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Thеrе iѕ a lоt of соnfusion аnd miѕinfоrmаtiоn аbоut egress windоwѕ, even in thе rе-mоdеling соmmunitу, most especially the types of windows in Wildwood, MO where i reside. To ԛuаlifу аѕ an еgrеѕѕ windоw, a windоw muѕt mееt every оnе of the following requirements:

  1. The minimum width оf thе сlеаr ореning оf the windоw must bе nоt less than 20″,
  2. The minimum hеight of thе сlеаr ореning оf thе windоw muѕt be nоt less thаn 24″,

Thе diѕtаnсе from the finiѕhеd flооr tо the bоttоm of thе сlеаr opening mау nоt еxсееd 44 inсhеѕ

Juѕt аbоut аnу tуре of window саn bе аn еgrеѕѕ windоw, but thе mоѕt common tуре is the саѕеmеnt оr “сrаnk оut” windоw. The оutѕwinging or in-ѕwinging саѕеmеnt iѕ popular аѕ аn еgrеѕѕ windоw because, it has thе lаrgеѕt clear ореning in rеlаtiоn tо thе windоw’ѕ ѕizе.

The double hung window has tо bе mоrе thаn twice the overall ѕizе оf the casement windоw tо mееt minimum еgrеѕѕ requirements because оnlу hаlf оf the dоublе-hung windоw саn be ореnеd аt оnе timе. Sliding windоwѕ hаvе thе ѕаmе рrоblеm. Onlу half оf thе windоw can be opened, ѕо tо get thе rеԛuirеd сlеаr ореning, thе window hаѕ to be twiсе аѕ large as thе minimum еgrеѕѕ requirement.

Sоmе types оf windоwѕ dо nоt mаkе very gооd еgrеѕѕ windows. Jalousie or lоuvеrеd windоwѕ, fоr еxаmрlе, cannot possibly ореn widе еnоugh fоr еgrеѕѕ. A hорреr window, bесаuѕе it hingеѕ at thе bottom, would bе diffiсult tо crawl оvеr to gеt оut. An awning windоw, thаt hingеѕ аt thе top, iѕ nоt suitable fоr uѕе in a windоw wеll ѕinсе it intеrfеrеѕ with climbing оut оf thе wеll. In mаnу аrеаѕ аwning windоwѕ in wells аrе prohibited, and in all thе оthеr areas уоu аrе going tо have to build a biggеr wеll if уоu want to uѕе an аwning window.

Thе need fоr windоwѕ thаt mаximizе egress opening ѕizе has rеnеwеd interest fоr it in ѕоmе quarters. Thе mоѕt common window type in some раrtѕ оf thе world iѕ a side hingеd window thаt opens inwаrd — ѕоmеtimеѕ саllеd a “Frеnсh ѕwing” window in thiѕ country bесаuѕе it ореrаtеѕ likе a French door. These not оnlу рrоvidе a lаrgе сlеаr ореning fоr the ѕizе of the windоw, but dо away with the саѕеmеnt сrаnk whiсh саn make opening a windоw a ѕlоw, lаbоriоuѕ рrосеѕѕ.


Oil and grease stains don’t just make a floor look bad, they can also cause falls, ruin your shoes and get tracked into the house. If you want to finish your floor with a coating, it is important to get rid of oil deposits for a good bond. Although, solvent-based remedies are harmful to the environment and can damage the concrete surface, small spots or spills can be removed with a strong detergent, a sponge and a scrub brush. Also, sawdust and other absorbent materials can remove standing oil but they do nothing about the oily stain left behind.

There are different chemical methods for removing oil or grease from concrete. A more aggressive method is the use of a commercial concrete degreaser or cleaner, a concentrated alkaline soap that is scrubbed into the surface of the concrete. The soap acts like ball bearings, it loosens up the oil to allow easier removal. The disadvantage is that most degreasers do not actually break down the oil, so they might not work well on heavily contaminated concrete or concrete that has been contaminated for a long time. In addition, they are more effective on porous concrete rather than concrete with a hard or dense finish.

Another treatment that is common for removing oil stains from concrete is a poultice. A poultice, used primarily on small, stubborn stains, is made by saturating an absorptive material with a strong solvent and then smearing the material over the stain. The poultice is then covered with plastic and the process of osmosis will then take over. The solvent breaks down the oil while the absorptive material sucks it out of the concrete.  But, this process usually takes a lot of time and it may not be cost-effective or even that practical for removing large stains.

The most recent advancement used in the removal of oil stains from concrete is the use of special single-celled microorganisms that thrives on crude oil and its derivatives, these microorganisms will eat the oil stains up like candy. Enzymes and oxygen then digests the oil and later turn it into carbon dioxide and more microorganisms. When the food source, which is the oil, is gone, the microorganisms die, thereby leaving the concrete patio clean and oil-free. This method is the same technology used in cleaning beaches and waterways whenever there is a large oil spillage. Two of the sources for these microbial cleaners are KT and ESI Microbial Products.


Stamped concrete is durable and can last for a very long time if is properly cared for. Like regular concrete, stamped concrete will provide years of service when properly installed and maintained, even when it is exposed to harsh weather conditions.

In some instances, stamped concrete can even be more durable than conventional concrete, particularly if a color hardener has been applied to its surface. Apart from the fact that the hardener impart color, it also make the surface stronger and more resistant to water penetration and abrasion. Some contractor usually apply several coats of protective sealer to stamped concrete so as to block the penetration of deicing chemicals, dirt,  oil and grease stains, and other substances. A sealer with a good-quality will not only make the concrete easier to clean, but also offer other benefits, like enhancing the color and preventing fading from UV exposure.

However, even properly sealed stamped concrete needs some routine maintenance. The level and type of maintenance required will depend on the exposure conditions and the amount and type of traffic it receives. Here are some general tips for cleaning and maintaining a stamped concrete to preserve its beauty and extend its life span.

Though a sealer might hinder stains, you still have to sweep and wash the surface regularly to avoid the build up dirt. You can pressure wash the exterior surfaces or scrub it with a mild detergent. As for interior surfaces, dry dust mopping or wet mopping of the floor is basically the only routine upkeep needed. Avoid using deicing salts on outdoor stamped concrete,  especially during the first winter after the installation of the pavement. Normally, sealers for decorative concrete usually fail in areas where deicing salts are used or that receive drip-off from parked cars. If the stamped surface starts to dull or lose its sheen after some time, recoating it with sealer will restore the luster. Make inquiries from the installer for recommendations of the best sealer that can be used.

If the stamped interior floor is subjected to lots of foot traffic, it is especially important to maintain the sealed surface so as to prevent wear patterns. Use of sacrificial floor wax or polish will provide extra protection by protecting the sealer from wear and also serving as a shock absorber to scratches, scuffs and grime.

Qualities of a Good Carpet Cleaner

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Having a good quality carpet cleaning service is important if you care about the condition of your home. Carpets cleaned properly at home makes your home stay enjoyable and better.

It is a proven fact that the dirtiest households have more bacteria and allergens floating around. People who live in homes that are not clean will have a greater tendency of dealing with health problems such as allergies and colds.

Hiring a professional carpet cleaner can help keep your home and your family healthy. The key, however, is finding the best carpet cleaners.

Some of the qualities that mark a good carpet cleaner are:


What business experience does he/she have? If the cleaner do not have a lot of experience, then there is no guarantee that he will do quality work on your carpet. Each carpet is different and requires a unique cleaning method or approach. The use of chemicals or the amount of bad water can have long-term negative impact on your carpet, home and family.


Select the same type of equipment that you can hire to produce the same results. Trucks and heavy equipment gives more power to clean the carpet and generally help to ensure deeper and deeper cleaning.


You invite strangers into your home when you hire a professional carpet cleaner. They should be kind to you and someone in your family.

Some experts say much can or should meet your requirements in terms of movement and protection of furniture and rooms cleaned first.


Quality carpet cleaning services offer some sort of guarantee. It is important to have a certain level of security, such as paying for the service to get the carpet as close as possible to the new state.

Although not giving guarantee does not mean bad service, make sure to ask about the guarantees offered by the cleaner.

Best Windows for mobile Homes

St. Charles windowsShopping for a mobile home window is made for the same reasons why regular owners do. Installing new windows in your mobile home can be done relatively easily in the same way as the windows of a regular house.

Previous styles of windows for mobile homes were in the style of blind and operated with a hand crank to open them. More modern styles usually include vertical or horizontal sliding windows. Special high-end mobile homes can actually have glass sash windows for optimum efficiency. When deciding on a mobile home windows, you will need to decide what style would be installed in the mobile home. Installing more advanced mobile window may require some modification to the window frame to be able to in the correct order.

The main difference between windows for mobile homes and a normal home is that they usually come in standard sizes. Ideally you want to remove the window and actually measure the opening to find the right size. The most likely scenario is measured inside the window opening, which is mounted. You want to make sure you do not include a window trim or the outer edge of the flange in measurements. Custom sizes can be available or installed, hence the need to check measurements.

A very popular choice for windows in mobile homes are vinyl frames with insulating enamel on glass, No wonder they were pre-dominant during the last St. Charles windows show. They are very easy to install and very low maintenance compared to other species. It will be interesting to investigate more depending on your location because some materials are simply more efficient than other materials in a variety of climates.

One other options for mobile home that has gained popularity is a bubble windows. This style of window has a second sheet of glass designed to help heat loss, provide better protection for the second sheet, and provide a more elegant look than traditional windows. Windows for mobile homes have long been designed with the most usefulness considered contrary to all the decorative quality.

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