The Very Best Tips For Taking Care of Your Car Windshield

There’s a lot that you can do as a car owner to extend the longevity of your car windshield and ensure that it continues to look as good as new for as long as possible. Here are just a few of the concrete steps that you can take to preserve your car windshield:

PRO TIP 1: Clean your windows regularly

This may sound obvious, but too many people put off the regular cleaning of their windows. As a rule of thumb, you should clean your auto glass windows at least once every month, if not every two weeks. You’ll want to use a premium, high-quality glass cleaner and a microfiber glass towel to get off any particularly difficult deposits (e.g. deposits left behind by bugs and birds). Also, pay attention to your technique – clean the outside glass first, then the inside glass. Finally, clean relatively small areas at a time, in order to avoid those annoying glass streaks.

PRO TIP 2: Pay attention to your wiper blades

Old or damaged wiper blades have a tendency to make fine, hard-to-notice scratches on the windshield. Over time, these scratches can compound, making it very difficult to see in certain areas of the windshield, especially with a strong sun glare. Also, when you clean the windows (see PRO TIP 1), gently lift the wiper blades when giving your windows a thorough cleaning. If you prop them up while cleaning, they might snap back and cause a serious scratch to the glass.

PRO TIP 3: Get any stone chips fixed immediately

It’s impossible to overstate how important it is to fix any minor stone chips quickly before they are allowed to spread and widen. You’ll recognize these stone chips immediately – they appear to be small craters or compressions in the outside glass. In some cases, there may appear to be small air pockets trapped between the two layers of glass in your windshield.

For just $50 or so, you can have these stone chips fixed by an auto glass windshield expert. If you wait too long and the cracks get too big, you may need to have the entire windshield replaced, and that may cost you as much as a thousand dollars – if not more. Go to Etobicoke Auto Glass’s website for more detail.

PRO TIP 4: Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you

As you drive over certain surfaces, tiny pebbles, stones and pieces of gravel tend to kick up in the air, and could damage your windshield. If the pebbles or stones are big enough, they can lead to some serious chips in the windshield. Keep a safe distance while driving, in order to minimize the risks of stones and pebbles flying up and hitting your windshield.

PRO TIP 5: Avoid parking your car in direct sunlight

High heat can help to increase the size of microscopic chips and scratches already in your windshield. If you’re not able to fix these immediately, then you certainly want to keep them from spreading and widening. Try to park in the shade, or at least, places that are not directly in the sun.

By some estimates, 7 out of every 10 vehicles on the road today have windshields that need to be repaired or fixed. To avoid being part of that unfortunate 70 percent, just follow the quick, easy tips above. You’ll have an auto windshield that’s clean, strong, and unblemished.

Building a bike rack in your house for your high end mountain bike

Just pedaled back from your latest off road two-wheeled adventure? It’s time to park your mountain bike Don’t just kick out the stand and let it lean, give your bike its own special place with a custom rack.

If you live in a small apartment and want to increase your floor space, then a hanging rack is probably right for you. Maybe you have a family of cyclists and bikes are taking over the garage. You can’t even get your car inside. Hang ‘em up and put your car back where it belongs. Or, if space isn’t an issue, it may be more convenient to give each bike its own designated groove with a specially designed rack that sits on the floor.

If you need a place to park your mountain bike, whether on the wall or at ground level, here you’ll find out how to get the mountain bike rack that’s just right for you. And, best of all, you don’t even have to do it yourself — there’s a local handyman around the corner who is ready to help

Hanging Racks

Hanging racks are best for the biker who has limited space There’s two options: hang on the wall or hang from the ceiling. What you choose is both a matter of preference and dependent upon the layout of your home or apartment.

A wall rack makes it easier to get your bike up and down, but if you have multiple bikes and not enough space on the wall, a ceiling rack could be the way to go.

Whatever you do, don’t just screw a hook into the drywall. You’ll want to find a wooden stud to keep the bike secure. Or, if you want to fasten your rack to concrete or masonry, a special drill bit will be required to get your rack securely attached to the surface.

Don’t have the tools or skill to do it yourself? No worries, there is a skilled expert available to help you put it up.

Floor Racks

If you have enough extra space, it’ll probably be easier to just leave your bike at ground level so there’s no lifting involved. You’ll want a rack that sits on the floor — you can simply push the front tire into a groove that’s just the right width.

If you use the kickstand your bike stands at an angle — it’ll take up more surface area than if you have it upright. With family of mountain bikes, or even just a couple, you’re going to end up with a crowded mess. A floor rack will keep your bikes standing up straight and organized.

If you’re renting your home and don’t want to damage the floor, or if you want to be able to easily move your rack, then a free-standing rack is the way to go. On the other hand, if you know exactly where in your home you’ll want your mountain bike to live long-term, then you might want to have a steadier solution with a rack that’s fastened to the floor.

Whatever kind of rack you need there is a professional ready to consult with you and build just the right mountain bike rack for you.

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Why we are here

Hiking on a mountain, searching for bear claw marks or a porcupine den, wading in a cold brook, or feeling a frog’s skin: All are experiences readily available in the Mt. Washington Valley, yet they are foreign to many of our children. We find many local children discover them only through Tin Mountain Conservation Center programs.

Tin Mountain’s environmental education courses reach more than 2,000 children, Kindergarten through eighth grade, in our area schools. Funding for schools here is extremely tight; as a result local schools pay only about half the cost of our education programs. Bike race proceeds help fund the balance.

Always, Tin Mountain’s primary goal is to impart the enjoyment and appreciation of nature that we believe comes with spending time outdoors. We also provide children with an introduction to the natural sciences like geology, meteorology, astronomy, and more and hope that early exposure to these subjects sparks a lifetime curiosity about the world around them.