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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Uses of Solar Power for Homes

Solar energy can be used at homes for serving various purposes. They are primarily used for running small, low-power appliances like radios, lightings, gadgets, small water pumps, and even children’s toys. Solar power can also be stored in batteries and used for lighting the house during an episode of power failure. And of course, solar power is increasingly being used for heating homes during winter.

How Home Solar Power Systems Work?

To use solar power for homes, photovoltaic (PV) panels are attached to the roof of a house such that their expanded surfaces face south for houses located in the northern hemisphere. For those in the southern hemisphere, the panels should face north to gather maximum solar energy.

The average power production of a solar cell is about 11 to 22 watt per square foot. The solar energy, when received by the panels, generates electric current in them. This current is stored in a large battery bank that is connected to the PV array through a charger controller. The DC current stored in the battery is converted to AC current (used in homes) by a DC-AC inverter for running home various appliances.

Odds against Using Solar Power for Homes

The major disadvantage that hampers the use of solar power for homes is their high cost of purchase and installation. Depending on the size of the home and the particular solar power system, it costs an average of $20,000 to $40,000 for installing a solar power system at home.

The high costs of setting up solar panels at home are due to the requirement of using pure silicon in their manufacture. Recently, however, solar-grade silicon has been derived from metallurgical silicon.

This innovation is expected to reduce the costs of installing solar power systems at home to about one-third of the current costs. Besides high costs, solar panels are not very useful in areas of little sunshine and also on cloudy days as well as after sunset.

 

Ways to Pick The Right Table Lamps

Lamp Size

First and foremost is the size. You need to settle on the right size of the lamp and the place you want to lay them. If you are placing it in your bedroom, a medium sized table lamp is perfect. Oversized lamp poses danger of falling from the small table beside your bed. And for the use of study room table or outdoor table; and if it is a small table; a candlestick lamp can be the apposite choice. If you want to place it in the far end of your living room, it is fine to get a bulky ginger jar type lamp.

Lamp Style

The style of the lamp is very, very important. If you select a lamp style which does not match up with the interior style, it is going to ruin your entire interior decoration theme. For instance, if you have furnished your home in Victorian style, it is appropriate to use exquisite and ornamental lamps like crystal, shiny brass table lamps instead of going for modern trendy table lamps. A modern swing-arm lamp will be perfect choice for the high-tech interior decoration style. Likewise, there are many different styles of lamps which back up your classic, traditional, or modern interior decorating style.

Lamp Material

For a traditional interior design, concord lamps featuring all resin construction with a heavy weighted base will be a perfect choice. The bronze and honey shades are going to give a natural and flawless look. These lamps can be used both in outdoors and indoors. If you wish to give a trendy look to your bedroom, a rectangular lamp with black texture and a metal base finish would be appropriate. And for a Victorian styled bedroom, antique bronze finish lamps can be the best suitable accessory. If you are going for an outdoor table lamp, Java table lamp with heavy weighted bases and a two level dimming switch can be a great choice. This lamp helps to enhance your outdoor living area. They have unbreakable opal poly carbonate waterproof light bulb enclosure which allows the use of a standard 100 watt light bulb. You get them in antique honey wicker shade and bronze shades.

 

Steps to Replace Shower Drain

Required Items

– ABS cement
– Plumber’s putty
– Basket wrench
– Utility knife
– Slip coupling
– PVC pipe
– Shower drain
– Philips screwdriver
– Handsaw

Directions

1. Before begin, block the water supply line, which supply water to the shower.

2. Locate the drain pipes. You might have to tear off the flooring to uncover the pipes and to have better access to them. If you have access from below, you can work from below the bathroom. It depends on the position of the pipes.

3. Take a hacksaw and cut the part of the drain pipe that is leak or damage. In addition to this, you need to cut along the pipe further to remove this entire part of the pipe.

4. Take the drain away by cutting the silicone putty holding the drain with utility knife. Now open the drain cover by unfastening the screws with the help of Philips screwdriver. After removing the cover, take a basket wrench and take the drain away by turning the wrench anti-clockwise.

5. Insert the new drain into the specific place. Secure the new drain with plumber’s putty.

6. Using the ABS cement, attach the PVC pipe to the new drain. ABS cement is a substance used to give the waterproof connection to the pipe and drain. You can inspect the pipe as well for any possible leaks. Replace the pipe if you notice any leakage in the pipe. If no leak spotted, then use the same pipe.

7. Connect the end of the existing pipe with the end of the new installed pipe. To connect the old and the new pipes you need to have a slip coupling of exactly the same size of pipes.

8. To secure the coupling, add glue on its both sides and put pipes into it.

9. Allow the putty to dry for many hours. Till then don’t use the shower.

Tips and Precautions

– The best time to replace the drain is night time. Install the new drain and it will be ready for use till morning.
– In case you are having problem in replacing the drain, contact a plumber to do a repair work for you.