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  • Should ladders be placed against windows.

    Wagish wrote to say that he "has observed the workmen building my new home placing ladders against the window panes rather than against the brick wall. Is this safe?"Very simply -- NO. The reason workmen do this is that it allows them to caulk both sides and the top of the window without moving...
  • How can I make a basement window larger?

    Tony in Burlington has extremely small (8" x 31") basement windows (that sounds more like a gun turret than a window) and he wants to make them bigger. If he cuts into the concrete and makes them bigger will he need reinforcement for new vinyl windows?If existing windows are showing no signs of ...
  • Can I get coloured vinyl windows?

    Valerie from Charlottetown, PEI writes: "We are building a new home and would like to use clay coloured vinyl windows, thinking that the clay colour would show on the exterior and also on the interior of the home. Today we were told that the colour is only on the outside and the interior of the ...
  • Should I put an air deflector over my baseboard heaters? No!

    Jean Charles from Shawinigan, Quebec noticed that the heat from his baseboard heaters was flowing up and being "wasted" by hitting the cold window glass. So he decided to put a piece of plywood over the heater to deflect the heat out into the room. He even sent me sketches of before and after.Y...
  • OVERVIEW: Sound Proofing

    In this TV segment we followed a sound proofing specialist through a home, testing it for problems, and indicating some solutions. Elsewhere in this database you will find more through discussions on soundproofing various parts of your house.The photo shows the use of Z-bars or resilient bars on...
  • What is temporary caulking?

    Temporary caulking is a transparent caulking specifically designed to be put on a window frame in the Fall and then peeled off in the Spring. It is used to actually caulk old windows, usually sliders, shut for the winter because their weather-stripping just isn't keeping the cold out. Remem...
  • How to straighten a viewer's sun porch doors and windows

    Loretta from Nova Scotia inquired of Jon how to straighten her sun porch doors and windows. Erosion from street run-off has undermined the corner of her concrete slab-on-grade porch, dropping that corner of the sun porch. The problem is now solved, but the openings are out of line.The frame o...
  • Repairing old guillotine window sash cords

    People often find that old guillotine windows have to be propped up with sticks and the like to keep them open in the summer, because the counter weight sash cord has broken.Jon went through the process of how to open up the hidden cavity where the weights move up and down. There is always a ...
  • Making sliding windows burglar proof

    Sliding windows and sliding doors are prone to intrusion. There is now a wide variety of hardware to solve this problem. Hockey sticks are a good first line of defense, but there are things that are much better and more discrete.Most important is probably the spacer wedges that can be placed...
  • Leaking windows

    Locating where water gets into a wall can be very difficult as often it only leaks when there is a driving rain from an unusual direction that puts more water than usual on a given wall. In this case the problem was clear, once we got high enough on a latter to see the top of the window. The ca...