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how to attach framing to this window in concrete?

I'm looking to finish my basement. I have several windows embedded in the concrete as shown in the picture below. I was planning to put framing up in front of the concrete and run some plywood all ...
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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 fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking between the metal frame and the foundation. The concrete is chipping ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 is the most economical and energy-efficient way to winterize windows?

We have vinyl windows (mostly double-paned) and live in a shady greenbelt in Seattle (i.e. wet and dark). We don't have much severe weather to worry about, just a pervasive damp cold that settles 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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I repair leaky windows/doors?

I have a big window above the entrance double door. Whenever it rains against the window I find the leaks at the top of the window corner, at the bottom of the window and in my cold room which is ...
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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 ...
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Identifying a Window Manufacturer

I need to replace the tilt latch on this window but can't find any indication of the name of the company that manufactured the window. I tried a local window shop and they did not recognize it, plus ...
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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...
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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 ...
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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 truth"....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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).
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Replace plasterboard (drywall?) around window

firstly my question is about plasterboard, which I think may be called drywall in the US? Anyway, during the last few winters it had become damp and is just falling apart. Last summer someone had a ...
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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 ...
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Replacing 1880s basement windows

I have a home built in the 1880s. Trying to get it ready for winter my problem is three windows that are rotting out in the basement walls. This is a field stone and rubble foundation with old dry ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?

I've got a very small bathroom without a vent fan. Since it is in a condo among a lot of others in a large building, a standard vent fan cannot be installed. However, I do have a small window and was ...
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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, ...
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How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?

I'm located in Bombay/Mumbai, and I've been trying to figure out what windows I should install for soundproofing and heat insulation. I was talking to someone who does consultation for uPVC windows. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between double glazing and triple glazing?

Noise reduction is touted as the best attribute but isn't this down to glass pane thickness and spacing? So, is a triple glazed install better than double glazing?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...