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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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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 to close curved interior finished drywall opening with window or glass block?

We have a curved opening between the entrance and bedroom/study. Since we would like to use this room as a bedroom and the opening is in the main entryway, does anyone have suggestions for closing ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How can I remove paper from glass?

I tried to remove glass-paper from a window in my house, but when I try it tears. How can I remove it without it tearing?
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How do I open windows that are painted closed?

About a month ago I painted my windows and windowsills. The paint dried and I was able to open and close the windows at will for about a week or so after they were painted. Then the weather got hot, ...
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How do I stop water from coming under my multitrack sliding doors?

I live in a desert where seasonal hard rains occur 5-10 times per year. We have an automated door with a multitrack slide that it lets quite a bit of water in when it rains hard. The door is an ...
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Extra insulation for panes of aging windows

The original windows on my 30-year-old house are insulated pretty well around the frames, but the panes themselves transmit a lot of cold air, especially when things drop down into the single digits, ...
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Changing the window in an exterior door

We were given a new fibreglass door but it is RH instead of LH. How do we change the window so it will be facing the right direction?
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How can I prevent aluminum window frames from heating up when they're in full sun?

There is a room that has a window, the frame of the window is made of aluminum. This window is subjected to direct sunlight a long time of the day, which makes the aluminum get really hot, and start ...
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Should I replace the window frame while installing replacement windows?

I will be considering replacing some of my windows in the future. Recently I had my house re-sided and had a chance to see how things were looking "under the surface" for much of the home. There were ...
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What are my options for replacing or upgrading my window screens?

I've just bought a house that has older wooden-framed windows. The windows themselves appear to be fine, but the screens for these windows are simple aluminum frames that use the small spring-loaded ...
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What is the process for draft proofing windows

I need to try to prevent drafts coming through and around my double glazed window units as much as possible. How can I go about detecting and sealing any leaks that are letting air through the window? ...
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Suggestions for preventing water from building on a shower window that is below shoulder level?

Location: California | United States Hello all, I have a window near my bath/shower that is slightly below shoulder level (which is now a violation of code in my area but got grandfathered in with ...
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How do I remove the top sash of a medium size new double glazed window?

How do I remove the top sash of my new double glazed window to wash the outside (while remaining inside the house). I was able to lift the bottom and lean it inside the room and thoroughly clean it ...
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Would adding new basement windows jeopardize the integrity of the foundation?

We are finishing our basement and would like to install 4 new hopper windows onto the front side of the house. My question is what is the largest reasonably sized window that can be cut from the ...
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Can remodeling work around a window cause moisture / condensation problems?

I had flashing repair work done around one of three windows in my bedroom last summer. When it started getting cold, I noticed moisture / condensation on one of my windows. I thought it would go away ...
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Shading windows from outside (awnings, shutters, etc) to keep house from overheating in summer

The back of my house faces west, and during July and August, the sun hits it directly in the afternoon through evening. On a warm day, this can cause the house to heat up quite a bit, so I'm making ...
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How do I remove window sill / apron overhang?

I'm planning on building a built-in window seat against a wall that has two windows with sills and an apron that extends from the wall about 3/4" to 1": What's the best strategy for removing this ...
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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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How can I install a curtain rod so that it doesn't slide on the mounting brackets when opening and closing the curtains?

I am hoping to install some drapes in our bedroom. In my experience, the curtain rod always slides into itself or over the mounting hardware while I am opening or closing the curtains. Is there a way ...
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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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Using a window as a dry-erase surface

I'd like to put some kind of easily removed clear (or semi-translucent) material on my large windows so I can use them as a dry-erase surface without blocking out the light. Any suggestions on what to ...
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How do I install plastic window insulation without damaging the trim?

I'm planning to install plastic window wrap on my windows for the winter, but the trim around the windows is nice wood and I don't want to leave a mark on it where the double-sided tape will be. I've ...
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How can I fix a window with cracked glass?

I have a bedroom window with cracked glass, and I'm trying to figure out the manufacturer so I can get it fixed. The windows are double hung, and three pictures are attached. I looked all over the ...
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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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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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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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How to repel pigeons so that they don't loiter behind my windows?

I live in a apartment in a multistory building. Pigeons often sit onto edges of window openings behind my windows and leave excrements which is rather annoying. Is there some simple, preferably ...
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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 ...