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Stop Mold And Mushrooms From Killing Your Lawn

Posted by Ron Barnes on Oct 2, 2014

You want your lawn to grow green and lush. But, you don’t want anything else to grow with it. One common lecher of your lawn’s nutrition is fungus. Fungus is an indicator of poor lawn health. Don’t let it destroy your lawn.  How Mold And Mushrooms Infiltrate A Lawn Mold, mushrooms and other fungi grow in places that are dark and damp. They are common on lawns in areas that are shaded and too heavily watered. Watering your lawn too much can do just as much damage as not watering it enough. If you see an area of your lawn with mushrooms, water that area less.  Also look out for fairy rings. Fairy rings happen when fungus grows in a circular shape on your lawn. In the beginning, it will look like a circle of healthy grass, which is greener than the grass around it. This is the beginnings of a fungal infestation.  How To Prevent Fungus  The best way to prevent fungus is to water your lawn properly. It is best to water your lawn in the morning, before it gets too hot. Watering at night leads to low evaporation. The water sits on top of the lawn, inviting fungus to grow.  At the beginning of spring and the end of autumn, apply fungus preventer. It can be purchased from a hardware store or local nursery. This will kill fungus before it even starts to grow.  How To Get Rid Of Existing Offenders  If you notice that mold or mushrooms have already started growing on...

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Creative Paint Ideas For The Interior Of Your Home

Posted by Ron Barnes on Sep 30, 2014

When it comes to the paint on the interior of your home, it can sometimes be fun to get creative with it. While white walls generally look nice and clean, they can sometimes be a bit boring. If you want to liven up your home, and add some personality, adding different colors and designs is an excellent way to achieve this. This article will talk about some creative paint ideas for the interior of your home.  Stripes Stripes not only allow you to add multiple colors to the same room, but they also add a whole new element of design as well. To paint stripes on your walls, you will first need to determine if you want your strips to go in a vertical or a horizontal direction. You can then carefully measure the wall, so that the stripes are all spaced evenly apart. Next you will place tape over the areas that you marked on the wall, and you can begin painting. It may take a few coats to get the color thick enough, but once you are done painting, you can then carefully remove the tape and see your handy work. Stencils Stencils are another great way to add some creativity and color to a room. Stencils come in all different shapes and sizes, and you can basically create almost anything with them. To use the stencils, you will simply need to tape them onto the wall where you would like them, and then you paint directly...

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3 Signs Your Elevator Needs An Elixir

Posted by Ron Barnes on Sep 30, 2014

When you step into an elevator do you ever wonder if it has been properly maintained? Most people don’t hesitate to step inside and ride with confidence. They proceed to get off at their level without being concerned with getting trapped inside or being injured by the elevator. Why? Elevators have become the vertical highways of big cities. People in New York City alone, make more than 30 million trips on elevators in a single day. With that kind of traffic, businesses can’t afford to grind to a halt over faulty elevators. If your elevator is exhibiting any of the following signs, contact an elevator repair technician to fix the problem right away. 1. The doors malfunction. Elevator doors are supposed to open and close rationally. The elevator doors should remain open or open back up when someone walks inside or obstructs the door with their hand or foot. The elevator should not move while the doors are still open. If the doors aren’t closing properly or are opening several times before finally closing for no apparent reason, there could be a problem with the door’s sensors. In May of 2014, an elevator at the Washington Monument trapped 18 people inside and forced another 60 people to walk down 500 feet of stairs. Often there are warning signs, and even the elevator at the Washington Monument had been malfunctioning multiple times prior to the public incident.    2. The elevator makes a lot of noise. Have you ever noticed...

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How To Flush A Boiler Heating System

Posted by Ron Barnes on Sep 30, 2014

The pipes in a boiler heating system accumulate sediment over time that can cause your boiler to make noises and increase the time needed to heat your radiators. This sediment must be flushed from the pipes periodically to restore your heating system to its normal efficiency. If you have basic plumbing skills, you can use the following steps to flush a boiler heating system. Step 1. Turn the heating system off. If your heating system is powered by electricity, disconnect it from its power supply. If your heating system uses gas, close the gas valve on your supply line. Close the valve on the water feed line to the boiler to prevent it from refilling with fresh water while you’re draining the old water. Allow your boiler to cool to room temperature. Step 2. Connect the drain hose. Locate the drain valve on your boiler, which is typically near the bottom of the boiler. Connect a garden hose to the drain and place the open end in a convenient drainage location. This will typically be an outdoor area, but you can also drain your heating system into a bath tub. Step 3. Drain the heating system. Open the bleed valve on the highest radiator in your house so that air can replace the water that you drain from the heating pipes. This may require a special tool or adjustable wrench, depending on your radiator. Open the drain valve on the boiler, allowing the water to drain from the heating...

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Is Your Machining Shop Cramped? How to Move Large Tooling Equipment & Free Up Space

Posted by Ron Barnes on Sep 29, 2014

Has your machine shop reached a point of severe saturation? Old CNC equipment takes up valuable space. New and current use equipment needs new organizational efforts. By dealing with both those things, you can free up a lot of space in your overburdened shop. Dealing with Rarely Used and Unused Machines At some point, you replaced an old machine for something new in your shop. You planned to remove the equipment, but found that one out of every hundred or so clients brings you a project that still requires it. This can often happen for shops making upgrades to laser equipment. They will find they still need to use the older mechanical processes for a few narrowly defined projects. In addition, older machines still represent a hefty investment. You can’t just scrap it. You’ll probably want to sell it, but you still need a place for it while you wait for a buyer. If you have pieces scattered around the shop, take the following advice into account. For unused equipment: Move them all together in one area of the shop. Use premade metal buildings to house them outside if you have the space Find brokers that will sell your equipment and house it for you. For rarely used equipment: Discontinue the service the tool allows you to offer. Hire a CNC programmer to see if your newer machines can perform a similar function. Replacing the large machine with a smaller, portable version if possible. Either way, get those old...

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Simple And Complex: Problems You Need A Plumber To Fix

Posted by Ron Barnes on Sep 29, 2014

If you have little to no experience with the plumbing in your home, there are going to be different situations where you are going to want to call a plumber. Some issues are quick and easy for the plumber to fix, while others may be more complex. Either way, trying to fix any of these problems yourself may make the problem worse, or it may even be dangerous for you. This article will talk about some simple and complex problems that may require you to call a plumber.  Simple Problems For a Plumber While some problems may seem simple enough for you to take care of on your own, this isn’t always the case. A plumber, however, may be able to fix these problems quite simply, so calling them is going to be the best option.  Leaks. Leaks can occur for several different reasons, and may be due to a broken or frozen pipe, or you just may have a simple problem with your faucet. Leaks most often occur in your faucets, sewer, drain pipes, or anywhere that a faucet is located. If you see that the wall behind a faucet is wet or has paint that looks to be sloughing off, this is a sign of a leak. Calling a plumber in the case of a leak is the best way to go. Clogs. A clog in your toilet, bathtub, sinks, or any other drain in your home, is likely caused by some type of build up. It may be a build...

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