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How would you repair this Window Leak?

I recently bought my first home and a few months ago when it rained heavily I noticed water leaking inside from under the bottom window molding. I tried to recreate what was causing the leak and it ...
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Low-E window opening panel “hazing” up

We have 10 y.o. "Low-E" windows. Last autumn we noticed one opening panel "hazing" up inside: What is it? Does that indicate loss of hermitization? How to fix it? Can it be ...
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how to position the screen and window for winter mode with a double hung window

my double hung windows have a half screen and a half window, how should they be positioned for winter mode? Should the window be on the lower half or the upper half? These are new windows, but so ...
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Taking down unconventional roller blinds

I've watched about 30 youtube videos on this but they all have the conventional spring-loaded or wheel-based mechanism and I can't find the same things on my blinds (or maybe I'm blind??) I tried ...
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Suggestions for finding replacement interior tilt latches?

I need to replace the left and right window tilt latches on an older vinyl window but I can't find any retailers who carry what I'm needing. I see there are numerous tilt latches that can be attached ...
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Replace metal panel between window panes (office building)

My office has a nice view with a large window (width = 11 feet, height = 5.5 feet), but there is a large metal panel between the window panes that is obstructing my view. When seen from the building ...
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Blind installed in a metal/aluminum frame that is tilting forward - how to fix?

I have three windows, in sequence (the middle one is fixed, the side windows can be opened/closed). Each window has its own blind. I noticed my blinds started tilting forward, specially the middle one,...
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How to restore damaged Velux window frame? (pictures)

I'm trying to restore a velux window frame that has become moldy and partially rotten. The window is 15 years old and has never had any attention. The sealant on the outside where the glass meets the ...
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Windows not airtight?

I am experiencing an issue on the north-west side of my 2-story house: in the morning 2 hours after sunrise we get infested with gnats. There are hundreds of them inside the house at the main level by ...
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Help identifying patio door manufacturer by code

I have found the code on my sliding glass door. It is C-276-1. Can you identify the manufacturer for me? I don't know how to do that. The glass is clouding between the glass pieces.
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How should I replace this rotten window header?

Here I have a corner bathroom. Left wall is exterior. My “header/top plate” is rotten. I am able to put my finger through it. I have never come across a window header that doubles as a wall top plate, ...
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What glue to hold wooden batten to ceiling for window blind

Today I attempted to put up a window blind, fixing it to the ceiling (there is no option to drill into the window frame) My metal/pipe detector has 'pinged' where I want to drill the holes into the ...
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How to find/construct simple trim for windows

I need to add the trim to a window. I don't care about beauty too much. All I need is an L shaped wood trim. The "reveal" (I think that's how it's called) is 3/8'' inside the wall, so I ...
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Should I clear up a small space with snow against a window?

I have about a 10cm wide gap between my Tempo and my house. And, with the winter snow, that space has filled with snow. Now, should I go and clear that space of the snow (because it could damage the ...
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How to soundproof a window trickle vent?

Is it possible to soundproof this window by sealing this ventilation hole in way that is reversible without damage (it's a rented property).
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Water leaks through the base of the window through a hole during hard rain. Is this normal?

I noticed that when it rains hard, our windows leak water from the hole in the picture, is this normal? I already removed the water though in the picture. Other side of the window
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stop cold air around window cracks

Around my living room window i see little crack (pic attached) from where cold air seems to enter. There are no cracks on the exterior of the house. Can anyone suggest what is the best product i can ...
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How can I prevent air leaks in my single-hung windows?

In our house we have regular single-hung windows which are leaking cold air. As usual, the double pane unit is encased in plastic trim. I can feel a draft coming out where the plastic has a seam with ...
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Does mold in a loggia means that the loggia must be replaced?

My apartment has a loggia which used to be a balcony (it is now an extension of the living room without any separation between them - the door that was there was removed). This was done by the ...
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Can these windows be shuttered from light in a simple and efficient way?

I'm a very light sleeper. I cannot sleep if the room I am in is bright. Face-masks don't work for me because they give me allergies, prevent me from sleeping well, or don't match the geometry of my ...
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Egress window directly beneath electrical meter?

My house was built in 1973 and has a tiny basement window (single-pane aluminum frame) in a window well. The utility electrical meter is on the same exterior wall, not directly over the basement ...
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Removing a window from 1930s era building

I’ve broken a pane in one of my windows and am being quoted ludicrous amounts of money to replace it because it is an old style window on the third floor with a tree blocking access. I figured it ...
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Is this small stepped crack under window a worry?

We recently bought a house, nothing like subsidence come up on our survey, we went for a full survey. We have noticed a small stepped crack under the window outside the front. No evidence of any issue ...
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Should I fill in gap between window frames?

We are getting new windows. I decided to refinish the trim (from the 60's, but still in good shape other than the lacquer being gone). I removed the trim and found a gap between the frames of ...
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Would down-stuffed curtains stop heat loss through windows?

My home has some very big 6 ft by 8 ft windows likely a big source of heat loss and is contributing to high heat bills. It would be too expensive to replace them with modern vinyl windows and the ...
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Question about spring covering on old double hung window

I have double hung windows that utilize a spring covered by a plastic sleeve as pictured below. The sleeves are 65 years old and some are crumbling. My two questions are: 1) do these sleeves serve any ...
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Expanding a window downwards in a brick face [closed]

I understand that expanding a brick window is an expensive operation, and I was wondering what went into such an operation. We have a window in the front of our house that we want to expand downwards, ...
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What is this tiny plastic insert in my sliding window sash?

With the recent cold weather, I've been trying to best insulate my house and keep it warm while not using too much energy. While applying weather stripping to my windows, I noticed that some of the ...
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How to do modern interior window trim (extension jamb)?

I have traditional interior window trim in my bedroom: and want to replace them with extension jambs for a more modern look: I’ve never done window trim and have never worked with drywall before but ...
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Cracks in my brick

I posted before that I have interior cracks in my house. Nail pops all over the house. And now I checked outside of my house I found cracks in the brick on the same side of the house. House build in ...
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Mildew around window retrofit inserts

Some of the windows in our house have mildew around the replacement window inserts (~18 years old). Mostly at the bottom. The original frames were aluminum, the inserts of course are PVC. The ...
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Why does condensation appear on surface of window, but not all of them?

When I woke up this morning (a beautiful winter morning), I opened my curtains and noticed that the middle pane was covered in surface condensation, but the two adjacent panes were almost completely ...
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Hanging curtain rods - metal stud above window?

I live in a new construction and want to install curtain rods above my full height balcony door and windows. I’d like to hang them half an inch above the window but my stud finder has a metal mode ...
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Unlocking original casement window for house built in 1938

I have the key to unlock this window but I cannot figure out how to get it to open. I believe you need to not turn the key but I cannot remember.
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Suggestions on how to fill gaps at all of my windows

My boyfriend and I live in a ground floor apartment with windows that leak cold air horribly! So far we’ve tried to add several different kinds of weather stripping to help but I don’t think it’s ...
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How can I repair a broken window shade string?

The string on my pleated shade has broken and I'm having tough time in putting it back into its pulley. What’s the best way to fix it? The photos show one that is fine and working and the one that is ...
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Is this mold on my wood window frame? What should I do about it?

Is this mold on my wood window frame? It is several years old and I have noticed tiny black specs that have grown over the last few years? Everyone says "use bleach" but that doesn't seem ...
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Options for insulating glass sliding patio door in master bedroom other than replacing it?

Our master bedroom is a lot colder than any other room in the house. From what I can see, the patio door is leaking in a lot of cold. We don't want to replace the entire patio door right now. Looking ...
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Where to Caulk Around Windows on Exterior of Home? Is this a Drip Edge?

It's winter time again and our windows are really drafty so I am going to start replacing some of the old cracking caulk around the windows on the exterior of the home. In the process of examining my ...
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Adding custom secondary glazing to existing frames

I have deep windows frames like this: Rather that adding a whole secondary glazing frame on the inside. Could I add a spacer/battening to the inside of the existing frame and second pane of glass? I ...
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Flashing around 1941 windows with asbestos siding

I am in the process of replacing pulley-style windows in a 1941 house. The siding is asbestos and I do not want to remove it in order to properly flash the window (using flex tape and weather barrier)....
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Is there a purpose for reveal between window jamb and casing (other than aesthetics)?

Hopefully this question is answerable. When making up window trim, there is typically a small reveal between the jamb and the casing. Is there a reason for having this, other than aesthetics / ...
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Grilles inside a double pane 7 foot palladium window rattling when closing door

What is the best way to stop the grilles inside a double pane 7 foot palladium window from rattling when closing the door?
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What is a good temporary seal for 1-2 inch gap between window pane and door frame?

I am a lodger in a large old house. My landlady, who is in her 60s, asked me to draft proof the rear door in the kitchen. There is a large gap between the top of the panel of double glazing in the ...
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Is a bathroom required by code to have a window or exhaust fan?

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida unit is on the top floor and there is a duct for the unit's central air in the bathroom, but it doesn't have a window or exhaust fan. Is this not to code? What are my ...
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Is there a cost efficient way to add windows to a brick house?

We bought this house built in the 60s and it has these small windows that don’t provide much light . The house is brick but I’m wondering how difficult it would be to put in larger windows instead of ...
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Pella Pocket window replacement the sash Interlocking not engaging ! any suggestion?

i ordered couple windows from Pella its a pocked replacement windows , i tested the window before i install it in the old frame but the locks is not engaging same for the interlocking thats located at ...
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Window will not close

I have a single hung vinyl window that I can't get to close all the way. The the building was built in 2007 and I assume the window is that old. Nothing appears to be blocking the track. Can this be ...
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Does a Skylight need to be installed with the dedicated flashing system

I'm looking at this product for a garden office roof but I could not find the corresponding flashing kit for the roof material I was planning to use, which is this: The closest type of flashing I ...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

I'm curious how well the window shrink wrap really works. I moved into an older house (1927) in Lincoln, Nebraska, this summer. It's all single pane windows with a window screen and a storm window, as ...

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