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2 Things To Look For In Your Next Garage Door Opener

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If your garage door sputters to a halt, don’t despair. Although a failing appliance might seem like a massive inconvenience, it offers you the opportunity to replace that worn-out garage door opener for a new and improved version. Here are two things to look for in your next garage door opener, and why you might start celebrating the day your old version went kaput. 1: Diagnostic Controls Nothing is worse than pulling up to your house in the middle of a rainstorm, and then struggling with an unresponsive garage door. After running through the rain with armfuls of groceries, you might try in vain to troubleshoot your opener. Unfortunately, unless you are a machinist or a trained electrician, it isn’t always easy to figure out where your system went wrong. Fortunately, newer garage door openers boast self-diagnostic controls, so you don’t waste an entire Saturday trying to fix your system. Here are a few features you should look for: Trouble Location: Many self-diagnosing garage door openers have LED lights near different parts of your system, which light up if there is a problem. Some garage door openers even signal a set number of blinks depending on the problem. For example, your system might blink once for a simple wire short, or six times if it needs a new control board. Colored Lights: Some garage door openers even have different colors of LED lights to let you know whether or not the system is operating properly. For example, your opener might show green lights if the device is running smoothly, but change to orange or red if a problem occurs. Audible Beeps: To protect itself from dangerous power surges, most garage door openers disconnect themselves if the power goes out. Unfortunately, it can be hard to remember to turn your system back on. To keep you from struggling with your system when you leave for work the next morning, some garage door openers issue audible beeps if they aren’t connected to power. As you shop for a new garage door opener, think about the last time you had to fix your system. Try to find a model that will streamline the process, so that you can save time and money.    2: Multiple-Button Remotes If you have more than one garage door, you might line your visor with different remote controls, and then play a little round of garage door roulette whenever you arrive home. However, some systems are configured with multiple-button remotes, which can take the guessing game out of your experience. Smarter, universal garage door opener remotes can also provide these valuable services: Automatic Lockout: To put your mind at ease when you leave on vacation, some smart remotes can detect your location and disconnect the receiver while you are away. That way, you won’t have to worry about someone guessing your garage door code.  Lit Controls: Do you struggle to find the right garage door button at night? Some multiple button remotes contain small LED lights to illuminate the control pad after dark.   Cloning Security: To protect your home, some multiple button garage door opener remotes will only work with the original codes that they were programmed with. If someone tries to find a duplicate remote to open your door, your system will have to be completely...

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Never Be Cold Again With Radiant Floor Heat

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There are not too many things as bad as having to walk on the cold bathroom floors when you are headed to the shower each morning. Even in your slippers, the cold from the tile seems to ooze up through the soles of your feet. Fortunately, there is a better way. With radiant heat flooring, your bathroom floors, as well as your bathroom, can be already warm when you get there. Not only will this make your first few steps into the bathroom a pleasure, but it will also make the time you spend after you get out of the shower enjoyable as well. If you are looking for a great investment to make in your bathroom, new construction, or remodel, look no further than radiant heat flooring. What Is Radiant Floor Heat? Radiant heat is the type of heat that you feel coming off of a room radiator that you are not touching. You know that the appliance is warm before you reach it, because the air surrounding it carries, or conducts the heat. With radiant floor heat, you get the same concept. Heat is applied to a panel which is located in your floor, and then radiated, or carried through the materials that cover the panel. This warms the floor, from which the heat rises, eventually warming your entire room. It is like having invisible radiators. There are three basic types of radiant floor heat to choose from. Each of these has advantages, as well as disadvantages depending on where you live, and the amount of space that you are trying to heat. All three types are placed underneath your flooring. Air-heated radiant floors – since air cannot conduct, or hold large amounts of heat at one time, this type of heating does not do well in residential areas, that is looking for a reliable heat source. Electric radiant floors – This is one of the more popular types of heats with do-it-yourselfers, or those who are going to install the heat themselves. This is because the electric cables are often built into mats which can be easily laid between your subfloor, and whatever type of flooring that you are putting in your space. These are also more popular with homeowners who are using radiant heating as their heat source for a small portion of their home, such as a bathroom, as well as for spot heating. Even with the high costs that are often involved with having a total electrical heating system, the inexpensive upfront costs of these types of systems make them a popular choice. Hydronic radiant floors – are very popular in colder climates and during the new construction, although they can be installed during a massive remodel. The downside to installing this type of heating during a remodel, is the system itself will often raise the level of your flooring several inches from where it was previously. It is much more labor intensive to install than the electric model, and will require the services of a plumber, as well as an electrician. This type of heating works slightly different than the electrical type of heating. Your heating system will pump heated water through a series of tubing which has been laid under your flooring. This water circulates continuously through various tubes and valves....

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How To Keep Lock Keys From Increasing Your Security Risk

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If you run a small business, then you have a strong appreciation for how important it is to secure your property. There are numerous methods you can keep your possessions out of the hands of thieves: silent alarms, security bars, glass breakage detectors, motion sensors and deadbolt locks are just a few possibilities. However, no security measures taken, no matter how sophisticated, can protect your property if thieves can access your property by simply unlocking your doors. That is why it is so important for you to exercise the utmost of care and caution when you have keyed locks as part of your security plan. Here are some best practices for reducing the risks associated with using keys: Change the door locks If you purchased a business or are leasing property, you likely inherited a set of keys that matched a variety of door locks. The wisest thing you can do upon taking possession of the property is to immediately change all of your door locks. Since you don’t know who may still have keys to the locks, leaving them untouched is tantamount to inviting theft. Be sure to choose a professional locksmith for your door locks, though, as the hardware store-grade locks available at most retailers aren’t sufficient for securing commercial property. Maintain strict control of keys Another essential practice is to maintain strict control of keys and those who maintain possession. From a practical standpoint, you can utilize a variety of systems to make this happen; however, the most important thing is to know at all times where each specific key resides. That requires that each key possesses a unique identifier that cannot be changed or erased. The identifier can be a simple sequence of numbers, or it can be derived from some other convenient coding scheme. However, it is important that you never use key location descriptions as part of your identifier scheme. For example, marking a key as “FRT DOOR-1” might be easy to identify for you and your staff, but it also provides a quick way for a burglar to know where it fits. Incorporate such key control systems into your business human resources procedures, as well. Make signing-in and signing-out keys an integral part of your hiring and separation processes so each employee is accountable for each specific key. In addition, be sure that key handling procedures are explicitly spelled-out in employee procedure manuals and that appropriate consequences are in-place for violators. Reduce the number of keys in use Another way to reduce the possibility of a key being misused is to reduce the overall number of keys in use. For example, you may discover your business has an “extra” exterior door that is redundant. Don’t assume that just because a door is in-place that it must be kept available for use; a careful study of your operations may demonstrate that you can eliminate a given door without any negative consequences. Another way to reduce the number of keys in use is to install keyless access panels that utilize numerical codes for unlocking doors. These keyless systems enable you to change the codes as necessary or desired, and the future need to change locks is also eliminated. Lockboxes offer another alternative for the small business that doesn’t want to make the switch to keyless...

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Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing May Be The Answer To Your Design Challenges

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If you are a business owner, nothing is more exciting than designing your own commercial building. This gives you the ability to make your commercial building look unique. The only problem you may run into with a non-standard design is the type of roofing you will use. Some of the standard commercial types of roofing do not work well with non-standard building designs. Do not worry, spray polyurethane foam roofing will not only fit on any type of design you have, but it may even give you a better R-value than some of the other products out there.  What Is Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing? Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Roofing (SPF) is constructed from of a combination of isocyanate and polyol, which are both polyurethanes. These two components go through two separate heating chambers, which not only heats the materials, but feeds them into the chamber of the spray gun. Once in the spray gun, they react, and mix together to form a foam. Once in this form they are ready to be sprayed onto your substrate. When the foam reaches the substrate, it continues to expand to many times its original size, where it forms a rigid plastic layer. Although your SPF goes on as a foam, for the best results your substrate needs to be free from any type of dirt, oil, or other contaminants for your foam to adhere the best. Once the foam is applied and it dries, or is cured, a protective elastomeric top coat is also sprayed or rolled on. This top coat will expand, or contract, based on temperature changes that take place in your foam throughout the day. This top coat will also help to protect your roofing from harmful, and damaging UV rays, as well as give it another layer of moisture resistance. Advantages Of Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing SPF roofing offers many advantages over other styles of roofing.  As already stated, SPF goes down as a liquid. This means that you are able to achieve seamless coverage, with no gaps, holes, or potential for leaks.  Due to the foam expanding to cover any surface once it is sprayed, it can cover any shaped roof, or surface. This means that you will be able to cover any irregular shaped spaces, or outcropping that may be present on your roof’s surface. It is light weight. SPF usually weighs less than half of other traditional methods. This makes SPF a great choice when overall weight is an issue.  Due to it adhering to your substrate, wind and rain are not able to get underneath your material. This means that it holds up better in storms. It is easy to repair. If it is damaged, or gouged by hail, tree branches, or other items, it can easily be repaired with an elastomeric sealant that is designed for this reason. It requires minimum upkeep. Less maintenance means less maintenance costs. Why It Offers Superior Insulating Qualities One of the biggest advantages that SPF has over traditional types of roofing materials is the superior insulation value that it offers. Because it is constructed from closed cell insulation, it is much denser, which in turn gives it a higher thermal resistance, or  R-value, than other types of materials. In the case of SPF, it will block all three types...

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4 Ways Keyless Locks Can Benefit Your Business

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The traditional door lock hasn’t changed much over the past century. On the other hand, your business’s security needs are always evolving and unfortunately, it’s getting harder for ordinary locks to keep up. Keyless locks offer several distinct advantages over their traditional counterparts that can benefit your business and its security needs: You Have a Wide Variety of Locks to Choose from Based on Your Security Needs The keyless lock market is filled to the brim with a wide variety of different lock types, each tailored to address unique security challenges: Mechanical – Mechanical locks are simple, easy to install and they don’t need battery or main power to function. However, code combinations are usually limited to four digits and changing these codes must be done on a lock-by-lock basis. Electronic – Electronic locks offer more numbers, more combinations and an easy-to-use and sometimes illuminated keypad. Some models even offer Wi-Fi connectivity for secure remote code changes and other features. Card key – Instead of using a traditional key, you simply swipe or bump an access card in order to gain access. This type of lock prevents code-sharing among personnel, plus security staff can easily track card key access statistics using advanced software. Biometric – A biometric keyless lock is the most advanced (and consequently most expensive) option available. Unlike other locks, biometric locks take a fingerprint and/or retinal scan of authorized personnel, matching these scans with a built-in database of allowed users before granting entry. These locks typically offer the highest possible levels of security, especially when paired with other security measures. The system you choose depends heavily on your desired price point, as well as your building’s unique security needs. For example, small offices can benefit from a simple mechanical keyless lock, whereas buildings where confidential or sensitive information is held and processed can benefit from electronic or biometric keyless entry. Keyless Locks Speed up Ingress and Egress Regardless of which type of keyless entry system is chosen, keyless locks help move employees through secured areas faster than typical keyed locks. Speed and ease of access is especially important during peak periods (shift changes, lunch periods, etc.) where foot traffic is at its heaviest. No longer do you have to see employees wasting their time and effort with a ring full of nearly identical keys. Card access can also be integrated neatly into ID badges, further eliminating clutter while improving convenience. With a Keyless Lock, Typical Lockpicking Strategies Are out of the Question Keyless locks are a great way to discourage and prevent break-ins. Without a traditional lock tumbler, any and all traditional attempts to pick the lock are foiled the moment an intruder sets sight on it. Combined with other security features that help prevent most other types of forced entry, a keyless lock is a valuable tool that can help safeguard valuable spaces and equipment. Changing Lock Codes Is Much Easier than Changing out Locks or Re-Cutting Keys Losing a key for a traditional lock usually means having a skilled commercial locksmith create a duplicate key. This can be time-consuming and potentially expensive. Revoking someone’s access credentials is a much tougher task – if they’re not willing to give up their keys, that refusal could create a serious security risk until every lock associated with...

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What You Need To Know About Dirty Well Water If You Have A Well

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In the United States, over 15 million households rely on well water for cooking, cleaning and drinking. The water that is found in wells has been filtered naturally through the ground, which is why it’s called ground water. Ground water collects in cavern-like holes underground which are called aquifers. Usually, this water is clean and refreshing to drink. However, sometimes, things happen that can cause the water to be suddenly dirty. If your water comes from a well, it’s a good idea to understand what could cause your water to be dirty so you can prevent it from happening. Corroded or Broken Pipe Your well has a pipe that runs from it to your house. If this pipe corrodes or breaks, it can cause dirt to get into your water supply. The first thing to do is to have your well water tested to see if the dirt is in the well or in the pipe in between the well and your house. That way, you’ll be able to narrow down the cause of the problem. If the well water test results come back with good results, then hire a plumber to find the break in the pipe and replace it. As an alternative, hire a leak detection service to try to narrow down the exact location of the broken pipe, especially if there’s a considerable distance between the well and your house. Disruption to the Aquifer Anytime there are disruptions to the aquifer there could be changes in the quality of the well water. Changes to the aquifer can occur for a number of reasons, including: new construction in the neighborhood, even if they aren’t drilling wells local excavation that changes the way groundwater flows another well drilled into the same aquifer can cause sediment in the water natural shift in an underground stream When these types of conditions cause changes to the water quality in your well, it’s important to have the water tested as soon as possible. Do not consume the water or use it for cooking or bathing until you get the test results back, especially if you are aware of oil drilling and fracking nearby. It’s important to note that you will likely be told about any oil drilling and/or fracking in your neighborhood or area. Oil drilling companies are supposed to notify homeowners who may be affected by oil drilling. A water well drilling company can test the water directly from the well. Recent Flash Flood A flash flood could cause the water to move through the ground at a rate too fast to allow for the natural filtration process. Also, the amount of water moving through the ground may cause increased hydrostatic pressure, which could cause your basement to flood and pull contaminants from your septic tank leach field into the groundwater. So, not only may your well contain sediment and dirt, but it can contain dangerous contaminants from your septic system. Of course, this problem may be the least difficult to troubleshoot; however, don’t limit this possibility if there was no flash flooding on your property. The same things can happen when there is heavy rainfall for an extended period of time, which leaves the ground saturated even though there is no obvious flooding. Most municipalities issue warnings to caution people...

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Exterior Drain Tile – The Basics In Waterproofing Your Home’s Foundation

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If you are looking for the best tool to prevent foundation leaks in your home, then check out exterior drain tiles. The sole purpose of an exterior drain tile is to intercept moisture and drain it away from your home before it gains access to your basement and causes structural damage. It protects your basement from all sorts of ground water sources, including overflowing gutters, heavy rain and snow, and missing downspouts. It also protects your basement from water when your plants and shrubs have been over-watered. Keep reading to learn more about how exterior drain tiles work and how you can benefit from installing one around your house: What Is An Exterior Drain Tile? Just like the name suggests, an exterior drain tile is located on the outside perimeter of a building. It is also sometimes called a French drain, weeping tile, or footing tile. In a nutshell, it’s a PVC pipe wrapped in a filtration fabric and buried in the ground in a continuous loop right outside the foundation of your home. The water in the pipe empties into a sump basin and is then pumped away from the house by a sump pump. How Is Exterior Drain Tile Installed? An exterior drain tile is typically installed during the construction of a new house. But, an exterior drain tile can also be installed after a home is built. If you are installing a French drain around an already-built home, then you start by digging a trench around the entire house’s foundation. The trench must be as deep as the footings, but as narrow as possible. Once the trench has been dug, apply a waterproofing membrane to the outside wall of the house and foundation and cover it with drainage board. Then, put a layer of washed gravel on the bottom of the trench. Next, place a continuous loop of perforated PVC drain pipe along the trench, on top of the gravel. The pipe should be covered with a nylon filter “sock” before placing it into the trench. This will prevent debris from entering the pipe and clogging it. The final steps are to dig the draining sump basin. Then install the sump pump according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Put more washed gravel on top of the PVC pipe to promote drainage. Then back fill the trench. You will probably want to spread grass seed or plant some shrubs, bushes, and/or flowers to beautify the area where you just installed the exterior drain. Benefits Of Exterior Drain Tile There are many benefits to installing exterior drain tile, but here is a look at the 3 biggest ones: 1. Preserves the foundation wall of your home – Having an exterior drain tile in combination with the waterproof membrane around the foundation of your home will prevent water from seeping through the porous foundation wall. If water does seep through, it will cause the foundation to deteriorate and eventually crumble. 2. Protects a masonry foundation – If your home’s foundation is made of stone, brick, or concrete, then you need an exterior drain to prevent water from entering through the masonry wall joints. Since mortar is much more permeable than stone, bricks, or blocks, masonry joints are prime locations for leaks. If a significant amount of water enters through the...

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