building a personal greenhouse
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building a personal greenhouse

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.


building a personal greenhouse

Tips To Protect Your Windshield When Driving On Dirt Roads

Lee Moerman

Do you spend a lot of time on rough roads, such as country dirt tracks or mountain access roads? If so, your auto windshield glass is being exposed to the potential for major damage. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent rock chips and road grit etching. The following guide will help.

#1: Keep your wiper fluid topped off

A dusty road is going to increase your need to clear your window. It can be tempting to run the wipers dry for just a second when all you need to remove is a thin layer of dust, but this increases the chances of the grit permanently etching the windshield. Etching isn't always immediately noticeable, at least until another car's headlights hit it and the glare reduces visibility. Always spray your window with wiper fluid before activating the wipers. The fluid provides lubrication so etching doesn't occur. If you are out of fluid, you can top off the fluid with plain water as long as temperatures are above freezing.

#2: Replace your wipers

Spending a lot of time or dirt roads is also hard on your wiper blades. The rubber will get damaged more quickly by trapped grit, which can then scratch your windshield. Check the blades for damage each time you get gas. This is also a good time to thoroughly wash the outside of the windows and to wipe down each wiper to remove loose dirt. If the blades don't feel smooth, then it is time to replace them.

#3: Invest in a deflector

A deflector is installed at the beginning of the hood. As dirt and rocks come up and over the hood as you drive, the deflector reroutes them so they don't impact the window. This prevents everything from rock chips to dust buildup on the windshield. Deflectors come in many styles, so make sure you choose one that is designed specifically for your model of car so that it fits correctly and is designed to deflect at the correct angle.

#4: Change your driving habits

While the rocks you throw up can damage your windshield, the real risk is from other vehicles. Avoid following too closely behind other drivers on dirt roads, since the rocks they throw up can bust your windshield. It's also a good idea to slow down so that you aren't throwing up as much debris when driving.

If you do notice damage, contact an auto glass service right away. Small chips can often be repaired when caught early, which can safe you the cost of a replacement.