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Old 11-16-2014, 01:13 AM   #1
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Hi. First time poster here, so please be easy on me.

I have a window deep in flat drywall wall square with no molding around the frame, in a condo. Would like to slap some kind of -temporary- plexiglass over the hole to keep the draft out. The window hole is 4 feet by 4 feet.

What would you suggest for the hardware to be able to snap it on and have it weatherproof- airtight for the winter, then be able to remove it easily (with no tools) in the spring?

I was thinking of, I don't know what they are called- those spring rocker fastener thingies to hold the plexiglass close to the wall, but they are kind of ugly.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Another idea I had was to use four temporary fasteners like square 'cups'. One in each corner. And then the plexiglass frame would have the corresponding stubs to match the 'cups' - that would enable me to drop it in.

Of course the plexiglass would have weatherstripping tape all around it- to keep it airtight.

I can't seem to find these cup-like fasteners, or the stubs needed for the frame to match with them. Do they exist?

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Slide doors for cabinets have channels that allows the doors to be removed. May be you can use the channels and frame weatherized, so the plexi can be press fitted.
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use plastic window film. it works well.
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use plastic window film. it works well.
Ayuh,.... No doubt a much better, simpler answer to the problem,....
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Can you post a picture.?
How much do you plan to spend.?
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Can you post a picture.?
How much do you plan to spend.?
Thank you for your response. sure. It's just a hole in the wall, so to speak.... I want to put something in on this side of the curtain (the inside part).



I'm thinking maybe up to $100.00.
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Ayuh,.... No doubt a much better, simpler answer to the problem,....
Plastic I've used before. It works pretty good.

The only drawback is that it 'bubbles'. The outside air is constantly trying to get in once it's sealed, so it constantly looks like a blister that wants to pop for the whole winter. This is probably because it's such a big window- 4' x 4'. On smaller windows, the bubbling part is not so noticeable.
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Slide doors for cabinets have channels that allows the doors to be removed. May be you can use the channels and frame weatherized, so the plexi can be press fitted.
That sounds great. They can make the slide and the fit airtight? Is there a company on the internet where I can send my dimensions to- for them to make the frame and the slides?
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Thank you for your response. sure. It's just a hole in the wall, so to speak.... I want to put something in on this side of the curtain (the inside part).



I'm thinking maybe up to $100.00.
A little more information...

Here is a side and top view of the sill by the window. There is six inches space there before the curtain - to the inside...




Thanks.
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Ayuh,.... What's behind the curtain,..??

Why not seal up the original window, insteada 6" away from it,..??
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Ayuh,.... What's behind the curtain,..??

Why not seal up the original window, insteada 6" away from it,..??
I'm not sure what you mean. There's two cheap aluminum frame sliding windows behind the curtain, split vertically. Very drafty- both of them. To seal one up, you mean?
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I'm not sure what you mean. There's two cheap aluminum frame sliding windows behind the curtain, split vertically. Very drafty- both of them. To seal one up, you mean?
Sorry. My previous post was a bit confusing. You mean like caulk up the window?

It's actually a good, quick, cheap idea. I would just have to NOT put the caulk in the cracks where the soft felt-type material is... so I don't ruin it (like it really works/matters or something).

Is there a better thing for this than caulk? There's that spray gook that looks like styrofoam when it's dry. Just not sure if it would stain the white paint on the aluminum after it's removed.... being orange or yellow in colour.

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there is caulk, that is not permanent. it pulls off when you want. use that to seal the leaks (the reason the window film bubbles). then use window film....
then, next summer, get a new window.
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