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Basic Maintenance for Home

Basic Maintenance for Home

If you are new to home ownership, then determining what type of checking on the home exterior needs to be done can be stressful. So, to help out, here are the place you need to be paying special attention to:

  • Gutters – The gutters of your home control the amount of rainwater reaches your home’s exterior and protect your roofing as well as your home’s siding. Be sure they are attached correctly and are not sagging anywhere. It is also important to clean them periodically so that there is no build up of debris.
  • Paint – Take time to note if you need to touch up an area or call in a professional painting crew. The status of the paint job/siding will be one of the first thing people notice.
  • Siding – If you have vinyl siding, or one of its sister products, then you will want to clean it off periodically using a pressure sprayer.
  • Windows – Be sure these are not just clean, but open and close as they are designed to do.
  • Patio or deck – e sure that the boards are sound, and that any debris is swept off of them. Not only does this look better, but you can prevent any damage caused by critters/pests. Be especially vigilant against areas around windows and doors – were wood rot can occur. If you notice damage near these locations, be sure to get someone to check it out and determine the action to be taken.
  • Roofing/Shingles – Walk around your home and note any areas where shingles may have pulled away or are loose/missing. If you see any, repair them before they fall away and leave your home exposed to the elements of nature.

Dealing with home exterior issues doesn’t have to e stressful. Do some basic maintenance and then be sure to connect with the right companies within your community to help with those aspects that you don’t feel qualified to do yourself.

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

The first thing to consider is whether to choose low-voltage, LED or go with solar lights. Do you want to try using solar path lights in your garden or landscaping project? Solar path lighting options can be simple to set up and do not require much upkeep. They also don’t require an outlet. Solar lights have also become much more inexpensive over the last decade. These lights can can be a solution but there are some drawbacks. Solar lights do not work in shade or during cloudy weather and, although lighting technology is getting better, the light may be dimmer depending on the amount of sun the panel received that day. One thing to consider is to use solar light fixtures for accents or to mark the edge of a driveway or path, where you don’t expect them to light something critical to navigating the area.

Metal lighting. Low-voltage landscape lighting consists of a transformer, sometimes called a power pack, a cable and light fixtures. The transformer is used to reduce house current to a safe 12 volts and to control the lights. The cable is typically strung along the ground or can be buried. The cable connects the light fixtures to the transformer. The light fixtures are usually staked into the ground and attached to the cable with a clamp that makes the electrical connection. Kits with 50 feet of cable and six metal fixtures – enough for about 40 feet of path can cost between $120 to $200. Expect good-quality metal lights to last several years.

Plan ahead. Installing your first outdoor path lighting system can take as little as 90 minutes including unpacking, reading and understanding the instructions, measuring cable and doing the math to make sure everything is put together properly. On a dark night, use several flashlights to work out a plan before shopping for a system. Make sure your transformer and cable have enough capacity for all the fixtures you buy.

Lay out the cable first. The initial fixture should be 10 feet from the transformer and you must allow a foot of cable at the end. Install the transformer first then lay out the cable on the ground before marking the positions of the fixtures along the length that is available. It’s very important to measure these out and not just eyeball it. Lights look much better at night if they are spaced evenly and poles are vertical. Once you are thoroughly satisfied, connect the lights to the cable and cover the cable with mulch or bury them about an inch under ground.

Be safe. There are some things to be aware of when installing a low-voltage lighting system. In addition to the transformer, you will need an outdoor ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, one that automatically cuts off if there is an anomaly in the electrical flow or a surge. If necessary, find an electrician to install one. It is important to run low voltage landscape lights from an outlet and not from an extension cord – and be sure not to overload the outlet. If you plan on running cable across a path please be sure to bury the cable rather than running a cable across a path where it can be tripped over.

Tips for Novice Welders

Tips for Novice Welders

Safety

Before you get started, make sure you have bought the required safety gear, such as welding helmet, gloves, glasses, and a good fire resistant jacket. Lately, you can buy a variety of quality helmets.

Ideally, you may want to opt for an auto-darkening one. Also, you should have enough ventilation. Alternatively, you can use a strong fume extraction system.

It’s not a good idea to work beside the objects that can catch fire quickly. You may want to choose a location that is safe.

MIG, TIG And stick flux-cored

Although these terms look scary, you don’t have to worry. We will explain them in this article.

In the case of wire welding, spools of wire are fed via a gun. This can help you minimize the starts and stops. This way you can easily create proper joints. Also, it’s faster and inexpensive, especially if you want to work on thin sheets of metal.

Wire welding is of two types: flux-cored and MIG. The second type depends upon the shielding gas for protection against contamination. The only drawback of this type of welding is that you can’t do it outdoors due to the wind.

On the other hand, flux-cored welding makes use of a special wire that you can work on with or without gas.

For repair work, Stick welding is the best choice. As a matter of fact, this is the first process that is recommended for beginners. As the name suggests, stick welding involves a stick electrode. There is no need to use a wire feeder.

TIG welding is a good choice for automotive or architectural work. Also, it’s a better option if you want to work on thin sheets of metal for a seamless look.

Input Voltage

Generally, lower input voltages are enough if you want to work on thinner materials. On the other hand, high voltages are needed to work on thicker materials. If you are a beginner, you may want to use a machine that allows you to switch between 110v and 220v.

User Interface

It won’t be easier for you to configure the welding settings as a beginner. Therefore, we suggest that you opt for a welding machine that has an easy to understand interface. Based on the project type, you can set the right voltage.

Consumables

Based on the welding process, make sure you opt for the right consumables. As you get better at your job, you can easily recognize different types of consumables. This can help you opt for the right brand.

Tips Buying Home Siding

Tips Buying Home Siding

  • Have an understanding of what type of siding will be best for your home and region. You can find this out by talking to local builders or home improvement professionals.
  • Ask an installer to come out and determine how much siding your home will need. Or a simple way to get an estimate is to simply multiply the height times the width of each rectangular section of your house in feet, going by what you can measure from the ground, to determine its area. Multiply the approximate height and width of gables and other triangular surfaces and divide each total by two. Then add all the totals. To allow for waste, don’t subtract for doors, windows, or other areas that won’t be covered. Finally, divide the total square footage by 100 to estimate how many squares of siding you’ll need. A square represents 100 square feet.
  • Take into consideration the amount for upkeep and cost for the chosen siding. Plastic siding can resemble cedar but will cost more than vinyl and require little to no upkeep. Fiber cement siding is fire and insect proof, but can be subject to water damage; it must be repainted from time to time, though less often than wood. Vinyl siding requires less work of the three and won’t warp or twist, and is lower in price.
  • Think about the desired finished appearance of your home, then choose siding appropriately. For instance, on a clapboard-style home, vinyl that is raised ¾ of inch will deepen shadow lines and give the appearance of wood.
  • · If you want to add more rigidity, then be sure to plan for more foam backing for the insulation.
  • · You can sometimes minimize how many pieces if siding you need, by choosing to use vinyl siding that comes in 16-foot or longer lengths to reduce the number of seams on long, unbroken walls.

Choosing a replacement from your home’s siding does not have to be stressful. But it will require you do some homework. By using these tips, you can simplify the process. You can make things even easier by talking to local home siding experts and learning what to expect with a particular siding option. Don’t put off getting new siding. Talk to a pro today.

About Rubbish Removal Service

About Rubbish Removal Service

The rubbish that is generated that requires such service can be of various natures. Some are toxic; some cannot be recycled while other can get rotten and produce foul smell or litter that would disturb the people around it. A proper service team can help you to identify the types of waste while they remove it. They take proper precaution so that no harm can come to you or your belongings while removing. The wastes are also collected without any spillage and to the last remaining bit so you don’t have to worry about the residual waste.

Another thing to remember while selecting such services is to look for what is the technique they are using to dispose of the waste. You should also have a conversation about the dumping area where they are going to take the wastes to avoid any future harassment. The different types of wastes need different handling and carrying containers too, so you should keep your eyes open about that too. Whether it is bio-degradable container, or a steel one, if you are in any doubt feel free to ask them.

One of the most important types of waste that we come across nowadays is e-waste. It is nothing but the unused or rejected components of computers, printers or laptop or even mobile phones. These can create a lot of environmental hazards if not disposed off in a very controlled manner. The e-wastes are known to wreck havoc for the soil fertility to our health, thus these cannot be dumped with the general rubbish. Be sure to ask for their accountability while disposing such wastes.