How To Install An Andersen Window

How To Install An Andersen Window

Whether you are installing Andersen casement, double-hung or gliding windows, please follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations. It is also recommended that you consult construction recruitment agencies if you are not confident with your skills as you might end up making a mess or hurting yourself during the construction process. Hence, with a construction agency, you get a much safer and efficient option.

Step 1

Prepare your opening. From the exterior of your home, cut the rough opening for the window out of your house wrap. Fold in the sides of the house wrap, staple or tack them down, and tape the top to the inside of the home.

Step 2

Apply the self-adhesive flashing to the sill area, and either nail or staple the corners down. Flashing will keep rain running down the window instead of getting trapped inside the house. Set your shims, or spacers, on the sill where your side jambs (wood trim) will go, and silicone the perimeter of the rough opening.

Step 3

Place the window into the opening. Nail one of the top corners of the window to stabilize it, and shim the sides. Check for plumb, level and square as you are shimming until it is within 1/8-inch of being level. Using nails, attach the window to the rough opening through the nailing or windbreak flange. The flange is a flexible vinyl strip that goes around the perimeter of your window that allows the window to be put in and stops water from infiltrating the house.

Step 4

Seal the exterior of your window. On the exterior of your home, place flashing on either side so that it overlaps your sill flashing. Silicone the top of the window on the exterior, and apply the drip cap, a lip that will stop rain from running directly onto your window. Place your top flashing over the lip of the drip cap, and flash the top of the window, making sure to overlap the side flashing. Fold the house wrap over the flashing, and tape it down.

Step 5

Cut your side and bottom shims flush with the unit. Apply your insulation to the interior and exterior of your home on all four sides of the window, and place a line of silicone around the perimeter. If your wall’s thickness demands the use of extension jambs to trim around the window, the nice thing about installing Andersen windows are the unique, grooved extension jambs that allow for a perfect fit for your trim. Andersen also offers a similar product for the exterior if you are using a standard sized window in a non-standard sized hole, that will let you trim out the window and fill in any gaps you may have.

Things You’ll Need

Staple gun Hammer Self-adhering flashing Waterproof shims Silicone caulk Caulk gun 4-foot level Roofing nails or deck screws Backer rod weatherstrip Safety glasses Tape measure Putty knife Utility knife Drill

Tips If you are using a low-expanding foam for insulation, or to fill in a larger rough opening, allow some gaps at the bottom rail to allow for water migration. If you have a friend who is a contractor, ask them to oversee your installation project. Warnings Use safety precautions in lifting, tool usage and installation of your window. Only use a very-low-expanding insulating foam for this project. If you use anything else, you run the risk of installation that is too tight, potentially causing operation problems.

Tips for Throwing a Successful Toddler Birthday Party

Tips for Throwing a Successful Toddler Birthday Party

When my son’s 3rd birthday was approaching, he started asking his party. I had hoped to avoid the whole toddler party scene but he had been to a couple of parties for his daycare buddies and thought it was a necessity. So, my husband and I figured it was worth a try. How hard could it be? Although we had attended quite a lot many Casino Party By, we knew this one had to be different than that. 

We were lucky and had taken cues from the other parties we had been to and our son’s party was a success. Here are some helpful hints to make your toddler’s party a winner for everyone:

1) Pick an appropriate time of day. Many toddlers still nap, so take this into consideration when planning the time of the party. We picked 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The kids could play, eat lunch, and still go home at a reasonable time without being too grouchy.

2) Plan an activity. Toddlers need some structure to keep the party moving so plan something that they can all do together. We rented a bounce house and the kids loved it! For around $150, you can rent a bounce house, moon walk, or ball pit that will entertain a herd of toddlers for quite a while. Check the company’s cancellation policy though for bad weather. Also, make sure you confirm the reservation the day before. Finally, ask the company about their cleaning and sanitizing of the equipment.

3) Other activities could be something like having the kids paint suncatchers. These are fun, relatively mess-free if done with supervision and it is something the kids can take home with them.

4) Another planned activity could be having the kids play with a piñata that has been stuffed with candy and small prizes like bouncy balls and yo-yos. They love the game of hitting the piñata and most piñatas these days are made with hassle-free ribbons that can be pulled instead of whacking at it with a bat.

5) Provide kid-friendly food, but something for the parents to eat as well. We grilled hot dogs and had chicken nuggets for the kids, but for the parents I had prepared meatballs in my crockpot and buffalo chicken bites that could be microwaved. The buffalo chicken bites were a huge success with the moms and dads.

6) Presents can be a tricky situation. If you do write “Please no gifts” on the invitation because your child already has more toys than FAO Schwarz, keep in mind that a lot of people will ignore that request and bring something anyway. To avoid making the parents feel bad who actually honored your request, consider holding off on opening any presents until the guests have gone.

7) If you can designate someone to help take pictures of the joyous events, it will take some of the pressure off of you. It is a sad parent who realizes that they spent so much time with games, food, and entertaining that at the end of the party they realize that they forgot to take pictures.

8) Overall, remember to have fun. It is a party! With toddlers, someone will probably cry, just make sure it isn’t you!

How to Make Luggage Tags from Recycled Folders


My daughter tends to lose things. Since she only goes to her “homeschool-school” two days a week, and since it is out of the way, I don’t want to have to schlep over there to pick up items she left behind. Putting luggage tags on her bags and other other items has helped her things to find their way back to her by the end of the day. I was able to make enough luggage tags to also put them on her luggage for travel.


I almost went online and purchased a dozen luggage tags for her various needs. There’s the book bag, the dance bag, sometimes the garment bag for choir clothes, and the lunch bag too. I got very close to laying out $30 or so on luggage tags when I realized that I could make them with the items that I had within arm’s reach of my desk. Here is how I recycled a folder to make luggage tags for my daughters items.

Materials needed:

Character or colorful folder    Scissors or paper cutter    Half page or full page printer stickers    Printer    Box tape or lamination machine    Hole punch    Rubber bands or cord

The idea of a folder just popped in my head. Knowing I had purchased several dozen folders at various back to school sales, I knew I had everything I needed for this project. Before I grabbed a new folder though, I decided to look through some old school work of my daughter’s to see if there were any old folders I could recycle.

As luck would have it, I quickly came upon a Hello Kitty folder that had trashed binder holes and that had been scribbled on on the inside. This left it unusable for another semester, but very useful for my project. I examined the outside of the folder and decided that I could salvage a half-dozen card sized rectangles from this otherwise trashed folder. I did just that. I used an old playing card to trace a rectangle and cut the first one. Then I cut as many as I could that would be flawless.

Next, I pulled out my printable label sheets. I ended up with a ton of these from years ago when I ran an eBay business. Each label is a half sheet size. One each label, I printed my child’s name in large letters, plus my phone number and address in tiny letters.

Then I applied the stickers to the white side of the cards I had cut out and trimmed away the extra label material.

As I was worried about the ink running, I grabbed some wide box tape and used two strips per card to cover the printed side, thereby laminating it cheaply.

Finally, I used a hole punch to make hole in each card, and utilized rubber bands to attach the cards to her bags.


She loves it. Did I mention it was an old Hello Kitty folder, which she is a complete nut for? This project can be done for any child or teen using their favorite character folder. Even if you need to use a brand new folder, it will only cost you $2.00 for the folder. Most computer savvy people will have the other items laying around the house.

In conclusion, recycling is one of the best ways to use waste material and luggage is no exception in this regard. In fact, the chances are quite high that you can get a good price even for odavad kohvrid if the brand and quality is intact, if not the same but atleast to a certain extent as the other person would be impressed with the way you have maintained it after a long time.