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Investigating The Electrical Wiring On A Garage Door That Will Not Open

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Automatic garage doors and their connected openers are rarely thought about, until they no longer work and you cannot park or remove your car from your garage. A garage door that will no longer open is extremely frustrating and may signal the need for a brand-new opener. Do not panic though, there are a few simple things that you should look at first before you invest in a brand-new opener. Inspecting the wiring is one of the most important things you should investigate.  Inspect All Wires Your garage door opener will be wired to several different parts and pieces, and breaks in the wires can cause malfunctions and shorts in the system. Wiring is connected to the main electrical plug that attaches to an outlet on your ceiling or wall. One wire will connect to the remote sensor that reads the electrical signal coming from your remote, and another will connect to the manual opener that sits on your wall. You also will notice two wires attached to two small black boxes that sit on the garage door tracks. The boxes are the photo eyes that detect whether or not an object or person is in the way of the door. Inspect all wires from the base of the opener to their connections. Look for wires that are pinched, broken, or missing insulation. These wires need to be replaced. To replace a wire, look for the numbers and letters on the sheathing to purchase the right type of wire. You will notice the gauge, the voltage rating, and the safety rating. Purchase the same color of wiring as well. Colors do indicate the type of wire that is connected to the opener. For example, a white wire is a neutral wire that may not carry electricity and green indicates a ground wire. Other colors indicate live wiring, so you choose a blue, black, yellow, or red wire if you cannot match the color for some reason. Stay away from white and green though, or you may confuse an electrician or future homeowner who wants to complete electrical work on the opener. Look At Terminals Wires will sometimes look as though they are in good condition, but the terminals that connect the wires to the opener may not look very good. These terminals are the point where the external circuit or wire is connected to an electrical component. Terminals are fasteners that conduct electricity and allow it to move through the wiring. There are two types of terminals or fasteners that you may see on the back of your garage door opener. These are screw and tab terminals. Tab or quick-connect terminals are the most common, and they are small slits or openings that fit metal tabs. These tabs are connected to the ends of the wires, and the wires are pushed into the terminals. Unplug your garage door opener and pull the wires out of the terminals so you can inspect the tabs. Tabs can corrode over time and form a layer of rust. If you see rust, then you should replace the tabs. Tabs crimp in place, so cut off the old tab from the wire, strip the end, slip the round end onto the wiring, and use needlenose pliers to crimp the round end down.  If you notice screws on...

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Reducing Attic Fan Noises

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If you have an open home with 9 to 12 foot ceilings, then you likely have a spacious living area. However, this area may be quite expensive to cool during the summer months. Since hot air rises, you can reduce your AC usage by having attic fans installed. This will help to ventilate the upper areas of the home so heat is less likely to accumulate. Attic fans are fairly simple to install and attach to a thermostat. However, you may hear some noises as the fans are running. Thankfully, most noise issues are easy to fix. Whirring Sounds and Slow Speeds If your fans are set on the highest setting and you notice the fan creating a whirring sound and they are moving slowly, then you likely have an issue with the intake of air. Attic ventilation systems require a balance between air intake and exhaust, or the system will not be efficient or effective. The air intake pulls fresh outside air into the attic. The air flow moves hot air towards the fan where it is released out of the roof. Poor airflow into the attic will stall the movement of air to the fan. You can increase air intake a few different ways. If you have a skylight or a window that is close to the attic space, then you can open it to increase airflow. Open windows directly across and opposite from the fan are best to create a consistent cross breeze. If you do not have a window or skylight in the area, then you will need to have another vent installed along the roof. A soffit or eave vent can be added to the edge of the roof or an exhaust vent can be placed close to the roof peak.  If you want to add vents yourself, then consider the ones that can be Installed along the soffit. These vents are easier to install, but make sure to consider the whole area of your attic so more than enough vents are added for proper air intake.  Humming Noises Most fans make humming noises as they run, and the noises are not typically bothersome. However, if you like to keep a quiet home and also want the fans to run at high speeds, then the noises may be a bit too loud for you. Fans make humming sounds normally as the blades move against the air. The bigger the blades, the more noise you will hear. You can invest in a fan that has more blades than the one that is currently installed. The blades will be smaller and make less noise, but they will still move the same amount of air through the exhaust vent. For example, switch from a three blade fan to a five blade variety. Hex nut attachments typically keep the fan blade in place, so use a socket wrench to remove the nut when you are ready to replace the blade. Some attic fans need to be lubricated on occasion, and adding oil to the fan motor can help to reduce noises. Look to see if your fan has oil ports where oil can be added. These ports will be located on the motor housing and they will look like small round protrusions coming out of the side. Place several...

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Myths And Facts About Couriers That Every New Small Business Owner Needs To Know

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If you are a new business owner today, you may think that you only have a few shipping options with the well known companies. You have likely heard of courier companies but may think of them as only useful for occasional urgent deliveries of medical or legal documents. Meanwhile, you are watching those expensive shipping charges from the “Big Guys” eat away at your profits. The truth is that many new business owners like you have misconceptions about what couriers can truly do. Here are some common myths about couriers debunked along with some facts on how couriers can help you save money and improve your customer satisfaction.  Myth: Couriers All Ride Bicycles and Only Hand-Deliver Documents Many movies and television shows based in the early to mid 1900s have scenes that display a town courier on a bicycle weaving in and out of traffic to deliver an important document. While bicycle couriers still exist and are great options for speedy deliveries in traffic-laden cities, not all couriers ride bicycles and specialize in hand-delivering documents.  One additional type of courier service is a pallet courier. These services have fleets of trucks that can deliver your pallets of goods to companies you may be supplying. This can help you quickly get a pallet (or several) to a client on the fly. You don’t have to fill up the truck or pay for an entire truckload if you are only shipping a pallet or two; instead, the cost of delivering the shipment is split up among all businesses that have pallets in the truck. This leads to fast delivery for an often very low charge.  Other large items can also be transported by couriers, including fitness equipment, industrial equipment, and furniture. As with pallets, you can quickly get a large item to its destination, whether that destination is another company or a customer, without paying the premium price the big-name shipping companies charge. This type of product can also share the truck with the products of other companies, which is called called freight pooling, and the delivery charge can then also be split.  International couriers provide similar services, but shipments overseas are performed by air or sea.  Myth:  Private Courier Companies are More Expensive than Big Name Shipping Options Now that you know what services couriers provide in the 21st century, you may expect that those services come at a premium price tag. While it is true that just like with other shipping options, you will likely pay more for same-day express shipping through a courier than you will for shipping a package at the courier’s convenience, all options are likely to cost much less than the big shipping companies. The reasons for this are plentiful, but one of the largest reasons is that courier services know that they are not only competing with the “Big Guys,” but also with other local couriers. In the end, the competition drives the prices down, and you get better, faster service from couriers for less money. You also only pay for the space your product takes up in the truck, as already mentioned. The big shipping companies never know what will be in their trucks until the last minute, so they charge high fees that help keep them profitable even if they end up with...

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Target Your Water Heater This Earth Day With These 3 Cheap And Easy Adjustments

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As Earth Day approaches, now is the perfect time to lower your energy use and costs by making adjustments to your home appliances. With your water heater being one of the top energy-consuming appliances in your home, this is a great place to start. Check out these 3 easy ways you can boost the efficiency of your hot water heaters this Earth Day. Turn Down The Thermostat Hot water heater manufacturers preset their products to temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than most people need to maintain comfortable water temperatures. Furthermore, hotter temperatures promote the accumulation of sediment which could interfere with the efficiency of your unit. The temperature gauge on water heaters aren’t always accurate, so it will take some going back and forth to successfully find a temperature that suits your needs. Start by turning the power supply to your water heater off and then ever-so-slightly bump the thermostat dial a bit to the left. You’ll find the dial on the gas valve at the bottom of the tank for gas-powered water heaters or behind a screw-on face plate on the front of electrical units. Once you’ve made your adjustments, turn the power supply back on and wait a few hours for your water to heat up. Visit your faucet farthest away from your water heater and (very carefully) use an instant-read thermometer to take the temperature of the water on its highest setting. If the temperature reads 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re good. If the temperature is still above 120 degrees, repeat the process. Increase Your Insulation If you have an older-style hot water heater, there is a good chance that it lacks ample insulation. Fortunately, there is a fast, inexpensive fix for this problem. Visit your local hardware store and look for a water heater blanket. The blanket will cost roughly $20 and will be pre-cut to fit perfectly around your tank. Once you have it, simply wrap it around your unit and tape it in place for an energy savings of $20-$45 annually. Want to save even more? While you’re at the hardware store, pick up some fiberglass pipe wrap and a roll of aluminum foil tape. Wrap the pipe wrap around the pipes leading away from your hot water heater, and then secure it in place with the tape. Congratulations, you’ve just successfully increased the insulation and the R-rating of your hot water heater! Replace Your Anode Rod If you look at the top of your water heater, you’ll see a hexagon-shaped piece of metal. This piece of metal is the head of your unit’s anode rod — an aluminum or magnesium probe specifically intended to collect corrosive elements from your water before they can harm the efficiency of your water heater. These rods should be replaced as they become crusted and caked with sediment. To change your unit’s anode rod, shut off the power to your water heater and then carefully drain its tank. Use an appropriately-sized impact wrench and socket to free the anode rod from the water heater. Take the used anode directly to your home supply store, and ask for an exact replica. The new anode rod will cost you between $25 and $40, depending on whether it is made of aluminum or magnesium and whether the...

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Understanding And Maintaining The Benefits Of An Eastern Red Cedar Tree

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Landscaping is not only beneficial for your home’s appeal and value, but it can also increase your home’s energy efficiency and the privacy of your backyard. While surprising to hear, many trees are able to grow tall and large very quickly. Considering the Eastern red cedar tree is one of these fast-growing, shade-producing trees, installing a few around your yard’s perimeter can increase your home’s appeal, value, and privacy. Unfortunately, you may not know the proper techniques for planting and maintaining these popular trees. Using this guide, you can improve your landscaping, home value, and privacy using the Eastern red cedar tree. Benefits The lush green foliage of the Eastern red cedar tree is an attractive addition to your home’s landscape. Not only can it be used as an accent piece, but a grouping of these beautiful trees can create a natural fence or barrier between your yard and the yards of other homes. While the tree does grow in a narrow shape, the Eastern red cedar is capable of growing up to 40 feet high, making it an excellent option for creating shade around your home. The size, color, and shape are benefits, but the Eastern red cedar tree also has a fragrant aroma that combines fruity flavors with cedar wood.  In addition, the tree develops small blue berries in the winter. These berries attract birds, so the Eastern red cedar is a great option if you are a bird lover. From intense foliage and the addition of privacy and shade to the soft, appealing scent of the tree, the benefits of adding Eastern red cedar trees to your landscape are easy to see. Planting Planting the Eastern red cedar is pretty simple, since it thrives in most climates. However, be sure to install the trees in areas that receive full sun and ample size for the future growth. If planting in groups for a privacy screen, space out the trees according to the variety of tree. Here are a few common species of the Eastern red cedar tree: Canaert – The Canaert variety of the Eastern red cedar can grow up to 15 to 20 feet wide, so you must ensure there is sufficient space between each tree when creating privacy screen. Glauca – For a more moderate width, consider the Glauca. The Glauca variety has an average spread of 6 to 8 feet. Gray Owl – The Gray Owl variety is more like a shrub, with an average height of 4 feet, but its 8-foot width still requires ample spacing. When digging the hole for your tree, make sure it offers enough space to contain its root ball. Place the root ball of the tree into the hole, ensuring the top is slightly below the top of the hole. Make sure there is plenty of space around the root ball to fill the hole with dirt and fertilizer, as well. Use your hands or gardening tools to loosen the soil before placing it back into the hole. Pack it in loosely around the root ball, preventing any constriction of the roots. Be sure there are no rocks, pebbles, or chunks of wood left behind in the soil. Surround the tree base with mulch or pine straw and water thoroughly. Maintenance After planting, water your Eastern red...

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Granite Not Your Only Option: 4 Countertop Options To Consider For Your New Kitchen

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Remodeling your kitchen is an excellent option if you want to improve the function and efficiency of the space while enhancing the overall look, but making the right decisions is important to achieve an estimated 100 percent return on investment. From choosing paint colors and cabinet material to installing new appliances and flooring, the various decisions can become overwhelming. Thankfully, finding the best option for your kitchen countertops does not have to be challenging. Although a common option for homeowners and builders, granite is not the only appealing countertop material for your kitchen. Using this guide, you can find a durable, attractive, equitable, and non-granite countertop material for your kitchen. Stainless Steel If you are hoping to create a modern, clean, and stream-lined look in your kitchen, consider using stainless steel for your countertops. Not only is stainless steel non-porous and resistant to stains, but it is also a durable option that will stand the test of time. Of course, you most likely spend a great deal of time in your kitchen, cooking and preparing foods, dining, and entertaining. Due to this constant use, preventing fingertip smudges can be difficult on the stainless material. To keep the countertops clean and shiny, you will need to wipe the stainless surfaces down constantly with a mild detergent. Quartz Granite is a natural stone, which may be appealing to you, but its natural look does contain flaws. If you prefer the look of natural stone, but in a more perfected color and design, opt for quartz countertops. Composed of approximately 93 percent natural stone with the remaining percentage comprised of resin, quartz is a great alternative to granite. Here are a few other benefits of this attractive countertop material: Non-Porous – While it does contain a large portion of natural stone, quartz is non-porous and resistant to stains. Easy Maintenance – Since quartz counters are constructed out of both stone and resin, you do not need to seal or wax the countertops. Cleaning is simple, as well. Wipe down with a solution containing warm water and liquid dish soap. Versatile – Quartz is available in a large variety of colors and designs. Choose from a faux-granite or a bright blue or green. With all the different options available, you can easily find a quartz look suited to your kitchen design. Marble Marble is a common option for bathroom countertops, but its elegant look will also work in your kitchen. The material is available in numerous colors and patterns, so you will be able to find the marble piece that works best for your style and personality. Marble does offer a few negatives, though. Since it is a porous material, marble can stain easily, so you sealing your marble countertops will be imperative. To add the luxurious look of marble without worrying about constant stains or maintenance, consider installing marble in one small area of your countertops. The material remains cool to the touch, making it a great surface for preparing dough for baking pies and pastries. Due to this benefit, installing marble solely on your kitchen island or work section is smart. Concrete Installing a slab of concrete in your kitchen may not sound ideal, but concrete countertops are actually attractive options for your kitchen. Concrete is porous, so it can easily...

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Ways To Improve The Aesthetics And Longevity Of Your Asphalt Driveway

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The condition of your home’s driveway affects the aesthetics of your property and can impact the health of your car. If your driveway has large cracks, potholes and bumpy spots, you risk damaging your vehicle each time you drive over the unsightly asphalt. Driving over potholes every day can harm wheel rims, shock absorbers and front end components. Therefore, you should take action to repair the asphalt and make it more attractive by heeding the following tips. Your driveway will look better and you will not have to worry about damaging your car. Clean and Repair the Asphalt You can give your driveway an immediate upgrade by cleaning the asphalt surface and making repairs to sections that are damaged. You will need a large push broom, cleaning solution, water and a large scrub brush. Use the push broom to remove any dirt, leaves, loose asphalt and other debris. Then rinse the asphalt with water. Pretreat stains from oil and grease, tires and other substances with a commercial degreaser. For large grease and oil stains, you can soak up the substances with baking soda or cat litter. Stomp on the cat litter to break it up. Let baking soda or cat litter sit on the stain for at least thirty minutes before scooping it up to finish the job with the degreaser. Use the scrub brush with the degreaser to continue cleaning the asphalt. Rinse away any residue with water. If there are any cracks and small potholes, you can purchase asphalt patch material from a hardware store by the bag. For severely damaged driveways, you should consult with a paving contractor and hire them to repair extremely large potholes and cracks in order to make sure you end up with a smooth, drivable surface when repairs are complete. Seal the Asphalt If you want to increase the longevity of your driveway, you should hire a paving contractor to seal the asphalt surface. The contractor will use professional grade driveway sealer that will slow the asphalt aging process. The driveway will be less susceptible to damage from rain, ice, extreme temperatures and the sun’s UV rays. The contractor will clean the asphalt and repair any cracks before applying the sealant. Be aware that it will take a day or two for the sealant to dry. Make plans to park your car elsewhere until the sealing project is complete. Paint the Asphalt Once repairs on the driveway are complete and the sealant dries ups, you can further enhance the look of the asphalt by painting it. Your paving contractor can apply paint that is specially designed for asphalt surfaces. The paint that contractors use to cover a blacktop surface can withstand the elements as well as vehicle traffic. In addition, asphalt paint comes in several colors so you should be able to select a color that complements your home’s paint job. Line the Driveway With Plants Instead of settling for a plain asphalt driveway, spruce up the entrance to your property with ornamental plants that line the paved surface. Formal hedges, flowering shrubs and small trees can soften the look of a long stretch of asphalt and enhance the beauty of your property. First, you should get rid of weeds that line the edges of the asphalt. If necessary, augment the soil...

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Is Your Masonry Home Sending You A Message? What Homeowners Must Know About Cracks & Deterioration

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There is a reason why homes constructed of bricks and masonry are often more valued and sought after than a frame home of similar size by many home buyers across the nation. In addition to not needing to be painted every few years, a masonry home resists infiltration by insects and can more easily resist damage from strong winds and weather. In fact, a masonry home originally built in 1639, and designated as a National Historic Landmark, is still standing strong today and has been refurbished for use as a museum. While your masonry home is sure to have been built far more recently than the Henry Whitefield House, mentioned above, it is just as important for you to understand why cracks and deterioration can occur in your masonry home and what you can do about them. Watch for visual clues Masonry walls, whether constructed from bricks, blocks or stones, often offer visual clues of damage or deterioration that should never be ignored. These include: cracking (cracks forming in either the mortar or the bricks, blocks, or stones, or both) spalling (surface flaking of bricks, sometimes extensive) bowing (a vertical bulge in the wall) sweeping (a horizontal bulge in the wall)  leaning (a situation where one or more of the masonry walls appear to be leaning into or away from the home, instead of standing straight)  When to worry about cracks Some cracking is normal in most any brick, block or stone building. This can be due to a wide range of causes, including settlement, soil issues, weather, issues with mortar quality, building practices, exposure to some type of stress or movement and many others. In most cases, hairline and minor cracks that do not become worse over time can be managed by simply monitoring them frequently for changes and addressing them as they occur. Unlike minor cracks, those that are more severe or cause portions of the brick, block or stone wall to crumble, move or appear uneven should always be examined by a reputable professional masonry contractor or masonry restoration expert, such as Mara Restoration, Inc., at the earliest possible time. If left unrepaired, the home can be at risk of infiltration from water, insects and even rodents, as well as other issues. Additionally, major cracking issues can cause stress on the home that result in damage to the interior of the home, including plaster damage, sticking or cracked window panes and doors that become difficult to open and close.   Potential causes of masonry cracking and deterioration When noting the formation of cracks or deterioration in a masonry wall, homeowners should examine the area for any issues that may be causing or contributing to the damage. Since excessive exposure to water can cause masonry walls to deteriorate, homeowners will want to make sure that the guttering is in good condition and is not allowing water to either run down the wall or accumulate against the foundation of the home. Additionally, it is important to direct water from the gutters away from the home through the use of landscaping methods or gutter extensions to prevent issues with saturated soil or frost heaving that can cause movement in the foundation and cracking or deterioration in the masonry walls they support.   Another cause of masonry damage or deterioration is the...

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High Energy Bills? Why Your Garage May Be The Cause & How To Fix The Problem

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If your heating and cooling bills seem higher than they should be for your home size, then you may be confused why you are losing your cool and warm air when the exterior of your home is well-insulated. You may be considering spending a small fortune to upgrade your heating and cooling systems to see if your investment can pay off in lower energy bills. However, the problem may not lie in those systems at all. It may sound surprising, but a garage that is not properly insulated can result in higher home energy bills, even when you don’t intentionally heat and cool your garage. Read on to find out how to determine if your garage is the cause of those sky-high bills and how to fix the problem. How Improperly Insulated Garage Doors Can Lead Higher Heating and Cooling Costs in Your Entire Home If you took care to install good installation around the perimeter of your home or chose a home that already had good insulation, then keep in mind that the rooms above and adjacent to the garage are lacking this insulation on the walls (or floors) that are connected to your garage. If your garage itself is not properly insulated, especially the door, then these rooms likely feel cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer, even though your heating and air conditioning systems are heating and cooling the rest of your home well.  Much of the heated or cooled air that enters those rooms leaks right into the garage and out the door. If you compensate by adding extra heating and air conditioning units to those rooms or just cranking up your existing systems to the point where the rest of the home is then too hot or too cool, then you are wasting energy that you could avoid wasting if you just insulated your garage well.  How to Easily Fix the Problem Insulating your garage is likely easier than you think, because the part of the garage you need to focus on is the exterior wall, and a huge part of that wall is your garage door. Some garage doors are about 20-percent of the entire front of a home. Simply switching out your existing garage door for a new, well-insulated one and having it installed properly to eliminate any drafts around the perimeter of it is the first and most important step on your way to a properly insulated garage.  For the best insulation, your garage door should include the following: A a door with with integrated high density polystyrene or polyurethane foam layers. The great news is that when choosing a door with one of these integrated foam layers, you don’t have to sacrifice style and curb appeal for good insulation. Even a typically drafty door made of wood or metal can provide proper garage insulation when it contains layers of insulation.  A thick door. It can be easy to see how a three-inch thick insulated door would provide more insulation than a two-inch one.  Large panels. Every joint between door panels provides an additional space where a potential draft could occur. The fewer panels your door has, the fewer places a draft could occur.  Air-tight seals around the door. A good seal around your door eliminates drafts, so they are...

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Maintenance Tasks To Keep Your Street Sweeper In Great Shape

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If you have recently purchased a street sweeping machine and have acquired a bid through your town or city that allows you to clean the streets, then you are probably looking forward to your new career. You likely understand that your street sweeping machine is your best tool and investment. This means that regular maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Keep reading to learn about a few tips to help keep your street sweeping machine in great shape. Clean Your Brushes Your street sweeper has a variety of brushes on the bottom and side of your machine. Gutter, rotary, wafer, and strip brushes are a few of the varieties that may sit on your machine. Most of these brushes will be made out of polypropylene materials. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic material that is commonly used to make products like ropes, carpeting, and other plastic materials. This type of plastic is quite strong. However, the thin polypropylene bristles of your sweeper brushes can break off over time. One way to prevent this from happening is to wash your brushes after every use. A gentle car washing solution or dish soap will work best to clear away debris. Rinse with a hose afterwards. When your sweeper is not in use, you should also make sure that your device is placed in a garage or another covered area. While most chemical substances will not cause polypropylene materials to deteriorate, the heat and the UV rays of the sun can cause damage.  Some of your sweeper brushes may have some steel bristles. This is more common for gutter brushes. These brushes should be cleaned and rinsed just like the polypropylene varieties. However, you will also need to add some lubricant to the metal to keep corrosion at bay. Silicone based lubricants are not likely to last long when placed on the metal brushes, so think about using motor oil instead. Lubricate the bristles around once a week or after every cleaning. Also, inspect the brushes for corrosion since rust can transfer to the polypropylene bristles and to the road as well. When you lubricate the metal brushes, think about adding a grease lubricant to the bearings too, that help the brushes spin.  Clear The Sprayers If your street sweeper is a variety that uses water to force debris and dirt off the street, then you will likely need to fill the back tank every week to make sure that you have enough fluids for cleaning purposes. Unfortunately, if the water in your area is hard, like it is in the vast majority of the United States, then calcium and magnesium may clog your water sprayers. This will reduce the volume and intensity of the water that you release when cleaning. To prevent issues, consider cleaning your water sprayers every three to six months. Most sprayers are the small and thin varieties that sit on the front of the sweeper, so place about two cups of vinegar in a small bucket with two cups of water. Allow each sprayer to sit in the mixture for two or three hours. Rinse the sprayers afterwards.  If possible, consider getting a water filter for your machine as well. These filters sit in or near the water pump and help to remove minerals and other foreign materials so they cannot clog...

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