Doors & Windows

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 …

                How To – Pricing Garage Doors Which Features Will Cost More

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                  There are many considerations when selecting the right garage door for your home and one of the most important ones is price. When selecting a door you want to compare the features available between the lines from the same manufacturer and then use those specifications when you compare doors from other manufacturers.

                  You may find that the design features that one company offers are not available from other companies but basic features will be available …

                  How To – Installing a Sliding Glass Door

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                    There are 2 difficult parts of installing an exterior sliding glass or pre-hung french door set.
                    The first and most important is that you will probably need help to position the door in the opening. Although you can probably get the delivery people to place the door near the opening when they drop it off if you bribe them or if the company provides that service the weight of the door is pretty much …

                    Measuring for Window Replacement

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                      When ordering your new windows you will need accurate measurments to match your existing openings.

                      Remember to make a small map of your home and give each window location a lable. > Kitchen East Wall Left, Kitchen East Wall Center, Kitchen East Wall Right …

                      Most windows within the same home and room are similar sizes but in older homes you never know so labeling and measuring each window is necessary.

                      For Brick homes
                      you will need to make a measurment from outside your …