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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 should I reattach my patio door weather strip?

I have a patio door and the weather strip appears to have come off. It's looks like it's designed to snap into place, but I can't figure out how to do it. Any ideas?! Here's the door with the groove ...
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Replacing rotted porch window frame

Our porch is quite old and the vertical parts of some of the window frames have started to rot out: Replacing these seems pretty much as simple as buying new wood and tacking them together in the '+' ...
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remote open/close jalousie windows

In Hawaii it's very common to have jalousie windows with a turn crank to open and close the slats. I'm looking for a device that will allow me to wirelessly turn the crank to open and close the ...
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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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Installing Window Jambs on Vinyl Windows

How do you install window jambs on new windows? Do you silicon glue it into the window frames? I have seen videos of people glueing them in and this seems a little strange to me. Any advice?
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New construction window remove nail flange

I received free metal new construction windows to use as replacement windows. Is this possible? It will save on expenses for my project. If yes how do I remove the nail fin.
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How to fill a hole in plastic window frame?

The window balance broke and caused this: Any idea how to repair it? The window frame is plastic. Thanks.
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Does one large 1/4" acrylic sheet have better soundproofing than 2 or 4 pieces made airtight together with caulking?

I wan thinking of sealing off my window with a large 1/4" or even 1/2" sheet of acrylic (plexiglass) to block some noise by covering the window with it and making it airtight, essentially adding ...
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How to seal two adjoining plexiglass sheets for soundproofing?

I am thinking of bolting a giant 1/2" thick piece of plexiglass over the window. Unfortunately the windows in my apartment are massive - 5 foot x 6 foot. The challenge with this is threefold: ...
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Range Hood vent and rules regarding distance from windows/doors

I want to exhaust my range hood directly through the wall. I have a brick veneer house. There are 2 windows and a door close by. What rules need to be followed?
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Can anyone recognize this window manufacturer?

Can you identify this window manufacturer? I live in the Southeast.
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Bathroom window size and fitting issue

My basement bathroom window is 35" W x 17" from the inside measurement: Now if I replace this old window, I have few questions: Do I shop some window that is 0.5" smaller on all edges? So like 34"...
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Replace basement window with vertical trim on top of siding

Here is the outside look of my basement window. Do I remove the entire vertical trim and pop the window from the outside? What else should I expect to remove? If I install double pane glass window, ...
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Removing horizontal muntins from 1950s split pane windows

Is it possible to change to look of old exterior windows by removing the center horizontal muntin on a 1940-1950’s split 2 pane window? I would like to remove the divider, remove both pieces of glass,...
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Sash window meeting rails not even

I'm in the process of refurbing our sash windows. The top and bottom sashes of most of the windows in the house are out of alignment. Photo attached. There's a 1 inch overlap of the meeting rails. ...
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What is the style of this arched window?

What is the style of this arched window: Is this just a modern design, or is it a specific historic style?
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Approaches for shades on large skylights

I have a few skylights large enough that nearly all manufactured skylight shades (both mechanical and motorized) won't fit. That is, for widths larger than 24", most manufacturers of skylight shades ...
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How can I replace a load-bearing header and jack studs without disturbing siding?

My broad question is what tools/technique to use to remove (in order to replace) load-bearing studs and headers on an existing wall with lap siding nailed into said studs. Any videos or tips are ...
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Sealing middle of sliding window with portable air conditioner installed

In my bedroom I have a one hose portable AC unit, because my only bedroom window is a sliding window. Currently, I set up the window kit in the day and take it out before bed. The reason for this is ...
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How to replace rotten window frame?

We have a window that is in a shower. I had noticed the paint was pealing on the outside of the house and realized that the caulk between the tile and window was gone, letting water drip down and to ...
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What kind of windows are these?

I live in a high-rise. This high-rise is right next to the highway, so there's a ton of noise. I have double-paned "outside" windows, but then I have this removable inner-frame. It uses these ...
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how to change mullion?

I live in a 14 year old home with dormer windows. The mullion was originally white but it is all brown/ dirty and needs changing...but it looks like it on the exterior and is so flat it looks like is ...
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Options for Insulating around window with drywall recess

Hello wise and wonderful HI Community! I need some help. I bought a house last year and noticed horrible drafts coming from the tracks between the upper and lower window panes. I dug in today ...
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Internal Metal Frames in Vinyl Windows

What is the benefit of an added internal metal frame/core on vinyl windows? We are about to replace our 1965, single pane, full metal jacket, rattle-when-a-helicopter-flies-by windows. Since we want ...
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How to install an AC bracket without a windowsill

These instructions call for anchoring the AC bracket to the window sill, right where it meets the stool: However, my windows don't have that layout, here's a picture of what mine looks like: How ...
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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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Broken/missing vertical sliding window pin

One of two windows in a room of my house is broken, has been since before I moved in. It will lift/slide open, but without any assistance from the spring mechanism that normally takes a lot of the ...
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replacing windows

My husband found a great deal on windows, the challenge is they are brick faced windows. What can we do about installing them on a vinyl home? Is it possible to just add decorative tile around the ...
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How much can I hang from a blinds bracket?

Naughty question--I'm renting right now in a gorgeous, modern apartment and obviously can't hang anything on the walls. Buuuut.. I have this 65cm diameter mirror, approximately 4-5kg (something like ...
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Ok to add basement egress window underneath giant grade-level window?

Our one-story house has a very large window on the first floor -- appx. 72" high by 130" wide. I'd like to add a basement egress window to the room below. I'm worried that having more glass than wall ...
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What kind of window spring balances are these?

We just bought a ranch-style home built in 1965, and the windows need some love — in the whole house, there is only one window with a semi-functioning sash balance. They have some kind of spring-based ...
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Windows Leaking Water

I have 2 hinged windows that are leaking water thru the frame when there's heavy rain and wind. And they leak the exact same way. Would I be able to stop this by caulking or could it be a larger ...