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Is this Hardie trim installed wrong? If so, will this cause it to fail or leak around the windows?

Hardie siding was recently installed at my house, and it doesn't look quite right, but I'm very unfamiliar with siding/trim. Will this install cause issues, whether by (a) immediate water issues/leaks ...
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Basement Window Cracks/Gaps Around Foundation - Can see through gap from inside

I have a basement window that has gaps around the foundation of my house (see pics below for details). I'm becoming more worried because I can now see outside light from the inside of my window. ...
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How do I trim arched windows?

I have two arched windows, a small one and a large one. I have no idea how to trim the windows. I know how to trim a normal window, but the arches are very different. I've searched online and all of ...
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Windows Leaking - Floors & Walls are soaked

I noticed with recent rainfalls that we had pools of water on the floor under the radiators placed under our windows (these are not in use any longer - we have HVAC installed in our home). I checked ...
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Inside window trim not flush with wall on a full window install

I recently had full replacement windows put in and there are areas where the new inside trim does not sit flush with the wall. We're talking like a good 1/4 inch gap in some areas. I could caulk it ...
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How can I install window AC units, and where should they go? [closed]

Back in February I moved into this 1972 12x62 (658 sq. ft) mobile home. There’s one window on each end of the trailer while there are five windows on each side of the trailer & with the way that ...
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How do I soundproof gaps in sliding windows that I regularly open and close?

This is similar to this Q: Best way to seal gaps in sliding window?. But the big difference is that I regularly open and close the sliding windows (at least once a day). (Whereas that other Q is about ...
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Unique Beveled Glass Colonial Grid Windows

I may need to replace some of the windows in my house and would like to match the other ones present. But the windows in the house are unique and I can't find them anywhere online. They're colonial ...
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What’s causing this damp patch

I have this damp patch on the bottom corner of my wall next to the non sliding part of a sliding door. It leads to the balcony of my apartment and no water gets to this corner from the outside. The ...
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Applying Window Film (Gila Heat Control Titanium) to Hurricane Impact Windows?

I am a renter and want to make sure it is safe to install the Gila Heat Control Titanium window film to the inside of my hurricane impact bedroom windows. I was able to get the window info from my ...
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Is a 2x4 header sufficient for a 32" span?

I have these two walls meeting at a corner. The guys who had been working on it are currently incommunicado so I'm trying to get this sorted. Currently there is nothing on the left wall but ...
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Should I caulk around exterior windows?

So I live in a 1950s house that ha wood siding which some time ago was covered with vinyl siding. There are some gaps around the window, where if I spread it a bit, I can see the old wood siding. It ...
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How to access these windows to sand and paint trim?

My family has been here for 52 years, and these windows were here when we got here. I've recently moved back and have been sanding and prepping to paint the trim. However, we all know that one fix ...
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Can anyone identify this window shade part?

Photos I was shortening my cordless faux wood Allen + Roth window blinds from Lowe’s when the lift strings retracted into the clutch/cord lock mechanism at the top. I removed the part but I’m not sure ...
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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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What is this window pane and how do I remove it?

I have double-hung windows that are original (1960s). Outside of the windows themselves there are 3 additional tracks. Of those 3 tracks, the outer 2 have solid panes, the inner one has a screen. How ...
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Remove muntins from old sidelight windows?

So I own a home that came with all the typical builder-grade materials and I’m now working on replacing my interior trim. I went to case out my front door and sidelight windows as a single unit, but ...
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How to remove these unknown spots from window glass? Maybe insect or angle grinder damage?

I recently moved into a new flat and noticed that one of the windows to the balcony has these brown spots on the glass. They are very hard to remove, and when I tried to scrape one of the spots off, ...
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How does rain water get into my window well

My window well has been filling with water - the base takes about 15 mins to fill before I have to empty with the manual pump - not very efficient especially at 3am. I’m in CO and we have had days of ...
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I have a set of Blinds.com black out shades. I can't seem to find the correct brackets [closed]

I have a set of blinds.com that is missing the 3-4 brackets that were supposed to come with it. Blinds.com has "mailed out" the brackets twice already. I put brackets because they wouldn't ...
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How can I remove the lower sash in this window?

I recently bought my first house and can’t figure out for the life of me how to remove this lower sash. I watched a few videos and none of them particularly matched up with my type of window. I ...
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Is it standard practice to leave in the frame of previous window insert replacement?

We just got new windows and we noticed as they were installing them that they were leaving in the aluminum framing and weighted/pulley system of the previous window insert replacement. This has now ...
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What type of replacement windows can I use on my log home?

I'm stumped as to what style of window to pick for my log home (replacement). The current windows are aluminum frame, and are trimmed flush on both sides with wood, so all you see is a very thin strip ...
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Can I break my outer pane on my double pane picture window?

When my double pane picture window was installed they did an extremely sloppy job. They left a hand print within, and streaks of white along the entire perimeter within (paint or glue?). It looks ...
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How to trim windows on a curved wall

I have a curved wall with 7 windows in it. We are getting all the windows replaced but I'm a little concerned about how the windows will be trimmed on the curved wall. Currently there is no trim, the ...
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Rotted wood under window - fixable or do I need a professional to replace everything?

No project in a 100+ year old house is ever easy. I went to replace the window stool in one of my windows because it was cracked and chipping. When I removed the old stool, I found the wood underneath ...
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Screenline motorized blinds stuck

I have some Screenline motorised blinds. I think this model, with this motor. One of the blinds will go all the way down, but on the way up stops in the position shown. All of the other blinds work ...
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Water In Window Sills

We have water coming in the bottom sills on the lakeside windows. Below is the process - What is wrong with this? There is damage to the drywall after rain. The water comes down to the basement after ...
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Is this new Hardie/Window installation going to leak?

LINK TO PHOTOS Hardie siding was installed at my house and it doesn't look quite right to my (untrained) eye. I'm concerned that this install cause issues, whether by (a) immediate water issues/leaks ...
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What is the industry-specific name for this type of window?

Like the title asks, I’m looking for the industry-specific name for this type of window. Thanks in advance!
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Should I caulk the top and bottom of my windows on the outside?

Lots of ladybugs in the house today, and I read that they're getting in through the windows, so I went to inspect. One window in particular has a large gap at the bottom. All of the windows on my ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

We are purchasing a home and have two rooms we would like to improve the window situation in. In the dining room we would like to replace the regular 36x54 double hung with a 48" round picture ...
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What material is this indoor sill made of?

This is an interior stool at one of my windows. Some windows have it, some don't. I am handy and have tools to make window stools, so I'd like to make the missing ones for the house. I am not sure ...
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How to repair a window screen frame?

I need to repair a metal window screen frame - not the screen itself, the frame that holds the screen. I dropped the frame and it broke apart at one corner. On closer inspection, I see a 90 degree ...
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How to seal window frame and repair surrounding concrete?

I just moved in to an apartment, and it's great apart from a few things that need repair. In the pictures linked below, how would I go about repairing or filling in the gaps in the concrete at the ...
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Have 2 windows that I need to replace - can't open to measure, but have jamb sizing - How to measure for replacement using window frame/case?

So I have 2 different windows that I need to replace. Since both windows are in unfinished attic spaces I was able to do the measuring from the frame. Unfortunately I can't open them at the moment (...
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How should I connect side-by-side replacement windows?

I'm in the process of replacing my old Andersen double hung windows with Pella 250 double hung pocket replacements without the need to fix any siding as they just sit in the original sill and are held ...
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Window replacement advice [closed]

We need to replace most of our windows. It is a large home and there are 31 we'd like have done. We have received the following pricing so far Pella 92k, Durante 78k, Champion 89k, and Ecoview 41K. We ...
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Best material to use under drywall returns?

Thoughts between wood or metal, or both, for jamb extensions on replacement windows with drywall returns? Is there any risk to going with wood? Is it overkill to have metal on top of the wood jamb ...
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Metal flashing under drywall around window?

What is this metal around the window? It's under the drywall on all four sides. It looks like flashing but it's inside, so that doesn't really make sense. The original window was installed with clips, ...
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What window part do I need for this window?

A lot of windows on my sun porch are missing parts of the latch. I am guessing that time and cold has led to the plastic latch mechanism breaking. Some of the windows are missing both latches ...
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Old metal window stuck open and metal strap/band fell out; what to do?

My partner lives in a condo with original windows from 1981. Replacing the windows has been on our list, but we haven't been able to save up for it. Today, we opened one of the windows for the first ...
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For single-hung windows with a spiral balance system , what is the standard areas one should weather strip?

I wish to weather strip my windows. Here are a few photos of the window. This window has a spiral balance system as seen here I have looked at a few videos on how to weather strip this type of ...
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Is this a latch for a double-hung window?

I have never tilted the double-hung windows open in my house. I see what looks like a latch on the bottom window and at the top of the top window. The bottom "latch" doesn't move when I ...
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Would this type of window insulation be effective in cooling my room and keep heat out?

I have 2 sliding windows in my room, both windows have window type AC units either in front or next to the back-side of the AC units (I guess the radiator/hot side of the AC. Idk much about AC parts). ...
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What material should I use as spacers to attach these blinds to the window jambs?

I realized after attempting to install these blinds that they're for windows without a sash. They are intended to be attached to either the glass (with tape) or screwed into the window rails. However, ...
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What exactly is wrong with this window/ what type of window is this?

This is a larger single hung vinyl window from what I gather but there are no text markings to help identify. The window is very loose in its tracks and easy comes out/ falls down without a prop. I ...
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Is there a difference between NT Presidential and Wincore 5400 Windows?

We recently had all the windows in our house completely replaced. 23 windows in total in South Texas. The contract we signed listed Wincore 5400 with Cardinal LoE-366 glass. Installers show up months ...
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Question about window iridescence

Been reading about this and it seems like I may have a blown seal on a couple of my windows. I am not sure if the whole window needs to be replaced or just a panel? how much does something like this ...
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Window Screen Frame Sizes

I need to re-make the aluminum frame for a window screen. In the past, I've used the 5/16" kits from the big orange store, which matched the original frames. But now I'm replacing a thicker one. ...

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