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Going to the market or out to dinner?

A residence with a “lived-in” appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes that might tell a burglar that your house is unoccupied. Be sure to secure all the windows and doors before you leave. An empty garage can also let burglars know you’re away, so be sure to close the garage doors when you Ready Made Roman Blinds Owls Head ME leave.

When you go out at night, leave one or more interior lights turned on and a radio playing, but TV sets should not be left unattended. For a small amount, you can buy timers that will turn lights on and off when you’re gone.

Definitely do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside your unlocked mailbox, over the doorway, or in Owls Head ME other obvious places.

When you’re planning a vacation or prolonged absence.

Suspend milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or in person well ahead of time. Do not leave notes! Schedule lawn care and have a friend or neighbour regularly remove any advertising circulars and other debris. On the other hand, leaving a few toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy, although it Cheap Roller Blinds Owls Head ME will work better if the friend that removes the debris also can move the toys around from time to time!

Notify the post office to forward your mail if you’re going to be away for a while, or have a trusted friend or neighbour pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants should also do this, since stuffed mail receptacles are a dead give-away that Owls Head ME no one is home.

Let your neighbours know you’ll be away so they can be extra alert for anything or anyone suspicious. Leave a key with them so your home or apartment can be periodically inspected. And ask them to vary the positions of your window shades and blinds.

When you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars make a practice of reading newspaper Owls Head ME accounts of other people’s vacation activities.

When you return from your trip, DO NOT ENTER your home if you find that a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away. The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbour’s phone to call the police immediately.

Do not touch or clean up anything if a crime has occurred. Preserve the scene until Owls Head ME police have inspected it for evidence.

And last, but not least, always remember to:

 

  • Lock everything before you leave, and
  • Trust a neighbour with a key, and
  • When your neighbours are away, return their favours by being a concerned neighbour yourself!

 

Unfortunately, it has become increasingly important to make sure your home is protected whenever you’re away. Make sure, even if you’ll only be Owls Head ME gone for a relatively short time, that you don’t make your home tempting to would-be burglars. Most of our suggestions require little or no money, and a minimal effort, but can help keep your home safe. We have many more articles on a variety of real estate-related topics, all available to you at no cost.

 

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Replacing Your Vehicle’s Windshield? Here is Your Windshield Replacement Survival Guide.

Safety First

A vehicles windshield provides the occupants a barrier from road debris and the outside elements. But most people don’t know a windshield is designed for structural safety in case of an accident, especially a rollover. A windshield is a vehicles third most important safety feature behind the seat belts, Ready Made Roman Blinds Owls Head ME and air bags.

Windshields are like basketball backboards for air bags. So if you have a damaged windshield your air bag may not function correctly. It actually may inflate out the windshield cavity, rather than towards you. Or it won’t adsorb any pressure because your windshield simply pushes out.

Most consumers are not aware that when technicians replace your windshield, there is Owls Head ME significant scratching to the “pinchweld” where the glass bonds to the car. These scratches must be prepped using paint and rust prevention steps. They should not simply leave exposed scratches where moisture from the exterior side can cause rust to develop.

Here are some questions you should ask your auto glass company:

 

  • Is the new glass OEM?
  • Did they remove the brand Door Blinds Owls Head ME label on the windshield?
  • Does the new glass have a shade band that matches your old glass?
  • Is the new windshield the same color glass? (glass is actually colored, not clear)
  • Does your windshield have a rain sensor?
  • Is your windshield heated? (companies will install non-heated and charge for heated)
  • Does the windshield have the right bracket for your rear Owls Head ME view mirror?
  • Does the new windshield have the same third visor as your old glass? (the painted black design which you can see around the rear view mirror on most cars)
  • Are they using a universal trim molding, or the actual trim molding part for your vehicle?
  • Does the company pay to fix paint scratches, if made by the auto Owls Head ME glass technician?

 

Always inspect a piece of glass for scratches and distortion before it’s installed.

Types of Automotive Glass

A windshield is actually two layers of glass with a laminate material between the layers, what is called “laminated glass”. Laminated glass is extremely hard to puncture or break apart. That’s why a large object like a stunt man, can impact the windshield without Owls Head ME breaking through. The strength of laminated glass combined with proper adhesion of the windshield to the body of the car provides massive strength against the roof collapsing in a rollover.

All of the other windows in your vehicle are “tempered glass”, which means they break into tiny fragments to reduce injury to the occupants. (a small fraction of vehicles have laminated Owls Head ME side and rear windows also)

Windshield Urethane

Today’s vehicles use urethane as the adhesive to bond the windshield to the vehicle, like a glue. Some urethane after complete hardening which can take 2-4 weeks, can hold 500 pounds per square inch of pressure. That’s one reason why you could never simply push your windshield out. Impossible! Some urethane allows you to drive Owls Head ME away within one hour after installing the windshield, hardening just enough to withstand vehicle accidents. When your replacement has been completed, make sure to inspect the inside of your vehicle around the edge of the glass. Make sure no urethane has oozed out into view or onto your vehicles interior. This is more common then people realize and needs to Owls Head ME be fixed immediately before the glue hardens!

The urethane is normally heated, then applied to the glass or car body at the raised temperature. Depending on where you live or the application, they can use different kinds of urethane, even a cold temperature apply that is not heated. Temperature has a huge impact on the adhesion qualities of the windshield. I Owls Head ME would recommend never getting your windshield replaced in temperatures lower than 55 degrees, or higher than 105 for the best results if possible. This is easy if you have the glass replaced inside of a shop or in a shaded area. Direct sunlight can heat the windshield to over 125 degrees!

Urethane does have an expiration date, so make sure you Owls Head ME ask about this before a technician begins replacing your vehicle glass. Using expired urethane means minimal bonding power and the windshield has a chance of coming out during an impact. All urethane is made with an expiration date printed on the tubes, and if they don’t call someone else!

Paint Scratches, Rust, and Proper Windshield Installation

Deep vehicle scratches can turn into Owls Head ME major problems later. Moisture will enter through a scratch and attack your vehicles body causing rust later. For people who live by the ocean, this can be disastrous for the structural integrity of your vehicle down the road near the windshield. If you are buying a used vehicle, make sure you check around the edge of the glass and under Owls Head ME the trim molding for evidence of rust. Rust will spread under your paint, it is amazingly aggressive.

If the rust spreads to the “pinch weld” which is where the urethane is placed, the urethane will not bond and a windshield will leak or can even be pushed out. This can cause thousands of dollars in damage from water leaks or can Owls Head ME even can cause death in an accident! If the rust moves into this area the technician must remove it before applying the urethane, or the vehicle must be sent to a body shop for repair.

Make sure the technician takes steps to prep and repair scratches to the pichweld. There is primer paints, metal rust prep chemicals, and other ways to Owls Head ME cover scratches to reduce the appearance or spread of rust. The most important areas are where water will contact your vehicles body, especially under the exterior trim molding. That trim is not water sealed between the body and glass. The water seal comes from the urethane bead.

It is very important that you watch the installation of your vehicle glass if Owls Head ME possible, DO NOT just walk away. If a professional technician can not perform the job while you watch, they shouldn’t be working on your vehicle and call someone else. A technician can cause significant paint scratching to your exterior paint job with improper techniques. Some even use nail polish or paint to hide the damage. Some even rub dirt into Owls Head ME the scratch to make it look old! Ensure that the technician is using vehicle protective equipment like seat covers, floor mats, tape on the car body where it’s close to the glass, and a protective mat over your hood.

Make sure the technician removes body parts like windshield wiper arms and the cowling (located beneath the wipers) are removed, if the Owls Head ME glass edge is covered by these parts. Most technicians will simply shoot a ton of urethane under the cowling area and “stuff” the glass, sliding it into the glue and under the cowling. This is extremely unsafe! A technician doesn’t even know if the urethane has created a proper seal, or if it is bonded safely. A proper windshield installation Owls Head ME requires that the glass be place straight down onto the urethane bead. Also this ensures the urethane is not shot all over parts beneath the cowling like wiper assemblies and wiring.

OEM Windshields and OEM Equivalents

OEM means, original equipment manufacturer. So if your vehicle is a Honda Civic, OEM glass would be purchased from a Honda Vehicle Dealer. Auto glass installers Owls Head ME can simply order OEM glass from the dealer. Make sure the glass has the OEM label. The windshield label which is about a square inch in size, normally is located in the lower corners of the glass. Sometimes OEM glass says the actual glass manufacturer rather than the Car Dealer name. Call your local dealer on what to look for.

A Owls Head ME lot of auto glass companies will tell you they are installing the “OEM Equivalent” part. Because consumers don’t know what to look for, most times a glass with no label or an aftermarket part is used. Do not buy a glass when the label has been etched or removed. No one knows where it came from! Always check the label.

The Owls Head ME only scenario in which you may find an equivalent glass, is purchasing a windshield produced by the same manufacturer which produced the OEM glass. It may even be from the same production line and mold from the OEM manufacturing!

Aftermarket Automotive Windshields

Do not be fooled into thinking an aftermarket windshield is the same as an OEM glass. Aftermarket windshields are made Owls Head ME using reverse engineering instead of the original OEM mold and production line.

Aftermarket glass tends to have more visible light distortion when viewing the glass at an angle, and the dimensions are not exactly the same as an OEM. All glass that is bent has some level distortion yes, but it is considerably worse with aftermarket manufacturing. You may even see Owls Head ME distortion when looking straight through aftermarket glass.

Aftermarket glass is transported through different processes than OEM glass from a dealer. A lot of OEM glass is transported covered by plastic wrapping and using strict shipping techniques, and the windshield’s edges are protected by foam wrapping. But Aftermarket glass is transported by much different practices. Most auto glass companies use no protection Owls Head ME covering all surfaces of the glass for transport. And sometimes pieces of glass have been taken to customers locations and returned to the distributor or shop. So aftermarket glass has been handled many times!

Now I’m not saying aftermarket glass is unsafe or unfit to use at all. I’m simply stating the facts about the truth, for your education and insight. Owls Head ME I feel you should be educated about this part of your vehicle which essentially protects your family on a regular basis.

Rain Sensors and Other Accessory Plugs Such as Heated Glass

If your vehicle has a rain sensor it should be located near the rear view mirror. A lot of times it looks like a circle, square or triangle. This option allows Owls Head ME the windshield wipers to speed up or slow down depending on the amount of rain automatically. Make sure you get the same designed glass. If the rain sensor involves a gel patch, make sure the technician does not leave lots of air bubbles when installing it. Those air bubbles can cause the sensor to malfunction.

Some vehicles like a Land Rover, Owls Head ME have plugs located under the interior a-pillar trim. On some convertibles like a newer Ford Thunderbird, a large portion of the interior may need to be diss-assembled to remove the interior a-pillar trim. On the Honda Ridgeline, the heater plug is located behind the glove box. Some new vehicles also have Lane Departure sensors located near the rear view mirror.

You Owls Head ME can always find out what you need by calling your local dealer and giving them your VIN Identification number from your vehicle. If your car is important to you and you want to maintain the investment, always call your local dealer and ask for advice about your specific vehicle.

Windshield Shade Bands and Windshield Color

All auto glass has a shaded color. Owls Head ME No windshields are completely clear. Typical shading colors are blue, green, bronze, and grey. Be sure sure to get the same color. You will see that all pieces of glass in your vehicle are the same color, excluding privacy glass and tinting.

A windshield may have a shade band across the top near the roof of the vehicle. This area is Owls Head ME preferential. You should decide if you like it or not. It does tend to hide the edge of the interiors headliner when looking at the vehicle from the exterior. Shade bands do come in different colors but not all windshields

Most windshields can be ordered without a shade band at all. But you may find the part is actually more expensive Owls Head ME because less people order it. Having a shade band does provide some shading in between your sun visors but it does little to drastically shade the sun. Take note the shade band will be darker at night.

Exterior Trim and Moldings

Your vehicle may have exterior trim or moldings cover the edge of the glass and/or covering the edge the car body. Owls Head ME If the trim molding is just rubber, make sure you know what the technician is using to replace it. Some companies are now requiring that technicians use only a universal type aftermarket molding, rather than one that is specifically designed for your car. There should also be an OEM molding part available which is exactly the same as your original Owls Head ME molding. Do note that cost for OEM is always more.

You may see plastic and/or metal trim moldings covering the edge of your windshield on the exterior. Normally these have some type of plastic or metal clips that attach them to the glass or vehicles body. Make sure the company replaces any broken clips or parts from removal of these parts. Owls Head ME If your vehicle is older than 3 years, these parts become very brittle and damage easy. You may be warned about parts that always break, in which the company may request you also purchase that part ahead of time. You may find a lot of companies simply glue those parts back into place, rather than replacing the broken parts.

Vehicle Windshield Owls Head ME Logo and VIN Window

On vehicles like a Ford Mustang and Ford F150, you may have a logo in the third visor above the rear view mirror. These windshields can be ordered with out the logo and are cheaper that way. Make sure you ask about your options.

Most windshields have a small narrow window for viewing of the VIN identification number Owls Head ME near the lower drivers side portion of the glass. Make sure this window is in the right location on the glass. When the job is completed, make sure that glue has not covered the VIN, the VIN number plate has not been cut off, or that it has not been badly damaged. Police or the DMV will give you a Owls Head ME hard time if the number is not legible or is completely missing from that location.

 

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Often consumers visit their local window coverings store, or their web stores, to select a type of covering for the windows in their home or office. The visit will start with the customer entering the store and approaching the salesperson in the store, “I am looking for window treatments for my home.” Then the salesperson in the store will push Buy Blinds Owls Head ME what is giving him the highest commission, or what they think is the easiest choice for the customer to make, thus leading to a quick sale.

Sometimes these salespeople will offer only the lowest cost items to get the easiest sale. Other times, they will show the most expensive products, thinking that the customer will not know where else to be Owls Head ME educated regarding window treatments. The search for information about the many and various types of blinds starts here in this article, where we will discuss the correct names of several types that one can purchase.

Most blinds are called by the name that describes what they are. Let’s take a little time to learn about these different names. In other articles, Blinds Online Owls Head ME we will discuss how to use them, and the benefits of each kind.

Horizontal blinds have slats that are horizontal, or side to side. These come in several varieties, and the names for these are usually based on the material from which they are manufactured. When made from metal, they are usually made from aluminum these days, so these can be Owls Head ME called aluminum blinds. (These were traditionally called venetian blinds, and this name is still used in the industry.) Other types of horizontals are made from wood, so these are called wood blinds. There are also fake, or faux wood products used in horizontals, and these are called faux wood blinds. Some people choose basic plastic slat material for their louvers, Owls Head ME and this material is correctly called PVC, so these are called PVC horizontal blinds.

Vertical blinds are those that have the material running up and down, or hanging (vertically) from a track. Vertical blinds can be made from fabric- so they get the name fabric vertical blinds. Others made be made from aluminum, and these are called aluminum vertical blinds. Aluminum Owls Head ME vertical blinds are not sold often anymore, but they are still out there. Then, there is plastic, again using PVC, to make PVC verticals. Those made from PVC used to be the least expensive type, but recent changes have meant that only entry level PVC verticals are the lowest prices.

Then, one can consider what is a micro or mini blind? Owls Head ME These are made from aluminum, and they are smaller than the traditional Venetians. How much smaller you might ask? Well, if Venetians (and wood or faux wood blinds) are 2 inches deep, then the minis are 1 inch deep. Micros are even smaller at half of an inch deep.

The above are the basic types of blinds out there, but there Owls Head ME are some specialty styles to consider. These start with skylight, motorized and between the panes. We will discuss these types a little.

Skylight blinds are just what you would think. These are made for skylights. Usually these are small treatments, and often minis, which use specialty control systems. When used in skylights, window treatments need to be controlled differently than regular Owls Head ME window coverings.

Motorized blinds can be any of the types of products we already discussed, but are motorized. These motors are getting more affordable, and can have increasing amounts of functions, including control over the internet.

Between the panes blinds are made to function inside a window, or a door. Some innovative manufacturers of glass materials are now leaving open spaces in Owls Head ME their windows, and some are selling integrated window treatments between the glass for these windows. These are usually low functioning mini blinds, and they are quit a lot more expensive than simply buying a regular window and standard minis. The convenience factor of cleaning and protection of them have made them worth a look for some who are replacing windows.

Educating Owls Head ME yourself about the correct names for the types of blinds in the stores or for sale on the websites will dramatically help you find what you are looking for. Ask for them by name, and ask about options or alternatives. You never know what you will see. The window treatments industry has many innovative products coming our regularly.

 

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Home furnishings or soft furnishings is the happening thing in the textile and fashion business today. More the people long for decorating their surroundings with soothing colours and designs, more the textile manufacturers are increasing the production of interior textiles.

Fabrics used in Home furnishings

Home Furnishing Fabrics or Home Textiles refer to the textiles used for manufacturing home furnishings. It has an extensive range of functional as Roman Shades Owls Head ME well as decorative products. It consists of both, natural as well as man-made fabrics. The textile fabrics most commonly used for home furnishing may be listed as Silk, Cotton, Jute, Rayon, Wool, Nylon, Polyester, Satin, Organza, Organdy etc.

1. Upholstery fabrics

Upholstery fabrics are used to cushion and cover furniture. There can be fixed upholstery or loose covers. Fixed upholstery is fastened or glued to the furniture. Mostly Owls Head ME acrylic fabric and velvets are used due to their excellent brightness and appearance.

2. Window textiles

Window textiles may include curtains, drapes, blinds etc. This is probably the widest area of fabric development in home textiles. Mostly cotton, flax, wool, silk, acrylic, etc. are used for the purpose. Of late flame retardant curtains using modacrylic fiber, viscose, PVC etc. have also gained popularity. Some blinds allow transmission of Order Blinds Online Owls Head ME a little light into the room whereas the others usually made of cotton fabric, known as black out material, give 100 percent opacity.

3. Bed linen and other bed textiles

Bed linen and other bed textiles include excess bed sheets and pillow cases, bed spreads, quilt covers, duvet covers, cushions, blankets, mattresses, Bed throws, sofa throws and many other items. For bedsheets, bedspreads and similar items, acrylic, viscose, Owls Head ME silk and blends are used. For quilted textiles, mainly PET fiber is used. For blankets wool, acrylic fiber, and acrylic polyester fiber blends are used extensively.

4. Bathroom textile

Bathroom textiles include shower curtains, bath robes, bath mats, bath rugs, towels etc. Wholesale shower curtains need to be water proof and so plastic coated textiles either of woven or non woven fabrics are in great demand.

5. Table linen Owls Head ME and other table cloths

Table linen and other table cloths include table mats, napkins, placemats, chair covers, chair mats and pads, table runners, coasters. Jute, leather, plastic, silk satin are also used widely for other items like placemats, chair mats, table runners etc.

Rugs and carpets are very important part of floor covering which has gained worldwide popularity. Apart from traditional woolen and silk carpets, other categories like Owls Head ME coir carpets, hand knotted and jute carpets have a good market share in wholesale fabrics for home textiles.

 

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When decorating your room that requires light control and privacy… like your bedroom… roman shades immediately come to mind. Roman shades are the perfect window treatment for just about any room. Roman Shades can add privacy when lowered, insulation and light control. Plus they are super stylish and with the right fabric… stunning.

And the best part about roman shades… they are VERY easy to Kitchen Blinds Owls Head ME make!

Now, there are lots of different styles of roman shades… and I can’t fit all that information into one little article. But I can show you how to construct a roman shade that’s flat and unlined.

This style is quick and easy… and if you already have some fabric… I bet you’ll be able to hang your roman shades in a matter of a couple Owls Head ME of hours.

Supplies you’ll need:

Your face fabric, roman shade rings, lift cord, screw eyes, a cord lock, a dust board and some angle brackets.

Don’t forget matching thread and a new needle for your sewing machine.

Step 1: Measure to get the finished width and length of your roman shade. You’ll want to write down how wide you want your roman shade and how long you want Ready Made Roman Blinds Owls Head ME your roman shade. If you are planning on installing your roman shade within the window frame, subtract 1/2″ from the width to allow the roman shade to raise and lower without rubbing.

Step 2: Cut your fabric width to the finished width PLUS 4″.

Step 3: Cut your fabric length to the finished length PLUS 9″

Step 4: Lay your fabric wrong side up. Fold the side Owls Head ME edges in 1″ and press. Then fold them in again and press. Sew the side seams with a straight stitch or with a blind hem stitch.

Step 5: Fold the bottom edge up 3″ and press. Fold it up again 3″ and press. Sew the bottom hem with a straight stitch or with a blind hem stitch.

Step 6: Using the side seams as a guide, Owls Head ME measure up from the bottom edge 3″ and mark with a pin. Then measure up every 6″ and mark with a pin. You should now have pins running up both side seams.

Step 7: Measure across your shade – in between pins – about every 10″ and mark with a pin. You’ll want these pins to be evenly spaced… so the spacing may be anywhere Owls Head ME from 9″ to 11″.

 

Sewing TIP: Fold your shade right sides together at each row of pins. The folded edge creates a clean line from pin to pin. Use the folded edge as a guide when measuring a cross your roman shade. This way the pins are aligned with each other horizontally.

 

 

Just a couple more steps!

Step 8: Sew a shade ring to your roman Owls Head ME shade at each pin.

Sewing TIP: Fold your shade right sides together at each row of pins. Slide the folded edge under your sewing machine’s presser foot. Slide a shade ring under the presser foot so that it’s edge touches your shade. Set your machine to a zig-zag stitch and lower the feed teeth. Remove the pin and sew the shade ring to your roman Owls Head ME shade with the zig-zag stitch. Your needle will catch the folded edge of your roman shade and then swing over the edge of your shade ring. Stitch about 5 or 6 times. Easy!

Step 9: Staple the top edge of your roman shade to a dust board. Make sure that the distance from the top side of the board to the bottom edge of your Owls Head ME roman shade is the finished length.

Step 10: Install a screw eye for each column of rings.

Step 11: Install a cord lock on one side of your dust board.

Step 12: Tie lift cord to the bottom rings and thread them up through the columns of shade rings. Thread each lift cord through its corresponding screw eye and then over to the cord lock.

Install your roman Owls Head ME shade.

Step 13: Install your dust board to your window or wall.

Step 14: Finish off your lift cords with a decorative cord drop and cord cleat.

There are several styles of roman shades to construct. This is just one simple version. You can line your roman shades… interline them. There are hobbled roman shades, relaxed roman shades… london shades. All kinds! And they all start with Owls Head ME these basic instructions.

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