Pella windows with VividView screens and triple-pane glass

Pella Designer windows

Pretty cool options with those blinds in the window so they won’t get dusty, triple pane, VividView® screen, …

Specs for the various double hung windows

No prices, sold at Lowe’s.

Update 9/13/08:

I got the Pella double hung windows at Lowes.  I like them a lot, the dark bronze outside and wood inside, finished dark and it’s just a different look than the white vinyl everybody else is using.

Had to put little nails in the bottom inside as the wood frame started coming apart a little, it’s only stapled.  That’s a bit lame, but not the end of time.

My old place had single pane real old windows and this is a huge step up.  The low E makes helps keep it cool in summer.

I saw the Anderson Tru TruScene screens at the Home Depot today and they sure are cool. They told me you can’t fix them yourself, need to order new screens from Anderson. I’d like to get this screen for the courtyard.

I saw the Anderson TruScene screens at the Home Depot today and they sure are cool. They told me you can’t fix them yourself, need to order new screens from Anderson. I’d like to get this screen for the courtyard.

http://www.metroscreenworks.com/

Do you have a screen like the Anderson Truscene?

TruScene screens

Thanks,

Christine

Update 9/13/08: Never got a response and I’d really would like to get those screens for my windows.  Seems that by now one should be able to buy the material and replace the existing screens.

Got a sliding glass door recently and my dog can’t see the REGULAR screen.  He also bumped his head once into the glass.   Don’t know whether it could get any worse for him with the TruScene or similar screen, but he’s gotten very careful around that door.

Where to get the Anderson TruScene window screens

I saw the Anderson Tru TruScene screens at the Home Depot today and they sure are cool. They told me you can’t fix them yourself, need to order new screens from Anderson. I’d like to get this screen for the courtyard.

http://www.metroscreenworks.com/

Do you have a screen like the Anderson Truscene?

TruScene screens

Thanks,

Christine

Wooden shutters and motorized solar screens

http://www.allaboutshutters.com/shutter-hardware.htm

http://www.coppermoonwoodworks.com/design_mission.html

Motorized solar screeens:

http://www.backyardblinds.com/motorized-blinds/

That’s expensive, but pretty cool.

Wooden garage doors – the morons at the Home Depot and Clopay garage doors

Beautiful garage doors:

http://www.accessgaragedoor.com/access_themes.html —$4-8K

http://web4.mymartindoor.com/ Home Depot – no wood doors

http://www.clopaydoor.com/r-show.asp?type=Mediterranean

Home Depot

Unfortunately, I was unable to get a quote.  The morons at Home Depot told me I needed to pay $50 for a “site inspection.” When I told them that I haven’t even poured the slab yet, they told me that I needed to build the garage first, then order the $50 estimate to get a price, order and leave the garage OPEN until the door gets there.

And that’s after I wasted well over an HOUR at the Clopay and Home Depot websites, trying to follow links that didn’t work, finally calling and having the first person disconnect me, having to call the god damned automated system again to somehow get to an operator who then refused to give me the direct “confidential” number for garage doors and finally transferring me to an apparent mentally challenged person instead of the “supervisor” I had requested.

If they took their heads out of their asses for a few minutes their brains might start working again.

There is NO way that I’ll pay $50 to get a price and I’ll definitely try to order my door prior to building so that I know that the opening will fit the door and that the door is ready to be in stalled ASAP.

Unfortunately, the Home Depot is the only reseller I could find for my area.

URL submitted at http://www.clopaydoor.com/contact.asp and at the Home Depot site for comments.

True South – sizing system

http://www.solar4power.com/solar-power-sizing.html

GENERAL SIZING FOR SOLAR POWER
In sizing an electric system using solar power the first two factors we consider are the sunlight levels (insolation values) from your area and the daily power consumption of your electrical loads. Orientation of a solar array is best at true south. True south is slightly different than a magnetic reference or compass south. The more an array is situated off of true south the less the total insolation value. A quick way to determine solar south is to divide the span of time between sunrise and sunset in half. The position of the sun at the resulting time would be true solar south.

The angle of the solar array can be anywhere from your latitude plus 15 degrees to latitude minus 15 degrees for a yearly fixed mount position. Your latitude offers the best year-round position. By biasing the array “latitude plus 15 degrees” you will get slightly more insolation during winter months. A “latitude minus 15 degrees” will bias the array to summer months. …

Lots on sizing the system.