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

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DIY Tubular Skylights for special application; seeking tubular skylights smaller than 10"

We would like to have several "tubular skylights" in the construction we are planning. These are skylights consisting of a circular opening in the roof with attached dome-shaped or circular window, ...
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Replacing A Two-Pronged Window Sash Thumb Button

Everything seems to be in order although the new thumb button is slightly smaller, the prongs that fit into the window sash are exactly the same measurement's. Is there a trick to replacing these ...
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Cheap way to close wall cupboard

Currently we are staying in a rented house. It has several open cement wall cupboards with different sizes and shapes. I am providing the following image reference for cement cupboards. We placed ...
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UV protection on window now purply in colour and scratched. How to remove?

On one window the glass is etched and off colour. No idea what damaged it. Can it be removed with any kind of product? it is factory installed. Not a DIY covering.
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How to remove roller shade?

The side without the bead chain on my roller shade looks like this: How do I remove it? Google says to stick a flathead screwdriver into the tab between the bracket and to pull down on the bar, but ...
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When finishing a basement, how do I transition from walls to doors/windows?

I am planning to finish my basement, which is currently naked poured concrete foundation throughout. I have a new door and new windows (only one shown in the Figure below because they are identical). ...
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Replacing window frame without replacing window?

I was talking to someone and he mentioned that you could remove a window, replace the sill/frame, then put the old window back in....to me, that doesn't make sense at all, as the old window has caused ...
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Please help to find grille clips

My husband and I bought a home a few months back and a lot of the window grilles are falling off the window. The clips that hold them are broken. Its a beautiful log home and the window looks better ...
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Easy way to repair windows with broken sash cords

I have about a dozen double-hung windows that have broken sash cords. I know how to repair sash cords, but it is tedious work. Is there any alternative, "quick and easy" way to repair the windows ...
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Motorizing a manual crank-type casement window

I've got a couple of crank-open casement windows that are rather annoying to get to. I would like to motorize them. I searched for existing solutions and found them all to be ludicrously expensive. ...
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Maximum weight window air condition without supports?

For the average old window what is the maximum weight air condition you should have installed without any support brackets beside screwing in the window frame from the inside? For example up to 50 ...
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Installing an entry door with sidelights

Anyone have any experience creating a custom size door sidelight? I would like to install an entry door with one sidelight where I currently have a window. I would like to stay in the same size as ...
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Filling gap between wooden window frame and glass

We recently bought a house from 1973 which has been very much neglected. The windows got wood rot and now we are dealing with this big gap where the caulk (and foam insulation?) came loose. I need ...
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How do I repair my window and stop water coming in

We have a fixed pane window that is wood in the inside but seems to be vinyl on the outside. Inside the house there is a removable pane, then it's a fixed exterior pane. I noticed a damp patch ...
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Where can I find a replacement sash for my double-hung window?

I have a broken inner pane on the lower sash and would like to find a replacement sash. I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer. I am guessing it is a 26 inch square window since it ...
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What is this thing that holds in a storm window called?

I would like to replace these things that hold in storm windows on a 80 year old house but I do not know what they are called, so I am having difficulty looking them up to buy more. What is the piece ...
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Header requirements for basement egress window

I have poured concrete foundation walls and I am adding an egress to my basement wall. I'm cutting a hole 3' width by 4' in height, about 44 inches from the floor and about 12" from the top of the ...
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Window handle mechanism feels tight

I feel like the window mechanism is a bit tight and is starting to rust slowly, is there any lubricant/maintenance that is needed to take care of this? Thanks!
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AC side curtains don't fit into the window frame. Am I missing something?

As shown in the picture, the part of my window the side flange at the end of the side curtains is supposed to slip behind is entirely too thick to fit snugly while screwed into the pane above it. Am I ...
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Can I replace a window in a garage gable wall without adding a modern header?

So, I have an older construction home (1948, a great year for lumber in MN) with a detached garage connected to the breezeway. The garage roof structure has rafters and collar ties with two storage ...
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Am I required to retrofit an egress window in a 1950s home to meet code?

Our master bedroom in our house is located in the basement. The one window it was does not have an egress window and was like this since the 50's. Am i grandfathered in or do I have to replace the old ...
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5 section bow window with one pane cloudy

My front 5-section bow window has one section where the seal is broken between the panes. It is now cloudy. Can the one pane be removed and a new window put in? The window should be covered by a ...
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What is this part called and where can I buy it?

So I replaced the weather stripping on all of my very old windows yesterday. The windows are sash windows. In the process I unfortunately broke two of the spring-loaded things that hold the top part ...
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wrong coloured lead used on replacement window

I recently had a window replaced with lead square design on the surface of the glass. The existing windows are silver leaded, but the installer decided to put a dark lead, almost black on the window. ...
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How should I fasten window trim molding when I reinstall it?

I posted previously in regards to an exterior window trim issue I discovered, where the previous home owner did not put any waterproofing around the window. I have since waterproofed around the ...
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How to automate a window to open & closed by remote commands

I'm a software developer. I would like to be able to open and close my window automatically when there is a noise outside. So first I need a Wifi Microphone, that will stream the audio to my PC. Then ...
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How to close this wall

My house has a small "porch" near the main door. In many years I've been here, I never once used this area that is on the North side of the house as a porch. It tends to collect junk that I need to ...
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How should I reattach my patio door weather strip?

I have a patio door and the weather strip appears to have come off. It's looks like it's designed to snap into place, but I can't figure out how to do it. Any ideas?! Here's the door with the groove ...
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Repairing Water Damage on a Window Frame?

My parent's house has had a leaking window frame for the last few years. I think that the water comes in from outside the frame. I took a few pictures from outside: And the interior: How can I ...
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Use cement blocks for egress window well surrounding [duplicate]

I need to make an egress window and the depth below grade is 24". However, most egress window wells at home improvement stores are 20" in height and I need to buy 2 of them which made the cost double....
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Help decide course of action for rotting windows

I have a 30 year old house in Chicago. We have original double pane wood windows. The interior portions are in good condition. No rotting and all the seals are good and there is NO fogging between ...
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How do I determine the rough-in width and height of a window?

I am thinking about replacing a set of double-hung windows with a single picture window. To get it quoted and order the window, I need to determine the rough-in dimensions of the space. How do I do ...
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Removing sand-blasting residue from window glass

I had some surface paint removed from my patio floor and some of the sand ended up on the surface of the window near by. It almost looks like it stuck to the glass. Is there any nice way to remove ...
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Wood rotted on thermal pane windows

The wood that is up against the glass on the double pane windows has rotted. How do we repair them without taking the glass out? We have to paint them every summer but with our Montana winters they ...
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I have a gap in my concrete window sill, what do I fill it with

What is the correct product to fill this joint with? If I should use a cement based product I do have a can of water plug which I'd rather use than buy a 60 pound bag of something else.
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Are these cracks small enough to paint as gap fill or do I need to caulk?

House is ~25 years old and several owners in. Do I need to do any sort of filling of these cracks with a paintable caulk or is thin enough I should just paint over it again? /Cheers
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Replacing rotted porch window frame

Our porch is quite old and the vertical parts of some of the window frames have started to rot out: Replacing these seems pretty much as simple as buying new wood and tacking them together in the '+' ...
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Window options for shower?

The layout in our only bathroom is really cramped. We are about to redo it and if we move the tub to a different wall it would open up a lot of space. The downside is that wall has the only window. ...
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remote open/close jalousie windows

In Hawaii it's very common to have jalousie windows with a turn crank to open and close the slats. I'm looking for a device that will allow me to wirelessly turn the crank to open and close the ...
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2018 IBC code requirement for tempered glass windows (safety glass)

I'm trying to figure out if I can bypass requirement for tempered glass. I have 3 windows 40x69 ea, installed in a row separated by 1 1/2 inch material (2x8), all of this is installed in a rough ...
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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