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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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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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How do I determine how efficient my furnace, A/C, and windows are?

I just bought an older home. The furnace, A/C, and windows are functional, but I suspect there may be some efficiency gains to be made. Is there any way to determine/estimate how efficient those are ...
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How to fix this window on a stud wall?

We recently bought two of these windows on a garage sale of a local window provider. We were so happy to have found two windows of the same size with the right color on sale that we quickly bought ...
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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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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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What are pros/cons of skylight placement?

I have a vaulted ceiling in my living/kitchen area where I'd like to install skylights. The designer I spoke to suggested two 2'x 4' skylights in the north facing living room, but she didn't seem to ...
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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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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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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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Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?

I have a long-neglected window sill that now has fungus (not mold) growing out of it. We are pretty sure that the wood is not rotten, as the wood feels firm to the touch. Can I still salvage the ...
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How can I install a window air conditioner and still allow the window to be opened?

I want to install a window based air conditioner but still allow for the ability to open the window when needed. I was thinking of using a piece of wood screwed into the window frame to support the ...
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Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?

I recently cut two holes in my foundation and installed new windows. I lined my hole with 2x8 PT wood bucks that I attached to the masonry with Tapcon screws. Then I attached my window nailing flange ...
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How do I reglaze my garage door windows?

My garage door is perfectly sound but will need re-painting. There is a small window at the top of the door and the putty is all cracked. How do I go about changing the putty? before I paint the ...
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How do I fix a broken window in my aluminum framed sunroom?

A lower window is broken in my aluminum framed sunroom, as shown in this 33 second video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQfd0FPwYU Will I need to: drill out rivets take apart the whole ...
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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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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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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 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 can I remove paint from this window's aluminum track?

I recently purchased a house that has several layers of paint on the windows' aluminum tracks. (Wow! One bad paint job). What's the best way to remove the paint, so that the windows will open and ...
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Are there any risks in removing these steel basement window frames?

I am planning to replacement my basement windows (see this related question) and was planning to remove both the glass and frame. A window vendor advised me not do this claiming that the steel frame ...
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Do vinyl doors and windows with a foam core promote mold growth?

I've had two companies give their sales pitch on vinyl windows and doors. One has a foam core inside the vinyl frame, the other does not. One says the foam core helps insulate, the other says the ...
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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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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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Wait until summer to seal?

I have zero home improvement/DIY experience. I got someone recently to carry out an unrelated repair on my porch, and he offered additionally to apply sealant to the exterior porch window frames, as ...
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What kind of lock is this, and how can I replace it?

This is the lock barrel from one of my window handles - the key jammed in it and when I pulled the key out, the barrel came with it. You can see on the photo where a small metal lug has snapped off, ...
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How can I put a plastic sky-light in a shed roof?

I have a large shed with a shallow angled roof made from 9mm OSB board and supported by wooden beams every 3ft approx, and covered with standard shed roofing felt. I want to put a few sky-lights made ...
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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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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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How to re-insert a single-hung window into the frame over the guide rods?

UPDATE: window is fixed! The solution is here: youtube.com/watch?v=-TAjm4X8ubI I have a single-hung Madison window. The moving part has come loose and disassembled and I can't get it back in. ...
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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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How can I replace an aluminum window spiral balance?

I would like to replace the spiral balance on my single hung (non removable) aluminum windows but I can't figure out how to remove the clip on the window that the bottom of the spiral hooks into. ...
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How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open?

How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open? It seems like one of the hidden latches along the edge isn't undoing because one side of the window moves ...
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How do I ventilate a bathroom through a small window?

I've got a very small bathroom without a vent fan. Since it is in a condo among a lot of others in a large building, a standard vent fan cannot be installed. However, I do have a small window and was ...
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Window caulk gets a gap in winter

I have a front window that has about a 1/32 inch gap in the summer, but about a 1/4 inch gap in the winter. The original caulk completely came loose and allowed condensation from the window to get ...
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How to avoid window sticking to paint?

Our house has several sliding windows that have a strip of rubber weatherstripping where the movable part of the window meets the frame when closed. The most recent paint (a semi-gloss latex) is ...
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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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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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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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Is installing an egress window in a basement a do it yourself job?

For starters, we found wet carpet in a finished basement room. It's not a full bedroom because there is no egress window, but does have a small window approx 2' x 1' about 3 feet away from where the ...
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How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house

I am living in house in which the sun is not overlooking through the window at all, Is there a way to make overlook at least partially inside the house.
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In what order should I complete these projects?

We would like to complete the following projects on our home. Assume we cannot afford more than one at a time, so they must be completed sequentially. Add electrical outlets outside ( we have some ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Repair a crack in a brick windowsill

How do I repair a crack in a brick windowsill? I assume that it needs to be sealed to prevent water from getting in, especially during the winter when it could freeze. The other side of the ...
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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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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 do I remove huge gluey sticker tape on glass?

I'm asking for my cousin in Hong Kong, whose little children stuck this window sticker onto the glass. We read How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass, ...
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Can one-way window film actually be a detriment to my windows?

I'm considering getting one-way mirror film for my home windows and sliding patio door. The salesperson I spoke to advised that these films could actually contribute to the breakdown of the window's ...