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How do I fix metal clad wood casement windows that won't close?

I recently purchased a house that built in 1937. I believe the windows are original, and they are all casement windows. I'm not sure of the correct term, but the windows are clad in metal with a slot, ...
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Filter Air coming through window

There is a window in my back side of the house. i wanted to keep open the window of the backside just to keep the house warm. but there is a public bathroom in the backside and i feel very bad smell ...
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If a basement concrete wall is 43 inches tall, is it possible to put in an egress window?

My understanding is that the opening of the window must be 44 inches from the floor or lower. Will it possible to put in a window and meet this requirement without cutting any concrete? Thanks.
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How do I prop open an awning window?

I have a top hung window (it opens by swinging outwards) in a unit on a high floor of a resident building, that experiences significant wind gusts. What's the best way to prop the window open? I've ...
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Rain Water enters through tracks of sliding glass windows

I have sliding glass windows on Aluminium tracks and when it rains heavily (especially when it is windy) the rain water comes in on the window sill & wets the wall underneath. The water seems to ...
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Help me identify this window part

I have typical replacement windows that are about ten years old in my house. My boys managed to break one of the piece pictured below. (Actually, I've pictured the one that isn't broken). This piece ...
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How to lock this kind of window?

I have this window at home. I feel unsafe as I do not know the latch mechanism. Can someone explain how to shut this window?
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How do I keep old 1 pane glas from blowing out by high wind?

Renting in old house with a couple of old 1 pane glass windows which need to be secure for hurricanes. I am a senior female and need an easy reassuring fix. The owner doesn't care, so I must do it ...
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How to flash a window when using insulating boards with air barrier included?

We are going to re-insulate and re-side our 1947 home with new Roxul ComfortBatt, IsoClad 2 1/4" foam boards and some basic kaycan vinyl siding. I have been looking at how to flash a window and have ...
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Replacement Window Rails Not Aligned

I had a custom Reliabilt window built by Lowes a couple weeks ago. I installed it and made sure everything was level and square but I noticed the rails are not in alignment. I took the window out to ...
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How far in can tile be installed around bathtub window?

I was wondering how far in can tile be placed around the window sill of a bathtub window? The glass window and the tile may be close to flush or about 1/8 inch from the glass part of the window. ...
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Who is the manufacturer of this window?

Trying to identify who the manufacturer is of this window. They have a (W) on the lock lever on the casement window
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Install exterior window trim without puncturing nailing fins

When installing exterior window trim (just some 1" x 4" boards), how do you fasten them to the house without hitting the windows nailing fin and weather proofing material on top of them? For example, ...
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Installing a replacement window in new construction scenario

I am replacing a wood window that was build in the early 1900's. The original installation was really odd, it was mounted in place by the trim boards. Two nails on the outside of the trim into a ...
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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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Need help identifying window manufacturer

I have what appear to be vinyl windows with internal sashes and rubber seals. All the seal in all the windows are failing and need the windows replaced. I am having trouble finding the manufacturer. ...
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How to repair or replace rotted wood below the frame of large windows?

The wood below a few of our large windows (windows are 96"x36") is rotting. It's soft to the touch, and a mouse or rat took a couple chunks out of it last night. I called a siding company, who ...
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How can I repair the lower sash of a window

How do I find parts for a window, Been to several stores like Lowes, Home Depot, ace etc I am looking for a part that looks like this. it's for holding the lower sash of the window to stay up when ...
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best choice of material for exterior window casing

I installed fiberglass new construction windows 15 years ago on the front of the house. I used finger-jointed casing around the windows that measure about 1-1/2" square to fill the cavity around the ...
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Assessing Wardrobe's Protection from Sunlight

I'm in an urban environment and my apartment doesn't leave me with many choices with some of my larger furniture items. Namely, my wardrobe ended up having to be placed in the extended indoor balcony. ...
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Fix the torn window screens

I have two windows with torn screens that need to be fixed. I looked up on this forum for similar problems and solutions. I found some but not exactly like mine. Anyway, can someone take a look at ...
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How can I install exterior trim around my windows

My house has serviceable but plain-looking windows: I'd like to spruce them up a bit, by installing some exterior trim that can be painted in a contrasting color when we have the house painted in a ...
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Is This Basement Window Frame Structural

I'm renovating a bedroom in the basement, and I am trying to upgrade the window to meet the local egress requirements (Ontario, Canada). We have a standard bungalow with cinder block walls, built in ...
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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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I have Nami windows series 140/141, spec: H-R35/H-R50. Does the top portion slide down for cleaning?

Has a sliding bar at top on each side. Can't tell if top should slide down??
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How to Measure Double Handle Push out Windows?

I want to buy some screens but I need them custom made. I need to measure them but not sure how to measure them properly. The screen would look like this http://www.southcoastscreens.com/double-...
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Can adjacent windows share a king stud to bring them closer together?

I am a pretty novice DIY framer, and I have a project where I am closing in my back patio. I'd like to put three windows in the center of a wall. I'm not looking to mull them. I was wondering if ...
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How to repair integrated window screens from a 1930s house?

I'm purchasing a house built in 1937. All the windows and fixtures are original. A fair number of the windows have an integrated screen that pulls down from the top of the window. The tracks are ...
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Replace a cellular shade fabric but use existing hardware?

[Revised post] I want to try to replace a shade and use the existing hardware. But I am new to all things DIY shades (never installed a new one, let alone tackle a repair of new shade/old hardware). ...
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Touch Up Paint on Interior Windowwill

I recently had the old windows on my house replaced. The old windows had cranks to open and close the windows that looked similar to this: The new windows do not have a crank and now I have a spot (...
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Sheer vs daylight blinds?

I suspect it refers to the fabric type, but what do shops mean when they refer to "sheer" blinds as opposed to "daylight" ones? Here's an example of two similar blinds with these fabrics: Sheer | ...
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Caulk around window sills

I was pulling off the hardware for my blinds the other day (to paint) and the caulking around the window started to peel back. I cut it where it was still attached that way I could minimize the ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the embedded screw *inside* the window half with two windows

You see that someone bore a hole with a screw in it, the problem is that it is in the right side of the window divider (?). On the other side there is absolutely nothing, no fixation or something else....
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Window leaking from moulding

Having had a crazy rain storm yesterday, I discovered that my window leaks. There was a pool of water on the floor that was coming from the bottom moulding. Any ideas as how to fix this (ideally ...
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What are these things on my window frames?

My flat has a pair of these attached to every window frame, opposite each other. They have no visible branding on them. Does anyone have any idea what they are for?
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Adding windows to exterior entry doors [closed]

Bought a home with two solid wood entry doors which result in a dark entry foyer Anyone aware of a company making window inserts that can be installed in entry doors? I'd hate to buy new doors to ...
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Air flow and ventilation in an apartment with all windows on one side

I am considering renting a 2 bedroom apartment with all the windows on one side(south). But I am concerned about the overall air circulation in the apartment and eventually moisture and mold problems. ...
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Window and door spray foam a good solution for this exterior section underneath a window?

I have an area underneath an egress window in the basement where the caulking has shrunk and the bare wood is exposed (see pictures below). I thought about backer rod and caulking the top and bottom, ...
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How to automatically open a regular window?

In the winter I always face an issue where I occasionally need to ventilate the room whenever the air feels "stiff". I cannot leave the window open since the air is too cold and doing it manually is a ...
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how to extend wall board to window for narrower trim

We installed cement board on a wall to prep it for tiling. The gap between the window and the outline of the rough opening is anywhere between 3" to 3.5" (it's inconsistent). I want to install ...
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Remove paint and grime from aluminum windows?

We have old all-aluminum windows, and they've worked well after decades. But they're just a tad bit dirty. Are there any cleaners that will help me clean these windows? Thanks.
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need help with installing window trim

We've removed the existing drywall on an uneven wall, along with the trim around a window on this wall. When we're done making the new wall plumb and even, the window will be more recessed than the ...
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How to open tall window with pole?

Just moved into the new place and am trying to figure out how to open this window. It has the pole (second picture) nearby. No amount of searching leads to the right type of window? Any ideas? Do I ...
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New construction windows in historic district

I am replacing my current windows with new construction windows. Because I am in a historic district I need to keep the same size windows (opening size) and exterior molding. My plan is to remove ...
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How can I lower my room temperature?

My room has the following window: My room becomes extremely warm whenever the day is sunny (the window is facing the south) and the outside temperature is a bit warn (> 60F/15C). Yesterday for ...
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Do I have to remove the old window jambs when installing new nail flange window?

I am in the process of replacing an old single hung window with a new nail flange dual pane window. I have removed the old window but I do not know if I need to remove the 1 inch thick wood jamb frame....
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can an outside spot light block visibility into house window at night

I have 4 very large windows in the front of my house that currently have no window covering. I want to tint these windows for privacy but when I have my lights on at night people will still be able to ...
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is this bathroom mold a health hazard?

Its all over the ceiling. Its really black spots everywhere and its because the awning windows (hinged at bottom) dont provide enough ventialition. The paint is cracking and pealing, i think its ...
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Is there a way to hang mini blinds with only 1/2" of space to mount the brackets?

I had all of the windows in my house replaced last week and I just assumed that my fairly new mini blinds would be able to be put back up but once the new windows were in, but there is now only a ...
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What is the procedure for replacing a new-build vinyl window with drywall returns?

I want to replace a round vinyl window that is the original in our 90's house. Want to replace with like size and shape. What are the steps to work out the R/O for this window, given I can't access it ...