home clininc; keeping the drafts out in winter - clear plastic sheets
Bernard Gladstone Dirk
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Many homeowners find that even if there are regular storm windows outside, they will still feel the cold air flow inside when the winter winds blow up.
There is also a problem with windows "sweating" in many cases (
Inside the glass or on the window frame (
Metal Belt in particular)
When the temperature drops below freezing point.
In some cases, these problems can be solved by replacing the wind and rain stripping around the storm window or the prime window (or both)
, Or by adding wind and rain stripping where there is no present to help ensure the sealing around each window.
However, in those cases where the problem is not completely eliminated, or where there is only one piece of glass outside without a storm window, these problems can usually be solved by simply installing cheap plastic storm windows inside.
All hardware stores and home centers now have a variety of salesit-
Your own plastic storm window kit can be easily installed inside your existing window.
These are different from simple thin transparent plastic sheets that are fixed in window frames with adhesive tape or DingTalk and with magnetic plastic molding on appropriate semi-rigid plastic sheets, these plastic molded objects form plastic frames so that storm windows can be reused year after year.
Most people decide to put the thin sheets fixed with tape, because they are much cheaper than semi-rigid plastic sheets, but the trouble is that these plastic films are usually hard to stretch smoothly, so you will have a lot of ugly wrinkles and creases in the film.
Also, regular tapes are usually very obvious and they don't always stick together the way they should.
In the past few years, some manufacturers have started to produce a new type of indoor storm window kit that uses a thin plastic to solve or eliminate these problems
A sealed plastic seal is also manufactured inside any window.
These kits use special heating
Sensitive, very transparent plastic, heated with a normal hair dryer after being placed above the window.
Heat shrink plastic is like "shrink wrap" in the packaging industry so that it extends tightly to the surface of the window frame to form a completely smooth film without any wrinkles or creases
Once the plastic is in place, it can be wiped with a damp cloth if necessary to clean the plastic easily.
Advertising plastic sheet with double around the edge of the window frame-
When the work is done, the plastic tape with a clear surface is actually invisible.
When the storm window is no longer needed, the tape can be stripped easily without leaving traces.
By using one of these plastic kits to "screw" a window, you will actually close it in a sealed crystal "whole --
Transparent plastic that is almost invisible.
The air-conditioning flow will be fully sealed and the plastic sheet traps an extra layer of dead air in the space between it and the glass
Dead Air is an excellent insulating material.
Usually, the pair is sold transparent enough.
Face tape fix it near the edge, standard-
The size kit contains enough plastic and adhesive tape to cover a window of about 42 by 62 inch.
There is also a larger kit with enough plastic and tape to cover about 3 feet by 5 feet of the five windows.
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To bring the storm window, double
First Press the tape in the position around the window frame.
It can be applied to the front of the window frame forming or to the edge of the window frame forming (
Next to the wall but not on the wall).
Placing tape on the edge of the window frame usually makes the most neat installation, but if the edge is not wide enough, the tape can be applied to the surface of the window frame.
Make sure the molding is clean and dry, then start to spread the tape and press it firmly on the wood.
There is a protective paper on one side of the tape, so while pressing the tape in place, put it on one side.
When all the tape is put down, peel off the protective paper on each tape, then expand the transparent plastic sheet and cut it into about size, allowing both sides to have two to 3 inch extra material (
This will be trimmed later).
Start applying plastic flakes by gently pressing the adhesive tape along the top of the window frame.
Tighten the plastic and press it on the tape at the bottom (
Or on the windowsill, as shown in the figure).
Finally, press one of the sides in place, pull the plastic to the back side, and then press the other side in place.
Now use your finger around and press the plastic tightly on the tape.
Use a normal hair dryer next to shrink the plastic tightly to eliminate any visible wrinkles or creases.
Adjust the hair dryer to the hottest environment, then turn it on and hold it down for about 1-
From the top right, only a few inches away from the plastic
Corner of the window.
Slowly move it on the surface of the plastic in a series of gradually backward waysand-
Until the heat is applied to the whole piece of plastic, all the wrinkles are gone.
Be careful not to contact the plastic with the nozzle of the dryer --
Keep it moving slowly all the time.
After completion, trim off the excess materials with scissors or blades that stretch out from the tape.
Reply to email Q.
I have laid and re-laid the wood flooring in my house several times.
Every time about 6 inch square blocks, it seems to expand and bend in the summer in wet weather.
I always stay half.
An inch of space around to allow expansion.
I can't help the people in the wooden yard where I bought the building blocks.
Is there any special cement that can withstand expansion? -J. H. S. , Suffern, N. Y. A .
This should not be a problem if you use the cement or adhesive recommended by the manufacturer.
The first thing I will do in your case is to contact the flooring manufacturer.
It may be that you used the wrong adhesive.
Another possible problem could be the condition of the floor.
As you describe, with thin ground plates, you need a solid, stable surface below.
It may be that the existing ground layer needs to cover some type of ground layer, such as a hard board or a broken board.
A version of this article was printed on page LI11 of the National edition on December 30, 1984 with the title: home clininc;
Take out all the ventilation in winter.