Posted on November 20th, 2012 No comments
Window shutters are one of the home fixtures that are both functional and decorative at the same time. It is therefore important that when choosing shutters, whether interior or exterior, that we consider the material and the design for it. For sure, there are a lot of choices when it comes to the material but one of the safest choices would be wood shutters as they are durable and aesthetically flexible as well.
As wood is a very versatile material, it is easy to find a design that would fit in any set up. If you’re going for an earthy, natural feel, it is easy to find wood shutters with a design that would fit in or even enhance that ambiance. If you prefer an old-timey Victorian motif, there are also wood shutters that are Victorian-era themed that would go perfectly with that set up. Or if you want a modern or contemporary theme, you won’t find it difficult to find wood shutters that would fit your desired style. If you are looking for eco-friendly wood shutters, there are those that offer wooden furniture and fixtures that are made from farmed wood or driftwood and not from wood cut from its natural habitat in the forests and for certain they would also have wood shutters available.
With wood’s flexibility and versatility as a raw material, you won’t have a shortage of options. You will surely find a design or style that would fit your taste and needs. You can also be assured that it would be durable. If your worry is termites or moisture doing damage to the wood, furniture makers for certain have taken precautions for that and have treated their products accordingly. There are also types of wood that are naturally resistant to those mentioned so there is really nothing to worry about in that area. So if you are thinking of getting new shutters, wood shutters would be your best bet.
Posted on November 19th, 2012 No comments
I am looking to buy a new Dewalt table saw in the near future, and I want to be able to make sure that I get a pretty good price on one, so I am looking for deals right now offered by different retailers on the Internet. I am looking for a good deal on a certain model of table saw to be more specific; I am looking for deals on a dewalt dw744xrs table saw right now, and I hope I can find the lowest price available.
I am going to buy it is as a gift for my dad for Christmas this year, and I thought that I would go ahead and look for some deals because Thanksgiving is next week, and as such, Black Friday is obviously about to come up.
Posted on October 24th, 2012 25 comments
This short video shows how to install solid wood flooring onto a concrete base using Rewmar MS Polymer flexible adhesive. This adhesive is so easy to use and contains no solvents. Perfect for sticking down both solid hardwood Flooring and engineered hardwood flooring. For more information please vist the website www.rewmar.co.uk
Duration : 0:9:27
Posted on October 24th, 2012 24 comments
This is a photo slide show of some very hacked installs and repairs done by a local Phoenix, AZ HVAC company.
This company pay This is a photo slide show of some very hacked installs and repairs done by a local Phoenix, AZ Hvac company.
This company pays the techs COMMISSION based on the “revenue” they bring in. That’s why these “salestechs” would just do the quickest and sloppiest work you will ever see! AND they will sell the customer a bunch of USELESS junk like Surge Supressors and Zerol Ice and have NO CLUE how to properly diagnose the REAL problems!
The Inistallers are NOT paid by the hour. They are paid “Piece Work”!
That means they got a fixed price to change out HVAC equipment!
Do you think they will take the time to do the job properly? To code? Heck. The installers were not even TRAINED to install much of the equipment that the company was selling!
The commercial work was completely out of their league. Yet the company would take commercial jobs just to go after the almighty dollar!
During regular meetings and training. The techs at this company were never given any real TECHNICAL training to properly diagnose and repair the HVAC equipment. Nope! They were only TRAINED in “How to talk to the customer” so that they could sell Zerol Ice and other “Gimmicks”!
This company is also being featured in a local Arizona HVAC/R newspaper for the “BBB Ethics Award”!
What a crock of shit! The BBB is as worthless to a customer as Zerol Ice is for your Air Conditioner!
Duration : 0:5:11
Posted on October 24th, 2012 12 comments
http://www.asphaltshingles.org/ – learn how to install Roofing shingles in the valley. Details for open valley, closed valley, woven shingles valley, and open California valley details.
Duration : 0:6:21
Posted on October 24th, 2012 22 comments
Ikea inspired, with the modern contemporary touch. My wife put this together on her own. She is a big fan of Candace Olsen and Vern Yip from HGTV.
Duration : 0:2:37
Posted on October 24th, 2012 24 comments
video for Radar Festival
Director – Dmitry Semenov (old name – DimaSemenoff)
Please, go to my new youtube account for more information:
Duration : 0:6:8
Posted on October 24th, 2012 No comments
As compared to other types of roofing in the market today, metal roof shingles and cedar shingle roofs are more advantageous. It is widely available, inexpensive, lightweight, and it can be easily installed. You need not hire a roofing specialist to do the installation for you. With the proper knowledge and training on Roofing, you will be able to achieve your dream house on your own by the use of shingle roofs.
Like all types of roofing materials, shingle roofs are made with different grades. Higher grades or Class IV kinds of roofing cost extra, but it can guarantee to withstand all forms of natural calamity even hailstorms. It is a fiberglass blended with organically produced paper and felt plus binder as an added component. It comes in a wide variety of attractive colors and guarantees to last for decades.
Maintaining roofing shingles is easy and time efficient. It must be inspected every two years to spot problem areas immediately and avoid further damage. One of the advantages of roofing shingles is that it’s easy to install, while replacing it won’t cause problems for it has ample supplies. Expect a well ventilated home upon the installation of your roofing shingles.
Climate and weather are also very important factors to consider when scouting for the right type of roofing. If you are in a tropical country, English thatch roofs are advisable. Living in the southern part of the US, however, would require you to install a standing seam roof and metal roof standing seam. Other kinds of roofing made available to fit different forms of climate are as follows: • Slate roofs – are among the best types of roofs to have. These are more expensive than your ordinary roof, but they make a dramatic effect in your home. • Clay roofs – are very popular in California, Florida, Nevada, and other warm states because this type of roof was specially designed for a warm climate. It comes in really attractive designs, as well. • Tile roofs – are very well liked in hot states because of its remarkable endurance in withstanding the heat. • Wood shingles – are created for more traditionally styled homes. They are made from treated wood and are highly in demand in states of four seasons. They are very attractive and many people nowadays prefer wooden shingles for their homes. • Ordinary shingles – are what most people will get when they order a roof. The shingles overlap so that water does not leak through the roof. • Hallmark shingles – look almost like a slate roof. When it comes to the line of ordinary roofs, these are considered top of the line and are quite costly. When we get down to roofing, there is no denying that more people choose quality roofing that will last a lifetime such as metal roof standing seam, standing seam roof, metal roof shingles, cedar shingle roofs, and English thatch roof.
Posted on October 24th, 2012 3 comments
Online communities are great for today’s business professionals. The web is no longer just a place for people to shop online or get the latest weather update, but a place for business professionals to exchange information and read about new technologies. Business owners and industry professionals who have undergone comprehensive training to excel in their careers can enhance their business strategies and stay up to date with current business trends simply by participating in online communities.
What is an online community? It can mean an online organization to bring together in the form of industry societies or formal groups, but it doesn’t have to be. Places such as forums and blogs provide additional contributions to an organization’s existing web site and places for professionals to connect with other professionals. A forum will allow a person to post a problem or question and get the opinions of other technicians in the field from all over the world. They may be able to offer new ideas that you or the people you work with every day have not considered. These tools are great for people in the HVAC industry.
What are the benefits of participating in an HVAC online community?
Gives HVAC Technicians a Place to Exchange News and New HVAC Technologies
After HVAC technicians have completed their education at a heating and air conditioning school, they need to find other ways to keep up on the news and technologies that continue to develop within the industry. Schools do a great job posting articles in blogs to keep their graduates abreast of new ideas. The web is a place for other professionals to share their views on current economic trends affecting their profession. It’s a place for professionals to get the word out about new equipment models and tools that will be useful in HVAC maintenance and repair. These things can be very useful to technicians in their every day work. Did you know that there has been a shortage in HVAC technicians recently? Did you know that green building designs are affecting indoor air quality control and energy consumption by Hvac units? You would if you kept up with current blog postings.
Gives Technicians a Place to Share Experiences
There are some things that must be done in a logical order. For example, you always put your pants on before your shoes. Other tasks, we are able perform in different ways. Do you pour your coffee and then add sugar, or do you put the sugar in the cup and then pour the coffee? These variations in procedures can have varying results in the final products, although maybe not so much in coffee preparation. HVAC maintenance and repair techniques may have variations in it as well. Your method for completing tasks may be slightly different than another person’s and therefore you have differing results. Online communities are great places to share your experiences and discuss successes and failures with other people. They may have better ways of doing things. They may need a little help and guidance. These exchanges of information based on experience with different HVAC technologies are incredibly useful in helping people do their jobs better.
Fosters a Sense of Belonging among HVAC Technicians
We all want to belong to a community. This is part of the reason we join gyms, go to church, play basketball, and create online profiles on so many different sites. We enjoy getting to know people and seeing things that are similar and different between us. Going to school is helpful for this as well, but often it’s hard to keep up with those relationships once your education has been completed. It’s fun to establish connections with people who have similar interests, such as a career in the HVAC industry. It not only gives us a sense of identity, but also creates an environment for networking. Networking usually ends up being an integral part of the job searching process. We meet a person through school, through school job fairs, or simply through “knowing someone who knows someone” and these relationships could potentially turn into job offers.
Gives HVAC Technicians a Place to Get Information Regardless of Time or Place
Whether you live in Phoenix, Arizona or Anchorage, Alaska, you can participate in these communities. Whether you are someone who gets up at 6 am to spend time on the computer or likes to stay up until 2 am, you can participate in these communities when it is convenient for you. Time and place are no longer a factor in your ability to exchange information within your profession. You don’t have to go to a convention in another state in order to meet someone else in the HVAC industry to discuss a problem you’ve been encountering with a piece of equipment. You can post your problem on a forum and see who responds.
See what other people are doing in order to apply new ideas to your own life and work. These communities and online organizations have been helpful to so many industries. They can be useful to the HVAC industry as well.
Posted on October 24th, 2012 4 comments
If you are looking for a durable alternative to carpet, wood or vinyl flooring then laminate flooring can be a fantastic choice. With hundreds of different floor laminates designed to look exactly like timber or other floor materials you will be sure to find a type of laminate that suits your home.
A set of installation instructions should come with your set of floor laminates. This is important reading because floor laminates can vary slightly between manufacturers and you will want to make sure that you stick close to any specific instructions or tips they set down for their product.
With that said, there are a few dos and don’ts that applies to almost all types of laminate flooring. Here are some of them:
- Fully investigate the style and type of laminate flooring that you are intending to install. Make sure you fully understand what is required to install them and that you feel comfortable that you are capable of carrying out the required tasks.
- Your floors should be level and flat, and any dips or bumps in your floors need to be filled in or flatten before you place down the floor laminates.
- The laminate flooring should be placed on floors that move or shift under foot. These spots on your floor will need to be repaired before you lay down the flooring on top.
- Measure your room first. You need to make sure that you will have enough and the right lengths and widths of laminates before you begin. The instructions from the manufacturer will help you will this and will tell you how you need to cut any laminates to fit the length and breadth of your room.
- Measure twice. Before you cut any boards make sure you have at least measured it twice. Use a pencil to mark on the underside the correct length and double check this before your start to cut. This way you won’t quickly run out of boards because you end up making too many mistakes.
- Check your measurements. Are you seeing a pattern? Don’t assume that you have measured correctly the first time. Double and triple check all your measurements.
- When cutting the laminates be sure to do outside or in an area which has good ventilation, and make sure you wear a breathing mask. The cutting of laminate Flooring board can create a lot of find dust that can cause respiratory problems.
- Leave the laminate board inside the room for a few days. As they can expand or contract with the temperature and humidity this will allow them to acclimatize to the particular room and stop them shifting as much when they are laid down.
- Because of this expanding and contradicting phenomena it is important that you leave ½ inch gap between the walls and any obstacles like stairs or door frames. This will allow the flooring to expand or contract as needed as the seasons and temperature change.
These are just a few quick tips to help you learn more about installing laminate flooring. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions to learn more.
Posted on October 24th, 2012 10 comments
Building and buying homes that are energy efficient and environmentally conscious is what seems to be on a lot of people’s minds. More and more buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of building green or buying a home that already has environmentally friendly and efficiency standards in place.
With electric rates rising as well as the concern for our environment’s condition, statistics show that people are ready to listen, open their minds and see how living green is a shift from being more efficient to being more effective. Now in days, people are even willing to pay anywhere from 1 to 3 percent more for this type of home.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the “Building or Buying Green” topic, the basic principle driving this is defined by making sure the products in the home come from sustainable resources, the items are non-toxic, are recyclable, and help reduce energy use. You can easily break it down into three basic categories which is water efficiency, smart energy, and architecture/landscaping.
When it comes to water efficiency, there are a few things that builder are doing can be implemented in your own home.
* Depending on your local building regulations, some homes are designed to collect rain water for the garden and landscaping.
* Manufactures have now designed what is called an “instant gas water heater” which only uses energy to heat water when needed preventing people from letting the water run until its warm.
* Installing low flow heads on faucets, and showers as well as low flow commodes are also water efficiency practices.
Smart Energy refers to both materials and products.
* EnergyStar appliances
* Passive solar day lighting
* Improved insulation
* Compact Fluorescent lights (CFL)
* Improved insulation
* High-Performance windows
* 12 to 14 SEER variable speed dehumidification controlled, electronic air cleaning, heat pump system
* Extra-sealed air conditioning ducts
* TVs and other electronics that automatically power down when not in use
* Ceiling fans in each room
Architecture and landscaping are also very important when it comes to either looking for or building a green home.
* Situating a home to prevent the heat from the sun
* Decrease the number of windows on the south and west sides of the home
* Tight construction (Sealing)
* Reused antique brick walkways
* Recycled content roof and wall sheathing
* Countertops made from recycled concrete and glass
* Locally handcrafted cabinetry
* Landscape with plants and trees that are compatible with the local environment and climate
You can find green homes in the Jacksonville Florida real estate area and other Northeast Florida areas. Within the last two years (2006 – 2008), 500 EnergyStar homes have been built in Jacksonville Florida. You can also find green built homes in Amelia Park. Currently there are approximately 420 homes there.
Ryland Homes, Cornerstone Homes, HabiJax, Beazer Homes (most active), and McClellan Homes are some of the named builders who are building green standard homes.
Organizations that are currently participating in the green built home effort is Energy Star, Green Built Homes of America, LEED-H, Florida Green Building Coalition, FPL (Florida Power & Light) Build Smart, and Florida Water Star. These are great resources to use when researching green built homes and how you can get involved.
We hope you find this article interesting and useful and find the advice motivating enough to “Go Green”.
Posted on October 24th, 2012 3 comments
We are moving into our first home and we are replacing the carpet in the living room with laminate wood Flooring. The floor in the dining room is already laminate wood and joins up with the living room floor. We are trying to pick out new floors and are wondering if we can get a different color wood floor for the living room or if we need to match it perfectly with the dining room. Would mismatching the wood look tacky?? Calling all interior designers! I need your help!
What you are asking is a question of personal taste. I (being a wood lover) think it’s kinda cool to bounce to contrasting wood off one another, But thats just me.