Ensuring You Have Safe Drinking Water In An Emergency

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether it is a natural disaster or another serious issue, having clean drinking water is essential for survival. Ideally, you should already have several gallons of clean drinking water per person stored away for these types of situations, but the reality is that most people do not have the room or just have not taken the time to buy water and put it away. If you find yourself in the middle of a crisis and need to have access to clean drinking water, here are some things you can do. The Simple Boil Method Boiling water can be sufficient for killing off any bacteria found in it. Take a large pot of water and boil it for at least eight to ten minutes. If the power is out and you have a gas stove, you can use the stove to do this, but if you have an electric stove, you’ll need to boil the water over a fire instead. Make sure you let the boiled water completely cool, and then put it into tightly sealed containers until you’re ready to use it. Iodine Or Chlorine Iodine and chlorine can both be used to purify water, but this should be done very carefully. When using iodine, add about three drops per quart of water. If the water is muddy or looks cloudy, you may need to double the number of drops you add. Stir the water well and let the iodine sit for about one half hour. Then, filter the water before you drink it. You can also use chlorine in a liquid form to purify your water. This solution should contain 5.25 percent of a substance called hypochlorite, which will effectively kill off any bacteria found in the water. Mix one gallon of water to eight drops of the chlorine solution, or double the amount of drops for extra cloudy water. Keep in mind that adding the exact amount is important when using this method to avoid overdoing it. Charcoal Charcoal is a highly effective water purifier. In fact, most household filters found under sink faucets and in pitchers have a charcoal-based filter. If you’re in a pinch, use some grill charcoal and put it in a coffee filter. Pour the water over the handmade filter, and let it flow through. You may need to repeat this process a few times until the water is clear and so you can make sure any debris or other materials have filtered all the way through. While this method may not completely kill off bacteria, it is still a good way to help purify any source of water you have and works effectively at making your water better to drink.  For water...

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Want A Good Fence, Cheap? Produce Your Own With Recycled Pallets

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Re-purposing wood pallets is the latest recycling craze, and there are many cool ways to transform these cheap, often free, items into a useful and appealing fence. Depending on the condition of your pallets, you may want to stain, paint, or finish these prior to sinking footings and constructing your fence. Measure your space, and clearly mark the position of each pallet to make the project easier and to acquire a more level, even result. Some tips to follow when constructing your own pallet fence include: Types of pallet fencing If you are looking to install fencing to contain pets or animals, be sure to take this into account during construction. Small, digging animals, such as pigs or puppies, may try to escape underneath your fencing, so be sure to ground it well. Large animals, livestock, or big dogs may be able to jump or find their way over your fencing; in these cases, you may want to look at ways to create taller fences from your pallets. Finding plenty of pallets Pallets are often made of hardwood and can be found at recycling centers or industrial settings frequently. You may pay a nominal amount per pallet to haul them away, but consider the costs of buying wood and other building materials for a conventional fence. The savings you incur from re-purposing pallets into your fencing makes it prudent and cost-effective, even if you have to travel a bit to acquire the needed number of pallets for your project. Constructing pallet fencing The size of your pallets will determine how many are needed for your project, and if you can find the larger eight or ten-foot long pallets, it will mean fewer pallets and less labor. For the conventional 40×48″ variations, you will need approximately 44 pallets to construct a 100-foot fence. Finishing features for your fence Consider some clever and convenient features for your finished fence. This might include hinging one pallet to create a gate that provides easy access to the space from outside. Also, check out some unique hardware and decorative accents at home improvement sites and stores that will give your fence distinction and make it cohesive with your home and property. Pallets are the perfect building material for a fully-functional and eye-catching fence. These can be used to contain pets, a garden, or simply to add visual interest to your property. Talk with retailers about the best footings for your distinct climate, soil, and terrain, and start your own pallet fence project soon with supplies from a company like Colorado Industrial Wood...

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Beyond Looks: Three Factors To Take Into Account When Choosing New Windows For Your Home

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When it comes time to choose new windows for their homes, many people focus on looks. However, appearance is just one factor to consider when choosing new windows. Here’s a look at three other important factors to keep in mind if you want to ensure you choose windows that truly meet your needs during a window replacement. How agile are your hands? You want to be able to open and close the windows with ease, and some styles are harder to operate than others. If you have a touch of arthritis, you may find casement windows to be hard to operate due to their little crank systems. Double-hung windows, on the other hand, are easy to open by sliding them up and down. If you are middle aged and plan on living in your home as you continue to age, consider your future needs, too. Unless you want to end up replacing your windows again in 10 years, it might be best to buy ones that don’t require a lot of dexterity to open. How much time are you willing to dedicate to cleaning? Intricate hung windows with eight or twelve panes might look stunning, but they can be a chore to clean. Likewise, hung windows that do not swing inward to give you access to the outside of the window will require that someone climb up on a ladder to clean the outside of them. If you have a professional clean your home, this may not be an issue. On the other hand, if you do all of your cleaning yourself, you may want to stick to a simpler window design that you can clean with a simple wipe-down, unless you have the time to clean lots of little nooks and crannies. Is durability a major concern? If you live in an area where the weather is mild year-round, then you don’t have to worry so much. However, if you get hail storms, heavy snowfall, hurricanes or other severe weather, you’ll want to choose windows that are made to withstand these conditions. Those made with a double layer of glass and a shatterproof coating (similar to that used on windshields) are generally the safest option in this regard. If you’re not sure which window type is right for you, talk to your builder or contractor. He or she can give you an idea of what people with similar homes in your area are using, which should help you narrow down your choices....

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Three Ways Modernizing Your Elevator Can Actually Save You Money

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A new car is an expensive proposition; however, there comes a point where continuing to repair an old, fuel-inefficient car adds up to an even higher cost. The same thing could be said of elevators. The cost of modernizing your elevator will depend on a lot of things – the type of elevator, its age, and how many changes you’re going to make. But continuing to run an older elevator can be expensive. Here are three ways that modernizing your elevator might be able to save you money. More Energy Efficiency If your elevator is older – especially if it’s a few decades old – then you may be spending more than you need to in energy costs. Like the engines in many cars, older power units for elevators are not as efficient as new ones; the more your elevator is being used, the more this increased inefficiency will cost you. In addition, elevator control software today is more sophisticated, which can further reduce energy use. This software can combine floor requests efficiently, causing the elevator to make fewer stops. The more your elevator has to start and stop, the more energy it uses; being able to combine stop requests can save you energy as well as saving time for people using the elevator. Less Spent On Service Calls The most obvious way that modernizing your elevator saves you money on service calls is by reducing the number of service calls you need to make. This is especially true for elevators that are reaching the end of their expected lifespans; just like with cars, if you have an older elevator and it’s frequently breaking down, the cost of a new one could pay for itself in less frequent repairs. But there’s another way a modernized elevator can save you money on service calls. Older elevators are more difficult to find replacement parts for, and as more service technicians focus on newer elevators, it can even become difficult to find technicians who will work on your elevator. Lower Lawsuit Risk If someone is injured because your elevator stops working, that can be a problem. However, a big part of personal injury law is the concept of negligence: if you can show that you kept up with the maintenance on your elevator and the accident was simply a freak occurrence, you stand a good chance of defending yourself in court. If your elevator is old and in poor condition, however, or it’s been known to break down frequently, then it’s much more likely that you could be found negligent; after all, it was your responsibility to keep the elevator safe for people to use. Hopefully, no one will ever be injured...

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4 Tips To Save Money On Your Business’s Cooling Bill

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Air conditioning is a must to ensure that your office is comfortable for both your clients and your employees. Even so, it can be difficult to keep a handle on the rising cost of running your commercial air conditioner all summer long. The following tips can help keep your building cool without inconveniencing your staff, your customers, or your wallet. Tip #1: Stick With A Program A programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to save money in your office. Set your AC to a higher temperature after business hours and on the weekends, then simply program it to drop to a more comfortable temperature for the hours your business is open. You will save energy by not cooling the building as much after hours. You may not want to turn of the system completely, though, since it can then take longer to cool the offices back down to a comfortable temperature. Extreme heat, such as could occur over a long weekend with no AC, can also harm electronics and computers. Tip #2: Lock and Key A programmable thermostat is only half the equation, though. You need to make sure that it stays at the pre-programmed temperature. This means protecting it from accidental (and not-so-accidental) adjustments. Thermostat lock boxes are available. These clear boxes are fitted over the thermostat so that one can still read the temperature, but they can’t access the adjustments buttons without a key. You need to use a box made for thermostats, since these are vented to allow proper air flow for temperature sensitivity. Tip #3: Automatic Pilot Open doors can suck your cool air right out of your building and suck the money right out of your pocket. Automatic doors are the simplest and most effective way to combat this issue. This completely prevents doors being propped open, and it also makes it easier for staff and customers to enter and exit the building, even if their hands are full. Don’t stop at the doors. You may also want to add sensors to your windows. With sensors, you can easily check a control panel to see if any windows have been left open, so you can arrange to close them promptly. Tip #4: Regular Service Calls You should have your HVAC system inspected regularly. At the beginning of the AC season and again at the start of the heating season are the bare minimum. Your technician can make sure that your AC is running as efficiently as possible by cleaning out fans and condenser units, replacing worn belts and hoses, and cleaning the filters. They will also check for any potential issues that are brewing so you can arrange to get them fixed...

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