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Questions tagged [windows]

For questions relating to the installation, maintenance, and repair of windows and window treatments such as shutters, blinds and curtains.

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Insulating a replacement insert window

It seems that if I want to properly insulate our windows, I need to choose a full-frame window replacement vs an insert. Since our house has stucco siding, I fell this may quickly get more ...
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How can I avoid dust and bubbles when installing window film?

I always get some kind of flaw when applying window film. Obviously I've read the instructions, watched diy videos, and even asked for advice before. I have changed up my technique as a result but I'm ...
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Is it possible to reduce internal window reflection?

At night, my windows reflect the room and obscure the outside view. Is there a way to reduce the reflectiveness of the windows?
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Why do all the window companies have terrible reviews? [closed]

This question isn't actually about the reviews per se (so don't close it), but I didn't know what else to call it. I need to get some basic windows (new construction) and am getting very frustrated ...
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Can I frame a new window without adding jack studs?

I'd like to add a small window to a blank wall above a tub/shower, without removing all of the tile (interior) or stucco (exterior) below the new opening to add jack studs. Is that possible, using ...
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How to restore/replace an old wood window without losing daylight opening

I have an old house with many double-hung wood windows in various states of repair, many with sashes that are painted shut or sash cords that are painted over and stuck to the pulleys. It would be ...
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How to locate the source of an outward wind-draft, that's going outwards from my room's window?

I have hung up a wet cloth over my window's curtain rod. The idea is that it's going to naturally cool the incoming wind. I ran into some issues during this setup, but after some effort I solved it ...
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Installing Window Jambs on Vinyl Windows

How do you install window jambs on new windows? Do you silicon glue it into the window frames? I have seen videos of people glueing them in and this seems a little strange to me. Any advice?
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New construction window remove nail flange

I received free metal new construction windows to use as replacement windows. Is this possible? It will save on expenses for my project. If yes how do I remove the nail fin.
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Double pane window replacement

Can I replace 1 pane of a double pane window. The outside pane is broken, is there anyway to replace just the outside pane
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How to frame a rough opening on an existing header?

I am trying to convert my garage, and the garage door wall has a header on it. I am trying to frame a wall with a rough opening for a window and was wondering how I would fit the king studs, do I ...
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What to do about window trim pulling loose of the wall?

We had new windows installed about 7 years ago. Then 2 years ago we had the space remodeled, drywall put into replace the 1950's panelling. Included nhew trim around windows. Then we put blinds up ...
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Can I use leaded glass for tall window in stairwell?

I'm in California. My house, built in 79, has a tall 3x9 stained glass window in a stairwell, starting 10" from the floor. I had a window contractor out to bid replacement windows and he told me that ...
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How much weight can a piece of 5/8" drywall hold on a hinge?

I am creating a window shutter to go over my window; the shutter is made out of drywall (the purpose is soundproofing fyi). The shutters will be hinged so they can open. Each shutter will have 2 ...
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how much damage does window condensation cause

We recently replaced about 2/3 of our windows with reasonable Anderson ones (vinyl covered wood). We're in Chicago, and I try to keep the humidity around 40-45% during the winter for comfort. I ...
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My sliding window is leaking air via the groove - is it fixable?

I live in an apartment complex with a dedicated maintenance crew. I noticed that one of our bedrooms is a lot colder than the rest of the apartment, and of course when inspecting the sliding windows, ...
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Sliding glass windows in an open space: plain or treated glass?

The plan is to place sliding glass windows on one side of a bridge connecting two buildings near the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. I attach three photos of the bridge area. One shows both sides of the ...
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How to fill a hole in plastic window frame?

The window balance broke and caused this: Any idea how to repair it? The window frame is plastic. Thanks.
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Does one large 1/4" acrylic sheet have better soundproofing than 2 or 4 pieces made airtight together with caulking?

I wan thinking of sealing off my window with a large 1/4" or even 1/2" sheet of acrylic (plexiglass) to block some noise by covering the window with it and making it airtight, essentially adding ...
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How to seal two adjoining plexiglass sheets for soundproofing?

I am thinking of bolting a giant 1/2" thick piece of plexiglass over the window. Unfortunately the windows in my apartment are massive - 5 foot x 6 foot. The challenge with this is threefold: ...
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Range Hood vent and rules regarding distance from windows/doors

I want to exhaust my range hood directly through the wall. I have a brick veneer house. There are 2 windows and a door close by. What rules need to be followed?
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Can anyone recognize this window manufacturer?

Can you identify this window manufacturer? I live in the Southeast.
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What is this tiny ventilation mechanism in my window frame and how do I replace it?

I live in a building with wooden double-glazed window frames and have this tiny "ventilation" outlet installed into one of the larger windows in our apartment (see below). What is its purpose, and ...
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Structural impact of removing windows from formally exterior wall

Our 1950s ranch on slab was added on to some time in the 1990s. A wall of rectangular windows that used to be a perimeter/outer wall, is now an interior wall. Surely it's structural, but are the ...
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Bathroom window size and fitting issue

My basement bathroom window is 35" W x 17" from the inside measurement: Now if I replace this old window, I have few questions: Do I shop some window that is 0.5" smaller on all edges? So like 34"...
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Replace basement window with vertical trim on top of siding

Here is the outside look of my basement window. Do I remove the entire vertical trim and pop the window from the outside? What else should I expect to remove? If I install double pane glass window, ...
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Remove and replace kitchen window with just caulking outside

I have an old kitchen window and like to replace it with modern double pane glass. Here is the look from inside: Here is from outside: Do I just remove the caulking from the outside (red box)? Then ...
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Can improved window insulation prevent condensation on the interior of a window

We have a whole house humidifier which is great but one of our windows condenses much more than the others and doesn't dry out because it doesn't get much sun during the day like our other windows. I ...
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Will a window insulation kit help with heat loss in the winter?

I have shutters over my windows, but I can never have them open in the winter because, when I do, my room gets very cold. I do not believe that my windows are drafty as I cannot see light around the ...
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Removing horizontal muntins from 1950s split pane windows

Is it possible to change to look of old exterior windows by removing the center horizontal muntin on a 1940-1950’s split 2 pane window? I would like to remove the divider, remove both pieces of glass,...
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Restoring steel casement windows

I’m dealing with some 1930’s era steel casement windows, Tudor revival style, that are in reasonably good shape for the most part. They need some maintenance and would like some suggestions for how ...
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Small door on window screen

Anyone know what this small hinged opening on the kitchen window screen would be for?
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How do I go about fixing this window that won't pull shut, either temporarily or permanently? So much cold air is leaking in

Album link: https://imgur.com/a/I64sdOR By looking at the other windows that function properly this one white lever should cause two little arm thingies to pull the two brown tabs inward and shut the ...
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Mold growing on inside of new windows

We spent thousands of dollars for new windows couple years ago. Our old windows were only 15 years old and double pane and always getting wet inside in winter so we had them all replaced with triple ...
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Why are double glazed windows useful in summer?

Why are double glazed windows useful in summer
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Windows won't close and have broken locks — how to fix?

I've got a lot of windows that won't close all the way, and that have broken locks. Not sure if they're crappy windows or not -- the previous owner cheaped-out a lot of things. Anyway, how can I fix ...
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Installing a window casement operator (on a window that's never had one before)

I have an FCL (left-handed) wood-framed casement window in my apartment. I'm looking to add an operator to it. Right now it's just a manual push open/pull close. I think I've found an option or two, ...
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Removing Drywall around Windows

I am removing all of the drywall in my bathroom due to old age and some damage over time. I have removed most of the drywall but have come to this point and I am a little unsure what to do. I have ...
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Glazing for metal window in shower area

I have a 1950s house with a glass-brick window in the shower. In the middle of the glass brick is a metal frame with an openable frosted (not smooth) glass window. Hopefully a straightforward ...
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Window security pins to pull hinge tight

Do there exist such pins or bolts that are cone or mushroom in shape that, when a window or door is shut, the cones push on the side of the receiving hole and cause a slight pushing force to cause the ...
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Proper way to hang valance over kitchen window between cabinets

What’s the proper was to hang a valance at the top of this window in the kitchen between cabinets? Will have horizontal blinds it covers. Tile backsplash runs up to the top of the cabinets. Window ...
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Marginal cost of window (framing) while in design phase

I've drawn up my sketch of floor plan I'll take to a house designer, but haven't added any windows yet. I'd like to have as much detail added to save designer time, but since I'm on a budget, I need ...
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Wooden storm window repair and painting

I have wooden storm windows circa 1943 that are still in good condition. I've had the panes re-puttied, and now need to do painting. A few of the storms have some minor wood damage as shown in the ...
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What are these nail strips above and below windows?

There’s a new condo being built in a nearby northern Californian city and I noticed sets of nail strips above and below each window opening, over the plywood but under the vapor wrap. What is the ...
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How to deal with bedroom condensation/moisture on winter mornings?

In late September when the weather started cooling down here in Surrey BC Canada, we started to see morning condensation on our windows (newly installed last year): My wife and I and our son sleep in ...
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What's with the whole window thing? Why am I bothering with windows? [closed]

I am looking at building an addition for a study and one issue is the need for windows. Frankly, I don't need to look out a window at a tree when I am working in my study and much of my work is at ...
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Sash window meeting rails not even

I'm in the process of refurbing our sash windows. The top and bottom sashes of most of the windows in the house are out of alignment. Photo attached. There's a 1 inch overlap of the meeting rails. ...
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How to remove this window sash?

I have double hung windows with top sash falling down when unlocking. I figured I’d prob need replacement on the channel balance, but I’m not sure how to take the sash out of the frame. All I can find ...
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Leak above window during rain, is this caused by a masonry drainage problem?

I've lived in the same brick rowhouse for about 2 years. It's been raining for 36 of the last 48 hours, heavily at times, and I am seeing some rain leaking to the inside: above one of the larger ...
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Sealing/Repairing Window Drywall

Bought a new house and noticed discoloration near the top corners of the drywall (Where the drywall meets the window). I chipped away at the moldy drywall. Wondering what type of product I should use ...