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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Different Kinds of Conservatory Roof

HEAT REFLECTIVE GLASS

This glass allows you to use your conservatory in the height of summer without it turning into a type of greenhouse. It also reduces the glare from bright sunlight while allowing light to come through on dull days. In recent years heat reflective glass has proved very popular.

It is also known as ‘energy efficient glass’ or ‘low e-glass’. It has a metallic coating on one side that makes the glass have a slight brown/gray tint to it. In effect this coating allows the sun’s energy to pass through from the outside but then reduces the heat loss from the inside. What is important here is that it does not provide heat insulation on its own and needs to be part or a double or triple glazed unit to provide substantial insulation.

Heat reflective glass comes in two types, sputtered (or soft-coat) and pyrolytic (or hard-coat). Sputtered glass is susceptible to damage by air or moisture so is usually used on sealed double or triple glazed units. Pyrolytic is more robust so therefore does not have to be sealed, but is less effective at keeping the heat out of your conservatory when it gets hot outside.

LAMINATED GLASS

Laminated glass adds strength to your glass to stop it easily breaking – which makes it great for security and safely. What’s key to know here is that it is different from toughened glass because it does shatter when you absolutely need to break it, say with the advent of a fire. You may be familiar with this sort of glass because it is often used in car windscreens. So when hit with force, the glass will smash into tiny pieces and not huge chunks that can cause damage.

Toughened glass on the other hand is strong also, but either won’t break when you need it to, or with enough force, will break into larger more dangerous pieces.

Laminated glass is slightly thicker than normal but does have better insulation properties to both the cold and noise.

SELF-CLEANING GLASS

Self-cleaning glass sounds great and is actually very clever. It works by having a very thin photocatalytic coating on its surface. The sun’s ultraviolet rays then hit this coating and steadily breaks down dirt and grime from the glass so it can be washed away when it rains. So with the sun acting as a sort of cleaner (photocatalytic) and the rain acting as a sort of rinse aid (hydrophilic) you end up with cleaner glass for much longer.

Self-clean glass can also be specified with heat reflective glass so ensure you consider both options before you purchase.

In conclusion, you need to think through how you could potentially use your new conservatory. If you like the idea of adding more months to the year when you can comfortably use your conservatory then you need to carefully consider the types of glass you can have.

Steps to Detection Dry Rot

Following items are required to detect the presence of dry rot in different areas of your home :

– Screwdriver
– Flashlight
– Dry rot sensors
– Metric drill

Steps

1. The very first step is to examine the surroundings very carefully. You need to examine each and every possible location where this fungus can build up. Check under the floor boards, roof timbers and other wood sources for any possible signs of dry rot. In early days of its development dry rot looks like cotton sheeting. Any orange or brown colored pancake growth on the wood exterior will be a sign on presence of rot.

2. Inspect the wood sources closely. Anything that has the appearance of dark stains or pale stains might be affected internally by dry rot. Another sign of presence of dry rot in dry woods is that it may appear dry or cracked unusually.

3. Knocking on the wood beam can further help you to detect the presence of dry rot. The affected wood will give hollow sound. You can also use screwdriver to inspect the presence of dry rot. If the dry rot has already been developed inside the wood, the screwdriver will easily pass through the beam.

4. To ensure the presence of dry rot, you can use dry rot sensors. Dry rot sensors have usually been treated with a chemical dye. These chemical dyes change color from blue to yellow when exposed to oxalic acid (byproduct of dry rot). Bore a 7mm hole into the wood or masonry to depth of 100mm. put a dowel into it. dry rot sensors will take up to 14 days to detect the presence of dry rot in that area.

Precautions

– Always wear gloves and protective clothing while dealing with dry rot sensors.
– Dry rot sensors are highly flammable. It is recommended to keep them away from flame. These should be installed at place away from ignition sources.
– To prevent severe damage to the structural integrity of your property, inspect all the exterior and interior of your property thoroughly.

 

Backyard Fish Pond Design

The Location of the Fish Pond

When planning the backyard fish pond, it is important to choose the location of the fish pond carefully to get the most open space that you can in the backyard. Reducing the amount of room available to a small amount of space will dramatically decrease the homeowner’s enjoyment of the backyard.

Fish ponds that are placed near the home leave a great deal of open space further out in the yard where the person can hold a get-together or where children can play without the risk of falling into the pond. The types of plants that are chosen for placement near the pond can attract different types of birds, butterflies, and insects which can add some natural allure to the areas around the fish pond.

The Plants Around the Fish Pond

When planning backyard fish pond, the homeowner should choose the placement of the plants around the pond very carefully. The plants around the pond should be placed in areas that receive ample sunlight to allow the plants to grow properly. If the person would like to place plants in shaded areas near their backyard fish pond, they should make sure that the plants can flourish in areas that do not get direct sunlight or they will die very quickly.

There are many different types of plants that can be used around a backyard fish pond, but most people tend to choose ones that are easy to care for. By choosing plants that are easy to maintain, the person decreases the time that is needed for maintaining the area around the pond. People that choose a backyard fish pond design that has plants that are difficult to care for will quickly become irritated with the amount of care required and will eventually let the plants die.

Different types of plants have different needs and certain plants will not grow well when placed near other plants. When planning a backyard fish pond design, it is important to research the needs of each type of plant and make sure that they will survive in the area.

 

Purifying Water Tips

Many surveys show that tap water is most of the time not pure and unhygienic. Studies say that normal seeing water may contain toxin, poison or feces and if they are not removed from the water they would have an adverse effect on the health. Many skin diseases are caused due to the presence of contaminants in tap water. Purified water keeps you safe from these diseases. Water is necessary to provide a smooth transportation of nutrients into the cells and the contaminants are harmful as they make the fluid in the body thicker and the body needs more energy to deal with these impurities. More energy consumption on these impurities means less energy available to you. Removing these impurities ensures that the wasted energy is now available for you to do your task more efficiently and effectively.

Many companies are there to provide you with mineral water bottles, though this water is pure enough to drink, but it is not always possible to rely on bottled water as they are expensive and is not always possible to have them with you. There are other options available to make the available water pure for us.

The method given here is very handy for people to make the tap water pure enough to drink and for other usage. What you need to do is to arrange a large pan. The pan should be clean and free of any dirt. Open the tap and let the water flow for some time. After few minutes keep the pan under the water stream and fill the pan with two inches of water. Then place the pan on the burning stove. Heat the water until it starts to boil. Let it boil for one minute or so before removing it from the stove. After a minute or so, remove the pan from the stove and let the water cool down.

In a meanwhile, take a jug or any other container which tolerate the cold, it must be clean. Once the boiled water cool down, put that water into the container. Seal the container and place it in the freezer. Allow the container to remain in the freezer for a long time – long enough to chill. Remove the water from the freezer and you will have pure, clean and cold water.

There are many other ways to clean and purify the water, but this is the simplest and does not require any special chemicals or items to purify the water. You can do it with common household items.