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We paint our house, seal our deck so do we need to seal our concrete. The answer is; that it is a good idea to seal the concrete every 3 to 5years. Unless you have stamped concrete or an exposed aggregate concrete I would recommend a penetrating sealer. The penetrating seal does just that it penetrates into the surface of the concrete. In fact after it dries you cannot even tell anything has been applied. Sealing concrete helps prevent staining and spalling. It can be applied with a tank sprayer and then brush or roll into the surface if it is necessary. The sealer should never be allowed to puddle or it will be shiny and subject to peeling. Always power wash the surface before sealing. If you are using a water base sealer make sure to apply when the surface dry from water and morning dew.
The home, completed by developer Matthew Lahn of the Florida Green Home Design Group and architect Ari Sklar of Sklarchitecture, was recently awarded LEED Platinum status for its ambitious adherence to the LEED point checklist.
There are several things to do when the time changes and it starts with setting all the clocks and changing smoke alarm batteries. Over the years I have add other home maintenance chores to the time change day. I recommend you change the air filter. Make sure to check the size before heading to the hardware store. I also check and make sure you have an operating fire extinguisher and make sure everyone in the family knows how to operate it. Also be sure to reset any items on a timers like; outdoor landscape lighting, any recycle pumps or light timers.
As the seasons change and we begin to close the windows and fire up the furnace problems can occur. If the furnace, water heater or other appliances in your home are fueled by natural gas there should be several carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Byproducts of natural gas include carbon dioxide and water vapor. Complete combustion of gas produces a harmless mixture of these two byproducts. However, when a fuel is burned without proper air for complete combustion, a toxic gas called carbon monoxide may be produced. Incomplete combustion could happen for a number of reasons:
Here are some simple steps to make your home more accessible if you’re living with someone who has disabilities or elderly. There are a number of trip hazards that should be addressed like throw rugs which can catch or slip under people. You can simply tape them down to prevent slippage and they can be removed easily. Using chairs with arms will help when getting out of the chair. In the kitchen purchasing large handle grips for tableware will help make life easier and also purchasing double handled pots and pans will help. Replacing knob handled door handles with the lever type will help those with arthritis. More complex projects will require installing grab bars in the shower area and near the toilet. Non slip table on the bottom of the tub or shower will also help prevent injuries.