Single pane glass repair in an aluminum frame,part 2

Written 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 onrepparttar outside, around all four edges ofrepparttar 100055 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 haverepparttar 100056 screw type, you remove all ofrepparttar 100057 screws and each piece will come out. If you haverepparttar 100058 metal snap in stops, carefully pryrepparttar 100059 stop fromrepparttar 100060 frame using a small, flat screwdriver or a putty knife. You want to start in a corner and work alongrepparttar 100061 stop until it comes out. Don't pry too much becauserepparttar 100062 stops can bend very easily. If you haverepparttar 100063 rubber type, pry a corner away usingrepparttar 100064 screwdriver, grab it with your fingers, and pull outrepparttar 100065 rubber. The glass shouldn't fall out because there is a glue or tape onrepparttar 100066 edge, holdingrepparttar 100067 glass in place.

From here, You can get your measurements forrepparttar 100068 new piece of glass. The glass edges will be exposed, and you can hook your tape measure torepparttar 100069 edge and get your width and height. If there is a hole inrepparttar 100070 glass, measurerepparttar 100071 glass thickness. If there isn't a hole, put on some gloves and carefully push onrepparttar 100072 glass whererepparttar 100073 crack is located. This will exposerepparttar 100074 edge so you can measure it. When you go to getrepparttar 100075 new glass, you're going to need a tube of silicone to replacerepparttar 100076 glue or tape holdingrepparttar 100077 glass in place. Once you getrepparttar 100078 glass home, you need to removerepparttar 100079 old glass. Go inside and cut betweenrepparttar 100080 glass and frame using a utility knife with a new blade. This will cut awayrepparttar 100081 silicone or tape that is holdingrepparttar 100082 old glass. Be sure to wear heavy gloves during this process to avoid getting cut. Start atrepparttar 100083 top and cut across from one corner torepparttar 100084 other. Then cut down one side, from top to bottom. Dorepparttar 100085 other siderepparttar 100086 same way. At this pointrepparttar 100087 glass should fall out. You should place a tarp or sheet underrepparttar 100088 window to catchrepparttar 100089 glass as it falls out. Using a stiff putty knife, scrape offrepparttar 100090 old silicone or tape fromrepparttar 100091 frame. If there were setting blocks onrepparttar 100092 bottom, be sure to reuse them. They act as shims to raiserepparttar 100093 glass offrepparttar 100094 bottom.

Hidden Causes of Water Damage in the Home

Written by Ed Bishop

In addition to causing destruction, water damage also has an adverse affect torepparttar indoor air quality of your home.

Damage from water can cause wood rot, insect infestation and mold .

The obvious causes of water damage are leaking roofs, windows, doors, foundation cracks and visible plumbing leaks.

These are fairly easy to detect, enabling a quick repair before maximum damage occurs.

The not-so-obvious culprits are moisture behind finished basement walls that are insulated with fiberglass; poor grading around foundation walls and air leaks that occur betweenrepparttar 100054 living space and attic.

Insulating finished basement walls with fiberglass is not a good idea.

Fiberglass will absorb water and not allow it to travel throughrepparttar 100055 wall, preventing a drying effect. Some people think installing a plastic barrier inrepparttar 100056 wall isrepparttar 100057 answer, but this approach only traps moisture.

A better way is to use rigid insulation (also known as blue board). This insulation is semi-permeable and allows moisture to travel throughrepparttar 100058 wall, allowing it to dry.

Water can also enterrepparttar 100059 basement ifrepparttar 100060 grade ofrepparttar 100061 land is pitched towardrepparttar 100062 house.

Gradingrepparttar 100063 soil away fromrepparttar 100064 house and adding rain gutters will guide rainwater away fromrepparttar 100065 house.

Openings fromrepparttar 100066 house torepparttar 100067 attic and poor ceiling insulation in houses located in colder climates can lead to ice dams that cause water to back up intorepparttar 100068 house.

Air leakage fromrepparttar 100069 house torepparttar 100070 attic will carry moisture inrepparttar 100071 form of humidity intorepparttar 100072 attic that can form water onrepparttar 100073 underside ofrepparttar 100074 roof leading to rotting and mold.

Typical leakage points betweenrepparttar 100075 house and attic are:

* leaky attic hatches * holes drilled for plumbing pipes and electrical wires that penetraterepparttar 100076 attic and are usually not sealed * Recessed light fixtures that are notrepparttar 100077 airtight type * Exhaust fans that vent directly intorepparttar 100078 attic

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use