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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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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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What is this plastic edging around my window called?

I have a timber frame house that has done a bit of settling and im fairly confident its now done after 3 years, so time to fix the various cracks. Around one of the windows there is this plastic ...
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How can I install a window air conditioner and still allow the window to be opened?

I want to install a window based air conditioner but still allow for the ability to open the window when needed. I was thinking of using a piece of wood screwed into the window frame to support the ...
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Window numbering system?

I have a garrison colonial house with vinyl tilt-in windows that need cleaning. I'm thinking to take the sashes outside in groups and hose them down, so I need to mark the sashes and frames with some ...
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How can I cut a hole through metal siding to open up a doorway or window?

There is an outbuilding on the property I'm buying that appears to be made of cinderblock. at some point in the recent past, it looks like somebody attached a bunch of metal siding to the outside, and ...
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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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What is a good material to block all light from a window with?

Blackout curtains have always disappointed me because they let in far too much light. Both through the fabric itself, and around the edges. I would like to create a window covering for my bedroom ...
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How to frame and install new windows in balloon frame with T1-11 siding?

Remodeling the 1930s wood-framed building we live in, and ready to make new openings to install new windows. It's difficult to describe how the walls are so I made a diagram below. Basically, from ...
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Identifying Window Latch

I would appreciate it if anybody could tell me what type of window latch is in the picture below? I bought a house and need to change a couple of these that are broken. Thank you!
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This cinderblock outbuilding's windows and doors were covered by metal siding. How can I turn them back into windows and doors? [closed]

There's an old cinderblock outbuilding on the property I'm under contract for, probably built in the 1960s. It had many doors and Windows, but most of them were covered when the previous owner of the ...
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Wood between my windows is rotting, how do I fix this?

I've attached images. Not sure if I should just paint over it with epoxy or replace it entirely.
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Hydro isolation for foundation cut out (edge, not face)?

I live in Europe with a house constructed out of perforated bricks. I have sub grade basement windows. Our home inspector pointed out that the foundation edges exposed by the window channel need hydro ...
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Quickest way to circulate outside air thru house?

All but one major room is part of a single path through home, from a window on one end to a window on the other. In the evening I want to bring in cooler outside air as efficiently as possible. If ...
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Do I need to install flashing for this replacement window?

I am replacing an old vinyl window. The previous window had a separate storm window on the outside (which I removed). Now there is wood exposed to the elements. I live in Minnesota where it's hot and ...
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Temporary window treatment options? (shades, blinds, curtains)

I have a sitting room-turned-guest room, and with summer going into full bore the room brightens up too early in the day for sound sleep. It has become a problem. The room has several large windows ...
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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. So while most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary ...
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How to remove stubborn adhesive residue from my windows?

This sounds ridiculous but I was Googling forever to no avail. We have been scrubbing like mad for four years with all purpose cleaner. I’m not sure what kind of product to use to clean or clean off ...
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How messed up are these window installs and do I need to fix them?

I have andersen 400-series windows throughout the house. I'm renovating the attic so the trim and wallboard are off revealing this situation: The window is not attached to the rough opening on the ...
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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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How to work around bowed king stud for a window frame?

I'm framing for a new window in an existing wall, and the left king stud bows out slightly. How can I fix this? My current plan is to place the new (straight) jack stud against the king stud, and add ...
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Will replacing windows significantly reduce solar heat gain in summer?

A friend of mine is remodeling his 1980s house and was asking advice about keeping it cooler in the summer. The house currently has the original double pane windows, many of which have "popped&...
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What kind of rivet is this on an Andersen storm door?

I need to move a hinge on an Andersen storm door and noticed that they had rivets - what kind of rivet is this? They say the size is 3/16 X 9/32. Is it a pop rivet or a blind rivet? I don't know ...
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Should I open the top or bottom of double hung windows?

I'm a new home owner and was wondering if there is a "right" way to use the double hung windows in the house. Should I open the top or bottom? Is there a seasonality to it? Does it even matter at ...
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Options to replace a non standard size window on a budget

I have been slowly replacing windows in my home. I’m on to one which is a sliding window measuring 56”w x 36”h. The rough opening is 56.75x37.5” and the builder shimmed with 1x4s. I am posting to see ...
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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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2018 IBC code requirement for tempered glass windows (safety glass)

I'm trying to figure out if I can bypass requirement for tempered glass. I have 3 windows 40x69 ea, installed in a row separated by 1 1/2 inch material (2x8), all of this is installed in a rough ...
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Header size and support for 10 foot window

I'm putting in a large 10 foot window in a sunroom on a non load bearing wall. The entire wall is being replaced. I was planning to put in a header with joist hangers attached to the 2x12s in the ...
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Am I ready to install window framing in load bearing wall?

I'm looking to add a window to an exterior, load-bearing wall. In front of the wall (which rests on the foundation) is another "wall" framed for wood paneling. I need to cut through the ...
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Problems with a 1 1/4 inch rod holding 4 curtain panels

I have curtain 4 panels that cover a large French sliding door. We had to use expansion brackets to extend far enough out to cover shades. The problem is that the anchors he used are not holding well ...
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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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Identifying a Window Manufacturer

I need to replace the tilt latch on this window but can't find any indication of the name of the company that manufactured the window. I tried a local window shop and they did not recognize it, plus ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Is there a name for open-top curtains?

I've walked around my neighborhood, and seen curtains that leave around the top 1/4 of the window open, which I really like. It seems to provide the same amount of privacy, but also let in a good ...
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Can I build a mitered aluminum glass frame from glass edge banding?

Can I build a more substantial window frame from ultra thin aluminum edge banding by mitering the corners and installing a super low profile corner key?
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Where can I buy a customized window? [closed]

Recently my basement window was installed in the wrong orientation (vertical window positioned horizontally), a horizontal window (40x33) is needed, and Home Depot didn't have one. Your advice about ...
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How to address the issue of a vertical window that was installed horizontally

I assigned a contractor to install a new window at basement. I bought the window 33x40 and material with the contractor in Home Depot. The contractor cut the wall and installed well. Two days later I ...
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Can vertical window be installed horizontally?

I have a double-paned window that is not designed to open. It is 7' x 1'. The weep holes are in the 1' end. Can this window be installed horizontally?
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do triple track windows have safety stops

Is there any rubber stop that can be inserted into the triple track latch punch outs below the upper sash to provide a safety stop in case a spring bolt latch breaks off?
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Light entering from sides of blackout curtain

I have installed a blackout curtain in my bedroom. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of light entering from above and below the curtain, as you can see in the picture below. Is there anything I can ...
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Should the tiny gap between exterior window trim and the window housing be caulked?

I have a home with Hardie Board siding and trim. There is a tiny gap between the edge of the installed windows and the Hardie trim board ( Please see the gap where my finger is pointing in the picture ...
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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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What kind of window is this? And how to open it?

This window sits above our (sort-of) 3/4 glazed french doors onto our balcony. It looks like somehow this rod should turn, allowing the window to fall back into the room but we've had no luck so far....
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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 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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Help recognize / how to remove and reinstall this window

We have a double hung window with a dual-track piece on both sides. The lower sash can no longer stay open as its spring coil on the right has fallen detached. I've watched quite a few YouTube ...

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