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Is there a significant benefit to using plastic window insulation year round?

In order to help save more money and funnel more of those savings to debts, I'm looking for more ways to save money. I've heard that puting plastic window insulation over single-pane windows ...
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Fix single hung window glass that is cracked

My question is somewhat similar to this question - How can I fix a window with cracked glass?. The difference is that my window is single hung. The windows are double pane and the inside pane has a ...
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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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Restore 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 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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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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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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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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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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Trimming out a bathroom window: Uneven Spacing

A few months back as part of a bathroom remodel I had a new, smaller window installed in my bathroom. Now that I'm at a point where I'm ready to tile the walls around the window, I'd like to install ...
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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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My brick-side window frame is bent. Is it unusual and does it need to be fixed? (Picture included)

My house has a brick front. All the windows at the front have the frame bent at the bottom, pushing back the woodwork and causing cracks (pic below). Interestingly, the windows at the rear, which has ...
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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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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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Broken window balance has window stuck

I need to order new balances for my window. Embossed in corner pane is MSCC. Who is the manufacturer? Dated 02-06. How do you unstick the bottom window? Thanks!
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how do I replace the rubber seal on the window frame?

I have a casement window. There are rubber seals (correct me if they are not called rubber seals) around the window frame. you can see the picture they are old and rusted. Have to get them replaced. ...
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How can I install a window screen without modifying my building

Our HOA doesn't allow us to drill into the stucco of our building. Is there a way I can install a window screen without drilling holes in the building's exterior?
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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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how to attach framing to this window in concrete?

I'm looking to finish my basement. I have several windows embedded in the concrete as shown in the picture below. I was planning to put framing up in front of the concrete and run some plywood all ...
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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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What is the purpose of a window well for a window that is above grade?

Recently my neighbour installed window wells around all of his basement windows, but they all sit with the bottom edge about 2 inches above the ground. Do window wells serve a purpose if your window ...
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How can I repair leaky windows/doors?

I have a big window above the entrance double door. Whenever it rains against the window I find the leaks at the top of the window corner, at the bottom of the window and in my cold room which is ...
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Trying to ID a 20 year old window

I have 20 year old windows and 1 needs a seal repaired. I see a logo,it is a picture of what resembles an oak leaf,them 1-99. Can't find any other markings. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Window well drainage

We live in Denver and have been getting an enormous amount of rain this year, so had to deal with some seepage issues. What we've done: Grading away from foundation outside Downspout extensions ...
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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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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...
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Water in window well flooding basement

The windows in my basement are close to 12 inches tall, not going below ground level. There is a shallow window well made from old 2x4s framing a depression adjacent to the window. We have been ...
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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 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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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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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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Is it okay if the header does not span the entire rough opening when replacing windows?

A whole house of windows were replaced with bigger windows (some were 12 foot). The jack studs were cut out, and some studs were also cut out up to one foot on each side of the window. The window man ...
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Replace plasterboard (drywall?) around window

firstly my question is about plasterboard, which I think may be called drywall in the US? Anyway, during the last few winters it had become damp and is just falling apart. Last summer someone had a ...
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Should I open the top or bottom of double hung windows?

I'm a new home owner and was wondering if there is a "right" way to use the double hung windows in the house. Should I open the top or bottom? Is there a seasonality to it? Does it even matter at ...
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how to install a casement window ac unit in a standard horizontal window?

Ok... I have scoured the internet. I was given 2 casement window ac units. Both of my heat pumps were stolen and this is an army wife turned widow make do type situation for while I save to replace ...
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How do I safely put casement window back in from inside on top floor

We removed double-glazed wooden casement window (2 windows with a central bar) from top floor of house yesterday to paint and the frame a different colour. We thought we would do a better job this way ...
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I want to permanently remove and fill-in below grade windows in multi-family building. What's the risk?

I have a 5 family apartment building in NJ. There are 2 below grade window wells that protrude from the building and into the asphalt driveway. I want to fill these in permanently with concrete ...
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how do I turn a glass door into a removable mirror?

A glass door allows outside people to see into a private area. How can the glass door be temporarily converted into a mirror? I am imagining some kind of roll on mylar. But it would need to be ...
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What can I do about a Rough opening that is REALLY out of square?

The house I am living in has a rather interesting problem. Due to what I suspect was Jack Daniels building inspections in this town in the 80's, the footing wall under the second floor dining room ...
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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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Which windows work with which automated window openers?

I need to replace all the windows in a house. In planning to do so, I'd like to preserve the option of eventually (not necessarily simultaneous with the new window installation) installing some kind ...
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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 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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Is there a difference between Low-e Glass And Argon Gas?

Is there a difference between Low-e Glass And Argon Gas? My boss is trying to convince me that they are one in the same, despite my repeated attempts to differentiate the two for him. At this point, ...
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Are 2" roofing nails through the nailing fins of a new window enough to hold the window in place permanently?

Is using 2" roofing nails on the nailing fins of new construction windows enough to hold them in place permanently? It seems to me like there should be some fasteners in the extension jambs, but ...
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Ordering new windows for old house… Wall thickness?

I'm rehabbing a structure from the 1850's. As you can imagine, nothing is square, level or plumb. The walls were originally plaster on top of true 2x4's. I've brought the house down to the studs, ...
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Window upgrade questions

I decided that I want to replace my windows, and figured I'd start with a small bathroom window downstairs. I build wooden furniture as a hobby, but have very little experience doing ...
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When re-screening window solar screens, how do I avoid warping the frame?

I'm re-screening my solar screens. I have found that a very small one is easy but larger ones present some challenges (not surprisingly). I don't want the screen to be too loose and sag. However, ...
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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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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 ...