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A sheet of cardboard cut to fit the window frame tightly. With a small finger hole or notch cut out so you can pull it out easily. Thick cardboard would be best so it doesnt bend. Practically free, blocks all light, does no damage, and can easily be removed in the morning and put back in at night.
Many single and double-hung vinyl windows have "spiral sash balances". An internet search of that term will reveal a lot of info. They are replaceable but it is not simple, and finding the right size can be a challenge also. If the windows are old consider a DIY replacement of the entire window unit with an easily installed block frame replacement window.
Yes there should be flashing but that isn't the main issue. This is the architect's problem. The top of your molding is flat. Where do you think water will go on a flat surface? It will sit on it. It will then seep into the wood and to the wood underneath it, slowly water logging and rotting all of it. If someone showed me your new molding I would ...
The true answer is that it takes more energy to remove heat from a space than it does to add heat to a space. For every watt of heat you want to remove, you have to expend an additional 2 to 3 watts of heat just to carry that first watt away from the area. So, insulation will always be biased towards preventing heat ingress.
Walk into a fabric store and ask for advice on making "blackout drapes". They'll sell you something suitably heavy for the purpose; this is a fairly standard request. Adding that behind a cheap set of drapes,or getting a more attractive face fabric to sandwich it with, will do a pretty good job of blocking outside light; not completely but you did ask for a ...
What I've done in the past is use Command Adhesive hooks to hold a curtain rod, then hang a curtain from that. This is rental-friendly, as there are no permanent hangers installed, and it can be moved as needed. It's a bit more expensive than cardboard, but should have a better appearance.
In that third photo, it doesn't look like there's any flashing at all! Whenever there's an opening in an exterior wall, there should be flashing at the top that runs from inside the siding to cover the top surfaces of the trim around the opening.
Quality sliding PVC windows use rollers. Keep the tracks clean, using a slightly damp lint-free cloth. The rollers take care of themselves. On cheap PVC sliders, I use paste wax after cleaning the slot with a slightly damp lint-free cloth. You can also use spray silicone. Clean the track with a slightly damp lint-free cloth. Spray the silicone on another ...
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