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I have 2 windows in my kitchen, would it be crazy to remove one? [closed]

Redesigning our kitchen and want to remove the stove from the island (G shape) Fridge is built-in on interior wall. Sink/dishwasher is on the far wall facing the front of the house and on the other ...
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Old single pane House window has a crack, can I fix it using a resin?

Old single pane House window has a crack, can I fix it using a resin? Sort of like how a windshield crack can be repaired with resin?
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...
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How can I trust a local window manufacturer? What to research or check?

I'd like to support local and there's 3 companies nearby that offer custom made vinyl windows. They all seem to be >30 year old companies, which I respect a lot. I did a ton of research it seems ...
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Leak-proofing aluminium windows in a minimalist house

I live in the tropics and plan to build my first home soon. The house will be 2-story with high ceilings (3.96m floor to floor--to improve indoor temp), walls will be made of plastered bricks and I ...
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How can I both insulate and get a latch to work on this window? Foam kerf insulation strips

After trying many options, I've finally found something that might work to reduce drafts and noise through these 1925 historic windows: But that latch. Original brass, matches the house, but won't ...
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Fixed Double pane window temporary repair

Shattered the exterior side of a fixed double pane window. Is it possible to remove the remaining pieces of the broken pane without the interior side falling out? Every glass company around is booked ...
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How to deal with the mess when working with Tuff-R

Recently we bought a piece of Tuff-R -- I guess you would call it a styrofoam insulation board -- and cut it to fit a small window exactly. It is a temporary measure, to get through the winter. The ...
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Is it ok to install vinyl windows from several different manufacturers?

We are looking at replacing all of the windows in our home which are original aluminum from 1963. We were going to go with all Milgard retrofit (aluminum out of budget) but unfortunately they don't ...
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How to remove shiny black coating from a textured window?

The previous owner of my 1920s bungalow drywalled over a bunch of the original windows (!) and I'm trying to uncover and restore them to let some more light into the cavelike parts of the house. There'...
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Slight draft felt from window jamb

I put my fingers toward the window jamb and feel a slight draft of cold air coming from the silver-colored metal rail that the lower sash slides on (See picture). By holding a piece of cardstock at ...
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How to find a very low U-value replacement window for a bathroom?

I found 0.27 for a Pella 250 series at Lowe's. I would like to find a window with a lower U-value. How do I go about that?
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Where can I find the U-factor (U-value) for a Pella window?

I am trying to compare the Pella windows sold by the Pella sales person with the Pella windows sold at the big box stores (Lowe's, Home Depot). I have found a spec sheet with this information for ...
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Would triple pane give me better results than double pane in a key location (bathroom)?

I am ordering replacement windows. I'm going to go with double-hung in the bedrooms and bathroom, and casement above the kitchen sink. Double-hung vinyl with added foam insulation in the frames. ...
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Big box Pella vs. Pella Pella

The Pella salesman claims that his replacement windows are better than the Pella replacement windows that are sold at the big box stores. Is that true? I've done my best to ask the windows people at ...
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What kind of curtain rod should I buy for these brackets?

I'm trying to figure out what style of curtain rod to buy for these brackets on my doors. One end has a circular hole and the other end has a rectangular opening. They are 27" apart. I live in ...
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Drafty windows on sides - how to seal?

I have windows that were poorly installed -- the outer frame isn't square and therefore there are some uneven gaps where a cold draft comes in. I live in New England, so this is a problem for us. I've ...
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Heating mystery following replacement windows

I have a very mysterious situation that's got me completely baffled. I can't imagine how it's even possible so I'd like some suggestions on what could possibly be going on. Background My house is a ...
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How far to go with spring bronze weatherstripping on wood double-hung windows

I've been restoring windows in my small 1925 colonial over the past year. Most of the windows haven't seen any maintenance in decades, but on the flip side, nothing horrible has been done to ...
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Can installers inside mount thick insulating cellular shades over our uneven, decorative trim?

We have a 1924 craftsman home with 8 original double hung windows still intact: We want to preserve them, but they're crap when it comes to insulation so we're going to purchase double cell cellular ...
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Condensation on Skylight

So this is my first winter in my new house and I noticed the skylight on the second floor has a lot of condensation on the inside now that the weather is getting colder. It's an old single pane and ...
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Double Glazed Window - missing plastic corner frame insert

Is there any way I can track down this missing piece? It goes at the bottom corner of the window; on the side where the windows meet each other. It fell out of one of my windows. I don't know what the ...
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Basement framing around finished window

I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this sliding window on the window well (see picture) that already has a finished framing all around and is flush with the concrete wall. How do I ...
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Insulating under a bay window

I have a 1929 craftsman house. The dining room has a bay window, original to the house, cantilevered outside the foundation. The floor joists were covered outside on the bottom with tongue & ...
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Is it a bad idea to put in replacement windows in the winter?

The house I moved into recently urgently needs some replacement windows. For example, in the kitchen, the original windows aren't there any more. It's just some sort of quasi-storm window. It's ...
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May I block off all windows in a mostly below-ground basement?

I have read Is it necessary to put a special egress window in a basement bedroom if there's already a window above ground. My situation is similar but different. My basement has a furnace, a ...
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Alternative to shutters

Our house is a drab brick, flat front, two story tower of unoriginal crushed creativity. I think shutters are hideous in general and ridiculous to boot when they’re nonfunctional like all the ones in ...
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Moulding descriptions have a 2-3 letter acronym in their description (eg. LWM, WM, WG) - what do they stand for?

If you look at many varieties of moulding available at Home Depot, you get descriptions like: WM 376 -11/16 in. x 2-1/4 in. Primed Finger-Jointed Door and Window Casing Moulding Any idea what these ...
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Is it proper to install a ceiling vent for HVAC if it blows on the windows in the “open” position, but not in the “closed” position?

I understand that HVAC vents should be aimed at the windows (ceiling and floor vents) to maintain the target ambient temperature and avoid extremes in a room. In the case of a residence in a humid ...
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Leaky windows, where do I caulk outside of the window?

Our house was built in 2016, shortly after moving in we noticed that all of our windows on the main floor leaked. The builder came, did something (I wasn't home), and all but one stopped leaking. It ...
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Possible leak from upstairs window into downstairs window

I have a leak in the wall facing outside. There is damage in the cieling directly above the window. Note that this issue only happens about once every 6 months to 1 year. I think when the wind is ...
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Temporarily close 5" hole in plexiglass

I have a portable AC unit venting through a 5" hole in a plexiglass window. I replaced the glass window with a plexiglass one to do this since the windows that open are casement-style. The AC unit is ...
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double hung sash window, any way to prevent the top from being moved down?

I have double hung sash window, is there any way to prevent the top from being moved down? A different style of window hardware possibly? As of now I have a crecent style fastener in the middle, ...
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Replacing/repairing old box window

We have an old box window in the kitchen (opening is about 58'' x 44.75''). They are double windows and both sides have cracks so we are thinking about different options to replace or repair them. ...
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Most efficient way to improve my house's heating

I live in the mid-Atlantic in a 100 year old house, and I'm looking for a way to reduce my heating bill. Last winter, I left the thermostat at 68F, and our gas bills were incredibly high, despite ...
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How can I remove these windows for cleaning?

I'm trying to figure out how to take these windows out of the frame for cleaning. I asked the landlord and he also doesn't know how that's done. The windows consist of two panes that slide up and ...
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Transparent stain on refinished windows requiring filler?

I'm having some old wooden windows restored. They currently have a dark stain with (the remains of) a transparent finish, and in an ideal world I'd want to stay with that. However the wood is in bad ...
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Octagon Windows - are they worth replacing?

Intro: My husband and I bought an older home that never actually got finished (no interior casing on windows, no door frames/fixtures, plywood floors throughout...). As far as we know, the foundation ...
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Streaks after (over?) cleaning windows

I just tried to clean all the windows in my flat. In general, they now look great; should have done it ages ago! However, maybe half of the windows have very faint streak marks on them. The sort of ...
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Removing sound dampening windows for cleaning

I have sound dampening windows in my new home. They follow the style of the other windows. So while most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary ...
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Does gold window film reflects more or less light and heat than silver?

I'm going to put some mirror polarized window film both for privacy and because I get a lot of sun (and thus heat) and I was wondering if a gold or copper color film would reflect more of less light/...
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How to finish around the inside of new windows after replacing old ones

New windows were put in about a year ago and we were left with the result shown in the photos. I'm tired of seeing this and want to fix and finish it myself. However, I'm not sure what steps to take.!
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Tricks to repair window sill?

We had a roof leak that ran down the window frame and got the window sill wet. Everything is dried out and the roof is fixed. Any ideas on how to fix this window sill? I'd prefer not to have to remove ...
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Wood rot treatment product

A few years ago I removed all the soft wood on a windowsill & rebuilt the sill with new wood and filler. I've just found out that it's rotten again. 1) Should I have treated the old wood prior to ...
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Advice on supporting a sagging bay window

We have bay window that has sagged enough that that windows are out of square and no longer open or align properly to get a good seal. As such, they are drafty in the winter and we can't open them in ...
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how to fix awning windows won't close

I rent a double story town house. The window in the bed room is awning windows, and there is a problem that the crank is not closing to the end; there is still a gap that keeps window a bit open. So ...
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Skill level required to install new windows

Given basic abilities of home and car repair (i.e. installing new sinks, canned lights, basic wood working, oil changes, etc) what is the relative complexity level to install new windows, in a ...
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Replacing rotted out window sill in basement block wall

Long story short - the previous owner hired a crackhead to pave over the dirt driveway. The guy ended up raising the grade beyond the basement window sills on one corner of the house, and here's what ...
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How can I predict now the heat sinks that will appear in winter?

I've just moved into a house where I'm concerned that an energy audit might find problems. The clue is that the windows appear to be old single-pane windows. Once it's cold out I can borrow an ...
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How to seal around an existing wood window after removing old siding

We are removing old siding from a house, and replacing it with Hardie lap siding. We are leaving the original wood-framed picture window in place. With the siding removed there are gaps between the ...