Know the Pros and Cons of Having Aluminium Curtain Walling

Are you planning to give your premise or business a completely new sphere? Are you thinking of using aluminium as your strong base for the wall?

From Perforated roller shutters to solid shutters, there are various options that are in accordance with the need of an individual.

Aluminium curtain walling has emerged as a popular choice amongst the business houses, as not only it gives any business a new edge but a chance for people to admire its elegance.

Aluminium curtain walling is an outer structure that protects the building frame. It generally is build up of materials like glass and aluminium frames.

If you are planning to start construction of your building and are searching for the best options for protection, then down below are few advantages and disadvantages listed of curtain walls.

Weighing all advantages of Curtain walls

Lighting and elegance

The combination of aluminium frames and glass material together makes it a very classy option to use, also allows the abundance of daylight to walk in, thus leading to less use of power consumption during the daytime.

No UV rays

UV – the ultraviolet rays are very harmful to any skin, as they can cause severe disease in long run. It is necessary to opt for a material that is very friendly in terms of harmful rays. The design of the wall confirms the 99% reduction of harmful and toxic UV rays to the human bodies.

Wind resistant

The structure of the wall is very efficient in keeping away the wind and forces that are acting against the building.

Fire extinguisher

The design of the wall is very helpful in preventing the fire from spreading floor to floor.

Disadvantages of curtain walls

Great Cost and time

These walls are very ineffective in terms of cost and time management. The Huge cost is involved while shipping the material and storing them. The time taken to complete the structure is very long too.

Replacement of sealant

To keep the wind and moisture at vicinity, a sealant is applied to the perimeter of the structure. The sealant needs to be replaced after every 10 years or so.

Peculiar Cleaning

These walls require huge cleaning and maintenance on an everyday basis. As aluminium frames are generally painted or are anodized. It is necessary to make sure that the cleaning near the anodized parts is done very carefully, as cleaning supplies or detergent can clear off the coating from such frames or material.

From curtain walling to perforated roller shutters, there are various options in the market that are very responsive and advanced towards the styling and security of any venture.



Source by Karanveer Rawat

Garage Door Springs, The Danger Zone

Usually, the largest mechanical thing around your house is the overhead garage door – the one you’re driving your car through, sometimes without even opening it – I know that you do :-).

The major, and the most dangerous componnent of the overhead door is the garage door spring – (or springs depending on the design), which supports the entire weight of the door panels (sometimes over 400 pounds) and helps you to lift / lower the entire door assembly. I have personally installed 3 overhead garage doors with 2 different types of springs, and you do have to trust me on that – garage door springs are under enormous pressure and you can get seriously injured or even killed when performing such work. If you decide to take your chances – it is imperative that you follow instructions to the last detail! Even if you have a friend or a professional doing it for you, read it and check everything after the installer finishes the job. The garage overhead doors have no safety brakes (at least I haven’t heard about any), that would prevent it from falling down when the supporting spring fails. I’ve found some US patents for such devices, but apparently none of them were ever implemented into an actual garage door.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, garage overhead door related accidents account for thousands of injuries every year (average of 30000 per year). For example, these injuries are: fractures, crushings and amputations. It is believed that not all injuries are reported in the United States . (CPSC)

There are basically two types of the garage door spring systems utilizing tracks / side rails (at least these are the most common types in Illinois and probably the rest of US):

1. garage door torsion spring(s) which are wound-up on a rod above the garage door opening top section ( door header)

2. garage door extension springs that are attached on either side of the door and stretch along the horizontal part of the track when the door is closed

You might also have an old, one piece door that swings outward as it goes up and overhead. This particular design will have springs mounted on the sides of the door opening – at about your waist height, secured to a lever bracket system that extends the springs toward the ceiling at the door closing. It is an old and extremely dangerous system, not manufactured anymore. If you have such a system in the garage, I’d highly recommend replacing it.

Garage door torsion springs – there are either single or double spring designs. The spring will usually break while under the maximum stress which is when the overhead garage door closes / travels down, or it is already completely closed (USUALLY). If you’re closing it manually and it happens during this operation, don’t try to prevent it from crushing down, let it go … well, unless your foot is where the door will slam!

When one of the two garage door springs breaks you need to have them both replaced at the same time! It will cost some extra money, but having an old and new spring installed will:

– put much more stress on the new one

– the door will loose proper balance

– the remaining old garage door spring will most likely break soon

Torsion springs for residential overhead garage doors have anywhere between 5000 – 30000 cycles life span. Those digits represent an average total number of times you should be able to open and close your door before anticipating garage door spring replacement.

Garage door extension springs – you might have either one or two on each side of your overhead garage door A critical issue with those springs is to have a safety cable installed inside of each single spring and secured properly, so when the door opens and closes, the spring can freely slide on this cable! When the garage door spring snaps without the cable inside, broken ends might severely injure anyone standing within their range. The cables should be always included with the overhead garage doors hardware (assuming that they came equipped with extension springs), but A LOT OF PEOPLE either forget to install them, or don’t read instructions and maybe assume that they are not required. Unlike the torsion spring, which doesn’t really show any visual wear until it breaks, extension spring wear is much easier to spot, because they simply change dimensions: the coils are over-stretched (best visible when the garage door is open). If you notice such a behavior on your garage door springs – it’s time for a replacement.

And for both types of the garage door springs – their tension should be evenly adjusted (on a two spring system) so the overhead door travels properly in its tracks – to test it, stop the door slightly above the garage floor (1″ or two) and make sure that its bottom / top edge are perfectly horizontal. Measuring the gap along the bottom might not be the best way to confirm that, because the garage floors are often out of level. Placing a level somewhere in the center section of the garage door top edge would give you the best readout (remember that the door should not be closed completely!). When the springs are properly adjusted, you should be able to raise and stop the garage door at any height, and it should stay at this level without any assistance ( garage door opener arm disconnected).

Important things to remember:

1. Check the rollers / hinges, cables, and the overhead garage door springsoften to ensure they are in good working condition

2. Educate your children about garage door safety

3. Never leave children and disabled persons unattended near or in a garage door path

4. Keep your body clear of the door path when closing

5. Don’t leave a personal property underneath an open garage door

6. Read more about the garage door opener and other garage components



Source by Dariusz Rudnicki

How to Choose a Mirror For a Bedroom

First question to think about is do you already have a wall mirror as part of your bedroom furniture? If yes, the question of adding a mirror may not need to be answered. If yes, but I also want another mirror, then the question remains – which one and how do I choose? Of course if you have no mirror then the question about do I want one is easy. So now that you know you want a mirror, try standing in the room and look around. What do you want to accomplish with the mirror? Even if you have a mirror you may want to add a full length mirror. Then the next question may be what style mirror, decorative wall mirror or perhaps a round mirror or square or rectangle. So many to choose from.

It seems like too many questions, but take them one at a time. What do you want to accomplish? Take an example of a rectangle shaped master bedroom with cherry wood finish furniture and a double mirror over the triple dresser. This wall mirror is quite adequate if you want to see yourself from the waist up. Pretty much this wall mirror shows you the same as the bathroom mirror. So again, what is the goal? If it were me I would say that you might like to see how you look from head to toe so consider alternatives.

A full length mirror comes in several styles – either a cheval or a leaner mirror. Oh yes, there is the simple hang on the back of the door mirror, but that is 100% practical and 0% decorative. Part of your decision process is just what to you want to accomplish. If just practical stop right here. If decorative then continue. The cheval full length mirror sits in a stand, It can be oval or rectangle. It can be taller or shorter. Frequently these are made with a wood frame and stand alone wherever you want to put it. In this bedroom I would suggest that it be placed near a window on the opposite side of the room from the dresser wall mirror. Each can provide a reflection of the other, as well as reflecting light. Now your goal is expanded to create reflection.

If your goal is to really create reflection, a leaner mirror is something to consider for the dramatic effect. Leaner mirrors are very large mirrors that sit on the floor and lean against the wall. If you take the same bedroom example then place the dresser and mirror at the far end of the rectangle room. Next, place the leaner mirror somewhere close to the entrance to the room. Imagine that your doorway is at the end of the room with the leaner mirror close to it. As you walk in the two mirrors reflect each other expanding the width and depth of the room. If the doorway is in the middle of the room placing the mirrors at the far end from each other would still catch your eye as you look right to left.

So by taking it a little at a time it appears that selecting the full length mirror and placing it are all tied to your goal. In the beginning you may have known one part of your goal, but by choosing style and placement you expanded it to understand that reflection/light and illusion of size are also involved.

One can buy any mirror and try to fit it to the room. Often we unconsciously pick exactly what will fit in the room. Equally as often one can sit there with a wall mirror or a decorative wall mirror with no place to put it that it looks or feels “right”. Asking yourself some simple questions while standing in the room often eliminates that “no place to put it” syndrome. It is the simple things that count when making a purchase. Just by answering some simple questions for yourself you can eliminate the confusion and know exactly what you want to place in the room.



Source by Barbara Hudak

Are Scorpions Infesting Your Home?

Finding or seeing a scorpion unexpectedly can be a scary occurrence. Your best pest prevention tactic against this nasty critter is to learn about where scorpions live, what they look like, and what you can do to keep them away from your home.

Do I have to worry about scorpions where I live?

Possibly. Scorpions are known to prefer warmer climates (average temperature range of 68- 99 degrees Fahrenheit) though they are able to survive in most American areas. They have not migrated outside of the southern United States, but they can easily be transported in plants, flowers, shrubs or trees grown in the South and shipped elsewhere. They can live contentedly in any location that can provide moisture, food (typically other insects) and shade.

What do scorpions look like?

Scorpions range in length from just one inch up to seven. They have four sets of two legs and a two-part body: the head and the abdomen, which includes their segmented tail. The tail works like a universal joint and is commonly curled around above the abdomen in a “C” position, though it can move in any direction. Scorpions are also recognized by the set of proportionally large pinchers at the front of their heads.

When are scorpions active?

Most types of scorpions are nocturnal, which means they hunt for food and water at night. During the day, they will find a cool, dry, sheltered location to rest until nighttime.

What should I do if I see a scorpion?

Scorpions will try to sting you if they feel threatened. Therefore, if you see a scorpion, do not try to touch or handle it. If you believe you might have scorpions in your house, take precautions and do your best to avoid them until you can bring in a pest control service. This means checking your shoes, gloves and clothes before you put them on. Shake out any folded clothes, linens, or anything else before heavy handling. At nighttime, always wear hard-soled slippers. A handheld black light can help you see any present scorpions in advance of your approach, as the scorpion’s exoskeleton contains proteins that will cause it to glow brightly under a black light.

What should I do if a scorpion stings me?

Most scorpion stings happen when a human unknowingly disturbs one, either while it’s resting or out hunting for insects to eat. A scorpion sting is hard to mistake. You would feel the pain of a sting almost instantly. Commonly, a large welt will appear. Though it can take several hours for the scorpion’s venom to affect your body, you should seek medical treatment at an emergency room or doctor’s office immediately, especially if a child is stung.

How do I know if I have a scorpion infestation?

If you live in a warm, dry climate and have seen more than one scorpion a month or think you might be seeing both juvenile and adult scorpions, you may have an active infestation near or inside your home. It is possible that the scorpions are nesting outside but coming inside the house in search of water or shelter.

To control the scorpions, you can try home remedies like glue traps, bug zappers or pest control sprays designed specifically for scorpions. You will also want to make sure to check your home for small cracks or openings (as small as 1/16 of an inch). Treat and seal any openings you find. Pest control treatments designed for outdoor use should be utilized to prevent the pests from living around your home. There are many types of pest control and pest prevention products available, including green pest control products, for household use. You want to make sure you get the right product for your application site in order to get the best results and protection.

However, since scorpion stings can be painful and potentially dangerous, calling in a professional pest control service is recommended. A pest control service will know the specific types of pest control that should be used for your individual situation. They will have the equipment, safety gear and pest control products needed to keep you and your household safe. Further, they should be able to help you with an appropriate pest control prevention program to help prevent scorpions from living or nesting around your house.

~Ben Anton, 2010



Source by Ben Anton

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Laminate Flooring

When you decide that laminate flooring is what you need in your home, you

still are just on the cusp of decision making. Laminate flooring encompasses

everything from light wood appearances to stone and tile styled products. Sure

laminate is tough and attractive, but do you know what you should really be

considering when you choose your laminate floor?

Texture

You’ll soon discover that some laminate floor is textured and some is smooth.

If you have a busy household with a lot of foot traffic and pets, strongly

consider textured laminate. The smooth planks might be more visually appealing

in the store, but they will show every piece of dust, dirt and dog hair which

lands on top. Sure, you can sweep it up in a matter of heartbeats, so it’s not a

make-or-break decision, but going an extra day before dusting might be appealing

enough to go with a bit of texture.

Color

Again, color can have a lot to do with the feel of your laminate flooring and

what shows up. The darker the flooring, the more dirt and dust will show. It

seems wrong, but since dust and dirt aren’t getting ground into the flooring

like with carpet, the particles sit on top of the floor and are easily spotted.

Dust especially is light in color, so it shows up like a homing beacon on dark

laminate flooring. Picture a dark vehicle that is obviously in need of a wash.

Dark flooring though can make a home appear statelier and warmer while light

colors are more contemporary and lighten a room considerably.

Pattern

Naturally you’ll want to select a pattern of flooring that suits your needs

and your design plans. Stone

laminate flooring
might be perfect one place while wide plank designs more

suitable someplace else. Don’t be afraid to try something new – just be very

sure it is what works for you since you’ll be enjoying it for the next fifteen

or twenty years at least.

Price

There is a wide range of prices in laminate flooring. Not surprisingly there

is also a wide range of quality. While there is not really a poor quality

laminate since all laminate is graded on durability, some flooring choices

appear more “real” than others and the texture and feel of the

flooring under your feet is different as well. Less expensive laminate flooring

options are thinner with fewer layers or less padding beneath your feet, but can

still be very attractive and last for more than a decade. More expensive

laminate will appear almost identical to real wood floors, and will have a bit

more give under your feet.

Durability

Finally, you’ll want to consider durability. There are multiple AC

grades / ratings of laminate floors
The heaviest grades, namely AC4 and

AC5, are rough under bare feet and suitable only for commercial purposes. The

first two grades are best for homes and residential foot traffic. When selecting

a laminate, don’t be fooled into thinking that higher grades are better for your

home – the opposite is true. For once, you want one of the lowest grades

available, although the absolute lowest might not last as long in your home due

to the limited amount of traffic the flooring can withstand.



Source by Tom Willmar

Roof Shingles – How to Eliminate Shiners!

If you’re looking for “roof shingles – how to” information, you’ve come to the right place. One key to both speed and quality is to avoid shiners.

“Shiners” are nails which have been installed too low and show on the exposed portion of the shingle. They are a common cause of leaks on shingle roofs that have been installed with a nail gun.

The best way to avoid them is to focus right on the nail line while you are nailing. When you concentrate on that line, your brain and arm will be on “auto-pilot” putting the nails in the right place.

You’ll find that when you do get one, it’s because you let your concentration slip. Eventually, focusing on the nail line becomes a habit that you won’t have to work at.

Roof Shingles – How to Fix the Few Shiners You Do Get!

Some roofers fix all of these problems at the end of the job, but it’s better to fix them as they occur. There are two reasons for this;

First off, if you wait until the end of the job, you will probably miss some… and they can come back to haunt you later.

Also, they’re a hassle to fix. It breaks up your rhythm and slows you down. If you have to stop and fix every one as you go, you will find yourself being a lot more careful where you put those nails.

The best way to fix one of these potential leaks is to pull the nail, lift the shingle and seal the hole with flashing cement. A little cement will ooze out of the hole, but this can be masked with a few granules to make an invisible and permanent repair.



Source by John C. Bishop

Ten Hardware Store Must-Haves for Every Home

Every home, no matter how new, needs small repairs now and again. For new homeowners and beginning DIYers, it’s hard to know what tools are needed to get the job done. The hardware store is so full of great options, browsing the aisles can feel overwhelming. The following are the ten essential tools every homeowner needs to be prepared for everyday fixes.

1. Hammer

A smooth-faced hammer with a comfortable grip is ideal for a variety of uses, such as hanging pictures and assembling furniture. A curved claw is handy for pulling out bent nails, while a straight claw works for occasional demolition.

2. Screwdriver Set

Light fixtures, cabinets, switch plates, doorknobs: homes are full of items requiring screws. A mixed-set of screwdrivers with a variety of flat head and Philips head sizes is an excellent investment and will be used time and time again. Magnetic heads are a helpful feature, as are comfortable no-slip rubber grips.

3. Duct Tape

The be-all and end-all of home repair tools, duct tape is a quick, easy fix for rips, tears, holes, and leaks. Super sticky and thick, duct tape is great for patching, and the hardware store now carries a variety of colors and designs. It is also a great temporary solution for plumbing issues. It stops leaks long enough for professional help to arrive.

4. Tape Measure

Available in a variety of sizes, 16′ will get you through most household projects. An easy-locking, 3/4in wide design is sturdy enough to stay in place without being too bulky. Look for one with a nice hook at the end for easy gripping.

5. Set of Pliers

Tough enough to pinch and bend metal, yet flexible enough to hold tiny objects steady, pliers are necessary for getting a firm grip on just about anything. Look for a set that includes long-nose, tongue-and-groove, and side-cutting pliers.

6. Long and Short Adjustable Wrenches

Needed for manipulating hex nuts and bolts, both a long and short adjustable wrench will see you through many home repairs. For sticky nuts, use the longer handle wrench for more leverage. When space is tight, the shorter handle wrench is needed. The adjustable feature ensures they will fit around bolts of all sizes.

7. Utility Knife

This extremely versatile tool has a multitude of uses including opening boxes, cutting through carpet, scraping paint, and shaving wood. Invest in a high-quality model with a comfortable rubber handle. Blade storage is also a convenient feature, and increases safety, since it makes changing the blade quick and easy.

8. Level

A must-have for keeping things straight and even, the hardware store has a wide range when it comes to levels. There are high-tech laser levels, but for most household projects a good old-fashioned bubble level is accurate, easy to use, and gets the job done.

9. Cordless Drill and Drill bit Set

Power drills make a lot of household projects quicker and easier. Cordless options are very convenient and guarantee no hunting for wall outlets. A drill bit set with a variety with metal, wood, and universal options ensures you have the right bit for all needs.

10. Stepladder

For the vertically challenged, a stepladder is an invaluable tool. Changing light bulbs, putting up curtains, changing smoke detector batteries- stepladders make all height-based tasks easier and safer.

All of these options (and much more) are available at the local hardware store. With these ten tools on hand, basic repairs and projects will be a breeze!



Source by Andrew Stratton

Common Sense is Your Best Anti-Theft Device

Just like other crimes, a burglary can be a totally random event. However, when it’s planned, there are certain things a burglar will look for when staking out a possible break-in, and there are steps the homeowner can take to minimize this risk.

This is a good checklist before leaving your home empty or for beefing up your protection against theft:

Study your house from the street, and look for any valuables that may be visible from the street. Don’t give thieves a reason to show up.

Before leaving for any length of time, ensure that all windows and doors are locked, including the door to your garage. Many home invasion robberies come through garage doors and inner doors to the houses. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate. Place a piece of wood or metal in the track of any sliding doors to prevent opening.

Don’t leave your house in darkness when you’re away, create a sense of activity by using timers on lights, radios and televisions. Install low-voltage lighting outdoors to keep your surrounding yard well lit. Install motion detectors in dark areas along the sides and back of house to alert you of any intruders.

Suspend your newspaper delivery while you’re away and ask your neighbor to collect your mail. You may even ask them to park in your driveway while you’re away. Never leave a message on your answering machine that says you’re on vacation.

Keep any shrubbery near your walkway or entrance trimmed; removing any possible hiding places. Think about planting cactus or rosebushes under windows that may be especially vulnerable. Advise your neighborhood watch that you’ll be away.

Ensure your security system is activated when you leave. Etch your name on all electronic equipment to serve as a deterrent as well as assisting police in the recovery your property. It’s more difficult to sell stolen property that has the owners name on it. Make a video tape of your possessions and record the serial numbers.

Get a safe, not just for your jewels, but for important paperwork as well. Identity theft is a crime that’s on the rise and you want to minimize any availability to your personal records.

The more you can do to deter an intruder, the better your chances are that your home will not be chosen as a target. Studies have shown that if it takes a burglar more than four or five minutes to break into a home, they’ll move on. If you increase their vulnerability by adding a well-lit area or a barking dog, that minimizes your risk again.



Source by Doug Jones

Idiot Box, Not So Idiot Anymore

Remember that square-shaped box resting on the table of your living room? When you switch it on, it would show you either some of the most brain-picking news or any other piece of monotonous video clip. That’s what this idiot box was all about in the early times.

Thankfully, the idiot-box is not so idiot anymore and nor are the TV shows that it telecasts today. Thanks to Mr. Philo Farnsworth for the invention of the modern television who certainly bought a sigh of relief to all those individuals who would otherwise get bored of doing almost anything and everything that they have been doing to kill their so-called boredom.

The invention of modern television and the TV shows is smart for sure. The nightly practice of settling into your couches and gluing yourself to your favorite television shows is the biggest leisure activity that you would find for yourself in the present times.

A worthy evolution of the idiot-box

From its body-structure to the shows that it telecasts – everything about the telly has become bigger as well as better. The beautiful plasma or a flat screen TV doesn’t only let you watch your shows in better quality, but the same looks good in your living room as well (trivial, indeed). Gone are the days of a glitch situation of cable connections where you would want to get your television connected to a cable operator to further enjoy your TV shows into it. Digitalization of television and furthermore the apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime video have evolved the entire way in which any person would want to entertain himself in front of the television.

TV shows that are worth your time:

Not only has the idiot-box evolved in terms of its structure and technical upgrade, but the same has evolved in context of its TV shows as well. Today, there are a variety of programs watching which you can entertain yourself to the very core. The categories like news, movie, music, knowledge and infotainment, etc. are bringing new dynamics to this entire idea with each passing days. Furthermore, the quality of shows has improved drastically. Needless to say that the shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Friends, Narcos, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, etc. have gathered an immense fan-following among the global audience. The craze of these shows has increased so much that the audience are not just watching them, but living them till the very eternity.

Know some amazing facts about the idiot box

Do you know that the inventor of the modern television, Philo Farnsworth wouldn’t let his kids watch the TV? Do you know the most expensive advertisement ever made was that of program and it starred none other than Nicole Kidman? This ad was priced at $33 million. The average person in the United States spends 15 years of his life in watching the TV. Although most people dream in colors, the people who grew up watching black and white TV tend to dream in black and white.

Now that you have known much about the idiot box, go enjoy watching your favorite show now!



Source by Martin Stranski

Upholstery Linen: The Benefits of Using Linens for Your Upholstery!

People are very particular about their furniture and when it comes to the upholstery then they are even more particular. Most of the people like to use upholstery linen to bring a little class and save a lot of money. Although there are some people who are not aware of the advantages of upholstery linen and they are still using the same-old fabric and leaving their furniture looking rugged and ignored. Let us take a look at some of the most widely known advantages of this particular upholstery fabric.

It brings a style and elegance in your house. Most of the time people would like to see a little sparkle in their house and use those flashy upholsteries, and they think that they have the most high-fashion house in the world. What they do not know is that they are making their house something like a freak show. If you want a little class and elegance in your house, then you use upholstery linen. There are many styles in this, and you can even choose a print that shows your personality.

Upholstery linen is very easy to buy. You would not have to look around too long. You can even buy these linens at online stores and find many varieties from colors to prints to quality. No matter what your budget is you can always find one type of linen that is according to your needs and personality. You would not have to make any compromises because the variability in this type of upholstery is just amazing, and you will enjoy shopping for linen then you ever did in your life.

This is one of those upholsteries that are very safe, and you can use them around any kind of patients. There are people who are not very comfortable with some kinds of fabrics. There are people who are allergic to some kinds of fabrics, but let me tell you that nobody is allergic to linens. Plus you will not have any problem with cleaning this upholstery linen. As this is made of natural fibers, you will not find any dust particles inside your upholstery, and you will be breathing perfectly.

It is amazingly elastic by nature, and it can be used for many years. You use and reuse this kind of fabric for many years to come. Plus as this is a natural fabric, you will be hearing, tearing and ripping sounds. They are sure to stay as good as new for at least five to six years.



Source by Rokas P P