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It has always been a dream of mine to have a greenhouse that I could use to grow my own produce during the winter. I love garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes and a variety of other produce and it made me sad when I had to quit gardening for the season. I decided that it was time for me to invest in having a greenhouse built in my backyard so that I could continue to grow throughout the entire year. Learn all about the selection of the glass and how it needs to be cared for right here on my blog.

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What Do When Your Home's Windows Stick And Aggravate Your Arthritis

Lee Moerman

If the arthritis in your hands and wrists feels worse every time you try to open or close your home's windows, you may think that's something wrong with your condition. Although arthritis can become worse over time, it's not always the case. Things like stuck or tight gas pump caps and home windows may be too difficult to lift, lower, open, or close. The joints in your hands and wrists can experience stress and strain when you try to do so. Here's how your windows may affect your arthritic hands and what you can do to make it easier on you.

Why Is It Hard to Open and Close Your Windows?

Over time, the seals around windows can wear away, melt, or tear. The windows may stick in place when these problems occur, or the windows might become lopsided or off track. Sometimes, heat, high humidity, and dried paint can cause window seals to stick in place. Trying to lift a stuck or damaged window may not be the easiest thing to do. For arthritis sufferers, the problems can create pain and swelling in your hands and wrists. 

Arthritis typically damages the soft tissues and joints of your hands, wrists and fingers. Gripping any part of the window to raise or lower it may place stress on your delicate tissues. The pain can radiate throughout your hand and arms, which may cause additional problems for you.

Taking steps to repair or replace your stuck windows may help protect your hands and wrists from pain.

What Can You Do to Solve Your Problem?

One of the things you might do first is have a friend or family member clean the seals of your window. Your helper can use soapy water and a clean towel to for this step. Be sure to dry the window seals thoroughly with a hair dryer or rag after your helper cleans them. If the seals still appear dirty or soiled, ask your helper to clean them with a small vacuum. 

If the windows still stick in place after completing the steps above, you may want to contact a contractor to repair or replace them. The windows may be too deteriorated, off track or damaged to work properly. Rainwater, insects and other problems can enter your home and possibly damage its walls, flooring and foundation over time. 

For more information about your stuck windows, schedule an appointment with a contractor, like one from Dependable Glass, near you.


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