Written by John Rocco

When we left off last week, we had removedrepparttar old wood sash windows and preparedrepparttar 100103 opening forrepparttar 100104 vinyl replacement windows. Now it's time to install your new windows. You should have someone there to help you when doingrepparttar 100105 installation. First, Remove all shipping materials fromrepparttar 100106 window. Now, if you are installing several different sizes, make sure you are puttingrepparttar 100107 correct window inrepparttar 100108 correct opening. You need to putrepparttar 100109 window intorepparttar 100110 opening to make sure it's going to fit, then remove it and run a bead of caulk onrepparttar 100111 face ofrepparttar 100112 outside blind stop whererepparttar 100113 window will rest. You don't want to caulk, only to discoverrepparttar 100114 windows are too big. It's worthrepparttar 100115 extra few minutes to make sure it's going to fit. Liftrepparttar 100116 window and setrepparttar 100117 bottom in first. Then raiserepparttar 100118 top until it rests againstrepparttar 100119 outside blind stops. Sometimes, when raisingrepparttar 100120 top into position,repparttar 100121 window frame will hitrepparttar 100122 top ofrepparttar 100123 wood frame. You need to tap down onrepparttar 100124 top ofrepparttar 100125 vinyl frame while keeping pressure towardsrepparttar 100126 outside.

Once you determine that it's going to fit, removerepparttar 100127 new window and set it aside. Run a bead of caulk onrepparttar 100128 face ofrepparttar 100129 outside blind stops. White latex painters caulk works fine. Raiserepparttar 100130 window into position again. Now have your helper holdrepparttar 100131 window in position while you raise and lowerrepparttar 100132 sashes, making certain thatrepparttar 100133 window is square inrepparttar 100134 opening. Remember how you orderedrepparttar 100135 windows 3/16"- 1/4" shorter thanrepparttar 100136 tightest measurement? This is where you use this space to adjustrepparttar 100137 frame to berepparttar 100138 most plumb and level. Get a box of popsicle sticks and wood coffee stirrers atrepparttar 100139 grocery store. The coffee stirrers are about 1/16" thick, andrepparttar 100140 popsicle sticks are approximately twice as thick. You want to putrepparttar 100141 shims inrepparttar 100142 four corners. Then caulkrepparttar 100143 gap on both sides and alongrepparttar 100144 top before installingrepparttar 100145 inside stops. I don't recommend putting any screws inrepparttar 100146 sides, but you can put one screw inrepparttar 100147 top center and one inrepparttar 100148 bottom center. You really dont have to use any screws in this kind of installation, sincerepparttar 100149 shims will eliminate any side play, andrepparttar 100150 caulk onrepparttar 100151 blind stops will holdrepparttar 100152 frame in place as well. Remember, we still need to re-installrepparttar 100153 inside stops.

Before installingrepparttar 100154 inside stops, remove allrepparttar 100155 old nails and replace them with new nails. A 1"- 1 1/4" finish nail is fine. Before installingrepparttar 100156 inside stops, scrape all old caulk offrepparttar 100157 stops. Then, while your helper holdsrepparttar 100158 window in place, nail your stops back on. Ifrepparttar 100159 window has 4 stops, installrepparttar 100160 shortest ones first. That way you can bendrepparttar 100161 longer stops into place betweenrepparttar 100162 two short ones. Use a nail punch to sinkrepparttar 100163 head pastrepparttar 100164 surface ofrepparttar 100165 stop. If you have several windows to do, i suggest doingrepparttar 100166 first window to this point before going torepparttar 100167 next. How frustrating would it be to have a helper removingrepparttar 100168 old sashes, only to discover thatrepparttar 100169 windows aren't going to fit!? Ifrepparttar 100170 first one goes in fine, then you can send your helper ahead of you to start removing old sashes. The best way to avoidrepparttar 100171 nightmare of having a bunch of new windows that won't fit is to make sure you measure CORRECTLY. Remember, tight minus 1/4" onrepparttar 100172 width and height should be fine.

Planning a Backyard Deck

Written by Dave Markel

Planning your deck

Asrepparttar homeowner it is up to you to makerepparttar 100102 initial decision about your decks look and feel. Only you know what you know what you want from your deck. It is likely that you want to entertain on it, barbeque on it even have a hot tub.

Make a list of features you want.

•Barbeque •Patio table •Hot tub •Planter boxes

Knowing what you plan to put onrepparttar 100103 deck will help you determinerepparttar 100104 size of deck you need.

Magazines are also great place to look for ideas. Cut out pictures of railings, decking material, lights or patio seats. Keep allrepparttar 100105 pictures. Once you have a few variations ofrepparttar 100106 different components you can narrow down your choices.

Books are also a great resource. Books will usually have a series of deck projects that you can follow along. Some are plan books that contain a series of plans. Any generic plan will need to be brought to local codes.

Drive around new subdivisions and see what is being built. If anything, this will give you a bit of an idea onrepparttar 100107 framing ofrepparttar 100108 deck.

Watch home improvement shows on TV to see whatrepparttar 100109 new trends are. You can also get a list of good websites that can provide information about new products.

The availability of materials will also be a factor in what you use to build your deck. Using materials that are native to your area will be less expensive then if you have to special order materials.

Once you decide on allrepparttar 100110 features and styles you want to include in your deck you are ready to have a deck plan drawn. Hiring a designer or builder to design your deck isrepparttar 100111 most common way but is alsorepparttar 100112 most expensive. Finding a set of pre drawn plans will save you some money but you will still need to haverepparttar 100113 plans updated to meetrepparttar 100114 local building codes.

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