Bamboo Flooring and Its Perks

September 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on Bamboo Flooring and Its Perks 

Bamboo floors: it’s something that everyone should look into if they’re remodeling or building a home for the first time. There are several benefits that come with this purchase. First and foremost, bamboo is earth-friendly. It’s actually the fastest growing plant on earth, with strength compared to that of steel—in addition to being a great renewable resource. Another bonus? Some bamboo cuts up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. Bamboo affects the water as well. It reduces rain runoff by a large percent, helps prevent massive soil erosion and keeps twice as much water in a watershed, thus lessening the impact of pollution. These are only some of the environmental factors that contribute to bamboo becoming one of the most popular types of floors installed. Also, bamboo proves to be excellent quality in finished product. It’s durable and beautiful in its performance. Just make sure you do you routine maintenance work, and the floor will take care of the rest.

 Try out the different styles of bamboo flooring. For example there’s strand woven bamboo and honey hand-scraped bamboo. This second one is a versatile light brown color with subtle peeks of grain showing through as highlights. If you buy bamboo flooring, you will notice the varying prices and how expensive the flooring can really get. But after you see how long the floors lasts, you realize that it is more environmentally friendly than other types of flooring, and the bill doesn’t look so scary after all.

Looking for a Way to Cut Costs in an Industrial Setting? Try the Different Types of Brazing.

September 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on Looking for a Way to Cut Costs in an Industrial Setting? Try the Different Types of Brazing. 

Furnace brazing is a process that is cost effective due to the use of mass production and the ability to use an unskilled labor force.  Furnace brazing is a semi-automated process that is used commonly today in industrial brazing operations.  This method of brazing is used to easily mass produce small parts that can be readily self-located.   Furnace brazing also offers a controlled heat cycle, and there is no need for cleaning of metal powder post brazing.  Despite many benefits, there are also many drawbacks to this method.  The initial costs of equipment are higher, and the energy consumption is higher as well. 

 

There are four different types of furnaces commonly used today, as follows: batch-type, continuous-type, retort-type with controlled atmosphere, and vacuum furnaces.  Another type of brazing that is less well known is called cast iron catalyst welding.  This process includes brazing, and can use either a nickel or a cast iron rod.  This process is used to most often to conduct electricity by welding a copper wire to the iron pipe, that will carry current and heat pipes during the winter time to prevent freezing. 

 

There are many more types of brazing, including torch brazing, silver brazing, braze welding, vacuum brazing, and dip brazing.  The types of brazing mentioned above are also a part of this list.  Each has its purpose, depending on many project factors, and all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Bamboo Flooring All Around

September 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Bamboo Flooring All Around 

The majority of bamboo found in American bamboo flooring is made from strips of mature bamboo poles.  The outer skin and nodes of the wood are removed before processing, and then the bamboo strips are boiled in lime to remove the sugar and starches.  You can get your bamboo in two main colors, natural, which looks more like beech wood, and carbonized, which bears a strong resemblance to oak.  The bamboo strips can also be darkened through a process called carbonization, in which the bamboo strips must undergo steaming in a specific controlled pressure and heat. 

 

Not only does bamboo flooring cost look beautiful, but it also has several eco-friendly aspects.  Because it is a grass, not a wood, it is more easily renewable, in regards to both space and time.  Bamboo can also be harvested without need for replanting because the root system is left in the ground and will regrow the plant.  Bamboo does need any pesticides, irrigation, or fertilizer.

 

There are also some serious environmental concerns, specifically as far as the carbon footprint of the bamboo flooring in relation to the transportation costs.  Because most of the bamboo must be transported to the United States from China, transportation costs contribute extensively to the carbon footprint.  Another carbon footprint issue has to do with the chemicals used to produce the strand woven bamboo flooring.  One of the most pertinent issues surrounding production however, is the destruction of natural environment to plant bamboo for bamboo flooring.

Tips and considerations when remodeling a bathroom

September 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on Tips and considerations when remodeling a bathroom 

If you are considering selling your property, remodeling the bathroom is a good way to add value to it and could be the deciding factor in selling it. But before you embark on such a project there are many factors to take into consideration in order to make it a success.
• Have a budget

Work out how much you can afford to spend on the project. Try to keep the cost 10% under the budgeted amount and keep that 10% as a contingency plan.

• Look at what needs to be changed

Do the tiles and fittings need replacing? Do you want to change the placing of the fittings? This may involve plumbing work which can be costly and time consuming.

• Take measurements

Measure the dimensions of the room. If you need to install a shower cubicle or a bath tub, measure the available space. this will save you a trip back from the store.

• Shop around
Once you know what you need to purchase, go to the home depot stores such as home depot and Lowes and compare prices and get the best deal to fit in your budget. You can purchase tiles and paint at a low price from IKEA.

• Remove the clutter

Under Floor Heating – Not Necessarily A Luxury Anymore

September 18, 2011 by · Comments Off on Under Floor Heating – Not Necessarily A Luxury Anymore 

There is nothing worse than walking around with no socks on and hitting a patch of solid flooring that sends chills up and down your body. Ok – that might have been a bit of an exaggeration but its not a pleasant feeling and should be avoided at all costs. Under floor heating is a luxury that many people think they cannot afford even though it is certainly not as expensive as they might think. If you have a lot of hard surfaces as opposed to carpet, this might be something worth looking into.

Although it might be a luxury to have warm floors in a house, there are certain situations where it is very beneficial and almost necessary. For example, a sidewalk in a very crowded and cold place might be a prime example of where to put floor heat. This can keep the walkways clear of ice and might save money in the long run. It is completely possible that someone might slip and you might find yourself with a lawsuit. It is also possible that, in the long run, these heated floors could save money in the money that it would take to have someone scrape the sidewalks.

If you are interested in this type of a service, you might choose to search Google for companies in your area that might be willing to put this in for you. Not only can you find a good one, you can find a few and get quotes – therefore saving money and getting a good idea of the market.

Wicker Furniture for Your Patio

September 11, 2011 by · Comments Off on Wicker Furniture for Your Patio 

Many people have trouble finding quality furniture that is not only comfortable, but suitable for semi outdoor areas that encounter the elements on some basis every day. These can include sun rooms and screen porches. Wicker furniture is a great way to decorate these spaces and still keep an affordable budget. It is also very light and easy to move around the room.

Though wicker furniture is very durable and well made; for a more ridged and a little different design work, many people turn to rattan furniture because it comes fully assembled and is made of superior quality materials. Rattan furniture is good for both indoor and outdoor use and you can order sets anywhere from a love seat or a set of chairs to a full outdoor dining set. All the Rattan and wicker furniture come is several selections of colors and styles which allow you to fit the set that works best with your decorating theme.

To further the decorating versatility of rattan and wicker furniture there are many different patterns of pillows that can go with them. These include many tropical style patterns which are popular for giving the room a beach vacation feel. All these cushions are thick and comfortable and easy to replace should they get ruined.

If you do not have a covered patio or porch you can also always some durable outdoor resin wicker furniture. This has specially treated wicker and outdoor cushions allowing you to enjoy great weather while surviving the rainy days.

The Importance of Tea Towels and Fitted Sheets

September 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on The Importance of Tea Towels and Fitted Sheets 

One thing that is overlooked as one of the most important parts of every household is the linen. No one realizes that they are using irritating cheap linens until they decide to make the switch to nicer higher quality fabric.

One of these linens that people hesitate to replace is the tea towels. Most people have tea towels that have tea towels that are five to ten years old and have been uses to clean up a million messes. Many of them are also made of some cheaper synthetic material that barely absorbs any liquid. It is important to get new tea towels fairly often to keep you kitchen free of bacteria. Old tea towels don’t absorb properly and end up just spreading the mess around. Getting some new one hundred percent cotton towels can give you maximum absorption. Many of them also come with nice designs that are an easy way to brighten your kitchen.

Other linen that people don’t often upgrade is their sheets. Fitted sheets are nice because they hug the bed closely and do not bunch up at night. Upgrading to a higher thread count and higher quality cotton not only makes your sheets last longer but also reduces irritation and allowing you to sleep much more comfortably.

Finally, it is important to have a high quality mattress protector. Mattresses are not only expensive but also very hard to properly clean. Mattress protectors keep dust and bacteria form building up in your mattress and keep your bed clean. There are also hypoallergenic ones that work even better.

Affordable Wicker Outdoor Furniture – Not Hard To Find!

September 9, 2011 by · Comments Off on Affordable Wicker Outdoor Furniture – Not Hard To Find! 

Many people have outdoor patio or garden space that they would like to furnish but are afraid that they cannot find any comfortable and affordable furniture that can withstand the weather. However wicker furniture sets are now available that are specially treated to do just that. These are stylish and incredibly comfortable wicker out door furniture sets that are treated with special resins to combat the wind and rain. They also come with comfortable weather resistant cushions that allow you to enjoy your garden when the weather is nice and not have to worry about your furniture getting damaged when it rains. This also saves you from the hassle of having to move your furniture inside when it is not being used.

The styles on the wicker furniture range from classic to more modern and contemporary designs. You can also purchase a variety of sets that include sofas, love seats, chairs, ottomans, benches, and even coffee and dining tables for those customers who like to enjoy a meal outside in nice weather. Many of these tables come with umbrellas to help keep you cool on hot days.

The wicker is made of sturdy high quality material and the rattan furniture is particularly durable. All the furniture pieces come in one piece and are very light and easy to move around. The wicker can also be painted in several different colors so you can customize your furniture to whatever fits your taste in décor. The cushions are very durable and easy to replace if one happens to get damaged in some way.