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Where to attach hook and eye to prop a hinged casement window open?

My 100+ year old house has one original casement window that has no crank; it just opens on hinges. Which is annoying because the wind can blow it closed. I was visiting another old house and noticed ...
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Window manufacturer identification

The man who sold my house to me didn't leave information on windows. Does anyone recognize something on this sticker that could help me identify manufacturer? I live in Arizona. I have searched the ...
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Why are Fauxwood vertical blinds not as thick as Fauxwood horizontal blinds?

Why are Fauxwood Vertical blinds not as thick as Fauxwood Horizontal blinds? I received a lot of samples. Is it because vertical blinds structure rail cannot hold something as heavy? I buy blinds, not ...
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Secondary window glazing in Texas

I have 11 square 31"x31" double-glazed windows (likely not low-e glass) that are aluminum framed without a thermal break, so the interior frame becomes almost too hot to touch in the summer ...
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Can a window seal be too tight?

I just added Tesa Moll (https://www.tesa.com/en/consumer/tesamoll-p-profile.html) to my windows, because they didn't really shut tight. Now it is really tight and quite a bit of strength is needed to ...
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Loose window sills indoors in a UK home

We're considering a home purchase. It's lovely, but there are problems with a number of the windows. Interior, the windows in question have loose wooden window sills. When I say loose, pushing down on ...
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Window Insulation Kit, how much temperature increase?

I am looking to buy a window insulation kit. How much temperature increase would it cause? I live in an area where it goes 45 degrees Fahrenheit during the winters. https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-...
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Do I need to re-install an unleveled window or just leave it? [closed]

This window was not installed leveled. As you can see from the seam at the bottom, it's slightly slanted. Will it result in problems later such as water drainage, draft, seal, structural, etc. or is ...
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Options to fill or cover a curved gap between a window sill(PVC) and drywall

The gap is 1-8mm wide. The window sill is PVC thus probably only selected glues will work. Wall is drywall. This is a low window sill on a high window - so in the right lower corner you see the ...
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Who manufactured these windows and doors?

I am trying to find a replacement threshold for my back door, but I haven't a clue who the manufacturer is. There is a logo etched in the lower right corner of the glass; however, I cannot figure out ...
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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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Close off an unwanted window

I have a window that I'm looking to remove from the middle of the kitchen and replace with cabinetry. I will replace the opening with new framing and OSB for sheathing outside. My question is ...
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Proper window header for 6-foot window & understanding the span tables?

I'm framing out headers for 6' (72 inch) wide windows in a sunroom. The sunroom is around 12 x 12 and has a ceiling and roof. Based on my current understanding of the header span tables which I have ...
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How do I make professional grade double pane glass at home?

I've been shopping around and no one near me will do Argon filled double pane and only one place will do a vacuum. The price seemed astronomically high considering I can buy the glass and the local ...
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Window in shower enclosure: What to do about it, if anything?

One of the quirks of my house is a 1945-vintage double-sash window, with wood trim and probably wood sashes, chest height, located above a tub where it could be nicely soaked by side-splash when ...
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Window is leaking into stucco

I have some water that has worked its way into the baseboard of my house. The leak is directly below the corner of a window. It looks like the previous owner had the stucco repaired but a gap has ...
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How can I insulate aluminum window frames?

I live in a rented apartment with aluminum window frames and double-pane windows. Now that it is heating season, I am noticing that my window frames are incredibly cold to the touch when it is cold ...
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Does mold in a loggia means that the loggia must be replaced?

My apartment has a loggia which used to be a balcony (it is now an extension of the living room without any separation between them - the door that was there was removed). This was done by the ...
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Need advice on porch conversion to sunroom

First, a huge THANK YOU to the community for helping me through a major kitchen and living room renovation. Couldn’t have done without your advise and guidance. I am now exploring the possibility of ...
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Horizontal Blinds: Inside or Outside Mount Type for Windy Weather

I am thinking of buying Horizontal Blinds. I will either buy Inside Mount or Horizontal Outside Mount. I live on an upper floor with very Windy, Blowing weather. Between the two, what is best option ...
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Special name for middle window rail

I'm confused by window terminology. Does that middle flat ledge where two window sashes meet that also has the window latch have a special name? In our house it always winds up collecting house plants,...
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Is it better to have acrylic window inserts than storm windows for soundproofing? [closed]

We live on a busy street and would like to soundproof the windows facing the street. After some research, we've boiled down to either storm windows or acrylic glass. The latter is more expensive, but ...
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What's the best soundproofing solution to rubber coming off of double-paned transom windows?

Rubber between the two window panes are coming off of our double paned transom windows. Does the rubber have soundproofing capabilities? We live on a very busy street and are also looking for ways to ...
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How can I mount a window fan in a very tall slider?

I am looking for a way to mount a window fan like this one in my apartment. The only windows my unit has measure 70" x 58" (H x W) with 29" wide slider panel which opens horizontally. ...
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How to repair/waterproof Arch Top Windows

We have this Arch Top Windows on top of our double pain windows. I noticed that the black seal (not sure what it exactly is) is coming out. What are my options to repair it. I am worried that will ...
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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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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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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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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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Sagging uPVC window fixings advice

We've recently had some uPVC windows installed (Luxembourg, Western Europe, btw). Already after only a month, the larger (wider) windows are sagging slightly (laterally) and don't open/close smoothly. ...
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What's the best way to cut a circular porthole window into the sheet metal of a van?

I want to cut a 12" diameter circle into the side of my van to install a window. My current plan is cut it by taking a sufficiently sized drill bit, drilling a hole near the inside edge of the ...
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What is this tiny plastic insert in my sliding window sash?

With the recent cold weather, I've been trying to best insulate my house and keep it warm while not using too much energy. While applying weather stripping to my windows, I noticed that some of the ...
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Insulated window covers that can easily be opened and closed?

We have a room with old aluminum windows. I’ve included a picture of the windows. We have an A/C in this room, but these old windows never close tight, so most of the cool air escapes through those ...
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Any creative ideas for dealing with this long drop next to stairs?

My house is built on a hill and the lower level is quite dark. In an effort to open it up a bit, the original owner came up with this weird set of stairs (pictured below) with a platform off to the ...
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What should I fill with the void space left under the frame of my basement window?

What should I fill with the void space left under the frame of my bathroom basement window? I discovered that space recently when I was trying to fix something else. Please see this thread What is the ...
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How do I uninstall a velux blackout blind?

(A Velux blind is a brand of skylight/roof-window in the UK that's apparently quite popular). We have a couple of velux windows with blinds attached. We'd like to swap them for the black-out blind ...
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Measuring Jamb Depth for New Construction Windows

I am building a detached garage that is not going to be insulated, however I would like the option to insulate in the future if needed. Also, I am going to use 7/8" corrugated siding on the ...
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How can I install a curtain rod so that it doesn't slide on the mounting brackets when opening and closing the curtains?

I am hoping to install some drapes in our bedroom. In my experience, the curtain rod always slides into itself or over the mounting hardware while I am opening or closing the curtains. Is there a way ...
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Casement Windows: Install Thru Wall A/C Indoors & Exhaust with Ducting

A family member has a business in a century-old building that only has industrial casement, awning, and pivot windows. There's no central A/C & a mini-split can't be hung outside the building. The ...
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Did my contractor install these windows correctly?

I had a contractor come install 4 of these windows for me. He’s an older guy who I believe just does this to keep busy post retirement. The labor costs were very cheap. When I went upstairs afterwards ...
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Can the seams on vinyl windows be smoothed out

I am in the middle of having 18 windows replaced with what are supposed to be Pella Series 250 windows1, by a large US national based home remodeling firm. In inspecting the new windows I see that ...
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How can I identify the manufacturer of these windows? NAMI-30414

Literally all I know about these windows is the following sticker, apparently designed to peel off before the warranty expires: How can I identify the maker for warranty purposes? I know that NAMI is ...
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Do I need a lintel? Will I need to prop wall/roof?

I'd like to replace my garage window with french doors as I want to put an office/workshop in there and there's currently no side access. My garage is single skin brick, built in the 60s and there is ...
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How to automate a window to open & closed by remote commands

I'm a software developer. I would like to be able to open and close my window automatically when there is a noise outside. So first I need a Wifi Microphone, that will stream the audio to my PC. Then ...
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How can I removed a stuck old Anderson sliding window?

This page shows the kind of window I have and how to remove it. Problem: one side of the window is stuck and won't come out. The window in question is labeled "left-hand sash" in the ...
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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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Leaky Windows caused drywall discoloration / damage - how to approach repair?

After a heavy rainfall I noticed that an area of the drywall was discolored and cold/soft and managed to push it in (woops). This area is usually behind a curtain so we never noticed it before. I ...
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How much clearance is needed between window and wall for portable AC hose?

We have a project upcoming to replace the windows in our condo. We have the option to add portable AC hose vents to the spandrel, and I need to decide on the placement of the spandrel in the 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. While most are on tracks and removable, the large picture window in the living room has a stationary middle ...
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