How to Organize and Archive Blueprints

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Lines and solid shapes are delineated in white on a blue background. Blueprints are commonly used in the manufacturing, architectural, and engineering industries to communicate construction specifications visually. Hence, technical drawings rendered on blueprints tend to follow an accepted system of visual symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, and layout conventions to communicate these instructions in an unambiguous, coherent manner.

Many professionals engaged in the use of blueprints such as architects, contractors and engineers should keep their blueprints well-organized and stored away safely. By organizing their blueprints in a proper storage system, they not only protect their valuable blueprints from damage and loss, but also free space in their offices and increase productivity.

Architectural and engineering firms can benefit from using blueprint hangers to store and organize their technical drawings. Blueprint hangers range from small to large in order to house one or more projects. In addition, some blueprint hangers are stationary for permanent location storage, while others are designed to be mobile, enabling them to be wheeled to different sections of the office.


Ideas on How to Enhance Your Kitchen Design with Beadboard Wainscoting

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Learn about how wainscoting can add that finished touch to your new kitchen.

Beadboard wainscoting is often associated with older homes, especially since its been around since the 1600s, and was originally used to protect walls from damage. It can be found in any room of a house, from bathrooms to hallways to kitchens, where it can cover all or part of the walls. It can be distressed, stained, painted, or even left in its natural wood tone. With so many options, beadboard is a great addition to your kitchen, whether you choose it as an accent or install it more liberally.

What is Beadboard Wainscoting?


Furnishing your Home Office

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In this world of baby boomers and empty nesters, many a child’s bedroom, which became a guestroom, is now being converted into a home office. With the bedroom furniture stowed away, a bare wall or an entire room awaits renovation into workspace. So where should one start to furnish the perfect office for years to come?

A buyer could go from office store to department store, and spend days surveying the styles and types of office furniture available. But to save energy, automobile gasoline, and time, go online. A huge array of bookcases, desks, comfortable office chairs, and file cabinets (even fireproof ones) are just awaiting a cyber space purchase.

It is definitely advisable to purchase a computer desk, whether one has a desktop computer or a laptop one. There is such a large selection of computer desks available that the perfect one for each person can be found. Even a laptop computer, which can be used anywhere, will work best when at a desk. In addition, the desk drawers are ideal for storing computer paper, ink cartridges, and writing implements. It’s also very handy to have the printer placed on a slide-out shelf of the desk or on top of it.


How to Keep Cool in Your House and Save on Energy Bills this Summer

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The only thing more brutal than the summer heat is the energy bill you’ll get from the electric company. Keeping your house cool can be a challenge when you want to keep your utility bills and energy use in check. Fortunately, there are many techniques you can use to keep your house cool and comfortable without relying heavily on the AC.

Cook outside instead of inside. Every time you use the oven or stove, you heat up your home. Your home is getting hot enough from the sun without the extra heat that will remain trapped for hours. If you must cook, use the grill or set up an outdoor stove. Better yet, cook less and eat more cool, uncooked salads in the summer.

Add shade to the sunny side of your house. One side of your house will always be sunnier than the other. In North America, Europe, and all places in the northern hemisphere, the southern side of your house will get more sun.
Mitigate the extra heat from the sun by adding shading plants or trees to the southern side of your house.


What Are The Best Hanging Basket Liners To Use

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Hanging baskets are an ever popular way to display flowers and plants in homes and businesses. Growing the hanging baskets yourself is an enjoyable way to create the exact display and colour scheme you are looking for.

One of the first things you need to choice before you start planting is a hanging basket liner. For the amateur gardener, there is a very wide choice of hanging baskers liners available in garden centres and online. However, it is not always obvious which are the best hanging basket liners to use and in what situation. The type of hanging baskets that are freely available include coco or coir, sisa, jute, wool, wood fibre pulp and fleece.

This article looks at which liners may be the best depending on what you are looking for and where you are planning to use them.


Half-round Gutters Cleaning And Maintenance

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Cleaning and maintaining your half-round gutters can prevent moisture damage and basement flooding. Moisture and flooding can weaken the foundations walls and floors of your home. To prevent serious damage to your home, here is how to clean and maintain your half-round gutters.
Remove Leaves and Debris

To keep the water flowing freely, you need to remove leaves and debris from your gutter especially during the spring and fall. To do this, use a plastic spatula or a soft tip putty knife to scrap off dirt, debris and rotten leaves. When scrapping off rotten leaves, dirt and debris do not drive the spatula or the putty knife too hard into the surface of the gutter especially if your gutter is made of wood. After scrapping the gutter, sweep the area and remove all particles left on the gutter with the use of a scoop device.

After cleaning the surface of your half-round gutters, check the elbow joints and downspout entries for signs of clogging. If your elbow joints and downspout entries have screens, simply remove the screens and clean off the dirt and debris. If the elbows joints and downspout entries are not screened, you need to flush the dirt out or use long handled tongs to take the leaves and debris out from the joints and the downspout.
Repair Damage on Your Gutter