Removing your old wood double hung windows

Written by John Rocco

Last week i told you how to measure your wood window openings to properly order your new vinyl replacement windows. This week i'm going to explain how to remove your old windows. The vast majority of wood sash double hung windows in America haverepparttar same specifications. Starting from insiderepparttar 100106 house and working out, you have a wood stop approximately 3/8" X 3/8". Then comesrepparttar 100107 lower sash(the sash isrepparttar 100108 piece of glass and surrounding wood frame). Then you have another wood stop (called a parting bead) betweenrepparttar 100109 lower sash and upper sash. This stop is approx. 1/4" X 1/2". Then you haverepparttar 100110 upper sash, and finally,repparttar 100111 outside wood stop (called a blind stop) that is approx. 1/2" X 3/4".

Before beginning, be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves. The safety glasses will protect your eyes from debris, andrepparttar 100112 gloves help avoid splinters. The inside stop needs to be removed first. Try not to damage these,they will be re-installed afterrepparttar 100113 replacement windows are put in. If you should happen to crackrepparttar 100114 old stops, you can take a piece to a hardware store or molding store to get replacement wood stops. Ifrepparttar 100115 stops have been painted to blend intorepparttar 100116 surrounding trim or wall, you need to put a flat screwdriver or putty knife intorepparttar 100117 indented area that separatesrepparttar 100118 stop fromrepparttar 100119 surrounding area. Dragrepparttar 100120 blade from top to bottom to chip awayrepparttar 100121 paint. Then put a stiff blade putty knife into this seam and pryrepparttar 100122 stop away fromrepparttar 100123 frame. Start inrepparttar 100124 middle ofrepparttar 100125 stop where there isrepparttar 100126 most flexibility. Workrepparttar 100127 putty knife fromrepparttar 100128 middle torepparttar 100129 top, then fromrepparttar 100130 middle torepparttar 100131 bottom. The number of nails that were used to installrepparttar 100132 stop will determine how difficult removal will be. I have seen some stops that have just 3 nails, while others have had 6. Most ofrepparttar 100133 time there will be stops around all four sides ofrepparttar 100134 opening, but i have seen some openings that didn't have a top stop, and others that had no bottom stop.

Afterrepparttar 100135 inside stops have been removed, you should be able to pullrepparttar 100136 lower sash out. Ifrepparttar 100137 windows were painted shut at some time, you might have to pryrepparttar 100138 area whererepparttar 100139 lock is located to separaterepparttar 100140 sashes. Now, once you getrepparttar 100141 lower sash out, it will still be attached torepparttar 100142 cords that holdrepparttar 100143 window up when you raise it. Take a pair of tin snips and cutrepparttar 100144 cords while maintaining tension on them. The cords will recoil back intorepparttar 100145 assemblies. Takerepparttar 100146 lower sash and set it aside.

Household Helpful Tips

Written by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino

Helpful Hints

~ Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hair spray and they will take a quick dive. ~ Sealed envelope - Put inrepparttar freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife underrepparttar 100105 flap. The envelope can then be resealed. ~ Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write onrepparttar 100106 roll what appliance it belongs to. ~ For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all overrepparttar 100107 steps. They won't refreeze. ~ Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is!). ~ Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel. ~ Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S. pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed thatrepparttar 100108 scissors get sharpened this way! ~ Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make itrepparttar 100109 easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach intorepparttar 100110 drawer and pull outrepparttar 100111 handy nutcracker. It adjusts torepparttar 100112 size ofrepparttar 100113 jar and I simply give it a good twist and off popsrepparttar 100114 lid! ~ Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! ~ Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side hasrepparttar 100115 streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak. ~ Spray a bit of perfume onrepparttar 100116 light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room whenrepparttar 100117 light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen. ~ Candles will last a lot longer if placed inrepparttar 100118 freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. ~ To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and addrepparttar 100119 flowers. Shake vigorously asrepparttar 100120 salt will absorb allrepparttar 100121 dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

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