Written by John Rocco

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Now, let's go back torepparttar vertical center bar and assume you didn't find any screws to remove it. That meansrepparttar 100097 fixed piece of glass doesn't have a frame around it. It's glazed in with either silicone, caulk, or double foam tape. You have to take outrepparttar 100098 glass, then cutrepparttar 100099 center bar out using a reciprocating saw. Usually, there will be "stops" onrepparttar 100100 outside to help keeprepparttar 100101 fixed piece of glass in place. There will be 4 of them, one on top, bottom, and each side. You should be able to just pry them out with a screw driver. Then, you can go inside and cut awayrepparttar 100102 adhesive holdingrepparttar 100103 glass inrepparttar 100104 frame. Use a utility knife and cut betweenrepparttar 100105 glass and frame. Wear gloves, and be careful not to put your hand throughrepparttar 100106 glass. Put a sheet or tarp outside and letrepparttar 100107 glass fall into it. You could also have a helper stand on a ladder aboverepparttar 100108 glass and try grabbingrepparttar 100109 top edge as you cut it away fromrepparttar 100110 frame. Have your helper also wear gloves. The reason forrepparttar 100111 ladder is that you want to be aboverepparttar 100112 glass in case it has a little crack that you can't see. As soon as you grabrepparttar 100113 glass,repparttar 100114 crack will run across torepparttar 100115 opposite edge, and suddenly you will find yourself trying to hold multiple pieces of glass atrepparttar 100116 same time. Being onrepparttar 100117 ladder, ifrepparttar 100118 glass "runs", you let go. Afterrepparttar 100119 glass is out, cutrepparttar 100120 bottom portion ofrepparttar 100121 center bar flush withrepparttar 100122 bottom track. Then, you can wigglerepparttar 100123 bar back and forth to breakrepparttar 100124 top screw free. You can apply this removal process to picture windows that have no sliding panel. Just treat it like you didrepparttar 100125 fixed portion, without having to remove a center bar.

Next week we will talk aboutrepparttar 100126 installation differences between a vinyl replacement frame and a vinyl retrofit frame.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit

Why laminate flooring is the perfect choice for family households

Written by S.A. Smith

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Laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain

Spills and messes easily clean up with a little soap and water thanks torepparttar hard moisture and wear resistant surface coating. No residual stain or mess will remain and your laminate floors will continue to look brand new. No more run down and tired looking floors!

Laminate flooring are a healthy flooring choice

With regular cleaning cycles, laminate floors can provide a much cleaner and healthier living environment when compared to carpets. Less dust, pet dander, allergens and dust mites accumulate onrepparttar 100096 surface, andrepparttar 100097 laminate surface will not hold residual stain contaminants like a carpet will. Allergists will often recommend to their patientsrepparttar 100098 removal of carpets fromrepparttar 100099 living space.

Laminate flooring is economical

Once you considerrepparttar 100100 costs of alternate flooring solutions over a typical laminate flooring lifespan it becomes an extremely economical solution. Carpets will require 2 to 3 replacements during this time, solid hardwood floors will require refinishing 4 to 5 times, and vinyl will need to be replaced at least twice, or more depending on traffic loads.

A worry-free family focused flooring surface

Kids can play toys on it,repparttar 100101 dog can run through with muddy paws,repparttar 100102 neighbor friends can visit with wet shoes, andrepparttar 100103 baby bottle spills all overrepparttar 100104 floor... not a problem anymore! Laminate floors arerepparttar 100105 perfect floor for busy families and growing households.

To read more ofrepparttar 100106 benefits and advantages of laminate flooring visit

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