Removing your old wood double hung windowsWritten by John Rocco
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Next,we need to remove middle stop, or parting bead. This piece is going to be thrown away, so you don't have to be careful when removing this piece. The parting bead will be on top and along both sides. It's never on bottom. Take a screwdriver and tap it into groove between side frame and parting bead. Pry out. The bead is nailed into a recessed groove. When all of parting bead is out, upper sash will come out. If it's painted to outside stop, CAREFULLY pry sash from outside stop with a stiff putty knife. You want to avoid damaging outside stop. Remove upper sash same way you did lower sash, cutting cords under tension.
At this point,you should have inside stops removed and set aside to be installed later, both sashes removed, middle stop or parting bead removed and discarded,and outside blind stop left in place undisturbed. Check to make sure there are no obstructions in opening such as nails,the metal tab at bottom for holding in old screen, etc. The final step is to take a stiff putty knife and scrape face of outside blind stops to get rid of any old caulking. This is surface that replacement windows are going to rest against, and we are going to want this area as smooth as possible. Clean up all loose debris from opening, and you are now ready to install your replacement windows. That will be our topic for next weeks article.
John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978 To learn more, visit http://www.how-to-install-windows.com
Household Helpful TipsWritten by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino
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~ To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top. ~ Spray your Tupperware with non stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains. ~ When a cake recipe calls for flouring baking pan, use a bit of dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on outside of cake. ~ Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. ~ When boiling corn on cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out corn's natural sweetness. ~ Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. ~ Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. ~ To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on area and you will experience instant relief. ~ Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself. ~ Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to shine. ~ When you get a splinter, reach for scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put scotch tape over splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily. ~ Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. * Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China. * Clean a vase. To remove a stain from bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets. * Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse jewelry for two minutes. * Clean a thermos bottle. Fill bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). * Unclog a drain. Clear sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run hot water.
Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on giving the best possible party, using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts.