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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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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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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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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 makes water condense on the interior of the windows at night when it's cold? [duplicate]

While staying with some relatives, I noticed that all their windows experience terrible interior condensation at night and am wondering about what they can do to prevent it. The house is kept to 70 ...
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How to block wind between rooms

I am living in an old (renovated) flat which size 25 m2 in Riga. However, there is the wind feeling all the time. There is very bad isolation in the corridor. In my apartment, there is no isolating ...
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What's the best way/tool to cut a strip of drywall out of my window boxes?

I'm installing nice new vinyl windows, and in order to maximize the glass area, I've ordered new construction windows to avoid having to set them in the existing window boxes and live with the frames ...
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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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How can I fill this gap between the plasterboard and window architrave?

The framing on my house is warped in such a way that I have several places where I have large gaps between the window/door architraves and the frame and the plasterboard just flaps around. I also get ...
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How do I repair a flaking finish on my wood windows?

I have a few windows around the house which all have a funny flaky appearance. It looks pretty superficial; the wood under the flaking looks okay. It's on windows that were here when I bought the ...
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What window part do I need for this window?

A lot of windows on my sun porch are missing parts of the latch. I am guessing that time and cold has led to the plastic latch mechanism breaking. Some of the windows are missing both latches ...
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Window “brakes” - What are these things?

I have a bunch of windows in my little 1950 Cape Cod in need of re-glazing but they also need a bit of mechanical repair for their "brakes". The "brakes" hold the sill in place, they are actuated by ...
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Where to attach a storm window?

We have two very leaky, single pane windows that we need to insulate. Because interior shrinkwrap storms are impractical for several reasons, we're looking at exterior storms instead. Home Depot has ...
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How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass

Rather stupidly I taped up round the edge of some windows (eight windows both inside and out) before painting the woodwork (I'm not accurate enough to do it without taping) using gaffer tape rather ...
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How to remove a granite window sill?

I need to remove a granite window sill in order to install plantation shutters. How can this be done? Can it be done without damaging the wall that the granite is affixed to (at the base of 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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New Window in Structural Brick House

I have an old house (built in the 1940s) that is structural brick. I want to add a small window on the wall to the upstairs to let in a bit more light. Is it possible to add a window to a structural ...
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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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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 do I uninstall a velux blackout blind?

(A Velux blind is a brand of skylight/roof-window in the UK that's apparently quite popular). We have a couple of velux windows with blinds attached. We'd like to swap them for the black-out blind ...
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Can Double Glazed units be repaired?

If a double glazed unit has one of its glass panes shattered can the unit be repaired? Or does the whole thing need to go in the trash? I know that a double glazed unit is sealed with inert gas ...
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Combined wood and aluminium windows

We would like to have wooden windows in our newly bought apartment which we are renovating at the moment. The apartment is old and we feel that alu-windows does not fit the "soul" of the apartment. ...
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Home-made joint for a top window

I have some sort of artisanal, metal, top oriented, window that essentially serves as a light well (but the room is almost completey dark, the main door is covered by a curtain because my girl friend ...
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How can I fill a gap beneath windows?

Outside my house, there is a gap visible below some of my windows. I have attached pictures to make it clear, since I don't know the terminology. The gap is about the width of my thumb. I can see the ...
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Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?

I've just had double glazing installed and I'm not entirely happy, but it could be my expectations are set too high. The picture below shows my new sash window for the front room bay window. This is ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is it a bad idea to attach inside mounted blinds to side of trim?

I would like to install some cellular shades. I'd like to inside mount them, but my window recesses are very small - as little as 1/2". For a shade that requires a recess of at least one inch, one ...
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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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How can I muffle street noise increase from triple-pane windows?

We recently had new triple-pane Soft-Lite vinyl windows put in around our house, to replace the older single pane, double hung sash windows that were in place before. The odd thing is that the house ...
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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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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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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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I mounted a vinyl picture window sideways, can I drill small weeping holes into the frame?

I found a nice picture window on the cheap but its frame weeping holes are designed to drain in a horizontal orientation (one in each lower corner). I have mounted it vertically, so now there is a ...
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How can I find the source of a leak?

We have a lead lined, concave roof on a bay window. The roof itself has a small drain. Inside the house, below the bay window we have a small leak that occasionaly appears when it rains. I have ...
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What should I consider when boarding up windows for a storm?

What should be considered when boarding up windows for a storm (or for that manner, during construction, etc.)? What thickness plywood is required? Should it be sized to the size of the sash and ...
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How to fix leaking basement window in foundation

I am trying to fix leaks in a basement window. After running water to determine the spot it is leaking, it appears to be leaking in two places: 1) between the metal frame and the foundation under the ...
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What can I do about a basement window well that is filling with water?

My house was built in the 1950s and I have a basement window well that was filling up with water after a hard rain. I have covers however the water would come up. After much reading online that there ...
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How do I attach windows to a block wall covered with rigid foam insulation?

I'm wrapping a block wall house with rigid foam insulation. I plan on liquid nailing it directly to the exterior block wall of the house. I plan on attaching furring strips with tapcons on top of the ...
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Fit an existing frame into a bigger opening

I'm in the UK and the house I'm doing up is very old, the windows are very large ( too large ), frames made of wood which is all rotten and no double glazing. I need to do a lot of replacing, but as ...