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Rear window, what happened to you?

Rear windows on cars have been getting smaller, right? What kind of car still has good visibility, and why isn't this a safety concern? [more inside]
posted by casualinference on Jun 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Short Curtains for Short People

Does anyone make reasonably-priced short curtains (around 4' long) that suit a modern bedroom? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on May 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Dog-proof window treatments?

My 80-lb. German Shepherd destroyed an expensive custom blind today. Help me avoid throwing more money away. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Apr 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Long plastic tray for window planters?

I'm building shelves inside a window frame for small plants. I want to put a long narrow plastic tray (32" x 4") on each shelf to catch the runoff from the plants. I've searched the internet and the closest thing is something from Alibaba but the shipping is prohibitive. Do you know of something like this? Or, any DIY advice? I'm pretty handy..
posted by cgs on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Can I auto-hide the taskbar in just one application?

I have Windows 8.1. There's one program I use that enforces a window height that is the exact height of my screen. If the taskbar is visible, the bottom part of the window is obscured behind it. If I auto-hide the taskbar, the window fits perfectly. Problem is, I like keeping the taskbar visible. Is there any way to hide it only when this program is running? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Snow mania: Ice damns, snow inside my window casing...

I am currently in the Boston area experiencing snow mania 2015 where we have received an obscene amount of snow lately. I am a new homeowner and this is our first winter in the house so thank you in advance for your advice! There are a number of ice damns on my roof (likely because we have a cape-style house with poor ventilation). We're planning to have someone look into what we can do to improve ventilation/etc after the winter, but in the meantime do you have any advice on what to do about the ice damns? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Feb 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Historic and ahistoric windows

I live in a condo building on the National Register of Historic places with messed up windows. I'm trying to figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jan 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Bridging the gap between existing drywall and new glass block windows

Some friends recently had their deeply recessed basement windows replaced with glass block. So far, so good. The problem is that there is now a 3-5 inch gap between the end of the drywall of the recess and the glassblock, giving a not-so-lovely cross-sectional view of their exterior wall. (If I'm not explaining it well, here are pictures.) The question is: what is the best, least time-intensive way to bridge this gap? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

winterize my windows please!

These are my windows. What should I do to keep me and my new kitten warmer during the winter? I need to be able to open the one by the fire escape in case of emergencies, but I'm fine not being able to open the other one until next spring. I'm renting so no permanent changes. Also, it's my only window so I want to be able to let in the tiny amount of light that gets in.
posted by the twistinside on Nov 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Car's power window won't roll up - bad switch or larger problem?

One of the power windows in my car has stopped rolling up. The windows are controlled by a dual switch in the center console. The driver's side works, and the passenger "down" works, but the passenger "up" switch does not. I tried replacing it with a new switch I ordered online, and was able to get the window 90% up, but then that new switch abruptly stopped working. Is this likely to be a case of a bad part, or is there something wrong with my electrical system? More details below. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 13, 2014 - 5 answers

The windows in our house are crappy. Complication: high desert climate

We have a nice home, but our house was built in 2007 with a number of "builder-grade" elements, including the windows. When we moved in, a few had issues with some elements of the windows (tracks sliding out, locking mechanisms not working smoothly), and they've only got worse. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Is my new window AC a hazard or am I just being a worrywort?

I just got a window AC for my stuffy studio that never gets any airflow. I live in a very old brick building and the wooden window frame is TORE UP...likely from previous window AC units. I could only get one of the three screws to tie into the lower sash that attaches to the top of the unit (it's the center screw, if that matters). How likely is it that it might dislodge itself and fall six storeys down? Is this something I should natter at my landlord about? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Sep 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Where can I buy sheets of glass that look like antique "crown glass"?

I would like to purchase a window sized (45"x28") sheet of glass that looks like the glass in this stock photo. Who sells it? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Aug 25, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the name of this kids' scifi anthology I remember?

I read this book of short stories years ago, and for some reason I remember most of the stories in it but have had no luck with Googling for it. Must be that the stories' premises were creative enough or caught my imagination in a particular way. The most memorable story was about trying to survive on Earth after a supernova. I'm pretty sure these are all from the same book: [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Jun 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Horrible view, large, damp space, any ideas to hide?

The window above my kitchen sink is large: 30 inches by 44 inches. The view is of my neighbor's yard, and if it's left uncovered they can look right into my house. When I moved into this house there were curtains hanging, but they get steamy and splattered from the sink. I tried some of this window film: http://www.artscape-inc.com/ but the steam and wetness makes it not stick very well. I tried regular frosted contact paper, same problem. Tried mini blinds, but the wetness makes condensation on them.I would love a stained glass window, but they are cost prohibitive in that large a size. Any ideas?
posted by msleann on May 6, 2014 - 26 answers

How can I subdue the harsh glare from sunlight?

I spend a good deal of time video-conferencing via Skype. During summer afternoons, as the sun hits a certain point in the sky, there is strong sunlight glare from a nearby window that makes it almost impossible to work. I need screening, but cannot install permanent window treatment. I want a simple screen that I can prop in front of the window when needed. What materials or solutions will enable me to eliminate/minimize the strong glare? [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Window condensation and mold: How to nuke it from orbit?

My Portland, OR area condo has condensation inside the windows that causes recurring mold growth. Please help me remedy this. Pic and many details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Feb 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Best way to fix/patch chipped bay window?

Something knocked a divot knocked out of our big (6' x 4') bay window has, and there are a couple cracks radiating out from the chipped place. I'm guessing this is something we want to hop on pretty quick so it doesn't get worse. What's the best answer? [more inside]
posted by mattu on Feb 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I put a TV in my window so I can watch while I watch?

What are the downsides, or dangers to my TV, of putting my TV in a bay window? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Nov 18, 2013 - 7 answers

I can see clearly now the nose-prints are gone...

We have dogs. We have window coverings. The two do not get along. Help us figure out a solution! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Nov 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Short story about a boy, a window and his sister who never exists

I'm pretty sure I came across this through the blue in the last few years: a story by an American author about a boy who becomes fascinated by a window he can see on the outside of his house (round? high?) that doesn't correspond with a window on the inside, and he cajoles his sister into touching it, and when she does she and the window don't vanish, they cease to have ever existed. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead on Oct 21, 2013 - 7 answers

I would still like to be able to escape from a fire

I need to attach a window screen to my fire escape window. Obviously I'd like it to break away when necessary (and also so I can water my herbs strapped to the bars on the upper half of the window). How can I do this most effectively and with materials I already have? It needs to cover both the top and bottom half of the window, and there's no existing screen frame. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for a window into the mind of old time carpenters. Or a door.

So, I have a pane of glass in a wooden frame. If I call this wooden frame a door, the pane of glass is held in place with some pieces of wooden trim tacked down with some finishing nails. But, if I call this wooden frame a window, the pane of glass is held in place with glaziers points and putty. Why is this?
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Oct 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Still and meditative HD films of the rainforest?

I love the NRK's Bergensbanen film - a contemplative, hours-long view of snowy Norwegian railway routes. It's perfect as a kind of gorgeous video wallpaper. I'm looking for something similar but from warmer climates - jungle, rainforest, etc. Not even trains, per se - it could just be stationary, HD tripod footage from the deep jungle. Most nature documentaries are too full of cuts and story: I just want something still and beautiful, but full of greenery and birds. Any ideas?
posted by Marquis on Sep 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Has anyone used The Window Store, or been a "model home?"

The other night I had a salesman come to my door from "The Window Store Home Improvements, Inc." He gave me a nice spiel about how they're looking for homes in my area that are willing to put advertising signs out front, and willing to be listed on their website, www.twshomesinc.com. In exchange they can give me new windows at wholesale cost instead of retail. The salesman also said that their windows are warranteed for 50 years, which he said was much more than typical warranties. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Browse unique photos and videos on Windows laptop.

I am looking for software which would allow me search my Windows 7 laptop for every photo and video I have. Browsing the search results I would like to be able to see both pictures and videos in thumbnail form. I would then like to be able to copy all unique files to a hard-drive. Once copied I would like to organise them into folders chronologically. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Jul 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Problem with a broken window lock

We have a problem with a broken window lock. [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Jun 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Restoring double hung windows

I'm fixing up some double-hung windows in my turn of the century house, and am weighing (ha!) my options with regard to sash weights vs. spring balances. [more inside]
posted by contraption on Jun 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me keep the sun out!

My living room window 1" horizontal blinds have suddenly stopped closing fully when rotated upwards. The movement of the rod that rotates them seems to have become stiffer, with some "humps" that were not there before. Is there anything I can do to restore them to their previous non-problematic functionality? [more inside]
posted by tenderly on Jun 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How concerned should I be about glass dust?

Last week I broke the sunroof to my car and significant amount of glass fell into the car. I've cleaned the big pieces out and vacuumed. I've also replaced the window. However, I'm worried about glass dust. [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

What video camera will meet my requirements?

I want to have a very lightweight camera that has no wires, but sends a video feed to an android device. I want to mount it on a telescoping pole for close-up inspection of stained glass windows. I do restoration and repair of stained glass for my living. So it would be great to be able to use a camera on a pole to do assessments onsite without ladders or scaffolding. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Does Apple's window switching inside a program exist in Windows?

My job requires me to use a program in apple. I need to visually compare drafts of some of the work, and because of the nature of the work the differences are often tiny. Mac's have in-application window switching (through the command key + (1-9)) that makes this very easy. Apparently soon we're switching to windows machines. Is there any way to replicate this on windows 7? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

what's the best way to cover my windows?

just moved into a new apartment, yay! but the windows are bare, and i would like them to be covered. no where i've been looking carries the sizes of my windows, so i think i have to order custom blinds/shades/whatever? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror?

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Feb 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Window Pane Style

What do you call this style of window, broken up into panes by dividers? I read an NYT trend piece on its popularity in loft apartment architecture a few years ago, and they used a very specific term.
posted by phrontist on Feb 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Two screenfulls of a web page, one monitor?

Is there any way to make a web browser use two windows to show the first and second window-fulls of a single web page? This would be the equivalent of the "two up" view found in some PDF viewers. On the left, your normal view of a web page. On the right, the next part of that same page -- the thing you would see if you hit "page down" in the first window. [more inside]
posted by dgrobinson on Dec 10, 2012 - 6 answers

My own personal bird alarm clock-- isn't nature beautiful?

How can I stop this stupid cardinal from repeatedly throwing himself at my bedroom window? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Nov 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Birds and windows don't mix

Calling fellow MeFi birders! What is this little fellow that hit my window? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I have open windows in Manhattan without making my apartment grimy?

I live in Manhattan. Now that it's Fall, I want to have my window open without having a black layer of dirt coating all the surfaces near the window. Do they make air filters that I can just fit into my open window to let the fresh air in and keep the dirt out? Should I have find an adjustable HVAC filter and jam it in there? How do you keep your windows open while not having your apartment look like a tail pipe?
posted by AaRdVarK on Oct 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Do I need a mold specialist, a window guy, a general contractor, or all three?

I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo on Aug 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Make me a cool cat.

Where is the best place to research / purchase moderate to high quality automotive window tint and what brands are reliable and quality products? Other tint installation related input likely appreciated as well... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Aug 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Fixing net curtain cord to ceiling above bay window?

How to fix net curtain cord to ceiling above bay window? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Goldilocks, hot town, summer in the city...

Are there air conditions that have an excellent fan setting as well? In my experience, ACs serve as poor substitutes to window fans. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on May 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Best Practice for Retrofitting Glass Block

Opening in concrete block wall doesn't evenly divide by glass block sizes. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on May 5, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I block the skylights?

Low-tech DIY internal skylight covers. Help? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Please help me figure out what this type of window is called and when it was popular

What is this kind of glass called and when was it popular? [more inside]
posted by dogmom on Dec 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7?

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Oct 19, 2011 - 0 answers

Is kitty in danger?

Is it okay to let our cat sit outside our window? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 17, 2011 - 31 answers

Specifying where new windows are to appear

Is there a way to specify exactly where, on my screen, each successive new window should appear? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Oct 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Window falling out - who's responsible and what to do?

My window is falling out. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2011 - 4 answers

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