Cabinet Hardware 101Written by Scott Touchton
Cabinet knobs and pulls are now being used by designers to add finer details to a home’s overall decorating theme. Manufacturers of decorative hardware are making designer’s job easier by offering more styles and design options. Emtek Products is one of these companies who manufacturers door, bath and cabinet hardware in various collection styles so that homeowners can have hardware with consistent styles and finishes throughout their home.
For example, homeowners with smaller children can choose cabinet knobs and pulls for their children’s bedrooms in bright primary colors, animal shapes or pictures of clothing items such as sock knobs for sock drawer and shirt knobs for shirt drawer.
Cabinet knobs are also produced from a variety of different materials venturing away from more standard solid brass. Hardware customers can now choose products made from sandcast bronze, wrought steel, copper and chrome.
There are also many different combinations of types of hardware that you can use throughout your home. The more common selection is to use cabinet knobs on doors that swing outward and to use horizontally positioned pulls on slide out drawers. Pulls can be used throughout using pulls horizontally on slide out drawers and vertically on cabinet doors. Cup pulls and bin pulls are also being used more as they become more popular with designers.
Single pane glass repair in an aluminum frame,part 2Written by John Rocco
This week we are going to continue our series on single pane window glass repair. Let's talk about broken glass in a fixed window, usually referred to as a picture window. The most common type will have metal stops on outside, around all four edges of window glass. Sometimes these stops will be held in place with screws, and other times there will be aluminum stops that snap in place. In some rare instances there will be a rubber material in place of metal. If you have screw type, you remove all of screws and each piece will come out. If you have metal snap in stops, carefully pry stop from frame using a small, flat screwdriver or a putty knife. You want to start in a corner and work along stop until it comes out. Don't pry too much because stops can bend very easily. If you have rubber type, pry a corner away using screwdriver, grab it with your fingers, and pull out rubber. The glass shouldn't fall out because there is a glue or tape on edge, holding glass in place.
From here, You can get your measurements for new piece of glass. The glass edges will be exposed, and you can hook your tape measure to edge and get your width and height. If there is a hole in glass, measure glass thickness. If there isn't a hole, put on some gloves and carefully push on glass where crack is located. This will expose edge so you can measure it. When you go to get new glass, you're going to need a tube of silicone to replace glue or tape holding glass in place. Once you get glass home, you need to remove old glass. Go inside and cut between glass and frame using a utility knife with a new blade. This will cut away silicone or tape that is holding old glass. Be sure to wear heavy gloves during this process to avoid getting cut. Start at top and cut across from one corner to other. Then cut down one side, from top to bottom. Do other side same way. At this point glass should fall out. You should place a tarp or sheet under window to catch glass as it falls out. Using a stiff putty knife, scrape off old silicone or tape from frame. If there were setting blocks on bottom, be sure to reuse them. They act as shims to raise glass off bottom.