Kitchen Windows

When designing a kitchen what should you be looking for when choosing a new window(s) in the kitchen?
There are 6 different types of windows available but only 5 can open. The picture window is just that a cased opening with a secured thermo pane glass installed in the opening.

Awning; With this type of window the operating devices are located at the bottom of the window that makes it easy to operate. These windows are hinged at the top and swing outward. The problem is that the kitchen countertop is 36” tall than the window is about 24-36” tall. IE the top of the window is between 5’to 6’ off the floor so when you are looking out the window at the sink all your eyes are looking at the top of the window jamb, you must duck to look out the window.

Glider; With this type of window the operating devices are located half way up the window that makes this window hard to operate when you lean over the sink and faucet.

Casement; This is a great type of window the operating devices are located at the bottom of the window that makes it easy to operate, also if the wind is coming from the left and you want to bring the air in open the right window and it will hook the wind and bring it into the kitchen.

Double Hung; This is a good looking window but it has a draw back you must on unlock the window, the lock is half way up the center of the window opening it from the bottom is adequate again the sink and faucet is the way.

Hopper; A hopper window is a cool design of a window but it swings and tilts into the room in the swing mode the window can not open the faucet is in the way.

Transom; Having a transom window over the regular kitchen window is great unless you have a ceiling under 9’ again the bottom of the transom and the top of the regular is in your line of sight.

Dewalt DW718 12″ double bevel sliding compound miter saw

Items to look for in a miter box.
1. Is the backrest high enough to do crown molding as lest 3 1/2″?
2. Does the turntable move freely or can the dust and cut offs get under the
backrest and the turntable?

3. Can you lock the turntable at 1/10 of a degree at a time?

4. Does the miter box allow you to set the blade depth as to kurf a board
or notch the backside of a baseboard?

5. Are you able to set the turntable as 69 degrees both ways, all the miter
boxes I know of can not do this yet. When you are doing beam ceiling
with 45degree boxes the miter angle is 67 1/2 degrees this angle is used
a lot on a 6 ply beam build up?

6. Can the bevel turn to 50 degrees both directions?

7. Does the slide arm have a second dairy lock for custom cutting?

To date I have used several different types and brands of miter boxes not one is perfect but the Dewalt Series of miter boxes are a delight to work with.

Adding Millwork To Your House Part 2.

When it is time to install your millwork make sure you have the right tools:
1. 12″ compound miter box with slide —(I recommend Dewalt DW718 12″ double bevel sliding compound miter saw.)

2. A pneumatic nail gun that can shut 2 1/2″ trim nail with a round head this is important a T style nail brakes the thinner trim boards and has no power to drive the nail through sold hardwood. I recommend Senc Finishing Nailer Model 1Z0001N

3. A pneumatic pin gun SENCO SLS18 18 GAUGE 1-1/2″

4. A bottle of Titbond 2 Glue

5. An orbital sander (Porter Cable Quicksand® Random-Orbit Sander)
Now with these tools you have a good start on doing a great job.

Always glue your joints and keep a wet rag with you o wipe off extra glue.

Let’s say you just finished installing casing around a window. Ok it time for the nail set, counter sink all the gun and hand nails.

Lets go back with 150 grit sand paper and sand all the trim and joints this causes the stain to penetrates evenly with less splotching across the entire trim board.

Take out an air chuck and blow out and excess dust in the nail holes and off the trim board.

If there are any nicks of dents in the millwork it time to fix them with Lacquer base wood putty let hardens and re-sand.

Paint roller and brushes

When you are writing all the time do you buy the cheapest pen? No you go out and by a good pen a cross or a parker pen for writing. The same is true when you are painting buying a cheap paint roller causes more problems. And the next several times you paint you buy a new paint roller every time. Stop wait a minute they make good ones to.

The brand I love to use is Wooster plastic handle which means not to hot or cold never splinters like wood easy to clean up also receives 2 types of extension rods the screw in type or the clip in type.

The clip in type is better because it keeps the handle from unscrewing and falling off the rod. The next fetchers are the dogs at the end that hold the felt roller on.

These dogs will not allow the roller to separate from the paint roller. Making your painting job just a job and not a nightmare.

Buying brushes those brushes under $10.00 are garbage and this is why the bristles in the brush let lose and you have to pick the out of the painted surface before it dries or you get to sand the project and do it again.

A good nylon brush 2 1/2″ – 3″ wide with a taper is a good all around brush from latex and to oil base varnish.

Remember to clean your brush and roller thoroughly and hang it up to dry.
This will keep it ready for the next time you need it.