Join the Training today!

Propel Marking provides a suite of useful hands-on DIY training courses on window repair and replacement for anyone, from amateurs to professionals.


Propel Marking saw an inspiration and a promising business out of this reality.


Propel Marking saw an inspiration and a promising business out of this reality.


Grabbed the opportunity to start a training center for those who want to master the art and science of windows.

people painting a room

How to Paint Your Room Like a Pro

Painting Your Home Can Be Fun

So you’ve decided to change the color of your surroundings. You have some free time on your hands, and have decided to take on painting your room. But you’re wondering if you can do it like a pro by yourself… Well, worry not! We’ve got you covered with in-depth tips on how to do it like a pro. Or you can always call up some Painting Contractors

When painting your room you should pay attention to these critical aspects:

  • Preparation
  • Painting the Ceiling
  • Painting Walls
  • Trim


In any professional paint job, preparation is about 80% of the work. A nicely done prep work can make the actual paint job look flawless and pristine.

First of all, you need to clean the room. Remove everything that might get in your way unless it’s attached to the floor. Any pictures, towel bars and anything else that will get in your way as you paint and that you want to avoid damaging. It might seem like a waste of time but, in the end, you’ll thank me for this as it will make the work ahead much easier.Make sure to tape up around the windows and walls.

Now for the actual cleaning. Remove any dust and grease spots that might ruin the finish with water, very little dishwashing detergent and a sponge. Don’t forget to rinse the walls with a clean sponge afterward.

Unless you’re using latex paint you’re going to want to prime the walls with a stain blocking primer.

Do some caulking. Any cracks or gaps in the wall should be filled with caulk beforehand. To do a close-up inspection and to avoid missing any, use a flashlight. While doing this, you might find imperfections and bumps that should be smoothed out and/or sanded down.
Taping time. You’re going to want to tape all moldings and trims because we’ll be leaving them for last. Well, next-to-last, anyway. Remember to buy painter’s tape. This is not the kind of thing you want to save money on. The same goes for brushes and rollers, but I think that goes without saying.

Painting the Ceiling

This is the point where you’ll discover whether you’re up to the task. The ceiling is the toughest part of the paint job! Definitely get an extension pole as part of your supplies as you’ll need it for this part of the job. If you have 20-foot ceilings you might want to call someone over to help you, preferably a pro. Otherwise, it’s DIY all the way. After sanding/caulking, you should prime it if need be. And then, the moment you’ve been doing all of the above for – crack open that paint can and begin painting. Don’t forget to cover your floor with plastic sheeting.

You should start from the edges of your ceiling with an edge roller or a brush (simply brush where you aren’t able to use the roller). Afterward, move on to the corner areas and start painting the rest of the ceiling. The most common technique is the “W” technique – you just draw a W and then roll the paint around. These W’s should be in four to five-foot sections. Once you start, try to finish the whole ceiling. Take care to not paint over areas that have started to dry out.

Painting Walls

Painting the walls is very similar to painting the ceiling, but much easier on your neck and back. Just as you did with the ceiling, you should start out by painting the edges/borders of the wall. Once you’ve done that use the same W technique and try to spread the paint evenly. Proceed to the next section with another W shape until you’ve completed one side, then move on to the next wall.

It’s recommended that you apply at least two coats of paint for a more durable and professional paint job. To avoid unwanted drips, try not to drown your roller in the paint way too heavily.

window being replaced

How to pick out window replacements

What kind of measuring and marking do I need for window replacement?

So you think it may be time for replacement windows, but you’re not sure what kind you need, how much they will cost or even what brand or company you should choose. There are many factors that determine the cost of replacement windows. When you decide it’s time to get the answers you need on window construction and installation, it’s best to call an expert for more information. If you are in the Middle Tennessee area you could try Zen Windows Nashville for Window Replacement Middle Tennessee. If you are not in that area you could just do a local search for replacement windows.

A reputable window company should never charge for an estimate. If you have a small job many times they will quote over the phone or if you have the details they may be able to provide an estimate on the spot but in many cases you will need to have a free in home window replacement estimate.

You may be surprised to know that all windows aren’t created equally. There are differences in material, glass, frame types and hardware between the most common window brands. If you do find a reputable glass company near you then there should be no issue with the quality.

How do I find out the cost for replacing my windows?

Calculating the cost of replacement windows can be tricky, as there are many factors that contribute to the final expense. Do your best to have as many details as possible if you want to get multiple quotes quick. You can also just schedule a time for a free in home estimate and they can offer you more detailed answers.

While the expense of replacement windows can be substantial, it is an investment that will increase the value and comfort of your home. Below are some factors that may impact the cost of your replacement windows.

Wood Windows Benefits and Negatives

While wood windows are sometimes perceived as higher quality, they are generally more expensive. The regular maintenance required on wood windows is substantial, not to mention they are prone to rot. The quality of vinyl replacement windows is substantially better than years past and can be a cost-effective and a reliable alternative to expensive wood or composite windows.

Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

Another consideration when purchasing replacement windows is the grade of energy efficiency. Experts estimate that 70 percent of energy loss in your home occurs through doors and windows, and 90 percent of window heat loss occurs through the glass. If your new windows aren’t energy efficient, all the money you’re spending to heat and cool your home could literally be going out the window.

Save Money with These Four Alternative Ways To Clean Windows

How to Save money on window cleaning

While the most convenient means of making your windows squeaky clean is by using a commercial cleaner, there are still other options that can either save you some cash or spare you some help whenever you ran out of that cleaning liquid from the market.

cleaning a window

In this article, we’ve listed four alternatives we can easily find in our pantries. There are many tips available for different cleaning methods. If you are interested in other methods of natural cleaning like furniture cleaning, carpet cleaning, floor washing and hard wood floor waxing and polishing and how to clean new blinds and shades in the home then read my blog for more ideas on how to best clean your home using natural products.

1. Vinegar

If you would like to remove the entire residue left on your windows by other cleaning agents, use half a teaspoon of liquid soap and quarter cup of white vinegar mixed with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Splash some on your windows then wipe off.

You can also skip the soap during regular window cleaning, leaving a vinegar and water mixture. For notably dirty windows, try boiling white vinegar then use it without water or soap when removing tough stains and dirt.

2. Ammonia

If you want something more potent in cleaning than vinegar, go for ammonia, which is an active ingredient in commercial window cleaners. Mix one tablespoon for every gallon of water. Use a spray bottle for easy application.

3. Lemon

If you want to remove tough stains on smaller windows but don’t have ammonia handy, use some lemon. Slice a fruit and remove all the seeds. Then scrub it directly to the dirty spots in a circular motion.

4. Rubbing Alcohol for Small Areas

Heads up, this is only cost-efficient when working with smaller window areas or for stubborn stains, dirt, or paint. Use rubbing alcohol on the target area and wipe it with a lint-free cloth.

Having clean windows doesn’t have to be expensive. You can always try these options whenever you run out of your commercial cleaner. Go natural, save money, and conserve water.

The Two Common Types of Windows For Any Home Explained

The Two Best Types of Windows for your home.

When making a window replacement, there are two usual types that any DIY enthusiast can do. With the right tools, it should be an easy yet tricky job.

Before making any window replacement or installation, allow me to give you some insights on these window types. If you are in a hurry and looking for someone to give you a free estimate on replacement windows you could try Window Repair Near Me or if you are in their service area you could try Champion Window,t hey have a lot of locations around the United States. If you want to learn a little more before you make a decision on where to purchase your new windows then keep reading.

Insert Windows

glass window insert brand new

We recommend the use of this window type when conserving the original interior and exterior window trim, exterior siding, and interior casings in such occasions where original window frame is still in good condition. Remember to remove the window stops and the lower and upper sash when removing the old windows during replacement.

Insert windows are installed directly to the existing window frames, minimizing changes to your home. You’ll know it is okay to use insert windows when:

  • The window frame is solid and not out of square.
  • You want to replace a damaged window with a new window of the same size without making changes to the frame and trim.

Full-Frame Windows

fullframe double hung window

When you wanted to install a new window with a different size and shape, would like to replace decayed window frame completely, or plans to change the interior and exterior trims, go for the full-frame.

We can treat full-frame replacement as new window installations because we remove the entire frames and sash. There are different designs to choose from, which includes double-hung, awning, and specialty windows.

You know it’s time to get a full-frame window when:

  • You notice decay in the window casing, frame, or trim and is already out-of-square.
  • You would like to change the size and shape of your existing windows.

Remember to remove the window stops, lower and upper sash, trims, casings, sill, and frame when replacing the old window.

11 Steps To Replacing Your Old Windows At Home On Your Own

How to Replace your old windows at home

Are you ready to throw your old, rotting window out and install a replacement? Here are a few tips that can give you a breezy and inexpensive DIY window installation.

tools for replacing old windows

1. Grab the Right Equipment

To mention a few, here is a list of tools that will help from start to finish:

  • Caulk Gun
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • Insulator / Foam
  • Sealant
  • Tape measure

2. Measure

To start, measure the width, length and height of the old window so you can get the right size from the store. Leave the window open but be mindful of debris that may fall out.

3. Pull The Stops

Pull the Stops off slowly with a crowbar to expose the sash. If you are reusing these stops, be careful not to crack or damage them.

4. Use That Crowbar

With the stops out of the way, insert the crowbar into the tracks or guide where the sash slides up and down. Pull both of the sides out and once they’re loose, grab the sash with your hands and slowly bring it down.

If this task has started to look a bit daunting to you then you might want to find a window replacement specialist from a glass company specialist near you.

hammering a nail in a wood board

5. Pull The Hooks

Once the sash is out, you’ll find strings situated at the top part of the window, go ahead and pull them out along with their hooks.

6. Again

Repeat the same process. There should be another line of stops and upper sash that needs to be removed. Be careful not to damage the window frame where the replacement window will sit.

7. Clean Up

Now that you have everything out clear the frame from nails, hooks, or any debris that can get in the way during installation of the replacement window.

8. Seal

Seal the back of the front stops using a caulk gun. While holding it in a 45-degree angle, squeeze the trigger as you run the gun along the back of the stop. Let it dry for a few minutes.

9. Insulation

The top of your window will come with an expander. Before putting this in place, run the insulating foam and stick it to the top of the window. Any large holes in the window frame should be insulated too.

10. Replace It

Now it’s time to bring the replacement window up. Situate the bottom ahead of the rest and push it into place. Make sure the new sashes slide up and down correctly. Screw it tightly and run the sealant on the sides.

11. Finale

Return the old stops and nail them into place. After which, seal the sides, and you’re done.

cleaning glass in a window frame

Good luck!