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How to stop windows from sliding down?

About 10 years ago I had all the windows in my apartment replaced. Four or five years later, when I would open them to insert a fan or an air conditioner, the top window would slide down 6-12 inches ...
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How to prevent small birds from getting trapped inside open double-hung windows?

I have a double-hung window which has an AC unit, meaning it is always open. Occasionally, like just now, small birds get trapped in between the panels and they can't get out because it is narrow and ...
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Do I want low-SHGC windows on the east and west sides?

I live in sunny New Mexico and am doing research for having my windows replaced. I'm torn on the question of whether I want low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) windows, though. My house faces ...
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How to protect an old, internal windowsill?

I recently repainted my room yellow, don't forgetting the internal windowsill. Here are some pictures: As you can see in the third picture, the windowsill is all but flat (my house is very old). ...
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Window casing and conversion from inch thick drywall to half inch

I'm renovating the bathroom. I used to have 1" thick drywall and I'm lowering it to 1/2" thick drywall (so the window sticks out of the wall 1" now). What are my options for trimming the window? Inch ...
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How do I source, remove, and prevent green mold on my aluminum windows?

I live north of the equator in a humid climate. The 2 north-facing windows pictured below only get direct light (lots of it) in the evening. We get a lot of rain. There is green mold growing from ...
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Should I install a normal window or glass block?

I'm struggling with a decision regarding replacing windows in our basement. We have glass block windows right now with a jalousie window in the center. The jalousie in the Chicago area is terrible and ...
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Making or obtaining replacement parts for a multi-point window locking mechanism

When I bought my house, it was fitted with multi-point locking systems on the windows. One or two of these have failed - an internal cast-metal half-cog has disintegrated. There is no manufacturer's ...
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Removing Steel Basement Windows

My basement has the original steel (I think) framed windows in place from 1962, when it was built. I've removed windows in block before, at my previous house, but this one does not seem as clear. As ...
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impact resistant windows [closed]

We have been looking for replacement windows. Our area requires hurricane impact resistant windows, We are getting a quote from Storm Tight Windows, Inc. their top of line vinyl. What is your opinion ...
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Removable windows for the porch or sunroom

I have a potential project where there is a metal roof/awning/overhang supported by posts on the south side of the house. It is sort of like a car port, except there is no vehicular access to it ...
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Why did oiling cause this crank to become dirty?

My house has exterior roller shutters operated by a manual crank inside (right pic). But operating it created a lot of squeaking noise from the crank handle so I used a few drops of fine-mechanic oil ...
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Block view, but allow sunlight from windows

I live in a rental property where some of the rooms (living room, and bedroom) are situated right next to the street. I would like to block the view from the street so people looking in can't easily ...
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Replacing window

I am replacing a window in a garage. I measured the rough openings but the current window in the garage is quite old and I am not even sure what kind of window it is (or the proper terminology for ...
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How can I make my own fabric replacement slats for my blinds?

I need to replace the fabric slats on the vertical blinds in my house. I do not want vinyl ones in my house. My windows look out on a golf course from most of the rooms in my house. I have lived with ...
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How I can remove this Ingersoll window bolt?

I have a small window with security bolts which have become rusted and unusable. However, I can't see how to remove them without forcing them off and damaging the wood. Anyone seen these types before ...
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Replacing old windows - how to make vapor barrier?

I'm replacing a couple windows in an 80 year old house. Not surprisingly, there is no house wrap or any kind of vapor barrier. It's 2x4 studs with 1/2" tongue and groove wood siding on the inside, ...
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How can I fix multiple layers of paint on window trim?

In our new house, we have discovered that the previous owner simply added a new layer of paint to the entire house whenever it began to peel. The paint job around the window sill and trim is ...
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Are window frames structural?

My circa 1920 house is one story, solid brick from the footings in the basement to the roof. Three layer thick up to the first floor joists, then two layers to the roof. The basement windows are all ...
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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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Should I choose PVC or aluminium window frames in a hot, humid climate?

I live in Bombay (Mumbai), India. I'm planning to install sliding sound-proof Windows in a room. There are two common types of window frames manufactured here; one is aluminium, and the other is PVC, ...
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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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Is it possible to replace original vinyl windows with retrofits?

We're in a split level, in Massachusetts, that was built in 1997 with contractor grade vinyl siding and vinyl windows, nothing fancy. One window has lost its seal, another has a broken tilt-in latch - ...
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What is the most economical and energy-efficient way to winterize windows?

We have vinyl windows (mostly double-paned) and live in a shady greenbelt in Seattle (i.e. wet and dark). We don't have much severe weather to worry about, just a pervasive damp cold that settles in ...
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How do I get started removing this wood frame?

This is a frame inset into this old leaded-glass window I'm going to restore. It is nailed into the original frame, and I can't get to any of the nail heads to get started. It's important that I ...
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The sill plate touching my foundation isn't laying flat, it's about 10 degrees tilted. How do I install a header below it?

I installed a window in my basement 2 years ago and in the time since I've realized that I fastened the header incorrectly. Oops. I have to take it apart anyways to re-do the trim and match the other ...
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What is the process for draft proofing windows

I need to try to prevent drafts coming through and around my double glazed window units as much as possible. How can I go about detecting and sealing any leaks that are letting air through the window? ...
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Problem Using Wall Anchors for Curtain Rod

I'm trying to hang curtains for a floor-to-ceiling window by using drywall anchors to hold up the curtain rod. However, the plastic screw gets stuck about halfway anywhere I attempt to drill. When I ...
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What kind of damp do we have?

We have a damp problem in a 1920s semi-detached house we moved into 8 weeks ago. We are not sure if it's a condensation problem, or penetration from the outside, or even rising damp on the ground ...
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How can I remove this tile window stool without compromising the installation of the vinyl window?

I'm planning to replace the tile window stool below this window with a piece of quartz countertop. In this picture, I have already removed part of the thick tan tile the stool is made of. It looks ...
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Proper order of operations for re-doing windows, stucco, and footing insulation

I have three big projects coming up: Replacing all the windows and a sliding glass door Adding 2 inches of rigid foam insulation to the exterior and re-stucco-ing Adding rigid foam insulation ...
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Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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How can I fix my window frame so that the window doesn't drop down?

I'm working on a fixer-upper, and I needed to repair the screens. In order to remove the screens, I of course needed to lift the window all the way up. However, there was a bracket blocking the ...
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What do you call a widget that holds the side of a curtain against a wall?

I moved into a house and found these handy widgets screwed into a bedroom wall. These widgets each consist of a hook-shaped piece of metal with a small clip that fastens a window curtain to the hook. ...
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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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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 do I remove a lead stain from my windows?

I have lead around my windows and after a new lead installation there has been a stain there for over a year. I have tried window cleaner and multi-surface cleaner but no success. I had an 'easy ...
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What is a safe maximum amount to leave a window open?

We have sash windows and got broken into last week due to poor security (just internal latches). I want to install better locks on the windows to prevent the windows being opened past certain ...
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What material is window insulation film?

That clear, heat shrink plastic film they use to insulate windows... Does anyone know exactly what type of plastic it is? Can't find anything searching. I have a project I think it might be good for ...
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Recommened nailing schedue for cripple studs between header and top plate

I have a 2x6 header for a window in a remodel with approx 5" long cripples between the header and top plate. What is the preferred nailing schedule for the attaching the cripple studs to the top ...
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Do I use a wooden frame for a basement hopper window?

I am replacing a basement hopper window. The previous owners replaced an old hopper window with a too-small piece of storm window and piece of plywood: I want to replace this with a correctly-fit ...
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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 to force installation of standard-width blinds for window with nonstandard dimensions?

I want to install blinds on a window that has a 27.5-inch width. But it looks as though 27.5inches is not a standard width; it's easy to find widths of 23, 27, 29, 30, I don't see 27.5 inch blinds ...
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How long should I let my window dry out before caulking?

I just noticed a major leak in one of my windows last weekend during a heavy rainstorm. Upon inspection, I found several gaps in the caulking that I think the water is getting through. I managed to ...
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How can I winterize windows with original trim from 1885 without ruining them?

I have very nice wood trim and would rather not use the double sided tape on them. I have tried in the past on one window and it took some of the trim off with it. I really don't want to ruin the ...
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How can I attach plywood window covers without damaging the trim or shingles?

I have an oceanfront cottage and have "boarded up" the ocean-facing windows each winter before closing up for the season. In the past I just used wood big enough to totally cover the window and ...
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What should I consider when cutting/making window in concrete foundation?

I am thinking about putting in another window for my basement apartment. I would like to know what do I need to consider before trying to find a contractor to do this. I have uploaded a picture of ...
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Diagnose leaking window on fourth floor of building?

I have a window that leaks (from not being installed correctly prior to my taking over management of building- no idea who installed them). This window is on the fourth floor of a building and access ...
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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 ...