this work over the ...
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How do I build a square window frame in an off-square opening?

The original windows in the bedrooms in my old house were huge, far too big for the size of the rooms. At some point a previous owner replaced them with much smaller windows, building a frame to hold ...
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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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Best style of window for above grade basement windows?

My basement windows are roughly 2'x3' (h x w) and the exterior sill is 6 inches above grade, and 5 feet above the basement floor. I am not particularly concerned with security beyond frustrating the ...
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Can I fit an extractor fan in a window?

We have a basement flat and we suspect that the bathroom exhaust fans do not go anywhere, which causes a fair bit of damp in the flat which manifests itself as condensation on the windows in the ...
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Is there a better more flexible framing material for screens than aluminum kits?

Our windows are old and do not lend themselves to easy removal of the screens. In fact when I remove a screen I frequently bend it beyond repair. Is there a better more flexible framing material for ...
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How do I make professional grade double pane glass at home?

I've been shopping around and no one near me will do Argon filled double pane and only one place will do a vacuum. The price seemed astronomically high considering I can buy the glass and the local ...
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Is there a standard way to block sunlight from a non-rectangular window?

I'm not a DIY home repair guy but I'm handy with tools. I have a semi-circular window about six feet in diameter. It's right above my home office desk. In the afternoon, the sun often shines ...
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How do I determine if the energy savings are worth replacing windows for?

I have a house with an east-facing wall which is mostly windows. In the winter, during the day I almost never have to run the furnace because of how much the sunlight warms my house. During the summer ...
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How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?

My landlord used WD-40 to free the UPVC windows and now when opened slightly the wind then catches them and blows them wide open (a real pain when woken at 4am with rain blowing through the room). How ...
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How to keep the house cool from inside by covering the window panes?

I am thinking of covering the window panes with 5 fold newspapers. What other inexpensive items/materials can be used to cover the window panes for keeping the house cool from inside?
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Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?

I feel silly asking this but I'm curious. =) When are storm windows necessary and under what conditions? I live in California (US) and we hardly ever get snow or freezing temperatures where I'm at. In ...
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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 is the name of these silver curtains used to reflect heat energy back outside?

Some people use aluminum foil to reflect heat on windows but I find it very depressing and bad-looking thing. My Chinese friends use 台州涂银反光窗帘布 but I have no idea what it is in English: they translated ...
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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 ...
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Which type of vertical window shades are the most durable? [closed]

I am looking into purchasing vertical window shades. I hear vinyl will warp with heat, but I also hear fabric isn't as durable as vinyl. Not sure why fabric is much more expensive than vinyl though. ...
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How can I insulate a sash window?

I just moved into an old flat which has old and weathered down sash windows which let a lot of cold air in. As Scotland does get very cold at times I would like to insulate them in a cheap and ...
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How can I seal a below-grade window permanently?

I purchased my home a couple of years ago and this year I am going to replace the deck and build a fence. The deck was in terrible condition so I completely took it down. To my surprise I found 2 ...
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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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How do I install an air conditioner in a larger window?

I have a brand new AC in the box which was meant for another room, but recently had a baby and her room is too hot. I want to use the AC I already purchased, but the max window width is 36" and the ...
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How can I identify the manufacturer of my windows?

So, the seals on one of the double pane windows in my parent's home have failed (moisture and mold between panes). I want to contact the manufacturer to see if there is a possibility of warranty ...
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Is there a way to prevent sliding window from freezing?

I have a window that slides to the side, and each time temperature outside drops below 0*C it freezes and there is no way to open it (not that there is ice all over it, just moisture from the room ...
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Fiberglass reinforced vinyl windows — better/worse/same as being reinforced with aluminum/steel?

My wife and I are looking at Sunrise replacement windows. They seem to be very sturdy windows with a nice lifetime warranty. I've heard that I definitely want to get some kind of structurally ...
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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" ...