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Wood properties for garage windows

Properties for making exterior garage window: Kiln dried (so it doesn't bend) Planed all round (because I haven't got the kit to give me a square, straight edge) Tight grained Not too expensive (...
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Window Well Woes--Can I remove a window well here?

Ugh! Window wells... So we built a semi-custom Shea home in Colorado. Walk out basement has several windows above grade. Shea put in a window well that covers nearly half of the window. I get the ...
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Can anyone help identify the manufacturer of this window?

Here is the window tag. It is from a 2005 manufacturers window and installed in Wilmington, NC. I have about 6 sashes that lost their seals.
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new window install and exterior trim

Half of my windows got replaced just three years ago during the ownership of former residents. I realized that there is a large gap btw trim and windows. All new windows has this gap but old ones do ...
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Reforming a door to a window

Back door has lead light that matches the house in the top part of door. I want to cut the bottom of the door off and still use the top part as an opening window. The window will work just like ...
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How can I remove this steel frame basement window?

I plan to replace the basement windows and frame. The frame is steel and half part embedded in concrete. Do you guys have an experience with this project? The wall is solid brick.
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Is there a wand for Cordless Lift & Lock shade?

We have this kind Cordless Lift and Lock shade. Our windows are tall, so the top is too high to reach. Is there some kind of wand that can pinch the lift button allowing us to pull down the shade?
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Internal sandstone mortar under sash window

Whilst re-decorating a sash window I, perhaps unwisely, removed a wooden board below the window to find exposed mortar (see photo). The mortar is crumbling and flakey. The external walls are sandstone....
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Vertical bricks above a window new house uk

I am trying to fit an outdoor camera above my window frame. The beat place for me is in the line of vertical tiles above the frame. These seems to only have half thickness and I am not sure what is ...
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Ordered insert windows that are too large

Problem: 6 months ago, I measured my windows so that I could order insert style windows from a building supply company. I did not know at the time that you are supposed to subtract a half an inch to ...
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When making 90-degree nested mullions what sort of jig keeps the router cuts perfectly aligned?

I need to replace the frame and sash of a wooden window and would like to paint it to match other windows (a feature that makes a purchased window rather expensive, since divided lites are usually ...
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Gap between window and window sill

After a few years I noticed there is a gap between window and window sill. It does not bring water to the indoors, but I am concerned it may bring cold air or drafts. Attached images. Window zoomed ...
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How to clean or repair a window well that filled up with water and sand?

Early in spring, when the ground was frozen and there was still a feet of snow in the yard, heavy rain filled my basement window well with water. The ground around my house is very sandy, so the water ...
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What prevents a tilt and turn window from falling down on me?

We have tilt and turn windows in our flat and I'm always afraid it falls on me when the handle is between the two positions. I figure the mechanism inside prevents that, but how exactly?
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Do UPVC windows provide any structural support?

I am planning to install UPVC double-glazed windows into a timber structure I'm (re)building. So far we only built the main super-structure to give design flexibility for window placement, the idea ...
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What's involved in mounting double glazed window panes?

I've been thinking about buying double glazed glass panels to mount directly into a timber frame building, rather than buy complete uPVC units. I don't need them to open and I'm wondering if it's as ...
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What is the function of this dado-like groove on the inside-face of this strip of wood on the window

I am removing the punky exterior casing trim and part of the sill of a window that a woodpecker attacked. There is a vertical piece of wood about 3/4 x 1 on left and right partially below the casing ...
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punky window destroyed by woodpecker: minimally acceptable fix so it's watertight

This window is 30 years old. The wood siding abuts the window casing. There is no apron beneath the sill. On both sides of the window the casing wood is punky where it meets the sill, and on the right ...
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Screw type for hard to get at place?

I am going to be attaching a piece of wood to a thin window sash in order to attach a rather heavy window fan to it. I will be using a wood screw to attach the fan housing to the strip of wood (I ...
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How to increase vinyl window jamb depth on exterior 2x4 wall

I am building an addition with vinyl windows and want to ensure there is sufficient depth on the interior to inside-mount automated roller shades (about 4" of a drywall return with no wood trim). ...
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Can I set a portable AC unit back in a dormer window?

My office is on the 3rd floor and it's pretty hot in the summer. I wanted to get a window AC unit, but the windows are dormer windows, so there is no outer vertical surface on which to mount a support ...
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How do I keep a broken window closed while waiting for a replacement to arrive?

I live in an old house with only one remaining original window: a double-hung window in the attic. The other day a bird got into our attic. We went up to investigate - the bird had already flown back ...
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How to stop leak in double hung vinyl replacement window when it rains

I'm very grateful to Kyle on Stack Exchange for helping me stop leaks in four 25 yr old vinyl replacement windows. However, the 5th leaking window has me baffled. How I fixed the first 4 leaking ...
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What is the name of this type of clip that holds a window screen to a window frame?

I've tried searching Lowe's for screen window clips but didn't see the type of clip that holds my screen to the window. The existing ones are very rusty sometimes to the point where I have to use ...
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Can putting tracing paper on window create enough privacy? [closed]

Just moved in to a new flat and will be doing blinds etc. Right now I don’t have anything someone suggested to me to use tracing paper. Apparently so long as you don’t touch it nobody will be able to ...
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Alternative for the spray-solution for installation of windows privacy film

When trying to install privacy film on a window such as this one. It seems like I need an installation kit. Most of the things seem simple enough to find alternatives for. However, the solution for ...
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Why is cellular shade considered easy to clean?

Cellular shade is horizontal with empty pockets that seem likely to catch dust. However, online articles keep saying that cellular shade is the easiest type to clean due to being made of anti static ...
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What do wings do on window sash balances and are they important?

I'm looking to replace my vertical sliding windows sash balances and noticed that they have wings on them. The sashes I looked up online do not have wings, but say they work the same without them. I'm ...
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How to seal this type of window for portable air conditioner?

I'm living in an apartment where my bedroom has no windows opening to the outside of the building, only one window which opens into the living space. As such, the room is tough to ventilate and gets ...
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Part2: How to fix leak at bottom of double hung vinyl window

In Part 1 I posted a photo of the pocket sill that my lower sash closes into. Search "How to fix leak at bottom of double-hung vinyl window. In Part2 (this posting) How to fix leak at bottom of ...
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Doube hung window leaks [duplicate]

window leaks over the 1-inch lip of the front of the rail into the house during heavy rains, the back lip is only 1/2 inch. You would think the rising water in the rail channel would just flow over ...
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How to fix leak at bottom of double hung vinyl window [closed]

Window leaks during driving rain at corners of the front lip of the bottom sash track. During rains, water flows into the end corners of the bottom track and out the weep holes. However, when the ...
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Idea about fitting flyscreens on outside of inaccessible windows

I have moved into the 3rd storey of an apartment building that doesn't have any flyscreens. Unfortunately, with the vast amount of rain we've experienced over the last few months (and are likely to ...
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How to get this bedroom window to lock?

In a rental I have this bedroom window that is very strange. It is the kind that opens sideways. However, BOTH sides of the window move. As a result, I cannot figure out how to get the window to lock. ...
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Replacing outer panel of old window

Firstly, I don't know exactly what the correct terms are for these things, so bear with me. I've spent the better part of today trying to find a solution to this, but I must just be set on searching ...
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What's my ideal method for air sealing this window?

Background: The home I just bought had vinyl windows installed about 12 years ago. I've noticed some draftiness around the window frame, so I decided to pull back the trim and sill to check it out. It ...
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Can I break my outer pane on my double pane picture window?

When my double pane picture window was installed they did an extremely sloppy job. They left a hand print within, and streaks of white along the entire perimeter within (paint or glue?). It looks ...
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What is the thing outside of the window that cover the base/sill?

This is the picture of what I saw on the outside of my window. The outmost layer is my vinyl siding, then it's asphalt and the wood. There needs to be something covering this part in case of rain? I ...
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Please Help Identify This Old Window Lock

I have one Window lock broken. Attached is a picture of a good one for reference. It is on single-hung window. The house was built in 2007. Unfortunately, there isn't any window maker name on windows. ...
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What's wrong with these windows

I've got several windows in my house, built in 2008, which appear to have streaks. These are double-pane windows, however I've seen double-panes with a broken seal, and this doesn't appear to be the ...
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How much space do you need between windows for a king, jack and hardwired light?

We are remodeling our kitchen and putting new windows in. It will be a bank of 3 windows. We plan on doing a king & jack in between each window (to not have to do one very long header). I would ...
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Is laminated or triple pane Best choice to replace window pane glass?

Our windows (from 2000s) leak air and we can hear street noise in otherwise quiet neighborhood eg car doors, conversations on sidewalk. We use honeycomb cellular shades as dual purpose to also block ...
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PVC Window swelling - problematic of not?

In the fall, we had PVC windows installed in the house. The living room window frame is 4 meters (13 feet) long (schema below). The frame has a dark color on the outside. Now, the first sunny days ...
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Window leaking air, job for a carpenter or a plasterer? (Or me?)

In my bathroom, the window is leaking air: putting my hand at the connection between the window and the ceiling I can feel a breeze of cold air passing through. The window itself is quite old (30 ...
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Awning window portable AC

I live in a pretty old condo in PNW with an awning window. We had a few days of very hot summer, but it is mostly cool. Due to how my condo unit is, I can't install a window AC. Portable AC is ok. I ...
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How can I filter smoky air coming from outside when the only opening is a window? (How to improve this system)

We live in a small single room apartment just under the roof in a city center. Many of our neighbors burn wood and coal (among other things: it often smells of burned plastic). The toxic smoke comes ...
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Troubleshooting and adjusting tilt and turn windows

I have several tall tilt and turn windows of the Roto NT Designo variety (https://rotonorthamerica.com/roto/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Roto-NT-Designo-Installation-Instructions-Timber-Windows-Balcony-...
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How to remove glue from temporary paper shades on vinyl windows? [duplicate]

I put up some temporary paper shades with the stick-on backing that were positioned on the vinyl part of my windows. After a good 6 months I finally needed to remove them. However while the paper ...
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How can we find the source of a rain water leak?

We have converted a garage into living space and so replaced what was the garage door with a window. Every time we have rain driving against the outside wall it comes in somewhere and leaks down ...
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What type of window is acceptable for installation inside of a shower?

We have a bathroom renovation on our second floor that is wrapping up in the Chicago area. We discovered a crack in the brand new window that was installed in the shower, so it will need to be ...
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