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Cheap & Effective Way to Soundproof Windows

I am looking to soundproof my home from the busy road that is in front of it. The roads are concrete not asphalt so the tires make a substantial amount of noise since the speed limit is 40mph. I ...
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Can I demo plaster walls but somehow keep the window casing?

My house was built in 1915. It has cracked (original?) plaster over lathe, poor insulation, leaded paint, and knob and tube wiring. To fix all of these things, I'm demo'ing the upstairs down to ...
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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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How can I thoroughly blackout a bedroom window on a budget?

I am renting a house that has beautiful wooden venetian blinds - that I can not remove or replace - but they are not very effective at blocking the ambient night light that is abundant on my street. ...
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Double window has play when pushed on

My son bought a house that has a window like this one. When I push in the center from the inside, there is some play of a quarter of an inch or so at the bottom (and the top I presume). Maybe more. ...
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How to fill a 1.5 " gat on the exterior window gap to brick?

I am getting a water leak from several of my window, appears the window opening is at least one inch larger than the window. The gap was filled with mortar and caulked along the top and bottom of the ...
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Legality of hanging things outside your window?

I have been thinking of hanging something outside my window. It occurred to me though that there are building codes. I am in a private home of my own but wondered to what extent building codes apply. ...
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Cleaning window rollers with ball bearings

I was trying to get rid of the debris and old grease in my window rollers that have ball bearings by washing them with acetone. When I finished, they spun pretty well, but within 5 minutes when I spun ...
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support for “bow” window

I'm installing a Marvin Integrity "bow" window, kind of like a bay window except it's multiple casements set in a smooth arc. These are installed in a rectangular rough opening like any window; ...
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How do I remove/replace these window screens?

Description of window set, in case someone knows them by make: the lower pane is counterbalanced (weight? spring? I don't know) and the upper pane is fixed in place with a screen window underneath it. ...
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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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How to seal the exposed top of glass block windows

My basement has some glass block windows, that seem to be improperly (or not-optimally) installed. See picture.... As I understand it, there should has been a perimeter channel attached to framing, ...
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Suggestions on window casing with a small window sill?

I would like to put in window casing around my windows. There are original stone window sills on all of my windows, which I want to keep. I am trying to figure out how to construct the casing, because ...
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How long does it take for polycarbonate to yellow?

I recently replaced a broken small window with Lexan polycarbonate. Lexan is reported to yellow after 10 years. How bad is this likely to become, how quickly -- will I have to change the window again ...
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window top flashing/channel against flat surface

I have parging above the window, nothing to tuck a channel under. What is the product to use to add flashing to the top of the window in this case?
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Window framing on old construction

I'm redoing a kitchen but I've hired a contractor to do a portion of the work. One of the jobs he was hired to do was to move and reframe two windows. He finished that job today and I'm really ...
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Best way(s) to add new king stud to existing exterior wall

I'm going to be removing a large 4'wide x 7'tall window and replacing it with a small 3'x2' window. I will probably need to add a couple of new king studs when framing up and to keep everything 16" ...
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What is the most efficient window design to maximise cooling in a tropical climate?

I am building in equatorial Indonesia. My building is roughly 10x4.5 metres in footprint, and it will be a two storey (3.5 metres each) concrete structure. The building backs directly onto a limestone ...
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Need mfgr of double hung casements w/“PG” engraved on lock

I purchased a mobile home that has had its windows redone since DOM. I would like to have additional windows put in, and would prefer them to match existing. Only problem, I can't find any identifying ...
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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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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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Replacement window spring won't raise

Old house with double-glazed replacement window. I had to have one of the glass panes replaced and was able to easily tilt in the window and remove the lower unit. Upon replacement, the window goes ...
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What's the best way to keep insects from coming in Jalousie windows?

My house has an attached sunroom with old Jalousie windows. They're great for a breeze, but I'd like to find a way to keep insects from coming through. What are my options (other than replacing them)?...
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Is this a thin window air conditioning unit?

I'm trying to put air conditioning in my master bedroom. It has a loft and hence high ceiling with around 500 sq ft + 350 (loft). It is also on the third floor which is pretty high. As far as I can ...
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Can I use a portable air conditioner with a casement window?

My apartment has windows like this, where they rotate out upon a vertical hinge. I live in Seattle, so I can't rely on an evaporative A/C unit because the humidity is too high. And all the portable ...
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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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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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Window transmittance of 940nm near-IR

What is the near-IR (940nm) transmittance of typical modern, energy star for Northern Zone windows, or where could I find out? I am also interested in how much this varies, and if non-energy-star ...
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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 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 ...
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How to extend 5/8" window jamb?

The window I just received in special order came with a 5/8" jamb. I'm really upset at that awkward dimension because it makes it difficult to extend it with regular 1xX lumber (actual thickness 3/4")....
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How do you hang a casement window sash?

I have Anderson casement windows I want to rehang because some sashes are rubbing up against the bottom or side. I think the rubbing is just from the sash sagging over time, they were installed in ...
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Should storm windows be removed if AC will be on and windows rarely opened?

We generally run our AC most of the day. I am wondering if it is a detriment to leave the storm windows on (b/c they create a pocket of hot air) or a potential benefit (by reducing the escape of cold ...
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Using a window as a dry-erase surface

I'd like to put some kind of easily removed clear (or semi-translucent) material on my large windows so I can use them as a dry-erase surface without blocking out the light. Any suggestions on what to ...
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What's a clever way to stop old windows from rattling?

My old wooden windows rattle in their casings (the frame rattles in its tracks--the glass is secure). One suggestion was to use vinyl flooring as shims--that material would be too thick, but I'm ...
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Touching up black aluminium window frame

I have a set of folding doors (interior <-> exterior) that have been badly scraped and scratched during a renovation project. I have purchased the correct colour touch up paint from the ...
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steel windows diy design+construction

I would like your suggestions/experience/opinions on designing steel windows+patio doors, using hollow sections (RHS as they call them) and angle sections. The window style I have in mind (but can not ...
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All-around header dimensions for external wall

Putting in two small windows as part of our kitchen remodel (21" x 31"). They are going in an exterior gable wall, framed with 2x6's. I can't get a straight answer from anyone about what "size" ...
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Where to buy replacement seal or latch for glass block ventilator window

We have glass block windows in our basement (bought this place 6 months ago). Almost all of the ventilators have this problem where the seal no longer holds air-tight. A secondary problem is that the ...
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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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Window unit lets in lots of outdoor noise. How to insulate?

I just moved to NYC and I have a window unit like this: The foldable frame around either side lets in a considerable amount of outside noise; it's just as if the window was open. In fact, I'd swear ...
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How do I change an external door to a window?

I'm looking to change a Door to a window due to kitchen redesign. Can anyone give me any idea on what I will need. The door is a back door and is old and rotten its around 3 ft wide. Its a old ...
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I'm trying to find the manufacturer and age of French Patio Doors

grateful for any advise anyone can give me. I'm trying to find the manufacturer and age of French Patio Doors installed before we bought the house. Inside frame ...
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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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Suggestions for closing in a sunroom?

So I have this sunroom off the side of my garage that has a roof and what I think is a metal exterior. 1 wall is to the garage and the other 3 sides have large openings which once housed screens ...
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Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows

I purchased a new home last year and all the windows installed are vinyl. My previous home built in 1999 had wooden windows. My question is are all the exterior windows needing to be caulked? I know ...
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Knob and worm gear open windows

Can you help me identify or suggest what you'd refer to this type of window that has a rotation handle powering a worm gear that drives the rod to open or close the window? Basically, what do you ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

OK I had a hard time thinking of a good title but here's the gist of the problem/concern I have which I can't find an answer to anywhere online. Please note that this is a very specific but common ...