Sep 112014
 

piscina impermeabilizanteSwimming pools are a great added extra to any back garden, although if you planning on building one permanently there’s a lot more to it than just building it and leaving it.

Pools are not only great for keeping fit, they also make great party destinations and they’re brilliant for entertaining family and friends. However, before jumping head first into the construction, there are a number of things that need to be considered.

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Originally posted 2014-07-23 03:52:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

elevadores neumaticosVacuum Elevators.   Are going to install an elevator in your home or Office?  Forget about the concrete box, cables, pulleys or pistons. Today we can move people to  upper floors  in pneumatic elevators such as we saw in the old films of science fiction, where people were transported in one cristal capsule, without the aid of wires. This extraordinary technology has made the future becomes reality.

Vacuum elevators are also known as pneumatic elevators.  These consist in the combination of a cylindrical stack with smooth inner surface and a coaxial cab to the vent that moves inside. The vertical cylindrical duct is a self supporting structure, light and resistant polycarbonate.

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Originally posted 2014-06-20 15:59:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

Autodesk Announces Autodesk Revit LT

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Autodesk, the leader company in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has  announced Autodesk Revit LT software, a new addition to its family of Revit software products.

Tihs software is designed for architects, designers and building industry professionals using 2D workflows who are looking to transition to the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process,  

Revit LT is a simplified 3D building information modeling (BIM) solution.  It delivers a focused 3D application to help users create higher-quality and more accurate designs and documentation. Now you can easily Make the Move to BIM with Autodesk Revit LT.

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Originally posted 2012-09-07 03:29:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

Just as many facets of construction have improved over the years, plumbing has also improved through the use of new materials for piping and drainage. The invention of plastics in the early 20th century has made it possible to create new parts in countless ways. Plastics have reduced production costs and increased the lifespan of construction materials such as piping and conduit.

Many older homes have metal pipes installed for their plumbing. While you might think that metal would outlast plastic from a durability standpoint, this is not the case when it comes to running water and the effects it has on materials.

Metal Piping

There are three main types of metal piping that are used for plumbing:

Galvanized steel, copper, and cast iron. These are no longer used in new construction and have been replaced by several different types of plastics which I will discuss later in this article. Metal piping has many advantages, although we have shifted away from using them for cost as well as other reasons.

Metal piping and conduit can withstand large temperature changes, high stress loads, and high pressure at their joints. For these reasons, metal pipes that were installed hundreds of years ago still are functioning in water fountains and various monuments to this day.

Cast Iron

Cast iron was used for vertical drains in homes and businesses prior to the 1960’s, and actually dates back to the 5th Century BC! It can be difficult to work with because of its weight, but is great for high-pressure water flow. Cast iron is also great for its ability to reduce noise. The density of the molecules in cast iron help to dampen the noise of water flow.

For large systems with heavy water flows, the noise could be quite noticeable if it were flowing through a PVC pipe versus cast iron. Not to mention, I would feel much safer using a strong cast metal for high-pressure plumbing situations instead of plastic PVC. That being said, the cost would be four times greater.

Galvanized Steel

Probably the least attractive for its inherent properties, galvanized steel metal was used for home plumbing prior to the 1960’s when it was replaced by copper. Steel is relatively inexpensive to make, and is the cheaper of the metals used for plumbing. Though low-cost, steel is not a good choice in this application. Steel pipes will build up sediment over time, and eventually fully resist water from flowing through it. If you still have this type of plumbing in your home, you should probably call a company like A1 Plumbing Service to have your home re-piped.

Copper

Copper pipe is commonly used for water supply lines because of its resistance to corrosion. While copper is a better option than cast iron or steel, it is even more costly. Copper piping can come in a rigid or flexible form. In addition to its attractive property of being highly malleable, copper can also withstand high temperatures, corrosion, and cracking. It has been popularly used in the plumbing industry for some time, just for these qualities. As the price of copper continues to increase, and the theft of copper becomes more prevalent, it will be even more expensive to use in plumbing.

PVC and PEX

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These two acronyms are different plastic pipes that are now widely used for plumbing taking a foothold in the early 1990’s. PVC or polyvinyl chloride is used for water supply lines to the home.

It is used for high-pressure plumbing prior to the water needing to be heated, as it will warp if used for hot water. PVC can be easily cut and shaped for very specific implementations, and is extremely inexpensive. A stack of schedule 40 PVC could cost around $60 while a stack of cast iron could be around $170.

tubo polietileno reticuladoPEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. This is the material that is being used most extensively today. This plastic is resistant to temperature changes and is now being used for interior plumbing in homes. Having all of the pros of plastic piping, PEX also has some of the characteristics that would make metal piping a more desirable choice.

Plastic piping has taken over as the go-to material for plumbing in the last two decades. As safer and more durable plastics are created, it makes more sense to use them. They are very inexpensive to manufacture and much easier to work with. Plastic can easily be sized and cut on the job site, is much lighter making it easier to work with and cheaper to ship. The plumbing industry has had significant advancements over the past century and we are still creating revolutionary new forms of plastics for plumbing.

Further Reading

http://enlightenme.com/types-of-plumbing-pipes/

http://www.structuretech1.com/2014/05/galvanized-steel-water-pipes/

http://water.me.vccs.edu/concepts/material.html

http://www.charlottepipe.com/Documents/InTheNews/Cast_Iron_vs_PVC.pdf


Nick Quinlan is a professional student and amateur photographer who enjoys sharing the benefits of his travels and experience with others on the web through freelance writing and blogging.

Originally posted 2014-03-25 21:13:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

House for sale imageMany of us will move home within our lifetime. Whether it be to go to a new area or simply for a change. We will relocate at least twice, this is why you should take these home improvement tips into account.

Although you may not believe it, the interior of the home you are trying to sell has a great impact on the value you receive. You are more likely to get a much higher asking price if you were to make your home look ‘inviting’.

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Originally posted 2013-08-08 20:06:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

building suppliesThe subjects of building and DIY are topics which can hold a deep fascination and interest for some but for others are a source of confusion. There are many people out there who would not know where to start if they had to initiate a much-needed building project in the home.

Need laminate flooring but can’t afford the high costs of a professional fitter? Don’t know what materials to buy? Need plastering done or does that garden wall look a little bit dilapidated (and, perhaps, a little unsafe?)Again, builders don’t come cheap but at least they have knowledge and know exactly what building supplies are needed and where to find them.

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Originally posted 2014-06-09 15:56:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

scaffold  tower rent miamiScaffold Tower is a platform that rests on horizontal rails connected to four uprights supported by base plates if the structure is fixed or on wheels if it is mobile. It is used by the painters and other workers who make light work, of limited duration, usually in one place. 

Scaffold towers are now made in a number of shapes, sizes and specifications to suit domestic use.

Installing guttering, removing windows, accessing your chimney, painting or conducting any form of exterior work are all home improvements in which a scaffold tower will provide huge safety benefits to your work.

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Originally posted 2014-06-07 15:55:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

serenitypoolfsmauiIn many hotels and architectural magazines we often see visually pleasing pictures of pools that seem to be quite indefinite in size. These are called infinity or overflow pools. In these pools the water level is the same as superior part of the pool’s terrace, which means that there is no difference of levels between the perimeter surrounding the pool and the water.

In this kind of perimeter or in a specific designed side of the perimeter a canal forms where the overflow water drains, in which a large mirror seems to come out of the pool’s surface.

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Originally posted 2012-07-11 02:46:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

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Redecorating the bathroom? You might want to think about fitting a digital shower. With one touch controls, programming and easy installation, a digital shower can be a great choice for a new bathroom. If you want to know more about digital showers, then keep reading for the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the devices.

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Originally posted 2014-07-28 03:52:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

roller shutter garage doorsIn Britain, electronic garage doors couldn’t have come too soon. Gone are the days when you have to get out of the car in the pouring rain just to open the garage door. All of this inconvenience has been eliminated due to the introduction of remote controlled garage doors.

Automation has become a part of everyday life and some things are made to be automatic for pure laziness, some contraptions however, do have a legitimate purpose that aren’t intended to induce such laziness and remote controlled garage doors are one of them.

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Originally posted 2014-02-20 15:52:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter