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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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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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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 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 disconnect ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I make a new basement window fit the opening?

I bought a basement window similar to this one. The plastic face of the window is the exact size of my opening, which is not perfectly square. How can I shave off some of the plastic to make this ...
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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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Most affordable/quick method to block light through windows?

I've got a door pane and a few small windows I want to cover up but I'm not certain what tools exist. Blinds and curtains require too much time and cost. Are there any easy to use paper-type tool to ...
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How to properly remove water and debris from basement window well?

I was recently washing my house and noticed that a significant amount of water has collected in two of my basement window wells. Unfortunately I cannot simply pump this water out as it is mixed with ...
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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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Replace window with New Construction window

I am looking to replace some windows. The current ones are quite old and the wood trim/etc around the windows are decent..but a low decent. (not great). Now I do know I could just replace them with ...
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What kind of lock is this, and how can I replace it?

This is the lock barrel from one of my window handles - the key jammed in it and when I pulled the key out, the barrel came with it. You can see on the photo where a small metal lug has snapped off, ...
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Window in shower enclosure: What to do about it, if anything?

One of the quirks of my house is a 1945-vintage double-sash window, with wood trim and probably wood sashes, chest height, located above a tub where it could be nicely soaked by side-splash when ...
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How can I put a plastic sky-light in a shed roof?

I have a large shed with a shallow angled roof made from 9mm OSB board and supported by wooden beams every 3ft approx, and covered with standard shed roofing felt. I want to put a few sky-lights made ...
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My brick-side window frame is bent. Is it unusual and does it need to be fixed? (Picture included)

My house has a brick front. All the windows at the front have the frame bent at the bottom, pushing back the woodwork and causing cracks (pic below). Interestingly, the windows at the rear, which has ...
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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 do I replace the rubber seal on the window frame?

I have a casement window. There are rubber seals (correct me if they are not called rubber seals) around the window frame. you can see the picture they are old and rusted. Have to get them replaced. ...
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How can I install a window screen without modifying my building

Our HOA doesn't allow us to drill into the stucco of our building. Is there a way I can install a window screen without drilling holes in the building's exterior?
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How heavy is too heavy? mounting heavy window planter boxes

I want to mount some heavy planter boxes on an outside wall under windows. The boxes are 52” wide and will go below nylon window frames that are a little more than 48” wide. I have a frame house ...
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What is the purpose of a window well for a window that is above grade?

Recently my neighbour installed window wells around all of his basement windows, but they all sit with the bottom edge about 2 inches above the ground. Do window wells serve a purpose if your window ...
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Trying to ID a 20 year old window

I have 20 year old windows and 1 needs a seal repaired. I see a logo,it is a picture of what resembles an oak leaf,them 1-99. Can't find any other markings. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Window well drainage

We live in Denver and have been getting an enormous amount of rain this year, so had to deal with some seepage issues. What we've done: Grading away from foundation outside Downspout extensions (...
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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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Water in window well flooding basement

The windows in my basement are close to 12 inches tall, not going below ground level. There is a shallow window well made from old 2x4s framing a depression adjacent to the window. We have been ...
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How to measure exterior track style storm windows, for replacement?

I need to replace my storm windows. They are old 3-track windows. The thing is I don;t know how to measure them, should I measure the entire assembly from edge to edge, or should I measure the actual ...
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Framing a new basement window in cinder block

We recently purchased a home and this window was boarded up on both sides. I removed the plywood to discover that it used to be a old coal chute. I removed all the old fiberglass insulation that was ...
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Is it okay if the header does not span the entire rough opening when replacing windows?

A whole house of windows were replaced with bigger windows (some were 12 foot). The jack studs were cut out, and some studs were also cut out up to one foot on each side of the window. The window man ...
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How do I safely put casement window back in from inside on top floor

We removed double-glazed wooden casement window (2 windows with a central bar) from top floor of house yesterday to paint and the frame a different colour. We thought we would do a better job this way ...
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how to install a casement window ac unit in a standard horizontal window?

Ok... I have scoured the internet. I was given 2 casement window ac units. Both of my heat pumps were stolen and this is an army wife turned widow make do type situation for while I save to replace ...
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how do I turn a glass door into a removable mirror?

A glass door allows outside people to see into a private area. How can the glass door be temporarily converted into a mirror? I am imagining some kind of roll on mylar. But it would need to be ...
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How can I stop this window from sliding down?

I have what I think is a single-hung window that keeps sliding down (when it's open). I do not see any way to remove the sash (so that I can access the spring mechanism). All instructions I see on ...
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Which windows work with which automated window openers?

I need to replace all the windows in a house. In planning to do so, I'd like to preserve the option of eventually (not necessarily simultaneous with the new window installation) installing some kind ...
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idea for mounting lcd tv on plywood

please suggest some ideas for mounting tv on plywood . I need to do clamp the lcd tv on the window. So i think it's better to cover the window using plywood first. After mount the tv on plywood . Is ...
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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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Window upgrade questions

I decided that I want to replace my windows, and figured I'd start with a small bathroom window downstairs. I build wooden furniture as a hobby, but have very little experience doing construction/...
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Ordering new windows for old house… Wall thickness?

I'm rehabbing a structure from the 1850's. As you can imagine, nothing is square, level or plumb. The walls were originally plaster on top of true 2x4's. I've brought the house down to the studs, ...
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What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?

I've lived in both Germany and the US and one of the biggest construction differences is the style of windows used. In Germany, the most common window design is tilt and turn. In the US, a variety of ...
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Glass block windows

My bathroom is being professionally renovated and we chose to put in glass block windows because of the window in the shower area. They put them in and now are having to build in the sides of the ...
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How can I prevent light from coming in around the edges of black out blinds?

My experience is that black out blinds always let a little bit of light in round the sides. What do other people recommend as a solution to this?
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What can I do about a Rough opening that is REALLY out of square?

The house I am living in has a rather interesting problem. Due to what I suspect was Jack Daniels building inspections in this town in the 80's, the footing wall under the second floor dining room ...
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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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Fitting a Velux blind to a modified window

I would like to fit a standard blind to my Velux window (model GGL-7). However, it appears to have been fitted for a non-standard type of blind: there are thin wooden rails on each side, and an extra ...
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What's the best way to select windows for heating efficiency? I have an older house in a northern climate [closed]

I am sure that the Energy Star program is not going to help me. The USA Energy Star program helps people find energy efficient windows. It guides us to prefer windows with low U-Factor and low solar ...