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Diagnosing Problems with an Electric Boiler by the Sounds It Makes

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Boiler systems in residential settings are just as convenient as they are in commercial settings because they provide the dual function of heated water and home heating in one appliance. The majority of modern residential boilers are electric powered, which gives homeowners an even bigger advantage when it comes to efficiency. However functional and efficient electric boilers can be, they do tend to make a little more racket than the average home heating system, especially when there is something wrong. Here are a few of the most common noises you may hear coming from your electric-powered boiler system and what these noises could indicate.  Loud Hissing or High-Pitched Squealing Occasionally, a boiler will release pressure from within the tank and you will most definitely hear this happen. However, the sound of hissing or high-pitched squealing like a ready tea kettle on the stove is not a noise that you should frequently experience from your home’s boiler unit. This kind of sound means that there is too much pressure building up inside of the water holding tank. This is often caused by a leak in the water delivery lines, which allows air flow in along with the water that is provided. To address the problem, open the pressure release valve fully first, and then check the water delivery lines for signs of damage or leaks. If you do find something wrong, fixing the problem will be as simple as ordering a replacement line and having it installed or grabbing a good set of pliers and making the repair on your own. However, you should keep in mind that in order to achieve this repair task, the water tank will have to be fully drained and the pressure regulator will have to be reset. Therefore, a lot of homeowners would rather leave this task to a professional.   Consistent Gurgling and Noises from Inside of the Tank  It is quite common to hear some bubbling anytime you are dealing with a large holding tank that holds pressurized water. But, if you hear the noises regularly, it may mean that you have a problem. There are filters inside of the tank that are designed to capture air bubbles and eliminate them in the heating process and the gurgling and bubbling sounds should not be present all the time. Occasionally, these filters get blocked by minerals and deposits and water continues to aerate as it moves inside of the tank, which can cause problems with even heat distribution eventually. To rectify the noisy problem, you should have a professional take a look at your tank to see if the filters are indeed clogged or in disrepair.   The bottom line is, your boiler should not be making excessive noise when it is in operation and if it is, there is usually something wrong. Talk to a professional boiler repair technician like Vowel Plumbing & Heating for more information about common noise issues with residential boiler...

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How To Pick The Best Time To Paint Your Home

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If you’re planning to paint the exterior of your home this year, you should pick the best time of year when the temperature and humidity are just right. By painting during the best weather conditions, you can avoid problems with flaking and peeling paint later on. There’s no universal best season for painting since it depends entirely upon your local climate and weather conditions. Here are some things to take into account. Follow Recommended Temperature Range Each paint manufacturer has a recommended temperature range for applying their paint products. The range varies among different types of paint. If you live in a cold climate, you probably won’t be able to paint during the winter months. Even if it is warm enough during the day, the temperatures may drop too low at night and that will interfere with the paint curing properly. Autumn might be a good time since the weather is cool and enjoyable for working outdoors, but the temperatures aren’t too cold yet. Just be sure to check your local weather forecast before you start the job, so you can postpone it if cold temperatures are expected. Another concern with temperatures and exterior painting is a rapid fluctuation in temperatures within the span of a day. This could happen in some climates during the summer when temperatures soar during the day and drop significantly when the sun goes down. Try to pick a time in your area where there isn’t a wide fluctuation in temperatures between the day and night. Spring and fall could be your best options. Avoid Rain And High Humidity In addition to keeping an eye on the temperature, you’ll have to watch for moisture on your home too. Whether it’s from rain or condensation, a wet surface is not compatible with painting. Your home has to be thoroughly dry. Keep in mind that wood can hold onto moisture internally, even if you can’t feel it when you run your hand across the surface. For that reason, you should avoid painting for a day or so after it rains. Also, you don’t want to start painting too early. It’s best to wait until the sun has had a chance to dry off the dew. Because spring and summer are usually the rainy months, if you can plan far enough ahead, you may want to wait and paint your home during the fall when you can more accurately predict when there will be a few days without rain. You’ll only run into these concerns when you paint the exterior of your home. You can paint the interior any time of year in all kinds of weather conditions since your home is climate controlled. Although you may be tempted to go ahead and paint because you’ve taken time off from work, it’s risky to forge ahead if the weather conditions aren’t just right. The paint job may not last as long as it should, and if it starts flaking off, you’ll have to do the job over again. For professional painting services, contact a company such as Mylroie Painting...

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Installing A New Concrete Driveway? 2 Things That Can Damage It

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If you are planning to install a new driveway, there are some things that can damage it, such as trees and snow. This will result in you making some repairs, or installing a new driveway again. Trees If you are planning to plant some trees, some of them can cause great damage to a concrete driveway. This is because they have strong and aggressive root systems that can grow under the driveway, and then cause your driveway to push up and crack. Some trees that you should not plant include the following: Hybrid Poplars Willows American Elm Silver Maple Besides damaging your driveway, the trees will drop a lot of leaves on your driveway in the fall, which not only makes it look bad, but it also takes time to get the leaves off. If you still want to plant trees, talk with a landscaper before you do. They can tell you how far back you need to plant the trees so the roots do not invade the driveway. They can also suggest trees that have shallow roots that will not harm your driveway. Some of these trees include the following: Crepe Myrtle Japanese Maple Fern Pine Sweet Bay Arbutus Marina Snow and Ice The best way to deal with snow and ice is to remove the snow as soon as you can before it has a chance to turn to ice. Leave some space on the sides of your driveway where you can push the snow. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, it can be hard to keep it off.  For this reason, put a seal coating on the driveway. You can purchase this seal at a home supply stores. Follow the instructions on how to apply it. If you do not want to apply it yourself, contact your paving contractor who can likely do this for you. If you have very bad weather coming your way, you can put plastic or a waterproof tarp over your driveway. If you use a snow shovel, make sure it has a plastic blade so it will not scratch up your concrete. If you hire a snow plow to clear out your driveway, make sure that they do not use metal blades or that they keep the shovel up high enough that it does not scratch the driveway. The best person to speak to about keeping your driveway in good condition is your paving...

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A Drippy Situation: The Love-Hate Relationship Between Water And Compressed Air

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Water–it is essential for life, and it is a natural byproduct of compressed air. However, too much water in your rotary screw air compressor can cause some serious problems, both for the air compressor itself and for the quality of its performance. Here is a closer look at water, its relationship to your air compressor, and what you can do about it. Why does your air compressor drip? To put it simply, some dripping is normal. Air becomes heated as it is compressed. In order for it to be more usable when it comes out the other end, the system has condensers built in to help cool it off. As the air heats and cools, the difference in temperature causes condensation (water) to form around certain parts of the machine. In rotary screw compressors, there is a collection area that this condensation flows into. Periodically, this reservoir fills up and releases the water (causing it to drip or drain). So, what is the problem with water? Improper drainage and condensation in the wrong parts of the system can cause serious problems. If water is allowed to sit inside the mechanical parts of the air compressor, it can cause rust and over time, the rotors could seize up and cause expensive repairs. If water is allowed to be mixed in with the air that is being expelled, it can cause problems in the quality of the work that is being produced. In some industries, such as painting and sandblasting, dry air is essential in creating a high-quality finished product. Water can cause paint to drip and sand blasting to become muddy. How can these problems be prevented? While water problems can have a serious impact on the life and performance of your compressor, they are preventable. Here are three ways that you can avoid the build-up of excess condensation and rust in your rotary screw compressor. Keep your compressor well lubricated. Not only does the oil in your compressor help the air to get from one end of the system to the other smoothly and quickly, but it also helps to prevent rust on the metal surfaces. Make sure to change the oil in your compressor regularly in order to prevent rust and keep things running smoothly. Check the water reservoir regularly. Keep an eye on the water reservoir in order to make sure that it is draining properly. Watch while the system is running to see that the valve is opening and closing periodically to release the collected water. If it is not, check to valve and the line to make sure that they are not clogged. If there is a malfunction, clear the line, or replace the valve right away. Make sure you are running the system frequently enough. Rotary screw air compressors are designed to run for long periods of time. If you are constantly turning the system on and off, condensation is collecting, but it is not given enough time to drain. This can cause parts of your system to rust. Check your compressor’s owner’s manual for recommended minimum run times in order to prevent this. Seeing water dripping from your air compressor is not always a bad thing. Proper drainage can extend the life of your compressor and help you to produce quality work every...

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Update The Look Of Your Kitchen By Replacing The Countertops

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Remodeling a kitchen can be quite expensive. Many homeowners replace the flooring, countertops, and appliances in the room to give it a bright and bold new look. If you want to update the look of your kitchen without spending an arm and a leg, try to work with what you have and think outside of the box when it comes to replacing things. The following guide walks you through a quick and easy way to update the look of your counters without spending a fortune on them. Cut the Caulking Use a knife or box cutter to cut the caulk that goes around the edges of the countertop. Cut as far down between the wall and the counter as you can so it will be easier to remove the counter from the cabinets when you are done. Remove the Screws Remove the drawers from the cabinets under the countertops you are attempting to remove. Lay inside of the cabinet facing toward the ceiling with a flashlight and a screwdriver. Shine the light into the corners of the top of the cabinets toward the countertop. You would see small screws that are securing the counter to the cabinet. Unscrew these screws and place them in a zippered back so that you do not lose them during the replacement process. Remove the Countertop At this point, the countertop should easily pull away from the cabinet. If you did not cut all the way through the caulk, you may have to wiggle the counter a little bit to get it to come free. Measure Your Old Countertops Use a measuring tape to measure your old countertops to determine exactly how large they are. You need to be sure to measure the width, length, and the height of the countertops to ensure that you find a replacement set that will fit perfectly into place. Go to a Discount Home Improvement Store There are some home improvement stores that sell discontinued or used items for a fraction of what they would normally cost in a large warehouse store. Use your measurements to find a countertop that is affordably priced and the right size for your kitchen. Attach the Countertops When you find the right countertops for your kitchen, place onto the cabinets the same way the other countertops were situated. Find the zippered bag with the screws in it and lay in your cabinets while you secure the countertops to the cabinets using the screws. Caulk the Edges Once you have secured the counters to the cabinets, you will need to use caulk around the edges of the counters to keep moisture from dripping between the counter and the wall. Be sure to use a clear caulk when caulking the edges so that it is not noticeable when someone looks at the counters. You have now successfully replaced your countertops on your own. You can paint your cabinets to completely add even more character to your kitchen if you want to. If you feel that this is too difficult of a project for you to do on your own, you can hire a contractor (like Economy Kitchen & Bath) to do the job for you from start to...

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Supernatural Trickery Or Real Skill? Check Out These Facts About “Water Witches”

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While the traditional witches depicted at Halloween usually have a broomstick, water witches are a little different. Water witches, also commonly referred to as water dowsers, usually carry a forked stick instead of broom. Water witches do not fly on a broom or cast spells, but they do have a great skill that has been debated for years and years. Water witches can walk about any location with a forked stick and easily find underground water sources. Why Do Water Witches Have A Forked Stick Instead Of A Broom? The forked stick used by water dowsers has been the tool of choice for many years. However, other tools have been used like pendulums and metal rods. These ‘tools’ are used by the dowser to locate well water, the end of the stick or rod is drawn downward toward the ground when water is located. For many years, homeowners have depended on the skill of a water witch to help them save money finding the best place to dig a well. No one likes to consider spending hundreds of dollars on professional well diggers only to dig a dry well. For this reason, you may wonder whether a water witch is for real or not. However, some aspects ‘divining for water’ using a forked stick have come under fire in the scientific community. One Scientist Said To Another: “But, there is water everywhere!” Scientists probing into the logical side of locating water with a forked stick agree that water is everywhere, much of it being right beneath the earth’s crust, making it easy for anyone to find. However, does that also explain why the forked stick bends downwards when an underground water sources has been “supernaturally” detected? Some people believe a person is just simply gifted with the skills of water witching. How Does The Stick Bend Like That? While scientists have proven that water is generally everywhere and finding it does not entail having supernatural ability, they have yet to explain why the forked stick bends towards the best water sources. For this reason, many people still consider water witching to be a legitimate way to find water. If you are considering the cost of locating where to dig a well on your property, you might consider the special talents of a water witch. Bear in mind many water witches do not charge you for telling you where water is on your property, so you will not have a lot to lose in giving one a try. If you are planning to build a new house, making sure you walk the property with a water witch first can help you learn where to dig your well. Once you know where your well will be, you have the best information for also helping you decide where to start pouring your new home’s...

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The Finishing Touches: How Your Paint And Wallpaper Choices Matter To Your Bathroom Decor

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Remodeling a bathroom in your home means you making choices about accessories, design plans and the addition of things like a new sink, tub or toilet. When pulling together the finishing touches on your bathroom decor, the smallest choices matter a lot. While you are considering the styles for towel racks and shelving, be sure to also remember the impact your wallpaper and paint will have on the finished results of your bathroom remodeling project. Is Your Tub The Main Focal Point In Your Bathroom Design? In most bathrooms, the tub/shower is white or ivory. The tub or shower in a bathroom is a dominate aspect of the room’s design due simply to its size. However, you may not want to use white or ivory as the main color, even if you are using the tub or shower as a focal point. Today, you can choose from brightly colored tubs and shower stall kits. Free standing claw foot tub designs can provide you with many colorful design options for your bathtub. Bear in mind that using white or ivory tubs and showers can work perfectly if you use accessories of your main color abundantly in and around them. Do Not Be Afraid To Use Bold Colors Using bright white as your main base color and adding accessories of bold turquoise, hot pink and vivid greens can make a unique statement while also being comfortable and warm. However, the great benefit of using bright white and bold colors is you can interchange the design scheme to use one or more of the bold colors as your base. Adding bright white trim to your bath can have a distinct effect against the backdrop of bright, bold colors. For the best results, choose only two or three bold, matching colors. Wallpaper Can Impact Your Overall Theme When using wallpaper in your bathroom decor, remembering to choose designs with the same colors of your theme in it is extremely important. Choose designs that are small if you plan to only use wallpaper halfway up the wall for the best results. If you would prefer to use wallpaper on an entire wall and are considering special designs, remember to select paper with larger designs for the best results. Avoid using wallpaper that has too much of the same color of your trim work in it as well. If you are hiring a professional contractor like one from Albrecht & Son LLC to remodel your bathroom, be sure to discuss your choices for paint colors and wallpaper so the contractor will have a clearer idea of what you want. Visit a paint and wallpaper retailer and bring as many samples as you can of the colors you prefer to show your contractor. In this way, when the all the remodeling work is done, you can be happy with your new...

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Why Do You Have Low Water Pressure In Your Bathroom?

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If you have noticed that the water pressure is low when running your sink or shower faucets, it is time to do some troubleshooting. While low pressure might seem harmless, it could be a sign that your plumbing is in need of repairs. Here are some ways to troubleshoot the low water pressure and figure out ways to repair it. Sink Faucet The first place you might notice low water pressure is with the bathroom sink faucets. When it is the sink faucet in the bathroom, you should first check the aerator. Faucet aerators are found on many faucets and are attached to the head of the faucet. If you have an aerator on your bathroom faucet, turn off the aerator and turn the faucet on. If the water pressure is better with the aerator off, then you know the aerator is the problem. You should have it replaced right away. If the water pressure is still low, you know it is the faucet itself. Shut off the water source and disconnect the flex lines so the water goes into a bucket. Turn the water back on and see how the pressure is when it isn’t going through the lines. This lets you know exactly where you are having the water pressure problem. Shower Head You might also be dealing with low water pressure when turning on the faucet in your shower or bathtub. While the pressure might also be low for the main bathtub faucet, it is more likely that the pressure problem occurs when you use the shower head. This usually occurs when there are hard water deposits clogging the shower head, which gives the water fewer spaces for coming out. You can either clean the shower head or replace it. Since they aren’t expensive or difficult to replace, this might be the better option for you. If you have it replaced and the water pressure has not improved, it is time to call a plumber like one from C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning. Toilet The last place in the bathroom that can have low water pressure is the toilet. Low water pressure in the toilet occurs when the water is filling very slowly after you have flushed it. The easiest thing to check and fix is the fill valve. You can check the fill valve by first shutting off the water and then turning off the angle stop. Find the flex line at the top of the toilet and point it into a bucket. Turn the water back on and flush the toilet. If the pressure is now good, it is probably from the fill valve, which might need to be...

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3 Easy Fixes To Preserve Your French Doors

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The installation of French doors can complement your home’s exterior. However, on occasion, the doors might experience problems. Fortunately, most of those problems are easily resolvable with minor adjustments. Here are some of the most common issues you could face and what you can do to fix them. Warped Doors Swelling and warping can occur with any wood product, and your doors are no different. This is a common occurrence when the doors are exposed to a lot of moisture, such as from rain and snow. Although you cannot control the environment overall, you can safeguard your doors from warping.  Before hanging your doors, apply a couple of coats of moisture-resistant finish. Not only will the finish help to shore your doors up against moisture, but they will add to the door’s attractiveness. Remember to coat every edge, including the top and bottom of the door. If you have already hung your doors, have them removed, washed, and then you can stain them.  Loose Hinges During installation, the hole in which the hinge’s screws are placed can possibly be stripped. Once the hole is stripped, it is too big for the screw to be secured. This can also happen over a period of time as your doors are used. Most of the time, this problem can be resolved without the need to even leave your home.  The most important thing is refilling the hole with wood so that you can put the screw back into the hole. You can use toothpicks or matchsticks to fill the hole. Simply fill the hole with wood glue and then fit as many toothpicks or matchsticks as you can into it. Allow the glue in the hole to dry and trim off the excess wood. You can now re-insert the screw into the hole.  Leakage As wind and rain hit your French doors, the seam between the swinging door and the glass panel can start to weaken. As a result, you could experience leakage when it rains whenever there is a strong storm that consists of high winds. To resolve this issue, you need to create a barrier to protect your doors.  A great way to do this is to place a few shrubs near the doors. The shrubs will provide a break from the wind and prevent the seam from weakening. You can also add a screen door or even an awning to protect your doors.  Any other problems that come up with your doors are usually easily repaired. Talk to your contractor to find quick fixes to help preserve the integrity of your...

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Four Roofing Materials To Use For Replacement Of Conventional Asphalt Shingles

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If you have a home with asphalt shingles, they will eventually reach the end of their life and need to be replaced. The conventional solution is to replace them with asphalt shingles, but today there are many other affordable options. Some of the options include materials such as synthetic shakes, metal roofing shingles and PVC roofing tiles. If you want to replace your roof with an alternative to asphalt shingles, here are materials you can use for your new roof: 1. Synthetic Roofing Materials For A More Conventional Roof There are many different types of synthetic roofing materials that can be used to replace asphalt shingles. These materials are commonly made to look like slate and shake roofing. This is a great alternative to shingles, as well as to slate or shake roofing. It is much more affordable than the real thing, and the composite rubber type materials are light enough to be used to replace asphalt shingles. Some synthetic slates are concrete materials, and these roofing materials are too heavy to replace conventional shingles. 2. PVC Roofing Tiles And Energy Efficient Underlayments PVC roofing is another great choice to replace your roofing. It comes in many different styles, including tiles that look like clay tile roofing. These lightweight materials will give you the look of tile. If you choose to use a PVC or other type of plastic roofing system, you may want to also use an energy efficient underlayment.  This is because these materials often have lower energy performance than some of the more conventional types of roofing materials. 3. Stamped Metal Roofing Shingles As A Durable Asphalt Alternative If you want to have the look of shingles and the benefits of metal, stamped roofing shingles are another great option. These materials will cost more, but have the added benefits of durability and energy efficiency. You can also get them in a variety of different styles and colors. You can even get tin shingles if you want your roof to have an aged metal look to it. 4. Treated Wood Shake Materials For A Environmentally Friendly Roof Treated wood shakes are another great option for roofing. They are also a environmentally friendly roofing solution because they are one of the few roofing systems that is made from renewable resources. The treated shakes can be used for dry and wet climates where plain wood shakes cannot be used due to fire hazards and weather conditions. You can choose from the two types of treated shakes depending on your needs and the climate where you live. These are some of the materials you may want to use as an asphalt shingle replacement. If you need to have your roof replaced, contact a roofing contractor like those at B And D Construction and ask them about using some of these materials for your new...

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