Air Duct Cleaning

air duct cleaning Air duct cleaning can prevent health problems. Studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts or go down after cleaning. This is because of the dirt that accumulates inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces will eventually loosen and then will enter the living space. It is important to keep in mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles that are present in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can also cause exposure to contaminants. Moreover, there is no evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk to health.

It is recommended that air ducts be cleaned as-needed basis because of the certainty about the benefits of duct cleaning. EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. Research also suggests that  Air Duct Cleaning Peoria AZ will improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can also improve or  increase your system’s efficiency.

There are methods for cleaning flexible ducts but they do take additional efforts to perform properly so do not expect it is always performed properly. Many times they are destroyed by people not knowing how to clean them.

The frequency of duct cleaning is dependent upon many different factors. The only effective way is to inspect them which you can easily do at the return register and supply points. The grill covers come off easily, usually screwed into the ceiling joists or sheetrock. These points are a good indicator of the rest of the ducts condition. Another point is at the evaporative cooler coil in the heater/air handler unit. If there has been a lot of dust and dirt in the system, filters not changed regularly, etc., then a lot of dust and dirt will collect on the coils. This could potentially indicate further duct inspection and cleaning. Your HVAC Tech should be checking the condition of the evaporative coil and will also see some of the duct work from that point. He/She can tell you if cleaning is warranted.

Cleaning the coils is pretty expensive because in most systems it requires taking the unit apart to get to the “inner workings”

We had one HVAC guy who came in an emergency situation when the overflow line became clogged and caused the pan to break and cause a big leak tell us that our system (because it was older) needed to have the coils cleaned for better efficiency and to prolong the line of the unit in addition to repairing the overflow pan and other stuff.

We had someone else come in to do the actual repair work and I was all prepared to have her (it was a female certified HVAC person with her own firm) do just that – clean the coils.

She told me that it was not necessary because the coils were not that dirty. That there was a part of the HVAC system in the attic that indicated if the coils were that dirty without having to open up the housing and remove the coils. That checking the dust in that area showed there was minimum accumulation so she did not think that tearing the unit apart which would take over an hour and cost quite a bit just to SEE the coils was warranted.

She also told me that the types of air ducts in our attic were the type that basically were declared faulty 20 yrs ago. They are more rigid than flexible and that trying to clean with would mean that they would likely shatter and have to be replaced. That as long as the material insulating them was holding together unless we wanted to replace the entire system, we should just leave well enough alone. The vents on that system are original, more than 25 yrs old. So when the HVAC needs to be replaced this time we are going to have to get new vent system as well as the compressor.

Posted in air quality, General, Services by admin on May 18th, 2015 No Comments » Tags:

Roof Replacement Scottsdale

The harm that a faulty roofing can do is not that simple if not repaired immediately. Even the smallest leak could cause replacement of the house’s insulation. Moisture causes molds and mildew to develop. Therefore, knowing how to handle the smallest leaks is very important. Having your roof replaced will also save you from bitterness of weather. The heat of the sun, heavy rains and storms leave their disastrous effects on roofs after some specific time and you’re in need for repair as well as replacement of it

Should you want to avail the services of a roof replacement company or want to replace your shingle roof, slate roof and also you live in Scottsdale AZ, you should pick one name which is Stapleton Roofing. They are a trustworthy, licensed, bonded and insured professional roofing contractor. You can consult with Stapleton Roofing roof replacement scottsdale services in case roof can nevertheless be repaired, or maybe it is replaced. They are a family owned/runned company with big reputation for high quality of workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Cracked tiles are not going to make the roof leak. Everyone has cracked tiles on their roofs. They break from thermal expansion and contraction and from people walking on them (including fixing cracked ones). It is a bread and butter item for inspectors. I wouldn’t be surprised if the inspector is the one who cracked them walking on it (most of them do not go on the roof – just peak over the eaves).

The underlayment (tar paper) and flashing that is under the tiles is what does the work in keeping you dry. So unless the break exposes the underlayment to sunlight that will dry and crack it or is more of a missing piece that lets a good deal of runoff get to the underlayment it is not a big deal. Replacing tiles with minor cracks and missing corners is something that can be put off for some time.

Tile roof replacement

By the way, people are often told that tile roofs will last 50 years or more. Don’t believe them. The underlayment dries out from heat and exposure in as little as 20 years requiring a very, very expensive removal and replacement process. The tile craze started about 30 years ago around here. We had asphalt shingles before that. If water is getting under the tiles, the felt will stop it from coming through. But there are strips of wood laid horizontally along the roof to hold the tile and, given enough time they may rot, the nails loosen and small leaks develop. So it is good to fix things up.

1: Shingle roof

Greater than 80% houses in US contain Shingle roofs. These are measured from the selection of standards like wind and fire resistance, tear strength ability. There is certainly a good amount of Shingle colors, styles and materials.

Appropriate for most any style home, especially those with steep-sloped roofs but not as lasting as slate shingles. Shingle roof is a type of roof that needs replacement after certain period of time. Over the course of time it loses its glory and ability to offer 100 percent roof protection.

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2: Slate Roof

Slate roofs have been around for centuries and have proven to be a great roofing medium. It has the capability to resist fire, hail along with other bitterness of weather a lot more than any other material.  In the past, families built homes with the idea that the house would be passed down from generation to generation and were built from materials that would withstand this amount of time

Slate roof repair – this is the sort of roof that requires a 100% professional worker. Repair of slate roof will require the job of a stone mason, so you cannot ask any ordinary roofer to fix the problem as he might to more  damage to the roof instead or successfully repairing it. There are a lot of roof replacement companies claiming of being experienced or experts on repairing and/or replacing  roofer slate roof. Please beware of this companies.


Posted in General, outdoor, renovating, Roof Replacement, Services by admin on March 11th, 2015 No Comments » Tags: ,

Getting Wine Out of Cow Hide Rugs

cowhide rugA cowhide rug can be a great accessory for many homes and buildings. While cowhide rugs are very durable and easy to clean, a wine stain may require some extra work to remove. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to remove win stains from cow skin rugs.

When cleaning a cow hide product, it’s important to understand that some chemicals can damage the hide. It’s important to avoid very acidic or basic cleaning agents. These include bleach, acetone, peroxide, hydrogen peroxide and sodium carboxide. Cleaners with a very high pH level will dissolve the amino acid bonds in the cow hide. If a cleaner with a very low pH is used, it will bleach the cow hide, creating lighter-colored sections.

If wine is spilled on a cow hide rug, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible. Using a dry paper towel, dab the area where the wine was spilled. Try to avoid pressing the liquid into the cow hide rug: This will make it significantly more challenging to remove any stain.

Once all liquid has been removed from the rug, apply a 5:1 mixture of water and baking soda directly to the stained area. If possible, try to make sure that the baking soda mixture is warm. This will help to lift the stain out of the rug.

Allow the baking soda mixture to sit for at least five minutes. Once five minutes are over, dab up all liquid using a dry paper towel. It’s still important to avoid grinding any liquid deeper into the carpet. Repeat this process until the baking soda mixture remains clear.

Another effective way to get a wine stain out of a cow hide rug is through the use of a steam cleaner.

A steam cleaner uses regular water to clean. By applying steam directly to the site of a stain, it’s possible to “lift” the stain out of the rug. In many cases, steam cleaners are an excellent way to ensure that there isn’t any residue left behind. In addition, most steam cleaners are less likely to cause discoloration.

By cleaning a cow hide rug immediately after a spill, it’s usually possible to reduce the risk of a permanent stain. If a rug has multiple stains on it, it may be a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company. A professional cleaning company has access to specialized tools and cleaning agents that can thoroughly clean a cow hide rug without the risk of damage.

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Posted in decor, furniture, Home & Family, home show, kids room, living room, Music Room, Oriental home design, Post-Modernism Design by admin on September 23rd, 2014 No Comments » Tags:

Citizen Eco Drive

I’ve seen a few mentions of the Citizen Endeavor on the internet, but don’t see a full review, so I’ll try to give a decent one here.  My taste in watches runs toward functionality rather than flash, though I appreciate quality workmanship. I’ve been a fan of the Citizen Eco-Drive’s since I got my first one as a gift over 5 years ago (a perpetual calendar model that’s still going strong to this day). As of this writing, I have 2 Eco-Drives, the oldest being my first, and the Endeavor being the newest.

This review is specifically regarding the CA0440-51E. Stainless Steel, black face with blue and red highlights. It uses the Eco-Drive B612 movement. It’s also available with a white face, and in a rose gold model with a rubber bracelet. I’m not a fan of the latter. Just looks cheap to me.

I found it here. It was home page and really caught my eye. It is, to me, massive. The case is 46mm. This is definitely the largest watch I own., the next largest bing a toss up between my Citizen Nighthawk and a Longines Conquest that I inherited.

I had been thinking about a dive watch prior to seeing this one, and at first glance, that’s what it is. I would argue, however, that this is not a dive watch. Even though it has a 200M WR rating, the styling in general, and the fact that the bezel is internal, moves it from dive watch into sailing watch territory. This seems to me to be a incarnation of the old SailHawk line.

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Posted in General by admin on March 5th, 2014 No Comments » Tags:

Music Man SUB Ray4

I was in the market to buy a bass, seeing as am now part of a band as the bass player and I don’t have a bass, I’ve just been playing my friends. I came across the Sterling by Music Man SUB Ray4. The Sterling line is very good, both the guitars and the basses. They are made overseas, and they don’t have some of the extras that come on the Music Man instruments such as the compensated nuts. The music man guitar at Musicians Friend play very well, sound good and look very good, so for the money, we cannot go wrong.

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Posted in General, Lifestyle, Music Room, Musical Instruments, Stress Reliever by admin on December 22nd, 2013 No Comments »

Yamaha 76 Key Keyboard

I am a novice piano player, but for the price, this electric piano is fantastic. It works perfectly with Mac Garage Band (download Yamaha Mac drivers). The grand piano sample sounds like a real piano. The led display helps with reading notes. There are 300+ samples, fun for the my nephews, and fun for me. It has a a nice resistive feeling between a real piano and a synth. The lower octaves have a heavier feel compared to the higher octaves. For the serious novice or the pro that needs a nice inexpensive portable, the yamaha 76 key keyboard with usb connectivity at musicians friend is a super bargain. In no way does this machine feel cheap. Yamaha created a wonderful machine, with the greatest respect for those on a budget.Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano

Posted in Electronics, General, Lifestyle, Music Room, Musical Instruments, Stress Reliever by admin on November 29th, 2013 No Comments » Tags:

Hercules DJ Equipment

I’ve heard some positive things about Hercules, personally I think its controller is the perfect size and with well laid buttons and space, which make it more comfortable to mix  for me. The exciting hercules dj equipment also has an in-built sound-card. I have tried just plugging in the Mixtrack pro and Hercules controller, both worked fine without mapping, just need the sound settings changed to suit.

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Posted in General, Musical Instruments, Stress Reliever by admin on November 28th, 2013 No Comments » Tags:

No Bark Collar

One of my friends has a sheltie she got from a rescue six months ago. The dog is six years old and rather deaf from scar tissue in her ears. The dog barks a lot- when she is at the living room window and when she is out in the back yard. My friend is bothered because she can’t “tell” the dog to knock it off, she has to go over to her and tell her. There is a recently added sheltie puppy as well. From what I’ve heard, shelties tend to be “barkers”. My friend just purchased a no bark collar for the older dog. It works great  for controlling nuisance or excessive barking.

Posted in General, Pets by admin on November 27th, 2013 No Comments » Tags:

Cam Levers

About a year ago I repaired my emergency/parking brake on my 96 ZJ and have been meaning to do a write-up. This is for rear disc brakes with a cam/lever system, , for pivoting/pushing out the ebrake shoes and not for full shoe drum type rear brakes on earlier years.

I’ve found some other ebrake write-ups around which involve cutting or chiseling the cam/lever out and may have come up with a better method. This involves the use of 2 pairs of med/large size vice-grips for prying the seized cam/lever apart. You should be able to salvage them to avoid these pricey parts but since I already bought new cams & levers, which are adjustable, I went ahead and installed them. And there’s no need to remove the rear axles as stated in the FSM to do this repair.

Posted in General by admin on November 11th, 2013 No Comments » Tags:

Van Halen Guitar

I was looking around the web and stumbled on build your own guitars on YouTube. I have always wanted to do this kind of thing. I think it would be a fun and creative summer project. I landed on this Van Halen guitar. I thought that I could paint the body to the van halen specs (red/white/black, reflectors etc). One need to learn how to solder. It’s not hard. If you are in North America get some rosin core lead solder. Work near an open window with a fan to blow the fumes away from your face. Wash your hands well with soap and hot water after using lead solder. The fumes are not lead, but are still harmful. If you use lead free solder it will be very difficult and the fumes are still harmful. Watch youtube videos on how to solder. I’ve seen people make little practice boards with grids of wire soldered together to get a feel for it. A temperature controlled iron would be best. I use a 30 Watt pencil tip iron for making pedals and wiring up my guitars but it is not hot enough to work with lead free solder. If you are not into building your own guitar, then you can just buy your van halen guitar at musicians friend.

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