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How to Soundproof a Room

Noise pollution can be very annoying and distracting. You really cannot manage to concentrate on anything or even enjoy a good sleep where there is too much noise around you. Fortunately, something can be done to soundproof your home.

About soundproofing

In almost every way, the modern drywall-over-studs wall is better than its timber-and-masonry and plaster-and- lath ancestors. It’s fast and easy to build, lightweight and makes the most of inexpensive materials. But when it comes to stopping sound, the modern wall is a flop.

This article will show you how to make these walls (and ceilings) block sound better. The process involves ripping the existing drywall off the walls (and perhaps the ceiling), filling the walls with fiberglass insulation, attaching metal strips called “resilient channel” to the studs, and fastening new drywall to the channel.

This straightforward project doesn’t require specialized tools or high-level construction skills. Anyone who has experience hanging and taping drywall, along with a little carpentry and electrical know-how, can do this job.

Soundproofing is a messy, labor-intensive project, however. To minimize household havoc, it’s best to focus on one room, or at least one room at a time. The room might be a place that you want to keep sound out of—a home office, for example. Or it may be a room you want to keep sound in—like a home theater.

We won’t show you how to block noise coming from outside since most exterior walls already block sound fairly well. And any improvement you make to them will be of marginal benefit unless you also upgrade your windows.

Sound-Reducing Materials

Resilient channel acts as a spring between the drywall and studs. When sound waves strike a wall built with resilient channel, the drywall can vibrate independently without transferring the vibration to the studs. The metal channel is available at some home centers and all drywall suppliers.

  • Fiberglass insulation batts are available at home centers. Although “acoustic batts” are available, plain old unfaced R-11 thermal insulation works just as well. Don’t spend more for R-13 batts; a higher R-value may actually cut the STC rating slightly.
  • Type X 5/8-in. drywall is available at lumberyards and home centers. Type X drywall is meant for fire-resistance, but since it’s denser than standard drywall, it also stops sound better, especially when used with resilient channel.
  • Acoustical sealant is available at drywall suppliers, but silicone caulk found at home centers is also a good choice. With either type, you’ll need lots of it and will probably save a few bucks by buying a big caulking gun that uses the more economical 30-oz. tubes.
  • For attaching the channel to studs, use 1-1/4 in. screws. For attaching drywall to channel, use 1-in. screws. Fine-threaded screws grab on to resilient channel better than the coarse-threaded versions.
  • Door gaskets, door sweeps and transition strips are available at home centers.

 

Read more: http://www.familyhandyman.com/walls/how-to-soundproof-a-room/view-all

Why is My Roof Leaking?

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Heavy snow, ice build-ups, torrential rains, as well as winds not merely loosen shingles but also take a heavy toll on other roof components. These roof components tire out in time when exposed to other elements. For that reason, leaky roofs become one of the leading problems for homeowners. And also as roofs age, the possibilities of a leak only rise.

What are the most common roof leak causes? Listed here are just some examples.

Blocked gutters
Straight forward home maintenance can stop this issue in its tracks. Prior to the rainy or winter season be sure to clear leaves along with other debris, this has gathered over time in your gutters. All this debris collects inside your gutters it then clogs them.

Flashing
It is a thin strip of metal that is utilized to cover the seam on the roof is called a flashing. Often, the leaks begin whenever there the flashing is corroded or broken. At the points of penetration of the vents and flues, flashing is present. Bad flashings are normally the cause of a roof leak. If possible, examine flashings and the chimney area for any indications of an issue. In addition, examine any points at which an antenna or satellite dish connects inside the home.

Wind and Rain
High wind and heavy rain may damage roofing material letting water to enter the ceiling. Even a new roof in top condition becomes leaky if wind blows water underneath the eave. Getting property insurance cover is essential in case a violent wind or thunderstorm causes destruction of your roof. Many roofs could be repaired or restored or even worst they could be replaced by a new roof.

The problems above often result in leaks, and repairing them immediately is a good way to keep them from causing significant damage. Some leaks are caused by non-maintenance issues, just like badly mounted equipment or an improperly fitted roof system, however most of them result from improper maintenance. Should your building has a roof leak, contact a firm which specializes in residential roofing, and set up a maintenance plan for preventing problems later on. Don’t attempt to restore or repair things all on your own since it might just result in a more severe damage. The life expectancy of roof is only 50 years so you might require a roof restoration as soon as your roof has already reached that stage. The good thing is, new roofing goods are now also brought to extend the life of your roof.

Why Use Artificial Hedges

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Plants have been the most important elements of human existence, not simply for the idea that it causes a cool living atmosphere but most of all it sustains life. With this reality, people appear to find ways to construct even just a little space for the plants to grow. However, that is quite impossible for chaotic individuals who don’t have enough time to maintain and look after their plants. In this instance, in case you are one of those who adore plants yet quite busy to nurture them, then perhaps it’s a good idea to have your own artificial plants or artificial hedges, which actually appear to be natural hedges.

Given that fake hedges are made from the high quality and robust materials, they can be conveniently set up in the meditation and pool side areas. The evergreen appearance of privacy hedges may give comfort and warmth specifically for those people who are seeking relaxation. And no person can ever tell that the artificial hedges are artificial simply because of its natural look. You no longer have to shell out money for maintenance and etc.

From supplying that realistic looks that could enhance the blank wall into a pleasing one, their unique features can leave a warm welcome to the visitors. Fake hedges are very popular when it comes to selecting the perfect privacy screen for your backyard. Based on studies, they play a significant role in the lives of the people residing in urban and suburban areas. They will keep your activities from the prying eyes of one’s neighbors or can barricade your home from annoying sights and sounds. In addition, hedge privacy screen could filter some pollutants or gas values across the area.

Today, home and business owners are growing the application of artificial hedges for several reasons. Large artificial hedges, with the accent of artificial ivy, azaleas and bougainvillea, could significantly affect your outdoor garden -transforming the old plot to a modern courtyard. You can even have it in a form of topiaries or arcs which can give an eye-catching appeal to the crowd. In addition, if you want to add more style to your garden, it is possible to ask the design consultants for valuable suggestions

All this time, we’re bombarded with many different works yet we are able to always think of different ways to relax, to contemplate or to introspect which will leave a memorable experience. And most importantly, this is the time that people can give time not just to us but additionally to our loved ones and friends. Good thing, getting artificial hedges gives us additional time and lower expenditures in the future25

Common Causes of Broken Pipes

Broken pipes are an unpleasant situation for every home owner, causing water leaks and increasing your bills. Sometimes, you may notice the problem immediately as a reduced water pressure, which indicates that a leak is damaging the base of your home creating a hazardous environment with mould and mildew.

 

Broken pipes not only cause household damage: they make headlines, too. Recently, we read the story of the Missouri homeowner who was out of town for a brief getaway when a common water supply line inside his house ruptured. He returned to find that his home had been inundated with nearly 45,000 gallons of water in his absence. Broken pipes can inflict severe water damage to structure and valuables, as well as make a house toxic due to mold growth. Most pipe ruptures fall into one of three categories:

broken pipesFreezing

In winter, it’s a major cause of indoor water damage. Anywhere they are contacted by air below 28 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes may freeze and rupture. Pipes in unconditioned areas like crawl spaces and attics are at particular risk. Placing slip-on foam insulating sleeves on accessible pipes helps prevent freezing. So does sealing cracks and openings that allow frigid outside air into crawl spaces or exterior walls where pipes are routed.

Corrosion

While galvanized steel pipes have long been known for corrosion and rupture, copper pipes may internally degrade as well, leading to eventual failure. A major factor in the corrosion of copper pipes is the pH factor of the local municipal water supply. Water with a pH below 7 is acidic and over time corrodes copper piping from the inside out. A red flag is the appearance of pinhole leaks that “weep” small amounts of water. Because they may mask severe internal corrosion and an impending catastrophic pipe rupture, pinhole leaks should never be …

 

Read more: http://www.rytechinc.com/blog/common-causes-of-broken-pipes/

The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Luxurious Home

A home is a special place for its occupants, ensuring safety and comfort in a corner of their own. People want their homes to be comfortable and inviting, and nowadays with the increasing awareness about the importance of well-designed homes, they also want it be stylish and glamorous.

 

A luxurious home may invoke ambivalent feelings in some people.

It is usually associated with castle-like mansions of Hollywood stars with dozens of bedrooms, and the same amount of bathrooms – in short, with space that could be way better arranged, with a lot more class and taste. However, many of us forget about the real embodiment of a luxurious home – a combination of the holistic approach to housing and some tasteful luxury items one can’t do without.

This guide will help you embrace the notion of the essential features a luxury home must possess to gain lavish quality on a much lower scale and less affluent budget.

The right location

Every savvy homeowner knows that the right location is the crown jewel of home ownership. It doesn’t matter if you are poor or rich; you still have the right to make your dwelling the little paradise; however, if you are rich, you are probably so busy that you want your home to be a sort of enclave that could give you the feeling of exclusivity on your property. In order to tend to your senses, you will definitely look for an oasis with a little beach coast or a concealed mountain house surrounded only by high trees.

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The latest hot-shots of technology

One can’t refuse to admit that it’s impossible to shy away from the increasing swarm on technological advances. Today’s homeowners are crazy about gadgets that can make their life easier, so they choose Smart homes. A Smarthome is a place which actually thinks. Thanks to the ever-broadening automation of …

 

Read more: http://www.remodelhunt.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-creating-a-luxurious-home/

Drip Irrigation Design Guidelines

 

 

Background:

Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of irrigating. While sprinkler systems are around 75-85% efficient, drip systems typically are 90% or higher. What that means is much less wasted water! For this reason drip is the preferred method of irrigation in the desert regions of the United States. But drip irrigation has other benefits which make it useful almost anywhere. It is easy to install, easy to design, can be very inexpensive, and can reduce disease problems associated with high levels of moisture on some plants. If you want to grow a rain forest however, drip irrigation will work but might not be the best choice!

Drip irrigation (sometimes called trickle irrigation) works by applying water slowly, directly to the soil, bloop, bleep, bloop, bleep. The high efficiency of drip irrigation results from two primary factors. The first is that the water soaks into the soil before it can evaporate or run off. The second is that the water is only applied where it is needed, (at the plant’s roots) rather than sprayed everywhere. While drip systems are simple and pretty forgiving of errors in design and installation, there are some guidelines that if followed, will make for a much better drip system. The purpose of this tutorial is to guide you toward materials and methods that will increase the benefits of your new drip system, while steering you away from some common misconceptions and practices that can cause you trouble.

“What’s with the Metric measurements? !!” Come on, quit whining, the rest of the world uses metric without problems!!! OK, don’t flame me, I give up, I’ll compromise… While a lot of drip irrigation research has occurred in the USA, most of the credit for making drip irrigation what it is today really should go to Israel and South Africa. So I’m going to honor that contribution by using the metric system as the primary measurement units for these guidelines. After all, metric is really the “native” measurements of drip irrigation. When I started using drip irrigation (back in the dark ages of irrigation) all drip data and products were in metric! But because I’m such a nice guy (inflated ego alert!! Dump some ice water on this guy!), I will provide English measurements also. So don’t panic.


This tutorial is setup in a multilevel format. Each of the guidelines below describes a basic rule for drip irrigation design, the guidelines follow in the logical order for creating a design. You can think of the guidelines as design steps if it helps. This page is the top level, here you will find a brief description of each design guideline. For many of the guideline topics there is a link to another page with expanded information on the guideline topic. There may be additional links from there to allow you to dig even deeper into the drip irrigation knowledge base. So you choose how much you want (or need) to learn. My recommendation is that if you want to print out something, print this page. Then refer to the other levels (and print them if necessary) as needed. That will save you a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your printer. It might also save a tree from going to the paper mill!

Parts of a Drip system:

If you don’t know a lateral from a pressure regulator start by learning about the basic parts of a typical drip irrigation system. I strongly suggest that even if you are familiar with drip irrigation you start be reading through The Basic Parts of a Drip System page now. It contains a lot of tips and recommendations.

A simple drip system.

Illustration of a very simple drip system.
Complex home drip system

A more complex home drip system.

Prescriptive Drip Design Guidelines:

These guidelines will provide you with all the information necessary to design a residential drip system for a typical yard. These guidelines are what is termed a “prescriptive standard” in the building …

Read more: http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/drip-irrigation-design-guidelines-basics-of-measurements-parts-and-more/

Chairs are present everywhere. From offices to bus stands, they are just everywhere. The ergonomic nature of chairs protects the users back from getting affected after long usage hours.

 

There are so many different types of chairs. Wing chairs, club chairs, rocking chairs, and that is just to name a few.

There is a chair to fit every need and every kind of space, so it is best to look at all the different options you have before deciding on one.

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Inspiration Chair. Photo (c) American Leather

1.  Chair and a Half

A chair and a half is a very useful piece of furniture, being slightly larger than a chair and smaller than a loveseat.

The width of a chair and half makes it an ideal piece of furniture for lounging. The chair featured here is modern in style, but you can find one in any style. It may have a tight back and a tight seat, or have loose cushions for the back and seat. It could also have a tight back with a loose seat.

This type of chair is versatile and can work in a number of settings, such as a small living room or a bedroom.

 

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Calvin Chair, Norwalk Furniture. Photo (c) Norwalk Furniture

2.  Wing Chair

Although the wing chair is a very traditional kind of chair, it has been reinterpreted and given a more contemporary flavor by many modern designers.

Wing back chairs are distinguished by the side panels or “wings” on the back, which originally served the purpose of shielding from drafts in a room, or excessive heat from the fireplaces. While you hardly need them to protect you from drafts, the wings provide a comfortable surface to rest the head for taking naps.

Candice Olson designed this wing chair for Norwalk Furniture, and it is a very inviting chair, perfect for lounging or reading.

Sine Chaise, Thayer Coggin - Photo (c) Thayer Coggin
Sine Chaise. Photo (c) Thayer Coggin

3.  Chaise Longue

A chaise is essentially a long chair, one on which you can stretch your legs without having to use an ottoman. The back is usually at a semi reclining angle, and this is the chair you use for relaxing.

Chaise longue became chaise lounge in English usage, and that is what it is usually called when we allude to a long, narrow lounging chair. Since this chair is all about relaxation, you will often find this shape in outdoor furniture.

See more: http://furniture.about.com/od/furnitureterms/tp/chairtypes.htm

Small Bathroom – Decorating Tips

A big, roomy bathroom is actually a comfort that many individuals want to have. Yet, the truth is, in many cities, condominiums are developed with small bathrooms to make room for the other spaces at home. Yet it doesn’t prevent us from having the ability to build an attractive and purposeful bathroom that we like. Even if you have a moderate sized bathroom, an incorrect decorating could easily make the space look small compared to what it really is. Below are some techniques to update a small bathroom in order to make it look or feel spacious.

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A. Downsize
Today you can now get products which are smaller. You may now see markets developing smaller tubs, showers, vanities, and lights as a result of consumer’s demands. These products are small in size and big in style. Avoid bulky fixtures as this could automatically use up much of your space.

B. Select the Suitable Color
Preferably, get started with changing the color of your bathroom. To obtain an impression of a much larger space, pick out soft, neutral and pale colors. Using mild colors on solid walls will help make the entire room seem larger. You may also make use of white decorations to make the bathroom look even larger. If you would like have bright accents (like red, yellow or blue), simply use vibrant towels and other accessories.

C. Enhance with mirrors
It’s not at all a secret that mirrors give incredible impression of space expansion. So this technique isn’t new in designing any small area at home. Therefore you need to incorporate more or bigger size restroom mirrors. You can put a full-length mirror on the back of the bathroom door or place a few small mirrors through the entire bathroom. Also you can utilize a cabinet with a mirrored door.

D. Avoid bulky towel racks
Utilizing a huge towel rack tends to make the bathroom look cramped. Use slender stainless steel towel racks to declutter the walls of the bathroom, giving it a more open and airy look. A longer towel rack along the wall will give the restroom much more depth.

E. It’s All About the Tile
In case you have shower tile, try using a light tile through the shower area. Putting elaborate tiles around shower knobs will give a shower a brand new look for a low-cost price, while also opening up the shower area. If using a stand-alone bath, attempt tiling half the wall instead of tub to ceiling. It visually makes a roomier aesthetic in the bath area..

Essential Information On Cleaning Stainless Steel

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Your stainless steel appliances may be the cornerstone of your kitchen, both in function and in appearance, but exactly how do you keep the surfaces smudge-free and shining every day? It is very important note that stainless steel surface lines adhere to a pattern, and the basic rule for maintaining their best appearance is to follow these grid lines when cleaning them. Abide by this guide to understand it yourself.

If, in case, your appliances have scratches, stains, or some other kinds of damage, it is essential that you know about cleaning stainless steel. There are many low-cost techniques that you can use to clean the appliances so there is no need to hire a professional to do it. Sure, these kinds of appliances do well with frequent cleaning. Make certain you learn more about cleaning your appliances routinely to keep it looking beautiful and polished.

For a thorough cleaning, you’ve got to be sure to put together all the necessary cleaners and prepare the appliances and kitchen wares to simplify process. A much better method to remove dirt and food buildup would be to simply pour hot soapy water on the area and give it time to sit for a couple of hours. For vertical stains, hang a wet cloth or towel on the edge of the appliance so that it covers the stain and the water can absorb and loosen it.

Amazingly, many of the most effective cleaners could possibly be found in your kitchen. The acidity in vinegar breaks down the unwanted particles on the steel surface without harming the finish. Load a spray bottle with distilled vinegar and put it on the appliance, wiping with the grain to get rid of marks. While the smell of vinegar could be absolutely strong at first, as soon as it dries it should mostly dissipate.

If you’d like to preserve the shiny and smooth finish of the appliance in your home, you can try using a glass cleaner to restore its finish. There are many quality products available in the market to select from. Make use of a soft rag to apply the cleaner onto the surface. Rinse it off with warm water once you clean the sink or appliances. Yet you can also check out mineral based cleaners as popular with many.

Tend not to wait until your appliances are completely dirty. Machines made of stainless steel appliances need proper care always, thus wipe them down routinely or every time they are smudged. When you see a hairline scratch that is too deep for you to handle, consider calling in a specialist. Although you will spend a little extra, it is advisable than having to spend a fortune later to fix what you may cause. Prevention is the best solution for avoiding strenuous cleaning regimes.

With these tips, it is simple to maintain your stainless steel appliances and enjoy their beauty for a long time.

Latch Locks Mechanism

A number of factors should be taken into account when choosing locks for commercial or residential facilities which includes security requirements, regularity of use and a lot more. Whenever getting door locks, one must be informed of its mechanism. The door latches and locks consist of several structures. The regular latch types are placed on the handle of the door, whether of metal or upvc. These normally have a lever that could be pushed down or up to secure the door. To discover the details of each type, see below;

i. The Spring Latch Type
A number of factors should be taken into account when choosing locks for commercial or residential facilities which includes security requirements, regularity of use and a lot more. Whenever getting door locks, one must be informed of its mechanism. The door latches and locks consist of several structures. The regular latch types are placed on the handle of the door, whether of metal or upvc. These normally have a lever that could be pushed down or up to secure the door. To discover the details of each type, see below;

i. The Spring Latch Type: This particular lock is considered the most very affordable and easy enough for nearly anyone to install. Meanwhile, it is the most insecure and provides the least amount of protection to the user. This device locks the doorknob and stops release of the latch which happens to be spring-loaded in the door frame. A key is utilized to release the latch and allow the user to turn the knob. But, a spring latch lock does has its disadvantages. A device besides the key, in the hand of someone who knows what they’re doing, may be used to release the bolt and allow access.

ii. Dead Lock Type: This sort of lock is utilized mostly on office and residential exterior doors because the spring latch will engage the locking mechanism when the door is closed meaning that a handle entry is not possible from the outside with no key and never have to fully lock the door from the inside.

iii. Cross bar Type: It’s probably the most basic and a fairly minimal security type of latch lock, the mechanism consists of a bar that is secured with fixing plates and slide across in front of the door opening right into another fixing plate having a small handle to work. An extremely primitive version of this lock is a wooden beam which is put into front of the door fixed on with angled fixing plates blocking ability to access the inside.

iv. Cabin Hook Type:
It’s one of many common latch locks, that is utilized together with a padlock. A Latch is utilized which then hooks over a staple, the staple is attached with a fixing plate where the screws are hidden as soon as the latch is in locking position and a padlock is added to prevent having access to the door. An alternative kind of cabin hook is a staple attached small metal hook, which suits into an adjacent staple on the opposite surface which means that entry from the exterior is difficult yet not possible without having the hook disengaged.

v. Cam Type
Such type of lock is utilized on lockers in areas like schools, universities and colleges. This is because students could protect their lockers by using a padlock sometimes a small combination padlock making sure the person/s won’t lose any keys. The cam type of this is extremely similar in mechanism towards the cabin hook latch lock in where a padlock is put over the latch cam lock when in the locked position to secure the device.

This particular lock is considered the most very affordable and easy enough for nearly anyone to install. Meanwhile, it is the most insecure and provides the least amount of protection to the user. This device locks the doorknob and stops release of the latch which happens to be spring-loaded in the door frame. A key is utilized to release the latch and allow the user to turn the knob. But, a spring latch lock does has its disadvantages. A device besides the key, in the hand of someone who knows what they’re doing, may be used to release the bolt and allow access.

ii. Dead Lock Type: This sort of lock is utilized mostly on office and residential exterior doors because the spring latch will engage the locking mechanism when the door is closed meaning that a handle entry is not possible from the outside with no key and never have to fully lock the door from the inside.

iii. Cross bar Type
It’s probably the most basic and a fairly minimal security type of latch lock, the mechanism consists of a bar that is secured with fixing plates and slide across in front of the door opening right into another fixing plate having a small handle to work. An extremely primitive version of this lock is a wooden beam which is put into front of the door fixed on with angled fixing plates blocking ability to access the inside.

iv. Cabin Hook Type
It’s one of many common latch locks, that is utilized together with a padlock. A Latch is utilized which then hooks over a staple, the staple is attached with a fixing plate where the screws are hidden as soon as the latch is in locking position and a padlock is added to prevent having access to the door. An alternative kind of cabin hook is a staple attached small metal hook, which suits into an adjacent staple on the opposite surface which means that entry from the exterior is difficult yet not possible without having the hook disengaged.

v. Cam Type
Such type of lock is utilized on lockers in areas like schools, universities and colleges. This is because students could protect their lockers by using a padlock sometimes a small combination padlock making sure the person/s won’t lose any keys. The cam type of this is extremely similar in mechanism towards the cabin hook latch lock in where a padlock is put over the latch cam lock when in the locked position to secure the device.