Well Pump Repair: Common Water Pump Problems

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If you’ve owned a home, chances are you’ve experienced problems with water pressure. Whether it’s a complete loss of flow pressure, or intermittent and inconsistent flow, water pressure trouble always seems to come at the most inconvenient time. Some homeowners water pressure problems may be persistent, such as constantly low water pressure, while others may experience an occasional but sudden lack of water pressure. While it’s always best to have a professional water well contractor make repairs, it’s good to know as much about your home’s well water system as possible so that you can make the most informed decision possible when it comes to well pump repair.

Bad or No Well Water Pressure

Water wells are complicated machines, as are the pumps that pull the water from the well into your home. As with any complex mechanical system, a single problem can have more and more causes as the system increases in intricacy. (Anyone who has owned a car or a computer knows this truth well.) When it comes to low water pressure, the problem can range from problems with the pressure tank, worn pumps, clogged pipes and pumps, and even clogged filters and purification systems. The problem may be mechanical or electrical, or may be caused by the water your specific well is drawing from (for example, water with higher iron concentrations may contribute to clogged pipes which can affect water pressure). If the problems with your water pressure are a result of these or many other causes, a professional water well repair team should be able to diagnose and correct the problem, restoring your water pressure to its normal level. It should be noted that regular water well maintenance checks may catch many of these problems early, before they begin to have such noticeable and bothersome effects.

Another possible cause for diminishing or non-existent water pressure may have nothing to do with faulty or damaged equipment. Instead, it may be possible that the water reserves from which your well is drawing may in fact be running low. While this is not the most likely explanation, a professional well drilling and repair company will be able to determine if the water table is in fact running low and, if so, make adjustments to return the pressure to its normal level.

Intermittent Pump Cycling, or Short Cycling

Though some homeowners may imagine that the pump activates every time they turn on a tap — and then closes each time they shut it off — this is in fact not the case. Instead, the water well pump fills up a storage tank fitted with an air bladder. The pump fills the tank until it reaches a pre-set pressure, then shuts off. As you use water, the tank drains and the pressure decreases. Once the pressure reaches the low pre-set pressure, the pump turns on once again to refill the tank.

If everything is working as it should, a homeowner will notice the pump kicking on every so often, remaining active … Read More

Ibrox Stadium – Home of the Rangers

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Ibrox Stadium - Home of the Rangers

Ibrox Stadium
Plans for the redevelopment of Ibrox were modelled on the Westfalenstadion.

The Ibrox disaster of 1971 led to the club developing a modern, safe stadium.[2] Willie Waddell visited modern grounds in West Germany during the 1974 World Cup and believed that steep terracing and exits, such as Stairway 13, had to be replaced.[2][12] The cut in capacity and boardroom changes led to radical plans by architects The Miller Partnership, which were published in November 1977.[10] The plans were modelled on the Westfalenstadion, home ground of Borussia Dortmund.[3][12] They involved a radical reshaping of the stadium, with the old bowl-shaped terracing to be replaced by three new all-seated structures.[10] Only the old Main Stand would remain, with its enclosure providing the only standing room in the ground.[10]

Although later events, such as the Hillsborough disaster and the subsequent Taylor Report, vindicated this plan, Rangers were taking a significant risk.[10] The whole plan was estimated to cost £6 million, which no other club could have afforded in a short space of time.[10] The development was funded by the Rangers football pools operation, which was the largest club-based scheme in Britain and several times larger than the Celtic equivalent.[10][12][13] The first phase of the plan, which began in 1978, was the removal of the east terracing and its replacement with the Copland Road stand.[10] The same process was repeated on the west side of the ground a year later, with the two identical stands each holding 7,500 seats.[14] The redevelopment was completed in 1981 with the replacement of the Centenary Stand by the 10,300 capacity Govan Stand.[14]

The new Ibrox had a capacity of 44,000 and was opened with an Old Firm game played on 19 September 1981.[14] By this time, however, the development cost had risen to £10 million, which depleted the club financially.[14] This resulted in a difficult period in the history of Rangers, as the average attendance fell to 17,500 in the 1981–82 season, including a crowd of only 4,500 for a game against St. Mirren.[14] The redeveloped stadium was partly blamed for this, as some fans felt that the new ground lacked atmosphere due to the spaces between the stands.[14]

This all changed when a new regime, chaired by David Holmes, took control of Rangers in 1986.[14][15] Graeme Souness was appointed player–manager, while several English stars, including Terry Butcher and Chris Woods, were signed.[12][14][15] Season ticket sales rose from 7,000 in 1986 to over 30,000 in the 1990s,[16] while commercial income increased from £239,000 in 1986 to over £2 million in 1989.[14] The introduction of computerised ticketing, zonal public address systems and closed-circuit television for monitoring turnstile areas meant that Ibrox was at the forefront of stadium management.[14] Rangers also adopted the American technique of analysing the types of fans in each area of the stadium and adjusted their food stalls accordingly.[14] Greater success on the pitch meant that Ibrox demonstrated that seated stadiums would be welcomed by most fans, if designed and fitted well.[14]

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Choosing The Best Bathroom Tiles?

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Your kitchen will add real value to your house if you renovate it, so will the garden and adding any kind of interior square footage. The next best thing after the kitchen in terms of both adding value and saleability is the bathroom. People really focus on the bathroom when viewing homes as it is one of the places your will visit every day unlike a spare bedroom where you can simply shut the door!

There are a number of things to consider when renovating the bathroom and one of the most important is the Bathroom Tile selection.

1) Colour Scheme

You need to consider whether you are decorating for the long term as more bold colours and styles may go out of fashion and you will need to decorate again soon. Also if you moving soon then you need to consider appealing to a wider range of people.

2) View The Tiles

Take inspiration from places you visit when choosing your tiles. You can then have an idea of what you want when you get samples online or when you go to the showroom. Maybe you have seen a friends or family members tiles and liked them. Perhaps at a hotel, restaurant or health club. Take a picture with your mobile phone if you have a camera, it will help the experts match what you want.

3) Tile Size

You need to think about how big your rooms are. Can you fit big tiles in or will it just look strange. Maybe you can make some templates out of cardboard or use samples to see how it might look. Also the way you fit the tile can make the room look bigger or smaller and the colours can help. For example, having white tiles diagonally fitted across a room can give the feel of space.

4) Hire a Professional

Most tiling jobs can be fitted by the home owner, but if you want a great finish that you can be really proud of then hire a professional tile fitter. They will do the job quickly and by the time you have hired all the necessary equipment you may not be spending too much more.

5) Consider The Use

You may have a wet room or a rather large bathroom. In either case, you can consider the design. A larger bathroom may not need to be completely tiles but a wet room will need tiling throughout.

Take your time with the tiling project and make sure you have considered all the options available to you and what the use of the tiles are. We recommend seeking out professional advice so its probably a good idea to go and take a trip to the local Ceramic Tiles Showroom.… Read More

Sub Zero Refrigerator History And New Green Models

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Sub-Zero manufactures two series of built-in refrigeration as well as wine storage and undercounter units. Each of the refrigerator models usually comes in three variations, namely stainless steel exterior in three finishes, or customizable exteriors in framed or overlay versions. The latter options allow the buyers to install kitchen cabinet panels on the door to match with the rest of the kitchen. Its refrigerators are designed with a 24″ depth and can be installed flush with kitchen cabinets of the same standard depth to provide an integrated look. This kind of built-in refrigerator is usually wider than normal to compensate for the shallower depth in order to maintain acceptable storage volume.

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In 1943, Westye F. Bakke built the first freestanding freezer in the basement of his Madison, WI. home. A businessman with a keen ability to anticipate post-World War II refrigeration trends, he founded Sub-Zero Freezer Company just two years later in an old two-car garage. From its modest beginnings, Sub-Zero has become what it is today: the recognized leading manufacturer of premium built-in home refrigerators.

Since its founding, Sub-Zero has pioneered quality products that meet its customers needs. In the mid-1950s, for example, the company developed the built-in refrigerator – a unit that changed the future of kitchen design by fitting within surrounding counter and cabinet space. Over time, the company has refined its early concept and has brought to market a comprehensive line of built-in models, including the 200 Series of undercounter models, its award-winning 500 Series, the design-flexible 600 Series, the integrated 700 Series, and, most recently, the state-of-the-art 400 Series of wine storage.

Indicative of the company’s innovative engineering is its dual refrigeration system, which relies on two separate, self-contained cooling systems to keep fresh food fresher and preserve frozen food longer.

For 60 years, Sub-Zero has offered innovative, aesthetically appealing and technologically advanced solutions to meet virtually any home refrigeration need. Through foresight and responsiveness, the company has earned its position as an industry leader – a position Sub-Zero intends to maintain well into the new millennium.

New Sub-Zero refrigerators

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The new built-in line of Sub-Zero refrigerators unveiled in Chicago, underlines the company dedication to food preservation and freshness as well as design. These 36″ and 48″ BI models are equipped with Sub-Zero freshness preservation system based on a dual-compressor operating system, which separately controls the temperature and humidity of the refrigerator and freezer compartments, and holds preset temperatures within an exceptional plus/minus one degree, ensuring the highest air quality and therefore, fresh food and energy efficiency. And because air quality has a huge impact on food freshness, as do humidity and temperature, these Sub-Zero refrigerators feature a new process to purify the air inside.

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The air inside of the refrigerators is “scrubbed” roughly every 20 minutes via the commercially proven air purification system, used among wholesale food distributors, and in the medical and wine industries, to eliminate odors, viruses and bacteria, as well as the ethylene gases that hasten ripening and, … Read More

5 Major Home Renovation Projects That Offer The Best Return On Investment

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When it comes to renovating your home for re-sale there are a few major renovations that top the list.

1. Major Kitchen Remodels. (ROI 75-85%)

The function of the kitchen has evolved over the years and now more than ever the kitchen must meet those needs.

  • Buyers want to envision themselves in a gorgeous newly renovated kitchen where they can actually see themselves – preparing meals for their friends and family -where the kids nestle into a cozy banquette doing their homework, or their guests mingling around that gorgeous island. Buyers want to see this in their minds eye and know that it’s attainable.
  • A major kitchen remodel may need to include a new floor plan to improve on a poorly designed work triangle.
  • If the kitchen is completely dated, isolated and compartmentalized with an inefficient floor plan and layout – don’t think that replacing the cabinets and appliances will camouflage the problem. It won’t!
  • If at all possible add an island into those plans. Everyone loves them!
  • Replacing all cabinetry, appliances, lighting, flooring, finishes and fixtures and new French doors and windows will grab the buyers’ attention.
  • Since kitchens and baths are the costliest rooms to renovate, the buyer will be thrilled that the work is already done for them.

2. Family Room Additions. (75% ROI)

The family room is the second most popular space in the home after the kitchen.

  • Adding 400 sq. ft. of bright and cheery living space (if your neighborhood will bare it), will definitely improve the value of the home
  • Increase the overall height of your space and introduce a vaulted ceiling. Creating a sense of volume instantly makes a room feel more spacious.
  • Consider the details and add beautiful French doors, floor to ceiling windows or even skylights to flood this new space with light and maximizes a view. Take it one step further and add the deck.

3. Deck Addition. (72-95% ROI)

Deck additions are quite possibly the best investments these days. They naturally transition the interior to the exterior – instantly expanding your living space.

And who doesn’t love that?

  • It’s a vacation-at-home experience, as it expands your living space and extends the summer season – forcing you to live more outdoors before the winter season sets in.
  • Its design can be as simple or elaborate as the home it’s attached to.
  • Multi-leveled or single, built in seating or casual seating areas, hot tubs, and outdoor kitchens – all of which add to the vacation home atmosphere.
  • Decks are more popular than pools and relatively easy to build.
  • Design the deck to compliment the character of your home’s exterior architecture. Give it some thought in planning – it should be proportionate to the size of your yard.
  • Incorporate energy efficient solar or led lighting.

4. Main Floor Master Bedroom Addition(73% ROI)

  • Adding a 400 sq.ft. master bedroom suite and spa-like bath provides a private retreat and appeals to many home buyers. Access to main floor is gaining in popularity.
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