Soffit Vents – How to Install

To introduce fresh and cool air to your attic, as well as let hot air escapes from the top of the attic through ridge vents you may consider adding soffit vents. The cooling costs for your house can be reduced using and the job itself is easy enough for you to handle.

In order to determine how many will be needed along each section you must first measure the area where you want to install the vent.
Use a template made of wood to mark the cut lines for each location that has been cut a little smaller than the size of the vent you’re installing. It should be an inch shorter and an inch narrower than the actual vent.

For a nice finishing touch paint the vent to match the soffit.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Center each soffit vent over the hole and parallel to the eaves with the vent louvers facing in toward the house before you screw each vent to the soffit board.
  • Cut the hole using a circular or saber saw.
  • Easy to handle yourself.
  • “No one will notice it is there except you and you utility bill.”

    Original Source: How to Install Soffit Vents

    Understanding Solar Thermal Panels

    A large amount of solar energy reflects back into space or is absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere, enough energy to power homes and businesses for years.

    The solar thermal panels are used to heat domestic hot water. The panels are filled with antifreeze or evacuated tubes.

    A typical thermal-panel system can produce around 70% of a house’s hot water demands. A photovoltaic (PV) system transforms the sun’s energy into direct current (DC) electricity.

    An inverter mounted inside the house converts the DC power to standard alternating current (AC), which is then used to power lights, appliances, and other electrical devices. If the PV system produces more electricity than you can use, the excess gets sent back to the power company and you receive a credit on your electric bill.

    Solar companies are now offering power purchase agreements to homeowners, which include a free solar system in exchange for government rebates.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Unraveling the mystery of off-grid solar power and understand the basics about your system.
  • There are some nuances in solar power that you must be aware of.
  • Often the most overlooked component of any off grid system is safety.
  • Original Source: “Understanding Solar Power”

    Eletrical Repairs DIY – Splice Wires

    When something needs to be done with the electrical wires in your home, the addition of a light switch or repairs to the wiring in your home, you can try to DIY if you have the tools and skills. Otherwise, calling an electrician could be a smart choice. There are some activities that handy people can manage on their own, but the electrical work is generally is more complicated.

    Whatever type of fixing or amendments that needs done, first, turn off the main switch or at least turn off the specific circuit in which the service will be done.

    It is also essential to have the right tools for the task and materials such as connectors and insulating tape quality and meet the technical standards governing products and electrical installation.

    Never use materials like tape, cellophane tape or masking tape to splice the wires and cables, as they are not made for this purpose and compromise the safety of the electrical installation, give preference to recognized brands in the market.

    MATERIALS AND TOOLS
    – Voltmeter
    – Electrician’s or linesman’s pliers
    – Junction box
    – Romex wire connector
    – Needle-nose pliers
    – Screwdriver
    – Wall anchors
    – Wood screws
    – Grounding screw
    – Utility knife
    – Wire strippers
    – Wire caps or nuts
    – Junction box cover (if sold separately)

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    • Learning how to splice wires correctly will not only ensure that your electrical repairs and upgrades function properly, but, equally important, keep you and your property safe.
    • If you’re apprehensive about working with electricity or lack basic electrical knowledge, do not hesitate to hire a licensed electrician for your project.
    • The connectors act as protective guides that also secure the wires to the junction box. Without them, the wires could be damaged by the sharp edges of the knockout holes.

    Original Source:

    http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-splice-wires/?

    Honey Harvest

    Beekeeping is caring and raising bees for their various products. Artificial beehives that the man provides the bees are very varied and have evolved over time. The more rustic were simple hollowed or wicker baskets; Today, they use different types of boxes, which are much more practical and easy to handle.

    The beekeeper knows the best time to harvest the honey and how much can extract without harming the bees.  Strip honeycombs that contains the mature honey and puts them in a centrifugal machine, which extracts the honey without breaking the honeycombs and can be used again.

    Before bottling it, filter it so that it is free of wax remains. An apiary with two to ten beehives in the backyard, farm or ranch as a hobby will produce as a final prize delicious honey.

    The ways to explore beekeeping, can be classified in various stages in accordance with their economic characteristics.

    Image from the Blog DIY Diva

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    • Goldenrod– whenever it makes its appearance– means that honey harvest needs to start in very short order
    • It’s just not a job that can be done without a little stickiness.
    • Interestingly, the honey I’ve extracted this year is entirely different from the honey I extracted last year.

    “As for the honey, the process of extracting and packaging honey was significantly easier this year because I actually know what I’m doing. I sprung for a stainless-steel 4-frame extractor this year, which is light years beyond the plastic bucket I used last year.”

    Original Source:

    http://diydiva.net/2016/09/honey-harvest-2016/

    Empire UltraView Level Review

    A review of both a 2’ and a 4’ Empire UltraView Level that promise to make the task easier. Empire has an assortment of product lines.

    The company launched over 100 new product this year alone and their focus is on quality, durability and innovation, as well as providing features that are advantageous to the end users.

    There are no stubborn packaging , just undo a threaded plastic connector, slide off the paper sleeve, and work can commence.

    The edges are milled to ensure flatness and accuracy, the vials are encased in a very robust-looking coating of acrylic, and they’re easy to locate and read even before you fire up the LEDs.

    The bottom edge of the magnetic feature on the Empire UltraView level has  a rare earth magnets incorporated into it, and they perform as advertised.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    • Concentrated surround dual LEDs provide superior vial visibility
    • Precision milled edges for guaranteed accuracy
    • Limited lifetime warranty on frame and vials; one year warranty on electronics

    “The Empire UltraView level has the look and feel of a quality tool. The color is a sharp-looking “True Blue,” and the edges are milled to ensure flatness and accuracy. The vials are encased in a very robust-looking coating of acrylic, and they’re easy to locate and read even before you fire up the LEDs. The protective end caps are easy to pop out, if you want to remove them for any reason.”

    Original Source:

    http://homefixated.com/empire-ultraview-level-review/

    How To – Maintain Stucco

    Stucco is used both outdoors siding and indoors wall finish, to ensure stucco looks and performs its best patching may be necessary and cleaning and with the right combination of products and tools, any homeowner can get the job done.

    Indoor stucco may need some paint sporadically, however as outdoor stucco are exposed to the elements, the sidings will most probably need cleaning and repair.

    To clean indoor stucco it often requires water and some elbow grease. Simply scrub the dingy stucco with a dampened nylon brush to saturate the surface, then rub away the buildup with a moistened microfiber cloth (or clean cotton rag).

    A chemical solution known as trisodium phosphate, or TSP maybe needed for deeply set stains. Homeowners must take the precautions when applying the solution, such as ventilate the area by opening windows and running a fan, wear rubber gloves, protective eye-wear, and long-sleeve clothing. Home centers and hardware stores usually have available the solution and they can advised how to use TSP safely.

    Combine the TSP with water in a bucket, diluting to water-to-TSP ratio of 15 to 1. Finally, apply the TSP to the affected area by means of a nylon brush and allow the stucco an hour or two to dry.

    Photo: ctscement.com

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    • The good news is that cleaning indoor stucco usually takes nothing more than water and a bit of elbow grease
    • Don’t give a minor crack the chance to become a major headache. Take swift action.
    • In fact, due to its unique formulation, you get the job done in remarkably little time.

    “if the existing surface features a smooth finish, then no problem—you can smooth the patch to an equally smooth finish with a traditional plastering tool. If, however, you need to match a decorative effect like stippling, then you may wish to take a cue from the pros who often employ ad hoc tools like sponges and kitchen whisks to create the desired effect. Once you have finished the patch to your satisfaction, you can more or less call it a day.”

    Original Source:

    http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-maintain-stucco/?#.V85vB5grLIU

    How to Weather Wood – Easy DIY Methods

    Making furniture look old can be done using simple tricks, people passionate about decorating or who wants to give a rustic, antique or vintage can use simple DIY tricks.

    There are techniques that involve sanding the surface of the furniture, or simply using the elements to give a total new look to any wood surface. Different ways to weather the wood can so that it appears to have lived through years for sunshine, spills, wear and tear despite being a new piece. Some of the techniques will age your furnishings quickly.

    Some of the looks you can give the wood are fake wear and tear, go grey, rich wood stain, weather with paint or bleach with a sun bath.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS:

    • Different wood gets different results, despite using the same process. And whatever that process, it’s never an exact science.
    • Nothing is permanent. If you’re not crazy about your end results, rest assured that they’re only surface deep!
    • You can always paint it, or strip it and try again, thanks to the forgiving nature of this beloved building material.

    “Naturally, wet wood looks very different when dry, so let your treatments dry completely before deciding to add another layer.”

    “Use the elements to weather your wood. One sunny afternoon could add years to your furniture’s appearance. This method only works with tannic woods, like redwood, cedar, pine, mahogany, and red oak, so check what type of wood your piece is made of before you begin.”

    Original Source:

    http://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-weather-wood/?

        
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