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Think “peel-and-stick” tape instead of caulking. I live in a high wind area and we don’t use caulking. We use a 4” window flashing tape to permanently seal windows and doors. Learn how it should be installed...this will help: https://www.familyhandyman.com/windows/prevent-window-leaks-with-proper-window-installation/ Like all things, there’s always ...


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This is really an opinion question so should be closed. I like windows but have both added them and removed them in the past. My suggestion would be to evaluate your lighting as you may need to add lights after removing a window. Dark rooms actually hurt sales especially kitchens and dining areas. So if you do remove the window (not crazy) make sure the ...


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Replacing a single window pane in a multi-pane window sash in the window of an old house is not that hard. My friend taught me how to do it. In our old house the putty is mostly on the inside face of the window pane enclosure in the sash. You carefully take out the old window putty that is holding in the old, broken pane. Then (with gloves and safety ...


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I have had single pane glass replaced before typically it is quite affordable - I think last time my bill was $80. You just call glass people to do it. Even if you could use a resin which I suspect you couldn't in an aesthetic way - it never looks as good and would be a lot of work.


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I'm going to say no on this because of how a windshield is made. They are a layered construction with glass on the outside and a plastic material on the inside. A small crack or chip in a windshield doesn't cause a structural failure - the other layers hold the window together. Resin can be injected into the glass crack and pushed against the other ...


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Factors affecting the quality of soundproofing windows are: 1) thickness and type of glass, 2) depth of air space, and 3) construction of frame, and 4) slope of glass. 1) Some glass conducts more sound than other types. In addition, using different thicknesses of glass will help stop certain wave lengths of sound than other thicknesses, so you need to vary ...


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I would forget about power tools and get a 1" chisel. Trace out the area with pencil and shave out the area with the chisel. You're talking about a very small area so it shouldn't take long. Afterwards, smooth out with a sanding block. As always, wear a dust mask when sanding.


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I guess it depends what you mean by quality. It seems like the only thing you are interested in is the frame. You have no requirements around the glass? I've bought windows from a small manufacturer before - they forgot to drill the weep holes. Post drilling the weep holes look pretty rough. One of the triple GUs had a 2' long scratch on the interior ...


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What would you look into for the local window companies? Any reason I should or should not go with a "no name" versus a national brand? Seems like the approach would be the same as for pretty much any other durable good: verify the reputation of the company, weight that according to how long the company's been in business, and then keep that in mind as you ...


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Everyone wants their house to be leak proof. No one gets it. I live in Florida and am always getting calls to re-caulk windows in high rise buildings that leak. That's just what water does. You mentioned aluminum windows. They expand and contract with the weather, that will break a seal and water will find a way to get in. Zero or less maintenance doesn't ...


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Why not just add a piece of blocking behind the latch and move the latch receiving hole into the kerfed board? You could paint the blocking black or something that matches the latch hardware.


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I know what you mean about the all little bits of foam that want to stick to me and my tools, probably from static electricity. The worst tool for cutting foam board is a saw (as far as trying to minimize the dust and crumbs). The tool used by people that work with a lot of foam is a hot wire. An electrically heated wire, similar to a soldering iron, melts ...


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Tuff-R is polyisocyanurate foam. For styrofoam (polystyrene) using a hot wire cutter to melt rather than crumb the foam is less messy, though with more fumes/smoke. You probably don't want to try that with polyisocyanurate, since the fumes given off by it are far more toxic, per a brief search. For any sort of foam being cut (sawn) to crumbs(some types don'...


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