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  • WINDOWS

    No matter how you cut it -- a good window is still a lousy wall. Glass has almost no thermal resistance (RSI - 0.16; R - 0.88), and a single-pane window in Canada not only makes a lousy wall in winter, but it makes a lousy window too -- you can't see through the thick layer of ice! But a ho...
  • HOW DO WINDOWS ACT AS A HUMIDITY ALARM?

    Much of this book has been concerned with controlling humidity in the house. A double-glazed window is a perfect alarm system to warn us of dangerous humidity conditions. A double-glazed window has just enough thermal insulation to allow comfort in the house without producing condensation on th...
  • HOW CAN I ELIMINATE AIR LEAKS THROUGH WINDOWS?

    Air leaks through the moving parts of windows accounts for as much as 14 per cent of the heat loss in a typical Canadian house. Picking the right kind of windows can certainly help:-- Fixed windows with no moving parts can be completely sealed. -- Fixed window panes with small moveable section...
  • CAN I HAVE TOO MANY WINDOWS FACING THE SUN?

    Yes. Too many windows facing south in an ordinary house can cause over heating. A window area on the south side of not more than 6 per cent of the total floor space of your house (counting a heated basement) should cause no problems. More than that and you have created half a solar house -...
  • How do you get curtain rods to hold in drywall?

    Roland wants to know how to get curtain rods to hold better in drywall.A screw driven directly into drywall will not hold at all, unless it is driven into wood behind the drywall. If the wall is hollow where you want to drive the screw you must use some kind of drywall fastener or fastener syste...
  • A home made stand-off for a tall ladder.

    Al from Vernon, BC nails a 2x4 to the top of his extension ladder to be able to span across windows. We made a version of this setup that would work for any long ladder -- a 2x4 on the wall side, a shorter 2x4 on the other side, and two carriage bolts with wing nuts to sandwich it onto the top o...
  • Can I cut in a door where the basement window is presently?

    Ed and Shirley from Dundas, Ontario want to put a door into the basement right where there is presently a window. Can they do it?If the door is the same width as the window, there will be no structural problems above. If you make the door wider than the window, then you must add some structu...
  • Aluminum tape to seal window frames

    Terry has heard that if you want to stop drafts, you need to take the trim off from around the inside of windows and seal that gap between the drywall and the window frame behind the trim. He suggests simply covering this gap with aluminum duct tape.That is a great idea Terry. Aluminum duct tap...
  • Can you use Low-E glass for a greenhouse?

    John has some old Low-E windows and wants to know if he can use them to build a greenhouse.Well there seems to be a lot of controversy in the window and greenhouse businesses about this. Any coating on a greenhouse window will change the light that reaches the plants, and there are several ty...
  • Cold drafts through a new Patio Door that won't go away.

    Hugh from Vancouver wrote: Our patio door was single glazed and the cold came through it like there was no door there at all. We installed inside storms several years ago and the improvement was like night and day.A couple of years ago, we saw at a local mall show displays of their double g...