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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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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What type of curtains do I need to buy?

Our bedroom is pretty bright from the streetlights at night and the sun in the morning. This affects our sleep quality, so I am thinking of buying blackout curtains. I never bought curtains before and ...
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Help recognize / how to remove and reinstall this window

We have a double hung window with a dual-track piece on both sides. The lower sash can no longer stay open as its spring coil on the right has fallen detached. I've watched quite a few YouTube ...
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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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Caulk/Putty around Interior Timber Frame Window Gaps

I am in the process of painting my timber frame windows and when cleaning and sanding down I have noticed that there is a small gap between the window pane and timber frame on the interior (the stuff ...
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How to fill 5 inch deep gap above and below window on internal wall

I've recently had wallpaper stripped and the guy managed to remove two of the PVC window trims in the process. This has exposed a gap between the top of the window and the wall of about 1.5 inches, ...
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How can I open this locked window?

To be clear, this window is in my house, which I own. However I don't have a key that opens it. Below is another window in my house (exactly the same as this one) which I do have a key for. I've ...
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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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What is causing this window to open, but not close?

As you can see in this video, the window opens when I crank it, but won’t close when I go the opposite direction. It acts as though I’m taking out the crank itself. To close it, I have to remove the ...
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What is this connector?

I want to add screens to the wood-framed casement windows in my house, and while examining the existing frames, I found what appear to be connectors for screens (the oblong bit on the right in the ...
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Help with mounting a TV over a window

I would like to mount my television over a window. I identified this mount; Chief OB1U It looks like it will do the trick, except that the opening of my window is approximately 60" high and the max ...
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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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Should the tiny gap between exterior window trim and the window housing be caulked?

I have a home with Hardie Board siding and trim. There is a tiny gap between the edge of the installed windows and the Hardie trim board ( Please see the gap where my finger is pointing in the picture ...
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Basement sliding glass window (Pella) - how to remove the pane opposite of the sash

I just installed a Pella basement sliding glass window in my house. It went well, but I have a question. How do you remove the non-sash pane? I Googled this like crazy but the only things that come up ...
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Clean foam residue off windows

In a new construction home, when we moved in there is this residue on the interior window framing. This is not spray insulation, but looks like there was some type of foam on the windows itself during ...
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Can you have many adjacent windows along the perimeter of the top of a wall?

I'm looking to build an outdoor shed with a lean-to roof, and I'd like to have windows all along the top right beneath the roof, like this picture: What additional engineering considerations are ...
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How should I clean and lubricate gearing for casement windows?

My house has casement windows. I opened their gearing boxes to mask them because I painting the frames and I noticed them dirty. How should I clean and lubricate them? I was thinking vacuum with ...
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How to Apply Decorative Exterior Trim When Trim Width Exceeds Side Casing

I have very old aluminum windows and am planning to replace them soon. My current window trim is nailed on over the siding but since I will be cutting back the siding to nail the window flange I ...
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Recurring cracked window

We had new windows fitted in June 2019 and have since had to have a small side window repaired due to it cracking. It has happened for a second time now and we are worrying that its a bigger problem, ...
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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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How to keep a window from opening too widely?

I am moving into an apartment, and I have a cat. I need to alter the windows in a way so that it can’t be opened beyond a couple of inches - little enough that there’s no chance of that cat slipping ...
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How do I install a window screen that must go in from the outside and does not have tabs, springs, pins, or any flex? [closed]

The house that I moved into had all of the screens removed from the basement windows and left laying near each window (so I'm pretty confident they came with the windows which were installed in 2006). ...
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How can I open my bottom-hung windows for cleaning?

I have smaller bottom-hung windows above my regular ones. They open just a little and are held in place with this mechanism: https://i.stack.imgur.com/Dbc9Y.jpg https://i.stack.imgur.com/zNAtx.jpg ...
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newly installed picture window bends under pressure

We have just got new retrofit windows installed yesterday, argon two pane vinyl windows, Alside brand. They have lots of smudges all over so I started cleaning them. The biggest of them, tempered ...
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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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Remove Plastic Bracing by a Window

I apologize if I'm abusing terminology, I'm not completely sure the correct names for window anatomy. I'm trying to remove a plastic brace that's adjacent to a window and I can't figure out why it ...
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Smart home automated fire response

I've got a rather extensive OpenHab smart home installation with tons of lights, thermostats, and more diverse connected devices. One category of connected devices is smoke detectors, one in every ...
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Did someone throw a rock at my window?

The outside pane of a double-glazed window in my house is broken, and I'm curious to know why. Picture below. I've done some Googling to investigate, and as I it understand the possibilities are: ...
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Why do double hung windows have sash stops

Double hung windows have a sash stop to keep then from opening all the way by a few inches. The only reason I can figure they are used is to make the window operation foolproof. Without it, when ...
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What kind of window/glass is this?

I'm wondering what kind of glass this window is made of. Is this a "strong" window like laminate? Finally, is it safe to apply a film such as tint or "security film"?
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How should I restore these cames in leadlight window?

I would like to restore the cames in these windows. I am unsure which metal they are made from. How do I go about this? This is a picture from the outside which has been exposed to the weather (...
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Can a PlyGem Alenco Window With the Sash Inside the Glass Be Switched To Glass With the Sash On the Outside?

I'd appreciate any advice with this issue. I just purchased a home with a detached garage that has PlyGem Alenco windows. The sash is inside the window glass. The main home has windows with an ...
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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't identify sliding vinyl window part - bottom "slide" / "guide" / "rail" (image included)

The bottom sliding guide of my vinyl windows looks worn and ugly, anyone knows what's that called exactly and if it's possible to find a replacement. All my searching so far turned up exactly nothing. ...
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Reducing wind noise inside

Living in suburbs west of Denver, we sometimes have rather windy nights. Tonight it's blowing about 25mph from the west, which means mostly parallel to my bedroom window. The windows are about 12 ...
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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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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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Fitting add on blinds to rear door

I am trying to fit add on, enclosed blinds (like these) to the rear door of my new home. I have not been able to find a set of blinds that fit appropriately and I am not sure why. I've returned 2 sets ...
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Bathroom window block joints getting green

I am a first-time homeowner and I started seeing the color of the material between window blocks of my bathroom turn green over the 6 month time period of moving in. I am wondering: what is the cause ...
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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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Should water reach inside my window sash before draining out?

One of my large upstairs vinyl window frames is leaking rainwater onto the window sill. The base of the frame is filling up with water, which is then overflowing onto the sill, where the window meets ...
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How to remove plastic film on window pane

We live in a late-70s condo in California with some windows a few inches above ground level. On one of them, the previous owners placed some plastic film which is now cracking and unsightly. Clearly ...
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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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Should I caulk window gap behind casings?

Installed flange windows often have a gap where they're shimmed. This gap will usually be covered by casing. Should it be caulked before the casing is installed?
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How can I protect window air conditioner from bird droppings from above?

I live on the second floor in a tall building. My previous air conditioner (AC) was getting hit several times with pigeon poop. Not only the poop was going inside the unit, or getting stuck on top, ...
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Tips for extending the window sill

The extended sill would have a depth of about 2 inches. If I were to extend the window sill using the below approach, would that be strong and stable enough? I may plan to add an additional interior ...
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Window latch? What are these called and where can I buy them?

My windows has 3 of these per window, positioned top middle and bottom on the inside of the window frame. These catch the lock on the window to secure the closed position. However on some windows, I'...
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I have 2 windows in my kitchen, would it be crazy to remove one? [closed]

Redesigning our kitchen and want to remove the stove from the island (G shape) Fridge is built-in on interior wall. Sink/dishwasher is on the far wall facing the front of the house and on the other ...
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Old single pane House window has a crack, can I fix it using a resin?

Old single pane House window has a crack, can I fix it using a resin? Sort of like how a windshield crack can be repaired with resin?
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How to sand plaster corner using oscillating tool?

I'm fitting a blackout blind and the width of the opening of the window recess at the top narrows over at the the final 4 cm or so (1.6") by a maximum of perhaps 2.5 mm (1/10 th of an inch). The ...

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