Avoiding leaks when installing vinyl retrofit windows

Written by John Rocco

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OK, what ifrepparttar replacement windows are going between wood trim surroundingrepparttar 100030 opening? If you are usingrepparttar 100031 retrofit lip, and trimming it to fit betweenrepparttar 100032 wood, then you still applyrepparttar 100033 heavy bead torepparttar 100034 old frame before installingrepparttar 100035 window. But, instead of sealing whererepparttar 100036 retrofit lip meetsrepparttar 100037 stucco, you seal where it meetsrepparttar 100038 wood. Then, you want to be sure to seal aboverepparttar 100039 window, whererepparttar 100040 top piece of wood meetsrepparttar 100041 stucco. Again, use silicone up there. Now, no water can run downrepparttar 100042 stucco wall and get underrepparttar 100043 top piece of wood. Sometimes, though, you might decide not to use a retrofit style frame betweenrepparttar 100044 wood, choosing a block replacement frame instead. If you choose to do it this way, you have to add trim torepparttar 100045 outside. You still want to applyrepparttar 100046 sealant torepparttar 100047 old frame, then apply your trim so it contactsrepparttar 100048 new window as well asrepparttar 100049 sealant onrepparttar 100050 old frame.

If you follow these procedures, you won't have to worry about any water penetrating into your home, I don't care how hard it pours!

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

Designing a Good Lighting Plan

Written by Paul Forte

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If you run into a wall and need to ask questions about lighting try a Lighting Forum. There are some basic lighting principles that can help you along in this process. One is understanding that light in most fixtures has some type of pattern. For example a recessed light using a reflector type bulb distributes a pattern inrepparttar shape of a cone. When this pattern reachesrepparttar 100029 floor it is inrepparttar 100030 form of a circle. By slightly overlapping this circle of light it is possible to have a very even distribution of light throughoutrepparttar 100031 room.

Since most ofrepparttar 100032 members of a household walk upright andrepparttar 100033 ones who don't, probably won't lodge any complaints about lighting, a general rule in lighting a room is to designrepparttar 100034 plan on a work plane. This is an imaginary plane at about 30" offrepparttar 100035 floor. This helps to provide a nice even lighting for most tasks in any room. This is where understandingrepparttar 100036 pattern of light your fixture has is important. Most manufacturers have specs to show what these patterns are. For reflective bulbs you can get this info fromrepparttar 100037 bulb manufacturer.

(c) Copyright 2005 Paul Forte. All rights reserved.

Paul forte has been in the lighting industry for over 25 years. For more info and tips on lighting and other electrical needs please visit www.forteelectric.com

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