Do It Yourself – Solar Panels

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Money tips, Remodeling    by: ITC

The use of the green power is becoming more and more popular in today’s economy as it is a great way to save on your energy costs. As a homeowner you too can also get this great power and you can even do it yourself.

The only way that you can begin a solar panel home improvement project is to purchase the solar panels. You can choose from either making or buying these panels. These panels can then be placed on your roof, fences, or even as self standing units. These panels are becoming easier to find as the popularity increases. You even have the choice of making them by yourself for just a few dollars and parts that you will even be able to find at your local hardware store. These awesome panels will convert solar power to electricity and will help you reduce and in some rare cases eliminate your electricity costs. In today’s economy this is a great reason to purchase or create a solar panel for your own home today.

You even have the choice of your using your solar panel as a water heater. Just like the solar panels themselves you will have the option of making the heater yourself or purchasing one from a solar panel dealer. These great heaters will still have the ability to heat your water to the usual required temperature. A lot of different people have even found that they have had to add cold water in an effort to prevent burning themselves. These great heaters will also most likely totally eliminate your water bills which will be a great savings to you.

The more money that you are able to save on your electrical and water costs the more panels that you will be able to add over time which will add even more to your over all savings. Once you have reached the point where you are able to eliminate your bill all together you will even be able to sell some of your power back to the power back to the electrical company and in return receive an awesome profit. Just think of what you would be able to do with those great profits.

So as you can see doing a solar panel home improvement project just makes sense. Not only will it save you money but over time it will be able to actually make you money. It would be a wise decision to use solar panels in your home. The more solar panels that you choose to use the more money you will save in your overall electrical bills. You can find information on how to do this great home improvement project on either the internet or through your local hardware store.

Using resin coatings

Filed Under: Bathroom, Do it yourself, Home repair, Remodeling    by: ITC

Epoxy resin coating for baths comes in a kit consisting of colored rosin, a chemical hardening agent, and a can of special brush cleaner. All you do is mix the resin with the hardener and, following the manufacturer’s instructions closely, brush it on’ There are. though, a number of points to bear in mind.

First, you must be very careful about the preparation. The bath surface must be scrupulously clean, dry, and free from grease: otherwise the coating will simply peel off. Lime scale and hard water staining should be removed as far as possible. and then the bath must be vigorously scrubbed with a warm solution of washing soda. Pay particular attention to soap holders, the tidemark line and the area round the waste outlet where soap deposits tend to be at their worst.

llow the bath to dry and then, as a final precaution against grease, wipe over the surface with a little of the special brush cleaner on a soft. lint-free cloth. Again, allow the bath to dry and tie plastic bags round taps and shower roses to contain any unexpected. and potentially damaging, drips splashing the coating before it is dry.

Secondly, great care must be taken with the application; provided you use a good quality brush, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to achieve a smooth, even coverage — though you might find a second coat necessary. For a really professional finish you might consider using a spray gun. Make sure you mask off areas that you don’t want painted and check that there is nothing plastic in the gun that is likely to be corroded by the mixture.

Finally, always follow the safety rules. Two-part coatings of this type are normally highly inflammable. so be sure to work in a well-ventilated room. Keep naked flames well away from the solution and, of course. don’t smoke while you’re doing the job. If any resin comes into contact with your skin or eyes, wash it off immediately with cold water.

Start on the floor of the bath and work up towards the rim, tackling the half furthest from you first. As soon as you have finished. clean your equipment with the cleaner provided and then rinse the brushes or gun with warm soapy water.

It’s also a good idea to throw away any resin/hardener mixture you have left over as it will set solid. even in a sealed container. Finally, you should ensure that you take good care of the newly coated bath. Don’t use it for at least 48 hours. don’t use acid-based cleaners on it and keep soap in a soap tray or it might stain the surface If you get any coating on your hands. you should use brush cleaner on them and then rinse them in warm, soapy water.

Taking out old basin taps

Filed Under: Bathroom, Do it yourself, Home repair, Kitchen, Plumbing, Remodeling    by: ITC

When replacing old taps with new ones the most difficult part of the job is likely to be— with so many plumbing operations removing the old fittings. Let’s first consider wash basin taps.

You must, of course, cut off the hot and cold water supplies to the basin. The best way of doing this will usually be to tie up the float arm of the ball valve supplying the cold water storage cistern so as to prevent water flowing in. Then run the bathroom cold taps until water ceases to flow. Only then open up the hot taps. 1 his will conserve most of the expensively heated water in the hot water storage cylinder.

If you look under the basin you will find that the tails of the taps are connected to the water supply pipes with small. fent/ accessible nuts, and that a larger — often inaccessible pack-nut secures the tap to the basin. The nuts of the swivel tap connectors joining the pipes to the taps are usually easily undone with a wrench or spanner of the appropriate size. The back- nuts can be extremely difficult – even for professional plumbers!

There are special wrenches and basin or ‘crows foot’ spanners that may help, but they won’t perform miracles and ceramic basins can be very easily damaged by heavy handedness. The best course of action is to disconnect the swivel tap connectors and to disconnect the trap from the waste outlet.

These are secured be undone. Then lift the basin off its brackets of hanger and place it upside down on 1:4-* floor. Apply some penetrating oil to the tag tails and, after allowing a few minutes for it tir soak in, tackle the nuts with your wrench a crowsfoot spanner. You’ll find they arc much more accessible. Hold the tap when you do this to stop it swivelling and damaging the basin.