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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 ...
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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 ...
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Broken window balance has window stuck

I need to order new balances for my window. Embossed in corner pane is MSCC. Who is the manufacturer? Dated 02-06. How do you unstick the bottom window? Thanks!
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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 ...
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What windows should be used to soundproof from traffic noise?

I am having a house built by a builder. On my contract, it is specified that 'Sound Attenuating' windows would be installed. This is important as the house backs up to a busy road which provides a ...
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Proper methods for cleaning window sill

See photo. I'm not even sure I'm using the right terminology, because I don't know the name of this type of window. It's very hard to get these areas clean from the inside. Is it truly necessary to ...
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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 ...
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uPVC casement windows don't shut tightly

Several of my uPVC casement windows have a draught due to not fitting tightly against the seals when closed. The gap between the casement and the seal is not uniform along the height of the window. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Should I open the top or bottom of double hung windows?

I'm a new home owner and was wondering if there is a "right" way to use the double hung windows in the house. Should I open the top or bottom? Is there a seasonality to it? Does it even matter at ...
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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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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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Diminishing returns when applying coats of primer and paint?

I am painting some wood exterior storm windows. The windows are new, select grade pine. I am priming with zinsser plus primer and plan to finish with the best latex Sherwin Williams can sell me. ...
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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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Awning windows - How much ventilation do they provide?

I am wondering if any of you have any experience with awning windows. I am looking at a condo with large awning windows on the side (height that almost goes from ceiling to a little higher than the ...
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How do I unscrew these?

I'm a college kid trying to sneak my boyfriend in my dorm window. The first section is the holder on the window, the second part is the end of the slider on the window. All I have to do is ...
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Leaning against a window

My bed is right up against a window. I prefer to lean against something and sit in bed while working. Is it safe for me to lean against a closed glass window? Is there any way I could fashion ...
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Best joint for pine storm windows? Mostly why not miters?

I'm going to make storm windows. 1x3 select pine. Every online discussion I've seen refers to mortise and tenons, lap joint, or a doweled butt joint. I haven't seen any do a 45 joint like a picture ...
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How to clean stubborn stains on glass

I have removed the lead strips from my windows How do I remove the stains that remain on the glass?
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Window dividers have slipped out

I don't even know the appropriate words, so good luck understanding this! Our formal dining room has a large window with dividers that are between two glass pieces. There is the half moon window ...
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Is there a program or system which will tell me what length (8' or 10') 1x3 lumber to get for making storm windows?

I am going to make some storm windows. 13 of them. The windows will be simple 1x3 frames with a 1x3 horizontal stretcher midway up. Mitered corners. I am including the measurements at the bottom of ...
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Is krypton gas more energy-efficient that low-e argon?

This company I am about to buy windows from is giving me triple-pane windows with krypton gas for the same price as double-pane with low-e argon. The salesperson brought some window samples to my ...
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Small caulk holes around new windows

I'm trying to determine how strict to be when reviewing a contractors work. We had new windows installed, which involved caulking around the outside, between the vinyl window and the new wood siding. ...
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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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How can I plug a hole cut in a window pane for a portable A/C unit?

I just moved into a room where there is a portable A/C unit. To create a vent for the unit, a hole was cut in the glass of one of the window panes that spans about 13.5 cm. I was told that the unit ...
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What kind of window is this (and how do I fix it)?

I have a single hung (vinyl?) window in one room that is different from all the rest of the windows. The balance mechanism just failed and I'd like to repair it. Can someone tell me a name for this ...
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How can I fix a turn and tilt window that also tilts when I turn it?

In my apartment there are tilt and turn windows installed. Something went wrong with one of them recently. I can open it in tilt mode, but when I try to close it, it got stuck, I need to lift it at ...
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How should I restore this painted sandstone bay window?

I have a bay window that needs some love. I think its sandstone and has had several coats of paint over the years. I've scraped all the paint off. Here's where I'm at: As you can see, it has a few ...
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How can I secure a door with a window right next to it?

My front door has a deadbolt, but right next to the knob/deadbolt is a tall narrow window, so that you can see whoever is outside. This is a security risk as anyone could smash that window and open ...