Window Light Box

Adding a window light box to a dark room in your home may the perfect solution to illuminate the poorly lit space. Basements, particularly in northern homes can be dark and dingy due to the tiny windows just above ground level. The same can be true for attics that have been converted into a living spaces or toy room for the kids. Sometimes it is all but impossible to add a real window due to structural constraints. If there are few or no windows in the space, installing a window light box can provide the feeling of natural light entering the room. Read more

Popped Out Window Sash

Have you ever experienced a popped out window sash on your double hung vinyl windows? Perhaps you were performing your spring cleaning and you swung the lower sash inward to clean the outside of the glass. It’s likely that you positioned the sash too low in the side rail, and then you inadvertently raised one side higher than the other. The next thing you knew you were staring at a popped out window sash and scratching your head trying to figure out how to put the sash back in place. Read more

Pop Out Windows

I came across this interesting concept for pop out windows and thought it would be fun to share. Architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia has developed a new style window which lets you enjoy a striking view of the sky without stepping outdoors. Garcia’s Pop Out Windows may revolutionize the way we think about windows in the future. The unique design offers countless new ways to incorporate windows into the architectural designs of new homes and offers new concepts for remodeling city apartments and upgrading older homes. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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