Friday, August 31, 2012

One on One With Wood Flush Mount Vent Covers for Wood Floors


We've said this before but it bears repeating, vent covers are selected by the size of the duct opening they are intended to cover.  Oh sure, there are exceptions but despite their installation, flush mount wood vent covers aren't one of them.

Flush mount wood floor vent covers are built into the wood floor when the floor is installed.  One might think that the overall size of the frame is more important because of how the frame integrates into the floor but one would be wrong.  One might also think that the size of the insert would be most significant.  One would be 0-2 in one's attempt to size a flush mounted wood vent cover.  To avoid striking out in one's attempt to choose a flush mounted wood vent cover, one must measure the duct opening in the floor.



The frame for a wood flush mount vent cover is always larger than the duct opening.  If it were not, the whole vent cover would simply drop into the duct.  The frame's length and the frame's width will vary depending on the size of the duct opening and the manufacturer of the vent cover.  Normally, these dimensions would not be important.  Wood floor experts install the flush mounted vent cover over the duct and then adapt to its dimensions by cutting the wood floor planks around the frame.  Where one might require the dimensions of the frame in addition to (but not in lieu of) the duct size is if one were replacing a flush mounted vent cover in a previously installed wood floor.  Replacing a flush mounted vent cover isn't a simple endeavor and it typically requires refinishing the floor.

The wood flush mount vent cover's frame serves as a border enclosing the duct opening.  The frame's opening is centered over the duct to allow air to pass through the vent cover.  The opening in the frame will often match the size of the duct; however, this is not always the case.  Depending on the manufacturer, the frame opening may actually be larger than the duct opening.  Unless one is replacing a previously installed vent cover, the length and width of the frame opening is irrelevant except to once again remind oneself that it is the size of the duct opening that ultimately determines whether one has chosen a correctly sized vent cover.

The inside of the frame is cut away to provide a shelf for the insert.  The shelf allows the insert to rest in the frame whereby its surface is flush with the wood floor.  The slots in the insert should be centered above the duct opening to provide efficient air flow.  This is especially important for a flush mounted wood register because the louver assembly will likely drop below the frame into the duct opening.  The flush mount wood vent cover's insert will be larger than the duct opening but, again, the insert's length and insert's width are usually immaterial.  Just as the frame's length and width mattered only when replacing a previously installed flush wood vent cover, the insert's length and width will only be important if one is replacing an insert without replacing the frame.  And even then, the insert's dimensions are required in addition to (but not instead of) the duct size.  I should mention here that inserts aren't typically sold separately so one may need to purchase the complete flush mounted vent cover just to acquire the insert.

Shop 4 Classics offers flush mounted wood air return grilles and flush mounted wood registers from All American Wood Register, Tailored Vents, and Reggio Register.  If one finds oneself in the market for wood flush mount vent covers, visit Shop 4 Classics to purchase one.  Or two.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Slipper Tubs Large and Small: These Slippers are Available in Sizes to Fit Every Queen

long time ago in a kingdom far away, so the story goes, lived a poor but beautiful young lady named Cinderella. Cinderella spent her days tirelessly cooking and cleaning for an evil and ungrateful bunch all the while dreaming of meeting a handsome prince that would make her a queen taking her away from her hard life. Long story short, one night her fairy godmother pays her a visit and makes her magical slippers that would fit only Cinderella.  She meets the prince that night but must leave early, leaving the prince with only one of her magical slippers.  The prince travels the kingdom trying to find a foot to match the slipper before finally fitting the slipper to Cinderella and the two are married eventually making Cinderella the queen of the kingdom. This fairy tale ends happily ever after for Cinderella but what about all of those forgotten female villagers that were surely devastated when their feet did not fit the slipper. I am sure that the vast majority of these women also toiled day in and day out; after all, modern home appliances would not be invented for hundreds of years.


We here at Shop 4 Classics may not in the shoe business but we do offer a slipper of a different sort that can provide an escape from the stresses and rigor of modern day life. Shop 4 Classics offers clawfoot slipper tubs and double-ended clawfoot slipper tubs that are specifically designed for comfort to provide a relaxing prolonged soaking. Clawfoot slipper tubs have an extended backrest that makes them perfect for reclining and relaxing while you bathe. The double-end slipper tub, as its name implies, features extended backrest at both ends making it the perfect tub for two. Best of all, unlike Cinderella’s magic slipper, Shop 4 Classics offers a wide selection of discount priced large slipper tubs and petite size slipper tubs to fit bathers and bathroom floor plans of all sizes, so almost anyone can be a queen for an hour or two each day.

Save even more of your hard-earned money by using Shop 4 Classics’ Tub10 coupon. TUB10 will apply a 10% instant discount to your total order of products from a single manufacturer when the order includes a tub, faucet or shower, supply lines, and drain from the same manufacturer. The TUB10 coupon applies in addition to our already discounted prices. All Shop 4 Classics tub orders also include free crate, freight, and residential lift gate service.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hanging With Hinges: Butt Door Hinge Review

Generally speaking, when we talk about door hinges, we are talking about butt hinges.  There are many other types of hinges but the butt hinge is the most common type of hinge found on residential interior and entry doors.  Butt hinges can be quite plain but this doesn't have to be the case and often is not in older homes.  Today, the Shop 4 Classics Old House Blog turns its spotlight on the butt door hinge.

Butt door hinges have two rectangular leaves.  One leaf is mortised into the edge of the door while the other is mortised into the door jamb.  The mortised (or recessed) installation allows the door to close flush with the frame.  It is also why butt door hinges are sometimes called mortise door hinges or full mortise door hinges.  Between the leaves is the joint that allows the hinge to pivot.  The joint consists of a pin inside a stacked row of knuckles known as the barrel.  At each end of the hinge pin is a finial that caps the barrel at both ends.

Butt hinges are measured from corner to corner of the leaves with the hinge in the open position.  There are many sizes but in residential construction, 3.5" x 3.5" butt hinges and 4" x 4" butt hinges are most common.  Smaller hinges usually install with three screws while larger butt hinges install with four screws.  Door weight, thickness, and size all factor into the size and quantity of hinges required to support a door.  Interior doors usually hang on 2 or 3 mortise hinges.  Entry doors are normally heavier than interior doors and typically swing on 3 mortise hinges that may be larger than hinges used on interior doors.

Most frequently, the leaves on butt hinges are unembellished.  However, in the Victorian Era any visible piece of architectural hardware that could be decorated was decorated.  Typical for the period, Victorian butt hinges often have ornate patterns cast into the leaves.

The highest quality butt hinges are cast in brass and offered in a choice of popular finishes to match other door hardware.  Polished brass and antique brass door hardware is typical of homes from the Victorian era.  Arts & Crafts homes and traditional homes tend to favor earthy finishes such as oil rubbed bronze or antique pewter.  Chrome hardware was especially popular in homes from the Art Deco period while modern and contemporary homes are often accented with brushed nickel hardware.

Shop 4 Classics offers butt hinges that include a choice of finials to further complement your home's architectural style.  Urn-tipped finials agree with the urn motif that appears in many Federal and Colonial style homes.  Victorian butt hinges are frequently decorated with steeple-tipped finials.  Nature themes were common to Arts & Crafts homes and so acorn-tipped finials are perfectly suited for homes of this period.  Modern and contemporary homes feature butt hinges with flat-tipped or button-tipped finials.  And finally, the ubiquitous ball-tipped finials are popular with butt hinges in homes of all eras.

One last thought about butt hinges, the name includes a word that juveniles find amusing.  My 3 year old nephew, for example, has become quite enamored with the word "butt"; often to my sister's chagrin.  Although no longer socially acceptable, there was a time when his behavior might have been corrected with a strap, which is an entirely different type of hinge.  Strap hinges, butt hinges, cabinet door hinges, and socially acceptable hinges of all types can be found at Shop 4 Classics.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bronze and Aluminum Decorative Vent Covers by Classic Grills


Classic Grills patterns and molds are all hand crafted and poured in bronze. Each of the resulting grills display truly unique qualities that are uncommon today. With one of a kind designs in a wide variety of sizes, Classic Grills offering of grills and registers will not only meet your technical requirements but also express your own sense of style.  Each of Classic Grills unique grille patterns are offered in their own set of sizes and in some cases finish and function options.  Below is a quick overview of the wonderful Classic Grills vent covers available at Shop 4 Classics.  




Art Deco Vent Cover
Classic Grills' Art Deco vent cover is offered with louver assemblies as a heat register or with their air diffuser screen as an air return vent cover.  Art Deco heat registers and Art Deco return grilles are currently offered in 11 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 8" to 12" and heights ranging from 4" to 12".  The grille is constructed of sleek white bronze and features a classic Art Deco style pattern work of interconnecting geometric shapes and lines. 






Art & Crafts Vent Cover
Classic Grills Arts & Crafts vent cover is offered with louver assemblies as a heat register or with their air diffuser screen as an air return vent cover.  Arts & Crafts heat registers are available in 23 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 14" and heights ranging from 2" to 14".   Arts & Crafts return vent covers are available in 73 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 36" and heights ranging from 2" to 24".  The grille is offered in solid bronze and lighter weight aluminum and features a geometric pattern similar to that found on Prairie style art glass windows of the Arts and Crafts period.  The Arts & Crafts bronze grille is available in light oil rubbed bronze, dark oil rubbed bronze, burnished antique bronze, and satin white bronze while the aluminum grille is offered in black, brown and white. 


Vintage Octagon Vent Cover
Classic Grills' Octagon vent cover features a classic octagon pattern that can be commonly found in early 1900's homes as well as antique architectural salvage businesses throughout the United States.   The Octagon vent cover is currently offered as a cold air return vent cover in 18 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 30" and heights ranging from 4" to 18".  The Octagon vent cover is available in bronze and aluminum grilles.   Bronze octagon grilles are available in light and dark oil rubbed bronze, burnished antique bronze, and satin white bronze.  Aluminum octagon grilles are available in black, brown and white. 



Craftsman Vent Cover
Classic Grills' Craftsman vent cover offers another variation of an Arts Crafts style grille.  Currently, the simple grid pattern Craftsman vent cover is offered only in bronze but is available as both a louvered heat register and as a screened return air vent cover grille.  Craftsman heat registers are available in 21 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 14" and heights ranging from 2" to 14".   Craftsman return vent covers are available in 43 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 48" and heights ranging from 2" to 24".
 


Grape Leaf Vent Cover
Classic Grills' Grape Leaf vent cover offers a distinctive custom look with its decorative grapevine designed solid bronze grille.   The Grape Leaf vent cover is available with louver assemblies as a heat register or with their air diffuser screen as an air return vent cover. Grape Leaf registers are currently offered in 6 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 14" and heights ranging from 4" to 6" and the Grape Leaf return grilles are offered in 7 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 14" and heights ranging from 4" to 8".  Chose from Classic Grills light oil rubbed bronze, dark oil rubbed bronze, antique burnished bronze, and satin white bronze finishes.



Renaissance Vent Cover
Classic Grills Renaissance vent cover features a classic scroll pattern grille complementary of traditional as well vintage style settings.  The Renaissance vent cover is offered in all four of Classic Grills' bronze options and in white, black and brown aluminum.   Both the aluminum and bronze Renaissance grilles are available with louvers as heat registers and with diffuser screens as return air vent cover grilles. Renaissance heat registers are available in 14 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 10" to 14" and heights ranging from 2" to 10". Renaissance return vent covers are available in 56 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 6" to 30" and heights ranging from 2" to 24".



Victorian Vent Cover
Classic Grills' Victorian vent cover's decorative vine and leaf grille is available in cast bronze and cast aluminum and with either attached louver assemblies for air control or with attached diffuser screens for return air vents.   The Victorian bronze grille is available in light oil rubbed bronze, dark oil rubbed bronze, burnished antique bronze, and satin white bronze while the aluminum grille is offered in black, brown and white.   Victorian heat registers are available in 8 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 8" to 14" and heights ranging from 4" to 8".  Victorian return vent covers are available in 17 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from 8" to 30" and heights ranging from 4" to 20".




Bamboo Vent Cover
The perfect complement to tropical and Asian themed decor, Classic Grills' Bamboo themed vent cover features a woven style grille framed by bamboo stalks all artfully created from solid bronze.   The Bamboo vent cover is only available as an air return grille with Classic Grills innovative air diffuser screen. Bamboo air return vent covers are currently offered in 10 sizes to fit vent openings with widths ranging from  8" to 14" and heights ranging from 4" to 10" .  Chose from Classic Grills light oil rubbed bronze, dark oil rubbed bronze, antique burnished bronze, and satin white bronze finishes.



Renaissance Vent Cover

Classic Grills' Renaissance round vent cover features a classic scroll pattern grille complementary of traditional as well vintage style settings. The Renaissance vent cover is offered in all four of Classic Grills' bronze options and are available with louvers as heat registers and with diffuser screens as return air vent cover grilles. Renaissance round heat registers are available in 5 sizes fit vent openings with diameters ranging from 6" to 14"  while the Renaissance round return vent covers are available in 6 sizes to fit vent openings with diameters ranging from 4" to 14".










Don't forget to use one of Shop 4 Classics money saving HARDWARE coupon codes on your Classic Grills purchase.  HARDWARE10 will apply a 10% instant discount to your total order of products from a single manufacturer when the order includes a total of $1,000 in heat registers and air return grilles from the same manufacturer. HARDWARE5 will apply a 5% instant discount to your total order of products from a single manufacturer when the order includes $500 in heat registers and air return grilles from the same manufacturer. The HARDWARE5 and HARDWARE10 coupons apply in addition to our already discounted prices and, as always, shipping is free for any order of $100 from a single manufacturer.

Is this your first time buying decorative vent covers?  If so, check out Shop 4 Classics Vent Cover tips for a quick introductory lesson on shopping for vent covers.