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Working with metal involves using quite a number of different tools on a regular basis, all of which need to work together to create the right results. Jobs such as welding also require attention to detail, and a considerable amount of skills, which need to be augmented by the tools in use. If you are involved in a profession that deals with working with metal, and clamps and fittings and different kinds of welding equipment are things that you use on a daily basis, you can definitely benefit from expanding your toolkit to include more handy tools that can make your job easier.
When talking about tools that are involved while working with metal, it is also important to remember that the technology involved has faced quite a lot of updates over the years, and as a result, modern tools and techniques ha (more…)
Cold. Wet. Snowy. Ice. Sleet. Cold. Very cold.
These terms all describe one particular season. It is winter. And it is here.
Winter is the season where the temperature drops, snow and sleet become almost daily occurrences, and plants and trees either die or lose their leaves. It is a season where darkness prevails; in Alaska, for instance, darkness dominates most of the hours in the day.
It is a season where mittens and scarves and big wool coats must be used to stave off the chill. It is a season where huddling around the fires in a fireplace become typical, where bonfires on the outside can bring life to a party, and where people lounge out in hot tubs on the patio.
Most importantly, winter is about a single elemental force: heat. Without heat, everyone in winter suffers. Fortunately, this (more…)
Before the cold weather hits, you want to make sure that your HVAC is working properly. HVAC preventative maintenance service can help keep you from needing heating repair when you really wish you had heat. HVAC experts estimate that three-quarters of “no-heat” calls in the winter stem from homeowners not doing the proper maintenance and inspection, which is key to keeping HVAC running well. However, there are other benefits to keeping your HVAC up to date on its inspection and cleaning — it can wind up saving you money and give you some peace of m (more…)
Your HVAC system is your main source of comfort when it comes to your home life. Because your family’s comfort means everything to you, it’s important that when you’re performing your system’s routine HVAC maintenance that you’re not just ensuring that the system is functioning, but that you’re also keeping the air ducts clean.
Keeping the air ducts of your system clean may seem like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised by just how often a homeowner will leave their HVAC system to the mercy of dust. If you don’t clean your air ducts every three to five years, there’s some of the potentially harmful things that can happen:
- Allergens can make you sick
When you leave your air ducts alone to collect dust and dirt, these potential allergens can build up in your system and release them into the air in your home. This is often why those suffering from spontaneous asthma symptoms are often asked whether or not their air conditioning system is a forced air system. If you’re suffering from itchy, watery eyes and it isn’t allergy season, you may want to check the air ducts on your HVAC system.
- You may be breathing in more than allergens
If the idea of breathing in dust and dander doesn’t gross you out, the idea of breathing in air that’s been filtered through the dander and feces of pests certainly will. Pests can invade your home from anywhere, but many insects and rodents typically like the easy access your HVAC system’s air ducts provide. As a result, when these air ducts aren’t clean these pests aren’t taken care of and their resulting feces and dander stay up there in the ducts.
- Your walls can become discolored
When you fail to clean the drain channels of your HVAC system, this can result in a rise in humidity in your home. This may not sound like much of a problem, but over time as your walls and floor collect the moisture from the air they can both become discolored.
Providing routine HVAC maintenance on your system may maintain the life of your system, but without cleaning the air ducts professionally by an HVAC company you may as well not perform HVAC maintenance at all. To keep your system working at its top performance and to ensure that the air your family is breathing isn’t filled with allergens, be sure to clean your air ducts every three to five years for the best efficiency possible.
It’s time to batten down the hatches. Winter is here and with it all the storms, snow and rain that make houses crumple right before your very eyes. People who live in more high-risk areas (such as the far West coast or East coast) could stand to invest in a little roof repair. Your roof is one of the primary areas of defense against bad weather, keeping you sheltered as well as warm when the season takes a turn for the worse. Homeowners are spending 60% more on home improvements this year than just the year before.
Learn from your peers and professionals by getting a bigger picture. How can you bring the best out of your home?
Homeowners spruce up their homes on a rolling basis. It’s also common for homeowners to wait until their roof or storage sheds become damaged before t (more…)
For homeowners looking for more unconventional and unique roofing shingles, the roofing industry is seeing a significant influx of metal roofing with a 5.8% CAGR. This may be because metal roofs are incredibly durable with low maintenance and a lifespan of over 30 years depending on the climate.
For those still on the fence, or should we say the roof, regarding whether or not to install metal roofing rather than traditional roofing shingles, here are some of the most beneficial reasons to make the switch.
- Metal roofs weigh less
Surprisingly, a metal roof actually weighs less than your traditional asphalt shingles or tile. Concrete tile typically weighs up to 900 lbs per square of installation whereas most types of metal roofing shingles weigh only 150 lbs at most and 50 lbs at least! In fact, metal roofing is so lightweight in comparison to other roofing shingles, that it can be added to existing roofing materials as a form of structural support.
- Metal roofs can be installed quickly
Metal roofing may not be your mother’s Spanish tile, but that isn’t a bad thing. Metal roofing can be installed incredibly quickly because it comes in panels that are 12 to 36 inches wide or in multiple-shingle sections. This is especially advantageous if you need to work quickly in the event of severe storms or even minimal rain. The faster the roof installation, the less damage is caused to the inside of the house.
- Metal roofs increase energy efficiency
Metal conducts heat and the same is true for metal roofs. When the sun shines down on your home, your metal shingles will reflect the rays and reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your home. Therefore, you’ll be saving money on your air conditioning, keeping it in your pocket instead of in the hands of your electric company.
- Metal roofs fight back against snow and rain
Metal roofing is considerably weather-resistant when it comes to the snow and rain because of the interlocking panels. The metal itself, because of its smooth yet durable service, also allows for rain and snow to easily slide off rather than build up.
While metal roofing may have some drawbacks such as how stubborn the roofing shingles can be when it comes to modifications, metal roofing is certainly a great choice as a roofing replacement. With the correct maintenance and roofing repair when needed, your metal roof can last you decades.
Right now is the perfect time to plan your outdoor landscaping design. The planning process can take many weeks, even months. If you begin planning your design now, you will be ready to begin work come spring. Pull ideas from landscaping magazines, local landscape design firms, and even housing renovation TV shows. These are some of the best landscaping outdoor projects.
Lighted patio and deck seating
It doesn?t matter what specific design you choose for your outdoor design space, you will want to sit back and enjoy it. Make sure you include a large patio seating area that is well lit. The lights will allow you to enjoy your professionally landscaped yard into the night hours. You can entertain guests for a day or night BBQ. Lighting is actually one of the most common back (more…)
There are a lot of utilities and appliances that you need when you decide to live on your own. Some of these utilities including an air conditioner, a dishwasher, a furnace, an oven, a refrigerator, or a dryer. Handling and inspecting these appliances are an important aspect of making sure that these utilities work on a daily basis. It is important that you make sure you have a technician checking on these items, here is why.
If you maintain and take care of your utilities and appliances then you will be able to avoid having them get repaired if they break. You do not want these utilities to break because it will hurt you in two different ways. First and (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Water usage has significantly increased within the United States. From 1950 to 2000, for example, this amounted to a 200% increase. In 1992, toilet tanks were upgraded to contain 3.5 gallons of water. If this hadn’t been done, it is estimated that the average annual water usage for this essential piece of plumbing would be [...]
Remodeling your kitchen can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it often proves to be a worthwhile investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages a return on investment of 82.7%, and that doesn’t take into account all of the time you get to spend with a better kitchen design. So, what minor [...]
Your exterior design needs a little work. Where do you get started transforming your home into something truly impressive? Hardscaping is an art form in of itself. Not only do they require a keen eye for aesthetic, they rely on a careful balance between natural materials and a cautious hand to give you the very [...]