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It's hard to provide a "straight answer" with the information given. Bearing wall vs. gable wall, rambler vs. two-story. Window position and wall height. There are many factors. I can tell you that triple-member headers are not common except where limited height is available. We built nearly all our exterior headers with doubled 2x10s in a U configuration, ...


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No. You're limited by what you can do from the outside, and obviously that's not much. Energy efficiency is only slightly reduced in such cases, as airflow into and out of the compartment between panes is minimal, but the aesthetic problem will only get worse. Chances are you can replace just the sash, which might cost about half of what a new window ...


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At the end of the spiral balance is a small hole... you will need a tool for this... (look on line and buy one ) it has a small hook on it... move your spiral up by hand until it stops... take the tool insert tip into hole and turn the spiral about 10 times... ( clockwise ) ... then using that same tool move the spiral up in to the area that will hold ...


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I have had the same problem with vinyl frame windows. There is nothing you can do except replace the window. With vinyl windows, you can usually replace the entire sash quite easily. Contact the manufacturer or the contractor that did the orignal install. Most manufacturers offer a warranty against fogging for a certain number of years, so be sure to check ...


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I woud not try the "cut out or smash one pane" approach. I might try removing the pane as a unit (yep, you're going to have to dis-assemble wherever it was "built in place" a little) and drilling the seal/separator full of holes to ventilate it - or simply go ahead and replace it. If ventilated, the ventilation should be to the outside air in a heating ...


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I have similar windows at home (mine are pushing 30 years) and I've been able to replace a broken pane in one window some time back. It was not fun. As I recall, there is a rubber spacer between the panes and glass may be glued to it, and the whole assembly has the exact thickness of the channel in the window sash. If you simply remove one pane without doing ...


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I agree with bib. But, you're really not "inefficient" if you have complete & intact storm windows. Those big glass panes & dead air space along with the old windows isn't too far from a new window's performance. But, if the old ones are needing new Glazing Putty outside &/or paint & you want to remove the storm windows. Then, new inserts ...


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Vented soffit below the window will allow air in, and will reduce the effectiveness of insulation. Other than that, it wouldn't cause a problem, but you're already concerned about the cold near the window. You should focus on how the water gets in, and prevent that from happening in the first place. It should be fairly easy for your contractor to tell ...


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Normal humidity should do no harm to anything that's been properly made. Remember, humanity has lived with poorly sealed houses in humid climates for centuries, and our belongings have adapted to deal with that. Woodworkers, for example, are very aware that wood expands and contracts as it gains and losses moisture, at different rates along and across the ...


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I find that a urethane caulk works wonders in cases like this. It bonds like no other caulk I've used, can be had in a huge variety of custom colors, doesn't shrink much, remains very flexible, and is paintable. I'm most familiar with OSI Quad. Be warned, it's extremely sticky--you won't get it off your clothes, and you'll have to wear it off your skin. It ...


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In fact, you can clear these windows up. If its regular glass, two small holes are drilled and a cleaning solution (which need not be toxic) injected. If it is tempered glass, the same procedure is possible if the glass seal can be reached for drilling (this is possible for most windows that can open and close: they'd get drilled from an edge). Check the ...


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I think that the landlord is responsible, but sometimes it's necessary to do things yourself... that depends on your living/renting situation. Household (5%) bleach (dilute 1/2 cup bleach : gallon water) will absolutely work. The black mold is probably Aspergillus niger, which often produces something called aflatoxins, which can cause cancer. But the ...


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That looks pretty bad. Don't use bleach, use a purpose-made mold killer product. I like Mold Armor, myself. Be careful with these products. They're super caustic and you could probably hurt yourself if you drink them or don't have good ventilation.


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No, you cannot support your blinds with two pieces of paper, because that's all there is in drywall to resist the tension force pulling out or at an angle. The contained gypsum is strong to compression, you can stand on it if it's flat on the floor. But if you screw in and then exert force to pull the screw out, with very little force you'll either have the ...


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First, figure out how the majority of noise is getting into the interior. Is it really coming through the windows? Or is it coming through the roof and ceiling and walls? Windows are the hardest to sound deaden, but you imply you are good with acoustic foam on the windows?! What about bricking (in a removable way) over the window? An existing space can ...



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