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Unemployment Numbers, Election Cycle, EU Crisis, and Corporate Earnings – Who Started the Fire?

Well, as if the summer of July 2012 wasn’t bad enough with the extreme heat wave, big fires, and the never ending sound and fury of American presidential election year politics – we got a rather rude awakening as to our economic recovery as our job numbers came in a lot lower than expected and well off the Administration’s projections. Okay so, let’s talk about this shall we?

Are our July 2012 unemployment numbers really a “big step in the right direction,” as President Obama recently noted or a big carbon footprint in a pile of dung? Okay, but all jokes aside, something needs to be done. We have yet to solve all the obvious problems to help get our economy firing on all cylinders again and just as I was writing this article there was a piece in the USA Today talking about the four E’s as in; Euro …

Tips for Painting Small Spaces

There’s nothing like a spacious living room. Unfortunately, if your living room is nothing like spacious, your home can start to feel cramped and claustrophobic. The good news is that there are many different interior design tricks you can use to make your cramped quarters look and feel larger and more accommodating without tearing out a wall. For instance, homeowners will often rearrange furniture or add mirrors to make spaces appear larger. Some specific painting techniques can also be used to create the same effect.

Use Light Colors

Try light colors when painting a small area. Lighter tones will create the illusion of a roomier area, making the walls and ceiling appear much farther apart than in reality. Another benefit of neutral and pastel shades is that they work with a wide range of decor.

Keep it Simple

Applying a single color in various shades is another way to ease …

Roofing Materials That Fit Into Your Budget

The roof is one of the most important structural parts of your facility or home. Figuring out the overall cost and the type of materials that should be used will depend on a lot of factors, such as the shape of the building, the type of roof and the budget that you have set.

The most common category of roof is wooden. Wooden roofs are mostly used for domestic buildings such as homes and farmhouses. The roof is framed by timber and the covering materials depend of factors such as the climate conditions of the area, building regulation and cost and the preference of the building owner. There are two basic choices for wooden roofs: flat roof or hip roof. A wooden roof costs less to construct compared to concrete and steel, but has disadvantages that should be considered. A wooden roof has a great inability to resist fire, wind …

HVAC Fundamentals: Heat Pumps


A heat pump is a refrigeration device used to transfer heat from one room or space to another. The heat pump is designed to take heat from a medium-temperature source, such as outdoor air, and convert it to higher-temperature heat for distribution within a structure. By means of a specifically designed reversing valve, the pump can also extract heat from the indoor air and expel it outdoors.

Because a heat pump system uses the reverse-cycle principle of operation, its operating principle is sometimes referred to as reverse cycle conditioning or reverse-cycle refrigeration. The latter term is not correct because there are fundamental differences between the operating principles of a heat pump and a true refrigeration unit. The confusion probably stems from the fact that during the cooling cycle, the operation of a pump is identical to that of the mechanical refrigeration cycle in a packaged air conditioning unit. The indoor …

Drilling Ceramic Tiles


Drilling Ceramic Tiles – Ask the Expert

How to Avoid Expensive Damage when Drilling Ceramic Tiles

We all like a bit of do-it-yourself, don’t we? It’s always better if you can do your home improvements yourself, without having to increase the cost by paying a professional. However, it doesn’t always turn out how you expected, does it?

I’ve been called in, more than once, to ‘pick up the pieces’ by wives driven nearly mad by husbands who have gone at the task of drilling ceramic tiles like a bull at a gate. The sight of a husband standing in front of an expensive ceramic tile installation – that he has damaged in repeated attempts to show that drilling ceramic tiles isn’t beyond his capabilities – is not a pretty one!

Floor tiles and ceramic wall tiles have been popular for many years, especially in bathrooms, shower stalls and kitchens. Drilling …