Replace That Window?

first_imgMore resources — and versions of the storyAs with other recent columns, check out Making Windows Work Better, by Paula Melton and Peter Yost. That’s the recent feature article from Environmental Building News, and offers more detail on today’s advice along with other more comprehensive information.Back to that chicken dinner: An online article tells me that one family on the fabled road back in the 1930s was friendly with the governor. They had him over for a nice chicken barbecue, and buttonholed him about the road. He agreed to keep it oiled if the county would grade and gravel it. The county agreed on it, and a legend was born.  GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Combining approaches for better thermal performanceAir sealing does save energy as well as improve thermal comfort by closing off air leaks and reducing drafts, and it can be combined with high-performing storm windows or insulated shades to get up to four times better thermal performance without a pricey window replacement — a great option if you need shades for glare or privacy anyway, or if maintaining the look and feel of original windows is important. Improved operability can also save energy by allowing windows to be opened in the summer for ventilation.“The only reason to replace a window is complete deterioration,” says Jean Carroon, an architect with Goody Clancy in Boston. Carroon specializes in historic preservation, and her work often leads to extensive restoration and repair of historic windows as well as the addition of attachments like interior panels — or even replacing windowpanes with insulated glass units in the historic window frame. Cost-effective window fixes may not add R-valueIf you have windows that have rotting sashes, failed seals (telltale sign: fogging between panes), extensive lead paint (especially in the part where the window slides), slapping on an extra layer of plastic or glass, as we talked about last week, may not solve your problem. If you want to save that old window, and maybe a few bucks, it’s time to get a bit more involved. RELATED ARTICLES Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions.Also in this series: Windows, Shades, Blinds, and Awnings Energy Solutions Historic Preservation and Green RenovationInsulated Storm Windows?Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance? Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old Windows7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Optionscenter_img Most of today’s windows can’t be repairedCarroon is distressed by the rate at which windows are replaced, especially since most of today’s double-glazed, low-e windows cannot be repaired. (I have learned this the hard way, naively taking one such broken window into the local hardware store, and then to the local glass repair shop, before finally taking the numbers off the unit to order a replacement from the dealer.)Installing non-repairable windows leads to a “cycle of replacement” and is “a symbol of a non-sustainable world,” Carroon says. While restoring windows can be labor-intensive (and thus expensive), “you are almost always pouring the dollars into the local economy,” not sending it to far-away manufacturers, she notes. WindowsAn air-sealing upgrade and repair package for the existing window can be the place to start. Professional air sealing and repair may involve replacing seals and gaskets throughout the window assembly, replacing double-paned glass or entire sashes if necessary, bringing window frames back into square, and repairing sash frames or the glass itself. While these repairs can be fairly cost-effective (if not always inexpensive), they do not add much R-value to the window — though replacing a sash pocket pulley system with a spring system and filling the air space with insulation will provide marginal improvements. As I was hosing down the dirt driveway in front of my house last week to keep the dust down with some guests due to arrive, I got to thinking about Chicken Dinner Road.I once lived in Canyon County, Idaho and often passed a junction for Chicken Dinner Road. Some years ago, I was told, this road was a dusty dirt track traveling between a few farms. One of the farmers got tired of the dust clouds that came up from passing vehicles. He had the local highway supervisor over for a chicken barbecue, and had a buddy driving up and down the road, demonstrating the problem directly. The road got paved, and it also got a name.There’s another story about this same road — read on to the end. But one lesson I take from the ol’ chicken dinner: when something isn’t working, get creative and do something about it. Ten tips for deciding how to handle old windowsHere are some tips on deciding what do to with old, under-performing windows:1. Replace existing windows only if they have failed or are in poor shape. Almost all windows need attachments, and opting for a higher-performance attachment, rather than a window replacement plus a new conventional attachment, may be a better solution.2. Get a handle on the entire spectrum of possibilities from the last two weeks’ columns (on keeping the sun out, and on keeping the heat in), and by reviewing, and then prioritize your needs.3. Using these priorities, compare how well conventional window treatments meet these needs in comparison with more expensive but higher-performing window attachments.4. Use the individual window attachment fact sheets (also at to gain a complete understanding of each option.5. Look for and use credible resources — not manufacturer or sales claims — to support your window attachment decision-making. Two such resources are RESFEN and WINDOW 6.3 — free, downloadable software tools.6. Select an attachment with multiple attributes; sometimes one attachment can solve multiple problems.7. At the same time, understand that optimal management of heat loss and gain may require two window attachments — an interior one for the former and an exterior one for the latter.8. Take care in combining double-glazed low-e windows with either low-e exterior storm windows or high-performance insulating interior attachments; deployment of either in managing solar gain during the summer may result in damage to the insulated glazing unit seals.9. Understand what the proper maintenance will be for your attachments, and any operational needs. Awnings will work only if opened!10. Prioritize energy performance in your window attachment decisions, but don’t forget to seek out nontoxic materials. While some window attachments typically come in only one form, the market is expanding rapidly. Recycled content, low-emitting materials, non-treated fabrics, and other green options may already be available.last_img read more

20 Timesaving Shortcuts for Final Cut Pro

first_imgAction:Use this shortcut to quickly switch between list and icon views in the FCP Browser. Shortcut:Command + F10 Shortcut:X Action:Using this shortcut will keep sequences from nesting if you are editing a sequence into a sequence. Shortcut:Shift + Z Shortcut:Control + U Shortcut:Command + ~ Shortcut:Option + F Shortcut:Shift + Right or Left Arrow Action:Big tracks make it easier to make adjustments in the timeline, but having small tracks allows you to see more layers. 8. Overwrite/Insert Video 4. Move Playhead 1 Second 5. Change Track Height Action:Using this shortcut will clear the marker you are parked on. Add Control (Control + ~) and you can quickly clear all markers. Action:You can also trim a clip numerically, Type + 5 to trim 5 frames right or -5 for 5 frames left. Shortcut:Control + B 6. Reset to Default 11. Toggle Waveforms Action:Use when adding a clip to a project with a shortcut. 18. Clear Markers 17. Create Markers in FCP Action:Turns your in and out points into a selection in your canvas/timeline. Action:Adds a marker to your FCP timeline.  Double-click M and the Edit Marker will open. Action:Remember “I” for insert and “O” for override.  Used to target video in the timeline. 2. Fit to Window Action:Apply a filter to a clip in the viewer.  Then use this shortcut to make that filter a favorite. The favorite now appears in the Effects tab in the FCP Browser. Action:When you put the playhead over a clip in the timeline it marks the clip. Option + X clears in and out points. Shortcut:M 12. Overwrite Sequence Content Action:Fits the timeline (or canvas/viewer) to the width of the window. Shift + Option + Z zooms to a selected clip (or range of clips). 14. Disable a Clipcenter_img Shortcut:Command + Option+ W 9. Toggle Views Shortcut:Shift + H 16. Deselect or Lock Tracks Shortcut:F6 plus the track number (F7 & F8 for audio 1 & 2). 20. Markers to In and Out Shortcut:V: Will move your playhead to the nearest edit point. U: Will toggle between ripple and roll. < and > will trim a frame left or right. Action:Once you copy the attributes of a clip you can paste them onto another clip by using the Option + V shortcut (once used you’ll be able to select which attributes you’d like to paste). Adding Command to Option + V will remove the attributes of a selected clip. Shortcut:Option + Auto Select or Lock (on the left side of the timeline). Shift + F4: Locks All Video Tracks. F4 + number locks that track (F5 for audio) 15. Target a Video Track Shortcut:Option + V or Command + Option + V  Action:Puts Bin on it’s own Tab, so it doesn’t float and get lost. If you do lose a bin behind the other windows, go to the menu>Window to find it. If your windows are a mess, Control + U will reset them to the default layout. Shortcut:Control + I and  Control + O Action:Turn off clips if you’re not using them, but by doing so you will lose render files for that clip. Action:Got windows floating around haphazardly? This shortcut will quickly snap your project view back to it’s default state. 19. In and Out to Selection Action:Lock your tracks to prevent future changes. Action:Moves the playhead left or right one second. Good for slowly scanning through your timeline. 10. Paste/Remove Attributes 7. Make a Favorite Are you still using the legacy version of Final Cut Pro? Here are 20 must-know FCP shortcuts to speed up your video editing!I realize that a lot of editors are still using Final Cut Pro 7, so I thought I would revisit 20 of my favorite FCP shortcuts. Force yourself to start using shortcuts in your video editing work. They may seem cumbersome at first, but once committed to memory they’ll result in big time-savings and an overall more efficient video editing workflow.Do you have a favorite Final Cut Pro shortcut not listed here? Share it in the comments below!1. Mark a Clip 3. Bin to New Tab Shortcut:Shift + T Action:Seeing the waveforms will let you make more informed editing decisions about your audio but turning them off may result in better quality playback. Shortcut:Option + A Shortcut:Control + A 13. Trimming Shortcut:Option + Double-Click on a Bin Action:Turns two markers into an In and Out point.last_img read more

Bounce back

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With its pride pricked the last time out, San Miguel Beer showed up with complete focus and willingness to play defense on Sunday night and re-establish itself as a yardstick for PBA Philippine Cup champions.The four-time defending champion broke away from Barangay Ginebra in the third quarter and thwarted a mighty finishing kick by the Gin Kings to prevail, 99-91, and get back on the winning track at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, the PBA Press Corps will hold its 25th Annual Awards Night on Monday at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.  A total of 13 awards will be handed out.Highlight of the presentation is the bestowing of the Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Coach of the Year trophy to Magnolia coach Chito Victolero who led the Hotshots to the season-ending Governors’ Cup title.The scores:First GameNORTHPORT 95—Anthony 22, Tautuaa 18, Bolick 14, Pringle 11, Taha 9, Elorde 8, Arana 4, Guinto 3, Flores 2, Lanete 2, Grey 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.NLEX 90—Erram 19, Quinahan 18, Galanza 11, Paniamogan 10, Magat 8, Tallo 7, Fonacier 5, Baguio 4, Ighalo 2, Alas 2, Soyud 2, Porter 2, Taulava 0, Rios 0.Quarters: 25-22; 48-46; 71-70; 95-90Second GameSAN MIGUEL 99—Standhardinger 26, Ross 22, Lassiter 16, Pessumal 13, Fajardo 10, Santos 6, Nabong 6, Tubid 0, Zamar 0.GINEBRA 91—Tenorio 24, Aguilar 20, Slaughter 11, Thompson 9, Devance 6, Teodoro 6, Dela Cruz 4, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 3, Mariano 2, Mercado 2. MOST READ Broner pins blame on planned Pac-May 2 “While the other teams were still sleeping, we were already having our training camp,” coach Pido Jarencio said in Filipino after his Batang Pier nailed the big shots at the crunch to rise to 2-0 and a share the lead with idle Phoenix.Austria credited his players’ willingness to play defense this time as they allowed just three players to score in twin digits for Ginebra, with LA Tenorio leading the way with 24.“I am so happy because we had some sleepless nights [after the Columbian loss],” Austria said. “I have been telling the players that there are no easy wins in this league.”Ross finished with 22, Marcio Lassiter chipped in 16.San Miguel also sat out the injured Terrence Romeo and got just 10 points from reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “They showed that they have pride in them,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said in Filipino when asked about the turnaround in form compared to Friday when they suffered a 118-124 loss at the hands of Columbian.Christian Standhardinger tallied 26 points and Chris Ross and Von Pessumal fired 12 and 10, respectively, in the third quarter breakaway that had the Beermen leading by as much as 23 that not even Ginebra’s vaunted never-say-die spirit could overhaul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSan Miguel caught Ginebra at 1-1.Earlier, NorthPort rolled to its best Philippine Cup start by bringing down NLEX, 95-90. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Quarters: 20-17; 44-35; 78-57; 99-91Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more