Written by John Rocco

Last week, I explained how to remove your old steel casement windows as you prepare each opening forrepparttar new Vinyl windows. In most ofrepparttar 143980 country, you are limited to a replacement style frame, which is a new construction frame withrepparttar 143981 nail fin removed. Remember, when you removedrepparttar 143982 old casement window, you leftrepparttar 143983 perimeter frame in place. So, you have a lip protruding intorepparttar 143984 opening that is approximately 1/2" wide. You need to order your replacement style frame to fit inside of this old frame. Measurerepparttar 143985 width from lip to lip and deduct 1/4 to 3/8". Measurerepparttar 143986 height and deduct 1/4". When you installrepparttar 143987 new window, restrepparttar 143988 new frame onrepparttar 143989 bottom lip ofrepparttar 143990 old frame. Leaverepparttar 143991 front ofrepparttar 143992 new frame further outside thanrepparttar 143993 old frame lip. How far out depends on you, and how much inside sill space you want. A quality vinyl replacement window will measure 3 1/4" deep. Drive a screw inrepparttar 143994 top center to hold it in place. Then, make surerepparttar 143995 window is perfectly upright before installing a screw inrepparttar 143996 bottom center. Now you can securerepparttar 143997 rest ofrepparttar 143998 window with screws.

At this point you should have a replacement window that is approximately 5/8" away fromrepparttar 143999 left and right wall, 1/2" fromrepparttar 144000 bottom, and 3/4" fromrepparttar 144001 top. You now need to insulate and trim all four sides. You should get a trim that will adhere torepparttar 144002 face ofrepparttar 144003 window frame onrepparttar 144004 outside, then go over torepparttar 144005 wall from whichrepparttar 144006 lip is protruding on all four sides. However, before applyingrepparttar 144007 trim, fillrepparttar 144008 space with fiberglass insulation. You can get a roll of insulation atrepparttar 144009 hardware store. You can also getrepparttar 144010 trim there, but if you choose a wood trim, you will have to paint it. Also, wood is susceptible to weather, so you might be repainting somewhere downrepparttar 144011 road. I sell a vinyl flat trim in several different widths, that has an adhesive backing to stick torepparttar 144012 face ofrepparttar 144013 window. Since it's an exterior grade trim, it will never need maintenance. You dorepparttar 144014 same procedure when trimming outrepparttar 144015 inside. Be sure to seal whererepparttar 144016 trim meetsrepparttar 144017 wall on all four sides inside and out.

Classical Venetian Blinds

Written by Garry John

Venetian blinds, or as they’re sometimes called, window blinds, are composed of thin slats of aluminum, plastic or other material that overlap when closed to block out light.

The dry definition of Venetian blinds doesn’t even hint atrepparttar history and utility – not to mention subtle drama - of these versatile window coverings. Venetian blinds are, asrepparttar 143979 definition states, thin slats of material that are strung on a string ‘ladder’ and fitted with an adjuster that allows you to varyrepparttar 143980 tilt and angle ofrepparttar 143981 slats. It’s this adjustment mechanism more than anything else that makes window blinds ‘Venetian’ blinds.

The use of slatted blinds can be traced back to Roman and Greek times. In Pompeii, for instance, archaeologists have uncovered homes that have fixed marble slats inrepparttar 143982 window openings. It wasn’t till about 1760, though, that window blinds that could be adjusted by tiltingrepparttar 143983 slats came into more popular use. These were probably a variation on window shutters, with wooden slats that could be adjusted by virtue of a thin strip of wood affixed to each slat. In 1841, John Hampson of New Orleans patented a method of adjustingrepparttar 143984 tilt of Venetian blind slats that is stillrepparttar 143985 most used method of stringing Venetian blinds in use today.

Did I say ‘subtle drama’ above? Venetian blinds have been used in art since they first became popular, though their presence in a composition might be so subtle that it goes unnoticed. Venetian blinds are a staple in film noir to suggest drama, tension and secrecy. The patterned shadows cast by light through half-opened Venetian blinds has been part ofrepparttar 143986 composition of award-winning photos in both color and black and white, and used by painters to add interest to portraits and abstracts. In your rooms, those same shadow patterns can cast a subliminally noticed ‘spell’ overrepparttar 143987 room.

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