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It's an intriguing question. On one hand, trapped air is heated through radiation. On the other, it acts as an insulator. Keep in mind that we aren't talking about airflow, but heat flow (by conduction, convection, and radiation). The answer probably depends on how many of your windows are exposed to the sun, where extreme temperatures are generated ...


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Dry erase markers work great on Windows and mirrors. I've actually found that the BiC brand magic marker "window marker" which is used a lot on car windows at dealerships to mark the sale prices etc, work fantastic compared to regular dry erase markers. They are much brighter and thicker than the regular dry erase, so it's much easier to see; and they clean ...


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A better easier way would be to buff out those scuffs with a buffing wheel. If you want it optically flat, you'll need multiple coats of paint and sanding in between them. Aluminum does not like to sand, it likes to gall, and it readily sullies sandpaper. You would need an "abrasive cleaning stick" for a larger project, but it looks like you'd only go ...


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do exactly what you described just as you described. put four or five coats on. then: 1) sand the new paint very carefully with 800 gr sandpaper. use wet/dry paper and use water to lubricate. use a block of wood as a backer to make sure you dont get too much pressure in one area or another and sand through the paint. sand down until smooth and flush ...


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It depends if the doors are wood or metal and if the paint is latex or oil based. You must get the doors very smooth, and steel wool might work best. The best way to apply the paint would be a sponge applicator, or use a brush then a sponge applicator to get the brush strokes out. What's critical is to use the same based touch up paint as what is already ...


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You may want to make a trip to the big box store and purchase a piece of high density foam insulation board. You should be able to find materials that are colored pink or blue that comes in 1" or 2" thicknesses. Carefully cut pieces that will fit between the window bottom, side wall and the inward protruding part of the AC unit. If cut correctly you should ...


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The key will be to a) block all air paths, and b) have rigid barriers rather than flexible barriers. So, those pleated plastic barriers must be supplemented, if not replaced. Ideally, you should remove the AC unit (don't drop it out the window!), remove the plastic barriers and frames, and then reinstall the AC unit with 1/2" or thicker plywood on either ...


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The actual glass was made by Ravensby Glass Co. And the company that made the doors is called Rehau. They mold(ed) plastic frames anyway. Here's a link to their home page: http://www.rehauhome.com/default.aspx I think that you'll need to contact them to figure out the age... but sometimes the date of manufacturing is part of the numbers... like 12608 might ...


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Location and placement are the top concerns for windows if they are to be used as your primary source of cooling. There's probably computer software for flow diagnostics now; architects used to have to build mock-ups and run colored water through them. You might want vertical casement windows and/or awnings to deal with the rain. Additionally, I recommend a ...


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I am summarising terms that may be able to work as solar curtains as pointed out by DMoore, I don't know yet whether solar curtains is a brand so listing alternatives below so easier to find curtains to block the heat. Solar curtains (looks like curtains like in the picture, with style) blackout, light-blocking curtain liner (additional material added to ...


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That logo looks like Portland Glass, located in lovely Portland Maine.


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What an interesting set of challenges. I would spend some time studying passive cooling and attempt to incorporate the best possible concepts that you can find that would apply to your locale. I was always fascinated by a solar chimney that uses the heat of the sun to create a draft effect drawing air into the house as the hot air exits the chimney. This ...


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A wooden dowel sawed off to the right length to prop the window open is the traditional answer. You can keep the dowel on the sill when you're not using it.


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Window screens usually go on the inside of jalousie windows because (most) jalousie windows open outward (at least partly). If you want to install a screen on the outside then you would (probably) need to build a frame around the window, with enough depth so that the window will not touch the outside screen. Also, you will probably need to weather-proof an ...


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The easy, but ugly solution is to cut a sheet of plywood that will fill the entire opening, and cut a hole in that to attach the AC exaust hose. Or cut the plywood to fit in beside the exaust hose, whichever is easier. Then insulate and seal the crap out of it with foam boards and metal tape. I would recommend avoiding portable AC if you can get one that ...


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A window hinged at the side is called a casement window. More specifically, that is a slide hinge, manual, sector crank casement window. Different manufacturers may have a different name for the 'slide hinge' style. Its purpose is to allow easy cleaning of the outside of the pane. It's 'manual' because you turn the crank by hand. Some industrial ...


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Lots of over-thinking for your solution. Glass: Talk to your local window retailer about installing a shatter-resistant film on the glass. 3M and BurglarGARD films can prevent an intruder from breaking out the glass easily. Proper installation is a must. It's not as easy as adding window tint film. And an FYI: modern tempered glass for residential windows ...


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Adding an update to Peter Mounce's answer from: https://zebbakes.com/2011/06/21/how-to-uninstall-a-velux-black-out-blind/ The Mr McDonald method at the end worked for me in a couple of seconds, and doesn't have the crazy screwdriver involvement. The quote is: spoke with a very helpful chap at Velux (UK) and removed the blind quite easily. Method was ...


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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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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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