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How can I seal a below-grade window permanently?

I purchased my home a couple of years ago and this year I am going to replace the deck and build a fence. The deck was in terrible condition so I completely took it down. To my surprise I found 2 ...
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How should I prepare doors and windows for painting?

I'm mostly interested in what is the best way to protect the wood from bad weather, but any other advice on how to improve overall quality of work would be appreciated.
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Fiberglass reinforced vinyl windows — better/worse/same as being reinforced with aluminum/steel?

My wife and I are looking at Sunrise replacement windows. They seem to be very sturdy windows with a nice lifetime warranty. I've heard that I definitely want to get some kind of structurally ...
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How do I install wood shutters on a brick house?

I've built some Board-N-Batten shutters and am ready to hang them on the house. However, I've never installed shutters before, so I want to be sure I install them properly. Do I drill pilot holes in ...
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1lb of cure is worth 10 tons of mold: DIY repair of a poorly sealed window? lots of photos herein

Preface I live in China. Construction is largely handled by unskilled migrants, and one cannot just call up a specialist contractor to fix a major issue. Problem I've got a window that was not ...
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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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How do I stop water from coming under my multitrack sliding doors?

I live in a desert where seasonal hard rains occur 5-10 times per year. We have an automated door with a multitrack slide that it lets quite a bit of water in when it rains hard. The door is an ...
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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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Shading windows from outside (awnings, shutters, etc) to keep house from overheating in summer

The back of my house faces west, and during July and August, the sun hits it directly in the afternoon through evening. On a warm day, this can cause the house to heat up quite a bit, so I'm making ...
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Kind of contractor to hire to install new basement window, where there was none before?

A family member is interested in getting their basement finished, and one of the things they'd like to do is have an additional bedroom in the basement. The bedroom should have a window. However, ...
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Is there a standard way to block sunlight from a non-rectangular window?

I'm not a DIY home repair guy but I'm handy with tools. I have a semi-circular window about six feet in diameter. It's right above my home office desk. In the afternoon, the sun often shines ...
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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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Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?

I feel silly asking this but I'm curious. =) When are storm windows necessary and under what conditions? I live in California (US) and we hardly ever get snow or freezing temperatures where I'm at. In ...
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How do I fix window jams that are not even with drywall?

We recently bought a house that was in the midst of a remodel. The PO had replaced 80% of the windows but had not gotten to the trim. The issue I have is the jam does not match with the drywall. In ...
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How to keep the house cool from inside by covering the window panes?

I am thinking of covering the window panes with 5 fold newspapers. What other inexpensive items/materials can be used to cover the window panes for keeping the house cool from inside?
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how to close curved interior finished drywall opening with window or glass block?

We have a curved opening between the entrance and bedroom/study. Since we would like to use this room as a bedroom and the opening is in the main entryway, does anyone have suggestions for closing ...
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Sealing, Priming, and Painting a Window

I have a house full of wooden windows with some old flaking paint. The wood is quite solid, the glass is intact and not fogging. I was planning on scraping the windows and repainting them. My question ...
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How to repel pigeons so that they don't loiter behind my windows?

I live in a apartment in a multistory building. Pigeons often sit onto edges of window openings behind my windows and leave excrements which is rather annoying. Is there some simple, preferably ...
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Window insulation in a rented apartment

My apartment is extremely drafty during the winter months, with a window in my bedroom, as well as in my bathroom, my room suffers as soon as the temperature drops. I gave a call to my landlord and ...
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What should I use to seal this window?

My master bedroom has a set of French doors with a window above the doors. During a recent thunderstorm, I noticed the window was rattling. Upon further inspection, the window is held in with little ...
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Is having a window in a room that is below grade a requirement?

This would be in Charlotte, NC, Mecklenburg County. I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that rooms that are below grade are required to have a full size window in them or they can't be considered ...
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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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Can I hang two inch blinds with only one inch of available window sill overhang?

I just had new windows installed in the house and they look great! It's definitely time now to put up some decent looking blinds. I love the look of the two-inch blinds (nothing fancy - most stuff at ...
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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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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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What's a good cheap sander to sand the ends of wooden blinds?

I need to sand down some wooden blinds because they are about a millimeter too wide for the old window frames they are going into. I'm trying to figure out a cheap and easy way to sand down about 6 ...
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Changing the window in an exterior door

We were given a new fibreglass door but it is RH instead of LH. How do we change the window so it will be facing the right direction?
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Window Replacement (Inserts or Gut Out)

When replacing wood windows of a brick house do you just insert them into the old frame or do you gut the frame out and replace the whole thing? What are the pros and cons of each method? Edit: I ...
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Extra insulation for panes of aging windows

The original windows on my 30-year-old house are insulated pretty well around the frames, but the panes themselves transmit a lot of cold air, especially when things drop down into the single digits, ...
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What are the pros and cons of different types of windows?

I live in the North Eastern corner of US, and my house has 50 year old single-pane wooden windows. They held up not too bad, considering, but now I want to replace them all. Things that are important ...
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Suggestions for preventing water from building on a shower window that is below shoulder level?

Location: California | United States Hello all, I have a window near my bath/shower that is slightly below shoulder level (which is now a violation of code in my area but got grandfathered in with ...
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Tips on keeping window screen in window sill

We like to open our windows when it is nice out. Unfortunately the bottom part of our window, where the screen fits into, is not very high. So what happens is our cat tends to push the screen out ...
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How do I keep the plastic window insulators sealed when the window has a sill?

Last winter I covered my windows in my apartment with a window sealing kit so keep out any drafts. The winds and temperatures are pretty extreme around here and the plastic would peel away from some ...
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Is there any reason to be wary of vinyl windows?

Consumer reports "buying guide" for replacement windows recommends fiberglass or wood windows over vinyl. I've also heard from various sources that some vinyl windows can warp with expansion and ...
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How do I prevent window drafts?

I live in Florida. I have noticed that in the Winter it seems that the cold air leaks through the windows and into the rooms. This, of course, raises my energy bill for heating (yes we have to turn on ...
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Can I fit an extractor fan in a window?

We have a basement flat and we suspect that the bathroom exhaust fans do not go anywhere, which causes a fair bit of damp in the flat which manifests itself as condensation on the windows in the ...
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What do I need to do to add stools to my vinyl windows?

I own a "cookie cutter" house built in 2006, and all of the windows are the thin vinyl kind with no trim at all, but I like the look of having a window stool. Is there a standard practice for adding ...
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How do I build a square window frame in an off-square opening?

The original windows in the bedrooms in my old house were huge, far too big for the size of the rooms. At some point a previous owner replaced them with much smaller windows, building a frame to hold ...