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Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Can Stainless Steel Kitchens Rust?

Stainless steel is a popular material for use in kitchens, both in kitchen fittings and appliances. While stainless steel is more corrosion resistant than most steels, under some circumstances it can form rust.

Here is a guide to the likelihood of your stainless steel rusting.

Steel grade

Stainless steel is not a single type of steel but range of steels, which have different properties due to their different chemical compositions. The numerical codes indicate the steels composition with the 300 series have 0.15% carbon, at least 16% chromium and a balance of nickel or molybdenum to achieve the necessary crystalline structure for strength. 400 series steels have an ultra low carbon level of less than 0.05% and between 12-13% chromium. The duplex series have high levels of chromium of above 20% giving them a great corrosion resistance for a lower price than surgical steels.

In kitchens the trade off tends to be between strength, cost and corrosion resistance. The more expensive but strong steels include 420 (martensitic), which is often used in tools and knives. Cheaper grades of steel include 430, 304 and 306, which have a lower corrosion resistance and are often used in home kitchen bench tops and to act as a decorative surface on cupboards, appliances or doors. The duplex series includes 904L and are ideal for applications that will hold hot, acidic or salty fluids. 

Exposure

Steels are more likely to rust if exposed to acid or salt spray. This means that if you have an outside kitchen in a coastal area, you will need a higher grade of stainless steel to prevent rust than if you have stainless steel in a mainly decorative usage in an indoor kitchen. Equally, if you commonly pickle or preserve foods, you will also need kitchen fitting made from a higher grade of stainless steels.

Heat treatment

The different steel grades will gain strength from different heat exposures. 300 series are often cold-worked to give strength and are exposed to high temperatures will be more corrosion resistant, as the crystalline structure is lost. Martensitic structures can be strengthened by heat exposures and do not lose corrosion resistance unless heated then dramatically cooled. Duplex structures are relatively immune to heat effects in the normal range of kitchen operations.

Surface finish

Surfaces that have already been roughened are more likely to corrode than a smooth finish. There is a great deal of variation in the description of “brushed” or matte finishes, and, as a  result, the exact effect of surface finish can be hard to measure in domestic applications.

For more information, contact a company such as Ackland Stainless Steel.

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Replace Your Old Toilet Handle And Rod With A New One On Your Own

All toilets need a handle and rod that work together to flush the toilet. When you push on the handle, it lifts the rod, which pulls on a chain that unplugs the valve to let water travel from the tank down through the toilet and your pipes. This is how a toilet functions, by releasing water into the toilet to push the water down into your plumbing pipes. A time may come when you need to replace the handle and rod for your toilet, as these can easily become eroded and damaged over time. You may even want a new look to your bathroom, so choosing a new handle seems fit. Whatever the reason, you can replace your own toilet handle and rod easily on your own.

What you will need:

  • A new rod and handle
  • A large adjustable wrench

Turn Off The Water

First, you need to locate the shut off valve for your water. This valve will be located near the base of the toilet, behind it. Turn the valve until the water supply is cut off.

Next, you need to remove the lid to the tank that stores the water. Be careful when you remove the lid—it is quite heavy and can easily break because most are made from porcelain.

Draining The Tank

Your next step is to locate the chain that is connected to the toilet flapper. Grab the chain and pull up to allow the water to drain from the toilet’s tank completely. Next, unclasp the chain from the toilet’s rod and lay the chain in the bottom part of the tank.

Removing The Old Handle And Rod

Look on the inside part of the toilet’s tank and locate a large nut. Once you have located it, you will need to use your adjustable wrench to remove it. Turn the wrench clockwise to remove it. This is because the threading is reversed on these particular nuts. Completely remove the nut and set it aside.

Installing The New Handle And Rod

Now you need to remove the handle and rod from the toilet. Simply pull the rod through the hole that it is already situated in.

To install your new rod and handle, repeat these steps backwards. Insert the rod and handle through the hole that you pulled the old one out of. Grab your nut and tighten it back into place by turning counterclockwise this time. Attach the chain back to the new rod and turn the water supply back on. Test your new handle and rod out by giving the toilet a test flush. You are completely done.

For more information, contact a company like Fielding Plumbing.

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Decorative Concrete Ideas From New Home Builders

When it comes to concrete, most homeowners as well as commercial property owners tend to think of it as purely functional. This is largely because concrete is used as a pragmatic option rather than decoratively. However, this is not the only use of concrete. Although it is typically functional, it can also be aesthetically appealing. The basic structure of concrete when it is first laid down is quite mouldable. Therefore, it should not come as surprise that it can be used decoratively as well as functionally. Here are some decorative ideas for using concrete from new home builders.

Driveways

This has become a popular area that one can find stamped concrete. There are numerous designs that you can choose from for your driveway, with the most popular being cobblestone and brick designs. If you would like your driveway to remain smooth, you can still have the concrete decorated with symbols or something understated that will still make a statement without it affecting the texture of your driveway. You also have the option of experimenting with a range of concrete colours if you would like to add a splash of colour to your driveway.

Walkways

This is another area that will benefit greatly from stamped concrete. A number of new home builders are now being quite creative when it comes to the design of walkways with the most popular designs being the emulation of brick as well as multi-coloured stones. If you would like your walkway to look antique, the contractors can make the concrete mimic aged stone, thus giving your walkway some personality. If you would like to get an effect that looks authentic, you would be best advised to enlist the services of an experienced builder, as they would have much more expertise with stamped concrete.

Indoors

Another common misconception that most people have is that concrete is only suitable for the outdoors. There are a number of new home builders who will disagree with this, as stamped concrete can be used in the house to come up with unique designs. If you are adventurous, you could have polished concrete floors that can be made to look like marble, tiles and even hardwood floors depending on the expertise of the contractor! If you have a specific pattern in mind, you could consult with your contractor to find out if it is feasible. You will be surprised at the many designs that they can come up with.

For more information, contact a new home builder such as Martin Fallon Family Homes.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What Is Hydronic Heating and Why Do You Want it in Your Home?

Hydronic heating refers to a home being heated with water that runs through coils or small pipes under the floorboards. Rather than heated air being forced through vents and into a room, the floor itself becomes warm and in turn, the room is warmed from the ground up.

If you’ve never heard of hydronic heating, consider the many surprising advantages it offers for a home.

1. No dust being forced through vents

A home’s heating vents are notorious for containing dust, pet dander, and even droppings from mice and other pests. When your furnace pushes air through these vents it also pushes all that dust and debris with it and in turn, you breathe them in. With hydronic heating, the floor is heated from underneath and the heat simply rises. There is no dust or other bothersome allergens that are forced into the room so it’s a healthier choice of heating for a home.

2. You may actually feel warmer

When the floor is warm you can feel the heat on your feet and in turn, your body temperature rises. This means you feel warmer when you use hydronic heating versus forced air heating. You may be more comfortable overall even though the room temperature is the same.

3. Hydronic heating doesn’t dry the air

Blowing warm air through a room dries the air in the process, so that your skin feels dry during most winter months. In very dry climates you may also notice that your hair looks dry and even your eyes feel drier when you run the heat. Houseplants also suffer when the air in a home is dry.

Hydronic heating doesn’t involve air through vents so in turn the air is not dry and you feel more comfortable. Your skin will also be healthier because of not being exposed to this very dry air during the winter season.

4. Heating is more energy-efficient

Many homes have vents near the ceiling but heat rises, so that the warm air pushed through those vents tends to collect at the ceiling and stay there. This can leave you feeling chilled since the floor will remain cold, and you may simply turn up the thermostat and use more energy to increase the temperature of the room.

With hydronic heating, the floor is warmed first and the heat rises naturally so that each part of the room is more likely to stay warm. You’ll use less energy to warm your home and in turn, may see lower utility bills. Learn more about this system by talking to local contractors such as The Cool Guys.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Benefits Of Having Polished Concrete Flooring In Your Home

For the longest time, concrete floors were relegated to basements and industrial spaces. They were not easy on the eye and were simply resorted to for their durability. However, polished concrete flooring is now making an entry into residential spaces. Recent technology has increased their aesthetic appeal, making them able to compete with popular flooring choices like granite and marble flooring! If you have some reservations, here are some of the benefits that should make you consider getting polished concrete flooring for your home.

They are highly sustainable

If you were striving to live in an environmentally sustainable home, the polished concrete flooring would be right up your alley. The sealed concrete has a very low carbon footprint. In addition to this, if the foundation of your home were made from concrete slabs as most home are, then you would not need any additional flooring material. All that needs to be done is have the foundation sanded before the sealed polished concrete flooring is installed. This is environmentally friendly as the compounds used for this have only trace amounts of volatile organic compounds so you do not have to worry about polluting the environment.

They offer you value for money

It is a well-known fact that concrete is one of the least expensive building materials that you could opt for. The truth of the matter is that concrete already comes pre-installed as flooring in most homes. What tends to happen is that additional layers such as vinyl or hardwood are incorporated to give the house a more comfortable feel to it. If you opt for polished concrete flooring, you will be cutting down on your building costs.

In addition to this, the reflective quality of the polished concrete decreases the need for excessive interior lighting. Thus, you also end up cutting costs when it comes to your utility bills. The floor also tends to stay cold during the sweltering summer months, thus decreasing the amount of air conditioning needed to keep the house cool.

Easy maintenance

Most traditional flooring options tend to require a rigorous cleaning routine if you anticipate keeping it presentable. Carpets needs to be vacuumed and washed on a regular basis. Hardwood floors need to be waxed to maintain their shine, and much more. With polished concrete flooring, all you need to do is mop it occasionally to get rid of the dust and grime. You also do not have to worry about scuff marks, as it is quite durable and resistant to scratches.

For more information, contact a company like Concrete Floor Sydney.

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