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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 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 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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I want to permanently remove and fill-in below grade windows in multi-family building. What's the risk?

I have a 5 family apartment building in NJ. There are 2 below grade window wells that protrude from the building and into the asphalt driveway. I want to fill these in permanently with concrete ...
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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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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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Replacing a door's glass panel with a wood panel

I basically have the following type of back door: The problem is that my girlfriend moved in with me. Well not, really, her dog did and we need to install a pet door. The problem is I need the ...
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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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Is there a difference between Low-e Glass And Argon Gas?

Is there a difference between Low-e Glass And Argon Gas? My boss is trying to convince me that they are one in the same, despite my repeated attempts to differentiate the two for him. At this point, ...
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Are 2" roofing nails through the nailing fins of a new window enough to hold the window in place permanently?

Is using 2" roofing nails on the nailing fins of new construction windows enough to hold them in place permanently? It seems to me like there should be some fasteners in the extension jambs, but ...
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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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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 ...
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How to convert a door into a window

My home has an old exterior door that used to be the front entrance. An addition has made it obsolete and we never use it anymore. I want to convert it into a window. How can I do this in a way that ...
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What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
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Do bay windows have a model number somewhere?

How do I find the model number of the bay windows in my house? They seem fairly new, I'd like to look up measurements.
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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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What curtain pole for a bay window?

I have a bay window similar to the 1st photo below. When I moved in this house, there was a curved curtain rail system and 3 separate pieces of curtain for the 3 windows of the bay. As it was very ...
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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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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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Questions about DIY on cedar siding and maybe new windows

Admins, this might be too much for 1 post, but they're all related so if it needs broken up, just let me know. Also anyone reading this, please feel free to speak to just one part because it's a lot. ...
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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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How can I install a window air conditioner in a metal window frame?

I'm trying to install a window unit air conditioner, but most of the installation instructions don't seem to work with this window configuration. A little bit about the setup: The apartment is the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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Cost to replace “wall of glass” with sliding doors? [closed]

I'm considering buying this house, which is in need of pretty significant renovation. The one area I can't even ballpark an estimate on replacement cost would be this wall of glass with large sliding ...
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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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Should I put weather stripping on my unsealed windows and doors?

I currently live in a rented apartment and the windows in my shower are not sealed, so it gets pretty cold there. The front door of the house also has a sealing problem. The thing is, I'm not going ...
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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 can I automatically open/close window blinds?

I live in an apartment where I cannot change anything. I would like to have my blinds open/close via computer (any interface controllable via RPi/Arduino is fine). It's not required to also roll them ...
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What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?

As far as I know, the lifespan of PVC windows is highly dependent on periodic lubrication. What kind of oil should I use to lubricate the moving metal parts of my PVC windows? Additionally, what ...
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How can I replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass?

I'd like to replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass for more light. Is there a how-to site explaining how this is done?
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Why are these cracks around all of our sash windows?

We've been renovating a Victoria house (~1875) in Hackney (London) and had new sash windows installed about a year ago. Across most of them, we've had these cracks/separations start to appear (see ...
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Replacing vertical picture windows

My rancher has several large single pane picture windows oriented vertically along the south and east sides of our house. All have storm windows that do a great job insulating from noise but the whole ...
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Where to find glass window specs

Does the AAMA Certification label shown here imply that the window has been subject to wind and projectile testing? If so, where can I find the details of that testing?
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How can I make my room darker at night?

I live in a place where we do not have completely dark nights in the summer. This is how my room looks like (picture from the web, just example - Sliding doors with vertical blinds). I'm looking ...
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Using replacement windows in new construction

A few years ago I replaced my old drafty windows with high-quality replacement windows. Now I am doing some renovations, which will require some windows to be relocated to a different position. The ...
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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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Trying to find window manufacturer from sticker on vinyl window

I have a bottom sash of a vinyl window with some broken glass and need to replace it. There are several stickers and markings on the window, but I am not able to figure out who manufactured the ...
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How do I clean marks from masking tape glue on my windows?

During the Hurricane Sandy, we placed tape on our windows in case the glass would break. The problem is, after removing the tape, it left a disgusting glue mark that it became impossible to remove. It ...
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Remove screen from window

I've got an American Craftsman 70 series double hung window and I'm trying to remove the screen. It is a full screen, and the only mechanisms on the screen are in the corners as shown in the picture ...
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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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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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Where do I install an outside mount for blinds?

I'm installing faux wood blinds in my home. I prefer the outside mount because it looks better on my windows, however the molding is a weird design. The head casing and side casing don't meet at a ...
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Do I need window trim for a chair rail

I have three close windows here. We are putting in a chair rail 6 inches above the sill and I was thinking of just putting a 30 degree miter cut on all the pieces across this bank of windows. I am ...
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How can I cut through brick to add a window?

I'm redoing a bathroom and would like to add a window (36x12) in the shower. This involves cutting through brick. A contractor I spoke with said he could cut it with a angle grinder (diamond blade?), ...