Show Notes: Ladders, Safety and Great Coatings
Holiday decorations always seem to require a ladder. If you’ll be hanging lights and want to be “ladder safe” we have tips that will keep you out of the emergency room. Christmas tree fire safety should be at the top of your “must know” list as well. And, if you like green, you will love the Pantone color for 2017.
Thank you to our guest, Peter Daich with Daich Coatings
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And You Thought Your Home Repairs Were Expensive
Keep Calm and Refurbish: Buckingham Palace Gets the Royal $460M Treatment
The home of the British monarchy is in desperate need of repairs–$460 million worth of repairs, that is. Built in 1703, Buckingham Palace has to replace: 20 miles of old heating pipes, 100 miles of electrical cables, 5,000 light fixtures, 2,500 radiators, 500 toilets, and 36,000 square yards of floor boards. These repairs would also make the home 40% more energy efficient and reduce the carbon footprint by roughly 554 tons per year.
The British government has decided it will fund the multi-million dollar project by increasing the Queen’s allowance by 10% for the next decade.
Repairs on Buckingham Palace are set to begin in April and end in 2027.
Did Kanye West’s Home Renovation Help Push Him Over the Edge?
Home renovations can tear couples apart. And add stress. Just ask celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The couple is currently undergoing a massive remodel to their $20 million mansion.
Too Much Time Not in the House: For some homeowners they may go for long stretches of time without actually ever living in their home. For West and Kardashian, they haven’t spent a single night in the home that they purchased two years ago. Not having a home that is fully yours can be stressful.
Finances: Home renovations cost money and for some they feel as though the bills just keep getting bigger and bigger. Reports have surfaced that say the celebrity couple has spent more than $10 million on their home renovation because the couple keeps going back and forth on decisions. And those back and forth decisions add up.
The Pantone Color Of The Year For 2017 Is Called ‘Greenery’
Pantone has released its color of the year for 2017.
After nine months of exhaustive research in the realms of art, fashion, architecture, travel and more, color experts have determined that the color we’ll see everywhere next year is … green.
Or Greenery, to be more specific. Say hello to what experts call the “zesty yellow-green” tone of 2017:
After what many would call one of the most disastrous years in modern history, this “reassuring” color will “provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for,” according to a Pantone press release.
Christmas Tree Safety
Every year Christmas trees start fires. You can prevent most of these fires by following simple rules. First off, choose a recently cut, healthy tree. A fresh tree holds moisture better. Grab a tree branch and run your hand over it—no more than a few needles should fall off. As soon as you get the tree home, cut 1/2 in. off the trunk and place the tree in a bucket of water until you’re ready to bring it into the house. When you set the tree up to decorate it, make sure it’s stable in the stand and won’t tip over, and water it frequently. A 6-ft. tree needs about 1 gallon of water every other day.
When decorating, use lights rated for indoor use that don’t create heat (such as LED lights). And don’t overload your electrical outlet. If you want to power dozens of strands of lights and other electric decorations, plug them into different circuits around the house. If you continually blow a circuit, it’s probably overloaded.
Here are some other tips:
Don’t use electric lights on a metal tree.
Unplug tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
Keep the tree at least 3 ft. from candles and fireplaces.
A new Christmas Tree Safety System by LifeKeeper is designed to detect low water in the tree stand and send a warning if a fire starts (see photo). Place the system’s low water detector in the tree stand. It’ll send an audio alert and trigger flashing lights on the attached heat sensor angel if the water level gets too low.
The ornamental angel, attached to the tree, signals a remote alarm if it senses heat, warning you that a fire could start or has started. The alarm plugs into the wall. To buy the system, visit Christmastreesafetysystem.com.
Life Keeper Christmas Tree Safety System is 2-part home safety system features an angel ornament you hang on your tree, plus an alarm you keep in your bedroom. A 24-hour timer with blinking LED lights as a reminder to water the Christmas tree every day.
If extreme heat is detected, the Life Keeper Safety System alarm will sound continuously to alert you of a fire
The Life Keeper Christmas Tree Safety System also features low battery alerts
Angel heat sensor has a ring on top for easy hanging from a tree branch
Angel with LED alert reminds you to check the water in the tree stand
Requires two (2) AAA for heat sensor angel and one (1) 9-volt battery for the base unit. Not included
Plastic, electronic components
Included items: Angel ornament heat sensor, base unit
Dimensions: Angel heat sensor: 3.5-inches wide x 6.5-inches high, base unit: 4.25-inches diameter
Ladder Safety Tips For The Holidays, Or Anytime
To make sure that you spend this holiday season celebrating with your family instead of recovering from a ladder fall, be sure to follow these recommendations and guidelines
Carefully inspect the ladder for defects, checking for cracks, corrosion and that bolts and rivets are secure. Tag and remove unsafe ladders from service.
Make sure the ladder’s feet work properly and have slip-resistant pads.
Use a fiberglass ladder if there is any chance of contact with electricity.
When setting the ladder, look for a safe location with firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder. Be sure to set it at an angle per the manufacturer’s guidance.
When climbing off a ladder at an upper level, make sure the ladder extends three feet above the landing.
When climbing the ladder, use three points of contact – keep one hand and both feet or both hands and one foot in contact with the ladder at all times.
Never carry any load that could cause you to lose balance.
Never stand on top of a ladder.
Don’t pull, lean, stretch or make sudden moves on a ladder that could cause it to tip over. A scaffold or other safe working surface may be a better choice for your task.
Avoid setting the ladder near exit doors, near the path of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Ways To Insulate Your Windows For Winter
While looking into the best way to insulate drafty windows this winter (apart from replacing them), we put together this mini-guide of solutions :
- Rubber Weather Sealing: You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at a hardware store or online. Cut long strips down to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts.
Window Insulation Film: You can buy window insulation kits from a hardware store or online. Kits usually include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles.
Cellular Shades: Cellular Shades insulate while still letting in light through the windows. They can be ordered and custom cut from home and design centers.
Layered Curtains or Insulated Curtains: Use heavy fabrics or layered curtains over the windows to keep out drafts. Or, purchase insulated curtains with built-in thermal backing.
Draft Snakes: Draft snakes are fabric tubes placed on a window sill or under a door to prevent cold air from creeping in. You can make one by sewing a tube of fabric to fit the width of your window and filling it with dried rice.
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