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Tips To Help You Stud Weld Aluminum Pieces

Posted by on Apr 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Stud Weld Aluminum Pieces

If you want to weld your own artistic tables and chairs for your porch or back patio, then it is best to work with aluminum. The metal is highly forgiving and easy to mold or bend into shape when you purchase sheets or rods. Aluminum welds can be made with a stud welding gun, and the attachments will be strong and retain a good deal of weight. However, this will only happen if you do the right things before and during the welding process. Keep reading to learn about these things. Complete Proper Cleaning You will need to clean the surfaces of the aluminum where you will be adding a weld. While aluminum typically looks clean, shiny, and free of rust, it will contain a layer of oxidation. Specifically, the metal will contain a passive layer of aluminum oxide on the surface. The surface layer will build as the metal becomes exposed to oxygen. The aluminum oxide is considered stable and it will protect the underlying metal from corrosion. This is especially important when water comes into contact with it. While the aluminum oxide is instrumental in keeping the metal rust-resistant, it will stop you from making strong bonds with your stud welding gun. The coating must be removed as well as any contaminants on the surface. Aluminum is a fairly soft and thin metal, so you cannot use a grinder, power sander, or any other type of tool to release the coating. You should use a steel wire brush instead. The steel is stronger than the aluminum, so it will remove the oxide coating. However, using the brush by hand will not thin the metal substantially and ruin it. Once you have the steel wire brush, use circular motions across the surface of the aluminum where you intend on making your welds. You will see some scratch marks where the surface of the aluminum has been scraped away. Clean metal is needed to make a good weld, so make sure that all grease and dirt is released from the surface after you use the brush. Nail polish remover that contains acetone will act as a good degreasing agent. Pour a bit of it on a cloth and wipe down the surface of the metal. Wipe it dry afterwards. Prepare Your Gun If you want the strongest weld, then it is wise to purchase and use a stud welding gun that utilizes a shielding gas. This gas helps to increase thermal conduction through the arc of the gun. The increase in heat helps to form a stronger bond between the metal pieces being welded. This is ideal since aluminum is not as strong as other types of metals. When choosing the gas that releases from the gun, you can opt for either argon or helium gas. A mixture of the two can be purchased too.  Since the use of a gas will increase the heat of the stud welding arc, the temperature will also increase along the tip of the device. This can cause deterioration across a typical tip. To prevent this and the shortening of the weld arc, make sure to place a ceramic tip on the device. Also, aluminum studs are needed. A steel stud may be stronger than an aluminum one. However, placing a different type of metal,...

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Plaster Crack Repair – Stabilizing Keyways

Posted by on Mar 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plaster Crack Repair – Stabilizing Keyways

If you have a beautiful and smooth plaster wall in your home that has retained a crack, then you cannot simply add joint compound, mortar, or a plaster repair mixture to fill in the crack. The crack will open up soon after the repair is made because most plaster cracks involve the lath and plaster that make up the base of the wall underneath the smooth surface. This means that special repairs need to be made deep within the wall to ensure a lasting fix. To understand why this is the case and to also learn about some tips on stabilizing plaster wall keyways, keep reading.  Understanding The Keyways Lath and plaster walls were constructed in many homes built before the 1950s, and this means that you likely have one of these traditional constructions if your house dates back before the 1950s. If so, your walls will be made out of thin pieces of wood that run horizontally. The beams are attached to the studs and left open with almost 10 millimeters of space between each one. Plaster is forced into the gaps between the beams and a thin layer is placed over the beams as well. This forms the keyways or the sections of bonded plaster that sit in between the wooden beams. These keyways are the base of the entire plaster wall and another two layers of plaster are placed over this base while it is still wet. The result is a plaster wall that is completely bonded between the layers.  A typical crack in a plaster wall will occur when one of the previously bonded layers pulls away from the base. You will typically be able to press around the crack and feel loose pieces of plaster when this happens. Some people will try to simply fill in the crack to repair the aesthetics of the wall. However, this does not rebuild the strength that was previously retained through the bonding process. The resulting repair will be a weak one that will likely fall apart. Stabilizing The Keyways To prevent this sort of issue, you will need to rebuild the plaster throughout all of its layers. This means stabilizing the keyways, repairing them, and rebuilding from the base to the top layer of plaster. You will need to use a utility knife and a small paint scraper to loosen and then force loose plaster from the crack. Continue to break the plaster away if it is loose or if it has pulled away from the lath. Stop removing plaster once you find solid keyways between the base beams of the wall. Once you reveal all the broken keyways, you will need to stabilize them. You can do this with plaster screws and washers. Purchase a number of these hardware pieces from your local home store. Place the washer on the end of the screw close to the head. Start adding screws in the solid keyway about one-half inch to the left of the loose plaster. Use an electric screwdriver tool to force the screw and washer into the keyway. When you add the screw, you want the head to sit recessed a few millimeters in the plaster. The flexible washer will then bend a small amount and sit concave across the keyway. This will allow the washer to adhere to new plaster while the screw stabilizes...

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Privacy Fences & Drones: 5 Ways To Deter Drones From Your Property

Posted by on Feb 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Privacy Fences & Drones: 5 Ways To Deter Drones From Your Property

With advancements in drones and flying technology, it may be hard to find true privacy in your own backyard. If you find that neighborhood drones are getting too close to your backyard, then there are ways to deter the flying machines and keep your property as private as possible. By working with a fence contractor, you can implement five different ways to protect your backyard, increase privacy, and deter drones from flying over the area. Choosing the different designs and features depends on your actual landscape and budget that you have in mind. Lattice Installations Along with your fence installation, a contractor can add a matching lattice to your property. A lattice includes four posts with a large fencing panel installed on the top. This creates a similar look to a gazebo or back deck. The lattice design can block out a lot of the view from a drone and provide some nice shade in your backyard. When the materials match designs like cedar wood or vinyl, it helps create a unique look in your yard while still providing privacy. The lattice can be installed anywhere in your backyard, but they are commonly found right off the back of the home. This makes it ideal for grilling and entertaining in privacy. Increased Fence Height Add some extra height to your backyard fences to help increase the privacy and deter drones from attempting to fly into your backyard. A traditional fence usually ranges from 4 to 6 feet in height. Extra privacy can be added to your backyard by installing a fence that is anywhere from 8 to 10 feet. Anything higher than that may need special permits, but it can be done if you are seeking the extra privacy. Along with blocking out drones, a higher fence can deter potential criminals from hopping over your fence and gaining access to the yard. Edge to Edge Designs If there are a large openings in your backyard design, this area could be a vulnerability and create easy access points for drones to fly in and out of. Create a desire for privacy by building a privacy fence that goes from edge to edge of your backyard. This will deter drones from flying over the property because if it had to land, there is no way to retrieve it. Not only will it help deter drones, but it’s a great way to define your property lines and know the boundaries on the area. A fence contractor can create a seamless design that connects on all the edges and features access gates to get into the backyard. Not only does this type of area help deter drones, but it is a great space for pets and children to play safely. Stone Fence Even if drones are not flying directly over your backyard, the noise pollution that they create can be annoying. Help drown out drone noise and buzzing by having a stone fence installed in your backyard. A stone fence is thick and absorbs a lot of the surrounding sounds from your neighborhood. This includes traffic, lawn care items like mowers, and the buzzing of a drone. A stone fence also is a great visual design that can be added to your backyard. There are many stone finishes you can have installed, including...

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Two Ways To Make Your Custom Pool More Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Feb 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Ways To Make Your Custom Pool More Eco-Friendly

There’s no denying that a backyard pool isn’t particularly environmentally friendly, considering the amount of electricity, water, and chemicals needed to maintain it. That doesn’t mean people who are concerned about the Earth have to refrain from getting one. Here are a couple of things you can do to customize a pool to reduce the impact it has on the environment. Use Natural or Earth-Friendly Methods to Heat Your Pool In general, heaters are installed to help keep pool water warm. Although these heaters are fairly energy efficient, they still use electricity or gas to function, both of which can contribute to pollution and greenhouse gasses. For instance, 39% of electricity produced in the US is generated using coal. You can reduce the carbon footprint of your pool and save money by using natural or eco-friendly methods to heat it. One option, particularly if you live in a cool clime, is to paint the pool a dark color. Darker colors such as navy blue absorb heat from sun rays, which can naturally warm pool water. An alternative option is to make pool warmers by soldering pieces of black tarp onto a few hula hoops and floating them on top of the pool. The dark material will trap heat from the sun and warm the pool in turn. If you prefer to use a regular heater in your pool, install one that’s solar powered. This type of heater uses solar panels to generate the electricity needed to heat the pool. Since sunlight is free, this can save you a lot of money on your energy costs. For instance, warming a pool using a gas-powered heater costs an average of $2,000 per year. That’s money you would save by switching to solar. Be aware, though, that a solar system can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000, with the average cost landing around $5,500. For comparison, many gas and electric heaters can be purchased for under $2,000 but do cost anywhere between $300 and $600 to operate. Use Alternative Methods to Keep the Pool Clean Conventional swimming pools commonly use chlorine and other chemicals to kill bacteria and keep algae at bay. However, these chemicals can be hazardous to the environment and humans as well if not used correctly. For instance, chlorine sometimes combines with impurities such as sweat and lotion to produce a byproduct called chloramines that can irritate the skin and eyes of people swimming in the water. Use alternative methods to clean your pool to minimize environmental and health hazards related to use of pool chemicals. One thing you can do is to use aquatic plants to rid the pool of bacteria and impurities. For instance, sphagnum moss can filter out bacteria from pools for up to 30 days and can be composted after use. Other plants such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweed can be planted in a smaller connected pool that will filter out contaminants as the water circulates between the large and small pools. If done correctly, you may be able to forego chemicals completely. Ozone sterilization is another option for keeping your pool bacteria free without use of chemicals. This type of cleaning system uses electricity to activate ozone (also known as tri-atomic oxygen) into a sterilizer that can kill pathogens, bacteria, and other contaminants...

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How to Spot, Remove & Prevent Roof Ice Dams

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Spot, Remove & Prevent Roof Ice Dams

With a couple of months still left of winter’s snowy weather, it is important to check your home’s roof for any excess buildup of snow and ice. Rooftop ice dams can push melt water five to ten feet up through the shingles of your roof, causing damage to shingles, your underlying roof, and indoor aspects of your roof. Here are some signs you can look for of a possible ice dam on your roof, how to remedy the ice dam, and prevent future ice dams from forming. Signs of a Roof Ice Dam If you are concerned your home may have an ice dam growing on its roof, you don’t always need to get onto the roof to find out. Getting up on your roof that is covered in snow and possibly ice is dangerous and you can usually see ice dams from the safety of the ground.  When you look at the front slope of your roof, you may have an ice dam if you can see a thick build-up of snow that looks like a snowdrift. If you view this snow drift from a side view, the snow will be thicker at the bottom edge of the roof. From the front view you might be able to see a thin, dark layer of ice sandwiched between the roof and the layer of snow.  One of the best ways to determine if you have a roof ice dam is to look for large, numerous icicles hanging from the front of your roof. A really good indicator of an ice dam is when many of the icicles are two to three inches in diameter. Along with these icicles, you may see ice dripping from the soffit and underside of your roof, and down the front of your home’s exterior. If your roof is leaking water inside your home you suspect is from an ice dam, but you cannot see if from the ground, it may be an ice dam that has formed higher up on your roof. Ice dams can form around dormer windows or above skylights. In this situation you will need to get on the roof to locate the ice dam. Removing an Ice Dam If you have determined your roof has formed an ice dam, you should do what you can to remove the damage. With the help of a friend holding the ladder for you, climb up to the edge of your roof to chisel a channel through the ice dam so the snow melt can drain from the roof. Use a hammer claw and chisel channels every two to three feet along the ice dam of your roof. Make sure you don’t cut all the way down to the roofing shingles as this can cause damage to your shingles if you accidentally cut into them. You can also fill a nylon stocking with sodium chloride and lay it across the ice dam on your roof, with one end of the filled stocking poking over the edge of your roof. The sodium chloride will melt a channel through the ice dam to allow snow melt to drain from your roof without freezing. Remember the sodium chloride can corrode metal roofing materials, including the flashing and gutters. Ice Dam Prevention Ice dams form on your roof when your home’s heat warms your attic and roof. By sealing...

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5 Tips For DIY Kitchen Cabinet Installation

Posted by on Dec 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For DIY Kitchen Cabinet Installation

If you are looking for an easy way to update your kitchen without remodeling a whole kitchen, look no further than new kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets can be installed by a professional like http://genuinehomebuilders.net, or you can opt to do your very own kitchen cabinet installation. If you decide that you want to install your new kitchen cabinets yourself, you should keep these tips in mind for flawless, beautiful cabinet installation. There are a few things that you should know of to help your cabinet installation process go easily.  Work In Order Working “in order” is the most efficient way to install kitchen cabinets in your home. What does working in order entail? First and foremost, you should work from the top to the bottom. This means installing wall cabinets from your highest point of destination and working down from there, right down to the base, if that is a piece of the puzzle you’re going to install. Starting at the top means that nothing is going to get in your way. You don’t have to worry about installing a kitchen cabinet on the ground level and then attempting to install another one above that and being unable to due to the fact that you can’t reach your work area properly.  Remove Drawers and Doors It is important to strip your cabinets down before working on them. That means removing all of the drawers and doors that are present in the cabinets. Most cabinets come with the drawers and doors already installed, so it might seem a bit counterproductive to remove them before installing the cabinets. However, this will make the cabinets easier to handle, lighter, more maneuverable and ultimately, easier to install. Just make sure of one important thing before you reinstall the drawers and doors: that the drawers and doors are each attached to each respective cabinet to which they were originally attached. Support The Weight Of The Cabinet Although installing cabinets is usually a 2 person job, it need not necessarily be as long as you support the weight of the cabinet. Use a cleat and save the back of the cabinet. From there, use a 1 x 3 or 1 x 2 piece of wood to support the weight of the cabinets and continuously help to push the weight of the cabinets flush against the wall. Even if you do this, the weight of the cabinet can cause it to fall forward. However, at the very least, the cabinet will not be sliding this way or that all over the wall and you do not have to worry about another person holding it flush against the wall. Use Small Finished Nails Make sure that you find your wall’s studs and are installing the cabinets against studs, every time. If you are not, then the chances of the wall not being able to support the weight of the cabinets is, in fact, quite great. After you have successfully located the studs from which you are going to hang the cabinets, you will want to use small finished nails. Why is this the case? Small finished nails are very unobtrusive and you won’t really see them after you are finished installing the cabinets and, in addition to this, they are actually quite strong despite their small stature....

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Troubleshooting A Low Water Pressure Issue In Your New Home

Posted by on Dec 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting A Low Water Pressure Issue In Your New Home

If you have recently moved into a new home and you have noticed that water pressure seems quite a bit lower or weaker than normal, then you may need to contact a plumber to look for a potential cause. Before you do this, you can try to troubleshoot the problem on your own. Keep reading to learn about a few ways you can do this. Look For A Reducing Valve If the previous owner of your home wanted to conserve water or if they felt that the water pressure in the home was too high for some reason, then they may have installed a device called a water pressure reducing valve close to the water meter in your basement. This device contains a diaphragm, a disc assembly, and a spring to slow down water as it passes through the valve. This greatly reduces water pressure. To locate a water pressure reducing valve, look for a bell shaped device with a small nut on top. If you find the device, then you can adjust it to allow more water through to the pipes of your home. This should increase water pressure immediately.  To adjust the water pressure, use your fingers or a wrench to loosen the nut on the top of the device. The adjusting screw sitting on top of the valve will be free to adjust at this time. Turn the screw in a clockwise manner so the screw moves inward. Start the adjustment with two or three revolutions and then check the water pressure by turning on your kitchen or bathroom faucet. Continue adjusting the screw until you have reached the desired water pressure. Replace the nut on the screw when you are done. Inspect For A Leak If you do not notice a water pressure reducing valve in your home or if adjustments to this device do not help to increase water pressure substantially, then look for a leak in one of your water lines. Even a small leak can decrease water pressure and a pipe break near the water meter is likely if your entire home is experiencing water pressure issues. Look for the presence of water along the main water lines. If you see water, but cannot locate the leak, then spread a small amount of dish soap on the pipe and look for areas where bubbles form. Once you locate the leak, turn off the water at the main and use a rag to wipe the leaking pipe clean. Use a piece of medium or large grit sandpaper to lightly roughen the pipe around the leaking area. You will need an epoxy putty to cover the leak, so look for this material at your local hardware store. Cut off about a one-quarter inch piece of the putty, making sure that you have equal parts of the two colors that make up the material. Mix the putty with your fingers for several minutes or until the putty is one consistent color. Roll the putty in a ball and press it over the leak. The putty will start to set in about an hour. However, you should wait several hours or overnight if possible to use your water to make sure that the epoxy hardens fully. If you do not want to use epoxy to repair the leak, you can use a...

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Wouldn’t You Prefer A Durable, Appealing Privacy Fence? The 101 On Your Vinyl Fence

Posted by on Nov 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wouldn’t You Prefer A Durable, Appealing Privacy Fence? The 101 On Your Vinyl Fence

From creating an enclosed backyard space for your children and pets, to increasing your home’s value and appeal, the benefits of a privacy fence are easy to see. Unfortunately, choosing from the various fencing materials can be overwhelming. Thankfully, investing in a vinyl fence is a smart decision for your family’s privacy, safety, and home’s overall appeal. Using this guide, you will understand vinyl fencing and learn the proper techniques to keep your privacy fence clean and appealing. Construction of Vinyl Fencing PVC was a common material used to create vinyl fence panels in the past. While the material is durable, it discolored easily due to various environmental conditions, such as the sun’s rays and basic weathering. Today, the outer layer of the vinyl material contains titanium oxide. This ingredient prevents discoloration without inhibiting the durability of the vinyl material. Lifespan of Vinyl Fencing An aluminum or chain-link fence may be an attractive option for your home and budget, but creating privacy with these materials can be difficult. Many homeowners opt for wood fencing, which is not only appealing, but also readily available in a variety of sizes and installation designs for privacy in  your backyard. Unfortunately, wood fencing has an average lifespan between 10 and 15 years. Although a good investment, proper cleaning and maintenance is essential to prolonging the lifespan, durability, and appeal of wood. To achieve appeal, durability, privacy, and a longer lifespan, opt for vinyl. While virtually maintenance free, a simple cleaning each year will uphold the appeal, durability, and value of your vinyl fencing panels. Annual Cleaning While your vinyl fence is able to withstand light discoloration and staining, dirt, dust, and debris can build up on the surface. Each year, consider washing the entire length of your fence using a light-duty pressure washer. Light-duty pressure washers offer a maximum of 2,000 PSI, or pounds per square inch of water pressure. This is a sufficient amount of water pressure for removing dirt, dust, leaves, straw, and other debris from your fence. After connecting the pressure washer hose to your outdoor spigot, stand a few feet away from the fencing surface. Hold the sprayer nozzle at an angle and begin spraying your fence using side-sweeping motions. Work your way across the entire length of your vinyl fence, rinsing away all debris. If you notice stubborn patches of mud on the bottom of your vinyl panels, consider a more involved cleaning solution. Add the following to an outdoor pump sprayer: 3 gallons of warm water 3 cups of baking soda Shake the container to dissolve the baking soda into the water. Then, pump the handle to create pressure in the sprayer nozzle. Douse the baking soda solution on the muddy areas of your fence and allow it to sit and soak for a few minutes. Rinse the remaining solution and leftover mud off with your pressure washer. If you live in warm, moist climates, you may notice patches of dark green or brown growth. These patches may be mold, mildew, or algae, which is unhealthy and unappealing. To remove this growth, consider a simple solution containing 1 gallon of warm water and 1 gallon of white vinegar. Prevent the mold spores from contacting your skin, eyes, and airway by wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a...

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Expecting A Baby? Here Are 3 Health Risks To Be Aware Of In Your Home

Posted by on Oct 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Expecting A Baby? Here Are 3 Health Risks To Be Aware Of In Your Home

If you are expecting a baby, you’ve probably spent countless hours preparing the nursery and your home for the arrival of your bundle of joy. However, it’s important to also pay close attention to your home’s water supply and indoor humidity levels as well. Here’s what you need to know about how water and low humidity can affect your baby’s health and what you can do to reduce your baby’s risks.  Regulate water temperature to reduce risk of burns According to statistics, out of all hospitalizations of children due to scalding burns, 17% of them were from hot tap water. Sometimes, parents get too preoccupied while preparing a bath for their babies, but even the most careful of parents can run into problems with water getting too hot for their baby’s tender skin. Sometimes the plumbing in the home runs in series rather than in independent branches. A series plumbing set-up is what causes the water in a shower or tub to get too hot when someone flushes a toilet or runs water from a faucet somewhere else in the house, which could burn your baby. One way to prevent this type of situation from happening is to install a separate tankless water heater for the bathtub where you will be bathing your baby.  It’s important that you pay close attention to the temperature setting of your hot water heater to prevent burns to your baby’s skin. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends setting your hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for the safety of your baby. Contact a professional plumbing service, such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc., for help with the settings and any necessary repairs or upgrades on your water heater. Filter water to reduce risk of food allergies Yes, you read that right. Researchers have found that 90% of food allergies are linked to a chemical called dichlorophenol, which can be found in your drinking water. Dichlorophenol is a byproduct of the chlorine that is used by municipalities to disinfect water in their water treatment facilities.  Dichlorophenol is made up of one molecule of phenol (carbolic acid) and two molecules of chlorine. Fortunately, most water filtration systems for home use can filter out these molecules. Ask your plumber for more information about the types of water filters you can use to reduce your baby’s risks of developing a potentially life-threatening food allergy due to exposure to dichlorophenol from your water supply.  Since you’ll be shopping for a water filtration system, it’s a good idea to get a better understanding of what exactly is in your home’s water supply. Send out samples of your water to your local health department for testing. Show the results of the tests to your plumber so he or she can pinpoint the type of filtration system that would work best for your home.  Use a humidifier to reduce risks of infantile eczema & asthma Infantile eczema is a painful skin rash that can be triggered by dry skin, allergens, and irritants. As many as 15% of children are diagnosed with infantile eczema. The most important thing to understand about this condition is that 50-70% of children with infantile eczema develop asthma when they are older.  Researchers believe that thymic stromal lymphopoietin is produced by the skin when the skin is damaged by infantile eczema. This substance courses through...

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What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of alternatives that you can take to the traditional gas burning route. One can go the traditional route, such as that of a wood burning stove, or you could jump on the solar powered band wagon. However, there are numerous alternatives to the traditional gas burners; one of those is a wood pellet burning heating system. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn what exactly wood pellets are and a list of the advantages and disadvantages you’ll have to live with if you so decide that a wood pellet burning heating system is right for you. What Are Wood Pellets? Becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe, wood pellets are an amazing source of biofuel that have been proven to effectively heat your home or place of business. Wood pellets are a condensed form of wood and biodegradable debris that serve to heat your home with all of the comforts of a normal gas based system, such as hot water heating and comfort control for individual rooms. Wood pellets are a form of biodegradable fuel and are a renewable resource, which makes them appealing to certain environmentally conscious individuals. What Are the Advantages? First and foremost, what most people like to hear: wood pellet burning heating systems are incredibly cost-effective. If you have a gas burning system, then take into consideration that if you switched over to a wood pellet burning system, you could save as much as 25% on your yearly fueling bills. With both oil and propane undergoing a lengthy inflationary period, this is even more of a financial incentive to switch over to a wood pellet burning system. Wood pellets are inexpensive to manufacture, and are a renewable resource, which means it is less likely that scarcity will ever cause their price to skyrocket, unlike oil and gas. Wood pellet burning systems can also be retrofitted to your existing heating system, which means that you can enjoy all of the same comforts as your gas based system, but at a much lower price. Wood pellets are not an esoteric form of biofuel, but rather are readily available, which means they can easily be delivered right to your front door. Not only that, but wood pellets are a far more environmentally conscious form of energy burning than other forms. It’s even far cleaner than burning regular firewood. Not only can wood pellets increase the ecological safety of your area, but they can also serve to create a robust local economy. What Are the Disadvantages? This is not to say that wood pellets are without their disadvantages. Pellet fuel is larger than its gas equivalent and storage of wood pellets can become quite inconvenient. It is also not quite as convenient of a way to heat your home as oil and gas. Wood pellets must be delivered to your home, as opposed to having gas simply pumped into your house, and must often times be delivered in large quantities, which can create potential storage issues with those individuals without the adequate amount of storage space. Cleaning can also be a problem: the ash that collects during the burning process must be emptied regularly in areas delegated to be adequate ash dumping zones. In other words, ash can...

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