Do you own a home in a rural area? If so, what kind of furnace do you rely on each winter? Many rural homeowners find that heating with wood is the most economical option available to them, but the amount of work required to prepare firewood for winter can be daunting. Luckily, if you have the funds available, you can purchase a firewood processor to make this tough job as easy as possible. Firewood processors take whole logs and process them down into usable pieces of firewood. Generally, these machines cut logs into sections and then split each section into at least four pieces of wood. Video Source These pieces should be the right size for the average wood-fired furnace. The video on this page shows one such firewood processor in action. Unlike traditional log spitters, this firewood processor keeps the operator’s hands far away from blades at all times. This allows for faster processing times. If you go through more than a cord of wood each winter, you may be surprised by how much money you can save by processing the wood yourself. It might be enough to offset the cost of a firewood processor within a few years. .
There are so many tiles to choose from for your home improvement project, that choosing one can seem overwhelming. Here are tips from Cindy Flottman, principal designer for Roux Design Studio, on how to pick the right residential tile for you. Take a good look at the size of the room you want to tile. Is it large or small? Larger format tiles look best in large spaces, while smaller format tiles look best in small spaces. Video Source No matter what size tile, there will be grout to clean. Larger format tiles mean less grout to maintain in large rooms. In small rooms, even smaller format tiles can add a touch of color and drama to the floors. There are more options for varied colors and bold patterns in smaller format tiles than for larger format tiles. In a large room, the dramatic tiles can be overwhelming. For areas that get wet often, such as in bathrooms, never choose highly polished tiles. When wet, these tiles become dangerously slippery. Instead, choose textured tiles. When touching it, it should feel like natural stone, even if it is made from porcelain. Smooth tiles are okay only if they have a matte or anti-slip finish. Shower tiles should be, at the largest, two inches square. This gives you enough traction so that you are less likely to slip when the shower is wet.
In this video, you will learn about how a septic system works. Septic systems can be hard to understand. If you live in a rural area, you most likely have seen large septic system issues in the street with a lot of water. Video Source When you live in a more suburban area, there is going to be more likely that you have your very own septic system connected to your sewage tank. A septic system filters out sewage. Every drop of water that goes down the drain goes to the septic system to be filtered. Typically, a septic system consists of a storage tank that is located right outside the house. A network of pipes is going to be connected to the storage tank. When people have septic issues, they will oftentimes find that their issues are in the storage tank. Most rural homes have what is defined as a class four septic tank. In more suburban areas, there are class one storage tanks. There is a lot to know about septic tanks. If you are interested in learning more, keep watching this video for more information. .
In this video, you will learn about shutters. There are a lot of different types of shutters. It might seem overwhelming and it may stress you out. Video Source However, by doing the research ahead of time you will begin to narrow down what you want to use for your house. The first type of shutters is plantation shutters. There are a few types of plantation shutters. The different categories are vinyl, composite, and real wood shutters. The vinyl plantation shutters are the most popular of the plantation ones. They are the cheapest and come in the most variety. It has a lot of stability, and it is hallowed. When you need to replace it, you can do it easily. They are also weather resistant. Depending on the climate that you live in, you will need to consider this when you are buying shutters. Again, buying shutters can seem overwhelming. The more preparation you do ahead of time will dictate how the process goes for you. If you are interested in this, there are a lot of other videos you can watch on this. You can keep watching this video for more information. .
In this video, you will learn about building a new custom home. The cost of building a home can sometimes be overwhelming. There are ways to save money in this overall cost. You just have to be diligent enough to do the research. Video Source One of the ways to reduce money is by reducing the square footage. An architect or designer can take strategic slices from the house. Oftentimes, some room sizes need to be a minimum. Based on the overall size of your home, you can save a lot of money. The next way to save money is to purchase door and window packages. There are a lot of people out there with great companies. It is normal to ask a builder to show you the best ones and the ones they like the best. Some additional tricks are to limit the number of windows and window panes. Be sure to keep these in front of your house. Remove windows from the side or back of your house. If you are interested in learning more, keep watching this video for more information. .