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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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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 disconnect ...
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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 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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Windows with efficiency with blue tint

My house was built in Florida in 2008. I am having a difficult time in replacing my windows as they have a blue tint. I have contacted all the local window places in the area and they do not know of ...
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What are the pros and cons of UV window film?

I have just finished renovating my house and am now considering adding UV film to some of my windows (those that catch the most sun). On paper, they sound like a great solution as they reduce the heat ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 construction/...