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How do I fill in the holes in wooden window frames?

I drilled a few holes to window frames in my rented house hoping to setup a steel mosquite mesh with screws rather than small nailes to remove easily in the future. I hurriedly used a 3 mm drill bit ...
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Shade in front of second floor condo window

I live in the second floor (one over ground level) in a condo building in Germany. It is rented, so I cannot do major modifications. Minor modifications must be arranged with the owner. The living ...
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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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What is the best way to remove dried egg from a house?

Some troglodytes egg my house anywhere from every 1-6 months, and have been doing so for the last four years. They just did it again tonight, so I have a fresh supply of drying egg to now remove. My ...
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Cannot adjust dropbolt on bifold doors which is catching

I have a patio door made of up two aluminium tri-folding doors which meet in the middle. One side has a normal 5 point locking system operated by a normal door handle and key. The other side has a ...
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How can I reduce the force required to operate double-hung windows?

I'm looking to create or even just buy a product that can be mounted onto any single- or double-hung window where the user doesn't need a lot of force to open/close a window. This is for an elderly ...
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Good vinyl windows that are NOT clad

Are there any time proven vinyl windows that have NO wood core to retain ANY moisture and rot? I want wood on the inside of the house where the HVAC can take care of everyday interior moisture, but in ...
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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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How do I make professional grade double pane glass at home?

I've been shopping around and no one near me will do Argon filled double pane and only one place will do a vacuum. The price seemed astronomically high considering I can buy the glass and the local ...
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How can I fix a window with cracked glass?

I have a bedroom window with cracked glass, and I'm trying to figure out the manufacturer so I can get it fixed. The windows are double hung, and three pictures are attached. I looked all over the ...
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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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Low-profile clear cover for a basement window

I'm looking to protect some wooden exterior basement window casing so that I don't have to re-paint it so regularly. I've seen window well covers like so: ...which could be useful except that ...
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How can I secure a door with a window right next to it?

My front door has a deadbolt, but right next to the knob/deadbolt is a tall narrow window, so that you can see whoever is outside. This is a security risk as anyone could smash that window and open ...
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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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What's the best way to cover my egress window (not soft plastic) where the window is above the window well?

What's the best way to cover an egress window where the cement for the window sticks 11" above the metal window well cover (the window itself is above 10" above the metal window well)? I'm looking for ...
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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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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 Label - Need Help ID'ing

Ok, I have some windows in a home that may be under warranty but the window ID labels are not like any that I've seen anywhere online. Any help would be appreciated. Here's the information on the ...
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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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How to deal with this mold on the window frame?

I just discovered what I assume is mold on my window frame in the kitchen/living room (quite high humidty, but the window has been open a lot and our fan is going 24/7). Now, I've been told that ...
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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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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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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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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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What should I fill drill holes in pvc window frames with?

A previous owner had drilled holes into the pvc frames to fit blinds, which have since been removed leaving small holes. I'm not expecting pvc can be filled flawlessly, but what would be the best ...
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Water flow over basement window sill

The sidewalk going around my house was poured very close to the edge of the basement window. The slab has sunk and water no pools against the house in that area. If we get a torrential rainfall, the ...
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Window leaks from hole in bottom of frame

See the video. I have a bad window leak. The water comes in during rainy days and makes its way from the 2nd story window to the first floor window and wall just below it. After much painful ...
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How to Cover Small Window but allow Light?

I want to prevent my neighbors to see through my window but allow maximum light. Blinds are not possible there in the small one. The small window Some transparent layer/membrane could work, not any ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...