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How to make my privacy balcony glass more transparent?

No. You would need to replace the glass. The process in which glass is etched/frosted is not reversible. There are two methods used to etch glass: Chemically. An acid is used to physically remove ...
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Windows before siding on extensive renovation?

Windows rough openings are part of the structure of the house. With a second floor their placement and headers help hold the building up. Making the rough openings after is much harder. It might also ...
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Windows before siding on extensive renovation?

Lots of good information in crip659's answer, and plenty of unanswered questions, but it boils down to this: The ordinary course of construction is framing walls and openings, sheath it, start ...
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Cannot drill into ceiling above window

Presumably the window opening has a lintel across the opening to support the weight of the wall above the opening. Image source no endorsment implied Those are commonly steel or steel reenforced ...
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How to make my privacy balcony glass more transparent?

An old hack (described, I believe, by Babbage in the C19th) was to make a peephole on ground glass using canada balsam to cement a microscope coverslip on the frosted side. Something comparable is ...
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How to make my privacy balcony glass more transparent?

Normally, the frosted glass has the treatment on one side. This is normally mounted on the inside of the house. This is because, if you apply a film of water, it fills in the holes and makes it semi-...
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Do I need a temporary support wall while putting a header in a gable end wall?

A year ago I would have said that the gable end is always non-load bearing, so don't worry about it. This guy, however, had a load bearing gable end with vaulted ceilings like yours. You should knock ...
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Do I need a temporary support wall while putting a header in a gable end wall?

Assuming a modern engineered (scissor) truss system, you do not need to support the ceiling. You have common trusses running across the room to support the ceiling, and there's a gable truss over the ...
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How do I go about separating a window to remove the grids?

Can I drill a hole and let the gas out then saw them apart or drill a hole to let the gas out then make that hole bigger, use a rod and pull the grids apart and seal that hole back up? Absolutely!! ...
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*SOS Window replacement in old house (1890)

Because what you're shopping for, is not what you need. There's a huge aftermarket industry out there for "replacement windows" that is borderline scam, in my opinion. It's highly profitable ...
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How do I fix my window that doesn't lock?

Either the top sash hasn't been pushed all the way up, or the bottom sash isn't pushed all the way down. Therefore, the locks don't meet in the middle. The 3rd picture looks like the sash might be ...
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Modern trimless windows

If, for purposes of "modern" and basically "fashion" or "style" you want no trim, you can have no trim. It may cost more than trim, but if that's not the point and the ...
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Window Guard Problems

Running an extension cord through an exterior window is a severe code violation. The only way to expect any leniency on this is if you're using that extension cord for a very short time during the ...
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How to seal a window on stucco?

Any sort of outdoor caulk will do. Buy a caulk gun if you don't have one, and follow the prep and application instructions. You should clean the area and pry out any loose caulk or paint, and work ...
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How can I reinstall the sash in my window?

Reinstall the socket component into the spring trolley. It's unclear to me how it engages the trolley, but you may need to rotate the inner part to retract the ears. Holding the sash level (with the ...
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