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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tips to Clean a Chimney

Tools used in chimney cleaning include fireplace cover, chimney brush rods/rope, tape, mirror, dust mask or goggles, flashlight, ladder, metal bucket, shovel, broom chimney brush, shop vacuum and so on.

There are four different methods used to clean a chimney – Rod Method Top Down, Rod Method Bottom Up, Weight Method and Dual Line Method. Here is a look at them in more detail.

– Rod Method Top Down

In this method, chimney brush is used to clean through the chimney opening by raising and lowering chimney brush inside the walls of the chimney. To reach the lower part of chimney walls, a metal rod can be fixed to the chimney brush. Rods need to be added to attain the length for cleaning. The suit and debris will be collected at the closed end of fireplace within the house.

– Rod Method Bottom Up

This is similar to the above method, but the cleaning will be carried out from the fireplace to the top of the chimney. Here the only advantage is, there is no need to climb to the roof. On the other way, this method will lead to messy outcome, since the fireplace is open. So using drop cloths and plenty of tarps is essential to keep the flooring and furniture nearby clean.

– Weight Method

This method is almost similar to top down rod method. Here instead of rods attached to the chimney brush, rope along with pull ring and weights are used. A set up with rope, pull ring and weight is assembled with chimney brush. Here the internal walls of the chimney are scrubbed by raising and lowering the brush. The fireplace can be closed in this method leading to a contained clean up.

– Dual Line Method

This method needs two people. The rope is tied to the both ends of the brush. One person pulls the rope upwards from the top while the other pulls from the bottom of the chimney. Each person takes turns pulling the rope so that the brush moves top and bottom thereby scrubbing the interior walls of the chimney. This method is also messy since the fireplace doors are kept open.

While cleaning the chimney you need to ensure some safety concerns as well. The first concern is to check any fires going on before starting the cleaning process. The next is using the ladder. A fall from top is very dangerous. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the surroundings before starting the cleaning process. The last safety concern is your health related. Make sure your vision and respiratory systems are not affected. Using goggles or full mask is an important safety precaution.

 

Steel Staircases

Steel staircases are very ideal for industrial purposes since they offer a high level of reliability as compared to the traditional wooden ones. Moreover, they stand very well in the rough conditions where heavy loading and uploading is required. But as said earlier these staircases are a complex structure and various components are bolted together to transform into a durable and safe staircase.

The steps of steel staircases are made up of two components i.e. tread and riser.

Tread is the part where you step on i.e. the flat or horizontal part of a step whereas the riser is i.e. its front headed at 90 degree and found between each tread. They can either be separately attached or there can be stairs without risers depending on its design.

Front of tread is rounded up with nosing. Nosing are special attachments for the purpose of safety i.e. they prevent slipping. Stringers or carriage support the steps and are placed on single side of steps for positioning the steps at an inclined position leading upwards. These are specifically cut in the form of steps so as to fit accurately on steps. Third part is ‘Rails’ which make staircases safer to be used. Handrails make our grasp stronger over steel staircases.

 

Tips to Pick Entry Doors

When you select an entry door for your home, it is necessary to match the appearance of the door with the overall look and feel of the entire house. Another factor that you must consider is security. The front door should be made of material that is durable so that it lasts long and also so that it provides security.

Entry doors are made from different materials such as fiberglass, steel and wood. If you want something that is traditional, the typical wood entry door is the right choice. You can get wood entry doors made out of a variety of wood materials such as fir, walnut, cherry, pine, maple and mahogany. Wood door need to be maintained properly. It is vital to paint it and repair it. If you are looking for something that is low cost and which required low maintenance, steel doors is the best option. They are also energy efficient.

The most optimal amongst these is fiberglass as it is not subject to the kind of wear and tear seen with wood and steel entry doors. In course of time, wood can split and crack, while steel can get rusted, but this is not seen with fiberglass. They can dent easily and in the course of years they can wear out.

You can find fiberglass entry doors with classic look as well as appealing modern styles. They come with multiple glass panels, fine etched glass and also full-length glass work. However, in order to get the right type of entry doors, it is necessary to check through various entry door panel styles, glass configurations, finishes and pre-finishes. The advantage of fiberglass doors is that they are available at highly competitive rates. They are able to give better insulation than doors that are made from wood or steel. They do not require constant repairs neither do they have to be replaced quickly.

A point to be noted about entry doors is that the more elaborate the door, the more expensive the door. If you are looking to buy an entry door within a particular budget it is important to compare various entry door styles.