(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)Written by John Rocco
(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)
Hello, my name is John Rocco.I grew up around window and door business. My father owned a glass shop that dealt in every aspect of residential and commercial glass.Naturally, when it came time to choose a profession, i wound up in window and door business. I have been in business for about 27 years, and i have been self employed for 20.One of things that seperated my company from my competitors was my willingness to show my customers how to replace their windows themselves. Whenever i would encounter a customer with a curiosity or willingness to learn how to install their own windows,i would offer to sell them labor on one window,using them as my helper.Then,they would install rest of windows using knowledge gained from helping me install one.Most window companies would never do this because there is so much money made on labor.But i was always so busy,i never felt like it was costing me money.Eventually, i made an installation video for those homeowners who wanted to do their own windows.While video is for sale on my website, i decided to take excerpts from video and write an article once a week covering some part of window replacement project.This article is going to cover difference between window frames used in new construction homes, and window frames that are used to replace existing aluminum or wood windows.
When a new home is being built,the windows are nailed to wood studs that make up house frame.In order to accomplish this, new construction windows have a fin around all four sides of frame that rests against outside of stud, and nails are driven into studs through nailing fin. After that,flashing paper is applied to prevent water leaks, then exterior, material is applied. That material can be stucco, brick, siding, etc.Now, imagine 10 or 20 years later when you want to replace those
Buying home appliances the smart wayWritten by Duane Lipham
When you add up all money that you can spend on home appliances and fixtures it becomes obvious that you need to spend wisely and carefully to keep costs under control. These items tend to be some of larger ticket purchases around home and lots of money can be wasted if buying isn't done properly.
One of most important suggestions for buying appliances and fixtures smart way is to decide before you begin shopping exactly how much money you wish to spend, or what will fit in your budget. Surprisingly, this is often not done until customer is already in store. Unfortunately, heart often takes over when looking over latest high-tech gadgets and features on item being considered and results in purchase of a much more expensive item than is truly needed. So take some time to decide exactly what your spending limit is before you even begin to shop and then stick to your guns on that decision all way through buying process.
It's also a good idea to research your buy before you start looking at actual products themselves. These days there are many consumer publications that help you make a wise choice on a broad range of consumer items, including home appliances and fixtures. They extensively test major brands and give their unbiased opinions on a wide variety of features and issues related to each product. This is valuable information that can't be had almost anywhere else, so take good advantage of it. You can find most of these publications available for free at your local library. This kind of research will also help you decide in advance exactly which features are most important to you and which should be avoided as unnecessary expenses, in other words, invest your hard-earned money into essentials not features. Always opt for better quality over more features too.