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How to Clean Your Deck

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Since decks have to deal with whatever nature throws at them, it makes sense to keep a maintenance routine that will keep them in good condition for years to come. With the right care, you can avoid expensive repairs.

One of the hardest parts about deck cleaning is deciding when to do it, but spring and fall are the best times. In the spring, you can eliminate winter debris and get your outdoor space ready for entertaining. In the fall, you can give it a final cleaning before harsh weather hits. However, you’re not limited to these seasons. Just pick a day when it’s cloudy (but not rainy) because you don’t want any of the deck cleaner to evaporate.

Start by digging out debris that’s sandwiched between the boards via putty knife, or use a crevice cleaning tool with a handle. Your knees will thank you when you choose the …

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How To Re-Pressurize A Residential Boiler

 

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When the hot water boiler loses pressure, it will no longer function properly and the water will no longer be able to be heated. This can play havoc with the home being comfortable during the cold winter months. Luckily, when this happens, all is not lost, and there are ways to fix this if one is handy for minor do-it-yourself projects regarding boilers.

Step 1

Turn the boiler off before attempting to work on it. The time span between shutting the boiler off and working on it should be, preferably, four to six hours. Failure to do so could result not only in damage to the boiler but an injury to the person doing the repairs.

Step 2

There is a tray under the boiler that must be pulled out. To do so, simply reach under and pull it out carefully. Some boilers will have trays that are plastic while …

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Rainbow

 

Ask any child of the 70’s about the programme Rainbow and they will probably smile and look all nostalgic. As with any children’s Television programme as soon as you look back on it in the cold light of adult lives you begin to slightly question the sanity of the people in it, the writers and also yourself for watching it. Launched in September 1972 the show was beamed directly via ITV into Living rooms in London, Bedrooms in Barnsley or Conservatories Evesham. In fact, viewing the show in a nice new conservatory might be a good option. Try https://www.firmfix.co.uk/conservatories/ for some ideas.

The first thing that was presented to the viewer was the explosion of colour, as you would expect from a programme called Rainbow but also the theme tune stuck in your head, which again was the intention. “Up above the streets and houses Rainbow flying high, everyone can …

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How Double Glazed Solar Panels Are Improving Energy Efficiency

 

Two scientists from the University of Warwick have built on the fundamental work of Tesla and Einstein to design double glazed solar panels. Dr Yorck Ramachers and Dr Gavin Bell have invented a product similar to the doubled glazed window.

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What are double glazed solar panels?

Existing solar panels use two glass layers with a vacuum as a filler between the layers. Double glazed solar panels replace this vacuum with an inert gas, which acts as additional insulation.

These double glazed panels work by ejecting electrons when hit by sunlight. The free electrons travel through the inert gas and are trapped by the transparent exterior layer, which conducts electricity.

The new design is a step forward for solar technology and will help to improve solar generation methods. Dr Bell has suggested that the new panel will be beneficial for other green technologies, including turning heat into electricity.…

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Carpet or hardwood flooring for allergies?



When making a choice between hardwood flooring or full floor carpeting, the issue of allergies always pops up. Rightly so, considering that so many people suffer from them and if you have children the effects might be worse on them.

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The argument for carpeting

Those promoting carpets will reveal that recent research has come up with results that show that a carpet, that has been thoroughly cleaned, will cut down on the risks that carpets are said to have in terms of allergies. They will claim that it trumps choices like grey laminate flooring or hardwood and is the better choice for asthma sufferers because all the dust in the air gets caught in the carpet and can’t be inhaled.

Another factor that affects allergy sufferers in the home is mould. Ensuring that the carpet is always clean and dry is one way of avoiding mould. It is …

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