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Before Considering A Battery Repair – Do An Individual Cell Test

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Standard 12-volt batteries, like those you use in your automobile, boat, or possibly your RV, can be costly to replace. One thing you can do to extend the life of your batteries is to have them repaired. But, before you consider a battery repair to add life to an old, or dead battery, you need to perform a battery test. While the quick test method, using a battery voltmeter attached to each post, can indicate if you have a weak battery, testing each cell can determine if the battery is worth repairing. Here are the basic things you need to complete the cell test, including some simple steps to follow. What You’ll Need Below is a list of the basic tools you will need to do a battery repair job. While some of these items can be replaced by something that will also perform the particular step, always best to use the tools that are designed for the job. Safety Goggles Plastic Funnel 2 – 6 inch straight pieces of metal – like a straightened coat hanger Battery Voltmeter Battery Post Cleaner Standard Screwdriver Step 1 To begin your battery repair, you need to make sure you have clean posts of your battery. This is necessary to both allow your battery to easily take a charge, plus send out a charge to perform whatever job you are using it for; i.e.: start your car, boat, or run our 12-volt electrical items, etc. Note: You can use heavy grade steel wool if you do not have a battery post cleaner. A little messier, but it will do the job. Step 2 You need to check the voltage of your battery. Using your load tester, hook the positive and negative terminals to the clean battery posts. Your battery should read at least 12 volts and if not, you possibly have a dead cell. Step 3 Once you have checked the voltage numbers for your battery, you need to remove the two battery caps. Take your standard screwdriver and gently slide it under one end of the cap, lifting gently. Set your caps out of your way making sure you do not get dirt on the inside of the caps. Step 4 Now that you have the caps removed, the next step is to perform a cell test. Take you two pieces of metal, straightened pieces from a wire coat hanger will work perfectly and attach them to the ends of your voltmeter. Touch the positive end to the positive terminal post on your battery and place the other one inside the first cell. Move from left to right across your battery to make sure you check each cell. Each cell should give you a reading of 2 volts. If any of your cells read less than 2 volts, you have a problem with those cells. Too many dead cells usually render the battery not worth repairing, but a single dead cell, while it can prevent the battery from holding a good charge can be fixed. Once you know you have a problem with the voltage readings in your battery, you can then take it to a battery repair specialist, or even try some do-it-yourself techniques. Either way, you can add new life to an old battery and save a few dollars....

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Four Important Considerations For Selecting Reclamation Vegetation

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Revegetating an area is one of the most important aspects of site reclamation. A healthy plant community will help revitalize the land, and slow the effects of erosion. However, improper plant selection can lead to a variety of expensive problems. For example, installing trees on a site that is not suitable for the species will cause the trees to die, necessitating widespread replacement. Accordingly, it is important to use care when selecting the species for a given site. Always give careful thought to the following four considerations before selecting plant species for your next reclamation project. Sun Exposure To some extent, you can alter a site to make it more hospitable to a given plant species. You can amend the soil, shield delicate plants from the wind and use pesticides to reduce the impact of pest species. Altering the sun exposure of a site, however, is difficult to impossible. In light of this fact, the sun exposure of a site slated for reclamation must be one of the most important factors to consider before selecting the plant species to be used. For example, most grasses require a significant amount of sunlight to remain healthy, so shade-tolerant plants should be selected for such places. Precipitation Patterns While supplemental irrigation can enable thirsty plant species to thrive in areas of limited rainfall, few areas designated for reclamation have the type of infrastructure necessary to provide supplemental water. Accordingly, it is wise to select plant species that are suitable for the region in which the site is located. This is especially important for sites in western Canada, as climatologists are predicting that drought conditions will continue for at least the next three decades, and possibly much longer. Wildlife Concerns Some plants are disproportionately susceptible to damage at the hands of wildlife – particularly insect pests. Ash and elm trees for example, are under assault across Canada from exotic insects that have arrived from foreign shores. Other plants are capable of defending themselves from these types of threats, yet they cause other types of wildlife problems. For example, trees that produce edible fruit may attract rodents, birds and other species. Invasive Potential It is always preferable to select native plant species for reclamation projects. Native plants have adapted to the climactic conditions of the site (including the typical sun exposure, precipitation and wildlife common to the area), and they are unlikely to spread invasively through the habitat. Additionally, as invasive species cause harm to Canada’s habitats, the responsible solution is to select only native species for reclamation...

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The Answers To Four Of Your Essential Septic System Questions For Waste Treatment

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Not everyone has access to municipal sewage service. If you live in a rural area, it is likely that you have a septic system.  If you have never had a septic system before, there may be many questions that you have to be answered, such as the types of systems you need, options and costs. Here are some of the answers you may want to have about your septic system needs: 1. The Different Types Of Septic Systems And What You Need One of the first things that you will need when installing a septic system is a soil test. The soil test will tell you what type of system you can have installed. If you have good soil and a deep water table that allows for filtration, a conventional septic system can be installed with a tank and drain line. For high water tables and poor soils that do not filter waste, an alternative treatment system may need to be installed. Alternative systems include aerobatic waste treatment and mound systems. 2. Choosing From Different Drain Field Options For Your Septic System The drain field of your septic system is where the affluent or liquid waste goes after it leaves the tank. If you have a high water table, you may need to have a mound system, which is a raised drain field. There are also systems that have better performing filter mediums and drain lines with multiple chambers. Another option is natural filtration with wetlands for a septic drain field. 3. The Different Plumbing Connected To Your Septic System There are also many different plumbing connections attached to your septic system. The first connection is the sewer line that leaves your home and goes to the septic system. If you have a system that separates greywater from sewage, your home may have two of these lines. There is also a pipe that leaves the tank and goes to the drain field system. These lines can be the source of problems with your septic tank, so it is good to know where they are located. 4. Maintenance And Upkeep That Your Septic System Is Going To Need Maintenance and upkeep of your septic system is important to prevent problems with the plumbing in your home. Some of the things that will need to be done regularly include, pumping the septic tanks, inspecting the system, and performing services for alternative waste treatment systems. If you have your septic system serviced when it is needed, you will be able to avoid many of the costly repairs to your system. These are some of the essential questions you may have before you have a septic system installed for your home. If you are ready to get the waste treatment solutions you need, contact an excavation contractor to get the help you need with the installation of your septic system. For excavation needs, contact a company such as Catmandu Excavating & Bobcat...

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A Construction Site Clean-Up Company Can Protect You From Hidden Dangers

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Whether it’s a large commercial project or a small residential build, safety is very important. As a construction professional, you should understand that it is not only necessary for you to keep your team members safe, but the safety of the community around the work-site is just as valuable. Focusing on the cleanliness of your work-site is one way that you can help ensure everyone is safe. Watch For Hidden Dangers Construction areas pose a number of different dangers. While the large, heavy equipment used on job sites is an obvious risk, there are a number of hidden risk factors as well. Excess dust and potentially toxic materials introduced into the air from building materials are hidden dangers that can make for unsafe air quality. Silica, for example, is a hazardous material commonly found in cement, brick, drywall and a number of other materials. Any time material containing silica is disturbed, such as through a cutting or blasting process, this introduces small silica dust particles into the air. When not properly removed, these particles can easily spread throughout a large area. Prolonged exposure to these dust particles can be especially dangerous because it increases the risk for lung cancer. However, even short-term exposure to silica is enough to pose a serious health concern. Proper handling and elimination of this type of waste is critical for everyone’s safety. Call On A Professional A professional construction clean-up company is best suited to protect your site from hidden dangers like silica dust particles. Quality craftsmanship and productivity should be the focus of your construction team. Requiring your team to focus their efforts on cleaning the site and removing these hidden dangers can deter your team from reaching these goals. More importantly, since your team is not skilled to complete this task, this can only make the threat of a health hazard greater. Cleaning companies understand the risk construction sites can potentially pose. Through vac and other removal techniques, these companies ensure that all waste products are properly contained and removed from the worksite. Construction clean-up companies can serve as a post clean-up service, or they can work with you from the beginning of the project until the end to ensure the work-site remains clean and that your team members and community members remain safe. Don’t make safety an afterthought. Make certain you are keeping safety a priority by working with a construction clean-up company to ensure that your construction work-site remains professional and clean. For more information, contact a professional like those at Dependable Maintenance...

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Reasons To Have Your Ducts Cleaned Today

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Do you own a home with an air conditioner? Are you wondering whether or not you should get your ducts cleaned? Having dirty ducts can cause issues with your air conditioner, so here are some signs that you need to have them cleaned: Musty or dirty scent: If your house has adopted a musty or dirty smell lately, you may be tempted to blame leaky pipes or mold growing in your basement. You may have been spending money on cleaning products that you don’t need, in an attempt to get rid of the smell. When too much dust collects in your vents, it can start to collect moisture from the cool air conditioned air. This, in turn, can eventually start to grow mold or mildew. If this is what’s causing the aroma, a good duct cleaning will be able to restore your home’s natural odor. Steadily rising cooling bills: If your cooling bills are going up faster than your utility rate increases, you should definitely look into duct cleaning. Dust can clog your air vents, restricting air flow and making your air conditioner work harder. This has the result of causing it to use more electricity than usual. If your ducts are dirty, cleaning them will help to return your air conditioner to its normal efficiency, lowering your electric costs. A whistling noise coming from your vents: When you turn on your air conditioner, you should hear nothing but the air conditioner’s fan and motor. A whistling noise may mean that a piece of duct work got broken off and clogging part of the ducting or a piece of filter that got sucked into the ducts. This blockage may have been in your ducts for a while, but it may have only recently gathered enough dust to constrict airflow and become noticed. A thorough cleaning will reveal the source of the whistling, allowing it to either be removed or repaired. Uneven airflow: Does one room seem to get all the cold air, while the others get little to nothing? If there are rooms in your home that you seldom use because of the temperature difference, you may have a problem with dust. A buildup of dust can potentially impede airflow to just one or two rooms in your home, allowing the remainder to get all the cool air. A thorough duct cleaning will allow the air to flow properly again, cooling all rooms equally.  For more information, contact a local duct cleaning company (such as Clean Air Solutions...

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4 Tips To Encourage Your Family To Drink More Water

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As you probably already know, it’s very important for you and your family members to drink as much water as possible. However, it can be tough to encourage your loved ones to enjoy drinking water, especially if they are used to sodas and other sweet drinks. Luckily, you shouldn’t give up just yet. If you follow some or all of these tips, you’re sure to see an increase in how much water your family consumes. 1. Have it Tested and Treated First of all, if you have a water well or if you don’t like the taste of the water that is provided by your community, then you should consider having your water tested (by companies like Evolution Water Testing Ltd) and treated. Even if there isn’t anything unsafe in your water, certain additives or minerals can make it taste and smell unpleasant. You may want to install a water treatment system in your home to ensure that all of the water that comes in tastes great. If your water tastes better, your family will be more likely to drink it. 2. Make it Easily Accessible As you probably already know, people usually drink and eat what they can access easily; this is why juice boxes are so popular, for example. Try purchasing water bottles or filling up your own and keeping them in a visible, easy-to-reach place in your refrigerator. Filling up a pitcher and keeping it in the fridge also helps. If water is the easiest thing to grab and drink, you might be surprised by how much more of it your family members will enjoy. 3. Make it Taste Good Along with having your water tested and treated, there are other ways to make it taste better. For example, you can experiment with your family by adding different fresh fruit, veggies and herbs, such as lemon, lime, strawberries, cucumber, fresh mint and more, to your water. Your family members are sure to discover a few new favorites, which can make everyone want to reach for a glass of water more frequently. 4. Lead By Example It’s hard to encourage your kids and spouse to drink more water when you’re sipping on sweet drinks all the time, too. Lead by example, and make sure that you are drinking plenty of water yourself. Encouraging your family members to drink more water is important if you want them to stay as healthy as possible. Luckily, following these tips can provide more encouragement than you probably...

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Tips For Teaching Children About Recycling

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If you are a parent who is interested in recycling, you might need to get creative to get your children on board. As a parent, you may be old enough to remember when things weren’t so disposable, or maybe you learned it from older relatives. Children today don’t have that point in time to compare the massive numbers of today when it comes to waste products. That means you may need to take a whole other approach and demonstrate how recycling might benefit children directly. Do Recycling Field Trips One way to drum up some interest is by taking your children on recycling field trips. Call ahead to see if they have any educational programs for children. If so, book one for your child. If not, do some research to learn about the history of the place or the details of what they do. For example, visit a return depot and learn about what is done with recycled glass and how you and your family can help prepare it. Recycle for Savings If you collect and sell your recyclables, have the children come up with something they want to save up for. They won’t get rich off recycling things, but that may be even better because they can learn about the value of money as they watch their savings slowly add up. For more information about bottle return depots, check out places like Trail Bottle Depot. Decorate Recycling Containers Keeping your recyclables separated can take up a lot of space, but it has to be done. Ask the children to decorate the containers you are using so they aren’t unsightly. This helps the children to share in having a creative part in the recycling process. If you use containers that are owned by the recycling company, you might just have the children decorate smaller ones to use within the house, using the larger ones outside or in the garage. Start a Project with the School or Other Community Facility Some companies offer schools and other community facilities deals on making products. For example, they might make a bench for a school using recycled bottle caps that the children collect. The recycling company may want more bottle caps than it requires so that they get some form of payment for their services, but it’s still a great way to recycle. Teaching children about recycling isn’t just teaching them how to process materials for reuse. It also makes them more aware of how much material goes to waste. In turn, this could help lead them to be more environmentally responsible citizens....

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A Guide To Understanding And Starting Your Own Hydroponics Garden

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Are you looking for an efficient and unique way to grow your favorite fruits and vegetables? If so, consider looking into starting a hydroponic garden. You can start one of these gardens either indoors or outdoors and should touch base with a hydroponics professional that can help guide you and set you up with the supplies that you need. Consider the following information, so that you’re able to learn about the hydroponics process, understand the benefits and find out what you need to get started.  What is a hydroponics garden? A hydroponics garden refers to the process of gardening that involves water and nutrients, but not soil. The water and nutrients are absorbed through the plants roots, so that it can grow to maturity without having to take root inside of soil. This likely goes against the conventional thought that crosses your mind when looking to start a garden, but the benefits are clear.  What are the benefits of hydroponics? If you are on the fence about hydroponic gardening or don’t understand why you should be on board, perhaps the following benefits will make the picture clearer: This form of garden is environmentally friendly, as these gardens use 10 percent less water than soil gardens, use 50 percent less precious and limited land, require 60 percent less fertilizer and require less pesticide and fossil fuel usage Plants get nutrients more efficiently quickly and in higher amounts with hydroponics gardening, since the movement is not hindered by soil You have greater control over where and how the plants are grown, so you are not exposing them to pests, too much sunshine, inclement weather, storms, flood and drought  Plants can be grown indoors, which is useful for people who rent apartments or live in highly populated areas Hydroponics gardens get better crop yields Great! So what do I need to get started? You can grow a hydroponics garden in countless ways. It’s possible to get started with a garden using anything from a soda bottle to a professional set up that costs several hundred dollars. A hydroponics expert can point you in the right direction of what makes the most sense for your needs, space and money.  However, hydroponics systems require the following parts: A growing chamber – This is the portion that houses the plant roots and allows them to receive nutrients. A delivery system – This is the vessel or passageway that allows the flow of water and nutrients.  Reservoir – This is the location where the mixture of nutrients is stored before being delivered to the plants.  Light source – Depending on what you need for your garden, you can use sunlight, grow lights or a mixture of both.  In addition to these parts, your set up might also include a timer, various pumps and more.  To make sure that you are able to get started with the best course of action, call up a hydroponics contractor such as Second Nature Hydroponics who can help you...

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3 Ways To Protect Your Home From Fire Damage

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Owning a home comes with many risks. Your home may be damaged by storms, flooding, or fire. While you make take every precaution to prevent a fire from starting in your home, these measures are not always enough. In the event of a fire in your home, there are three ways to protect your home from serious damage caused by the fire. Smoke Detectors While some people find smoke detectors to be an annoyance, especially if you frequently burn things in the kitchen, these devices can protect your home and family from catastrophic losses caused by a fire. The detector will alert you at the first sign of smoke which allows you to react quickly to prevent a fire from spreading throughout your home. Many lives are saved each year by smoke detectors. If you have a home alarm system, you may be able to connect your smoke detectors to the system. This will alert the alarm company of a potential fire. The alarm company will then notify the fire department of the fire. The sooner the fire department arrives at your home, the less damage your home will incur. Sprinklers Systems Many large homes are equipped with sprinkler systems that will be activated in the event of a fire. While a sprinkler system will cause water damage to your home, it will protect your belongings and home from being burnt. It takes minutes for a home to become completely engulfed in flames and once your belongings have caught fire, you will not be able to repair them. If you are like most people, you likely have family heirlooms in your home and would be devastated if they were lost forever. Fire Extinguishers If you don’t want to install a whole home sprinkler system, a fire extinguisher is a great option. You should keep fire extinguishers in a variety of areas throughout your home to provide easy access in the event of a fire. Remember, it doesn’t take long for a fire to spread so you don’t want to be searching the house for an extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are not made to put out large fires but, can be great for small kitchen fires or a candle that has ignited a curtain. If you are dealing with a large fire, you may try to extinguish the fire while calling your local fire department. If the fire is not going out, you should exit your home and wait for the professionals to arrive. The best way to prevent fire damage in your home is to prevent a fire from starting. Doing routine checks will allow you to catch a problem before it becomes catastrophic. Talk to a professional like 3D Fire & Safety Ltd for more...

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Organizing Before Packing For Your Move

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If you are going to be moving from one location to another, you will need to go through all of your belongings to decide what you would like to take and what things you will no longer be needing. Moving time is a perfect time to get rid of clutter. Here are a few tips that you can use to help you organize and remove items from your home so you will be better prepared to move only the belongings you will need. Designate A Central Sorting Area Make one room in your home a room that you will be used to sort through your items. You will want to have separate piles for items depending on whether you will be packing them or if you will be finding them new homes. When organizing, there are five main categories for sorting: things to keep, things to donate, things to recycle, things to sell and things to throw away. If you make five different areas in the room to categorize your items, it will make things easier when it comes time to drop them off at their new locations. Rent Some Disposal Bins Call your local waste company to see if they have bin rental options. You may be able to use one for trash and another one for recyclable items if the company provides bins for this service. You can place them right on the front of your property, making it easy to bring items out to dispose of as necessary. This will free up some of the room in your sorting area so it does not get overloaded while going through your belongings. Give Away And Sell Items If you have a lot of items that you will be giving away, you may want to look into donation programs in your area. Many churches, schools, and thrift shops will be able to accept items that are in usable condition. You can find out by making a few phone calls to these places. If you are not able to find places to take your belongings, you may be able to sell them on an online auction or at a yard sale. Have a few sales the weekends before you move away to get rid of items you no longer need, but that someone else may find a use for. You will be able to make a few dollars in the process, as...

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