April 1, 2015

The Programmable Timer: It's Not Just a Fancy, Unnecessary Function for Blinds

Anyone who has studied the blinds industry over the last few years is probably fully aware of the technological developments. In other words, forget Nest and all of the other energy devices that have hit the market over recent years - the window blinds industry is inundated with inventions that can beat such products hands down.
There was once a time when motorized blinds were associated with an epic rolling of the eyebrows. After all, what person in their right mind wants to control their window treatment using a remote control or other device? The answer, at least several years ago, was either a show-off or someone with more money than sense.

However, fast-forward to the modern day and the landscape has changed. If you have the money to fund the initial installation cost, motorized blinds could be one of the best investments in technology you make. As you may have gathered from the title, we're going to specifically concentrate on the programmable timers that most of them are accompanied by nowadays.

This is arguably the biggest development in the blinds industry. While solar shades, insulated shades and all of the other different mechanisms may have taken the industry by storm and probably delivered the most sales, the motorized product with the programmable timer is the one that can make the biggest difference.
Timer switch on wall next to porch light

It doesn't matter which type of blind arms your home; as long as it’s motorized the possibilities are endless. The ability to manipulate your blinds through different portions of the day should never be underestimated, firstly from an energy efficiency perspective. While the solar solutions and other mechanisms can work wonders in this regard, even if you have just a basic blackout product it can perform even better alongside a programmable timer. It can allow optimum amounts of sunlight in through the course of the day when the home is unoccupied and ultimately, lower the reliance on synthetic heating methods.

This technology also shouldn't be forgotten from a security point of view. Most of us have firmly bought into the idea of leaving the lights on as we depart for work for the day, particular during winter, in a bid to deter would-be thieves when darkness falls. Suffice to say, if it’s obvious that the blinds have been manipulated and moved through the day, it’s a sure-fire indication to potential intruders that your home is occupied. In other words, you’re sending them away.

Already, we’re starting to see that the programmable timer is hugely powerful. Some people will still get these blinds installed for show, while others might have them for more practical reasons such as the inability to reach certain windows. However, the real power rests in the programmable timer and if you are one of those people who wants to “tech-up” their house in whatever way possible, this nifty feature could be the ideal way to achieve the above whilst satisfying several every day needs in the process.

March 20, 2015

How to Look after Antique Furniture Properly

If you own antique furniture, you own an investment and an asset. Indeed, each piece may be worth several thousand dollars, if not more, although this does depend on its overall condition. Exact prices for antique pieces vary depending on age, where it was constructed and the craftsmanship involved as well. If you have a piece that is worth quite a bit of money, you need to make sure that you know how to look after it properly.

Keeping it Clean
First of all, you need to know how to keep antique furniture clean. You should never neglect them and ensure they are part of your routine. Dust your furniture at least once a week, although preferably every other day. Make sure you use soft cloths, as you don’t want to scratch the pieces. Do not use sprays, including furniture police, however. This is because the chemicals contained within these sprays can discolor and stain the wood, and it can cause weak spots. You need to learn how to clean to preserve, rather than your cleaning routine adding to the wear and tear. Orange oil is particularly good for antiques and you can use it once a week. If applicable, wax the furniture every month or two, so it continues to shine.

"EnkhuizenZuiderzee museum antique furniture" by Jane023 (talk) 17:30, 25 January 2011 (UTC) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Protecting Your Furniture
You must always protect your antique furniture from damage, including damaging caused by cleaning it. Never allow any fluid to sit on the wood. If there is some sort of spillage, you should dab at it with a soft cloth until the liquid is removed. Do not wipe, however, as this would make the fluid more ingrained, damaging the wood overall. Also make sure your antique furniture is not in any direct sunlight as this could discolor the wood, which can never truly be repaired.

Keep the Environment Clean
Remember that a piece of antique furniture is sensitive and old. Hence, you have to make sure that the environment in which the pieces are placed is suitable for them. The temperature must be constant, as variations can cause the antiques to be damaged. You may also want to consider placing a humidifier in the room to further protect each piece.

The value of an antique piece is in its condition and in its age. However, various factors, and particularly distinctiveness, quality, period and splendor, add greatly to the overall value of the piece. If you have a nice piece of antique furniture, you can guarantee that there will be a collector who is interested in it. When they look, however, they search for the oldest age in the best condition. This ratio is, overall, what will determine value.

In most cases, buying an antique is very costly. Everyday people generally cannot offer them, as they simply do not have the money to make that type of investment. If you have deiced to buy an antique, therefore, it will be even more important to know just how to look after it properly so that you may end up seeing a return on investment when  you do decide to sell.

March 19, 2015

Happy Birthday my LOVE!

I am so thankful to the Lord for the gift of my husband. He truly is a man who loves the Lord and desires to do all things to please Him. May I remind you today how much I love you, honor you and respect you. May I do you good and not harm all the days of your life and always offer you my best in everything. I pray that I will always be your faithful helper.

A blessed birthday to the MAN I LOVE! Stay blessed and be a blessing Honey!

March 18, 2015

Glass for Gas Fireplace Specifications and Details

When flat glass is created, the molten silica mixture is slowly cooled in conditions that have been carefully controlled. This procedure means that any undesirable stresses have been removed from the glass itself. Cooling happens in a “lehr”, which is also known as an annealing device. Glass that has gone through this process is known as ordinary glass.

However, there is also something called “heat treated glass”, which is the type of glass for gas fireplace. This has been heated to the point of melting, after which it is cooled very rapidly. This type of heating and cooling induce stress on the glass, making it much stronger. It also allows the glass to endure heat and become more resistant overall. Heat tempered glass can be either heat strengthened or fully tempered. Fully tempered glass has to have at least 10,000 psi of surface compression, or 9,700 psi of edge compression at least. Heat strength glass has to have between 3,500 and 10,000 psi of surface compression, or between 5,500 and 9,700 psi edge compression. Anything below that is classed as ordinary glass. Furthermore, heat tempered glass has a number of specific fracture characteristics.

The Principle of Heat Treatment
When the edge or surface of glass is placed under tension, it will fracture. Any edge fissures or inherent surface will then propagate, becoming a visible crack or even a full break. The heat treating process utilized in tempered glass means that there already is a surface or edge compression in its initial condition. This is done by heating the glass firstly, and then cooling it very rapidly. The center of the glass, at the time, is then still hot compared to the actual surface of the glass. The center will then start to cool, compression the edges and surface. As a result, any type of impact, be that heat, wind pressure or even a missile impact, must then overcome this compression before it can fracture the glass itself.

The Process of Manufacturing Glass for Gas Fireplace

The most important procedure of heat treating glass is found in applying a very rapid air quench, which must happen as soon as the hot glass (it must be around 1200 degrees Fahrenheit at least) is removed from the furnace. It is the sustained and immediate application of the air quench that provides the glass with the necessary temper. The direction of the air against the hot glass should be mixed in nature, including reciprocation of blast nozzles that rotated and that are fixed. This means that the entire surface, on both sides, has had the heat extracted in a uniform manner. If it is uneven, the glass surface will heat back up again, as the center is still hot. The quenched condition of the glass is classed as stable when the surface temperature is reduced to around 500 degrees Fahrenheit. All of this can be achieved either through a vertical position, or through a horizontal position. There is no difference in strength between these two methods.