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An In-Depth Guide For Bleeding Baseboard Heating Systems

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Hot water baseboard heating systems aren’t as common as they used to be, but they’re still used in many older homes and apartments throughout the country. After a long period of dormancy, the baseboard heating system can become “air-bound” – that is, the heating zone or loop can develop air pockets that prevent the heat from circulating. Learn how you can successfully diagnose and repair this issue. How to Tell When Your Baseboard’s Air-Bound Read More»

How To Seal A Cast Iron Pipe Joint Using Oakum And Silicone Grease

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A common way for do-it-yourself homeowners to seal iron pipe threads is the use of plumbers tape. Also commonly called Teflon tape, thread seal tape and PTFE tape, plumbers tape is relatively easy to use and inexpensive. However, its effectiveness decreases as the diameter of the pipe increases, and this can result in leaks. Most do-it-yourselfers don’t realize there is an alternative to plumbers tape, and that is the use of oakum and plumbers grease. Read More»

3 Tips For Pumping Concrete In Cold Weather

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Concrete is one of the most popular building materials used globally, so much so that it is used twice as much as any other building material. Concrete can be poured and applied using many different techniques. Concrete pump trucks are ideal for large-scale projects, as they discharge large volumes of concrete via a pump system. Although effective and useful, you’ll find yourself facing many obstacles when pumping concrete in cold weather conditions, as the concrete may end up freezing at the bottom of truck. Read More»

Which Siding Should You Side With? 3 Factors To Consider

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New siding can serve as a great asset to your home, adding many years of beauty and protection. But it’s also an investment, and if you choose the wrong type of siding for your particular needs you may end up with a house-sized case of buyer’s remorse. Here are three factors you want to think about carefully before you plunk down your money on siding materials and installation. 1. Durability Read More»

Dealing With Allergies In Your Home? It Could Be Because Of Your HVAC System

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Contrary to popular belief, staying indoors isn’t a surefire way of staying clear of common allergies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside of your home may be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. While indoor air pollution comes from a wide variety of sources, it may be your own HVAC system that deserves most of the blame. To find out why, take a look at this in-depth explanation of how a HVAC system can harbor common allergens, as well as how you can get rid of them. Read More»