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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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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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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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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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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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Close an external window from inside only using drywall

In our bedroom, we have 4 square picture windows (they don't open. Size 23*23 inches). We want to close 2 of them and make it a tv wall. So idea is to, fill the space with insulation , frame it from ...
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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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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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How to remove a decorative glass window pane?

Previous owners installed decorative panes over double-paned windows, which have since fogged. These are not mullions. They appear to have a black caulk holding them in place. I'm told I can remove ...
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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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Trying to figure out what this is on window

Trying to figure out what this is on my window. It’s horizontal clear strip that slightly opens. At first thought it was some sort of weep hole, but it seems too big. It’s in the middle part of the ...
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Wood rot underneath window in a 2in window sill

Underneath my window, there is a large sill that angles downward. On the right side there appears to be quite a lot of rot, see attached image. The pliers are about 2 inches long and are penetrating ...
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Window Leak, no flashing?

I recently had new windows installed and have since had a significant leak from the top of two of our downstairs windows. The contractor had come back to check and stated that the windows were ...
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Replacing window and wood siding

I have a bathroom window in the shower. The window drains down onto the wood siding causing it constantly peel. We would like to put a shorter window in and higher up to avoid this. How tough would it ...
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Bay Window too far out?

I have a Bay Window that needs to be replaced due to leaking during heavy rain & general sagging/not level. Contractor confirmed it's an Andersen window from 1989. 3 double-hung windows sized as 1:...
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How can I cover the window space for winter

I reside in an older residence, and unfortunately, the windows in my living room are non-operable. Each summer, I've faced the challenge of accidentally breaking a window pane while installing a ...
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How do I properly flash a finless window on a wall repair?

My house is 100 years old. The windows are all double-hung vinyl windows retrofitted into sash window frames. The sash windows had an angled sill, one piece from inside to outside. The vinyl ...
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Egress window well - can't drain to weeping tile because I keep hitting concrete

I am installing an egress window in the basement of a house built in Colorado in 1965 (maybe those details will help?). I have dug the well ~12" below where the bottom of the new window will be. ...
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Is it possible to avoid sloppy seams on vinyl-clad windows?

I need to replace some casement windows in my house. I'm leaning towards Andersen. At the showroom, I looked at some aluminum-clad and vynil-clad windows. I noticed that the seams on the vinyl-clad ...
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Questions on structural eng drawing for egress window

I am installing an egress window in my basement to make it a legal bedroom. I am going to be doing most of the work myself (outside of cutting the concrete) but doing it by the book (permits, ...
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Am I being overly critical of these window installations?

We are replacing all of the windows in our house, which is a few dozen. We are doing new construction style. The crew is only about 20% done, but already I've noticed a few issues that concern me. I'd ...
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Baywindow bottom shelf rot

Bay window rot project. The wood is rotted about 3/4 way back. Inside and outside pictures. The vinyl wrap at the front has been loose causing water infiltration. What is supporting the window? Can ...
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Can I replace the non-sliding glass unit in a window?

I have a Ply Gem horizontal slider window that I installed 2 yrs ago and the glass on the non-sliding window portion cracked. Can I just purchase another same size window (71.5 in. x 35.5 in.) and ...
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Window sill on CMU is rotted, what is the best t way for me to replace this?

The prior owner of my house renovated and installed new windows in the basement. They, however, just left some wonky old wood behind as a sill and painted over it with some mortar and latex paint that ...
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Windows leaking through bottom corners of window

I have multiple windows leaking water into the bottom corners of window. I do not believe it is coming from above but that's just a hunch. I had an inspection done and subsequently had all the stucco ...
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How to stop plastic panels below windows making popping noises as they warm up

We have plastic panels below our bedroom windows like in the photo. In the summer when the sun rises they make loud popping and cracking noises as they warm up. What can we do to stop or reduce the ...
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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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Basic process for closing up a window?

We've got an addition in our house that original owners went a little above & beyond on amount of windows and we're wanting to close off one of the west facing windows. Exterior is aluminum 8"...
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Fix window tab to hold window in the frame?

Both of the actual tabs on the window have broken off, so when opening or closing the window it tends to want to come out of the frame. No matter what I Google, the only results I get have to do with ...
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Anchor Bolt for Double-Stud Wall to Install a 9in deep Multi-Slide Door in California

Building an addition with a multi-slide door in California. Exterior walls are 2x4 with anchor bolts at 48in on center. However, Multi-side door is 8-5/8 inches deep. So, I am thinking of either: ...
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Internal sandstone mortar under sash window

Whilst re-decorating a sash window I, perhaps unwisely, removed a wooden board below the window to find exposed mortar (see photo). The mortar is crumbling and flakey. The external walls are sandstone....
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How can I filter smoky air coming from outside when the only opening is a window? (How to improve this system)

We live in a small single room apartment just under the roof in a city center. Many of our neighbors burn wood and coal (among other things: it often smells of burned plastic). The toxic smoke comes ...
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Re-caulking vinyl windows exterior, what material do I remove, what needs to stay?

The addition to our home has very low quality vinyl windows, and board and baton siding. There are some gaps starting to appear. Looking at the photo, arrow #1 points to ~3/8" of a caulk or ...
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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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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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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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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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