Removing your old wood double hung windows

Written by John Rocco

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Next,we need to removerepparttar 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 onrepparttar 100106 bottom. Take a screwdriver and tap it intorepparttar 100107 groove betweenrepparttar 100108 side frame and parting bead. Pry out. The bead is nailed into a recessed groove. When all ofrepparttar 100109 parting bead is out,repparttar 100110 upper sash will come out. If it's painted torepparttar 100111 outside stop, CAREFULLY pryrepparttar 100112 sash fromrepparttar 100113 outside stop with a stiff putty knife. You want to avoid damagingrepparttar 100114 outside stop. Removerepparttar 100115 upper sashrepparttar 100116 same way you didrepparttar 100117 lower sash, cuttingrepparttar 100118 cords under tension.

At this point,you should haverepparttar 100119 inside stops removed and set aside to be installed later, both sashes removed,repparttar 100120 middle stop or parting bead removed and discarded,andrepparttar 100121 outside blind stop left in place undisturbed. Check to make sure there are no obstructions inrepparttar 100122 opening such as nails,the metal tab atrepparttar 100123 bottom for holding inrepparttar 100124 old screen, etc. The final step is to take a stiff putty knife and scraperepparttar 100125 face ofrepparttar 100126 outside blind stops to get rid of any old caulking. This isrepparttar 100127 surface thatrepparttar 100128 replacement windows are going to rest against, and we are going to want this area as smooth as possible. Clean up all loose debris fromrepparttar 100129 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

Household Helpful Tips

Written 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 flouringrepparttar baking pan, use a bit ofrepparttar 100105 dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess onrepparttar 100106 outside ofrepparttar 100107 cake. ~ Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting inrepparttar 100108 refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. ~ When boiling corn onrepparttar 100109 cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring outrepparttar 100110 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 onrepparttar 100111 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 onrepparttar 100112 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 torepparttar 100113 shine. ~ When you get a splinter, reach forrepparttar 100114 scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply putrepparttar 100115 scotch tape overrepparttar 100116 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 fromrepparttar 100117 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 immerserepparttar 100118 jewelry for two minutes. * Clean a thermos bottle. Fillrepparttar 100119 bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). * Unclog a drain. Clearrepparttar 100120 sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets downrepparttar 100121 drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then runrepparttar 100122 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.

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