Everything You Need to Know About Attic Ventilation Improvement

If your house lacks proper attic ventilation, then your roof is more likely to decay, condense excess vapor, develop mildew. Installing vents and soffits on your attic will lower your electricity bill, prevent the formation of ice dams, and preserve overall health of your roof.

How can you improve the air circulation on your attic?

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You are presented with two options: hire a professional technician or do it yourself. Either way, you have to make sure that it’s done correctly by either hiring a certified handyman or by sticking to the rules and plans if you’re doing it yourself. If you don’t do a proper job, you’re likely to achieve the opposite result. We’re going to focus on the DIY part since handymen don’t need much advice.

Determining whether you need attic ventilation

If you can’t find any vents or soffits on your roof, including the ridge vent on top – then your house needs ventilation. Next signs are a hot ceiling in the Summer, condensation and mold on rafters, and ice dams.

What you’re going to need

Square vents and soffits are the easiest to install, so we recommend using them. Soffits are installed in the eaves, whereas vents are recommended closer to the top. The general formula for quantity is one sq ft of vent per 150 sq ft of the roof. In addition, you’re going to need various matching screws and nails which you can find at your hardware store.

Installing attic vents

– The first thing you need to do is to draw a sketch and mark the places where you’re installing the vents.

– Next step is to cut the shingles or remove tiles. After that cut a hole in the roof sheathing with a jigsaw.

– The third part is removing any debris and sliding the vent it.

– The last thing you need to do is to apply roof cement, and secure everything in place with screws and hammers.

The same thing applies to soffits too except they are installed in the eaves, and you need to add baffles for the air to get past the insulation.

Remember, safety is the most important so never do roof maintenance on a wet or a hot day and secure your equipment tightly so that it doesn’t slide off the roof and possibly hit someone beneath.

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Top 5 Reasons a Garage Door Will Not Open

There are 5 various factors that can trigger your garage door to be jammed. Here are the 5 various garage door problems you need to examine that might be causing your jammed garage door and their possible repairs.

 

  1. Blocked Garage Door Track

 

Your jammed garage door can be triggered by something as basic as a blockage in the track. Inspect to see if anything (a mop, toy etc) that fell and is now stuck in the track that is triggering it to be lodged. This can be a fast repair by determining the item then eliminating it.

 

  1. Garage Door Locked

 

Remarkably, your garage door simply being locked can be triggering your issue. Some garage doors have a “complete lock” system which allows you, or any person, to lock your garage door from the outdoors by just turning the deal with.

 

  1. Broken Garage Door Springs

 

Broken Garage Door Spring

If your garage door springs are situated horizontally at the top of your garage door then it is called a torsion spring. If your springs are situated at either side of your garage door, they are called extension springs. If your garage door springs are broken then changing them is an unsafe procedure if you have actually never ever done it prior to so you need to look for an expert to fix or change them.

 

  1. Garage Door Motor Not Working

 

The garage door motor may have been unplugged, the code to the motor may have been reset or it is broken or damaged. First, check to see if the garage door motor is still plugged in and getting power or not. Second, try resetting to motor code. Third, look to see if there is any visible damage why it would not be working.

 

  1. Garage Door is Off Track

 

Broken Garage Door Cable

If your garage door panels are not harmed, then you do not require changing your door. If you are looking for a garage door business that specializes in Garage Doors, Garage Door Repair work, or Garage Door Openers or springs, or simply looking for more details, please visit our site at http://quickfixgaragepros.com.

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Three Golden Benefits of a Radiant Barrier in Your Attic

Radiant Barrier in Your Attic

A radiant barrier is a flexible panel constructed from a shiny reflective material, usually aluminum. Radiant barriers are installed in homes – especially in attics – to keep the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. A radiant barrier makes your home more comfortable and helps you save energy and money. During the summer months, the attic can be too hot and in some cases unbearable. The radiant barrier, when properly installed, reflects this heat coming into the attic back towards the roof keeping your attic cool and comfortable. So, why do you need to install a radiant barrier? Read on for the three benefits of a radiant barrier in your attic.

1. Energy Saving

The radiant barrier is a proven energy saving technology; yes, it works! Installing an efficient radiant barrier leads to great reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs. This is simply the best way to increase your energy efficiency. A radiant barrier is mainly designed for this application and reduces the heat transfer by up to 97%.You can realistically expect energy savings of 5- 20% while some homes get 30% or more savings from a well installed radiant barrier. Although everyone’s home and lifestyle are different, a radiant barrier provides the best energy solution to all.

2. Green Installation

Today the idea of “being green” has become quite famous and radiant barriers are indeed keeping to this word. As awareness of the importance of preserving the environment continues to grow, radiant barriers manufacturers are also looking for ways to become environmentally friendly. Radiant barriers are entirely safe for the environment and contain nothing that can be potentially harmful to you and your family. They do not allow the growth of mold either. By installing a radiant barrier, you not only make your attic comfortable but also lead to a better quality life and a sustainable world.

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3. Fast Install

Regardless of the pitch of your roof, installing a radiant barrier for your attic insulation is easy, clean, and quick. A radiant barrier is lightweight, and you only need a few tools to install it. You can quickly install the radiant barrier in one afternoon, and this is an easy DIY project for 1-2 people. All you need to do is cut a length of the foil, roll it over your attic and fix it into place using a staple gun. This installation is very quick, simple and safe. It not only goes on fast – it stays valuable even in extreme temperatures.

It’s time to make your attic more comfortable and energy efficient.

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Concrete Repair Tips

 

The techniques required to repair concrete depend on the specific location of the crack and how big the crack actually is.

Repairing Wide Concrete Cracks

Concrete Repair

This normally requires a certain amount of precision and skill. The wide crack should first be undercut with a small hammer and chisel, which widens the crack and creates a keyed surface on which the concrete patch is placed, allowing a more secure, reliable repair to be made.

After creating the wider base, thoroughly clean the crack with a wire brush or a damp cloth to remove any small particles which would stop the adhesive bonding with the surface.

Mix the concrete patching product you are using to repair the crack, following the specific manufacturer’s instructions (these can vary between suppliers). After it is mixed, apply the compound into the crack using a trowel. Tamp the mixture to remove any air pockets between the surface of the concrete and the patching compound.

Finish off the patching compound and smooth with a trowel. Let the patch set, then smooth the surface down to the existing surface.

Then seal the concrete to prevent stains from being absorbed. There are a number of products available to seal concrete, but we recommend a heavy duty polyurethane that is water-based.

Repairing Narrow Concrete Cracks

These are much easier to fix:

Remove any loose particles and dust from the crack with a wire brush. Rinse the affected area with water.

Fill in the crack using masonry crack elastomeric filler. This can be applied with a caulking gun. Alternatively, hairline cracks can be fixed with a vinyl concrete patch product that is applied over the concrete crack and smoothed down with a putty knife.

With these tips you should be able to fix most concrete cracks on your property. For bigger concrete repair work, call your local concrete contractor.

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Bеnеfitѕ Of Lеаrning To Write In Curѕivе

Writing is оnе оf thе important mеthоdѕ of соmmuniсаtiоn аnd as ѕuсh it is required to bе сlеаr аnd legible tо thе reader. Thеrе are many timеѕ when we have соmе асrоѕѕ writing which iѕ illеgiblе оr untidy, mаking rеаding аn аnnоуing experience. Writing сlеаrlу and imрrеѕѕivеlу is an аrt whiсh оnе dеvеlорѕ оvеr a period оf timе and сhildhооd forms a base fоr this imрrеѕѕivе аrt.

Children lеаrn tо writе individuаl alphabets аnd tеасhing thеm tо blеnd thе various аlрhаbеtѕ tо fоrm lеgiblе wоrdѕ is imроrtаnt. Thiѕ iѕ possible thrоugh сurѕivе writing.

Sаdlу, mаnу states so fаr have аdорtеd the Cоmmоn Core Stаtе Stаndаrdѕ for Engliѕh, which dоеѕ not require ѕtudеntѕ tо lеаrn сurѕivе. Some ѕtаtеѕ hаvе ѕinсе rеturnеd cursive to thеir curriculum. The аrgumеnt аgаinѕt сurѕivе hаndwriting is that it iѕ timе-соnѕuming and nоt nеаrlу as bеnеfiсiаl as lеаrning kеуbоаrding ѕkillѕ that ѕtudеntѕ will nееd whilе mоving on tо high ѕсhооl.

Let’s lооk intо thе bеnеfitѕ of сurѕivе a littlе furthеr. Curѕivе handwriting is viewed bу some educators аnd раrеntѕ аlikе аѕ аn еѕѕеntiаl раrt оf еduсаtiоn. Yоung children аnd tееnѕ today are uѕing tесhnоlоgiеѕ not available tо gеnеrаtiоnѕ раѕt. Mаnу parents fееl thаt learning cursive is imрrоving their children’s fine mоtоr ѕkillѕ аnd ѕсiеnсе is bасking uр thаt thеоrу.

Thеrе аrе dеfinitе links bеtwееn lеаrning tо write and thе viѕuаl rесоgnitiоn of learning letters. Studiеѕ ѕhоw thаt people whо have lеаrnеd letters bу hаnd rather thаn by a keyboard, соnѕiѕtеntlу ѕсоrеd bеttеr оn rесоgnitiоn tests.

As an аddеd plus, brain ѕсаnѕ оf those whо learned lеttеrѕ by hаnd showed grеаtеr activity in thе part оf thе brаin that controls lаnguаgе соmрrеhеnѕiоn, ѕреесh аѕѕосiаtеd gеѕturеѕ, and motor-related processes. Learning cursive hаndwriting fоѕtеrѕ hаnd-еуе сооrdinаtiоn thаt hеlрѕ dеvеlор thе brаin аѕ does lеаrning to rеаd сurѕivе. It iѕ a win, win ѕituаtiоn which iѕ vеrу beneficial tо аll сhildrеn.

This isn’t thе first timе in hiѕtоrу where it is аѕѕumеd thаt handwriting will soon gо thе way оf the dinosaurs. When thе typewriter was introduced, mаnу bеliеvеd that реорlе would nоt hаnd writе аnуmоrе. Wе muѕt еmрhаѕizе the imроrtаnсе оf handwriting аѕ mаnу of оur hiѕtоriсаl dосumеntѕ аrе written in сurѕivе. Thе bеаutifullу writtеn Dесlаrаtiоn оf Indереndеnсе inсludеd.

If children аrе nоt tаught сurѕivе hаndwriting, they will not bе аblе to rеаd these dосumеntѕ let аlоnе lеttеrѕ left tо thеm from аnоthеr generation. Nеvеr bеfоrе hаѕ this соuntrу produced соllеgе bоund ѕtudеntѕ whо саn nеithеr write nоr read сurѕivе. It iѕ a ѕlоwlу dуing аrt form thаt wе muѕt nоt lеt go оf. You may be surprised to learn that your child’s school is no longer teaching cursive handwriting. Cursive used to be taught from kindergarten through the third grade but the time allotted to the longhand style of writing has been downgraded severely. Schools have been more geared to studying the core subjects that are heavily emphasized in the state standardized tests.

If you find out that your child is not learning or spending any significant time in class learning cursive, then take it upon yourself to make a difference. Ten to fifteen minutes a day should suffice. You can easily make a game out of it by having your child write the names of some of their favorite things. One of my sons writes ads for my company, Fresh Insulation, in cursive.  Have them write in cursive the names of family members, their favorite foods or toys or even the names of each state in the United States in cursive handwriting.

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Cultivating Young Readers and Writers

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Literacy is essential. In the short-term, children who read perform better academically and in extracurricular activities. In the long-term, studies have shown that, with literacy comes vast improvements in the many facets surrounding human well-being – including socioeconomic signals of health. Children who love to read, however, are exposed to infinite pools of creativity, and are transported to realms not readily available in this “reality.” By extension, children who love to read, have the propensity to love to write.

Perhaps we disagree, but my objective as a parent is not to raise a good employee who follows every rule to the letter. Instead, my aim is to cultivate my child’s uniqueness, critical thinking skills, and imagination. In order to do so, my belief is that not only teaching my child to read, but also instilling a love for reading, is essential.

Exposing children from inception forward to various forms of speech-play is an excellent way to make reading enjoyable. Reading books written by Dr. Seuss exposes children to alliteration, rhyming, as well as fantastical creatures and worlds – making reading fun.

Parents are a child’s greatest role model, and so in order to instill a love of reading in children, it’s important that your children see you not only reading, but truly enjoying reading. Allow your children to see you read daily instead of trying to compartmentalize your life (as many of us do), and “hide” in order to have your quiet time to do so. It will be difficult at first, especially with young children, but over time your children will make the connection that when the book goes up, voices go down. Talk about what you’re reading and what you’re learning. With older children, spend time reading quietly near one another. Associate positive emotions with reading, such as serenity, affection, and a sense of wonder. Create value in reading.

Ensure that books are always readily available, everywhere. If you make books available everywhere, then children are able to read at any time they choose, and especially when they are unsure what to do with themselves at a particular moment – such as in the car, or at an appointment you’ve brought them along to. Doing so, instead of providing them the instant gratification of being entertained by electronics, fosters a desire to exert effort (by reading) as opposed to exerting little to no effort by utilizing certain electronics. Now, there are electronics that are highly interactive and educational, but that is a topic for another post.

Finally, consider not rewarding your children for reading. When rewards aren’t present, it is far more likely that your child will read of their own volition, simply because they enjoy it. Psychology stipulates that, as a general rule, once you are no longer rewarded for a specific task, you are far less likely to do said task.

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Why You Should Write By Hand

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How often do you apply a pen to paper each day?

The fact of the matter is that writing by hand is becoming less and less prevalent. No wonder, really; with phones used primarily for communication (especially those with the Swype keyboard), as well as the use of computers. Ttexting and typing are simply faster than writing by hand – especially given that cursive writing has been removed from the U.S. Common Core teaching standard. Most businesses and organizations simply won’t accept any handwritten material.

Typing involves the memorization of the letter locations on the keyboard, and then utilizing the same movement – no matter what the letter – with only the slightest difference in reach from the “home position.”

Writing by hand, by contrast, utilizes a very precise motor exercise – a skill that takes a small human many years to fully develop. Writing is deeply intimate; you have your own style of writing, as unique as your own fingerprints and impossible to replicate by free hand. Writing by hand also, studies have shown, allows for a much greater level of comprehension of material when note taking, and people often develop their own shorthand/code/language that further retains information.

Although we spend most of our time, mentally, in the 2-dimensional world, we are very much and will remain well into the future 3-dimensional beings – we need to touch and be touched. We need to connect with our physical world from which we are distancing ourselves further and further, to our own peril. Paper and pen are 3-dimensional, and allow us to explore our creativity. Sure, there are word processing programs and photo editing software that allows us to create, but the possibilities are still finite; we cannot change the software. On paper, we do as we please, and are also able to record the creative process of writing – every misspelling, every change of direction in thought, every reorganization. Writing by hand also reinforces letter and language recognition, given that we are physical beings who operate often through muscle memory.

Why not take some time today to hand write something – anything.

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How Desk Clutter Affects Your Productivity

Typewriter

Life is hectic. It seems as though there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish an endless barrage of tasks, and fulfill our every responsibility and obligation. We don’t put things back where they belong right away, we hoard, things pile up. It happens to the best of us.

Nothing good can come from a messy desk, however. If you work in an office, your desk is judged by your superiors, your colleagues, as well as current and potential clients. A messy work space indicates a lack of organizational skills, and a general lack of “togetherness” in life both professionally and personally. Try analyzing the current state of your desk as an employer or potential customer would. Chances are, you won’t be impressed.

If you work from home, don’t think you are exempt from the negative impact of a messy station either. A cluttered, dirty and unorganized desk undermines both motivation and productivity. It also disallows you to manage your time as effectively as possible (the primary goal of every entrepreneur), given that you waste time attempting to locate things that have been misplaced or are not where they should be if you had a strong organizational system.

To address this issue, here are some helpful tips on tidying your space:

  • Compartmentalize – Ensure that everything is in its place, and each place is clearly labelled if necessary. In addition, ensure that only a certain amount of “things” can be put in their respective “place” at any given time. For example: instead of piling books atop your desk-side bookshelf, remove books that no longer serve you or that you don’t need to reference daily or weekly.
  • Schedule a day and block of time each week to re-organize your desk and clean your work area. The latter includes dusting, vacuuming, cleansing with sanitizing wipes, etc.
  • Clear the walls and floors around you. Don’t have things scattered on the floor all over the room, and keep your walls clear for the most part – perhaps a motivational photo or poster that really speaks to you and drives you, as well as a whiteboard or two. Note: If you have whiteboards, cork boards and/or magnetic boards, ensure that these, too, are organized.
  • Organize your computer. Don’t populate your desktop with a thousand icons (guilty), and make sure all files are clearly labelled and in an easy-to-find location. I’ll admit to wasting entirely too much time attempting to locate files – between my multiple back-up programs, email addresses with different Google docs, etc.
  • Be a minimalist. You should only have your essential, needed-on-a-daily-basis items on your desk/within arm’s reach. Everything else can either be removed from your office entirely, or compartmentalized in a separate place in the room.
  • Ensure you are comfortable. Air quality, natural light, a comfortable temperature – these are all necessary yet often overlooked aspects of an effective work station. To ensure your home or office is optimizing heating and cooling systems effectively, call an insulation company such as Fresh Insulation.

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