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tHE BAYTOWN SUN Carelessness Blamed Painting Windows Is Often Sticky Situation SHOP DOWNTOWN MONDAY THROUGH oATURDW 'TIL 9; BRANCHES 'TIL 9:30 >W'T Wednesday, Decemfw 1, Mt2 S-A ! By ANDY LANG ' AP NewsHeatures A careless painter, amateur or profession?;!, is often responsible i for a stuck window. The most common'cause of a window that refuses to budge is dried paint which got there because the last person who painted • the windows allowed some of the I psint to get into the channels one ' way or another. If you want to damage the win! dow, grab yourself a screwdriver and force it between the sash and ; the moulding. You may or may not unloosen the window, but you are almost certain to leave conspicuous marks. That's because the tip of the blade is a bit too ; thick for the purpose. You can get I the desired result — breaking the f paint film — by inserting the ! blade of a putty knife between the ; sash and moulding and jiggling it i slightly or, if necessary, tapping j it lightly with a hammer. Usually, I you have to do this on all four sides of the window, although scrnelimes the unsticking will take place after one or two sides are treated. When the hardened paint can, not be reached from the inside, since it got outside via a careless exterior painter, you will have to ; tackle the problem from out'• doors. In that case, the putty knife or any tool with an edge thinner than a screwdriver blade should again be used. It should be inserted first between the bottom of . the sash and the top of the silland ; then, if that doesn't work, wherever necessary. Incidentally, even better than a putty knife in the preceding ; operations is a small, serrated type of tool rndde especially for the purpose. It is available in well-stocked stores that sell hardware products. There are, of course, other causes for stuck windows besides hardened paint. One of these is M arping caused by high humidity or water. The general cure for this problem is to get or make a block of wood that will fit snugly into the &ash grooves and; tapping it lightly with a hammer, run it along the grooves. This action will expand the frame and usually enable the window to .slide properly. If it. doesn't, use the same block of wood and place it against the vertical parts of the sash. Tap it with a hammer as you move it up and down. In any action of this kind, where tapping with a hammer is part of the method, work with deliberate care so that you do not crack the pane. If everything fails, you will have to use the last-i'esort step, which is to remove the sash from the frame. This can be a bit tricky, so do not attempt it unless you are fairly handy and reasonably certain you can do it. What happened when you tried tackling similarly unfamiliar tasks in the past should be your guide as to what you can attempt. To get a sash from a window frame, you have to take off the stop mouldings on the inside. Use a chisel or putty knife and work very carefully so that you can use the mouldings again. On a double- hung window, take out the bottom sash first, then the top. Be sure you remember — write it down if you have to — which part goes where, how to adjust the sash cord if there is one, and so on. When a sash has been removed, get rid of all dirt and stuck paint and either sand or plane at any point where the sticking took place. No matter what the cause of a stuck window and however you fixed it, once a window is in working order, lubricate tne channels or grooves. Home handypersons will find much valuable information in Andy Lang's handbook, "Practical Home Repairs," which can be obtained by sending $1.50 to this newspaper at Box 5, Teaneck, NJ 076G6. Agricultural Data Collected The Texas Crop and Livestock Reporting Service began contacting farmers and ranchers across the state in mid- November for final 1982 crop acreage, yield and production totals and end-of- year livestock and poultry inventories. State Statistician Doug M u r (i e 1 d reported that with low prices depressing farm incomes and the severe weather cutting crop production in the northern part of the state, producers are depending on this information for an accurate picture of the 1982 agricultrual sit.ua- ' tion. Murfield explained that the confidential interviews, conducted by mail or in person by field enumerators, pro- i vide information us' ed by farm organiza: tions and legislatures : in planning and developing farm programs; by extension i economists and i management con• sultants in advising S producers; and by ; exporters in planning 1 and promoting sales i of Texas agricultural 1 products. j "Without these i reports, farmers and j ranchers would have i to rely on other j sources of informa- j tion for crop and i livestock prospects," ! Murfield added. He stressed that the end-of-year crop and livestock surveys should not be confused with the 1982 Census of Agriculture which was mailed in late November. "While the census is a more detailed accounting of Texas agriculture, our two- page questionnaire is short and can be completed in a matter of minutes," Murfield explained. 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