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4 Things to Consider When Installing or Updating an Assisted Living Center’s HVAC System

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As you expand or renovate your your assisted living center, bear in mind the innovations that will make your heating and cooling system safer, greener, and more cost effective. The comfort and safety of your residents is your primary concern. Seniors and people with disabilities are healthier when their core body temperatures stay within normal ranges. It’s very easy for old age or disease to negatively affect residents’ physical abilities to fight off hyperthermia or hypothermia. For that reason alone, an HVAC system that offers zonal heat may be the best solution for your facility. With a zonal approach to keeping rooms comfortable, you can focus warm or cool air to the specific areas where you need it most. Storage areas will stay cooler, while living areas remain toasty warm in winter. In summer, you can target air conditioning to your kitchen, laundry, and living areas, and save energy costs by reducing AC in rarely-used portions of the building. Plan for extremes when renovating. Storms, wildfires, and power outages may disrupt your heating and cooling systems. Have plans in place for backup sources of heating or cooling if you live in areas where extreme temperatures are the norm. Designate one or two rooms as safe rooms and develop solar, wood-fired, or propane options to maintain proper air temperatures in those areas until power is restored. Never use space heaters or open flames in your personal care home. Do have a supply of warm blankets, hats, mittens, and socks on hand in case of any winter evacuation. Greener technology means more energy savings. Heating and cooling equipment manufacturers continue to develop high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioning systems. Installing a new geothermal system or heat pump not only provides climate control using less energy, but the savings are also passed on to you when fuel and power bills are due. To be fully green, you must insulate your building and install doors, windows, and other features to increase energy efficiency throughout the facility, but these steps will help your new heating and cooling system work in top form. Take into account all of the risks. Remember to discuss with your specialist during cooling or heating installation how to safely use oxygen tanks and other specialty equipment around HVAC components. Imagine all of the ways residents might fall, slip, or become curious and tailor your rooms to keep them safe from hot surfaces or moving parts. A smart HVAC control program that remotely sets room temperatures will also keep residents safe since there won’t be the possibility of random unsupervised thermostat activity significantly raising or lowering room...

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The Beginning of Winter Is An Excellent Time For Tree Removal

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Just like other areas of your landscaping, your trees require attention from time to time. Whether it’s a diseased tree or a section of limbs that has died, having your tree treated or removed by a professional is important. The start of winter is a great time to have this type of work done. Here are just a few of the reasons why tending to your trees at the start of winter makes more sense. Clearer View Leaves and flowers help make trees beautiful, but they also obstruct the view of its limbs. By the time winter starts, you have an unobstructed view of the tree. Thanks to the leaves all falling off, it’s easier to spot any weak areas, cracks in the branches or areas of dead wood.  In the event you don’t need to remove the entire tree or you need to diagnose an issue, a bare tree can make the task much easier. In the event of disease, this clearer view can allow you to address the problem more aggressively so that the tree is healthy when the active growth period begins again.  Avoid Weather Dangers A dead or diseased tree isn’t just an eyesore. In the winter months, this type of tree presents a number of dangers to your home as well as any innocent bystanders in the area. Winter is often accompanied by ice, heavy snow, and strong winds. If a tree is already diseased and in a weak state, this inclement weather puts a strain on the tree and could easily cause the branches to give way. Once this happens, the tree’s limbs can easily come crashing into your home, causing damage and putting your safety at risk. Having any dead areas removed and treated at the start of winter can help you avoid this type of catastrophe.  Be Smart When it comes to tree removal services, it’s important to be smart. In the same manner that diseased or dead tree limbs can fall due to the strain of snow or ice, they can also fall due to the strain of your weight. For this reason, it’s best to allow a professional to come out and properly diagnose and remove any limbs from your tree. Although curb appeal doesn’t seem as important during the winter months, having a damaged tree removed during this time of the year will ensure your lawn looks great once spring rolls around. For more information, contact a professional like DJ’s Tree...

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Through The Pearly Gates: Why Heaven Needs To Upgrade To Aluminum (And Why You Should, Too!)

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After spending 75+ years on Earth, nobody wants to reach that great, big gate in the sky only to find that it’s more rusty than pearly and creaks louder than a thunderstorm every time an angel flaps its wings. It’s probably been a good three or four thousand years since the darned thing has even been painted, too, so they might as well either chuck it or donate it to Purgatory and upgrade to a sparkling, new aluminum gate.  Why aluminum, you ask? For the same reason that airplanes use it: it’s light, it’s durable, and it’s malleable. LIGHT Aluminum is about one-third the weight of steel and one-twentieth the weight of iron. So if Heaven doesn’t want its gate crashing down to Earth through the clouds, aluminum is the way to go. Here on Earth, aluminum is a good choice for gates that will be opened and closed manually rather than at the push of a button. DURABLE Aluminum tends to get a bit gooey above 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while steel or iron can withstand twice as much heat before their meltdowns. So, temperature-wise, aluminum ain’t so great. But unless you’re planning on moving to the surface of the sun any time soon, that won’t be a problem. Where aluminum really shines (no pun intended) is in the anti-corrosion department. When aluminum is exposed to regular, everyday air, it does something cool: it rusts. No, really! The outermost layer of the metal instantly oxidizes and forms an invisible layer of rust that actually helps prevent further corrosion. It’s like a spacesuit for aluminum. True, it doesn’t rain in Heaven, so the likelihood of rust on non-aluminum gates is rather slim, but there are clouds up there, and clouds contain moisture, and moisture causes rust, so a small risk still remains. Meanwhile, back on Earth, where it does rain, aluminum’s rust-resistant properties make the metal a good choice for gate-building material. MALLEABLE Aluminum is easy to work with. Period. It’s easy to bend, easy to shape, easy to cut. Having the ethereal gates adorned with curly-haired, aluminum angels blowing trumpets is no trouble at all. It might take some time, but it’s a lot less strenuous than working with steel or iron. Earthbound creatures have the option of more intricate designs as well. Initials, waves, flowery patterns — they’re all possible with aluminum. So, whether you run things up in the Great Beyond or just want a nice-looking gate for your property on Earth, look into buying aluminum. You won’t be disappointed. For more information, contact a custom gate company like Carter Fence Co. Someone get St. Peter on the...

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Pinpointing Reusable And Recyclable Computer Parts

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For some business, there’s a “better safe than sorry” approach that upgrades to the newest systems after proper testing, even if the new machines aren’t exceptionally more powerful in terms of raw computing potential. In many cases, the old parts can be reused in the new systems as replacements or combined for even more power. If you’re in charge of a business computer inventory, a few recycling and reuse practices can help you pinpoint the best ways to keep an old investment relevant. Reusable Computer Parts When it comes to reusing computer parts, be aware that each computer component is its own industry with changing standards and timelines. The memory industry, for example, has its own advances and changes in compatibility that may evolve at a different speed from the video card. Video cards may introduce entirely different ways of doing things while leaping to massively higher speeds, but may not change physical shape. Processors, on the other hand, change shape through the socket (the place where to processor is installed) pin placement with almost every generation. Consider a few commonly replaced parts to get a better look into what can change. Hard drive. The hard drive is the main storage area for all of your files, such as your text documents, programs, pictures, videos and music. The operating system is a large program suite that creates an environment for you to click and type with, which makes the hard drive more important than just bulk storage. The speeds change often, but two main standards–L-shaped SATA and bar-shaped PATA–are still used as connectors, and can be added to any computer with a relatively cheap adapter. Processor. The processor is the “brain” of the computer, as it performs all of the calculations used to do anything on the computer. Everything from moving your mouse to running a program–and thousands of unseen actions behind the scenes–are calculated and executed by pulling information from the hard drive and memory to the processor. Processor compatibility depends on the socket type. If your processor is of a different socket than the new computer, it isn’t reusable and should be recycled or sold. Memory. Random Access Memory or RAM. Memory acts as a fast, temporary storage between the hard drive and the processor. Memory can deliver information faster than the hard drive, so the most commonly-used files are stored from the hard drive and delivered to the processor at a much faster rate. Memory differences are physical and programmed, but the physical notch prevents accidental mixing of generations. Moving To The Recycling System If the parts are physically damaged or won’t fit with the new computer, recycling is your next option. Many of the parts contain gold, platinum and other recyclable materials. The hard drive stands out with a lot of materials that are valuable to some niche recycling programs. Aluminum is found in the hard drive’s case, as well as the computer case and frame in general. Upon opening the hard drive, there are platters that are coated with a thin painting of platinum or a similar material. There is also either a copper or steel spindle holding the hard drive platters together, depending on when the drive was made. The niche recycling potential comes from the rare earth magnets, which are used instead of screws to hold certain parts together. If you have...

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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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