Wet Basements

Another thing most companies agree with is that Open Backed Systems don’t work. They let in air, bugs, radon, and expect the water to not jump the gap if created by a pin whole leak. Having a system that is then concrete back over, is a closed, sealed system and that provides wall protection is the new standard.

Vapor barriers along the walls protect against wall leaks and seepage coming up through the footing and the wall. No longer can leaks hop a system and end up on your floor, or worst case scenario, on the back of your finished basement walls. Vapor Barriers help to prevent the flow of moisture from you foundation into your basement space.

Many companies feel that the basement waterproofing industry as a whole has laid stagnant since the 1980’s; failing to come up with new solutions to an old problem that are better, more effective, and more reliable then their predecessors. Some companies are relying on technology that has not changed since the late 1800s! Pipe and Stone is out! Duel-Channel interior drains are in!

With the new technology that has given us products, like GrateDrain, we’re now able to provide maintainable subterranean drainage systems for the basement with corner connections, access for dehumidifier run off hoses, and continuous flow to amphibious pumps. Large holes for greater volume control, a solid wall to subdue cross contamination of wall-joint to beneath-slab water, and a sump basin that’s designed with the same idea in mind: large holes to deal with rising water, punched holes to discourage bacteria growth and clogging, mesh filters to protect from stone penetration that can ruin pumps, and built in pump stands to keep cost down and keep the pump at it’s most efficient height.

Total solution systems that can be designed to fit crawl spaces, full basements, all descriptions of wall types such as stone concrete foundations, concrete block foundations, poured or pre-fabricated concrete walls. Vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, duel-channel drains and sump pumps are only standards in fixing a solution. In no way does it make someone’s solution a “cookie cutter” one. For what you want, for your dreams and design ideas, systems can protect against the most complicated situations for people to enable themselves to finally finish off.

Log Cabin Roofing

Regulations often influence the height of the log cabin as well as the materials you can use. So before you go any further, have a chat with the relevant agencies else you may find yourself demolishing the structure a few months down the line.

Now that you are clear on what’s acceptable and what’s not, you can get cracking on the decision-making process. Have a look at some of the determinants that can influence your design, stability, utility and costs and the reasons why.

In this case, you can go for a flat roof or a pitched one. Weather conditions play a crucial role in this decisions as well as what you find pleasing to the eye.

A pitched roof is any roof with a gradient larger than 10%. The steep of the roof affects how fast rain and snow slough off the roof, thus making steeper roofs more suitable for wet weather conditions. With this kind of a roof, it is less likely that rain and snow can get caught in the roofing materials, resulting in low maintenance costs.

The downside to this kind of roof is that the steeper the gradient, the more expensive the construction becomes. You will incur a lot of expenses on labor and materials and may experience objections from local authorities on the same.

Take caution when constructing such a roof in an area prone to strong winds as they can move under the overhang and lift off the cabin roof. This roof is quite aesthetically pleasing and will be a great addition to your surroundings.

If you have a tight budget, this kind of roof is more suitable when compared to the former option. Not only will you use fewer materials but you can also cut your construction time in half. You can even put up this roof in a day if you wish.

Though often referred to as flat roofs, these kinds of cabin roofs have a slight gradient to them, allowing water and snow to run off smoothly. The extra room you get on top upon installation can come in handy when installing solar panels, putting up a living area or other improvements in the future.

These roofs do have their limitations as they are more prone to water leakages when compared to pitched types. Leakage often occurs in wet regions, hence the need to factor in location when putting up a roof. Flat roofs can also cave in under the pressure of snow weight during winters.

They are also quite unstable when used to roof large sections, and they are more suited to small spaces. All, in all, these roofs are excellent options for small cabins located in dry regions.

How Do Steam Showers Work

Turning the Steam on

Turning the steam is not difficult, however, the type of dial or control used is based on the overall design.

For instance, in some cases, the steam can be turned on via digital controls.

Steam Triggered after dial has been turned

The steam from the dial is triggered via an electric valve. Once this valve has been triggered, a gallon of cold water will fill a bread box sized steam generator in order to prepare for the next action. After this action is complete, the process will simulate a plug in tea kettle type function, while it brings the water that has entered into a boil.

Steam Released in steam rooms

After the water has reached boiling temperatures it forms a steam that provides a hot vapor through the piping and is released in steam shower form. The amount of steam created must be enough to fill the room completely if the person is going to have the best relaxing experience.

As previously mentioned, the health benefits of steam rooms / steam showers are numerous. A quality unit will it be able to produce sufficient steam to open your pores, while providing comfort and relaxation. To enhance your experience and compound your relaxation, add aromatherapy fragrances such as Eucalyptus or Lavender that are made specifically for steam shower use. Get that healthy glow inside and out!

Also helps to relieve fatigue.Again couple this with an energetic fragrance like Mint and your batteries will be recharged.

Steam rooms also help to improve blood circulation in your body, and facilitate blood flow to the heart. This also adds yet another health benefit. A quality steam shower / steam room will produce such effects.

Built in Bedroom Wardrobes

Considering the hassles of many people who are quite disappointed with inbuilt wardrobes, our marketers came up with ready-made wardrobes that occupy lesser space and can be customized as per your room requirements. Let’s have a look at various wardrobes available right now on the market. These wardrobes come in customized designs, colors and can be altered as per your requirements. You can customize these readymade bedroom wardrobes in terms of their color, built, design and can go to an extent in which you can even customize the entire style of the wardrobe as per your requirement.

There are numerous wardrobe manufacturing companies in these days who are offering all these options at the click of a button. Generally, these traders contain few default models which are accepted by a major section of the market and these basic models will be amended as per your specifications. You can ask them for changes in measurements, color, design, style and anything that you would like to add you can add to the regular model. The bedroom wardrobes, if they are inbuilt generally occupy a lot of room’s space. Modern built in ones are specialized in providing a solution to your space issues. These maximize your storage space while keeping your room constraints at priority.

The inbuilt ones come up in default sizes as extension or curtailment whichever is possible. The built in bedroom wardrobes give an aesthetic and lively look to your room while not occupying a majority of its space. The majority may not go for readymade wardrobes as they think they are quite expensive. But, that is a myth spread in almost all the markets. You can customize or design your own bedroom wardrobe within your budget. The only thing you must keep in mind while asking for a customization is if your requirements and the budget are matching or not. Rest all issues will generally be addressed by the manufacturers.

Roof Cleaning

The black streaking typically found on homes in areas where moisture settles on shingles is not caused by mildew or fungus; it’s roof algae. 3M scientists have identified the most common form as Gloeocapsa Magma. Algae spores are carried b the wind, which is why so many houses in the neighborhood can end up with this problem. During the last 20 years, this particular algae strain has become hardier and so has been able to migrate to less humid environments than it has in the past. And in areas where it traditionally has been found, the staining is showing up earlier, is more severe and settles on a greater number of roofs.

Typical roof cleaning methods involve either pressure cleaning or chemical solutions containing Chlorine Bleach or Sodium Hydroxide. If used properly, these methods will clean the roof with minimal adverse impact – but the effects can be very temporary and will generally have to be repeated every 6-18 months in order to maintain the appearance of the roof.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

A chlorine and water solution can be used followed by a thorough rinse. Of course, since chlorine can be toxic to people and plants, proper care should be taken to protect employees and the surrounding property from overspray and runoff. The benefits to using chlorine include a much faster cleaning process and minimal rinsing as compared to other methods. This translates into much less wear & tear on the roof – particularly asphalt shingle roofs.

Sodium Hydroxide based cleaners are generally advertised as safer for the landscaping, but sodium hydroxide is caustic, very toxic, and care should also be used to protect employees and surrounding property. Sodium hydroxide is also a very effective degreaser. So high levels of sodium hydroxide in a cleaning product can cause damage to an asphalt shingle roof that can be irreversible. These products generally require much more rinsing than the chlorine method. The rinsing process is not only time consuming, but it can also be potentially damaging to the roof if not done correctly. A quality sodium hydroxide based product should not require any more than 100 psi to effectively rinse an asphalt shingle roof and even then some granule loss should be expected.

Pressure cleaning is an option that should only be used on a concrete, barrel tile, or metal roofs. Pressure cleaning has the advantage of not requiring chemicals, which eliminates some of the cost – in addition to landscaping and chemical exposure concerns. The down side to pressure cleaning is that it is very time consuming and it exerts tremendous force on a surface that is not really designed to handle it. In addition, repeated pressure cleaning can wear away the surface of some tiles that are only covered by a thin layer of coloring. When this happens, the grey concrete color starts to show through and the roof must be stained or painted.

While these methods are relatively safe and effective when done properly, repeated use will lead to premature aging of the roof. The natural erosion that occurs over tie from the basic forces of heat, cold, wind, and rain alone are enough to weaken most roofs to the point where annual inspections and minor repairs are necessary to prevent significant repair costs. But when the roof is repeatedly subjected to high pressure or harsh chemicals, the aging of the roof structure is significantly accelerated. With repeated cleaning, tiles are more likely to shift, slip, or break and asphalt shingles are more likely to become brittle and crack. When this happens, there is a greater likelihood of tearing the roof membrane simply by walking on the roof. Once gaps are created in the roof and subsequent pressure cleaning or chemical cleaning takes place, these gaps provide the water or caustic solutions a path to the roof membrane and increase the chance of costly roof leaks.

A proper program of preventative maintenance will eliminate the need for future cleaning and the potential for damage that comes along with it. Preventing the recurrence of the algae growth will require a light spray of chlorine and water or an algae prevention product.

Most quality algaecides will last for approximately 6-12 months before reapplication of the product is necessary. Obviously, the longer the time frame, the better your chances are of minimizing and unnecessary damage to the roof. Prevention programs should be done in conjunction with neighbors whenever possible and many can be applied without a need for walking on the roof.

Choosing Great Looking Patio Door Blinds

We’re all familiar with the cheap vertical patio blinds that show up in rental units. People disguise them under curtains or try to ignore the decorating problem they present. Often blinds in apartments and other rental units are chosen because they are cheap and can be easily replaced in case of damage.

Don’t let these blinds scare you off from using blinds on your patio door. Many stylish choices exist and with a little shopping, you’ll find something that works well for your home. You can choose a color or material that you like.

One option is to use enclosed patio door blinds. These blinds fit between glass panels and have a control on the outside frame that opens, closes, and adjusts the blinds. Enclosed blinds won’t swing when you open or close the door. You also don’t need to clean these blinds since they are behind glass. The enclosed blinds give you a sleek, contemporary look with the same light control and privacy of regular blinds.

Look for vertical blinds in a quality material that open differently than normal. Having blinds open from the center gives your door a different look than the traditional side opening. This also keeps the stack of blinds at one end of the door from looking out of place.

You can also look for materials that distinguish your patio door blinds from cheap versions. You can find blinds that are made of or resemble wood. Some patio blinds are covered with fabric or have embossed patterns. Cellular blinds are a new favorite that helps keep harmful light out of your home. Depending on your room, the material may make all the difference in how the blinds look.

Keep in mind that vertical blinds with weights at the bottom will not swing or curl like cheaper versions. Quality patio door blinds often include this feature. Your blinds will hang better on your door and look more attractive with the added weight.

You may want to soften the look of patio door blinds by adding fabric window treatments. A great swag, scarf, or panel curtain can enhance the appearance of the blinds and your room. You can choose a patterned fabric or in a solid color.

Remember that your patio door blinds don’t have to be an eyesore. Look for quality materials and think about ways to make your blinds look different than those in rentals. You can find a way to make patio door blinds look great.

Home Wiring Technique

The A-phase and B-phase wires that enter the main panel are connected through a main disconnect breaker, while the neutral wire is connected to a terminal referred to as the neutral bar or neutral bus. A ground bar also may be present within the main service panel. The ground bar is connected to the grounding rod or to the foundation’s steel supports. Within main service panels, the neutral bar and the ground bar are connected together (they act as one).

However, within subpanels (service panels that get their power from the main service panel but which are located some distance from the main service panel), the neutral and ground bars are not joined together. Instead, the subpanel’s ground bar receives a ground wire from the main service panel. Often the metal conduit that is used to transport the wires from the main service panel to the subpanel is used as the “ground wire.” However, for certain critical applications (e.g., computer and life-support systems), the ground wire probably will be included within the conduit. Also, if a subpanel is not located in the same building as the main panel, a new ground rod typically is used to ground the subpanel. Note that different regions within the United States may use different wiring protocols.

Within the main service panel, there are typically two bus bars into which circuit breaker modules are inserted. One of these bus bars is connected to the A-phase wire; the other bus bar is connected to the B-phase wire. To power a group of 120-V loads (e.g., upstairs lights and 120-V outlets), you throw the main breaker to the off position and then insert a single-pole breaker into one of the bus bars. (You can choose either the A-phase bus bar or the B-phase bus bar. The choice of which bus bar you use only becomes important when it comes to balancing the overall load-more on that in a second.) Next, you take a 120-V three-wire cable and connect the cable’s black (hot) wire to the breaker, connect the cable’s white (neutral) wire to the neutral bar, and connect the cable’s ground wire (green or bare) to the ground bar. You then run the cable to where the 120-V loads are located, connect the hot and neutral wires across the load, and fasten the ground wire to the case of the load (typically a ground screw is supplied on an outlet mounting or light figure for this purpose).

To power other 120-V loads that use their own breakers, you basically do the same thing you did in the last setup. However, to maximize the capacity of the main panel (or subpanel) to supply as much current as possible without overloading the main circuit breaker in the process, it is important to balance the number of loads connected to the A-phase breakers with the number of loads connected to the B-phase breakers.

This is referred to as balancing the load. Now, if you want to supply power to 240-V appliances (e.g., ovens, washers, etc.), you insert a double-pole breaker between the A-phase and B-phase bus bars in the main panel (or subpanel). Next, you take a 240-V three-wire cable and attach one of its hot wires to the A-phase terminal of the breaker and attach its other hot wire to the B-phase terminal of the breaker. The ground wire (green or bare) is connected to the ground bar. You then run the cable to where the 240-V loads are located and attach the wires to the corresponding terminals of the load (typically within a 240-V outlet). Also, 120-V/240-V appliances are wired in a similar manner, except you use a four wire cable that contains an additional neutral (white) wire that is joined at the neutral bar within the main panel (or subpanel). (As a practical note, you could use a four wire 120-V/240-V cable instead of a 240-V three-wire cable for 240-V applications- you would just leave the neutral wire alone in this case.)

Free Roofing Estimate

Preparation before you request a free roofing estimate

It is always important to do your research, especially if you know little or nothing about roofing. When you request a free roofing estimate you want to be able to do so with confidence that you know what you are asking for. Searching the Internet will usually yield impressive results for your research and you can always ring a roofing contractor to ask a few questions; they will normally be glad to help in the hope they will be invited to work on the project. Try to research as much as possible regarding the potential materials and some basic building techniques that may be employed.

Picking the companies to give you a free roofing estimate

Word of mouth is one of the most effective ways of finding good roofing contractors. This way you will already know that the company in question has done good work on somebody else’s house. Look around for houses that are having their roof done and ask the homeowner what they think of the work; if the work has been good they won’t mind telling you.

Compare on a like for like basis

When you have a list of quotes for anything, whether insurance or for your roofing work it is vital that you compare them on a like for like basis. This is why it is also important that you research the product you are looking to buy before you begin your hunt for the best free roofing estimate you can find. If you have a quote from one company offering you two layers of slate shingles and an offer from another company only offering one layer it is immediately obvious that the latter is going to work out cheaper because they have lower cost of materials and lower labor costs.

You should always make sure that you clearly indicate what you want a quote for and this way whenever you receive a free roofing estimate you will be able to quickly ascertain how it stands up to competition from other companies. A free roofing estimate is invaluable in your search for the best value roofing contractor but only when used properly, otherwise it can do more harm than good.

Add Space to Bathroom Easily

Dimensions

You can buy bathroom mirror cabinets in a variety of sizes. If you need one that isn’t a common size, don’t worry. There are providers who can custom make them to fit your specifications. Carefully measure the space you have so you can get the dimensions that are right for your needs. You can also ask a professional to come in and complete the measurements for you.

If you have limited width for your item to be put in place, you can also consider one that is taller. This will help you to have additional storage space in spite of such confinements. You may have to get a small stepping stool to reach the top shelves in there for items you don’t use often. It is certainly something to consider to have the storage you need where you need it the most.

Depth

Think about the depth too when it comes to bathroom mirror cabinets. When they are deeper, you will be able to store more items in there. The last thing you want is to have it so full, items are falling out when you open it up to get something out. You need them to be deep enough to really offer you storage benefits. Look at the options and compare depth before you purchase.

Installation

You can hire a professional to install bathroom mirror cabinets for you. This is a wonderful way to ensure it is done quickly and easily. This is the type of job you can also do on your own. It is easier to do it with someone else though so they can hold it for you too until it is secure in place. If this is a do it yourself project, make sure you have good quality wall anchors in place.

You also need to find the wall studs to ensure it will stay mounted. It is a good idea to evaluate the overall weight of the bathroom mirror cabinets before you buy them so you can make sure you have a sold plan of action for how to safely and securely install them. Some products come with the installation hardware included and others require you to buy it separately.

Quality

The pricing for bathroom mirror cabinets will vary depending on the quality of the products. Avoid buying anything made from cheap materials that aren’t going to last. You also need to make sure the materials are going to do well in a bathroom setting. This area is prone to plenty of moisture and heat. Don’t buy anything that won’t hold up well over time to such conditions.

Spend some time comparing the various choices so you end up with something that is fully functional and looks amazing. It will add life to your bathroom appearance and help you to stop stressing about all of the items cluttered around your counter space.

Contemporary Home Accessories

Hollow Cube Tables

Upgrade the style of your living room, bedroom or kids room with light weighted, stylish and colorful hollow cube tables. They add an instant chic to your room which might sounds dull or live less. Let every inch speak the beauty of room by just adding these charming contemporary tables.

Wall Mounted Candle Stands

Candles are undoubtedly the warmest and cozy welcome for d├ęcor styling. Let your feelings, touch glow with these musical shaped wall mounted candle stands. Let the melody and warmth get mixed together to create the feel and your personal touch to your bedroom.

Stylish Center Table

Replacement of simple and rectangular center table is at times important to make a major difference. Try out such special center table designs to the let modern touch knock at your style statement. Make an impression with aesthetic as well as useful contemporary center tables.

S Shape Towel Rod

I know towel rods are quite common and many people do not count it under stylish accessories placement. But have you ever thought of a towel rod which can carry 2 or 3 towels at a time without taking any extra space from your bathroom walls. They are stylish, useful and most importantly they uplift the accessories class of your bathroom.

Corner Open Racks

At times unfortunately we under use or miss the corner space of our home. It’s like why to waste the space when it can be utilized atheistically and charmingly. Corner zig zag open racks are perfect solutions to your small but important storage, bit of show off and space utilization.

Floating Wall Racks

Yes they are quite important and essential part our home which can replace few boring closed cabinets. Remember, even walls needs some space to breathe freely. But with the cramp spaces and storage needs we do end up with most of the closed box cabinets. Try out floating wall racks for your living room area, bedroom, kid’s room etc. Let your walls get some vacant space with positive utilization and effective styling.