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Question about window iridescence

Been reading about this and it seems like I may have a blown seal on a couple of my windows. I am not sure if the whole window needs to be replaced or just a panel? how much does something like this ...
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Sound isolation of the my room [closed]

I don't know how I can remove all noise from the outside. Maybe some instruments or building material woudl help me resolve this question?
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Window Screen Frame Sizes

I need to re-make the aluminum frame for a window screen. In the past, I've used the 5/16" kits from the big orange store, which matched the original frames. But now I'm replacing a thicker one. ...
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Retrofit a fixed window to be openable [closed]

I have a fixed window and I was wondering how I could upgrade it without redoing the whole window. my HOA does not permit major modifications, so a full window retrofit may not be possible, I was ...
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Anderson 100 single hung sash is not tight in frame

Just curious if this is fixable/adjustable. I put a couple of these replacements in and both have a loose sash from side to side. Feels like it's too small for the frame or something. When opening and ...
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prerequisite for painting a wood window

I am living in a cold country and I have an old windows that really need some care. I have bought the basic materials that I thought would be needed like paint(for outdoor use) and sand paper and ...
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How should I connect side-by-side replacement windows?

I'm in the process of replacing my old Andersen double hung windows with Pella 250 double hung pocket replacements without the need to fix any siding as they just sit in the original sill and are held ...
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How can I block out the sun in this window for a few hours a day? [closed]

I've moved house and this area is the only place I can fit my work from home set up. It's amazing and bright and I love the view. However, when the sun hits (south facing) during early afternoon I've ...
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Temporarily replacing one pane of glass in a double-pane door

I've got an old steel patio door with double-pane glass, and one side of the glass has many cracks in it. I'm afraid it's about to fall out at any moment. We have long-term plans to replace the ...
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Should I replace/repair the exterior trim or just replace the entire window and exterior trim?

Just took the plunge into homeownership and bought a cozy Cape Cod style home from 1985. Loving the wooden double-pane windows, but some seals are worn.The exterior's wooden trim needs a refresh. ...
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Close an external window from inside only using drywall

In our bedroom, we have 4 square picture windows (they don't open. Size 23*23 inches). We want to close 2 of them and make it a tv wall. So idea is to, fill the space with insulation , frame it from ...
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Need Advice on the Cost of Replacement Windows and Stucco Repair After Being Swindled by a Window Salesman! [closed]

So, I live in the desert southwest where it's been pushing 100 in summer and snows much of the winter. I've been renovating my own home for the past few years and have gotten to a point where I just ...
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How can I install screens on my double-hung windows? [duplicate]

I have a few rental properties that have windows with no window screen tracks (older wooden windows). Since they are rental properties, they will have to pass city inspection and most likely need ...
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How to install a curtain rod with a perpendicular wall on one side

I have an extremely awkward window configuration that I have no idea how to handle. It seems like most curtain rods want to have a bit of space on both ends of the window to install flat onto the wall ...
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Hurricane Shutters

This porch with windows almost to the ceiling was an addition to the house. The wood at the top is not drilled into anything. It is just sitting against the windows. Is it possible to install ...
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Weep holes no longer even exist on the outside

My sliding glass window sills fill up with water and spill over onto the inside of the house, because the weep holes are literally framed in on the outside of the house. (You can see the holes on the ...
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How to trim windows on a curved wall

I have a curved wall with 7 windows in it. We are getting all the windows replaced but I'm a little concerned about how the windows will be trimmed on the curved wall. Currently there is no trim, the ...
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Windows without window screen tracks

I have a window that needs a window screen to pass inspection. However, there are no tracks to slide the window screen into. What is recommended to make my own track or how can I place the screen?
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How should I reinstall window jambs after window replacement?

I had to remove some tile as per our window contractors request. Windows went in well but I need to finish up these window sills again. I’m pretty sure I just need to buy some primed pine trim and ...
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What material should I use as spacers to attach these blinds to the window jambs?

I realized after attempting to install these blinds that they're for windows without a sash. They are intended to be attached to either the glass (with tape) or screwed into the window rails. However, ...
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Covering interior foam around newly installed windows

I had windows installed a while ago and was left with unfinished foam around the edges. Admittedly I've left it for some time, partially because I struggle with the language of the country I live in, ...
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How to remove a decorative glass window pane?

Previous owners installed decorative panes over double-paned windows, which have since fogged. These are not mullions. They appear to have a black caulk holding them in place. I'm told I can remove ...
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What do I do with the gap under the window?

Just installed new vinyl windows from the inside. The outside lip slopes downward and it’s a gap about 1/2" - 1". What can I do to fill it in and make it look nice or cover? Want to prevent ...
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How to frame basement window

Good morning, I'm working on finishing my basement and need some ideas on how to frame out around the windows to facilitate either a drywall or pine return. I'm using 1 inch xps on the walls and then ...
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Close out window with PVC pipes

we recently discovered there was a closed-out window that we opened up fully to pass 2 HVAC PVC pipes and 2 freon pipes and now need to close it off. What's the best way to do this? The PVC pipes ...
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Leak around window

Currently renovating our new home. We have a leak around in the bottom two corners of the window. We are unsure if this is from the window itself or elsewhere. We have resealed the outside of the ...
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*SOS Window replacement in old house (1890) [closed]

2 sets of windows on walls adjacent to each other (same setup/dimension). Each window "set" consist of 3 small windows. When this company man came to install windows, hardly looked at them, ...
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How can I find the source of a rain water leak above my window (and keep from getting ripped off)?

10-year-old townhome (so out of warranty, unfortunately); we've lived there two years. In the past year, we've noticed water leaking above the living room window (the lower of the two windows in the ...
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How do I fix my window that doesn't lock?

First time home owner and I'm not sure what the previous owner did to install/fix this window. It currently does not lock which seems to be because the upper window does not go all the way up. Seems ...
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Modern trimless windows

Is it possible to not use casing on interior casement windows? The drywall is already in and its too late to change the framing. There is a gap between the window and the drywall that the casing would ...
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Window Guard Problems [closed]

I have an extension cord inside my house that is feeding outside via a window. I currently just have a towel blocking the air that’s coming in. Any recommendations for a more commercial, more ...
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How do I repair exterior window casing after burglar bar removal?

A previous contractor damaged the exterior wood casing around a vinyl replacement window while removing burglar bars. The window is now quite drafty and there may be some moisture ingress as well. ...
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Are these screws supposed to be in the bottom track of my double-hung vinyl windows?

I noticed there is a 2" screw in the bottom of the track on each of my Andersen windows that were installed side by side to each other. I suspect the screws should not be there since it would ...
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Window sill wet from recent rains

I live in a new construction townhouse (purchased over last year), and one issue we've been having is that recent hard rains have caused a leakage on one of our 2nd floor window sills (our townhouse ...
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How do I go about separating a window to remove the grids?

I'm in the process of building a green house and I have a pile of windows that are brand new that have internal grids and a pile of windows that do not. I want to remove the grids so everything ...
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How to seal a window on stucco?

I have this window on a stucco wall: Once when it rained a lot I saw standing water in the window frame (I could only slowly dry it out with rags). I am worried that water seeps into the wall, ...
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Faded white window panes

I am looking for a way to address my faded windows panes. I can't afford $30k in replacement window expenses. I have builder grade windows on my home which is hitting 25 years old in age. Is there ...
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Windows before siding on extensive renovation?

Question up front: On an extensive renovation, I know that it's better and easier to wait until the windows are at least framed to install siding but are there any MAJOR barriers to me removing the ...
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How can I reinstall the sash in my window?

First let me just say sorry in advance if I use the wrong terminology. The bottom sash is no longer attached to the side pulleys. On the bottom of the sash I'm able to unscrew the little pegs that fit ...
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Have I done a sufficient job of sealing my window?

Water seems to be leaking from under our window frame. I assume it's from the window tracks. I'm not sure if this is a problem that needs to be addressed or not. I resealed the exterior of the frame ...
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Cannot drill into ceiling above window

I tried drilling small holes in the ceiling above my window to hang Ikea curtain tracks, but when drilling, after 2mm of plaster, the drill is hitting something really hard (looks like concrete but ...
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How to make my privacy balcony glass more transparent? [closed]

I rent a flat which has a beautiful balcony with a great view, but unfortunately the balcony glass has a privacy/frosted layer and I can’t enjoy the view. It might sound weird as usually it’s the ...
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Do I need a temporary support wall while putting a header in a gable end wall?

I am currently adding a picture window to an existing gable end wall. This gable end wall is part of a room with a cathedral/vaulted ceiling. I know how to frame it with king studs, a header, jacks, ...
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Risk of mold between plywood panel and window

I built a wood panel with a window sill to block the bottom half of a window. The window sash is made of two frames that split the window about halfway. The window and sash are built with a small ...
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How do I repair my sliding window latch and pull that doesn't lock?

I recently moved into an old condo made in 1976 that has two horizontal sliding windows (~34"x28" panes). Both have a lock/latch mechanism that doesn't seem to latch onto anything at all - ...
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How do I measure for replacement windows?

I have an old house where the previous owners painted/sealed a lot of these windows so they are non-functioning. I'm getting around to replacing them but all of the videos I see online seem to deal ...
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How do I remove these Sashes from Weathershield double hung windows?

How do I remove these Sashes from Weathershield double hung windows? The top sash keeps falling down.
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Is there a curtain material that can act as an air barrier but lets light through?

I have an uninsulated and drafty bay window wall that I can't insulate or seal so want to put floor length curtains. However, all the "thermal" curtains I've found online also are blackout ...
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Measuring for retrofit windows

We are looking to replace our old aluminum windows with retrofit vinyl. I've researched a bunch on how to measure it, and one thing that I have seen different opinions on is whether you need to remove ...
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Help with an older home that I am renting

I'm renting a home that was built in 1982 and has some issues. Mainly, it needs all new windows, the attic insulation needs to be redone, and the doors should be replaced, but at the very least needs ...
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