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How can I predict now the heat sinks that will appear in winter?

I've just moved into a house where I'm concerned that an energy audit might find problems. The clue is that the windows appear to be old single-pane windows. Once it's cold out I can borrow an ...
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How to seal around an existing wood window after removing old siding

We are removing old siding from a house, and replacing it with Hardie lap siding. We are leaving the original wood-framed picture window in place. With the siding removed there are gaps between the ...
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Sealing middle of sliding window with portable air conditioner installed

In my bedroom I have a one hose portable AC unit, because my only bedroom window is a sliding window. Currently, I set up the window kit in the day and take it out before bed. The reason for this is ...
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Old window installed inset from exterior

This is my old window (single pane glass) and it is inset / indented from exterior wall about 2-3 in If I replace with modern double pane vinyl, it will sit flushed against exterior wall. So what is ...
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What type of window screen/frame is this?

I had a 3 season room in the back of my newly purchased home that has these types of screens in them. Unfortunately a lot of them are broken/need replaced but I don't know why type of screen this is (...
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Hanging faux wood blinds- screw broken. Is there a tough screw I can use for a wall stud?

Job= I was trying to hang up some new faux wood 2" slat blinds. It's a double sized window, so I bought 2 blinds. I needed to install 4 brackets, with 2 in the center. I predrilled the holes as the ...
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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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Window Manufacturer - Anyone recognize this window?

I am trying to find the manufacturer of this window or anyone that sells it. I'm in the northeast (NY). It's set in a poured concrete foundation. The glass only has "strips" on either side (which ...
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Installing aluminum window in block wall

I have no clue how an aluminum window is fixed to a solid block wall opening,I live in South Africa and the window I bought is glazed and came with 4 lugs that slides down the edges of the frame. The ...
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How do I clean marks from masking tape glue on my windows?

During the Hurricane Sandy, we placed tape on our windows in case the glass would break. The problem is, after removing the tape, it left a disgusting glue mark that it became impossible to remove. It ...
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Fix askew top sash

I have 3 double hung windows side by side (mulled together). The middle one's top sash is very slightly askew. It looks like: source: but it's the middle of three windows, the others and middle ...
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New replacement windows: what happens when I change thickness of exterior siding?

Can I order/do they sell windows that can accommodate changing the wall thickness at a later date? I want to replace some windows in my house, but - at some later point - I also want to re-side the ...
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How to seal the exposed top of glass block windows

My basement has some glass block windows, that seem to be improperly (or not-optimally) installed. See picture.... As I understand it, there should has been a perimeter channel attached to framing, ...
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Where to find glass window specs

Does the AAMA Certification label shown here (source: fayor.com) imply that the window has been subject to wind and projectile testing? If so, where can I find the details of that testing?
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Need help identifying window manufacturer

I have what appear to be vinyl windows with internal sashes and rubber seals. All the seal in all the windows are failing and need the windows replaced. I am having trouble finding the manufacturer. ...
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What is the name of this part of an old window?

I am in the process of restoring old windows. These are original to the house and hence from 1940. Windows have these plastic or metal ventilation plugs, here are two pictures: The problem is some ...
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How do you close a Sash Weight Window?

I have two ropes apparently attached to weights inside the wall that come down on pulleys and they are attached to a window in my house on both sides. I cannot close the window. I hear the weights ...
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How to install window screen without screen track

We had wooden Marvin double hung tilt-pac windows installed but all without screens. However, there aren't any screen tracks. On the exterior trim, there is a groove/corner on three sides that would ...
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Can I nail mass loaded vynl onto plywood?

I have sheets of plywood nailed outside the windows, will it be possible to sandwich 1/8" thick mass loaded vinyl in between the plywood that is already there and another piece of plywood? If it is, ...
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Can I use leaded glass for tall window in stairwell?

I'm in California. My house, built in 79, has a tall 3x9 stained glass window in a stairwell, starting 10" from the floor. I had a window contractor out to bid replacement windows and he told me that ...
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Sash window meeting rails not even

I'm in the process of refurbing our sash windows. The top and bottom sashes of most of the windows in the house are out of alignment. Photo attached. There's a 1 inch overlap of the meeting rails. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to fix a window, keeping rain out but allowing wind in?

It's always raining heavily here at my place and I had to keep the room windows shut due to the electrical appliances near the window inside the room. However, the room quickly becomes ill-ventilated. ...
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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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What kind of window spring balances are these?

We just bought a ranch-style home built in 1965, and the windows need some love — in the whole house, there is only one window with a semi-functioning sash balance. They have some kind of spring-based ...
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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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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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How to automatically open a regular window?

In the winter I always face an issue where I occasionally need to ventilate the room whenever the air feels "stiff". I cannot leave the window open since the air is too cold and doing it manually is a ...
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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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Noise problem from neighbour

I have just moved into a house with an open area in the back that is glassed in. Something that they call a Queensland room in Australia. A patio that has glass walls and windows. My neighbour ...
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Window framing gaps and split wood

I had a licensed GC install 2 windows. One of them needed a new RO in the stucco wall (single story home southern CA). I agreed to close the wall and do finish work. He was contacted to install ...
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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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How do I remove a lead stain from my windows?

I have lead around my windows and after a new lead installation there has been a stain there for over a year. I have tried window cleaner and multi-surface cleaner but no success. I had an 'easy ...
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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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Can you identify the brand of this window?

Six months ago I moved to this house built in 2007 and now I notice some issues with a window. I suspect the window is still under warranty but I don't have the name of the manufacturer. The ...
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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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Options for Insulating around window with drywall recess

Hello wise and wonderful HI Community! I need some help. I bought a house last year and noticed horrible drafts coming from the tracks between the upper and lower window panes. I dug in today ...
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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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What solutions exist for opening and closing a window very high up?

We have a room with a high ceiling and a set of four windows. The windows start at about 7 feet. The person who lives in the room is not tall and currently has to use a ladder to open and close them....
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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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What is the style of this arched window?

What is the style of this arched window: Is this just a modern design, or is it a specific historic style?
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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 ...