(New construction windows or replacement windows? Which is right for you?)

Written by John Rocco

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windows. If you were going to install your replacement windowsrepparttar same wayrepparttar 100112 original windows were installed, you would have to removerepparttar 100113 exterior material around each window in order to get to those nails holdingrepparttar 100114 frame in there. You can see how this pro- ceedure could cause many problems, not to mention allrepparttar 100115 labor involved. I have seen homes in california with stucco exteriors whererepparttar 100116 homeowner hadrepparttar 100117 stucco cut out in order to removerepparttar 100118 old windows.The problem was they were unable to matchrepparttar 100119 stucco colors after patching. Its just not a very efficient way to replace windows. Sorepparttar 100120 replacement frame was designed. In most parts ofrepparttar 100121 country it's simply a new construction window frame withrepparttar 100122 nail fin removed. Inrepparttar 100123 west,where stucco is a common home exterior,a retrofit frame was designed. If you're going to be replacingrepparttar 100124 exterior material on your home, then you might want to consider going withrepparttar 100125 new construction window sincerepparttar 100126 nailing fins will be exposed anyway. Also, chances are that a contractor will be doing your exterior replacement,and it would be wise to letrepparttar 100127 contractor installrepparttar 100128 windows as well.Since my installation videos deal with window replace- ment only, these articles will focus on replacement frames and retrofit frames. Using these two frame styles,a do it yourselfer can replace their old windows without any damage to existing interior and exterior surfaces.Andrepparttar 100129 job can be done using common tools such as a drill,tape measure, and caulking gun. In next weeks article,we will discussrepparttar 100130 replacement of wood sash windows.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

I have been replacing residential windows since 1978. I now sell vinyl windows and doors as well as instructional videos through my website:http://www.how-to-install-windows.com

Buying home appliances the smart way

Written by Duane Lipham

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Don't just assume that buying locally isrepparttar smartest move either. Sometimes,repparttar 100111 same item can be found online at a much lower price than is possible locally and you can often even avoid sales tax on an online purchase too. Be careful though and determine how much installation is needed for any item you make and factor installation costs in with any purchase that doesn't include those costs inrepparttar 100112 purchase price.

It may seeem like a simple thing, but be sure to measure very carefully to determine thatrepparttar 100113 item you want to buy will fit inrepparttar 100114 space that you have designated for it in your home. Surprisingly, this is something that is often overlooked untilrepparttar 100115 delivery ofrepparttar 100116 product and can result in plenty of unnecessary aggravation. Just getrepparttar 100117 measuring tape out in advance and knowrepparttar 100118 space required to save this headache from happening to you.

Finally, considerrepparttar 100119 warranty onrepparttar 100120 items you want to buy. Be sure to ask questions in advance so that you know whatrepparttar 100121 warranty will cover and how long it will last. Also, will you have to sendrepparttar 100122 appliance out to be repaired under warranty or is home repair covered underrepparttar 100123 warranty contract?

If you follow these simple, effective guidelines, buying home appliances and fixtures will be a breeze and you will make smart purchases that will last and give you good service for many years.

Duane Lipham is the senior editor of http://www.kitchens.dlbws.com where you can find free information and advice on kitchen design and finding the right kitchen products and appliances at the lowest price possible.

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