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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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How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open?

How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open? It seems like one of the hidden latches along the edge isn't undoing because one side of the window moves ...
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Tricklevent on narrow uPVC windows?

I have some condensation issues inside a few bedrooms in my house, and I want to install trickle vents on the existing uPVC windows. They are old (20+ years), and I am hoping to get a few more years ...
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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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Performance parts for spring roller shade [closed]

I live in a 2 unit house. It has (11) windows on the first floor, (14) on the second floor, and (3) on the third floor. Most of these windows have an ordinary spring-roller shade, purchased from ...
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How do I uninstall a velux blackout blind?

(A Velux blind is a brand of skylight/roof-window in the UK that's apparently quite popular). We have a couple of velux windows with blinds attached. We'd like to swap them for the black-out blind ...
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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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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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Solution to put down a window sill crack to prevent mold

I have a couple windows where there is a space below the window that goes into the wall (see bottom of picture). There was mold and condensation all around the area, so I'm guessing there's mold down ...
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How can I open this locked window?

To be clear, this window is in my house, which I own. However I don't have a key that opens it. Below is another window in my house (exactly the same as this one) which I do have a key for. I've ...
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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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How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?

My landlord used WD-40 to free the UPVC windows and now when opened slightly the wind then catches them and blows them wide open (a real pain when woken at 4am with rain blowing through the room). How ...
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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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Removing sound dampening windows for cleaning

I have sound dampening windows in my new home, they follow the style of the other windows. While most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary middle ...
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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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Is it possible to cut a larger opening in this window / serving hatch of this pool house?

I'm curious if it is possible to cut a taller opening in this pool house or if that would create structural issues supporting the roof From the inside you can see I would remove the 3 stubby studs ...
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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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Awning window not holding open

The track and small block in an awning window was recently cleaned (by accident?), and now no longer stays open under the windows weight. Is this anything to do with a lubricant or grease which should ...
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Sound proof window arrangements with double windows

I am interested in understanding the key factors in sound proofing a window. I once stayed in an old hotel (built about 1815) in New York City on Canal Street and the room was absolutely silent which ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I secure a door with a window right next to it?

My front door has a deadbolt, but right next to the knob/deadbolt is a tall narrow window, so that you can see whoever is outside. This is a security risk as anyone could smash that window and open ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Rain Water enters through tracks of sliding glass windows

I have sliding glass windows on Aluminium tracks and when it rains heavily (especially when it is windy) the rain water comes in on the window sill & wets the wall underneath. The water seems to ...
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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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Tips for extending the window sill

The extended sill would have a depth of about 2 inches. If I were to extend the window sill using the below approach, would that be strong and stable enough? I may plan to add an additional interior ...
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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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Velux blackout blind does not 'click' onto new securing brackets

I replaced a blackout blind on my Velux window, but the grey plastic securing brackets had also to be replaced. The new ones came with the new blind. I cannot get the blackout blind cartridge to ...
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How do I diagnose why my casement window is leaking?

My casement window leaks water to the inside when it's raining. It has been leaking a while. It looks like it's leaking between the glass unit and the sash but the caulk between the glass and the sash ...
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Tempered Glass in Window adjacent to Patio Door

Is tempered glass required in a window within 24 inches of a fixed glass panel of a two panel sliding patio door?
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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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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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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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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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Clean foam residue off windows

In a new construction home, when we moved in there is this residue on the interior window framing. This is not spray insulation, but looks like there was some type of foam on the windows itself during ...
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how to change mullion?

I live in a 14 year old home with dormer windows. The mullion was originally white but it is all brown/ dirty and needs changing...but it looks like it on the exterior and is so flat it looks like is ...
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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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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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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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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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