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Why do you want/need a vacuum? This negative pressure will actually be a force constantly trying to suck outside air in. Build your two pane system on a dry hot day, seal it well, but before you do, throw in some silica gel beads to absorb any moisture that might get in.


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The problem with retaining the plastic in summer is that it keeps you from opening the windows and taking advantage of the natural cooling often available at night or on cooler days. If you're never going to open those windows (I almost never open the ones onto my porch), there's no harm done in leaving the plastic up; it may or may not survive ...


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I genuinely feel that placing plastic, of which any kind that involves the double sided tape reduces your air leakage via any window. Our town home is only 8 years old but the drafts are amazing since we are high up on a hill. Sitting at the bottom of the staircase it is quite evident with the air flow. I very tediously cut the plastic a bit bigger than the ...


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A good brand of orange oil (limonene) cleaner takes care of most of my tape problems. Some tapes, such as window-tinting sheets, are thermosetting, and removal requires heating. I used a clothes steamer/razor blade on the tinted windows of my Honda. That worked well. See method two, here.


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Shrink film - works irrespective of window type. Apply doublestick tape around window frame, apply shrink film, heat with hairdryer or heat gun to shrink, remove in spring. Quite clear, quite effective, not very easy to remove/replace if you decide to open the windows in January, though it can be removed/replaced with care if you don't trim all the excess ...


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At the cheap end, I've seen a combination of duct tape and Visqueen used effectively. Interior storm windows are more costly but offer a different aesthetic. For long term thermal performance, replacement is probably the best course but comes at the expense of what jallosies provide during open window season.


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I believe that if you purchased the 3/16" style of the vinyl strip and tried using it on 1/4" thick glass that you would be extremely disappointed with the result. The strip will likely not stay in position trying to pull it over the edge of the thicker glass. And even if it did a half-baked job of staying in place the flap that is to seal against the ...


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Make your own ShiftShade. Watch this on how it works: go to youtube DOT com and search for ShiftShade. Then buy the fabric yourself. It's called: Roc-Lon Blackout Fabric and you can probably find it at your local fabric store (mine has a 40%off sale, AND a 25% off coupon you can find on their website: JoAnn DOT com ) Then decide how you want to put it in ...


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I was going to say just acrylic latex (aka 'alex'). But since you don't like that or silicone, how about alex + silicone? :) For example: http://www.amazon.com/18128-Acrylic-Latex-Silicone-5-5-Ounce/dp/B00130BWLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415915327&sr=8-1&keywords=acrylic+latex+silicone+caulk The product is intended to address the relative ...


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I don't like this question, simply because there are too many variables. "CAN it be detrimental?" Well... Windows come in single, double and triple pane; made from glass or plastic; have different insulation systems between panes, have different natural coatings and compositions for various properties such as UV protection or reflection; and many other ...


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You can buy an air ioniser and purifier which they should be much cheaper and smaller than most dehumidifiers. It reduces the level of humidity in the air. Also it will remove pollutants from the air such as dust, mould, mildew, bacteria, viruses, fumes, fungus, pollen, odours, fibres, smoke, soot and other microscopic airborne particles. In addition, ...


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Kill the mold first (Bleach, Borax, Vinegar, etc.) then you may use thermal imager (e.g. Flir One) which can help you isolate places of possible cold leaks.


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Quite simply your home is now warmer than before. No air gaps around windows. You'll notice it's only in the bedroom and en suite bathroom. Your body puts out this moisture at night and your new windows are highly efficient. All is good. Don't worry.


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Your problem is probably caused by the steam from showering condensing on and around your windows. I would recommend keeping the bathroom door closed while you shower and turning the exhaust fan on while you shower and for at least a half hour after. This will greatly reduce the moisture in your apartment. On warmer days it would also help to crack your ...


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All basement windows will leak given that you have standing water in the area. This issue is about the drainage of water on this section of your house and not about the shape of the concrete. Probably the easiest thing to do is to dig out around this area, add some rock and a drain pipe going out. I can't see in the picture a "well" or cover either. If ...


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You can purhcase products such as DampRid. It is availabe in various size packages and will work to passively dehumidify a space. You do not want to use a fan or any active air mover to attempt to dry the window space. This can enable the mold to spread to other areas. Mold is dangerous to your health and this issue should be handled soon. One point of ...



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