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Sagging uPVC window fixings advice

We've recently had some uPVC windows installed (Luxembourg, Western Europe, btw). Already after only a month, the larger (wider) windows are sagging slightly (laterally) and don't open/close smoothly. ...
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What should I fill with the void space left under the frame of my basement window?

What should I fill with the void space left under the frame of my bathroom basement window? I discovered that space recently when I was trying to fix something else. Please see this thread What is the ...
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Casement Windows: Install Thru Wall A/C Indoors & Exhaust with Ducting

A family member has a business in a century-old building that only has industrial casement, awning, and pivot windows. There's no central A/C & a mini-split can't be hung outside the building. The ...
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What's the best way to cut a circular porthole window into the sheet metal of a van?

I want to cut a 12" diameter circle into the side of my van to install a window. My current plan is cut it by taking a sufficiently sized drill bit, drilling a hole near the inside edge of the ...
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Did my contractor install these windows correctly?

I had a contractor come install 4 of these windows for me. He’s an older guy who I believe just does this to keep busy post retirement. The labor costs were very cheap. When I went upstairs afterwards ...
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How can I identify the manufacturer of these windows? NAMI-30414

Literally all I know about these windows is the following sticker, apparently designed to peel off before the warranty expires: How can I identify the maker for warranty purposes? I know that NAMI is ...
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Any creative ideas for dealing with this long drop next to stairs?

My house is built on a hill and the lower level is quite dark. In an effort to open it up a bit, the original owner came up with this weird set of stairs (pictured below) with a platform off to the ...
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Can the seams on vinyl windows be smoothed out

I am in the middle of having 18 windows replaced with what are supposed to be Pella Series 250 windows1, by a large US national based home remodeling firm. In inspecting the new windows I see that ...
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Insulated window covers that can easily be opened and closed?

We have a room with old aluminum windows. I’ve included a picture of the windows. We have an A/C in this room, but these old windows never close tight, so most of the cool air escapes through those ...
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How can I removed a stuck old Anderson sliding window?

This page shows the kind of window I have and how to remove it. Problem: one side of the window is stuck and won't come out. The window in question is labeled "left-hand sash" in the ...
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How much clearance is needed between window and wall for portable AC hose?

We have a project upcoming to replace the windows in our condo. We have the option to add portable AC hose vents to the spandrel, and I need to decide on the placement of the spandrel in the windows. ...
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I saw this window at a recycled window outlet, but it was sold and I am trying to find who made it. Any suggestions from these pictures?

Who makes this window? Any ideas. I saw this at a recycled window outlet, but it was sold. Aluminum clad in green.
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Measuring Jamb Depth for New Construction Windows

I am building a detached garage that is not going to be insulated, however I would like the option to insulate in the future if needed. Also, I am going to use 7/8" corrugated siding on the ...
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Heating cable combats condensation on sill of poorly insulated window?

At the start of the year (2021), it was suggested to me on another forum that heating tape might stave off formation of condensation on the bottom metal sill of a poorly insulated window. It is a ...
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How does ceramic window insulation film work?

I understand that mirror/reflective film works by having metallic components that reflect infrared energy back outside. However for ceramic window film it is usually described as absorbing or "...
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1980s house, leather (like) material around windows and sills

I wonder if anyone knows if leather was used as part of window insulation in the 80s. The house was built in 1981. The material goes past the flange of the old window and maybe through the rest of the ...
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Do I need a lintel? Will I need to prop wall/roof?

I'd like to replace my garage window with french doors as I want to put an office/workshop in there and there's currently no side access. My garage is single skin brick, built in the 60s and there is ...
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Hardietrim/fiber cement for window trim on stucco

I have some leftover hardietrim from a side of a wall we accented with hardieplank. The rest of our house is stuccoed. We'd like to accent our windows that are on these stucco walls with trim. In lieu ...
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Is the water damage or just age?

Giant entry way decorative glass window above front door. About 20 years old. I don't see or feel moisture, per se. Is this water damage (hence replacement time) or just in need of fresh paint?
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How to seal (caulk) replacement windows that have wrapping [closed]

When installing replacement windows where do you put caulk, and does this change if you have aluminum wrap being put on the outside? Does caulk go all the way around the window (between exterior ...
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Re-caulking vinyl windows exterior, what material do I remove, what needs to stay?

The addition to our home has very low quality vinyl windows, and board and baton siding. There are some gaps starting to appear. Looking at the photo, arrow #1 points to ~3/8" of a caulk or ...
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Raise a UPVC window

My windows have stoppers at the bottom of the frame so that they don't swing all the way open but one of the windows can't be closed when the stopper is in as the window is too low and it hits the ...
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Is there a low-e alternative to double-pane gas-filled window panes?

I spoke with a local glass retailer and he said instead of using double-pane gas filled windows, I could instead use a 3-layer sandwich of, say, 1/8", 1/4", 1/8" panes to achieve the ...
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Leaky Windows caused drywall discoloration / damage - how to approach repair?

After a heavy rainfall I noticed that an area of the drywall was discolored and cold/soft and managed to push it in (woops). This area is usually behind a curtain so we never noticed it before. I ...
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How to Open Windows Painted Shut

We just bought a house and it turns out one of the windows seems to be painted shut. It's a reasonably recent double paned wooden double hung window (say around 15 years old). The house was painted ...
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Does vinyl siding require J-channel around windows?

While remodeling an older wooden house, we decided to put vinyl siding. The workers put up the siding but when it come to the windows, they didn’t use any trimming, no j channels, nothing. The siding ...
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flies everywhere

I have noticed tons of flies in the downstairs porch window and soon they where everywhere -- third, second and first floor windows/porches and even some inside our home. We have a tiny little ...
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How can I stop my windows from rattling when I shut a door?

I love where I live, but I don't love my house's construction. It has 24" center studs, lots of space in the walls, and every time an exterior door is shut the windows in nearly all rooms rattle. ...
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Replacing Block Windows Mortared In Brick Veneer

I've got 3 basement block windows to replace with vented block windows and need some help on a way to handle this that will leave me with a decent end result. The block windows were installed in the ...
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Mounting shades inside metal window frame

I was hoping you could help me out with a question I have. I would like to mount Ikea shades I bought (Trippevals, https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/trippevals-black-out-cellular-blind-light-gray-80381487/)...
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What are signs that you used enough or not enough wood protector outside?

This weekend, I did the big job of sanding down a wood window-frame and then reapplying the wood protector. It is now raining, and my insecure brain is freaking out that I might not put down a good ...
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How can I properly caulk a vinyl window to a marble sill, inside a shower?

I have a vinyl window in my shower sitting on top of a marble or stone sill. The silicone caulking didn't stick properly last time and is now peeling off and getting moldy, since it's always getting ...
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What's the purpose of these screws in my window screen?

I notice that window screens often have four screws, located toward each corner of the screen on the vertical portion of the frame. What's the purpose of these screws? Are they used to adjust the ...
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Is there a minimum height between bottom of window and the slope?

We are getting new windows installed by a contractor. They mismeasured the window size so they had to cut out part of the bottom of the frame (where it slopes down to drain water) to make it fit. ...
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How to support a window AC unit for a dormer window?

Does anyone have a solution for installing a window AC unit they've successfully used for a dormer window (meaning one which has part of the roof sloping down below the outside bottom edge of the ...
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How to fix sidelight trim?

The trim on one of the sidelights around the front door has started to come off (see pictures below). The door gets a lot of sun and I suppose this is what caused this. I initially thought I could ...
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DIY replacement muntins or mullions for windows

Recently, I started a window replacement project at my house. All of the original windows were single-pane with storm windows, and performed poorly in hot or cold weather. Of all the replacement ...
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Why do building codes for basements apparently require "windows large enough for escape"?

Read this yesterday: A similar thing occurs with basements, before modern codes, here and there, began requiring windows large enough for escape. I'm unsure where exactly the author lives, but I ...
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Need help identifying window balance type

I have a house built in the 80's with, what I believe are, single pane double sliding up and down windows. The window slider is now difficult to open, and sometimes won't stay up at all. Does anybody ...
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Why do British houses have "indoors" windows in some rooms?

Example: I've seen this many times. Apparently, it's a thing that in the UK, they have rooms with windows that lead to other indoors areas, located high near the ceiling. What is the purpose and ...
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How to seal off an air conditioner in the top of a large window

I recently acquired a new air conditioner, the Midea U, with dreams of a room both quiet and cold. However, when I went to install it, I found that it is too deep for the window I normally put my air ...
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how can I better secure from unwanted entry, some odd windows?

I have some odd windows at the house that are not common slide up double hung windows. See diagram below 'awning' and 'hoppers'. They are about 2 foot square made of wood with plexiglass. I know I ...
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Proper window header for 6-foot window & understanding the span tables?

I'm framing out headers for 6' (72 inch) wide windows in a sunroom. The sunroom is around 12 x 12 and has a ceiling and roof. Based on my current understanding of the header span tables which I have ...
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Can’t align window properly

I have a window which I believe is a vinyl window. My house was built in 1960 and the previous owner must have changed them. Upon further inspection, I noticed the window sill looked misaligned so I ...
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Can a Truth window operator arm be *repaired* (not replaced)?

Good Afternoon, In the picture you are looking at "left orientated" Truth window operator arm: https://ibb.co/8sBW6Sp For those of you who are more experienced handymen, will notice that ...
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Screwing jalousie windows shut?

My Florida home was built in the late 1950's and has the original jalousie windows. The house gets a bit warm inside on summer evenings when it doesn't rain. The central AC system was serviced two ...
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Patio Door identification

I'm trying to find a replacement panel for a patio door. Does anyone know what the door would be based on this label I found on it? Thanks
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How to replace mortar above lintel

We have a brick house and our windows have an iron lintel above them, with a layer of mortar on top of the lintel and bricks on top of the mortar. For one window, it looks like water got under the ...
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Is it better to have acrylic window inserts than storm windows for soundproofing?

We live on a busy street and would like to soundproof the windows facing the street. After some research, we've boiled down to either storm windows or acrylic glass. The latter is more expensive, but ...
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How to mount an air conditioner in this window?

After years of somewhat janky solutions, I'd like to figure out the correct way of installing a window air conditioner in the window of my office. The windows are probably not original to the house. ...

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