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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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Do I need basement window wells?

We live in a bi level house. The basement windows are about 2 inches above ground level, and plenty big enough to escape out of in an emergency. They let in plenty of light, and we have never had a ...
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How to get roof access via Anderson Venting Roof Window

I have an Anderson Venting Roof Window in my attic that I'd like to get through for some roof access. I believe it is an RV model, as seen on pg 11 of this Anderson parts catalog I've removed the ...
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Transparent stain on refinished windows requiring filler?

I'm having some old wooden windows restored. They currently have a dark stain with (the remains of) a transparent finish, and in an ideal world I'd want to stay with that. However the wood is in bad ...
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What's a clever way to stop old windows from rattling?

My old wooden windows rattle in their casings (the frame rattles in its tracks--the glass is secure). One suggestion was to use vinyl flooring as shims--that material would be too thick, but I'm ...
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Do I need a header for an egress window?

I am in the process of finishing a bedroom in my basement. I need to add a window to the room and the selected wall is poured concrete. I need to know if I have to add a header above the window in the ...
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Need help identifying 75mm threaded sash window bolt

I recently moved into a new flat with period wooden sash windows. Obviously they are not the most secure and any additional security we can add would be great. One of the sets of windows had 1 of ...
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How to re-insert a single-hung window into the frame over the guide rods?

UPDATE: window is fixed! The solution is here: youtube.com/watch?v=-TAjm4X8ubI I have a single-hung Madison window. The moving part has come loose and disassembled and I can't get it back in. There ...
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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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Which windows work with which automated window openers?

I need to replace all the windows in a house. In planning to do so, I'd like to preserve the option of eventually (not necessarily simultaneous with the new window installation) installing some kind ...
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How to avoid window sticking to paint?

Our house has several sliding windows that have a strip of rubber weatherstripping where the movable part of the window meets the frame when closed. The most recent paint (a semi-gloss latex) is ...
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Is there a built in adjustment to limit how far these crank windows open?

I need to prevent these windows from opening too wide. I have a plan to drill into the bracket and insert a bolt to limit the range of motion, but before I start modifying I want to rule out a built ...
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Blind installed in a metal/aluminum frame that is tilting forward - how to fix?

I have three windows, in sequence (the middle one is fixed, the side windows can be opened/closed). Each window has its own blind. I noticed my blinds started tilting forward, specially the middle one,...
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How to soundproof a window trickle vent?

Is it possible to soundproof this window by sealing this ventilation hole in way that is reversible without damage (it's a rented property).
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Water leaks through the base of the window through a hole during hard rain. Is this normal?

I noticed that when it rains hard, our windows leak water from the hole in the picture, is this normal? I already removed the water though in the picture. Other side of the window
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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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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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HardiePlank Lap Siding and Trim Questions

I’m looking at doing my first project with HardiePlank Lap Siding and Trim on my house.  I’ve read the technical documentation and overall it looks like it pretty strait forward to install.  This ...
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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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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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DIY Solarium / Four Seasons Room - Project Planning Advice

I am located in Columbus, Ohio. I currently rent, but I am planning on buying a house in the next two years, and I want to get started on planning for this project. My wife is a houseplant enthusiast, ...
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do triple track window panels have an inner frame

Does a triple track glass storm window, with an aluminum frame, and a metal slide bolt; always have the glass pane glazed into a second, separate, inner aluminum frame? Are there certain brands or ...
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Can you help me identify what sash lock key and bolt I need?

I live in a rented apartment on the ground floor of a council building in London. As I live on the ground floor I'd love to have some extra security on the sash windows. The agency has no clue what ...
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New sliding door with stucco behind vinyl siding

Has anyone had experience treating old (1948) stucco (3/4” stucco, metal lath, tar paper, ship lap) as wall board when installing new sliding doors or windows? I have vinyl siding that is on furring ...
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Octagon Windows - are they worth replacing?

Intro: My husband and I bought an older home that never actually got finished (no interior casing on windows, no door frames/fixtures, plywood floors throughout...). As far as we know, the foundation ...
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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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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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Window options for shower?

The layout in our only bathroom is really cramped. We are about to redo it and if we move the tub to a different wall it would open up a lot of space. The downside is that wall has the only window. ...
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What to do about window trim pulling loose of the wall?

We had new windows installed about 7 years ago. Then 2 years ago we had the space remodeled, drywall put into replace the 1950's panelling. Included nhew trim around windows. Then we put blinds up ...
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Glazing for metal window in shower area

I have a 1950s house with a glass-brick window in the shower. In the middle of the glass brick is a metal frame with an openable frosted (not smooth) glass window. Hopefully a straightforward ...
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How to remove this window sash?

I have double hung windows with top sash falling down when unlocking. I figured I’d prob need replacement on the channel balance, but I’m not sure how to take the sash out of the frame. All I can find ...
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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 to replace rotten window frame?

We have a window that is in a shower. I had noticed the paint was pealing on the outside of the house and realized that the caulk between the tile and window was gone, letting water drip down and to ...
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Identifying vinyl replacement window manufacturer without Tags

I found the following numbers between the glass: NO6797X27b3M SNEIGCC CBAIGMAC. WI
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How do I refinish around an existing basement window?

Our previously finished basement was a combination of drywall and wood paneling over concrete block with no insulation. We removed the drywall and paneling over the block and intend on adding foam ...
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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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What exactly is the purpose of the embedded screw *inside* the window half with two windows

You see that someone bore a hole with a screw in it, the problem is that it is in the right side of the window divider (?). On the other side there is absolutely nothing, no fixation or something else....
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how to extend wall board to window for narrower trim

We installed cement board on a wall to prep it for tiling. The gap between the window and the outline of the rough opening is anywhere between 3" to 3.5" (it's inconsistent). I want to install ...
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Is there a way to hang mini blinds with only 1/2" of space to mount the brackets?

I had all of the windows in my house replaced last week and I just assumed that my fairly new mini blinds would be able to be put back up but once the new windows were in, but there is now only a ...
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Suggestions for closing in a sunroom?

So I have this sunroom off the side of my garage that has a roof and what I think is a metal exterior. 1 wall is to the garage and the other 3 sides have large openings which once housed screens and ...
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Replace weatherstripping on old Anderson casement windows

The weatherstripping is damaged or missing on my Anderson casement windows. Not sure of the exact age but they are original and the house was built between 1969-74. Due to their age, I found ...
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How to properly remove water and debris from basement window well?

I was recently washing my house and noticed that a significant amount of water has collected in two of my basement window wells. Unfortunately I cannot simply pump this water out as it is mixed with ...
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How to measure exterior track style storm windows, for replacement?

I need to replace my storm windows. They are old 3-track windows. The thing is I don;t know how to measure them, should I measure the entire assembly from edge to edge, or should I measure the actual ...
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uPVC casement windows don't shut tightly

Several of my uPVC casement windows have a draught due to not fitting tightly against the seals when closed. The gap between the casement and the seal is not uniform along the height of the window. ...
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Where do I install an outside mount for blinds?

I'm installing faux wood blinds in my home. I prefer the outside mount because it looks better on my windows, however the molding is a weird design. The head casing and side casing don't meet at a ...
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How do I attach windows to a block wall covered with rigid foam insulation?

I'm wrapping a block wall house with rigid foam insulation. I plan on liquid nailing it directly to the exterior block wall of the house. I plan on attaching furring strips with tapcons on top of the ...
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Do I use a wooden frame for a basement hopper window?

I am replacing a basement hopper window. The previous owners replaced an old hopper window with a too-small piece of storm window and piece of plywood: I want to replace this with a correctly-fit ...
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How should I prime/paint a new red cedar exterior windowsill?

What's the best currently available paint combination for a new cedar windowsill in a non-freezing climate (San Francisco)? I've read that current oils no longer match the performance of their ...
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OK to drive screws into bottom of vinyl window frame?

As I was cleaning the windows before winter, I noticed that a lot of the caulking outside has cracked and come away from the window sill. I also noticed that if I push down on the bottom of the frame, ...
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Wood frame door and window repair. Steps by step answers please. In Ecuador

These are the wood parts that have been very badly damaged by sun and water. How can i restore them to the natural color they had. Id like step by step information please. Also i am in Ecuador so some ...