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4 Reasons Why Cedar Lumber Is The Best Choice For Your Deck

Building a deck is a great way to add living space, square footage, and value to your home. It also makes for a great place to host barbecues and other outdoor parties. The question is, what kind of wood should you use to build your new deck? There are a lot of different options to consider, but one of them stands out among the crowd. Cedar wood has many things going for it that make it a good choice for your deck, as well as many other building projects around the home. Read More 

3 Ways To Keep Your Yard Dry

Does your yard suffer from an excess of standing water? This can be the case if you live in a low-lying area. Areas around you that are higher will deposit their water into your yard, and it has nowhere to go. If it only rains occasionally, the ground will eventually absorb the excess water. However, if you live in a place where it rains a lot, excess water could be a problem, as the water that gathers in your yard won't have a chance to be absorbed naturally. Read More 

How To Remove Common Stains And Scratches From Marble Surfaces

Owning a home with marble counters and floors can be quite a luxury, but it's also a big responsibility, especially when it comes to cleaning. When your marble gets stained, it can take away from the beauty. But there are ways to remove the stains as long as you know what you're doing. Here are some common household stains and how to get rid of them without ruining your marble. Read More 

Water Hammer: Why It’s Bad And What You Can Do To Prevent It

Modern industrial processes depend heavily upon automated fluid control. The routing and flow rates for fluids within a plant environment are under the direction of computerized controllers, and this has proven to be a precise, reliable system. However, the physical laws behind fluids in motion aren't altered by any amount of electronic sophistication; that means changes in fluid dynamics are predictably going to affect systems. One such effect is known as water hammer, and it can be destructive to equipment and processes. Read More 

MERV Ratings: Where Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings offer an easy-to-read roadmap for choosing the air filter that fits your home's filtration needs. But choosing your home's next air filter isn't as simple as picking the filter with highest number. It's also important to understand the impact that MERV ratings can have on your HVAC system and how choosing a filter with a too-high rating for your system can cause long-term problems that affect its performance and your home's indoor air quality. Read More