Day: May 17, 2020

The Stink Bug Smell – Tips and Tricks to Get Rid of It

When you come across stink bugs you will have the chance to understand why they are called “smelly bugs.” I am sure that most of us have experienced this unpleasant odor when touching or killing one of those insects. When I was a kid I had this experience which made my mom laugh at me and my child’s naivety.

Here is what you need to know about the Stink Bug’s smell:

1. The odor the insects emit is a protective reaction against predators which makes them go away and not touch the bug.

2. It is coming from special glands which are situated on the thorax of the Shield Bugs.

3. The glands are producing a toxin containing fluid in case of an imminent danger. The fluid itself is not poisonous but is with quite a disgusting “aroma”.

4. The liquid is containing Aldehydes such as CH3-(CH2)2-CH=CH-CHO. This is where the horrid smell comes from.

5. If you are not touching or smashing the insects usually you will not feel the odor however if you have a lot of them in a closed space (like your house) your senses will be tested.

6. If a Shield Bug gets on your hand and leaves its smell do the following to get rid of it:

• Try to replace the smell with a stronger one – usually washing dirty dishes helps as the combination of grease smell from the food and the dish soap seems to do the work

• If your hands smell like food after that clean them again with a dish soap

• Consider using a hand cleanser which contains alcohol

• A good shower as soon as possible after “the attack” can help as well. Pay more attention and rub the smelly part

• You can use any acid containing fruit or vegetable to rub the place: tomatoes, lemons, lime etc.

7. If you have an infestation in your home and it seems the odor is everywhere:

• Bear in mind that if you leave the smell and the bugs inside you will get bad results

• The stink can last 4-8 months and if you have still insects in the house they will make sure it is “refreshed”

• The “scent” attracts other bugs inside as well

8. What to do to clean your house:

• Find the source of infestation and kill and remove everything you see: adult species, “babies” and eggs.

• Start treating the place where you found most of the insects. Clean it with strong chemicals containing bleach or use acid containing liquids like vinegar.

• If the smell is all over the house then it’s a bit harder. You need to treat the walls and lamps with vinegar. I am saying lamps because during the night when the light is on they will most often get on them.

• Of course you also have another choice. Get rid of the infestation completely and leave the smell till it goes away by itself. …

How to Choose and Match Brick Veneer For New Construction and Additions

My neighbor spent well over $ 200,000 to add a beautiful addition to her traditional brick veneer Cape Cod home. But when the masonry contractor put up the brick he failed to even come close to matching the color of the mortar to the original part of the house. Even worse the new bright white mortar clashes with both the new brick and the old. The house now has a garish and jarring appearance and the cost of repair is prohibitive.

Brick veneer is the most durable and beautiful material that will protect your home from the elements. Brick is essentially maintenance free and will last for generations. Living in the Detroit area it is plain to see the brick in all the dilapidated buildings is still in beautiful condition and in most cases can be salvaged and reused. Brick veneer is more cost and you will have to live with your choice for as long as you own your home. If you're planning an addition or building a new home the money, time and effort invested in choosing the design, brick, mortar and most importantly the contractor will be returned many times over in long-term value.

These are some ideas to consider when choosing or matching brick veneer

• Cost: maybe it would be better to sacrifice square footage for quality and beauty

• Design: Long, high walls need to be broken up with a vertical course of brick, a ledge of stone or brick that varies in color and texture. Design in offset walls with interior or exterior corners to give vertical definition to the house.

• Use "offset" (brick that protrudes from the wall in patterns or randomly) of bricks to create interest

• Make the addition narrows or wider than the existing home for interior or exterior corners to make brick and mortar matching easier

• How does the house fit into the neighborhood? A traditional styled house needs darker reds and more texture with gray mortar. Fieldstone, granite or sandstone can be used carefully

• Contemporary houses can use whites, blushes or neutral colors and smooth to glazed brick. Mortar can be bright white

• A skilled and experienced mason will take the time to try out various mixtures to match the mortar. Remember it is the SAND in the mortar that must match. Ask to see other work the mason has done and will be prepared to pay a little more

• There are many sizes and profiles of brick available. We have a ranch house built on a slab in our neighborhood that used long, low profile brick with a mixture wavy texture. Along with a double-hip roof and deep eves this house would be the envy of Frank Lloyd Wright himself!

• Design the roof and gutters so the downspouts can be used to hide the seam between the old and new brick. There are many decorative gutter and downspout products available. Visit a local siding and gutter supply house

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Home Improvement Tips For Smart Homeowners

When making improvements to your home, often times small things can make a big difference. Below are six little tips that you may not have thought about, but could be quite helpful in your next home project.

1. Pick out a suitable height for wall outlets. Although most electricians place outlets 12 inches up the wall from the floor, many people find that height is not high enough to be convenient. As an alternative, consider whether 16 inches might be a better height for less bending, and to get the most out of power cord length for tabletop electric items such as lamps.

2. Use a stainless steel taping knife. Use a tool made out of this material for your sheetrock taping to minimize the amount of cleanup time that is needed after the project is done, and to limit any possibility of having rust forming on the knife, which will make it useless for future projects.

3. Recycle old electronics and appliances. Many electronics recycling establishments are popping up all over the nation and will take your out of date electric products for free disposing that is a lot more eco friendly than putting them in the trash to be put into the landfill. If they're in working condition, see if a charitable organization will take them so that they can be used again for extended life before they're recycled.

4. Be organized. Know about every major element, each step of the way through the remodeling process. This will help you to ensure that your contractors will all arrive on the right days for tasks to continue progressing. When your electrician arrives at the correct point, for example, it means that the building team will not need to wait to put up the walls or ceiling.

5. Put in a dormer to turn your attic into livable space. By building a dormer or two into the attic space, a properly constructed attic will receive natural light and added height to make it a much more appealing room. This can give your home a whole new space like a home office, play room for the children, or even a guest bedroom.

6. Measure everything. There is no such thing as guessing or "eyeballing" a measurement when it comes to the perfect home renovation. More often than not, you'll find that the way that something looked inside a huge store is quite different than the way that it will appear in your residence. You do not want to end up getting a kitchen island that will consume every square inch of floor space, and returns are costly and time consuming. …

Radiators Keep Your House Warm In The Winter

Radiators are heat switching devices that help keep an area warm during the cold winter. They heat up a given space by transferring thermal energy from one medium to another.

How Does Radiator Heating Work

In a radiator, electrically heated water travels through metal pipes placed within walls and ceilings. By the process of convection heating, this heated water in turn produces heat. Water is heated in a central boiler which is circulated through a building by pumps through a radiator.

Radiators may be of a single pipe type or a double pipe one. The single pipe ones work on steam while the double pipe ones work either on steam or water.

Types Of Radiators

Radiators have been around for quite some time. Over the years, various kinds have evolved bring in a variety of designs to suit modern homes.

* Compact radiators are perfect for small rooms. They come with factory fitted top grills and end panels.

* Steel panel convector heaters involve low maintenance and installation costs. They are compact in size and come with or without the top grill. They can be as small as 11 square inches. The electro zinc plating and powder coating build resistance against humid conditions.

* Towel radiators, better known as bathroom radiators, are electric driven and can be set up separate from the central heating system. They bring in the comfort of having warm towels in the bathroom. They come in various designs and often become an object of attraction.

* Low surface temperature radiators were initially designed to prevent burns. They were first introduced in health care centers. Nowadays, they have become quite popular for rooms of children and the elderly. The temperature in a low surface temperature radiator does not go beyond 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Storage radiators are excellent energy conserving radiators and prove to be cost effective. They store energy during the night time when electricity demand is low. The stored energy is then discharged during the day.

* Tubular radiators are sleek and stylish and designed for modern homes. They come in various colors and can match the décor of every interior. Buyers have the freedom to choose the shape, color and finish as per their house's design.

* Cast iron radiators may look bulky and can take up considerable amount of space. They, however, have their own set of advantages. These can be painted to suit the color of the rest of the home's design. Moreover, the paint helps to control the heat generated. Heat resistant paints are also available for this purpose. The cast iron radiators are driven by hot water or steam. Although electric versions exist, they may not be the best choice for large spaces.

When winter sets in, the chill can penetrate right into the bones. In such weather, the best cozy place that one can think of would be home, sweet home. Setting up an efficient radiator at home can make this all the more comfortable. It is not possible …