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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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Remove paint from stained glass windows

I have a couple stained glass windows that look to have paint around the outsides from previous owner painting the trim. Any suggestions on removing the paint without damaging or am I out of luck?
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Window casing upgrade to plastic/pvc/vinyl/aluminum

I Just had two rooms added to the house, and I totally forgot to mention in the contract that I wanted the window casing to be plastic. (window frame? The internal part that encases the window ...
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Home Office Space using garage conversion room

I am using a room that was once a carport that's now a room as an office. between the converted room and the rest of the house is a (formerly) exterior window plugged/covered with a drywall layer ...
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Can I apply caulk over exterior wood filler?

I am re-caulking trim that is over T-111 siding over my window that faces the brunt force of winds and rain in the Pacific Northwest. There were leaks over the window that appeared to be coming in ...
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Why isn't my window film insulation kit causing water damage?

My understanding is that insulating inside of a window can lead to condensation problems on the outside (see answer to this question). I have been using insulating window film kits for a few years and ...
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Window film affixed to the wall around a window?

Useful related questions: here, here. I live in an apartment with a window that I want to insulate during the winter. I am currently using one of those shrink film kits and it seems to be working. ...
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Can I use two layers of window film to create a narrow, convection-reducing gap?

This is a follow-up to this question. The official answerer A.I. Breveleri writes: The ideal separation distance between film and glass is 1/2 inch. Even 1 inch is too thick as it allows the trapped ...
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To maximize heat in winter, should I remove my window quilt during the day?

Let's say it's -5 deg C outside and I'm inside a building with a moderately efficient window and a window quilt. Will I stay warmer if I take the window quilt down during the day and put it back up at ...
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Wool batting window quilt? [duplicate]

Would it make sense to use wool batting like this as a window quilt? Why or why not? What factors would affect its suitability? For context, I propose using this on the inside of one of those shrink ...
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Aerogel winter window quilt?

Would it possibly make sense for me to use aerogel as a seasonal window quilt? It may depend critically on some other factors; if so, what are they? In particular, I have heard that aerogel designed ...
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How to clean this single hung window

I have a window that desperately needs cleaning I believe it is a single hung window as it appears there’s no way to open the upper part. The window doesn’t appear to tilt in any way. I checked ...
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Glass materials for patio cover

I found this picture and interested in knowing what glass materials being used for the patio cover. Is it just fixed single pane glass (from local home improvement store)? And if so, how do I attach ...
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How does this basement window open?

These are steel basement windows on a 1968 house and it appears they open. I'm sure things are rusted & will require some "persuasion". I'd rather not break the glass, so knowing how ...
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How does denim insulation perform at low ambient temperatures?

I am interested in how denim insulation like this performs at low ambient temperatures. Does anyone know? I am most interested in performance measures like R-value and what other factors affect this. ...
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Applying Spar urethane on awning type window jambs

Newly installed, Pine,(exterior vinyl clad) window sash piece was not factory finished. Do I apply Spar urethane to the jambs and sections that close against the frame? Information found online only ...
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Insulate my window with water heater blankets?

I have some windows that I want to insulate at night during the winter. Would it make sense to use water heater blankets, doing something or other to secure the edges? I'm wondering whether you think ...
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Valence Clips for Blinds

We have some windows with 20+ year old blinds, and the valence clips have broken on several of them. The clip mechanism looks a little funky with 3 parts involved: the valence itself (3" across),...
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What can I do about this gap when my window is open?

What can I do about this air gap when my window is open? This is a very old apartment and the windows are garbage; probably over 100 years old since it's a renovated factory. I want to get air ...
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What type of saw to use on a wall of windows, removing glass but keeping wood framing

1950s home has a wall of windows, was initially exterior now within an addition added before we bought the house. We want to remove the windows but keep the look. I started the project, then testing ...
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Insulate my windows from the outside?

I have some windows that I want to insulate at night during the winter. I have energy star windows, thermal drapes, and cellular blinds and those plastic window film kit things, but I want to reduce ...
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Insulate my windows with fiberglass?

I have some windows that I want to insulate at night during the winter. I have energy star windows, thermal drapes, and cellular blinds and those plastic window film kit things, but I want to reduce ...
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Why tape black garbage bags to outside windows, not between inside windows and blinds?

I went store to buy double layer of heavy duty black garbage bags to black out a bright bedroom at night, and spoke with salesperson and his supervisor. They both recommended go outside to balcony and ...

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