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Can I replace a spiral window balance with a constant force balance?

I have old vinyl windows from '79 that currently have 24" long 5/8" diameter spiral balances. They have the red tip. Can I replace these with constant force balances?
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How should I fill the gap between window trim and walls?

I recently moved to a home (new to me). One thing that is bothering me quite a bit is a gap between wall and window trim. You can see the picture below. How do I get rid of this? What are the basic ...
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How do I open windows that are painted closed?

About a month ago I painted my windows and windowsills. The paint dried and I was able to open and close the windows at will for about a week or so after they were painted. Then the weather got hot, ...
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Using Window AC as Wall AC

I just moved into a new apartment and they have a 25"x 15" pre-built wall sleeve for a wall AC unit. Not knowing the difference, I purchased the extravagantly less expensive window AC unit that has ...
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Is this a thin window air conditioning unit?

I'm trying to put air conditioning in my master bedroom. It has a loft and hence high ceiling with around 500 sq ft + 350 (loft). It is also on the third floor which is pretty high. As far as I can ...
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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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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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How can I prevent aluminum window frames from heating up when they're in full sun?

There is a room that has a window, the frame of the window is made of aluminum. This window is subjected to direct sunlight a long time of the day, which makes the aluminum get really hot, and start ...
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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 resolve vertical gap with newly installed double-hung windows

We recently had new double-hung windows installed in our row house built in 1900. (The previous windows appear to have been done some time in the 1980's, so nowhere near original.) We relied upon a ...
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What does it mean when our window screens are loose and the windows are hard to lock?

We just finished building our new house and we feel like the Simonton windows might have some issues. I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is normal or not so I thought I'd post my issues here and see ...
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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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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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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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How can I repair this wood window trim?

A small section of the window frame has rotted away (either that, or a woodpecker went at it) Here is a picture of it Click for larger view What is the best way to fix this? Can I just cut out ...
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Would adding new basement windows jeopardize the integrity of the foundation?

We are finishing our basement and would like to install 4 new hopper windows onto the front side of the house. My question is what is the largest reasonably sized window that can be cut from 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 do I know if my windows are energy efficient?

Hope this is a known one. New double glazing should be labelled, shouldn't it? But rather than getting new windows, are my uPVC windows fine? What checks? To elaborate - what should I look at on the ...
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How do I fix air leak in windows?

Our windows in the back of our house receive a lot of wind. When it's windy or very cold, the air is coming in through various crevices: window track and space between window. The windows are about ...
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Why don't the locks on the bottom of my uPVC windows lock into place?

I have a problem with the window handles on two of my uPVC windows: the handles turn up and down but the little locks at the bottom of the windows do not move or click into place properly, therefore ...
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What is a good source for older Crestline window locks? [closed]

I've been looking for two replacement locks for a Crestline window sash. The window was purchased from Menard's in 1993. I contacted Crestline about where to find the replacement locks and they gave ...
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Can remodeling work around a window cause moisture / condensation problems?

I had flashing repair work done around one of three windows in my bedroom last summer. When it started getting cold, I noticed moisture / condensation on one of my windows. I thought it would go away ...
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Gap between sash frame and pane of single-hung window sash - DIY-able?

Short background: we have a single-hung window in our living room that opens sideways, and it is noticeably hard to open. I noticed recently that the lock side of the moving sash's frame seems to have ...
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Soundproofing a room cost effectively

I am looking to get the most bang for my buck when attempting to limit the noise coming in to our bedroom from the neighbours house. The cost of re-plastering the wall is out of the question. I have ...
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Are curtains effective for keeping the room warm?

I live in a rented apartment and I am trying to find solutions to keep the heat in. The apartment has several big windows (the 'living room' has one wall that is 80% windows) and I have to run the ...
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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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What methods can be used to make a dark colored window become opaque?

Currently, I have some problem regarding some windows, which are dark-colored. During the day time, people outside the windows cannot see people inside the windows. However, during the night time, ...
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How to fix a house window that falls out?

Two sets of windows on the second floor of our house fall out, due to too much space between the window and frame area. It's tight enough at the corners of the frame area, but not in the middle. In ...
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How can I fix my uPVC window that won't close properly?

The handle on one of my uPVC windows won't turn to keep the window shut. The window doesn't form a seal against the frame so it is getting cold in here! I've noticed that there's a small metal pin ...
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Should I replace the window frame while installing replacement windows?

I will be considering replacing some of my windows in the future. Recently I had my house re-sided and had a chance to see how things were looking "under the surface" for much of the home. There were ...
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What type of replacement windows can I use on my log home?

I'm stumped as to what style of window to pick for my log home (replacement). The current windows are aluminum frame, and are trimmed flush on both sides with wood, so all you see is a very thin strip ...
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How do I patch this hole in my vinyl window frame?

Not sure what the previous homeowner was thinking when he drilled this hole, but what would be the best material to patch it with? As you can see in the picture, it's a purely aesthetic fix but I'm ...
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How do I determine the origin of a window's leak?

The drywall is water stained directly under the two lower corners of my window. So, I need to figure out where the leak is coming from. What steps should I take? -The home was built in 1967. The ...
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How to cover a window well seamlessly so I can project TV onto that wall?

Problem: I would like the projected image to cover the whole wall, but when I turn the projector on, the window is in the way. I bought a small screen (see the photographs) to try and cover that up, ...
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Can I shave the bottom of a metal casement window to get it to close fully?

I have a Casement Window installed that, as the new building has begun to settle, now has to be forced closed. It is on the verge of breaking the crank off now because it is so difficult. While wood ...
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Is there a better more flexible framing material for screens than aluminum kits?

Our windows are old and do not lend themselves to easy removal of the screens. In fact when I remove a screen I frequently bend it beyond repair. Is there a better more flexible framing material for ...
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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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How do I correctly measure this basement window for a replacement?

I have three of these metal-framed basement windows which I would like to replace but I am unsure of what dimension I should measure and use for the replacements. Initially I measured the outside ...
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How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?

My landlord used WD-40 to free the UPVC windows and now when opened slightly the wind then catches them and blows them wide open (a real pain when woken at 4am with rain blowing through the room). How ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I remove the caulk from this window?

The caulk is cracked around the exterior window (see picture). It leads to some funky leaks... I bought new caulk and know how to apply it but what I don't know is how to remove it. It doesn't feel ...
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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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Should windows be sealed from the outside before the capping is done?

If a regular vinyl window is replaced, and the foam is applied from the inside around the window, should it be also sealed / caulked from the outside before the capping is done?
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How can I stop windows from rattling?

My windows are probably original, from 1978. They are normal windows plus storm windows. The storm windows rattle like crazy in the wind. There's a lot of wind here in Boulder, Colorado. What's a good ...
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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 to clean PVC Window “inside”?

I believe that due to poor gluing of the rubber to the window and/or probably other reasons that I'm not aware, mold has started to "dance" inside the window and probably window frame as well..., at ...
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What is the proper way to install windows on the house that is not level

My house is sloped at least 1/8" per 1' along the front side. It also has long horizontal siding. So if windows are installed level it may be pretty noticeable. Leveling the house is not an option. So ...
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How much of a window should be replaced?

My kids threw something in the house and broke a window. Only the inner pane of the double-pane window is broken. My questions are: What needs to be replaced? Can I replace just the glass that's ...
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Removing Tuck Tape from an unfinished window frame

The builder taped the vapour barrier to the window frames in my basement. Is this normal? I attempted to peal it off but the glue residue is stuck to the wood. Any suggestions on how I can remove ...