Posts made in April, 2015

What Are the Advantages of Using Copper Pipes?

Many people prefer using copper pipes for all their plumbing needs despite the existence of several other materials like lead, PVC and iron. This article discusses some reasons that make copper pipes a favorite material for residential plumbing.

Low Maintenance

Copper pipes do not need frequent painting like water pipes made from other materials such as iron. This is because copper pipes do not rust. This corrosion resistance makes copper pipes long lasting, so the initial cost is justified by the long lifespan of the pipes and their low maintenance.

Copper is Non-toxic

Today, homeowners are very sensitive to matters of their health, so they prefer using plumbing materials that do not pose a health hazard to their families. Copper has been used for a long time, and it is accepted as a non-toxic material, unlike lead, which is toxic to the body. Many homeowners would rather incur the extra cost of buying copper pipes instead of buying cheaper materials that would put their health at risk.

Copper Pipes Are Easy to Work With

The installation of copper water pipes is easy because they can be soldered together at a minimal cost in terms of time and equipment. This is because copper is soft (unlike iron) so it is easy to join one segment to another.

Copper Pipes Are Fire Resistant

One concern that many homeowners have when installing plumbing is how it will hold up in case a fire breaks out. This is where copper trumps other materials (such as CPVC) because of its high melting point. Copper can withstand very high temperatures, so it is a very good material to use for your plumbing needs if fire outbreaks are a concern to you.

Copper is Environmentally Friendly

Copper pipes are an ideal material for environmentally conscious homeowners because copper is a recyclable material. The homeowner will have no guilt about having copper pipes because he or she will know that chances are high that the pipes in his or her house were made from recycled copper, so the pipes have a minimal carbon footprint on the environment.

Copper pipes may be more expensive than other types of plumbing pipes, but these pipes have benefits that make them superior to those other pipes. It is for this reason that you would be well advised to install plumbing pipes made from this material, if your budget can accommodate the initial cost. Contact a local expert to learn more.

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Easy DIY Projects Made from Humble Plywood

If you’re like most homeowners you probably have several scrap sheets and pieces of plywood in your basement or garage, leftovers from past home improvement projects. Before you simply toss out that material, you might consider how you can use it around your home for simple projects that can add storage and style to your space. Since plywood is very easy to cut, glue, and otherwise fabricate and fasten, it’s easy to make any number of items from even the smallest of scraps. If you’re lost for ideas, consider a few simple projects here.

1. Shelving

Plywood may look too boring to use as shelving, but the porous nature of the wood makes it easy to paint and stain any color or finish. To make simple plywood shelves, purchase shelving brackets from the hardware store. Measure the inset or area on which the shelf will rest, and cut pieces this depth. You can mix up the length of the shelves for added visual appeal. Remember that the brackets will also add visual interest to your project, so purchase small or invisible brackets that just hold the back of the shelves for a living area, but larger and sturdier brackets for storage in the garage or basement. Be sure you screw the brackets into a stud behind the wall and not just the drywall itself so that the shelves are secure.

2. Hanging Letters

A fun project for a kid’s room is to cut their initial from plywood and then paint or stain it and hang it on the wall for decoration. You can usually find large stencils at any craft store or you can print one off that you find on the internet. This might take a jigsaw to complete as you need to cut rounded corners, and be sure you use a fine grit sandpaper to make edges smooth once cut. Let your child choose the paint color so it’s uniquely their own design.

3. Padded Headboard

If your bedroom lacks a headboard, there’s no need to invest in anything expensive. Cut the plywood the size of the headboard you need. Next, purchase a piece of foam or batting and cut that the same size. Use fabric glue and attach the batting or foam to the plywood.

Next you’ll need a large piece of fabric that will cover this and be the material of the headboard; be sure it’s several inches or centimeters larger on all sides, as you’ll want to stretch it over the batting and around to the back of the plywood. Use a heavy-duty stapler to staple the fabric all around the headboard, then screw in brackets on the back so you can hang it from the wall as you would a picture. You now have a very affordable and very attractive headboard for your bed.

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Reminders for Any Renovation

If you've decided to undertake a project around your house, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure to have a good idea of the cost going in. Talk to local specialists for estimates or do research on the cost of supplies and labor. Second, always make sure to take necessary safety precautions. While a landscape project may seem like a lower-risk task than a rewiring job, it never hurts to be too careful. Finally, don't bite off more than you can chew. Plan out your renovation and repair projects in detail and then tackle one thing at a time. If you ever feel out of your element, hand the job over to a contractor. They'll know how to get the job done efficiently, safely, and correctly.

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