Locating Wall Studs Using a Stud Finder

Locating wall studs should be your first mission when installing new windows in your home as part of your remodeling project. With any luck you will find a stud that is in the perfect position to serve as the starting point for the new opening. If you don’t, not to worry, it simply means you will need to add one additional stud to frame the opening for your new project. Be sure to check out our article and video on “How to Frame a Window Opening” before you get started. 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

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

nailup glass block windows

Installing Nailup Glass Block Windows in lieu of conventional glass block windows can be a fast and easy alternative. The installation process is simplified to the extent that the average DIY homeowner can take on this simple weekend project without hesitation. Read more

Repairing Wood Rot

For the DIY homeowner, repairing wood rot on your window sills may be a good weekend project. But let’s be honest, the photo above depicts an older, damaged window that is well beyond repair. If your windows look like this you better give the Window Repair Guy a call. It’s time for replacement windows if you have this severe wood damage. Read more

Old Wood Windows

Old wood windows, such as those found in historic homes, can be charming but at the same time very frustrating. The allure is their unmatched craftsmanship and the authenticity they add to an older home. The problem is they tend to leak like a sieve and are no match for today’s energy efficient windows. If your home is situated in a historic district, local restrictions may prohibit the removal of the existing windows. In which case repair is your only option. If your old wood windows are not subjected to restrictions, you may want to consider replacement windows to take advantage of the newer technology. Before you decide, review our window repair tips. Read more

garden shed french doors

Installing Garden Shed French Doors will not only aesthetically improve the appearance of your garden shed, your new windows will also illuminate the interior of your shed with natural sunlight. Garden shed doors tend to be built with solid wood, mainly for security reasons. The problem is that if you want to do a little work on your tools while inside your shed, you would need to keep the doors wide open to let the light in. Installing French Doors on your garden shed solves this issue, while at the same time beautifying your backyard. Read more