Doors & Windows

How To – Repairing Damaged Window Screen

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    Although they normally last a very long time eventually most of us will need to replace our window screens due to damage or maybe age.

    The process of replacing a window screen is not that difficult and only requires a few basic tools. However because there is a little skill needed you might find that the first time you attempt this you might end up needing to redo your work to get better results.

    The first …

    How To – Measuring for New Window Blinds and Shades

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      You can purchase blinds in many different styles and colors and new window blinds will give your room a great new look for a relatively low cost.

      Most people are familiar with horizontal blinds traditionally used to cut sunlight this type of blind is normally installed on single windows or can be mounted together to cover openings with more then one window.

      For larger openings vertical blinds work well for sliding glass doors and bay windows …

      How To – The Easy way to Stop Squeaking Doors

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        We all have them .. doors that screech and squeal as we open them but for about 50 cents you can say goodbye to them forever.

        Many people try spray lubricants or or a can of oil but all they end up doing is covering the outside of the hinge with dust collecting slime. There are companies that will try to sell you special powders that you are suppose to spray on your hinges and …

        How To – Measuring for Window Blinds

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          Window Blinds
          Most new home owners will need a quick and attractive way to cover their windows for privacy.
          One of the least expensive methods is using a do it yourself window blind. In other HowTos we will cover how you install horizontal and vertical window blinds but before you get started you will have to take measurements and select your blinds at the store.
          Most home centers and even some …

          How To – Fixing A Hole In A Hollow Core Door

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            Live in your home long enough and one of your interior doors is bound to get damaged. This usually happens when you are moving large furniture or when something falls on it but the end result is a hole that needs to be repaired.

            Interior doors are relatively cheap and to keep the cost down manufacturers use a variety of different products. The edges of the door will be a pine or spruce frame to …

            Remember To Take Your Tax Refunds For Home Improvements

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              Well if you haven’t started yet now is about the time you should think about collecting all of your forms and preparing your taxes. One good thing you may not have realized is there are a lot of home improvement incentives that can reduce your taxes.

              Under the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 tax incentives are available for those who made energy efficient upgrades to their homes through December 31, 2010.

              And …

              How To – How To Quiet A Squeaky Door

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                Its not just in haunted houses every home is likely to have one but what is the best way to quiet that door that is always squeaking?

                The cure for a squeaky door is pretty simple and if you do it right you may not have to deal with it again for years.  The reason doors normally squeak is because the hinges on the door are rubbing against the center hinge pin.

                The first thing that …

                How To – Care And Painting Of Exterior Front Doors

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                  The front door of your home is the place you welcome all of your visitors for this reason you want it to look good, function well and for it to be secure. Part of keeping your exterior doors in their best condition for many years is taking time to repaint the surfaces and take care of the hardware.

                  Exterior doors are now usually made with a steel cladding. The steel on the door provides extra …

                  How To – Restoring Antique Brass Fixtures And Hardware

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                    Brass is used throughout our homes in both solid metal form and in plating to add style and protect other metals from corrosion.  It can be found in furniture, plumbing fixtures, door knobs and hinges, lighting fixtures and a variety of decorative accents.

                    To take care of your brass items you must first determine if the item is solid brass or plated with brass. A solid brass item can be handled much harsher with buffing …

                    How To – Glass Decals For Safety And Style

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                      Glass decals can be used around your home for both decorative and personal safety reasons and their design and application is pretty much limited only by your imagination.

                      One of the best things about decals is that they can be removed if you change your style or want to sell your home. This way your personal taste can change and you don’t need to make expensive repairs.

                      There are two basic types of ways decals can …