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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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Can I identify window manufacture from the NAMI information?

All I could find short of removing the window to look for the manufacturer's label is the NAMI sticker information it had inside top frame. And yes I did look through the posted NAMI list here, mine ...
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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 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 blackout a large bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting an apartment that comes with blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the light in the morning. I can not remove the existing blinds I ...
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When re-screening window solar screens, how do I avoid warping the frame?

I'm re-screening my solar screens. I have found that a very small one is easy but larger ones present some challenges (not surprisingly). I don't want the screen to be too loose and sag. However, ...
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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 ...
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How to manage mold growing along the bottom vinyl window frame of every window in an R2000 home?

We have a lot of windows in this house, for some reason black mold grows along the bottom of each from basement to upper floor. Its and R2000 so we don't pump any moisture into the house and we run ...
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How can I remove the side glass pane from a patio sliding glass door?

I just bought a pet door insert for a sliding glass door. I'm assuming that it must be installed against the wall, but I cannot figure out how to remove the side panel of the sliding glass door. ...
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What are the pros and cons of Milgard vs Jeld-Wen windows?

I am replacing old window. The new window will be 69 1/2 inches wide and 59 1/2 inches tall. I am thinking vinyl, two-vent slider (three equal sizes). Home Depot suggests Jeld Wen ($500) for vinyl. ...
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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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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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Did my home's builder not properly protect the outside molding from water?

Ok so for a few months now I've noticed that the outside moldings of the garage doors and the windows are beginning to look really bad. The wood looks like it's warping and rotting I guess because of ...
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What can I do about out of square rough opening for new windows?

I am building a new patio/sunroom, and I have framed up a small shear wall, along with openings for 2 new 4x6 windows. As I tried to install the windows today, I realize that the openings are out of ...
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How can I get the maximum light while avoiding heat from a window?

I have a west facing window. How can I get max light while avoid any heat coming from it?
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How can I trim metal window wells after lowering the grade around them?

I just had a new stamped patio poured. We lowered the grading so now the widow wells are higher than the patio. I want to install window well covers but need to cut down the window wells (below the ...
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Is installing blinds a DIY Project?

My wife and I have been in our home for a little less than a year, and the paper blinds are starting to get tired to look at. The prices on blinds.com look appealing, but I'm hoping there are no ...
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What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?

I want to replace some old metal windows in my house but I'm confused on how they're attached/installed. I'm more accustomed to vinyl windows that have "fins" extending out the edges with trim. These ...
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Where can I find unusual L-shaped brackets? [closed]

I had windows installed in my gazebo, but had them installed with the screens on the outside and windows on the inside (for easier cleaning access). My problem now is that strong winds blow the ...
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Can I hang two inch blinds with only one inch of available window sill overhang?

I just had new windows installed in the house and they look great! It's definitely time now to put up some decent looking blinds. I love the look of the two-inch blinds (nothing fancy - most stuff at ...
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How do I prevent window drafts?

I live in Florida. I have noticed that in the Winter it seems that the cold air leaks through the windows and into the rooms. This, of course, raises my energy bill for heating (yes we have to turn on ...
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How can I repair a vinyl window that is not staying up?

I moved into a house. There is one vinyl window with a problem. If you unlatch the window, the top half drops like a guillotine. Smash. I'm surprised it isn't broken yet. None of the other ...
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Stain, poly, cut… What order should I use when installing window trim?

This is my first carpentry project where 'looks matter'… I recently installed a new window in my living room, and it's now time to trim out the interior. The other windows in the house have simple ...
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How can I seal doors and windows to keep air out?

My problem is that my door has a wide crack under it. It lets in insects and lets out the air or heat. I know you can use a foam seal but need something to go all around the door. I haven't tried any ...
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Fire escape stairs leads right up to my window, how can I increase security?

I recently moved into a 3rd floor apartment in a relatively upscale, low-crime neighborhood in Boston. The only problem is that there is a fire escape that leads right up to my window. As a result, I ...
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How do I add window stools to my new windows?

I installed new Jeld-Wen windows and saved the old stools. I'm trying to figure out how they should be attached but these windows don't seem to be designed to take a stool -- they are flush with the ...
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How to install a new window header that overlaps an old one

I'm attempting to move some windows. I have an engineer drawing up the exact plans of how to make sure it is structurally sound, but my question here is more on actual implementation. In one or two ...
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How to check the type of installed insulated glazing

In the Netherlands, insulated glass is rated by a standardized rating system, classifying it into 3 categories by the u-value: HR : U value between 2.0 and 1.7 HR+ : U value between 1.6 and 1.3 ...
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Replacing a sill, on a factory built Marvin window?

The following windowsill, and the ones like on the same building, have failed. Patching with Smith's Flexible Epoxy kept the sills alive for a few years, but now the entire sill feels like balsa wood ...
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How do I determine how efficient my furnace, A/C, and windows are?

I just bought an older home. The furnace, A/C, and windows are functional, but I suspect there may be some efficiency gains to be made. Is there any way to determine/estimate how efficient those are ...
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How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
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Can I use shorter screws to mount my blinds?

I've bought a pair of blinds that came with 1 1/4 inch screws; I'm unable to drill deep enough into the frame to fit the screws, the screws are sticking about 1/8 of a inch out . I end up hitting ...
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How can I move a very heavy top window

I live in a very old school (as in it was a high school) building turned condo. I have four windows in the standard top pane, bottom pane double sash configuration. Each pane is about 3 feet wide, 4 ...
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What are pros/cons of skylight placement?

I have a vaulted ceiling in my living/kitchen area where I'd like to install skylights. The designer I spoke to suggested two 2'x 4' skylights in the north facing living room, but she didn't seem to ...
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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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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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Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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How can I install a window air conditioner and still allow the window to be opened?

I want to install a window based air conditioner but still allow for the ability to open the window when needed. I was thinking of using a piece of wood screwed into the window frame to support the ...
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Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu 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 reglaze my garage door windows?

My garage door is perfectly sound but will need re-painting. There is a small window at the top of the door and the putty is all cracked. How do I go about changing the putty? before I paint the ...
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How do I fix a broken window in my aluminum framed sunroom?

A lower window is broken in my aluminum framed sunroom, as shown in this 33 second video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQfd0FPwYU Will I need to: drill out rivets take apart the whole ...
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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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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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Can you identify the brand of this window?

Six months ago I moved to this house built in 2007 and now I notice some issues with a window. I suspect the window is still under warranty but I don't have the name of the manufacturer. The ...
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How can I block off scorching sunlight from coming through my windows?

Somehow, the window of my room faces directly at the scorching beams of the sun all year long. The local weather here is humid, and the heat from the sun coming in from the windows makes the room ...
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How can I remove paint from this window's aluminum track?

I recently purchased a house that has several layers of paint on the windows' aluminum tracks. (Wow! One bad paint job). What's the best way to remove the paint, so that the windows will open and ...