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8 Ways to Run Your Fireplace Safely

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When the temperatures dip below freezing, few things are as comforting as cuddling up in front of a fireplace. The hot flames will keep you and your family members nice and toasty on the coldest nights. However, if you do not take care of your fireplace the right way, it can become unsafe. Here are eight effective ways to run your fireplace safely: 1. Burn Only Firewood If you plan on using your fireplace regularly during the winter, you should only burn firewood. Burning construction scraps, lumber, painted wood and other item like these can release harmful chemicals into the air, making the home unsafe for you and your family members. 2. Get Your Chimney Inspected Regularly It is a wise idea to have your chimney inspected by a professional at least two times a year, especially if you use your fireplace daily in the winter. Creosote can build up in your chimney over time, which can be very flammable. An experienced chimney inspector can remove all the creosote from your chimney to make your fireplace safer. He or she will also inspect other parts of the chimney to make sure they are working properly. Getting regular inspections will prevent future problems, so they are well worth the cost. 3. Don’t Forget to Clean the Firebox Cleaning the firebox might not be the almost fun job in the world, but it is very important to do it on a regular basis. For example, when you smell wood ashes in your fireplace, you need to remove them with a small shovel and throw them away in the garbage. When you see soot around your fireplace, clean it with masonry cleaner and a stiff brush. Keeping your firebox clean will help your fireplace run efficiently and safely. 4. Store Wood Correctly To ensure efficiency, it is important to store your wood the right way. After you pre-cut your wood, put it in a dry place, such as a storage closet. If you prefer to keep your wood outside, you should at least place it on an object, so it stays off the ground and avoids getting wet. 5. Don’t Put Out a Fire With Water It might seem strange, but you should never use water to put a water. If you do, the ashes could turn into a thick paste and be a big pain to remove later. After you spread out the logs with a fireplace poker, put sand in the firebox to let the fire out. 6. Buy a Mesh Screen If your fireplace does not have a glass door, you should seriously consider purchasing a mesh door. It will prevent embers from flying out and hurting your family members. 7. Don’t Use it too Long As comforting as a fireplace is, you should not leave it on all day. It is not built like a furnace and thus can wear down from too much use. Try not to use your fireplace for more than four or five hours a day. 8. Cap the Chimney Putting a cap on your chimney will not just keep small animals out and prevent water damage; it will also keep debris from accumulating in there, preventing carbon dioxide. A chimney cap is inexpensive and will keep you and your family members safe. Maintaining...

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5 Things The Amateur Plumber Can Do To Reduce Dripping When Installing A New Dishwasher

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If you have a small plumbing job, such as adding an extension or split after a faucet to hook up a dishwasher to a water source, you may consider completing the project yourself. While sometimes this type of project can be simple, you may find that you have a slight drip when you finish the project. After taking everything apart and starting over a few times, you may get frustrated if the drip is still there. If you have a drip that will not stop, follow this guide for installing pipes without a drip.  Start With Clean, Dry Components  If the components that you want to attach are wet, then the water can create a path for future water to flow out of. It can be more difficult to thread the components correctly, and some items, such as pipe dope, will not work properly. For this reason, you should take a clean, dry rag and wipe off all of the components that will be fitted together. Using a hairdryer to heat the ends of the component slightly can help ensure that they are completely dry.  Use Teflon Tape or Pipe Dope Teflon tape and pipe dope are used in similar ways. They are layered on the male side of a threaded pipe before it is inserted into a female component. This fills any gaps between the threads and prevents drips. In most cases, 3-5 layers of tape is sufficient, but if you have pipe with poor threading or a stubborn leak, you will definitely want to upgrade to pipe dope, which should be spread in a thick layer around the threading and inserted into the other component before it dries.   It is important that you do not confuse pipe dope with plumber’s putty, which is used to reduce leaking in situations where pipes are not under pressure. Overtime, plumber’s putty can wear down, allowing leaks through.  Reduce the Number of Joints If you are connecting multiple components together to get the perfect angle for your dishwasher to connect to, consider purchasing a single component with the correct angle. This reduces the number of joints you will have to seal. While you are purchasing components, make sure that you buy high quality components. Check that they thread together easily when you purchase them.  Use Rubber Washers Before joining the components, you should place a small rubber washer inside the female component. As you tighten the components together, the rubber washer will create a seal that does not allow water into the threaded area of the pipe. If you are replacing pipes, you should purchase new rubber washers. They are an inexpensive investment that can greatly reduce the likelihood of leaking.  ​Do Not Over-tighten  When you connect your components, you should tighten them until you encounter significant resistance. However, you do not want to over-tighten the pipes. This can damage the rubber washers you are using, causing leaks to happen. If you have a leak when you are finished, as opposed to tightening the component, you may want to start over, adding more tape or pipe dope instead. With practice, you will be able to tell if you are over-tightening pipes or if they are too loose.  If you still have a drip after following this installation guide, it is important...

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3 Decisions You Will Have To Make If Building A Sunken Living Room

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Hiring a residential architect to create a home design for you is the best way to get the perfect layout for your new house. As you are deciding what you want in a home, you may come across pictures of sunken living rooms. A sunken living room is a wonderful feature for a new house, but it is something you must plan for before the house is built. Here are three things you will need to choose as you prepare to build a sunken living room in your house. You Must Choose The Size The first thing you will have to decide is how big you want this area. You can lower the floor in the entire living room area if you want, or you could lower only part of it. If you choose to lower only part of it, the remaining space will be on the same level as the other rooms on that floor. The section you lower could simply be the middle part of the room, and you can use this space for a sitting area. It could include a couch, loveseat, and TV if you wish. Choosing the amount of space you would like sunken is vital for the contractor to know prior to building your house. You Must Choose The Depth The second decision is the depth. How low do you want this level to be? You can have a sunken living room a few inches down or several feet down. Because this area in your home will be lower than the rest of the rooms on the main level, the base of it will stick into your basement or crawlspace. The contractor may need to place floor joists under it to hold it, and these will be visible from underneath. The depth you choose will determine how many steps you need to enter this area. If you only lower the area by six inches, you will not need to build steps to get into it. If it is deeper than this, you may need steps to enter. Depending on the size you choose and the depth of this room, you may need to have several sets of steps going into this area. In addition, if you will need several steps due to the depth of the space, you will need to either place walls around the space or insert a hand rail around it. This is necessary for safety purposes, and it might be a requirement according to building codes. You Must Choose The Shape The third thing to consider is what shape you would like for this area. You could choose a square shape, rectangular shape, or circular shape. Choosing a circular shape may be the hardest when it comes to finding furniture that will fit right, but you can also order custom furniture if necessary. If the room is square or rectangular, you may also need to order custom furniture, but this is generally only the case if the sunken space is small. Circular-shaped sunken rooms may also be slightly harder to build than rooms that are square or rectangular in shape. If you are not sure which shape to choose, talk to your architect about it to get some advice, suggestions, and ideas. Making all these decisions can be difficult,...

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3 Tips To Help You Pry More Life Out Of Your Plywood Siding

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If you are planning to build a new home for you and your family, you will quickly find that there are several siding options on the market. It is best to choose your siding wisely based on lifespan, maintenance, and overall cost. Plywood siding, while not as popular as it once was, is still a great choice. It offers a natural wood look that many homeowners love. Of course, all wood siding is susceptible to rot and other issues, but there are ways to prolong the life of plywood siding. Treated vs. Untreated Plywood and other wood sidings typically have a lifespan between 30 and 50 years. One of the main components that can shorten the lifespan of a wood-based siding is moisture. Moisture is the enemy when it comes to the siding on your home. Of course, there is no way to stop rain from falling or humidity from building in the air, so protecting your siding may seem impossible. One way to ensure your plywood siding does not experience too much damage is to purchase treated plywood panels. Untreated plywood typically costs less than treated plywood, but treated plywood is less susceptible to rot. If left untreated, your siding may become the target of rot related to moisture, bugs, and birds, such as woodpeckers. Treated wood offers more strength and durability, therefore providing you a longer lifespan. Staining Options Staining your plywood is always a great idea if you wish to add a touch of color to your home. Stain is available in a variety of colors, although your color options are limited compared to vinyl and other types of siding. However, stain does more than just add color to the exterior of your home. The right stain can protect your plywood siding from elemental exposure. Choose a water repellent stain to paint over the wood in order to prolong the lifespan of your siding. If you are unable to locate a water repellent stain, you could always treat the wood with a water repellent base, stain it, and then apply a stain sealer. It is recommended that you reapply a layer of water repellent and stain at least once every 5 years for best results. The water repellent layer will repel moisture off the siding, therefore offer a protective layer against the threat of moisture damage. Instead, when the water hits the siding, it will form beads of water that slide off the siding rather than collecting there and soaking into the wood. Water that soaks into the wood siding can cause it to expand and eventually rot. Guttering Yet another way to prolong the life of your plywood siding is to add guttering to your home. Guttering redirects water away from the side of your home, therefore preventing water from running down the siding and causing damage. Make sure you have gutters properly installed along all sides of your home. For best results, perform gutter maintenance annually or semi-annually. It is highly recommended that you clean out your gutters between the fall and winter seasons and again between the spring and summer season. Clogged gutters can cause damage to the gutters, which may in turn cause leaks or a buildup of moisture that pours down the side of your home. Use a ladder and a...

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How To Install A Pop-Up Drainage Emitter To Keep Water Away From Your Home’s Exterior

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Keeping moisture away from the exterior walls of your home’s basement is an important step in the fight against interior flooding. Unfortunately, while basements often utilize drain tile to help capture excess water, rain runoff during storms can lead to enormous amounts of water being dumped into the soil next to the home’s exterior. A gutter system can help control the flow of water, but downspouts merely concentrate rainwater in one spot near the home. That’s why it is important to divert the water to a location away from the home; one way to accomplish this is by using pop-up drainage emitters. These handy systems redistribute rainwater to a remote location where it is needed. Below is how to install a pop-up emitter on your property: Tools and materials needed 3-inch diameter corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) drain pipe 4-inch diameter pop-up drainage emitter with elbow coupling Gravel or rock chips screened to ½-inch diameter Silicone sealant Shovel Corrugated downspout connector ⅛-inch diameter sheet metal screws Electric drill with 1/16-inch diameter bit Tape measure Hacksaw Step-by-step installation procedure 1. Determine where you wish to place the pop-up drainage emitter – The most important factor in choosing where to place the emitter is the distance from your home. At a minimum, the emitter should be no closer than thirty feet from the nearest exterior wall, and further away is better. As for other considerations, think about which areas of your property require more irrigation than others; for example, a garden that needs frequent watering may benefit from the extra water provided during a storm. In addition, place pop-up emitters in locations where they are away from heavy foot traffic in order to prevent tripping and accidental damage to the emitters. Once you have determined where to place the pop-up emitter, measure the distance from your chosen spot to the nearest downspout; this will determine how many feet of HDPE drain pipe you need to buy. Cut the pipe to length using a hacksaw. 2. Dig the drain pipe trench – After choosing the location for the pop-up emitter, you can begin digging a shallow trench between the downspout and the emitter. The trench should be dug to a depth of 2-feet and a width of 6-to-8 inches and either be made level or sloped downward while leading away from the house. Though this depth is relatively shallow, be careful not to cut any buried cables or lines while digging. Always contact your state’s utility location service, and representatives will locate and mark buried utilities. After the trench has been dug, place a 2-inch deep layer of gravel or rock chips on the bottom of the trench to provide support for the drain pipe. Level the gravel as much as possible to provide an even, stable surface for the pipe. 3. Attach the drain pipe to the downspout – Attach the downspout connector to the end of your downspout using sheet metal screws and seal the joint with silicone sealant to prevent leaks. At the other end, slip the drain pipe over the connector and apply a line of silicone to increase the adhesion between the two components. 4. Lay the drain pipe and install the pop-up emitter – Once the drain pipe is connected to the downspout, lay the length of the...

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Can You Heat Your Home Without Electricity?

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If you live in a part of the country with higher-than-average electricity costs, you may be searching for anything you can do to reduce your monthly electricity consumption. Unfortunately, heating your home — even using oil, propane, or natural gas as fuel — can raise your electric bill, as the process of igniting this fuel and blowing the resulting warm air through your ducts requires some sort of power source. If you’re determined to reduce your energy bills, you may benefit from a more efficient type of heating system that can draw its electrical needs from solar power, rather than from your home’s wiring. Read on to learn more about how you can completely eliminate the use of electricity when heating your home. Exterior wood-burning stove  Unlike interior wood-burning stoves, which don’t generally have a blower fan and operate on the principle of radiant heat (while venting smoke through a chimney), exterior wood burning stoves are installed a safe distance outside your home. These stoves vent smoke through a stovepipe and funnel the heat produced by the wood combustion through buried pipes and into a pump inside your home, which diffuses the heat through your ductwork. In this way, an exterior wood-burning stove is similar to a propane or natural gas furnace, simply with a different (and more energy-efficient) heating source.  Because these stoves use a blower motor rather than radiant heat, they do require a small amount of electricity to keep this motor running and air circulating throughout your home. Fortunately, this energy threshold is low enough it can generally be obtained entirely through solar power — even if you live in cloudier climates.  By installing a small solar panel and battery near your blower motor, you’ll be able to collect and store solar energy that can be used to power this motor and heat your home. Even if you experience a few cloudy days and can’t collect much power during this time, you’ll be able to take advantage of the stored solar energy in your battery to serve as a backup. This will allow you to heat your home at all times — even during lengthy power outages — and can help avoid expensive problems like frozen pipes. Geothermal heat pump  Another type of heating and cooling system that operates on very little electricity and can easily be sustained with a solar panel and battery is the geothermal heat pump. These pumps derive hot and cold air from water flowed through pipes buried beneath the ground. As this water flows through the buried pipes, it reaches the same constant cool temperature found in caves or other openings beneath the earth’s surface. In winter, a small compressor is used to extract heat from this temperate air (much easier than extracting heat from subzero temperatures outside). In summer, air is flowed over these cool pipes and then circulated throughout your home.  Because these heating systems don’t depend on any external fuel source, they’re low maintenance and ultra energy-efficient. You should be able to power a geothermal heat system using only solar electricity, and the purchase and installation of a solar-powered geothermal system could save you money at tax time by qualifying you for a number of federal energy-efficiency and home improvement credits.  The best electricity-free heating option for your home...

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What You Need To Know About Fall Safety And A Full-Body Harness

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When you’re working in an elevated environment, whether you’re on a roof or an elevated platform, you need to prioritize your safety. It’s essential that you take steps to limit your risk of falls and to protect yourself from injury in the event that you do slip. You might think that you’ll have plenty of time to recover your balance before you fall, but the truth is, you may not be able to react quickly enough, or there might not be something in reach that you can grasp to keep from falling. Safety harnesses are one of the most important investments you can make in this situation. Here are some tips to help you choose the right safety harness for your needs. The Advantage of a Full Body Harness A full body harness is a great investment for anyone working in elevated environments. These harnesses have straps that slide over your shoulders, a strap that crosses your chest and straps that go around your legs. What makes these harnesses such a great investment is the fact that their design distributes your weight more evenly to help absorb some of the force if you slip off the work area. This may result in fewer injuries than a strap system that just fits around your legs, which concentrates your weight on the single strap sections around your thighs. The Importance of the Right Size and Structure In order for you to get the most possible benefit from a full-body harness, you need to choose both the right size for your body and the right structure. Look for a harness that has a D-ring in the center of the harness back. The straps should have reinforcement on each side of the D-ring as well, because that extra support may be necessary in the event of a fall. Each harness manufacturer has a unique size chart, so make sure that you consult the size chart before you buy. If you’re shopping for harnesses for a large group, consider investing in adjustable harnesses with locking straps. That way, you can size them to fit each person and then lock the straps in place. If you’re shopping just for you, though, custom-fit is best. Look for a harness that’s sized either according to your height and weight or your body measurements. You’ll have to measure around your chest, the length of your torso, and the space around your thighs. This will help you to get a harness that fits you properly. The Process of Harness Inspection Every time you get ready to use the safety harness, you need to be sure to conduct a complete safety inspection. This will help you identify any potential signs of wear that could put your safety at risk. Some of the things you’ll be looking for include thin spots, frayed fabric and any other obvious physical damage. If your harness is visibly damaged, don’t wear it. Wearing a damaged harness will put your safety at risk. Buckle Components – Safety harnesses are equipped with friction buckles. The buckles interlock, so if any of the pieces are cracked, nicked or bent, it’s important that you replace them. You should be able to get new buckles from the manufacturer. Webbing – Most safety harnesses are designed with webbing in the areas...

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Thinking Of Joining The Tiny House Movement? Maximize Your Living Space With French Patio Doors

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If you’re thinking of downsizing and becoming part of the Tiny House Movement, then you need to find ways to maximize your space, both indoors and out. Installing French patio doors is one way to accomplish this. Below is a brief explanation of the Tiny House Movement and ideas for using these space-saving doors. What is the Tiny House Movement? The Tiny House Movement really got its start in the RV industry. People started selling their brick and mortar homes and moving into homes-on-wheels. Granted, some of those large RVs do have all the comforts of home, but they are packed into a much smaller footprint. Typical RVs are roughly 8 to 8.5 feet wide, and depending on the state you live in, usually max out at 40 feet long. That’s roughly 320 square feet of living space. Slide outs add some square footage, and that varies with the size of the slides and the number on the rig. Since a typical American home has roughly 2600 square feet of living space, that’s a lot of “stuff” to get rid of. The Tiny House Movement evolved from the RV craze. Not everyone wants to be a nomad. Some embrace the tiny home lifestyle, but put down roots in one place. Types of Tiny Houses That Use French Doors Tiny houses may be built with or without wheels. Trailer chassis, stand alone garages, and even garden sheds have been converted. Companies that specialize in designing homes offer blueprints and/or materials and kits to allow people to build their own tiny home from scratch. Most incorporate some sort of outdoor space, such as a porch or patio. French doors, whether single wide or double wide, are a viable option for many designs. Trailer Chassis Tiny homes built on trailer chassis give you the look of a tiny house but the mobility of an RV trailer. Like a regular RV, the width is limited to enable the house to be legally towed, but they rarely have slides. Designs usually incorporate a loft to maximize space. Single-wide French doors tend to work better on these because of the width issue. Converted Garages and Garden Sheds Tiny homes made out of converted garages and garden sheds are meant to stay in one place. This means you can build a patio area, install an awing and use the area as extra living space. Some more sophisticated designs add a regular style roof and/or enclose the space with glass. Depending on the size of the conversion, French doors could be single or double wide. Another advantage is that the doors can be installed so they swing out.  When the doors are fully open, the tiny house and the patio become one big living space.  The Micro Cottage Micro cottages are typically built from scratch. Some are truly tiny homes, with architectural plans showing a footprint of 300 square feet or less. Others may be twice that. The design is limited by your budget, your building space and just how much downsizing you’re comfortable with. Many of the designs are perfectly compatible with French doors because they have permanently installed patios or decks. For example, you could have a wrap around deck on two sides of the home with double French doors opening up from the main...

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5 Signs Your Electrical Wiring Needs To Be Replaced

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When it comes to your home’s safety, you should always be aware of a number of things present in your house. Remember that electrical wiring is one of the most common dangers in your house. It is highly recommended that you have routine inspections performed on your electrical wiring by a licensed, professional electrician, such as one from a company like Advantage Electric. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn of 5 particular warning signs that your electrical wiring needs to be replaced. Breakers and Fuses Consistently Go Out Your circuit breaker board is an integral part of your home’s electrical wiring and is one thing that can prevent your house from a certain flame laden fate. Circuit breakers tend to trip, which means that power is turned off to certain areas of the house, when the circuit is overloaded. Although an overloaded circuit could be caused by a variety of things, one thing that you may want to look into, especially if this is a recurring problem, is the fact that this could be related to outdated wiring. Dimming Or Flickering Of Lights Whenever your lights dim or flicker, chances are, it is the case that your circuits are overloaded and you are on the verge of having a circuit board trip. You will rarely ever see this phenomenon occur with good wiring, however. Good wiring will not cause the lights to dim or flicker except on very rare occasions. If you experience this, it is recommended that you call the services of a qualified electrician to examine your current wiring. This is a definitive sign that your wiring needs repair or replacement. Buzzing Or Charred Outlets or Light Switches This is another definitive sign that you need to replace your home’s wiring and it is also a warning sign: this phenomenon means that you are in a highly dangerous situation! If you happen to hear any buzzing from outlets, or if you notice them smoking, or if they seem to suffer from char or smoke damage, this means that the wiring in your house has either worn out to a great degree or was improperly installed. It is highly recommended that you have a professional take a look at your outlets, switches and wiring as soon as possible to prevent an electrical fire from occurring. A Distinct Burning Smell Improperly installed wiring or wiring that has not been properly taken care of, tends to cause electrical fires. Contrary to popular belief, electrical fires don’t just happen in the blink of an eye, but rather, it can take up to several months for them to occur. During this time, however, you should be able to sense some of the warning signs. For one, slow burning electrical fires will emit a distinct burning smell. As the chance of a fire grows and grows, you may begin to smell smoke as well. The wires will emit smells as they start to heat up, before they actually catch fire. Switches That Shock You It is not normal for a switch to shock you. If you have experienced this in your home, chances are, it is because of improperly installed wiring or wiring that is failing. The chances of a switch electrifying you to a great degree is virtually non-existent,...

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What You Need To Transform A Shed Into A Woodworking Shop

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Whether you do woodworking as a hobby or as a way to earn money, it’s important to have a good woodworking shop. You need a lot of room and good lighting to do your best work. Because of the mess with sawdust and wood shavings, many people are limited to woodworking in their garages. If this sounds like you, do you dream of having a better area to work in? Maybe you are tired of cluttering up your garage with your woodworking tools? Consider transforming the old shed in your backyard into a woodworking shop. Here’s what you will need to install. Outlets Of course you’ll need outlets in your woodworking shop so you can operate your massive power saw. Plan for any future purchases you might make as well. But take time to plan out the exact locations for your power tools before you have an electrician install the outlets and wiring. That way, you won’t be tempted to run extension cords if you want to relocate or reposition your woodworking equipment. It can be dangerous to run extension cords in a woodworking shop. Extension cords clutter the flooring and become trip-and-fall hazards, which is definitely not something you want around dangerous equipment. Lighting Once you’ve figured out where your equipment and power tools will be in the shed, you can then decide where to put the lighting. You’ll probably want a strong light above the table saw and other equipment. The light bulbs should be encased in safety assemblies that are designed specifically for dangerous locations such as woodworking shops. The encasements will prevent most debris from flying up into the light bulbs so they don’t break. The last thing you’ll need is for something to break the light while your fingers are close to an operating saw. Dust Collection System Now that you know where your equipment and lighting will be, you can figure out where to locate a dust collection system. A dust collection system is not necessary, but it can help keep your woodshop clean… as well as your lungs. Breathing in sawdust on a regular basis can cause breathing problems, especially when there is mold or fungus in the wood or the wood contains preservatives and pesticides. Dust can also affect your finished products. It’s difficult to get a nice, glossy sheen of varnish when there is dust settling from the air. Heating You’ll want to keep your woodworking shop at a comfortable temperature year-round. However, do not get tempted into using portable heaters during the winter months unless you have a dust collection system. The dust could settle into the open flame or heating element and cause embers or smoke, which could result in a fire if you are not careful.You might consider installing a wood burning stove, since you’ll be able to throw your scrap wood into it. However, avoid burning wood that contains chemicals or is pressure treated. If you choose to use a stove, make sure your shop is properly ventilated. Insulation Insulation in your shed is a good idea if you plan on working late at night or are worried about the reactions from your neighbors. Look for sound insulation that can also double as a barrier against extreme temperatures. Keep in mind, however, that soundproofing materials block...

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