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Typically curtain rod brackets will have a Set Screw, which is used to prevent the rod from moving. If your bracket does not have a set screw, check to see if there is a hole where one should be. If you have a hole but no screw, you'll have to find a screw that will fit in the hole. Make sure it's a Machine Screw with a flat end (not pointy), so it ...


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I would guess that the problem is not a draft from the windows, but moisture in the room, probably caused by having two people sleeping in a closed room. The warm, moist air in the room will hit the cold window and water will condense. To eliminate the problem, get more air circulation - open the door, or open the window a tiny bit. At least try it for a ...


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If you were framing this opening from the start, figure 1 is the way it would be done. I would go that direction so it will make sense to anyone working in this area of your home in the future. Did you consider the possibility of centering the new window horizontally in the existing opening? That may result in a better proportion. In that case I would still ...


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There is a product called Window Security Film which is a thin (a couple mm) film that adheres to the window and makes it exceptionally difficult for someone to break. Many lock smiths/security companies can install it. Here's a video of it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYdVK3BqPfk This is a duplicate of my answer from this question.


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Andrew, excellent question and great photos. The problem is a bit complicated. I can see from the photos that the water migration is coming from the top, perhaps even above the top of your window. Anytime the plaster separates from a concrete base, it means the moisture is coming through the concrete, most likely from the out of doors in your case. ...


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There are two reasons birds fly into Windows, either they can't see the glass or they see a reflection in the glass. The only real solution, is to make the window more visible or less reflective. Unfortunately, making the window more visible to birds also makes it more visible to humans. So the solution may not be exactly... um... fashionable. You'll ...


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I won’t say I'm an expert; I've worked with someone doing something similar in the past and may at least give you some guidance. Personally, I would use a concrete saw (larger blade than an angle grinder) and/or a chisel to cut the opening. Make sure you have help as you DO NOT want to drop the removed section(s). You can use these bricks later (see below). ...


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You can write on glass with a dry-erase marker and it will come off with a paper towel. (Try it yourself if you don't believe me!) I've never left it on glass long enough for it to need any sort of solvent to remove, but I'd think that normal ammonia-based window cleaner would work OK; if not, you could always use dry-erase cleaner as a last resort. The ...


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In the winter, windows can be one of the biggest sources of heat loss in your entire house. In an older house with no or low insulation, this can be particularly true. One thing that you can do with minimal fuss - if you feel cold drafts coming from around the window its entirely possible that you've got air leakage around the window frame itself. A quick ...


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As someone who bought new windows a couple years ago and researched it to death, almost anything a window salesmen tells you will be a marketing gimmick. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to heat transfer resistance with windows, you reach the point of diminishing returns rather quickly. Triple pane windows will give you a slight advantage in ...


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You're dealing with a basic fact of nature, water condenses on cold objects, so you need to either remove the water or the cold objects. The windows will typically be the coldest objects in your home since they have such a low R value. Start by reducing the humidity in your home, run exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom for longer when cooking and ...


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We bought some nearly transparent window stickers at a bird store that are supposed to help birds "see" the window. Also, if there are windows on the opposite side of the house that can be covered so the birds don't see daylight through the house, that may help. Edit: It's hard to be 100% sure how effective they are, but I think they work. We still get a ...


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After habitat loss, the greatest threat to wild birds may be glass windows. NYC Audubon started Project Safe Flight in 1997 to address the issue in New York City. Daniel Klem, an ornithologist at Muhlenberg College, estimates that close to a billion birds are killed every year by flying into glass. A study he conducted, with NYC Audubon, found 1.3 birds ...


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Before going through the trouble of an egress window, make sure the water problem is tackled. That, itself, can be a huge chore. And egress window CAN be DIY, but it's going to be a lot of messy work. You need to move a large chunk of soil, cut concrete, install a well, and given the water issues, likely a dry well or drain system of some sort. But yes, ...


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Curtains or drapes can help insulate a room. One of the main methods is to reduce the amount of air exchange between a cold window and the rest of the room. Air in a room is always trying to equalize itself. The cold air at a window mixes with the warm air in the rest of the room. If you trap the cold air behind a poor conductor (such as an airtight ...


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I think you would be best off calling the window manufacturer's service department. Double paned windows are usually made as a unit: two pieces of glass with a spacer between to separate them and seal the opening. The space is often a vacuum, or filled with an inert gas like Argon. It might be possible to replace the broken pane, but you would be losing ...


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You have to replace both. The two panes come glued together as a unit. Contact a local glass company and buy just the glass if you think you can take apart the frame and put it in yourself.


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As Tester mentions, new windows are the most cost and energy efficient in the long haul. However, the upfront cost is substantial, especially if you want to do a lot of windows. The concept is the same with all window coverings, add an additional layer of air between the primary window and the covering to slow down the transfer of heat. A single pane ...


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The major difference between a new construction and retrofit window is the way the new window frame is attached to the house. To install a new construction window the installer will have to chip away the original stucco, cut away some interior drywall, remove the window, remove the paper backing behind the stucco, and then once the new window is in ensure ...


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As 'cheap' is one of the requirements -- I'd probably go with a random orbit or even just a vibrating palm sander. You can get some decent models for $50-60. I would recommending one of the 1/4 sheet models, where you can use any sand paper that you cut down to size, rather than the fancy shapes that require you to specifically buy sand paper made for that ...


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You'll want to use glazing compound, which comes in both oil-based, and latex, and can be found in both cans or tubes. Once you have the glass removed, and the frame cleaned up. Run a bead of glazing compound around the frame (where the glass will sit). Set the glass in the compound giving it a little wiggle to work out any air bubbles, and to make sure ...


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The nice thing about renting a place is that you don't own it. Problems with the house are really the owner's problem, not yours. If it were me, especially in the situation you've described, I'd call the landlord and say, 'Hey - come clean this crap up'. I certainly wouldn't invest in supplies or materials to do it. Take a look at your lease/rental ...


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If you want to use a screw I would use Tapcon® Concrete Screws. They hold very well and are fairly easy to use. The only draw back is that they are a bright blue and you will have to countersink them and caulk or plugged the hole. 3/16 inch will be strong enough, you will want about 1.5" of penetration. To install you just drill a hole matching the size of ...


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You could try vinyl plugs that can be found in hardware/home improvement stores. The plugs come in various diameters. If there isn't one for the hole's size, you may have to drill it larger to the size of the plug so that it will fit. Also found this kit, may be this will be an alternative option.


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If you open both the top and bottom about 3" the hot air goes out the top and cooler air comes in the bottom.


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You can remove the oil film with a rag or paper towel soaked in some organic solvent like isopropyl alcohol. Don't these windows have any stop so they can be left ajar without blowing open? It might be good to install something like that instead. A long hook and eyelet would be the simplest.


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Matthew PK offers some very specific instructions. I happen to disagree with most of them, but they may work for some windows. I will simply state that every new window comes with specific installation instructions. You should follow them. Otherwise you will void the manufacturer's warranty. Here is an informative article from Fine Homebuilding: ...


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I had a similar problem. It was easy enough to remove the window, and take it to my local glass shop. They had a new pane put in by the next day. If it's a screened window, you can do this when the weather is nice. Otherwise, you'll need to cut a piece of plywood to block the hole while it's being repaired. Taking it into the shop allows for ...



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