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Should You Get Plumbing In Place Now For An Above-Ground Pool Next Summer?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Get Plumbing In Place Now For An Above-Ground Pool Next Summer?

If the process of getting your kids ready for a day at the pool (and then trying to drag them away at closing time) has you thinking a pool of your own would be a better investment, you may be wondering about the timing of your construction. It may seem wise to get the site prepared and the necessary electrical and plumbing lines installed before the ground freezes; on the other hand, you may worry that the winter exposure of these lines without the protection of the pool and deck could cause problems before you’ve even begun. Read on to learn more about the whens and hows of plumbing an above-ground pool. What additional plumbing will you need before your pool can be installed?  Although above-ground pools can seem like significantly less work than in-ground pools (and, indeed, don’t require nearly as much excavation and drainage work), they do still require some additional plumbing and a source of electricity to power the pumps, skimmers, and filtration equipment.  First, you’ll need some PVC piping – either the rigid or flexible type. Rigid piping is generally considered more durable (and more impervious to insects), but it can be harder to install; flexible PVC piping is simple to install but may require more ongoing maintenance. These pipes will be hooked to your home’s water supply or the water main and should either run parallel on the ground’s surface or tunnel underground to the site where your pool is to be built.   It’s important to note that those who plan to tunnel their PVC piping (for aesthetic or safety purposes) should use rigid piping rather than the flexible kind. There have been a number of consumer complaints regarding termite damage or other problems with flexible PVC pipe that has been buried – the same properties that allow this pipe to flex for easy installation also make it easier for termites and other insects to chew tiny holes in the seams, causing leaks that may require excavation and replacement.  After your piping has been run, you’re nearly finished – you’ll need only to connect these pipes to the pump and drainage lines (which generally aren’t available until after you purchase your pool). Once you’ve turned on the water supply to your new plumbing, your pump should be ready to force water through each of your pool’s jets.  When is the best time to install the necessary plumbing for an above-ground pool? There is no perfect time of year to install or extend plumbing lines for a new pool – however, many homeowners do find it worthwhile to undertake these steps during the fall and winter months, as most plumbers and pool contractors will be booked through the spring and early summer. Not only can having this work performed during the off-season be more convenient, but it can cost much less.  If you do opt to have your plumbing lines extended during the fall and winter, you’ll want to keep them as empty as you can. Without the ability to “drip” these lines to prevent freezing, any water remaining in the supply and drainage lines during the winter could freeze and burst, all but ensuring you’ll be dealing with plumbing repairs at a time when you were hoping to be putting the final touches on your new...

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Renovating Your Tudor Home? Keep The Look Authentic With A Vintage Style Garage Door

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renovating Your Tudor Home? Keep The Look Authentic With A Vintage Style Garage Door

Your Tudor home could be more than a hundred years old or a newly built property that incorporates the traditional features. Either way, when it comes down to repairing or replacing that garage door, you’ll want to stick to the vintage style to enhance your curb appeal. Below is a brief explanation of the Tudor style and some tips for making your garage door look authentic—why not try these out? What is the Tudor Style? The Tudor name dates back to between 1485 and 1603, when Medieval England was ruled by the Tudor dynasty, including the famous King Henry VIII. At the latter part of the 19th century, the style was brought to the United States. Typical features include the Tudor arch, or pointed arch, and a multi-peaked roof, often having dormer windows. Dormers stick out from the sides of the main roof and have their own sides and tops. Tudor homes typically include a separate garage, once known as a carriage house. Modern Tudor style homes sometimes include the garage built into the main house. The facade is made up of wood beams and stucco work, creating the distinctive “blocked” design. Typical Tudor Door Styles and Materials The Vintage Wood Look Traditional Tudor garage doors are made of wood. If that wood is bit weathered, that’s even better. New wood can be made to look old by a process known as distressing. By using stains, sanding some bits down and actually hitting the wood to create small marks, the wood takes on a slightly used appearance. Putting a sealer on the wood prevents moisture from getting into any of the nicks. Cedar and redwood are two of the most common woods used in today’s garage doors. Cedar comes in blonde and reddish shades and is naturally resistant to insects and water. Redwood has a distinct reddish color, brought out by staining and sealants. Using Twin Doors that Open from the Middle Tudor garage doors usually have two sides that meet in the middle. They open out, one half at a time. This is a holdover from the days when heavy wood was your only choice and lifting a garage door above your head could prove dangerous. Redwood and cedar are still heavy and best suited for the twin door version. In modern Tudor style homes, single-car garages often have one door that opens up. Lighter doors that are easier to lift are often made from plywood, an inner foam core and a layer of eye-pleasing veneer. This lighter door gives you the option of using an electric garage door opener.  Electronic door openers can also often be used on the twin-door variety, depending on the design and available space.   Adding Embellishments for that Vintage Appeal Tudor styled wrought iron hinges and door handles give your garage door that authentic look. Wrought iron is formed by heating low-carbon iron in a forge and then pounding it into the desired shape. The method is similar to making horseshoes. The hinges and door handles are heavy and can usually be used only on heavier doors.  Lightweight decorative hinges and door handles made of lighter metals, fiberglass or high-end plastics are also options. Paned windows also add to the Tudor home look. Vintage paned windows were usually clear to provide much-needed light....

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5 Tips For Matching Paint And Tiles

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Matching Paint And Tiles

Whether you are painting in your bathroom, kitchen, or a tiled entryway, there may come a time in your painting job when you will want to find a paint color that either matches or complements your tile selection. If you are working in a room that has both tile and painted areas, you should keep the following tips in mind for the best results.  Select Your Tile First  If you are tiling a small section and painting a larger section, you may be tempted to select your paint color first. However, it is almost always easier to match the color of your paint to the color of your tiles than to try to find a tile that perfectly matches the paint you have chosen. This is because paint can be mixed to match any specific shade that you select. Once you have selected your tile, you should take one of your tiles to your paint store to have an exact color match determined. In many cases, your painting contractor can do this work for you, but you will save money by being able to simply give your contractor the exact name and/or formula of the paint you desire.  Keep In Mind That Old Tile Can Be Painted or Re-surfaced  If you do not want to replace your tile, you are not necessarily bound to keep your current tile color. It is possible to paint or re-finish your tiles to give them a fresh look. However, you should keep in mind that tile paint may have to be touched up more often than paint on drywall, and you will likely need a specialized contractor to complete this task. Additionally, you should realize that the texture and pattern of the tile will be less pronounced because the grout lines and tile will be painted the same color.   Consider Several Colors That Are In Your Tile Design  If your tile has more than one color in it, you should consider matching the various colors in your painted area. For example, you may choose to paint a room the most neutral shade within your tiles or it may look better if you echo a more vibrant pop color in the tiles. Before you make your final decision, you should try painting a large section of your wall with each of your potential color choices. Do not forget that choosing a shade lighter or darker than the shade on the tile can significantly change the overall affect in your room.  Consider Continuing the Tile Pattern Into Your Painted Area  One popular trend at the moment is to echo patterns throughout your room. For this reason, you may want to create a stencil that echoes the major pattern in your tiles and use it on your painted surface. You can also try enlarging the pattern, so it is the same style but less pronounced. You should keep in mind that you do not have to use the pattern on your entire painted surface. Instead, you may want to paint the majority of your walls a solid color but use the pattern on your ceiling or on a single accent wall.  Make Sure Your Tile Finish and Paint Finish Work Well Together  Tiles come in a variety of finishes, as do paints. While you do not...

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Tips For Using A Rented Concrete Pump Truck In Cold Weather

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Using A Rented Concrete Pump Truck In Cold Weather

If you are interested in building your own home from the foundation up, then you should understand that you will need a great deal of concrete to form the foundation. Renting a concrete pump truck is one good way to mix and place all of the concrete you need within a single day. But if you want to start the building process during the fall or winter months, then the outside temperatures probably are not going to be warm. In fact, you may work for a few days when the temperatures are able to freeze the concrete. The concrete will set when the temperatures rise. However, you may have some issues using the rented pump truck when concrete starts to freeze. To avoid this issue, follow the tips below. Use Hot Water If you mix concrete in the boom of the pump truck, then the water in the mixture will have the opportunity to freeze. Thankfully, this will not ruin the boom truck since concrete will not harden or cure once the water in the concrete mix freezes. However, the concrete will need to be thawed before the pumping truck can be utilized again. This will take some time and involve placing the truck in a warm environment for several hours.  To avoid freezing issues, you should mix the concrete with hot water. While you can heat the substrate materials as well, the rock will not hold nearly as much heat as water. This means that the rocks will not help much in warming the concrete. However, the rocks should be kept at a moderate temperature of around 60 degrees, because cold rocks will contribute to the freezing of the concrete. When you start adding water to the boom, you will want to make sure that water is heated but not boiled. Boiling water will create a good deal of condensation that may move to the interior of the boom and the pipeline. This is a more serious issue when it comes to the pipeline, since ice can completely block the pipe and prevent concrete from moving to the pour site. To prevent this issue, try to keep water at around 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot water probably will not be available at the site of your new home. You can create hot water if you invest in a portable point of use water heater. These heaters are typically used for camping purposes, and they create hot water by using propane to fuel the burner. Attach the heater to an outdoor water source and secure your water hose to the hot water outlet for easy use. If a water line has not been installed yet, then you will need to fill a portable water container off site and place it on the property. Connect the tank to the heater and then secure your spray hose to the hot water outlet.  Warm The Pipeline Concrete can cool quite quickly as it moves through the pipeline. This is especially true if concrete needs to sit for some time before it is used. This can cause the material to solidify within the pipe. To prevent this issue, make sure to keep the pipe as warm as possible. One easy solution is to place foam pipe insulation across the entire outside of the pipeline. If you...

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Clean Up Your Kitchen: How The 2016 Kitchen Trends Are Focusing On Clean Lines And Uncluttered Spaces

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clean Up Your Kitchen: How The 2016 Kitchen Trends Are Focusing On Clean Lines And Uncluttered Spaces

If you like to keep your kitchen up to date with the latest trends, then you may already know some of the trending kitchen design ideas for 2016. However, a lot of trends can seem to be conflicting. How are you expected to follow the trend of muted colors, 1980’s high-gloss finishes, and 1960’s white, minimalist designs at the same time? Besides picking one or two trends and following them exactly, it can be helpful to understand what the majority of this year’s trends have in common: clean lines and uncluttered spaces.  Once you understand how the idea of clean, sharp lines and uncluttered spaces relates to each of this year’s design trends, you may feel more confident conducting a trendy but unique remodel of your own kitchen.  Smart Spaces When you think of smart spaces, you probably imagine having a designated drawer for your smart phone and a place to hang your tablet while cooking. However, smart spaces expand beyond that. It means that every appliance in your kitchen has a designated space that doubles for storage and use. This can include a pull-out shelf for your coffee machine and toaster or a special drawer for your bread machine.  The idea behind smart spaces is that you are cleaning up the clutter of cords that usually abounds in kitchens as well as hiding appliances that are not in use. At the same time, you are trying to increase the efficiency of the space.  Integrated Kitchen-Living Spaces  Are you thinking about knocking down a wall to create an open floor plan? 2016 is the year to do it, but first you have to make sure that your kitchen is not cluttered. Having a cluttered kitchen, with small appliances and utensils stored in sight can be distracting when the kitchen becomes part of the primary living space. Ideally, when the kitchen and living room co-exist, the living room should dominate the space and the kitchen should simply provide a feeling of open, airiness.  Various Material Finishes  Color and finish trends in 2016 seem to be all over the board with muted colors, high gloss, white, or metal finishes all deemed as acceptable. This means you have plenty of choice in your decorating style. However, each of these styles share a common strand of clean, bold lines that delineate between finishes in the kitchen. For example, the lines between your cabinets and countertops should be clear and crisp. Similarly, you should have a well-defined back splash.   Fewer Frills  Almost all of the 2016 trends involve toning down the kitchen decor to concentrate on a few central pieces. Whether you decide to go fully minimal or to tone down your cabinetry hardware in order to emphasize a new range hood and lighting fixtures, the idea is that you will have only a few intricate pieces in your kitchen that capture the eye and the rest of your design should be crisp and understated.  Conscious Lighting Choices  Kitchen lighting, just like smart spaces, is relying on technological advances in order to provide more useful, intentional spaces in your kitchen. You are no longer limited to pendant lighting in the center of the room. Instead, you can play with under-cabinet lighting to make cooking and cleaning easier as well as colored lighting to help...

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Uncommon Solutions To Pothole Repair

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Uncommon Solutions To Pothole Repair

Potholes are a common problem, and if you are a city manager, the owner of a parking lot or anyone else who has to organize pothole repairs, you know that these road blemishes can be hard to repair. Luckily, there are several uncommon solutions for this common problem. Take a look at these ideas to see if you can find an approach that meets your needs: 1. Microwave Repairs Pothole Challenges A disadvantage of traditional pothole repair is that the patching compound struggles to bond with the surrounding asphalt. As a result, the patch pulls away from the ground, causing cracks and potentially a resurrection of the pothole itself. How Microwave Repair Helps If you cannot seem to get your potholes to go away permanently, consider working with a roadway repair company that offers microwave patching. In this approach, workers start by cleaning loose debris from the hole, and then, they use a microwave attachment on their trucks to heat up the pothole and the asphalt around it. The microwaves melt any ice and snow in the pothole. This is a critical step as moisture plays a big role in pothole creation, and if all of the moisture isn’t removed, it will freeze and thaw repeatedly until the pothole comes back. Then, the workers pour the patching compound into the hole, and allow it to mound over the hole. It isn’t just asphalt — it also contains taconite rock with magnetite. Magnetite easily absorbs microwave rays, allowing the patch to heat up quickly. Then, they apply the microwaves until the mixture reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point of water, another step that helps remove water. Finally, the hot area is compacted, and the patch is complete. 2. Shape-Shifting Goo Patches Pothole Challenges If you spend a lot of money on pothole repair and your budget is strapped, you need a solution that allows you to cut labor costs. For example, if you organize repairs for the roads in a small town and you don’t have a large pool of workers in your area, it may be challenging to use traditional pothole patching methods that require more than one person. Luckily, there are alternatives. How Shape-Shifting Goo Patches Can Help There are a few different products that are considered to be shape-shifting goo patches, but all of them work in a similar way. Essentially, the patch gets placed into the pothole. Its surface hardens, but its bottom and middle layers stay elastic — some analysts compare these patches to silly putty. When the surface surrounding the pothole moves, the pliable patch moves with it. To provide a scientific explanation, these patches feature non-Newtonian liquids. They feel solid under pressure such as when a car is driving over them, but in the absence of pressure, they behave more like a liquid, moving and shifting in response to the movements of the hole. These alternatives to asphalt come in a couple different packages. For example, you can buy a material that gets stored in a bucket. This is completely safe to tote around in the back of a truck. When you find a pothole, you simply pour in the asphalt alternative, tamp it down with a metal tool, and the work is done. Alternatively, there are shape-shifting goo patches in kevlar bags....

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3-Step Guide To Temporarily Patching A Hole In Your Cast Iron Pipe

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3-Step Guide To Temporarily Patching A Hole In Your Cast Iron Pipe

If you live in an older home with cast iron pipes, you may discover that one of them has a large hole that is leaking water everywhere. If so, use the following three-step guide to temporarily patch the hole using an old beer can, plumber’s putty and hose clamps. Step 1:  Clean And Sand The Area Around The Hole Before you start making and applying your patch, the area around the hole needs to be cleaned and sanded. This not only helps you visualize the extent of the damage, but it also prepares the surface for the application of the putty. For this step, you need white distilled vinegar, a cleaning rag and 500-grit sandpaper. The white distilled vinegar helps clean any oil and dirt from the pipe while removing surface rust. Pour enough vinegar on the end of your cleaning rag, and apply it directly to the surface of the pipe. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wipe the surface using the same rag. Allow it to air dry. Once the pipe is dry, use the medium-grit sandpaper to smooth the area. Apply firm but gentle pressure when sanding, especially around the opened hole. If the metal is brittle, applying too much pressure could break off pieces and make the hole bigger. Sand enough to remove any excess rust, then go on to the second step. Step 2:  Make A Patch Using An Old Beer Can After you have cleaned the pipe, make a patch using an old beer can. While a soda pop can may work, beer cans tend to be thicker and can provide a more stable patch. For this step, you will also need a utility knife. Using the knife, cut the top and bottom off from the can. Then, make one cut down the side of the can, and gently pull it apart. Slide it over the pipe to make sure it is large enough to cover the hole. If not, prepare a second can that can be used to overlap the first to ensure full coverage. Once you have made your patch, go onto the third step. Step 3:  Apply The Patch To The Pipe Once you have your patch ready, it is time to apply it. For this step, you will also need a tube of plumber’s putty, a screwdriver and two hose clamps large enough to encircle the pipe. Before you put on your patch, look carefully at the pipe to see if there are any pin-size holes around the main hole that may not be covered by your patch. For these tiny holes, use an epoxy putty stick to seal them. Then, let the sealant dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To apply your patch, apply a thin layer of plumbers putty around the hole. Then, open the can, and cover the inside with the putty. Position the can over the hole, then place it on the pipe. Apply firm pressure with your hand to adhere the patch to the surface. If you need a second patch, repeat the above, and overlap it with the first can by at least two inches to ensure a secure seal. Once you have the cans in place, completely remove the screws from the hose clamps. Wrap one around each end of...

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Four Potentially Dangerous Reasons You Shouldn’t Derate Your Own Heater

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Potentially Dangerous Reasons You Shouldn’t Derate Your Own Heater

If your furnace is too large for your home, it is likely running in short bursts and then shutting off quickly. In some cases, this short cycling can be hard on your system, and it can also waste energy. If you have a gas furnace, you may be able to solve the issue with derating. Derating is the process of reducing the amount of gas going through the burner of your furnace so that it heats your home more efficiently. However, this is a process that should only be done by a professional and to the manufacturer’s specifications. If you want to be safe, you should not derate your furnace on your own. Here’s a look at the potential risks: 1. Rust and Corrosion If you blindly derate your furnace by unplugging a few of the burner ports or otherwise diverting the flow of gas, you may accidentally derate it too much. As a result, the temperatures in the firebox (the chamber where the fuel is burned) may get too low, and the low temps may create condensation. Keep in mind that the gas combustion involved in a furnace creates a lot of water vapor. The vapor typically exits your furnace through your flue pipe, but if it’s too cold, it can condense inside the furnace. The droplets of water are likely to collect in the flue pipe and the corners of the firebox, and this can create rust and corrosion, damaging your furnace. The moisture can also affect the ductwork of your system. 2. Moldy Air Ducts If you derate a system that does not truly need to be derated, it may start moving heat through the vents weakly. As a result of the reduced airflow, your vents can become cold, and condensation can occur in them. This can lead to moldy air ducts. However, if you have a professional furnace repair person derate your system, they can ensure that they reduce the amount of gas being used by the furnace without reducing the airflow, and as a result, you don’t have to worry about cold spots or condensation. 3. Uneven heating Unfortunately, weak airflow can also have other effects. Namely, if your DIY derating results in reduced airflow through your ducts, that can cause your home to not heat evenly. The air will likely travel through the vents to the rooms that are closest to the furnace, but then, the airflow will peter out before it reaches the rooms that are furthest from the furnace. As a result, these rooms will be colder.   4. Formation of Carbon Monoxide The firebox is the chamber of your furnace where fuel is combusted to create heat, and the firebox in every furnace relies on a certain amount of air passing through it. If this amount of air is disrupted by inaccurately derating the furnace, some of the gas may not fully combust in the firebox. This can be very problematic. If you have a modern furnace, it is likely powered by the combustion of natural gas, and if it’s older or if you live in a rural area without natural gas, it may be using propane. Natural gas consists primarily of methane, which consists of one carbon and three hydrogen atoms, and propane consists of three carbon and eight...

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Tips For Facing Winter Weather With A Flat-Roofed Commercial Building

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Facing Winter Weather With A Flat-Roofed Commercial Building

The snow, hail and ice that comes with the winter season can be damaging to your commercial roof. If this is your first winter owning a commercial building, it’s important that you understand how to deal with these hazards. This is particularly important because the weight of the snow and ice can be significant. Especially if your commercial building is outfitted with a flat roof, you’ll want to be proactive about dealing with the threat of snow. Here are some things you should know to help you address some of the most common hazards that the winter season can bring. Understanding Snow’s Threat to Commercial Structures Snow accumulation on a flat roof can be a far more serious concern than some business owners understand. Flat commercial roofing doesn’t allow snow to slide off the same way that sloped roofing can. To fully comprehend why proactive response is so important, you’ll need to know the kind of hazard it can really pose. Leaks – The accumulation of snow on your roof leads to a lot of pressure from the weight. When you pair that with water accumulation from snow melt, you’re facing the risk of serious leaks in your roofing. Even the smallest crack or flaw in the roof can lead to serious damage inside, including electrical problems, mold and other damage. Roof Collapse – Structural collapse is the worst-case scenario, but it is a real risk. While a snowfall of a couple of inches may not be a significant threat, the accumulation of several storms or a very heavy snowstorm may pose a real concern if the roof has any structural weakness to it. After all, a cubic foot of snow can weigh as much as 20 pounds, which can add up to a lot of weight across an entire roof. Can You Protect the Roof? There are a few key things that you can do as a business owner to protect your building’s roof from winter weather damage. Break up ice around the edges of the roof on a regular basis. The less it accumulates, the less risk you’ll have of ice buildup. You might even find that you need to apply heat rope along the edges of the roof to keep ice at bay in severe weather. In addition, you’ll want to keep the snow from accumulating on the roof. The most effective means of doing this is with a snow rake. The rake will make it easier to pull snow off the roof. If you’re not familiar with snow rakes, they are made from a flat aluminum or heavy plastic panel attached to a long, durable pole. You’ll want to use a ladder to reach the furthest points on the roof, but make sure you have a spotter to keep you safe while you’re up there. Start at one corner of the building and work your way all the way around. Scrape the snow from the edge first, working your way in toward the middle. That way, you’re dragging snow in small amounts to make it easier. Keep the flat blade of the snow rake on the roof at all times, though. That way, you don’t risk having the blade of the rake fall off the edge of the roof. It can get heavy as you...

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5 Tips for Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinet Doors with Glass

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips for Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinet Doors with Glass

If you are looking for a way to update your kitchen but you do not want to do a complete remodel, you should consider adding custom glass to your cabinet doors. Glass doors allow you to showcase your dishware and add color and texture to your kitchen. If you decide to add glass to your cabinet doors, there are some things you should consider.  Choose between Framed or Frameless Doors  Frameless doors on your kitchen cabinets will give you a sleek, modern look throughout your kitchen. Depending on the rest of your kitchen decor, it may be difficult to blend this type of look with your current furniture and style. You will also have to pay for new hardware to secure your frameless doors. However, the drastic style change can be a fairly inexpensive way to give your kitchen a style change.  Alternatively, you can cut a frame from your current cabinet doors and add glass to them. This is a more subtle way to get the advantages of glass doors and you can add glass to some of your cabinets while keeping other cabinet doors intact.  Use Frosting or Acid Etching to Cover Problem Areas and Add Interest  While you may want to display your colorful dishes, you probably do not want to have your messy spice shelf or canned goods on display for your guests to see. This is not a problem if you are only replacing some of your cabinet doors with glass, but if you are replacing all of your cabinet doors with frameless glass you will need to find a way to hide problem areas. One way to do this is to order frosted or acid-etched glass. You can have an entire panel frosted or acid etched or you can choose certain areas to have etching to create an intriguing blurred affect.  Use Colored Glass to Match Your Kitchen Decor  To help your glass cabinet doors blend with the rest of your kitchen, you may want to consider ordering colored glass. You have several options for colored glass. Stained glass is glass that is painted and then kiln fired to keep its color. Art glass tends to give a richer color because it is dyed before it is shaped, making it colored all the way through the glass. With art glass you can choose between transparent, streaky, and opal glass, which is much less transparent.  Select Your Bevel Carefully If you are adding glass to a frame, you can order sanded edges without a bevel or decorative edging. However, if you are installing frameless doors, you should consider your edging carefully. Beveled edges, with either single, double, or triple edges, give a dramatic shape to your glass, which is a good way to keep curves and decoration in your kitchen. However, for a modern, flat look, you may want to select polished edges instead of beveled edges, as this will keep your clean, square lines. For a compromise between the two that is rounded enough to be nice to touch but does not have the extreme appearance of beveling, choose pencil sanded edges.  Choose Your Strength Solutions  There are several ways that you can make your cabinet doors stronger. You can order annealed or tempered glass. Annealed glass is stronger than regular glass but...

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