Written by John Rocco

Ifrepparttar sliding glass doors in your home are more than 10 years old, you might notice that they are becoming harder to slide open. This problem is even more common on aluminum frame dual pane doors. The reason is becauserepparttar 100066 doors are heavier due torepparttar 100067 dual pane glass, but many ofrepparttar 100068 aluminum units did not use stainless steel rollers. So, in many cases,repparttar 100069 rollers get rusty from moisture and they start to bind.

In order to replacerepparttar 100070 rollers, you have to removerepparttar 100071 sliding panel fromrepparttar 100072 opening. In most instances,repparttar 100073 fixed panel must be removed in order forrepparttar 100074 sliding panel to come out. There is a simple way to determine whether or not your fixed panel has to come out as well. Ifrepparttar 100075 slider is onrepparttar 100076 inside track andrepparttar 100077 fixed panel is onrepparttar 100078 outside track, you have to remove both panels, becauserepparttar 100079 slider will only come out fromrepparttar 100080 outside. There is a lip onrepparttar 100081 bottom ofrepparttar 100082 track inside your house. That lip keeps water from coming in. Unfortunately, that lip is also too high to liftrepparttar 100083 sliding panel up and over. So, you have to removerepparttar 100084 fixed panel first, then lift and swing outrepparttar 100085 slider from outside. If you are one ofrepparttar 100086 few people who have a slider onrepparttar 100087 outside track, then you can lift your slider out without removingrepparttar 100088 fixed panel.

But, let's assume you need to removerepparttar 100089 fixed panel first. Here is what you do: Remove your screen door if you have one. The screen door will have two rollers onrepparttar 100090 bottom. Lift one end ofrepparttar 100091 door frame with one hand while using a flat screwdriver to liftrepparttar 100092 roller offrepparttar 100093 track. Do that on both sides, then take outrepparttar 100094 screen door and set it aside. Now, look for a metal piece onrepparttar 100095 bottom track that runs fromrepparttar 100096 bottom corner ofrepparttar 100097 fixed panel allrepparttar 100098 way across torepparttar 100099 bottom ofrepparttar 100100 side jamb that hasrepparttar 100101 door lock hardware. If your door is really old that piece might be missing. If you have one, you can pry it up fromrepparttar 100102 track. It is snapped in place even though it looks like it is a part ofrepparttar 100103 track. Once you have that piece removed, you want to look insiderepparttar 100104 house whererepparttar 100105 fixed panel is againstrepparttar 100106 wall jam. Look for screws holdingrepparttar 100107 frame torepparttar 100108 jam. They usually have one nearrepparttar 100109 top and bottom corners, and one nearrepparttar 100110 center. Remove these screws and put them where you won't lose them. Now, you should be able to pullrepparttar 100111 fixed panel out ofrepparttar 100112 side jam. There is a very good chance that it will be stuck. If it is, grabrepparttar 100113 center rail nearrepparttar 100114 bottom and lift up as hard as you can. If you feelrepparttar 100115 panel go up, pull it back down. Do this a couple of times, then try to pull it out ofrepparttar 100116 side jam again. This usually loosens it enough to pull it out. If it still won't come out, you will have to put a thin screwdriver betweenrepparttar 100117 fixed panel frame andrepparttar 100118 side jam and pry while a helper pullsrepparttar 100119 panel away fromrepparttar 100120 jam. Once you get it free ofrepparttar 100121 side jam, grabrepparttar 100122 fixed panel side rail and have a helper grabrepparttar 100123 other rail. Liftrepparttar 100124 panel up intorepparttar 100125 top track and swingrepparttar 100126 bottom out ofrepparttar 100127 bottom track. Removerepparttar 100128 panel fromrepparttar 100129 top track and set it aside withrepparttar 100130 screen door.

Now, you can try liftingrepparttar 100131 slider up and out, just like you did withrepparttar 100132 fixed panel. Ifrepparttar 100133 slider won't clearrepparttar 100134 bottom track, you need to do a couple of things. First, look to see if it'srepparttar 100135 old rollers protruding fromrepparttar 100136 bottom that is preventingrepparttar 100137 door from coming out, or ifrepparttar 100138 actual bottom ofrepparttar 100139 door frame is hittingrepparttar 100140 track. In almost all cases, it will berepparttar 100141 old rollers. But, ifrepparttar 100142 opening is 8' wide, sometimesrepparttar 100143 wood header that runs acrossrepparttar 100144 opening has sagged just enough to make it tight inrepparttar 100145 center ofrepparttar 100146 opening. If it'srepparttar 100147 rollers, you need to adjust them allrepparttar 100148 way up intorepparttar 100149 door. Look for a hole onrepparttar 100150 bottom side where you can put a phillips screwdriver and findrepparttar 100151 adjustment screw. Then turn that screw counterclockwise as far as you can. Do that to both sides, then try lifting outrepparttar 100152 door. If you are still getting stuck, have your helper lift one side and pull outward while you try to pryrepparttar 100153 frame and roller overrepparttar 100154 track. If you get one side out, have your helper hold that side with his or her foot to prevent it from going back in while he or she liftsrepparttar 100155 other side for you to pry free.

Understanding your laundry detergent

Written by Donald Grummett

December 8, 2004

History ------------

Soap has been around for 5000 years. Bothrepparttar Egyptians and Babylonians used soap for personal cleaning. Soap then was a mixture of rendered animals fats and ashes.

Although its basic principles remainrepparttar 100065 same, it is now made using a sophisticated chemical and manufacturing process.

Do you know that duringrepparttar 100066 middle agesrepparttar 100067 use of soap was considered unnatural? Some historians suggestrepparttar 100068 rejection of soap, andrepparttar 100069 associated lack of hygiene, may have contributed torepparttar 100070 Black Death that ravaged Europe.

Even intolerance has been linked to soap. Some Europeans rejected soap at this time because it was considered a devilish product. Therefore it has been suggested that cultures who continued using this amazing substance may have been prejudiced against.

Even today people think it is a mystery product that they imagine full of numerous secret ingredients boiled up in a caldron. While not a magical product it is definitely a substance that has helped transform society. It is something we use every day to make our busy lives easier and safer.

Detergent is not soap ----------

Prior to World War II laundry was cleaned with soap or soap flakes. Afterrepparttar 100071 war detergent becamerepparttar 100072 predominant laundry cleaning choice. It was less expensive, more convenient, and worked better withrepparttar 100073 new-fangled washing machines.

Unlike soap, detergent lent itself torepparttar 100074 high speed processes that allowed it to be mass produced in huge quantities for an ever-expanding market.

With time consumers also demanded variations of detergents that would not have been possible with soap based products. Low suds, high suds, high efficiency, phosphate free, cold water types, fruit scented, non scented, baby specific, liquid form, crystal form, and a multitude of other types are all common today.

How clothes are cleaned ------------

"Putrepparttar 100075 clothes inrepparttar 100076 washing machine ... addrepparttar 100077 detergent ... startrepparttar 100078 machine to letrepparttar 100079 water enter ... and then walk away". That is all most people know about washing their clothes.

People do not realize thatrepparttar 100080 detergent is only a minor part ofrepparttar 100081 cleaning process. The proper cleaning of clothes involves many complex interactions.

In fact did you know it isrepparttar 100082 water inrepparttar 100083 washing machine that does most ofrepparttar 100084 cleaning, notrepparttar 100085 detergent? Primarily, it isrepparttar 100086 water mixing withrepparttar 100087 dirt onrepparttar 100088 clothes that lifts offrepparttar 100089 soiling matter and holds it in suspension. Then asrepparttar 100090 washing machine is drainingrepparttar 100091 water finishesrepparttar 100092 job by carryingrepparttar 100093 dirt away with it.

Question: So, ifrepparttar 100094 water doesrepparttar 100095 work, why do we need repparttar 100096 detergent?

Answer: Becauserepparttar 100097 detergent makes it all happen more efficiently.

Water appears to be one large body of fluid. Actually it's not. In fact it is made up of miniscule balls of water because of a phenomenon called surface tension. The best analogy I can use is that surface tension is likerepparttar 100098 shell around an egg. The natural state of water are these tight little balls. And, because of their surface tension they do not want to mix with other balls of water. So to alleviate this problem we introduce detergent into this environment.

The main job of detergent is to break down this surface tension.

Oncerepparttar 100099 surface tension is brokenrepparttar 100100 water will mix better with other water molecules. This will allow allrepparttar 100101 water balls to flow into a large homogeneous mass that can then be put to work.

By lowering its surface tensionrepparttar 100102 water can be made to penetraterepparttar 100103 clothing fabric rather than slide off its surface. Therefore,repparttar 100104 detergent makesrepparttar 100105 water more efficient.

Some people describe it as makingrepparttar 100106 ater "slippery". Still others refer to it as makingrepparttar 100107 water "wetter". Whateverrepparttar 100108 descriptionrepparttar 100109 result is thatrepparttar 100110 water can attackrepparttar 100111 dirt more aggressively. The water gets intorepparttar 100112 clothing fibres, loosensrepparttar 100113 dirt, and then holds it until it can be washed away.

Additionally,repparttar 100114 detergent helps keeprepparttar 100115 dirt suspended withinrepparttar 100116 water. This is necessary to prevent particles of dirt from reattaching torepparttar 100117 fabric. Withoutrepparttar 100118 detergent this could happen every timerepparttar 100119 water-dirt mixture came into contact withrepparttar 100120 clothing.

The last thing we need for a good wash is impart some energy intorepparttar 100121 water. That is a fancy way of saying we need to make it move. That isrepparttar 100122 job ofrepparttar 100123 agitator insiderepparttar 100124 washing machine.

By makingrepparttar 100125 water roll it is tumblingrepparttar 100126 water against repparttar 100127 clothes. This drivesrepparttar 100128 water-detergent mixture into repparttar 100129 clothes and makes them clean faster. Think of it asrepparttar 100130 same principle used by our ancestors when they wetrepparttar 100131 clothes inrepparttar 100132 river and then banged them against a rock to loosenrepparttar 100133 dirt.

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