Sep 112014
 

Piscinas-de-Fibra-de-Vidrio-8Everyone loves watching the lifestyle channel just so that you can see the houses with the swimming pools and imagining their own lives if they had a swimming pool in their back yard, but what does having a pool really mean?

Most people would argue that the fun that you can have throughout the summer and the money you could save in the long run is a benefit that cannot be outweighed by cons but other people would be put off by the maintenance and costs – especially in Britain where you’re not guaranteed a summer.

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Originally posted 2014-07-19 15:52:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What You Need To Consider When Purchasing Your First Home

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Sep 112014
 

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If you are in the market for a new home, whether you are shopping for one on your own or with your spouse, the process can be an exciting one, but it can also be a frustrating one, especially if you are on a tight budget or you have high expectations for what your first home should be able to provide you.

When it comes to house hunting, you need to have a few things in mind in order to keep the process running as smoothly as possible and to reduce the potential level of frustration that you will need to deal with.

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Originally posted 2014-08-13 03:52:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Fiber Cement Installation Tips

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Sep 112014
 

Fiber cement siding is becoming more popular and if you’re installing your own, here are some installation tips to help you out.  
The first strip that should be attached is the starter strip.

Look for the beat up pieces and rip them into 1 1/4” starter strips that get attached to the wall 1” above the ground using a 15 gauge trim gun. The easiest way to place the starter strip in the right place is to snap a line 1” above the bottom of the wall.

After the starter strips are attached, snap another line 1/4” below the starter strip and position the bottom row so that it hangs 1/4” below the starter strips.

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Originally posted 2013-10-09 03:52:35. 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
 

google-earthYou can download the new version of Google Earth. Google has unveiled its new version of its digital atlas, Google Earth 6 , with which enhances the realism of the virtual globe, thanks to the presence of two new features:Street View, 3D trees. Fly anywhere to view satellite imagery, 3D buildings, 3D trees, reliefs,images from Street View, planets and other things.

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Originally posted 2014-09-01 03:54:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 Unique Ways To Help You Sell Your Home Faster

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Sep 112014
 

inmuebles-en-ventaSo, you are planning on moving home but you seem to be facing some trouble. Well, fear not as I will help boost your morale. If selling your home for the right price is something you fret then stop right there.

Now, I’m not going to miraculously treble the amount your house is worth, but I will help you to get your home on the market and sold quicker than you can say ‘mortgage’. No, just kidding. Here are some top tips to help you sell your beloved home for the right amount.

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Originally posted 2014-06-04 03:53:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Guide To Concrete Flooring

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Sep 112014
 

imageEvery flooring type comes with its own set of pros and cons. At the end of the day, the right flooring option will provide a homeowner with a surface that is practical, within their budget and in line with their personal tastes.

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Originally posted 2014-06-24 03:55:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

Atlantis, The PalmThe Atlantis Hotel is a luxury resort located in the heart of The Palm Jumeirah, the palm-shaped island, and like many hotels is an attraction in itself, with an architectural design that mimics the Atlantis hotel Paradse Island in the Bahamas.

This luxury hotel has 1539 rooms and comprises two towers joined by a pink color bridge.  It also has made other areas of entertainment that make it appealing to anyone who travels to Dubai for business, tourism.

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Among them has a 42-acre water park called Aquaventure, with pools extensive fresh and salt water, a marine habitat situated not far from her long, lovely beach, luxury boutiques, a variety of restaurants, a nightclub, spa and Fitness Club, and 60,000 square feet of meeting and function space. A temple “Ziggurat” with eight waterslides, including a slide through an acrylic tunnel in a pool of sharks.

It has two monorail stations connecting the resort with the entire main section of the Palm Jumeirah.

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One thing that makes staring at the Atlantis is the Bridge Suite. The most expensive room in the world, with 10 connecting rooms inside, it costs a whopping $ 25,000 a day.

hotel2The luxuries are endless in this hotel, from the decor of the suite, with gold from their materials, even room service or services of Atlantis. The Suite includes its own butler, bar lounge and 12 foot ceilings.  The Atlantis in Dubai is definitely a spectacular hotel.

Originally posted 2014-08-28 03:52:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

cuidados granitoIt is hard to imagine, but there are all kinds of different classification schemes when it comes to stone. Within the UKstone industry the leading firms make things easier for their clients by identifying the stone type and its origin on an individual basis, especially when they are being used to create horizontal surfaces.

From the customer point of view the main area of importance is the durability of the stone – there is no point in installing the product if it has a high chance of breaking or chipping due to the environment it is located in.  In terms of the kitchen setting, granite is the most commontype of stone used to create worktops as its main features are its strength and stain-resistance.

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Originally posted 2014-08-12 15:52:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sep 112014
 

elevadores-para-discapacitaElevators for the handicapped and disabled.
The elevators or lifters for the handicapped offer an immense source of help to the daily activities for those individuals that have illnesses that impair the ability to walk.

Regular lifts that have the built-in platforms also help the handicapped to access the elevators with a wheelchair given the fact that the elevator possesses the weight capacity and widthness to fit the wheelchair.

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Originally posted 2014-09-09 03:54:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter