Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Reduced Lifespan

By Mark J. Donovan

Compact Fluorescent light bulb reduced lifespan can occur for several reasons, but one of the chief reasons is due to turning the compact fluorescent light bulb on and off frequently. In particular, if the compact fluorescent light bulb is turned on for only 5 minutes at a time, the compact fluorescent light bulb lifespan can be reduced by as much as 85%.

In addition, voltage variations, or voltage spikes can also shorten a compact fluorescent light bulb lifespan.

Finally, as with any light bulb it is sensitive to mechanical shock. It is important to carefully install the compact fluorescent light bulb so that it is not banged or hit or dropped while transporting it or installing it. Readmore »»

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How to Seal a Concrete Patio Crack in Winter

I have a site visitor to HomeAdditionPlus.com asking how to seal a concrete patio crack in winter, and in a cold climate.

The concrete patio has about a 1" wide crack in it and when the snow and ice melt, water seeps through the crack, underneath the patio and into the basement.

My only recommendation is to keep the patio free from snow and ice, and put plastic and sand over the crack until warm, dry weather returns.

If anyone else has a better idea let me know so that I can pass along the tip.

Mark Readmore »»

Tips for Drywall Backing on Vaulted Ceilings

By Mark J. Donovan

QUESTION: Hi, I am looking for tips on drywall backing for vaulted ceilings.
Can you provide any advice?

ANSWER: Normally 1"x3" furring strips are nailed to the roof rafters/ceiling joists and the drywall is then fastened to them.

Furring strips help to provide a larger surface area for fastening the drywall to. Furring strips also help to ensure a more even ceiling and prevents the ceiling from cracking.

Furring strips should be installed on 16" centers, perpendicular to the roof rafters / ceiling joists.

Furring strips are also referred to as strapping. Readmore »»