Monthly Archives:March 2016

  • Types of Attic Vents

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    Attic is a place no one wants to visit unless it is absolutely necessary. We have all been scared of venturing anywhere close to these secluded areas, thanks to our figments of imagination in the form of attic monsters. Even though we are adults, we still have our inhibitions. Most of the time we just store all are excess luggage in there, and forget all about it. However, it is important to know that attic ventilation is absolutely necessary for keeping your house well-ventilated and free of moisture, odor, rust, or rot. So, if you are considering home improvements, make sure attic ventilation is high on your priority list.

    During summer, the heat may get trapped in the attic. This may result in an increase in your utility bills due to the extra cooling that will be required. Similarly, if the moisture formed in the house accumulates in the attic, it may lead to decomposition of the wood and infestation of microbes such as mold and mildew.

    The types of attics differ based on the requirements of the residential building codes. Basically, there are two types available- exhaust vents and intake vents. Exhaust vents allow the air from the house to escape out, whereas intake vents let the outside air into the house. These are the two primary types, the rest differ in structure and are categorized as follows.

    Soffit Vents
    These are installed in attics with high vents, mostly in the overhanging part of the roof. Soffit vents are the best option for homes that have only one type of venting. These are screened vents that protect the house from moisture and also insects and snow.

    Ridge Vents
    These are installed throughout the length of the peak of the roof. The volume of airflow for ridge attic vent is much more than any other fixed vent for attics. Ridge vents are screened and therefore, protect the house from insects and are effective all around the year. Ridge vent with baffles are considered more beneficial than simple ridge vents.

    Gable Vents
    These come in a variety of shapes such as circular, triangular, and square. They are installed just below the roof peaks and help in protecting your home from strong winds, heavy snow, and also infestation to some extent. However, the life of these vents is lesser than the others and they do not ventilate the entire attic, but just a part of it. Therefore, if you have a smaller attic gable, these may work for your home.

    Solar Vents
    These are cost-effective and as the name suggests, make use of solar energy to enable ventilation. Solar attic fans are charged up by solar energy and maintain a balanced airflow in the house. Installation charges are all that may cost you and will effectively reduce your utility bills.

    Attic fans are very cost-effective and installing them is easier than the other vents. Also, solar attic fan installation can be very easy and you can do it yourself.

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  • Wet Sanding

    Wet sanding is a better alternative to ordinary drywall sanding when it comes to household repair or remodeling. This method is effective and safe, firstly because dry dust is not released into the surrounding air when it is actually happening. So, even for people who are highly allergic to dust can use this method. And secondly, since there is not a lot of dust, so no extra efforts are required to clean up the mess that settles on the furniture. So, it is easy, practical, and feasible, too.

    Technically, wet sanding is nothing but a process of dry sanding an inflicted drywall or plaster at the time of repairs in your home. The main ingredient used in sanding is a sanding sponge. It is the ‘tool’ used to sand the patches and blocks on the wall. It often requires rinsing and cleansing! In this article, we discuss an easy way to wet sand wood, the materials required for the same, and other essential tips that help you complete the project effectively.

    Wet Sanding Wood

    The main objective of sanding wood, or any other wooden furniture is to reduce the usage of liquid sandpaper. Dry sanding with a sandpaper creates a blockage in the material you are trying to remove. It often sticks to the paper and makes your job all the more tough. Wet sanding on the other hand removes the waste material in the blink of an eye and also keeps the sandpaper all clean. When it comes to furniture, merely applying varnishes and paint doesn’t cut it. Achieving a perfectly refurbished surface is an important aspect. The following steps tell you exactly how to do it. You may use this method to work on any kind of furniture.

    1. Sand the surface to a 320 grit and remove all the sanding dust from the holes and pores of the furniture. You will have to use compressed air or an ordinary vacuum to do so. Keep a tack cloth at hand to clean the surface.

    2. Paste a wood filler to create a smooth, furbished surface on your working piece. Now, mix water and detergent to create a simple solution and wet sand the surface with it. Use a rubber sanding block at the bottom center. In the final step, use an automotive wax to polish the object you are working on.

    Tips for Wet Sanding Drywall

    Selecting the Sponge: Sponge selection is the most important aspect of wet sanding. They aren’t heavy weighted at all and are easily available. Since they are light-weight, they are bigger in size, at least bigger than your ordinary kitchen sponge. They can wet and sand the drywall simultaneously. It is advisable to invest in a sponge that tapers at its corners.
    Cleaning the Sponge: Now, a constant usage of the sponge is definitely going to mud the sponge, with all the sediments and particles absorbed in it. So, you will have to clean it often. Ensure to keep a bucket of water to rinse and wring the sponge in frequently. Also, make sure you replace and refill the bucket with freshwater occasionally.
    Using Water: Water isn’t always a good solution to everything. For example, if you use too much water for wet sanding, it will have a substantial effect on the wall and will strikingly reduce the drying time. This would lengthen your working project and ultimately bore you till it is all over. Another aspect of using excessive water is the lifting or turning of the plaster wall. Too much liquid on it would make it all messy. So wring your sponge as often as you can to avoid all this fuss.

    Don’t hasten while working on any remodeling project. Understand that effective finessing and refinement of an object takes time.

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