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For questions relating to the installation, maintenance, and repair of windows and window treatments such as shutters, blinds and curtains.

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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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Latest IBC code for residential regarding tempered glass requirement - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In the home inspection report, it was stated that: "a Qualified window contractor to correct as determined necessary the master bathroom window in the shower has no tempered etching. (should have ...
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Easy way to repair windows with broken sash cords

I have about a dozen double-hung windows that have broken sash cords. I know how to repair sash cords, but it is tedious work. Is there any alternative, "quick and easy" way to repair the windows ...
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Proper glue for sticking foam on window glasses? Strong enough, removable, and without gap

Winter is coming. I plan to stick soft polyethelene foam on window glass for thermal insulation. Last time I use Styrofoam glue, and it is a disaster. It is hard to remove it. It take hours with ...
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Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?

I have some double pane windows with failed seals. They get condensation inside. When it dries it leaves unsightly residue that I can't figure out how to clean off. I know that I could replace ...
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Is it possible to reduce internal window reflection?

At night, my windows reflect the room and obscure the outside view. Is there a way to reduce the reflectiveness of the windows?
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Leaky windows, where do I caulk outside of the window?

Our house was built in 2016, shortly after moving in we noticed that all of our windows on the main floor leaked. The builder came, did something (I wasn't home), and all but one stopped leaking. It ...
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What type of window is this?

I have a window in my bedroom that moves up and down with a sort of helical rail. Its become stuck and in doing a web search on how to get it moving I realized I have no idea what its called. What ...
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Installing aluminum window in block wall

I have no clue how an aluminum window is fixed to a solid block wall opening,I live in South Africa and the window I bought is glazed and came with 4 lugs that slides down the edges of the frame. The ...
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Sprayed foam sealant into window blind's headrail, immobilizing it. Blinds are also screwed directly into frame. How to remove (has picture)

Trying to seal window crevices, I accidentally sprayed into window blinds headrail whose top is exposed. The crevice is so narrow I couldn't see into the top of the headrail, so I forgot it was open. ...
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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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Can a through-the-wall A/C unit be mounted in a window?

I've seen many posts about how you can't install a window AC unit through the wall. However, I have the opposite question. Can you install a through-the-wall AC unit in a window? It seems like someone ...
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What is the actual function of the lock on a up can window handle?

I have upvc windows with the typical handle with push button and lock which rotates ninety degrees to engage/disengage the locking mechanism (3 bolts in the bottom of the window frame which engage ...
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Intuitive blinds roll up/roll down mechanism

By all means a "champagne problem", but half of the time I try to operate roll-up blinds, I get the blinds moving in the wrong direction. The cord is completely outside of the blinds, and it can ...
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Shall I keep windows and blinds open during hot summer days? [closed]

On a summer day with at 36 degrees Celsius, in a room with no air conditioner but only a ceiling fan, and with windows facing north and east, which of the following can I do to make the room feel less ...
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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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How do I remove window sill stop block on double-hung vinyl window?

The vinyl double hung window was installed on my brick house a few years ago. The Screws that hold the replacement windows are drilled in through the bottom of the drain holes with no caulking on the ...
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How to fit a pvc window to a corrugated metal shed

I have a corrugated metal shed which i want to fit a pvc window. I am not so sure how should i approach to this. The shed looks like the one pictured below but there are 2 vertical perimeter channels ...
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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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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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