Exterior Paint Color Tips And Tricks

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Whether you’re a paint expert or novice, painting the exterior of your house is a big deal. It is a visual representation to the world (and your neighbors) of who you are.

Most people may feel confident when choosing a color for the inside of their home, but choosing one on the outside may be a daunting task. Here are some tips and tricks to help you out with this important decision.  

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Originally posted 2014-07-06 03:54:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How To Make Best Use Of 3D Design Software

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Free-interior-design-programWhen it comes to interior design, 3D CAD software tools are necessary for anyone looking to get a clear idea of what they want to do with their home.  Years ago, a showroom or small display in a shop would have to make do, while 2D CAD software might have been used to plan space and the positioning of furniture, for example.

Today, 3D CAD software is perfect for planning a layout and design, and is perhaps best for those who have a tendency to pick a paint color or wallpaper, decorate their home, and then decide two weeks later that they’re unhappy with it. Continue reading »

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Son-recomendables-los-decks-de-plásticoAn out side deck area is both functional and if built tastefully can make you home very attractive as well. Unfortunately if the old deck was not well built, you can easily end up with a ugly monster after a couple of years of discolored warn wood and rust stains. There is nothing worse than a falling apart decking that becomes a loosing battle of repair.

A deck is also an ideal platform to provide beauty to you home, large pots full of explosions of colorful flowers look great and can produce a pleasant fragrance in the air.

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How Long Does Artificial Grass Last?

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cesped-artificialWhat is artificial grass? Why would you want it?

Essentially, artificial grass is a surface that is manufactured to look and act as grass. There are plenty of reasons to own artificial grass, also known as artificial turf.

For people who are not physically capable or have the time to mow their lawn, artificial grass might be the right product for them! It has no need to be cut as it is is a synthetic surface and does not grow.

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How Should You Decorate Your Mobile Home?

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Mobile home style properties can be a great choice for first time buyers who want the chance to own something of their own without the expense of a fixed house, or for people who are retired and want to downsize to something that gives them everything they need while freeing up the equity in their old bricks and mortar house.

Mobile homes also give you a level of flexibility in terms of where you might want to live (though they aren’t as easy to move as the word ‘mobile suggests and relocating does take some planning), and can allow you to live in fun communities with friendly neighbours, useful amenities and a lot going on.

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Minimalist Architecture expands very quickly, thanks to the simplicity of its lines. A symbol of modern architecture that uses the basic geometry of the forms.

ARQUITECTURA MINIMALISTA

The concept minimalism comes by a trend which rescues the concept of “minimum”. Mies Van Der Rohe was the pioneer in this trend by proposing his famous phrase “less is more” or “less is more” from there derives the term and the tendency to get far with the bare minimum. Continue reading »

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zahahadid002Zaha Hadid is a famous architect born in Baghdad in 1950. Known for the spectacular, innovation, plasticity, boldness and subtlety of his works, became the first woman who won the prestigious Pritzker Prize, which is the equivalent of an Oscar, but for architecture.

She has performed over 950 projects in 44 countries. She has the colaboration of a technical equipment of 300 people in various parts of the world. His firm Zaha Hadid Architects , based in London, has become a phenomenon of architecture.

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Buying a shower unit can be a big, and expensive, decision. Replacing or changing to a shower unit is a common requirement – many homes are replacing the traditional bath, which can be expensive to run, and changing to a shower unit.

In addition, many houses are installing a second shower – be it as an en suite or as part of a mud room. As a result, the availability shower units, and the variety of styles, are greater than ever. Many will consider a fibreglass shower unit is the sensible option – but this is not always the case, and there are a number of options worth considering.

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LOSAS HOLOW COREHollow core slabs are precast prestressed concrete components typically used as structural floor or roof deck systems in single or multi-story buildings. In order to reduce weight and provide a more efficient product, the planks are cast with continuous voids that run the length of the panel. Prestressing the slabs creates an exceptionally strong structural component that can be used to span areas up to 45 feet in length.
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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.

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