Architecture : Home & Garden
The torque value for bolts is defined in foot-pounds, or the amount of work achieved through one pound of linear pressure over one foot of distance. In a situation where a nut is attached to the bolt, it is important to measure the torque on the nut side of the configuration rather than the bolt hea
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency dealing with the health and safety of workers throughout the United States, requires the posting of fire safety signs in workplaces. Employees should familiarize themselves with the signs to avoid confusion in the event of an
Photovoltaic cells absorb and transform sunlight into direct current. Panels featuring photovoltaic cells are constructed of chemically treated silicon wafers which are aligned to create an electric field. Sunlight stimulates the particles within the electric field and results in the completion of a
A kitchen island is a great way to open up the kitchen to the rest of your living space. It is encouraged that the kitchen be a social center, so adding plenty of cooking space to any kitchen is always welcomed; however, kitchen islands best-suit kitchen floor plans that have the space to properly s
The need for repairs to your roof will occur at some point in your life. Wind, rain, snow, hail and tree limbs all take a toll on a roof. When this happens the roof's OSB (oriented strand board) can be damaged. This repair can be fixed by the do-it-yourself handyman and with a little help from his f
Cork comes from the bark of the cork tree.cork-tree, cork oak image by JoLin from Fotolia.comCork is a sustainable, renewable material that has gained acceptance for flooring use for both residential and commercial applications. Cork has good sound insulation qualities, is water and...
Some gardeners believe that no beautiful garden is complete without a viburnum with its attractive blooms, berries and foliage. Not to mention that they are notorious for being easy to care for and can adapt themselves to almost any condition available to them within reason. It is only natural that
Ceramic tile that is installed correctly will require little maintenance and remain beautiful in your bathroom or kitchen for years. Tile that is installed incorrectly will result in cracked or uneven tiles and narrow tiles along walls and cabinets. These pitfalls can be avoided by...
More durable than carpet when properly cared for, hardwood floors are a popular choice for many homeowners. However, like any surface, hardwood floors eventually will show wear and tear. If you need to repair the finish on your hardwood floors, but do not want to go through the lengthy and messy pro
The plastic comprising ink cartridges takes 1,000 years to decompose. HP makes it simple for you to recycle their ink cartridges. Most HP ink cartridge packages contain an envelope for you to mail back used ink cartridges to HP. HP recycles its own products as part of the HP Planet Partners Recyclin
Studio apartments are very affordable ways to enjoy living in city areas. Eating, working and living in one room is efficient, but life in a studio apartment can sometimes get cluttered or disorganized. Dividing up the space using room dividers like folding screens makes the apartment more dynamic a
Trane HVAC package units are found on the roofs of buildings. They provide heat and air conditioning to a building through HVAC ducts. With flat-roofed buildings, rooftop HVAC units are usually the way to go because of their ease of installation, great accessibility for repairs and they use less pip
Ceramic tile provides endless design options.ceramic tiles pattern image by Yali Shi from Fotolia.comRadiant heating is growing in popularity, as it works more efficiently, on average, than forced-air and baseboard heating systems. Radiant floor heating installations supply heat directly...
If you're remodeling your home with a slab foundation, there is a good chance you will want to extend your existing plumbing and electrical systems. With a crawl space, the process is easy: just go under your house and place the pipes and wires where they should be. Slab makes it more difficult. Run
The metal awning over your picturesque bay window offers sturdy and reliable weather protection for your home. Metal awnings are economical and often longer-lasting than canvas or cloth, which do not hold up as well to the elements. The majority of metal awnings are made of a lightweight aluminum ma
Ceiling suspended stained glass images function well as room dividers.stained glass...dove image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.comAdd room dividers to your design plans to break up different conversational spaces and living areas as well as to hide unsightly work areas. Virtually limitless...
Mobile home electric furnaces operate on 240 volts to run the heating elements. However, the control circuits and relays operate at 24 volts. Therefore the furnace needs an internal transformer to change 240 volts to 24 volts. Because of the compact nature of mobile home furnaces, finding and reachi
With LEED certification, home buyers can build or buy homes that are environmentally friendly and healthier to live in. LEED--the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program--is a ratings system that measures construction practices to inc