DUAL PANE WINDOW GLASS REPAIRWritten by John Rocco
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There are a couple of things that can go wrong. The first one is leaving marks on inside portion of glass. Once you seal glass, you cannot clean what's between panes. The other thing involves condensation between panes. If you have even slightest break in silicone seal around glass, chances are you will begin to see moisture form as soon as nights get cold and days get warm. You are going to have to decide if you are confident enough in your ability to do job right, or if it's better to pay extra money to have it done for you. Just because you pay someone to do it, doesn't mean you still won't encounter same problems. The difference is, they have to guarantee their IGU for a minimum of 1 year. I have received many units over years that had marks in between glass. The beauty of it is manufacturer can't dispute it, because there's no way anyone else could have done it except them.
OK, what if window frames are vinyl instead of aluminum? Well, main difference is glass in a vinyl window no longer has rubber gasket around edge. You don't remove opposite corner screws and separate frame from glass. What they do is put either silicone or a two sided tape on lip of frame where glass rests. That's what holds glass in frame, then they apply a snap in stop on all four sides of glass. So, you have to remove stops first, then turn over panel and break seal holding glass to frame using a utility knife. Wear gloves during this procedure. If only one side of IGU is broken, don't even think about repairing just one side. You will never get that IGU out of frame without breaking other piece of glass in process. But, on positive side, you can remove stops without taking panel out if it's a slider. You can then measure dimensions of glass, and order new IGU. That way you eliminate any need to temporarily cover up your window. The same is true for stationary portion of a slider, or a picture window. Before you install new IGU, be sure and clean lip that had tape or silicone, and apply either silicone or tape. Either will work.
You will discover that replacing an IGU in an aluminum frame window is a whole lot easier than a vinyl window. But, in either case, you can do it yourself and save a few bucks.
John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows
At Last - Barefoot Comfort All Year LongWritten by Faith Williams
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Speaking of cost, one of frequent questions is how much does it cost to run electric radiant mats. The answer varies, depending on length of time you have it on, size mats you have installed, and cost of electricity in your area. For example: a 1’x 40’ mat (15 watts per square foot) is set to turn on from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; usage rate from electric bill is 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. Multiply square foot of mat by watts per square foot to figure total watts (40 x 15 = 600). Take total watts and divide by 1000 to determine total kilowatts (600/1000 = .60). Multiply total kilowatts by usage rate found on electric bill to figure how many cents per kilowatt hours (.60 x .08 = $0.048 per hour). It is important to realize even though a system is set to be on for several hours, it is usually only utilizing power for first hour or so in order to initially heat to set temperature. The thermostat will then be switching itself on and off from time to time for short intervals in order to keep surface temperature consistent. Assuming it uses power for 2 hours during each time setting (1 hour for initial warm up and 1 hour of usage to keep heat consistent), in our example power would be in use for 4 hours. At rate of $0.05 per hour, this adds only $0.20 daily to your electric bill. Electric radiant heat offers maintenance free comfort all year long, in any kind of climate. For further information, visit http://www.radiantfloorwarming.com or contact John O’Brien at Radiant Floor Warming, 888-FLR-WARM (357-9276).
Faith Williams is Customer Service Department Manager for Radiant Floor Warming. Radiant Floor Warming offers safe, efficient electric radiant floor warming materials for tile, stone, carpet and laminate. Visit the website at http://www.radiantfloorwarming.com or call toll free 888-FLR-WARM (357-9276).