Doors & Windows

How To Match All Your Door Locks To One Key

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    A Friend asks how can he match all the locks to his exterior doors to one key. He has a situation where he needs to replace the lockset on his back door and wants to do the upgrade now while he is working on the door.

    The easiest way to have all of your locks and deadbolts match a single key is when you are purchasing them. Manufactures understand that home owners want a single key …

    How To Repair Door Drafts With New Weather Stripping

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      A friend asks about their front door and wants to know how difficult it would be to replace the weather stripping thats going bad. Unfortunately these things go unnoticed until it starts getting really cold out and then its really not optimal to remove a door to replace the weather stripping.

      If the problem is bad enough it really is worth doing even if you are going to end up getting the whole house cold for …

      How To Choose The Best Skylight For Your Home

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        A friend is getting their roof resurfaced with new shingles and they are going to replace their aging skylights at the same time so that they don’t fail in a few years and cause a problem. They are wondering what shape skylight they should get and are hoping that the flat flush mount glass skylights will fit their needs. Their home has a rather flat roof and at parts it is only 12/3 or …

        How To Considering Building a Dog Door into Exterior Wall

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          One of our friends asks about building a dog door on an exterior wall. They live in a suburban community and have a medium sized dog. Their rear yard is fenced in and they are considering a dog door to allow the dog more freedom.

          They are asking if it is a bad idea or a really bad idea to put a dog door in an existing wall.

          Most of the time dog doors are cut into …

          How To Repair A Casement Window That Is Jamming

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            Casement windows are great options for many homes because they allow you to open your window and get good ventilation however there are some problems with this design. They normally can not use screens and additionally you are dependent on a mechanical crank to open and shut the window where sliding windows don’t have this problem. On the other hand they are pretty secure and weather tight so many homes do use them.

            A friend writes …

            How To Install a Multi Door Doorbell with Unique Chimes for each Door

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              If you own a home with a front door that is away from normal traffic and a side door that might be at your garage and used as a primary way for you and visitors to enter your home then you may want to install a doorbell that gives you the option to know which door someone is at.

              This type of doorbell is called a two tone or multi door chime and you can …

              How To Fix a Window Trim Piece

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                One of our friends is having a problem… it seems that the molding around their window has been deteriorated for many years and finally it gave away and their blind has fallen off.

                The problem is probably bigger than they think it is. The way the previous repairs were made were just beyond bad workmanship it seems that they just threw some caulk or spackel on the molding and didn’t even care to sand it …

                How To Save Thousands Of Dollars Installing Replacement Windows In Your Home

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                  This Guy I was talking with told me that he had been looking into replacing his old windows in his house because they are single pane and the house is old enough that they might still have lead paint on them. He and his wife are expecting a kid in the next few months and he wanted to get it done before the child was born.

                  This probably is a good idea if they need …

                  How To Fix A Cracked Interior Door Panel

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                    In this How To we will look at the option of repairing verses replacing an interior hollow core door that looks like it was cracked at the door lock area when someone decided to force it open.

                    You know things happen in houses. You lock your pants or the cat in the bathroom and instead of thinking sanely about finding a door push key you force the door open and then pay the price.

                    The price …

                    How To Clean Your Windows Real Well on The Cheap

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                      One of the last jobs we usually get to in the house is cleaning the windows but the chore doesn’t mean that you have to buy special or expensive cleaners to get it done right.

                      If you have read some of our previous posts we have described how to formulate some of the household products that you use every day at pennies on the dollar. Now sometimes there is good reason to buy store brand …