Iron is used around the home in many places, both ornamental and functional; gates, fireplace grates, irons and tongs, railings, balconies, stairways, cooking utensils, scrollwork, radiators, stoves and locks. All of these get dirty from time to time and need the occasional cleaning. With a few simple tools and cleaning compounds you can have your ironwork looking clean and new again.
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With the proper maintenance, a well built inground pool can last many years. From time to time, some renovation is required, though, and one of the most common ways to revitalize a plaster finish pool is to patch and repaint. Water balancing chemicals and sunlight over a period of time can cause the paint to stain, fade and blister away, and you need to select a good quality paint to replace it.
A regular cleaning schedule is a must to keep the load on your pool filter low and maintain your swimming pool in a clean and visually appealing state. These are the things that pool service companies will take of for you if you decide to hire one. If not, you should establish a regular routine that includes the following chores.
Test the water for pH and residual chlorine level, total alkalinity and calcium hardness. Note what adjustments are needed, but do not add any chemicals to the water until vacuuming and cleaning have been done.
Polycarbonate panels are made from a particular type of thermoplastic polymers. They are one of a number of alternatives to glass glazing used in commercial and residential greenhouses. The main advantages of polycarbonate panels over glass is lighter weight and lower cost.
The lower weight means your greenhouse can have framing that is not as strong as that required for glass, and the lighter framing, which can be of wood, aluminum or steel, will not block as much light from the plants inside.
Polycarbonate panels for greenhouse glazing are available from many manufacturers; some of the brand names include Polygal, Palgard, Lexan, Macrolux and Suntuf. All are available in double or triple wall thicknesses.
Tile comes in an amazingly wide variety of materials and colors. One popular choice for flooring and bathroom walls is travertine. It is a building material that has been used for thousands of years; in fact the Colosseum in Rome was constructed from travertine. Although it is durable and attractive, the softness of travertine (relative to other natural stones), and it’s rough, porous surface texture make it one of the more difficult stones to keep clean. Travertine tiles in a shower can be especially challenging.