Sunday, August 19
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Tip of the week: You want your windows working

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Windows are made from a variety of products and each material and type of window requires a different procedure.

Now that summer is here, let’s get you started on your job list. With
higher temperatures you will be opening windows to let in fresh air,
so let’s start by looking at what maintenance your windows need. 

Windows are made from a variety of products – timber, steel, PVC
and aluminium – and each material and type of window requires a
different procedure. 
Timber windows: start by ensuring the opening sections do open
and close smoothly. If they are sticking don’t apply too much pressure
to get them open. Look where the hinges or opening mechanisms
are and apply pressure on these points – don’t just push in the
middle. 
Take out the oil can or silicone spray and apply lubricant on the
moving parts. Give it some time to soak in and then try again, and
repeat until the window is opening and closing smoothly. 
Clean
off all dirt and muck from the moving parts and then apply a little
grease.
When a window is in the open position it should not droop, so
check all screws are properly secured and not pulling out. 
When the window is open check all the edges to ensure no timber
is starting to rot. Small cracks will let in water once winter arrives,
so fill them now before the cracks get bigger, causing further problems.

*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac
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