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Types Of Foundations To Use In New Houses

March 3, 2011
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Deep Strip Foundations are used where it is necessary to excavate to 900 mm or more to find a suitable strata to support the building. Raft foundations are large concrete slabs covering the whole building .All the loads of the building are transmitted through the slab.Rafts are used in low load bearing soils which are common in Ireland.This is the most commonly...
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Advantages Of Indirect Hot Water System In Ireland

March 3, 2011
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In an indirect hot water system hot water circulates between the boiler and the hot water system.The cylinder contains a coil.The water circulating between the boiler and cylinder does not mix with the water stored in the cylinder in the attic.The purpose of it travilling through the coil is to raise the temperature of the stored...
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How To Earth Appliances In The Home

March 3, 2011
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Safety regulations require an earth continuity bond to be connected to water and gas pipes to prevent them becoming live in an event of an electrical fault. The main earthing point should be near the meter.To bond the metal services around the house run an earth wire to the mains water pipe.To make the connection to the pipe use a...
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Heating Control By Phone

February 22, 2011
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You can now  control your heating system by phone with a text message. If you have a second property, a holiday cottage or you simply travel a lot, you can install a system to get your heating timer and thermostat done by wireless remote control. So when you want to turn your heating on,...
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How To Clean An Oven

February 22, 2011
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How you deep clean your oven depends on the type of oven you have. Before you can clean your oven, find out what type you have to prevent damage. Determine if your oven is a self-cleaning model, a textured model, or a regular non-self-cleaning oven. Run the self-cleaning cycle for your oven as often...
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Spring Cleaning Tips

February 21, 2011
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Winter’s  over and it’s time to give your home a new lease of life. Here are  our top 10 tips to help you clean your Irish home this Spring. 1.Take one room at at time 2.Clean curtains 3.Dry clean duvets 4.Clean carpet 5.Get oven cleaned 6.Wash windows 7.Clean walls 8.Make small repairs 9.Work from...
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Solar Electricity Panels Cost And Grants Ireland

February 20, 2011
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Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting Costs for installing a solar electricity system vary a lot – an average system (2.2kW) costs around £12,000 (including VAT at 5%). Per kW, solar electricity...
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Spray Foam Insulation

February 19, 2011
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Spray Foam, Spray Insulation, Expanding Foam and Foam sealant are common terms for insulation, which is sprayed into place unlike traditional sheets or rolls of insulation, which must be cut and fixed into place. Spray insulation foam is the ideal way to insulate your loft conversion without the need for costly insulation contractors. Traditional insulation board...
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Wood Pellet Boiler Grants

February 17, 2011
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Wood Pellets are made up solely of natural, renewable raw material for which no forests have to be felled. Practically no sulphur dioxide, one of the main causes of acid rain and thus of forests dying, is emitted when pellets are burned. The ash is an excellent natural fertilizer for fields and gardens. The...
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Geothermal Heating Cost Ireland

February 17, 2011
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Geothermal heating harnesses natural thermal energy from within the Earth’s crust for water and space heating. This method of heating is hailed for its energy efficiency, lack of pollution, and financial benefits. A series of pipes are set up in a loop beneath the house and cooled water is pumped through. As the water...
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Passive Solar Design House

February 16, 2011
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Your home’s windows, walls, and floors can be designed to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and  reject solar heat in the summer. This is called passive solar design or climatic design. Unlike active solar heating systems, passive solar design doesn’t involve the use of mechanical and...
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Home Insurance Tips

February 9, 2011
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How To Buy the Best Home Insurance Policy 1. Unlimited cover. Most insurers will ask you to estimate the value of all your belongings and the cost of rebuilding your property. If you under-estimate this figure , the insurer will probably refuse to pay out the full cost of replacing any items or rebuilding the property –...
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Frozen Water Pipes – What Should You Do?

December 23, 2010
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Frozen water pipes are a big problem in homes and businesses in cold weather . The initial problem is no water supply – but this can be followed by burst pipes and flooding.  A frozen pipe doesn’t leak, so you’ll only discover the damage after the ice melts, and a ruptured pipe can cause...
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Buy Logs , Coal and Wood Briquettes Online

December 18, 2010
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Keeping your home warm this winter is a priority for all of us. The freezing temperatures mean we are all getting through the supply of wood , coal  and turf much quicker. Sometimes picking up the odd bale of briquettes or bag of coal  from the garage can be a pain – so why...
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Moving House – Top 10 Removal Tips

December 3, 2010
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Things you should know when using Removal companies  within Ireland or abroad: 1. Goods in transit are not covered by insurers unless they have been professionally packed. For example, bubblewrapping a prized painting or other goods yourself, which are subsequently damaged in transit, will not be covered by the insurance company. Insurance of your...
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