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

Window Frame Opening

The first step in constructing a window frame opening in your new wall is to lay the top plate and bottom sole plate side by side on your workbench or saw horses. Use a framers pencil to mark the location of the wall studs which are the vertical 2×4’s or 2×6’s depending on the framing design of the home. For discussion purposes in this article let’s assume all measurements are from the left end of the wall plates. Read more

problem with window inserts

The main problem with Window Inserts (interior storm windows) is that they are simply no substitution for high quality, energy efficient, insulated glass windows. Let’s get this out of the way immediately; I’m not a big fan of interior storm windows! Read more

decorative window film

Are you searching for an easy way to spruce up an old window? Applying decorative window film may be the best solution. With so many options to choose from, applying decorative window film is a fast, easy, low-cost way to change the look of any room in your home. As an added benefit, certain films may even improve the energy efficiency of your existing windows. Here are some popular film choices and design ideas for your home: Read more

energy efficient window

As we head into winter and the thermometer begins to plummet, you may want to consider energy efficient window covers. Yep, you heard me right, “energy efficient window covers.” Who would have thought that your window treatments would have an R-Value? Even more surprising, is that many window treatment manufacturers today actually list the R-Value on their packaging. My how times have changed! Read more

Lubricating Vinyl Windows

Regular maintenance including properly lubricating vinyl windows, can keep your windows operating smoothly for years to come. Conversely; if you go for years without lubricating vinyl windows you may find yourself extremely frustrated. This is especially true on the first day of spring when you want to let that fresh springtime air into your home for the first time of the season, only to discover that you are unable to open your jammed windows. Read more

Storm Windows

For many home owners storm windows are a thing of the past. Newer homes that are built with modern, energy efficient windows are designed to be efficient in all 4 seasons. However, if you live in an older home with outdated windows you may still be spending the first day of fall installing your storm windows in preparation for a cold winter. The best solution is to install new windows throughout your home. But if you don’t have room in your budget; storm windows can be a lower cost alternative. These aren’t replacements for your existing windows, but rather a secondary window installed on the exterior of your home. Let’s take a look at what that may entail. Read more

Installing Cabinet Glass in the solid doors of your old kitchen cabinets can revive an old kitchen. If your budget is such that new kitchen cupboards are out of the question; installing cabinet glass is an inexpensive alternative that will completely change the look of your existing kitchen. Read more

Glass Cat Door

Tired of your cat scratching your front door and damaging the glass or wood? The solution may be the installation of a glass cat door. Easier said than done, if your front door or back door is also made of glass. No need to worry just watch the video below to see how you can cut a round opening in your glass door. Read more

Fake Basement Window

Is your basement dark and dingy? Do you feel a little claustrophobic when you spend time downstairs in a room without windows? The solution may the installation of a fake basement window. There are several different approaches you can take for this. You can mount an old window frame with a backlit image or simply install an instant decal like those found at Fathead.com Read more