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    My window

    Hi all,

    I'm after some suggestions as to what to do about my window. As you can see, it sticks out. During the winter it suffers massively with condensation. Leaving the curtains open (you can see where they are on the outside photo) helps a bit, but due to all the dampness it goes mouldy quite quickly - it's wood that all that water is sitting on!

    Has anyone got any thoughts as to how I can reduce the amount of moisture build up in there please? I tried one of those plastic boxes which is supposed to gather moisture from the air, and it stayed absolutely bone dry on the inside whilst it stood in a puddle!

    Thank you

    Stuart
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    Not the cheapest option but i would get rid of it and have a normal window.

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    Do you dry clothes in that room? I did in my old place and faced the same issue. I bought one of these from Argos for £50 and ran it for an hour or two and it worked a treat!

    Buy Mini Dehumidifier at Argos.co.uk - Your Online Shop for Dehumidifiers.

    Collected a litre of water in one 9 hour work day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Not the cheapest option but i would get rid of it and have a normal window.
    Umm, this ^, TBH is may be the cheapest.

    That box looks poorly insulated, especially the base hence the condensation and moisture leaching. You may need to insulate it and add a second layer of wood. Add some ventilation and perhaps double glaze it. A standard window may be cheaper.

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    A cheap as chips option you could try for the time being is a little pack of de-humidifying crystals - they sell them in Poundland. Can't guarantee it'll solve the problem but it might help, worth a quid just to try it.

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    Secondary double glazing should provide insulation as well.

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    err, why is that like that? I'm so confused...

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    WTF? Get rid of the crazy-ass window. It looks like a total after-thought and it wouldn't surprise me if it is structurally un-sound.

    Also... love that black cable run underneath it... someone had lots of fun there!

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    @FN-GM - I rent so unfortunately not an option. I'm sure really the landlord should do something about it, but she doesn't like spending money (I had to get quite grumpy with her once as the boiler failed on a weekend and she wanted to wait until the Monday before an engineer came out as that would be cheaper. Nevermind it was February, snowing and I have kids!!) and if I kick up a fuss she'll probably just give us our notice and get someone else in. I've moved enough in the last few years and don't want to again....
    @fairm010 - Nope, we don't dry any clothes in there, or even the adjoining rooms. Might borrow a dehumidifier from someone and give it a go for a bit.
    @SYNACK and @laserblazer - It is double-glazed already. Do you reckon trying the film anyway might make any difference?
    @LosOjos - That's what was in the plastic box I mentioned that I tried.
    @Domino and @Ric_ - God knows! I thought the same! The black cable doesn't even go anywhere now. I'm removing it soon.

    Someone suggested to me getting some thick polystyrene and attaching it to the underneath of it, someone else suggested growing a thick bush under it too.

    Thank you all for your suggestions so far, they are all appreciated as usual when you lot help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawloms View Post
    I rent so unfortunately not an option. I'm sure really the landlord should do something about it, but she doesn't like spending money (I had to get quite grumpy with her once as the boiler failed on a weekend and she wanted to wait until the Monday before an engineer came out as that would be cheaper. Nevermind it was February, snowing and I have kids!!) and if I kick up a fuss she'll probably just give us our notice and get someone else in. I've moved enough in the last few years and don't want to again....
    You have a right as a private tenant for the property to be in a good state of repair - water p'ing in through the windows is not good! You're also protected from unfair eviction.

    https://www.gov.uk/private-renting/y...sponsibilities

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    Quick experiment with a slab of polystyrene would be my first step. Lots of 80/90s houses around here had that sort of window. Thinking is that it LOOKS like the room is lighter.

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    Like you I rent, and I have half-bay windows, which are similar. I've found a tube heater keeps the condensation off the window. In the high street, one of the old shops has small fans blowing onto the window 24/7. There is no condensation on the windows and these are far cheaper to run than a tube heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jawloms View Post
    I have kids!!
    I think this is pretty key too... if your kids sat on that windowsill, it appears to be a single piece of wood. Piece of wood breaks, the tiny bits of PVC holding the wall up (unless there is an RSJ above the window - which looks unlikely) will break and the whole wall could crumble down.

    Your landlord should sort this... at the very least it will improve the house's efficiency rating making it a better prospect for future letting (and it looks fugly too).

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    ...or turn it into a water feature



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