When a house is no longer the new model we bought back, people start to get bored. Leisure on the one hand makes us think about leaving it that way, feeling sad. The most optimistic rethink the option of wanting to change everything for something more new, however, when they are already on the road they are faced with a monster that is practically a product of their imagination.

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As homeowners, we all know how annoying can be having a constant “drip…drip…drip” coming from our kitchen faucet; it could be not only an exasperating noise, but a terrible way to misuse one of the most essential resources out mother nature has provided us with: water. As a matter of fact, kitchen faucet leak is a very common home improvement problem many people have to deal with, worn out washers, seats, o- rings or seal are some of the causes that make your leaky faucet ranges from a simple inconvenient to a really urgent situation which needs to be addressed immediately.

There are four types of kitchen faucets: compression, cartridge, ball and ceramic disk, based on each type as well as their dripping issues, you can fix them yourself because they are generally pretty simple fixings. What you will need to do before starting any leaky faucet repairing project in your kitchen, is to identifying the type of faucet your own as well as getting the proper tools that will help you to do the job right. The following is an interesting compilation I would like to share with you, which shows what are the most common kitchen faucet leak problems and some guidelines you need to follow in order to execute a good home improvement project.

Guidelines: how to fix a Leaky Kitchen Faucet. Fix your Ball Rotary Kitchen Faucet

Materials & Tools Required

Even though you might not need to replace the entire faucet, kitchen ball faucets have several parts that must be replaced. On the other hand, you will need to be sure you have some special tools that you need, they should be designed especially for the make and model of your faucet. Prices of this type of kits normally cost between $8 and $35, it will depend on your faucet model. Regarding materials needed for such improvement project, you can find them in the plumbing section of most home repairs shops and they are:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Slip- joint pliers
  • Needle- nose pliers
  • Flat- head screwdrivers

Turn off the water to your faucet: to make sure you do this properly, look underneath your sink for the pipes which run up. Along those pipes somewhere, you will find the handles you have to turn to shut off in order to stop water flow; twist clockwise to shut off. When water is already off, open the faucet so it water excess can drain; then plug the sink drains, this is important to prevent small parts from falling in during the fixing process.

Detach and remove the handle: start by unscrewing and removing the handle; lift it off and using an allen wrench, remove the screw that you see on the handle’s underside. Set the screw aside, in a safe place.

Use slip- joint pliers to remove the cap and collar: in order to loosen and lift the dome assembly to reveal the bonnet, ball and cam. Now remove the inlet seals and springs, reach into the mechanism itself to accomplish this step, you will need needle- pliers. At this point, it will be a smart idea if you inspect the balls in order to detect signs of wear, cracking or sediment buildup; if you notice any of these problems, then replace the ball.

O- rings replacement: the next step is to use a flat- head screwdriver that helps you to cut off each old o- ring and spring set located below the ball. Make sure you take note of each spring’s orientation, then replace the set with the new one from the repair kit. Orient the spring in the same manner as the set. You can also coat the new o- rings in plumber’s grease before installing.

Resemble the handle: by reversing the above steps, you can resemble the faucet because the leak should be repaired.

Repairing Ideas that You Might Be Interested In

As it has been mentioned in this post, depending on the type of kitchen faucet you have, you will need to check the following three faucet elements to determine why your faucet is leaking:

The Washer

In case you have a faucet with two separate handles tat loosen and tighten to turn on the hot and cold water, you own a compression valve faucet. Then a solution for this type of leak issue is to replace the washers in each handle first.

The O- Ring

Cartridge and compression faucet models have generally o- rings installed within the handles in order to create a waterproof seal. Once o- rings become damaged, they can break and that’s when the leak problem shows up. So by buying the right o- ring size or the new part, replace the old o- rings.

The Cartridge

This type of faucet can have one or two handles. When it comes to turning the handle or handles, this process is a bit smoother and easier than compression faucet; whenever your cartridge faucet is leaking, it would necessary to replace the entire cartridge valve within them; the good news is that they are easy to install.

What may seem like a minimal leaky kitchen faucet, can turn into serious damages that will make you spend both, money and time. You can be surprised by the consequences that an unchecked leaky sink can make to your kitchen; it can put added stresses on your plumbing as well as cause drain clogs and overflows. Moreover, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaky faucets that drip one time per second can actually reach a waste of water that upwards of 3, 000 gallons each year, and let me tell you that this is enough water to take 180 showers. This number should make you reflect about two aspects; the first one is that your will be spending a lot of money in water bills if you do not strive to solve your kitchen leaky faucet issue, and the second one and most important, by addressing this type of home problem you will be contributing to preserve our main and also threaten natural resource: water.

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residential windows for apartments selecting wisely DESTACADO 300x138 Residential Windows for Apartments: Selecting Wisely

Residential windows in an apartment can say a lot of the style and urban location of a building. Windows serve as a nice architectural accent, which besides providing ventilation, also offers you the possibility of appreciate landscape or even urban life. Residential windows on buildings tend to be equally in each floor, due to the fact that it is easier to buy them in large quantities and for outdoor uniformity purposes. Even though local building code guarantees not only the harmony of the building, but also the emergency escape and rescue requirements, some regulations allow you to change or add residential windows that go with your preference. It is also important to mention that if you are working on a historic building, you must check with the local building department and/or the historical preservation board before replacing any windows.

Types of Residential Window Materials

When it comes about residential windows, frames are the structures that generally vary. Windows such as casements and sliding, for instance are residential windows that come with opening mechanisms such as friction and pivot hinges, which are increasingly popular and can come with combination of materials.

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Aluminum windows, for instance can be support by wooden cores, and steel casements can be housed in wooden frames to reduce heat loss. This factor might depend on the owner –in most of the cases-, frames are now a very important decorative element, and you might find them in materials like real wood on the inside, fiberglass or vinyl.

 On the other hand there are windows classic looks that might not change over time, such as wood. Frames may diverge in other to add a more innovated touch but some others can be entirely made of this material.

Wood: Wood has always been one of the first selections on residential window materials since ancient times. However hardwood is expensive, but is durable and only needs the protection whether is by paint or a natural wood finish, and regularly maintained.

Aluminum: Where maximum light is required, aluminum windows can be an excellent option-the, not to mention the quality of frames in window like these, which can be able to embrace a large expanse of glass. Nevertheless, FinishBuild recommends that if you live in areas where temperature is high, do not purchase this kind of windows. In the case you happen to own aluminum frames, make sure these have a thermal break so that heat and cold isn’t conducted through the frame. In addition, aluminum windows conducts heat out of the home and is prone to condensation, therefore in building structures sometimes the use of double-glazing is required in order to reduce heat loss.

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Fiberglass: FinishBuild loves this window material, since fiberglass do not have same compression and expansion rate as other materials, frames can guarantee you a suitable sliding performance. On the other hand, fiberglass material is generally much stronger and durable than vinyl, aluminum and wood.

Steel: is another classic material for residential building windows. Its traditionally look can enhance but also add a more industrial appearance, however, since this style in a trendy movement, you can easily see it in modern structures with large, sleek expanses of glass. Due to the fact steel is so strong, larger windows with low profile frames can be made. Last but never least we suggest you to take the same consideration regarding temperature conduction.

FinishBuild Best Residential Windows Selection

residential windows for apartments selecting wisely 6 300x300 Residential Windows for Apartments: Selecting WiselySliding type:

Commonly joined in two sections, sliding residential windows usually made from single windows, where one of the sections slides horizontally over top of the other to open or close, meaning that only half the space of a sliding window can be utilized for ventilation purposes. Sliding windows are typically used in homes with short walls because they don’t take up as much vertical space. What FinishBuild loves about sliding windows in buildings is the fact that provides a smooth look into interior and exterior areas, which can make the walls seem taller while still providing the same amount of ventilation that a double or single hung window would have. These residential windows are normally fixed near the upper portion of a wall, leaving more space between the floor and the bottom of the window than windows that operate vertically.

The Casement & the Awning type:

These windows are generally built with a hinge in their construction. Regularly seen in building with 3 or 4 levels, casement and awning windows offers a swing out dynamic to the side or up in order to open. You can see it on solid glass and offers a less obstructed view overall.

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Awning windows are designed to open to only about 45 degrees. And, wood windows that are installed unfinished should be painted or stained as soon as possible to protect them from wear and weather. Finishing windows seals wood from UV rays, preventing them from turning a gray color. Keep into account that awning windows are ideal for climates with a lot of rain thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened up.

The Jalousie type:

A definitely unique but classic look, jalousie windows belong to a more conservative appealing, these windows open like a set of blinds. Simply crank the lever and the slats tilt to the side creating a bunch of gaps for air to flow through. Today jalousie windows are still used on some homes in warmer climates and metal or glass are the most common material.

Arched Windows:

Arched windows come with a more royal look. These residential windows are rounded at the top and they can give buildings an artistic feel when used properly. Nevertheless, these type of windows are not designed to open or close, which make them just an illumination item.

On the other hand, there are some that open like casement windows do, to the side like a door not only providing an excellent ventilation system but also  giving you the classic touch.

What to know regarding the glass

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Glass is an element that you must be aware of, residential building windows should have two panels of glass, also known as dual-glazed windows. In apartments you might find more, from 3 to 6 panels. Depending on where you live and the design of your building, some or all of your windows could be triple-glazed for additional layers of insulation.

In the case you live in upper levels, air might be an issue. The air space between the panes of glass can be filled or cover with a variety of items, such as rubber frame additions, or extra glass frames.

In sunlight areas panes of glass can be coated to control the amount of UV rays, infrared light and heat that is transferred to the interior — look for windows that are labeled as ‘low-E’ (low emissivity). Most coatings are barely visible to the eye, and like gas, help improve the efficiency of the window unit as well as protect the interior of the building from UV damage.

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MATERIALES PARA TECHOS DESTACADO 300x138 Top 5 Roof Materials FinishBuild Suggestions

When it comes to choose the right roofing material, a variety of products are available, ranging from natural products, like thatch, slate to polycarbonate sheeting. Water-resistant materials known as underlayment are also another option to home roofs. On the other hand, metal roofing materials are often lighter in weight than wood shingles. Industries are always improving and with progress many different types of roofing materials are available now, including a lot of roofing materials that have a variety of green attributes, such as being eco-friendly products that contain recycled ingredients. FinishBuild has come with a compendium of the most common and useful materials for roof projects, we would go through the most popular roofing materials.

Asphalt shingles Pizarra 300x300 Top 5 Roof Materials FinishBuild Suggestions

Standard asphalt shingles are made from petroleum products and are not usually recyclable because of the layer of fiberglass added to the shingles. On the other hand this material option comes in a selection of colors, and the fact that 75% of American roofs have asphalt shingles due to low cost and ease of installation makes of asphalt shingles a very appealing option to your home. Depending on the size of the roof and the experience of the crew, regarding the installation process it is possible to remove old shingles and apply new ones on one day.

 Metal

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Heaviness is an important feature of Metal. Aside from its longevity, metal shingles are much lighter than most materials and very resistance to adverse weather. Materials like steel, aluminum, tile and copper are the common material on this section. With the characteristic of being the coolest roofs around regarding temperature and style, these metal looks can add an industrial look for new homes. Metal roofs are available in copper, aluminum, and stainless steel, and often have a high percentage of recycled components. Aluminum, besides having most of 98% recycled content, in most of the cases, have extremely long life-cycles, which reduces construction waste. Metalworks ceilings can also be integrated with radiant heat and cooling technology to reduce energy costs and perforated panels with acoustical backing reduce reverberation time and improve acoustics. Subsequently if you are thinking on invest on a business indoor areas, aluminum is the one for you on environmental quality and on durability. On the other hand, metal products in general provide high insulation solar reflectance, and durability, often lasting twice as long as wood or asphalt. Metal shingles typically simulate traditional roof coverings, such as wood shakes, shingles, slate and tile.

Slate

Slate has a beautiful, distinctive appearance. Although its weight is very heavy, a slate roof is non-leaching and will last for hundreds of years. Nevertheless, its high cost assures you a life expectancy of 80 to 400 years. Regarding care and maintenance it is easy to repair and recycle, however due to the fact of the dark color slate it is rarely recommended for high-heat locations.

Wood Shingles and Shake

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This is one of the most common regular options to many home-owners due to the look of wood. Wood shakes are handmade and rougher-looking than wood shingles, which are usually cut by machine. Wood roofing products can also be installed inside your home, and nowadays there is a wide set of patterns and style to choose from, some even include shingles treated with a fire-resistant coating. What we love about wood materials is the rustic but classic shingles look. Since is a natural product usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine, nevertheless wood shingles can be a concern in wet climates, and can bend and even cracked or split.

Mineral fiber and Fiberglass materials

According to Armstrong web page mineral fiber ceilings is another eco-friendly option which are recyclable manufactured with recycled content. Regarding sound aesthetics, mineral fiber brings the perfect combination of acoustics and audibility. On the other hand, fiberglass ceilings has besides its stylish  looks, the significant energy savings which tends to be very appealing to business areas where  funds are important.

Care & Maintenance

Ceilings that will get partial treatments such as medallion and layered drywall or soft coverings with wallpaper for example, should be repaired and cleaned with diluted TSP, or trisodium phosphate according to Meghan Drueding. But when it comes to repairing cracks options are several, you might want to add drywall tape and mud, and thoroughly cover stains with a white shellac-based product like B.I.N. In most cases, renovating ceilings can be a very single and located process by attaching the new ceiling to joists underneath the surface of the existing ceiling, nevertheless locating the joists is the essential first step.

Currently, on this technology era production methods have changed from the toxic-dispelling processes they used to be, into clean and energy-efficient manufacturing procedures. So, whether you are building a new home for your love ones or replacing your old-fashioned roof, take into account that conventional power sources have been substituted by renewable energy. Even business offices can be and provide a more eco-look and influence positively on coworkers. Manufacturers are now harnessing the power of natural resources like water, wind and the sun to produce electrical energy.

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