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How to Speak Window

Double-hungs are identified by the number of panes, or "lights," in each sash. A 6-over-6, for example, has six panes per sash. The double-hung shown here is an 8-over-12. It's called a "cottage window" because its upper sash is smaller than its bottom one.
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