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Butterfly Valve – What Advantages to Gain

July 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

The term Butterfly valves is also used to refer to quarter-turn valves where its main function is to control or isolate the flow of liquid passing through the pipes. This type of valve is commonly used in treatment of waste or water specifically in the agriculture industry. This is also one of the most common types of valve that is being sold these days especially because it is quite durable, requires less maintenance, and is made to withstand even heavy duty needs. When compared to an electric ball valve, the butterfly valve works almost the same. At the center of the pipe, there is a flat disc that has a rod running straight through it that is then connected to the actuator. The actuator is located outside of the valve where, if it is turned, can actually control the position of the flat disc to control the flow. A few [...]

How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve

July 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

A toilet fill valve is the contraption that rests in the water tank of your toilet and it controls how much water remains in the tank reservoir and how much water is released into the toilet bowl after you have flushed the toilet. A toilet fill valve is an important part of a working toilet because it controls how much water you use to flush to the toilet and it also manages your water use. When the toilet fill valve breaks, it’s important to replace it with a new on as soon as possible. How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve Prepare the Work Area – First, turn off the water source to the toilet; there should be a pipe from the wall to the lower left corner of the reservoir tank. Close the valve in order to shut off the water. Also, I recommend putting down some towels to [...]

3 Ways to Know it is Time for a New Central Air Conditioner

July 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

When the hot weather hits in your neck of the woods there is one thing that no one wants to live without anymore.  And that is air conditioning!  It is truly impressive how much our society has become accustomed to life with these units!  It is one of the biggest factors that has led to the impressive population growth in Arizona, Texas and other traditionally hot climates which were hard to live in before the advent of readily available AC. With this being the case, living without is simply unacceptable in this day and age.  Here are the signs that it is time to get a new system in your home. Time for a New Central Air Conditioner 1. You have an old unit – I know that people hate spending a bunch of money on HVAC, but the reality is that these systems are only designed for about 15 [...]

When NOT to Attempt a DIY Home Improvement Project

July 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

Home improvement projects are truly fulfilling, but also quite expensive. Many people prefer to cut out the middleman, buy their own materials and tackle the project themselves. While this is a terrific way to save money, it can result in disaster if you get in over your head. If you do not have a fair assessment of your own skills before you begin a project, it is easy to find yourself in a situation where you have to hire someone to come in and finish the job, or even worse, you have wasted a lot of money on materials and the project does not come out right. Home Improvement Project Carpeting – Contrary to popular belief, laying carpet requires more skill than spreading it out and adhering it to the floor. First the existing carpet and padding has to be properly removed. After you have removed the existing carpeting, you [...]

5 Dos and Don’ts When Decorating Your Home

June 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Here are some of the things that you must do when decorating your home: If you have collections of certain objects, group them in one location so that they could be easily seen. If you will display them separately, there is a good chance that they might not even get noticed. Control the flow of traffic. Provide ample space between coffee tables and sofas. Also see to it that those who might want to go into the kitchen for soda won’t have to pass right in front of the television and block your view for several seconds. Use plants or flowers as they provide you the feeling of peace and relaxation. Make sure that the vases are stable so that they won’t be easily toppled down. Make the place cozier with appropriate lighting. Table and floor lamps always do the trick. Install dimmers for overhead lights. Prefer using energy-saving bulbs [...]

Wrought Iron Fencing and Railings For Your Property

June 30, 2011 at 12:55 am

Should you currently be involved in the difficult activity of choosing fencing or railings for your land, have you considered the wrought iron variety? Due to the excessive strength and durability of wrought iron, it is a very popular means of enclosing gardens and it has some very strong advantages within the style department also. Much like any form of fencing or railing however, the choice and eventual purchase is usually far from straight forward as there are a range of aspects that need to be considered before a suitable solution can be found. I will now outline just why wrought iron may be the right choice as well as what you need to know in order to purchase it. Why Wrought Iron? The reason for wrought iron being such a popular choice when it comes to fencing and railings is that it offers far more protection against both the [...]

Shabby Chic Décor – A How To Guide

June 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

This article is going to be a bit more tip oriented rather than me actually taking on a project. I’ve been working a lot recently and haven’t had much time to keep up with requests from friends for help around their house. Instead, this post is going to be focusing on a topic that shows up in my inbox on a regular basis: shabby chic décor. A lot of readers want to achieve this type of look for their new apartment or existing place without spending too much on new furniture. Obviously, a new coat of paint is always a recommendation in my book, as paint can go a long way in transforming a room into a particular vibe. With that long winded introduction out of the way, let’s dive into it. What’s Shabby Chic? When I first heard the term, I wasn’t sure what to think. It took a [...]

Epoxy Coatings and Concrete Floor Polishing for Houses

June 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Epoxy coatings and concrete floor polishing are really the better choice for any home design. There are several reasons that justify this as the best decision, but let us take a look at how using epoxy coatings or concrete floor polishing might be beneficial. These are obviously the best flooring for households with children, large numbers of people regularly gathering and any other activities where it is important to not have a high maintenance floor. Today it has become a sort of status statement to get improvements to be done to the flooring of any home. It certainly improves the quality of the household right away. The difference in appearance and durability between any new or old floor is staggering. A renovated floor that has been polished will last years longer and is ready for the peak performance it is capable of. Epoxy Coatings Even though it is more durable [...]

Ways to Improve the Safety of Your Floor

June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

With cases of accident compensation abounding, it’s imperative that when you put flooring down that workers or the public are going to use, you ensure their safety is at the forefront of your mind. Safety flooring can come under many different guises and serve myriad purposes, so its paramount that you get the right kind for the environment in which it will be put. This will ensure it remains effective and long-lasting. One of the most common places for non-slip matting is at swimming pools, where the unavoidable water pools make the flooring extremely slippery. For this, a design that allows water to be drained away from the source will be most effective, meaning that pools of stagnant water cannot form in walkways. Safe Flooring Also, it’s worth investing in an anti-bacterial material as the design can sometimes make the matting difficult to clean, with it having many ridges for [...]

3 Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Home

June 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Your home is more than floors, ceilings and siding; it’s a place where memories are made daily. The decision to remodel should not be taken lightly and before you do anything yourself, it is wise to get an expert second opinion. (Angie’s List is a helpful site to start your search.) You want to be sure you have the time, skills, and resources at your disposal before starting a major home improvement project. Remodeling your house can be an exciting (and daunting) experience. Before you start any renovation (no matter what size), it’s important to have a game plan.  A classic rookie mistake is jumping full-force into a renovation project, only to realize half-way through that you have no idea what step to take next. Renovating means more than tearing down walls (and building new ones); it also means re-working plumbing and electrical issues. Listed below are three important tips [...]