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Window Insulation | Two Methods for Insulating Windows & Doors

Window Insulation

When you install your new energy efficient windows in your home, you need to pay close attention to the window insulation that fills the gap between the window frame and the wall studs. Leaving this gap unattended will all but eliminate the benefits associated with the installation of new insulated glass windows. The two methods for insulating windows and doors are filling the gap with spray foam, or Chinking, which is basically filling the gap with fiberglass insulation. Let’s take a quick look at both methods: Read more

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Sticky Sliding Door Repair | How to Fix a Sticky Patio Door

Sticky Sliding Door

In this article we will take a look at a few steps you can take to fix a sticky sliding door. While sliding patio doors are a convenient way to access your outdoor living area, a sticky sliding door can be a nuisance. While there are various nuances for specific brands, I found this video on how to repair an Anderson Sliding Patio Door. Your sliding door may be a different brand, but the basic premise is the same. Remove it, clean it, fix it, lube it, and adjust it! Read more

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Preventing Storm Damage | 6 Ways to Protect Your Home in an Extreme Storm

Preventing Storm Damage

Let’s take a peek at several options for preventing storm damage to you and your home. With the recent back to back mega storms, it seems fitting to carry on with our series of articles on how to protect your property in the event of a super storm. Read more

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Plywood Hurricane Shutters | Protect Your Windows from Flying Debris During a Storm

Plywood Hurricane Shutters

Installing plywood hurricane shutters can protect your windows from damage caused by flying debris during an extreme storm. When properly installed, plywood hurricane shutters will also protect the interior of your home from wind and water damage. As we discussed in the previous article “Hurricane Window Protection”, the optimum thickness for the shutters is 5/8” thick plywood. DO NOT use OSB. Now let’s take a look at three common installation methods. I also found, and posted, a couple of videos that demonstrate the procedures discussed here in this article. Read more

Hurricane Window Protection | How to Choose the Best Solution

Hurricane Window Protection

The U.S. is in the midst of Hurricane season, which seems to be a good time to discuss hurricane window protection. Whether you live on the coast in the southeast or several hundred miles inland, you should consider hurricane window protection products to protect your home in the event of a storm. Taking the time to cover your windows prior to the storms arrival will not only protect the windows themselves, but can also protect the contents of your home and the people inside. Read more

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Replacing Window Hardware on Historic Home Windows

Replacing Window Hardware

Before you start replacing window hardware on your historic home windows you will need to reinstall the interior stops. The first strip is to install is the parting bead. This is the vertical spacer that is placed between the upper and lower sashes. With the upper sash in the top position, place the parting strip in position. Pay close attention to the bevel, which must be at the bottom, with the longest edge facing outwards. Secure the parting strip in the middle with a small finishing nail. Read more

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Replacing the Window Sash Ropes on Historic Windows

Replacing the Window Sash Ropes

In the video below you will learn how to replace the window sash ropes on an old wood window. If you are restoring an older home and have taken your windows out to refinish them, taking the extra time to replace the sash ropes can save you a headache down the road. It’s well worth the extra effort. Read more

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Wood Window Repair Video Series
Remove the Upper Sash

window repair video

In the first video of the Wood Window Repair Video Series you learned how to remove the lower sash without damaging the components. The video specifically addressed the idiosyncrasies of working on a double hung window in a historic home. The second installment of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office window repair video series goes into greater detail on how to safely remove the upper sash, and what to look for in the process. Read more

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Wood Window Repair Video Series Simple Steps to Working Windows

wood window repair

Before you jump in with both feet on your wood window repair project, take a few minutes to watch these educational videos. This five part video series produced by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office will walk you through the process. Each of the videos are full of useful tips and simple steps to ensure that your window project is a success. Read more

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Wood Dimensions
Why does a 2 x4
not measure 2” x 4”?

Standard Wood Dimensions

Why are physical wood dimensions different than the advertised dimensions? Why does a 2×4 measure 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” and not 2” x 4”? And what the heck is a nominal dimension? To answer these questions, we need to travel way back in time and look at the history of the 2×4 and how wood dimensions have evolved over time. Read more