Questions tagged [windows]

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

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double hung sash window, any way to prevent the top from being moved down?

I have double hung sash window, is there any way to prevent the top from being moved down? A different style of window hardware possibly? As of now I have a crecent style fastener in the middle, ...
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Replacing/repairing old box window

We have an old box window in the kitchen (opening is about 58'' x 44.75''). They are double windows and both sides have cracks so we are thinking about different options to replace or repair them. ...
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Most efficient way to improve my house's heating

I live in the mid-Atlantic in a 100 year old house, and I'm looking for a way to reduce my heating bill. Last winter, I left the thermostat at 68F, and our gas bills were incredibly high, despite ...
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How can I remove these windows for cleaning?

I'm trying to figure out how to take these windows out of the frame for cleaning. I asked the landlord and he also doesn't know how that's done. The windows consist of two panes that slide up and ...
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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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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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Streaks after (over?) cleaning windows

I just tried to clean all the windows in my flat. In general, they now look great; should have done it ages ago! However, maybe half of the windows have very faint streak marks on them. The sort of ...
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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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Does gold window film reflects more or less light and heat than silver?

I'm going to put some mirror polarized window film both for privacy and because I get a lot of sun (and thus heat) and I was wondering if a gold or copper color film would reflect more of less light/...
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How to finish around the inside of new windows after replacing old ones

New windows were put in about a year ago and we were left with the result shown in the photos. I'm tired of seeing this and want to fix and finish it myself. However, I'm not sure what steps to take.!
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Tricks to repair window sill?

We had a roof leak that ran down the window frame and got the window sill wet. Everything is dried out and the roof is fixed. Any ideas on how to fix this window sill? I'd prefer not to have to remove ...
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Wood rot treatment product

A few years ago I removed all the soft wood on a windowsill & rebuilt the sill with new wood and filler. I've just found out that it's rotten again. 1) Should I have treated the old wood prior to ...
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Advice on supporting a sagging bay window

We have bay window that has sagged enough that that windows are out of square and no longer open or align properly to get a good seal. As such, they are drafty in the winter and we can't open them in ...
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how to fix awning windows won't close

I rent a double story town house. The window in the bed room is awning windows, and there is a problem that the crank is not closing to the end; there is still a gap that keeps window a bit open. So ...
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Skill level required to install new windows

Given basic abilities of home and car repair (i.e. installing new sinks, canned lights, basic wood working, oil changes, etc) what is the relative complexity level to install new windows, in a ...
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Replacing rotted out window sill in basement block wall

Long story short - the previous owner hired a crackhead to pave over the dirt driveway. The guy ended up raising the grade beyond the basement window sills on one corner of the house, and here's what ...
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How can I predict now the heat sinks that will appear in winter?

I've just moved into a house where I'm concerned that an energy audit might find problems. The clue is that the windows appear to be old single-pane windows. Once it's cold out I can borrow an ...
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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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Old window installed inset from exterior

This is my old window (single pane glass) and it is inset / indented from exterior wall about 2-3 in If I replace with modern double pane vinyl, it will sit flushed against exterior wall. So what is ...
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Window Manufacturer - Anyone recognize this window?

I am trying to find the manufacturer of this window or anyone that sells it. I'm in the northeast (NY). It's set in a poured concrete foundation. The glass only has "strips" on either side (which ...
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Fix askew top sash

I have 3 double hung windows side by side (mulled together). The middle one's top sash is very slightly askew. It looks like: source: but it's the middle of three windows, the others and middle ...
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What is the name of this part of an old window?

I am in the process of restoring old windows. These are original to the house and hence from 1940. Windows have these plastic or metal ventilation plugs, here are two pictures: The problem is some ...
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How do you close a Sash Weight Window?

I have two ropes apparently attached to weights inside the wall that come down on pulleys and they are attached to a window in my house on both sides. I cannot close the window. I hear the weights ...
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How to install window screen without screen track

We had wooden Marvin double hung tilt-pac windows installed but all without screens. However, there aren't any screen tracks. On the exterior trim, there is a groove/corner on three sides that would ...
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Can I nail mass loaded vynl onto plywood?

I have sheets of plywood nailed outside the windows, will it be possible to sandwich 1/8" thick mass loaded vinyl in between the plywood that is already there and another piece of plywood? If it is, ...
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DIY Tubular Skylights for special application; seeking tubular skylights smaller than 10"

We would like to have several "tubular skylights" in the construction we are planning. These are skylights consisting of a circular opening in the roof with attached dome-shaped or circular window, ...
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Replacing A Two-Pronged Window Sash Thumb Button

Everything seems to be in order although the new thumb button is slightly smaller, the prongs that fit into the window sash are exactly the same measurement's. Is there a trick to replacing these ...
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Cheap way to close wall cupboard

Currently we are staying in a rented house. It has several open cement wall cupboards with different sizes and shapes. I am providing the following image reference for cement cupboards. We placed ...
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UV protection on window now purply in colour and scratched. How to remove?

On one window the glass is etched and off colour. No idea what damaged it. Can it be removed with any kind of product? it is factory installed. Not a DIY covering.
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How to remove roller shade?

The side without the bead chain on my roller shade looks like this: How do I remove it? Google says to stick a flathead screwdriver into the tab between the bracket and to pull down on the bar, but ...
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When finishing a basement, how do I transition from walls to doors/windows?

I am planning to finish my basement, which is currently naked poured concrete foundation throughout. I have a new door and new windows (only one shown in the Figure below because they are identical). ...
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Replacing window frame without replacing window?

I was talking to someone and he mentioned that you could remove a window, replace the sill/frame, then put the old window back in....to me, that doesn't make sense at all, as the old window has caused ...
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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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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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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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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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Installing an entry door with sidelights

Anyone have any experience creating a custom size door sidelight? I would like to install an entry door with one sidelight where I currently have a window. I would like to stay in the same size as ...
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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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How do I repair my window and stop water coming in

We have a fixed pane window that is wood in the inside but seems to be vinyl on the outside. Inside the house there is a removable pane, then it's a fixed exterior pane. I noticed a damp patch ...
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Where can I find a replacement sash for my double-hung window?

I have a broken inner pane on the lower sash and would like to find a replacement sash. I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer. I am guessing it is a 26 inch square window since it ...
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What is this thing that holds in a storm window called?

I would like to replace these things that hold in storm windows on a 80 year old house but I do not know what they are called, so I am having difficulty looking them up to buy more. What is the piece ...
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Header requirements for basement egress window

I have poured concrete foundation walls and I am adding an egress to my basement wall. I'm cutting a hole 3' width by 4' in height, about 44 inches from the floor and about 12" from the top of the ...
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Window handle mechanism feels tight

I feel like the window mechanism is a bit tight and is starting to rust slowly, is there any lubricant/maintenance that is needed to take care of this? Thanks!
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AC side curtains don't fit into the window frame. Am I missing something?

As shown in the picture, the part of my window the side flange at the end of the side curtains is supposed to slip behind is entirely too thick to fit snugly while screwed into the pane above it. Am I ...
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Can I replace a window in a garage gable wall without adding a modern header?

So, I have an older construction home (1948, a great year for lumber in MN) with a detached garage connected to the breezeway. The garage roof structure has rafters and collar ties with two storage ...
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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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5 section bow window with one pane cloudy

My front 5-section bow window has one section where the seal is broken between the panes. It is now cloudy. Can the one pane be removed and a new window put in? The window should be covered by a ...
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What is this part called and where can I buy it?

So I replaced the weather stripping on all of my very old windows yesterday. The windows are sash windows. In the process I unfortunately broke two of the spring-loaded things that hold the top part ...
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wrong coloured lead used on replacement window

I recently had a window replaced with lead square design on the surface of the glass. The existing windows are silver leaded, but the installer decided to put a dark lead, almost black on the window. ...
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How should I fasten window trim molding when I reinstall it?

I posted previously in regards to an exterior window trim issue I discovered, where the previous home owner did not put any waterproofing around the window. I have since waterproofed around the ...

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