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What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?

I've lived in both Germany and the US and one of the biggest construction differences is the style of windows used. In Germany, the most common window design is tilt and turn. In the US, a variety of ...
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How can I replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass?

I'd like to replace the top two wood panels in my front door with glass for more light. Is there a how-to site explaining how this is done?
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How can I seal old Jalousie windows?

In our rented house there are old Jalousie windows (the kind with glass slats). When I was looking for ways to seal them better (it's getting cold here), I came across this: ...
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What kind of caulk should I use for sealing windows to drywall?

I installed new vinyl windows and now need to caulk them to the drywall of the window boxes on the interior side. What kind of caulk should I use? I've generally been using a nice silicone caulk, but ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?

As far as I know, the lifespan of PVC windows is highly dependent on periodic lubrication. What kind of oil should I use to lubricate the moving metal parts of my PVC windows? Additionally, what ...
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Where to find glass window specs

Does the AAMA Certification label shown here imply that the window has been subject to wind and projectile testing? If so, where can I find the details of that testing?
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Remove screen from window

I've got an American Craftsman 70 series double hung window and I'm trying to remove the screen. It is a full screen, and the only mechanisms on the screen are in the corners as shown in the picture ...
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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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greenish gray mold on wooden window frame

Does anyone know how to deal with greenish gray mold on the border of my window frame with my Insulated glazing? I've never had mold before and my house is 32 years old and very well insulated. The ...
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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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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 between the metal frame and the foundation. The concrete is chipping ...
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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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Searching for a specific window lock

I recently moved into a new place and almost all the window locks are broken and these windows are single hung and are located on the ground level. I have looked numerous places but I cannot find a ...
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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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Why don't American homes have blinds on the outside of their windows?

Traveling through Europe, seeing many different construction methods, I try to take an objective look at why things are done a certain way. One of the most positive things that I see done in Europe ...
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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 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 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 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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How can I stop this window from sliding down?

I have what I think is a single-hung window that keeps sliding down (when it's open). I do not see any way to remove the sash (so that I can access the spring mechanism). All instructions I see on ...
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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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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in 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 ...