Written by John Rocco

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Once you have allrepparttar glass and putty removed, cleanrepparttar 100064 frame with a paint brush. Then measurerepparttar 100065 width at three spots:bottom, middle, and top. Takerepparttar 100066 smallest measurement and deduct 1/8" for wood windows and 3/8" for steel casements. Then, measurerepparttar 100067 height atrepparttar 100068 left side, center, and right side. Takerepparttar 100069 smallest measurement and deduct 1/8" on wood windows and 1/4" on casements. When you order your new glass, order double strength glass, and giverepparttar 100070 width first, thenrepparttar 100071 height. When you getrepparttar 100072 new glass home,repparttar 100073 installation process is slightly different between wood and steel windows. If it's wood, put a thin bead of caulk onrepparttar 100074 frame whererepparttar 100075 glass is going to make contact. Installrepparttar 100076 glass. The caulk will holdrepparttar 100077 glass in place while you installrepparttar 100078 push points. You can either apply putty or use white caulk instead. If you're going to use caulk, cutrepparttar 100079 tip belowrepparttar 100080 tapered part, and cut at a 45 degree angle. You wantrepparttar 100081 largest possible hole to allowrepparttar 100082 caulk to coverrepparttar 100083 large area previously covered byrepparttar 100084 putty. The caulk method is faster than putty, but it requires more skill to makerepparttar 100085 job look nice. If you have steel casements,repparttar 100086 only option is putty. The area is just too large to use caulk. The sash clips install differently thanrepparttar 100087 push points. The push points stick intorepparttar 100088 wood, butrepparttar 100089 sash clips insert into small holes inrepparttar 100090 side ofrepparttar 100091 casement frame. Sometimesrepparttar 100092 holes get plugged with old putty and it's easy to overlook them. Take your time applyingrepparttar 100093 putty. Make sure you userepparttar 100094 putty knife to smoothrepparttar 100095 surface. You just repaired your putty window. I will be on Christmas vacation forrepparttar 100096 next two weeks, but when i come back, i will continue this series of articles on repairing single pane windows.

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

DESIGNING YOUR LOG HOME: Tips to keep you out of trouble  

Written by Mercedes Hayes

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GUTTERS: Yes, you want to getrepparttar water away from your log home at all costs. There can be challenges; we have an alpine-style home with a vaulted ceiling. However,repparttar 100063 roof comes to a deep V onrepparttar 100064 corners that create a magnificent rain chute. This is not necessarily wonderful when it dumps onto your deck! Because ofrepparttar 100065 generous overhang that comes with a log home,repparttar 100066 end of that V projects far fromrepparttar 100067 walls and doesn't make a logical angle from which to hang a downspout. On one corner I satisfied myself with an old-fashioned rain barrel, and onrepparttar 100068 deck side we had to divertrepparttar 100069 water torepparttar 100070 pergola we built againstrepparttar 100071 house, and ran a gutter alongrepparttar 100072 edge ofrepparttar 100073 pergola.  

OVERHANGS: You should have at least a 1' foot and preferably a 2' overhang to protect your logs. This overhang needs to be taken into consideration when designing your roof line. If you have overlapping angles, make sure you are not creating a water trap or a snow trap. There are times your overhang might bump into another angle ofrepparttar 100074 roof. You may actually have to raise part ofrepparttar 100075 roof a little to make clearance.

DOOR SWINGS: This can be one ofrepparttar 100076 most annoying errors you can make and not catch until too late. Think of what your door is covering when opened allrepparttar 100077 way. Is it covering another doorway? Will two doors bang together? If you are in a tight space, will it open allrepparttar 100078 way at all? When we installed our bathroom vanity, we didn't think aboutrepparttar 100079 door swing untilrepparttar 100080 plumbing was already hooked up. The door clearedrepparttar 100081 vanity by one whole inch; it could have been worse. You can compensate by swingingrepparttar 100082 other way (before it's already hung, or your hinges will be onrepparttar 100083 wrong side). Or, inrepparttar 100084 design phase you can use a narrower door. Or get a smaller vanity.

ELECTRICAL:  The electrical and plumbing layout will not come from your log home architectural drawings. The manufacturer is not concerned about where you put your outlets. Oncerepparttar 100085 plans are firmed up,repparttar 100086 time will come for you to sit down withrepparttar 100087 electrician and mark exactly where you want your outlets, switches and light fixtures. Local code will determinerepparttar 100088 minimum distance between outlets, but anyone will tell you to put in more than you need; eventually you will probably use them anyway. Even if you don't need it, put your cable and telephone into every room; it's so much easier and cheaper to do it up front. Also remember, you can't ever have too many lights in a log home. Plan ahead for those fixtures - especiallyrepparttar 100089 ones inrepparttar 100090 ceiling. They will not be pretty to add later on. 

DEAD SPACE: If you are building a huge log home, you've got so much space it doesn't really matter. But for most ofrepparttar 100091 rest of us, every inch counts. There are some approaches that might maximize your floor space. First of all, do you really need hallways? Some space-saving designs arrangerepparttar 100092 rooms so they all open into a small hallway. I prefer none at all. Also, consider that every closet door creates dead space. If you can arrange your floor plan so that closet door swings into a place which is already dead (for instance, another closet door or a foyer), you might open uprepparttar 100093 room a bit. Does your loft serve a purpose or is it merely an open hallway from room to room? Can you put a piece of furniture on it? If not, perhaps it would serve to give it an angle and make your "open to below" space a little smaller.

Hopefully I've helped a little bit. I learned many of these tipsrepparttar 100094 hard way, and I'm sure there are plenty more I haven't bumped into yet. After all, a custom home is one giant learning curve.  

Mercedes Hayes is a Hiawatha Log Home dealer and also a Realtor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She designed her own log home which was featured in the 2004 Floor Plan Guide of Log Home Living magazine. You can learn more about log homes by visiting

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