Beautiful Low Maintenance PVC Decks

We had two wooden decks built about 10 years ago. The wood was called five-quarter decking. It is treated wooden planks that have rounded edges. However, after just a few months of exposure without a thorough application of water sealant, the wood begins to crack and split. It does better under a roofed over area, and it does worse where exposed to the elements. The framing members were still good, but we wanted a different shape so we had our two decks replaced with PVC decks instead. This stuff looks like wood, but it performs a whole lot better.

The really nice thing about PVC decks is the minimal maintenance. The old decks had to be washed and resealed every summer season. Read the rest of this entry »

Old Tool Furniture Production Versus Modern Power Tools

I bought a hand held rotary sander I use all the time in my wood shop. It is hooked to an air tool that is powered by the shop’s compressor. I got it at quick wood from their website. I think I got most of the tools I use for modern woodworking from their website. I have always been pleased. They sell products that home woodworkers can use as well as big industry machines for wood shaping and finishing. I like the tools they produce because they sure do take a lot of the man hours out of what is needed to produce the custom furniture I make.

I charge a premium price for furniture pieces I sell. A custom dining room table with six chairs takes a long time to make. I have some customers that want a piece made only using tools from earlier times. They want something made with all hand tools and specialized joinery. Can I make a whole lot of money on such a piece? Certainly. However, as time goes on I like to make more rather than less. Power tools I get from Quick Wood make that possible. Read the rest of this entry »

I Needed an AC Inspection

I bought my new house last October. I made sure that my furnace was in proper working condition and had my chimney cleaned too, but I didn’t have them check out the air conditioning unit. I figured I would handle that this year since I knew I might need to replace it. Last month, I knew I could not put it off any longer. I did an online search for ac repair in essex county nj to see which company could come out and check things out for me, and that is how I came to be a customer of the one that I chose.

I told them that I wanted a complete inspection, and then I would determine if I was going to keep the same unit or upgrade to a newer one. When they came out, they looked at everything with it, and I was surprised at what good condition it was in. They told me that they did have to remove a couple of obstructions, but that I should get many years of use out of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Had a Nasty Surprise when I Got Home

Basement Waterproofing and Drainage Work PicturesOf course things could have been a lot worse, but we got a nasty surprise when we got back from the Coast Sunday afternoon. We went to Cape Hatteras for four days, did some surf fishing and a lot of laying about on the beach. We knew it had rained really hard back at the house, a friend of mine from the neighborhood sent me a text about it flooding in the area. He was saying that I might need the wet basement guys, the ones who clean up after you have a mess from flood or fire damage. Indeed when we got back we found about a half inch of water in the basement, but it was mostly on the side of the basement where we have the shop. The situation could have been a lot worse than it was, because we do not have rugs or carpets down there much.

On the one side is my shop. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing a Top Barrington Brick Driveway Company

downtown barrington il post office 60010Having a new driveway installed in front of a house can be a time-consuming and expensive job, as I discovered many years ago. When we first had our driveway replaced, the contractor took a long time on the job and charged us more than we thought he would. Because of this, when we had to have our driveway replaced again, I knew that we needed to make sure that we chose the best barrington brick driveway company around. I did not want to have to repeat my earlier experience, because it was not very pleasant.

I spent a lot of time looking at different driveway companies to see what our options were. I talked to friends and neighbors who had had new driveways put in recently to see if they could recommend anyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Honeywell Evohome Systems and Installation Prices

I would like to make some improvements to my house in the near future, and I would like to make my house more modern. I am going to get a security system that can be monitored remotely, but that is just the first thing that I want to do. I am also curious to learn more about honeywell evohome systems and how much they cost to have installed in a house.

I really like the concept behind them, and I think that it is a good idea to have a thermostat in every room. I am under the impression that you can control all of the thermostats in the house, on a wireless basis. That seems to be a really big improvement over more traditional thermostat controls for heating and air conditioning systems. I like the idea a lot, because it should be very helpful in the summer time, and also in the winter. In general, it will be helpful when the temperature outside is vastly different than the target temperature.

I would like to look into info that relates to how much this sort of system can save you on your energy bills. I imagine it depends on a few factors, such as the degree of natural circulation in your house, and how big your house is. But it seems, if you only keep the room you are going to be in to a temperature that is comfortable, and let the other rooms vary more, then you are going to be able save money, and maybe a significant amount of money. I imagine that the extra thermostats don’t really use enough electricity to be significant. I am going to try to take some temperature readings in my house, and do some math, and try to estimate what my savings would be.

Just Started Renovating My Uncle’s Cottage

My uncle has a piece of land with a really nice house on the front and a cottage for guests out back. He used to have a lot of out of town clients come in and he would let them use the place as a way to encourage them to do business with him. It was perfect if you had just come to town to see him, especially since there is a golf course within a short walk of the house. Now the place needs a lot of work, for one thing the shutters have been ruined in an effort to repaint them. I am not sure if Uncle Louis or some other ham fisted handy man did the deed, but the person who did it basically seems to have been too dense to figure out how to remove the shutters without damaging them beyond repair. Or at least they are damaged beyond where there is not any reason to try to salvage them, the effort is not worth the cost it would entail. Read the rest of this entry »

Kill Bill and the Real Hattori Hanzō

Director Quentin Tarantino is a master of homages, references, and genre mixing. His characters are carefully and explicitly named, so it is no surprise that the sword-making character introduced in Kill Bill Vol. 1, Hattori Hanzō, might have more significance than meets the eye. Keep reading to explore the back-story within this classic Tarantino film.

 

The Power Behind A Blade

Over 450 gallons of fake blood were used while filming Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2. Still, the most powerful aspect of the film, the iconic image left with the viewer, is not that of blood and gore but of the weaponry. Whether the Vol. 1 fight scenes were shot in regular color, black-and-white, anime, or by silhouette, nothing is more celebrated than the katana.

 

Our film’s protagonist, The Bride, seeks vengeance on the five who left her in a coma after wiping out her bridal party and very nearly killing her. To help in her mission, The Bride seeks out the master katana sword maker Hattori Hanzō and asks for a special blade. Though he vowed 28 years prior to no longer make instruments of death, he eventually agrees to craft one especially for The Bride’s pursuit. Throughout the films, the Hanzō sword is immediately recognized, feared, and revered.

 

Who Was Hattori Hanzō?

In real life, Hanzō was a 16th-century samurai warrior and ninja. He was known for fearlessness, loyalty in battle, and advanced tactical skills. In addition, many sources agree that he saved the life of future political leader Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1582. In 1600, Tokugawa would lead his troops into battle, kicking off a three-year struggle across the nation that ended in his favor. Upon taking power, Tokugawa and the leaders to follow kept Japan at peace for over 250 years. Without Hanzō’s actions in 1582, centuries of Japan’s history could be completely different.

 

Thanks to his high-profiled career as a samurai, ninja, and historical figure, Hanzō is often portrayed in pop culture. The story of his life and events with Tokugawa has been turned into television shows and movies, but his name has also been used in dozens of other places as homage. A character named Hattori Hanzō is featured in novels, manga, anime, and multiple video games. Whether used as a tribute title or “familiar face” (so to speak), Hanzō is certainly being well represented. According to Tarantino, his Kill Bill character is actually a current, modern-day descendent: Hattori Hanzō XIV.

 

Hanzō’s actor in Kill Bill, Shin’ichi “Sonny” Chiba, previously portrayed the real-life Hanzō in a historical account of his life. As a bonus tidbit, Chiba creates katana swords of his own. None of these swords were used in the film, but approximately $60,000 of the movie’s budget was spent on swords and accessories.

 

Owning a Replica Sword

The Bride’s blade is iconic on its own, and replica Kill Bill swords continue to grow in popularity. Swords of The East offers miniature and full-size replicas of both Bill and The Bride’s swords. The sword stands for recovery, self-discovery, vengeance, and so much more, so consider displaying one as homage to this incredible film.

The Right Shingle Color Can Camouflage Roof Staining Due to Pollutants

We live in a neighborhood where a rail system runs right down the middle of town. The rail cars carry coal to power plants many miles away. Sometimes a few chemical cars go by or ones carrying rolled steel. However, most of it is coal. Our gray shingled roof has black streaks on it from years of coal dust. We called sterling roof when it was time to have the shingles replaced. This time we were going for a much darker color to hide the discoloration the coal dust the trains cause. We did not want black, so we picked a brown color of shingle that was dimensional. It mimicked the look of a dark cedar shake roof. It had dark and lighter browns with hints of red and black.

The color combination along with the three-dimensional structure works very well at hiding those stains that appear on roofs in urban areas as well as areas like ours where coal cars come through every day. We took the time to look at roofs in our neighborhood that looked the cleanest. We looked at roofs that were at least ten years old.

Trying to Get Ready for Opening

Asphalt PavingThe place is a long ways from ready, but it is starting to get into shape. This morning we had the crew finish up the parking lot. It had to be patched up and paved over. The thing had been through too many bad winters and it was all busted up and covered in cracks that would surely get worse. After the pavement settles they will come back and apply some commercial lot sealcoating. I went ahead and paid for that on the belief that this is going to be a long term arrangement.

Save Some on Shopping Bracelets Online at Crafts Villa

Do not have much time to buy bangles at local stores? Why do not you go online? There are many virtual shops offering beautiful sets of bangle. This wrist accessory is usually worn by Indian women. Besides being used as symbol of matrimony, this type of bracelet adds the fashion style.

Buying bracelets has been so much easy nowadays. You do not need to waste the time entering one local stop to another. You can directly visit Craftsvilla.com. It is one stop source for beautiful Indian accessories. All are made by talented artisans and designers in India. Find the perfect item based on your personal preference to express the respect to Indian culture, tradition and value. Crafts Villa is one place where you can find their stunning masterpieces without having to travel around the country. Some items are offered with special discounts. It means you have chance to save some.

Experience the easy and practical bracelets online shopping at Crafts Villa. They accept different currencies including Rupee, Dollar, Euro and Pound. If you do not have ready-to-use cash, you can make the payment using credit or debit card. It is even possible to ask for COD method to pay the ordered items. Feel free to chat with the customer service or leave message when you have questions.

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Improve Your House Value with Intelligent Design Help

There are four types of commercial roofing system you need to know if you are looking for the best solution to improve your house value. They are thermoplastic, EPDM, photovoltaic panels and green roofs. If you want one of them, the professionals from Intelligent Design can make it true.

Do you always let the lamps on at noon? It will waste much energy and money at the same time. You should consider about windows replacement by now. Intelligent Design can work on it to provide you the smart and stylish windows after considering the design and performance. You probably also need organic shingles to improve the value of your house. Do not wait much longer to visit Idesigncorporation.com to look for a professional help.