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The outer frame looks like custom millwork. Whoever architected the house just made a millwork design and the developer had it fabricated. He said I am building 20 houses and so I need 120 window frames like this and he hands the millwork company the architect's design. The architect makes the design match the dimensions of his vinyl windows exactly. That ...


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Since the original window sash, and not the jamb, were replaced with a window replacement insert, to keep the look the same, you need to do some fabricating. All this is dependent upon if you can find an exact replacement unit to match the one installed in 2007. The chance of that.... maybe. Window manufactures make changes to their product over time. Your ...


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Because you have already tried other approaches, this may not work any longer but I have had great success with a blow dryer (hair dryer). Just warm it up and use a sharp object to start an edge of the sticky tape, gently lifting it as you aim the hair dryer at it (slowly moving it back and forth). The heat generally releases the sticky adhesive so you can ...


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Heat generally helps a lot - softens the adhesive so it pulls away easily. Depending on the adhesive, cold also works (but not in Hong Kong - never gets to -30 there). Regarding solvents / cleaning chemicals etc. Solvents only work on things they are chemically compatible with. There is no "magic glue remover" unless you work your way up to spectacularly ...


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Exactly matching some particularly shade of tinted window will not be easy, even if you can identify the maker. Your best bet is to find out who the architect was on your house. If your city planning department still has the drawings, they will have the architect's name on them. Alternatively if you know who the developer is they might be able to tell you ...


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My cousin managed to solve it. He used a razor blade scraper and something called 綠水 in Chinese. I think it's just a kind of bleach used only in Hong Kong. The trick is to use the razor scraper while spraying the sticker with the bleach, so you need to scrape wetly. It doesn't work if you only use the razor scraper and scrape dryly. He found a "putty ...


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Where do you live? Almost sounds like a cold and wet place like Alaska or Canada. On the draftiness: Sounds like the windows are poor quality or they were installed incorrectly. A good window that's installed right should be airtight. You can caulk around the edges where the window meets the drywall, and that should stop air leaks between the window and the ...


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I usually stain & poly the pieces, cut to size, stain the exposed end-grain, install, putty, then one more coat of poly. So... Stain -> Poly -> Cut -> Stain -> Install -> Putty -> Poly Staining & poly before you cut makes sense when you're doing alot of trim - you can fit alot more material on your saw horses when its in 10' pieces. But if you're ...


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I have been able to do it using my hands - they are not massive. Simply by swinging the velux round and using the same technique as above but with my hand and I little bit of brute force. It is off and no part broken. Whoopee!


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I would use fig. 1. It would give the wall more strength on the side(s). When the new window is installed, it will be a more steady installation for the siding on the outside.


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I would suggest the opposite of wallyk. Instead of trying to back track the leak, which probably goes through sealed off areas, try to reproduce it. Dry it, then use a hose on different parts of the outside window, once you have identified what part of the window is admitting the water, look for any ingresses. You basically need to divide the possible areas ...


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Tracing water leaks is one of the most challenging things that one might have to do with a structure. Water can travel quite a distance and in completely non-intuitive paths. It is especially difficult to trace where two materials are butted against each other, like a pair of 2x4s side by side. In this situation, water can travel laterally or upward ...


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Glass is great for writing on with markers. When I worked in a lab, we used to write on the fume hood sashes and glassware all thetime, with permanent markers, that way they wouldn't smudge. Erasing was as simple as wiping it with acetone, alcohol, or MEK, which, fortunately, were in plentiful supply in that lab, but can also be found at the hardware ...


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Window glass is an ideal surface on which to use dry erase markers. It is very non-porous and you don't want anything with pores that the ink can sink into. A great way to get a whiteboard cheaply is to visit your local recycling plant and get yourself a glass door or window. If you want it to be white, paste paper behind it. I use the Pomodoro system of ...


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I know that this does not exactly answer you question, but here is an alternate option to your probable problem: I would get a water fed window cleaning pole squeegee. pros: It seems to me that it is safer, since you stay on the ground. You wont need to go up and down the ladder. the chance that the window breaks and that you possibly hurt yourself AND ...


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Get a combo sponge / squeegee on an extendable pole. They work very well. It is also possible to get these window washing soap bottles that have an integrated sprayer mechanism. You attach these to a garden hose for water. They easily can spray a nice and vigorous soapy stream or water at the windows over 20 feet (like 6 meters) high. Normally the ...


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Even if the windows were super thick, it wouldn't be strong enough to handle the pressure exerted by a properly positioned ladder. A ladder is supposed to be sloped 25%, like this: With someone standing near the top of the ladder, that means roughly 20% of his weight is directed as lateral force, directly into the wall or window, conveyed by the points ...


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Either use a A frame ladder or a squeegee on a pole. I personally wouldn't trust my health on the structural strength of glass.


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Don't do it. Put the ladder above the window, then clean by putting your arms through the rungs. Shouldn't the windows have a way to tilt them inward and clean from inside the house? Most every modern window I've seen has a way to do that. You may want to get a ladder stabilizer:


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I wouldn't do it, you're just asking for trouble especially with such a larger window that will likely flex with the pressure. In any event, how would you clean the entire window if a ladder is leaning against them?


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Low-E windows are designed with material inside the glass or layered on it at the time of manufacture. Argon Gas windows are multiple-pane windows that are air-tight with the gap between the panes filled with argon at assembly. It is possible to get windows that are both at once. A Google search for Argon Windows brings up several links explaining Low-E ...



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