3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Spanish Eclectic Home

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Spanish eclectic homes are small, mission-inspired structures with stucco walls, scallop-shaped windows, and a number of decorative accents. The roof on a Spanish eclectic home is typically a low-pitched variant on the traditional gable roof. The distinct style of the home and the shape of the roof join together to help decide the best and worst roofing materials for a Spanish Eclectic home. Here are a few of the best and worst roofing materials for a Spanish Eclectic home roof installation. Best: Clay Tiles Clay tiles are almost stereotypically associated with Spanish Eclectic architecture. The vivid colors of the clay perfectly offset the often white stucco walls. The textured shapes of the clay tile shingles add dimension to the low-pitch roof and can make the house seem larger than it is. Clay is a durable, long-lasting roofing material that requires virtually no maintenance. The durability and longevity do come with a higher price tag, which is something to keep in mind if you are on a tight budget. Clay has to be handled carefully during installation to avoid breaking the materials, so it is important to hire a knowledgeable contractor in your area. You will also want to make sure to hire professionals to perform gutter work or chimney repairs later down the line. Walking on clay tile the wrong way can also damage the tile, and you don’t want to accidentally ruin your roof. Best: Slate Tiles Clay tiles are commonly associated with Spanish Eclectic, but that doesn’t mean you are bound to that style choice. Slate tiles are another attractive option for this housing style if you want a look that is a bit more subdued than the clay tiles. Slate tiles are also durable, long lasting, and require a knowledgeable roofing contractor to avoid causing damage during installation. Slate tiles are available in the more muted natural tones of the stone but can be installed in brick patterns such as herringbone that can help add more visual texture to your low-pitched roof. Worst: Metal Metal roofing is often used on low-pitched roofs that have problems with drainage. But that is in circumstances where the roof has such a low pitch that it is essentially flat. The Spanish Eclectic home has more of a gable shaped roof, but the sides are just much less steep than the traditional gable. Metal roofing would look rather stark and dull on a Spanish Eclectic home, particularly if your stucco is white. And the material, which isn’t particularly cheap, would provide no real benefit to the roof shape in terms of function. For more help, contact a company like CJ Scotti...

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How To Continuity Test The Water Valve On A Dishwasher That Won’t Fill Properly

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A dishwasher needs to take in the right amount of water during the wash cycle to ensure that the dishes can get cleaned but that the tub won’t overflow. The balance of water is controlled through a water valve, or water inlet valve, located within the dishwasher’s access panel. If your dishwasher has recently stopped filling properly, there might be a malfunction with the water valve. An electrical issue or continuity interruption is easy to test for if you own a digital multimeter. What You Need: Screwdriver Wrench Digital multimeter Step 1: Accessing the Valve Turn off the power supply for the dishwasher at the circuit breaker. Shut off the water supply using the shut-off valve attached to the line leading from your dishwasher to under your sink. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the dishwasher’s lower access panel in place. Pull off the panel cover, watching out for potential sharp edges, and set the panel cover off to the side out of your way. Use a wrench to twist off the water supply line attached to the brass elbow on the water valve. Pull the line out of the valve and lay the line on the floor; it’s okay if a bit of water drips out of the line you can dry it up later. Pick up the wrench again and twist off the brass elbow attached to the valve. Set the brass elbow aside. Remove the mounting screw securing the valve to the dishwasher wall. Pull down on the valve to remove it from the frame but you don’t need to fully remove the valve to test the part. Step 2: Testing the Valve for Continuity Rotate the digital multimeter’s dial to the lowest possible setting for Ohms of resistance readings. Remove the wires from the valve’s terminals so that you can hook up the multimeter’s probes. Touch one probe to one terminal then the other probe to the remaining terminal. Check the reading on the multimeter. If the multimeter reads between 500 and 1500 Ohms, then the water valve doesn’t have an electrical problem and you might want to call in an appliance repair technician or plumber for further troubleshooting. If the multimeter has no reading, or the reading is way too low or high, then you need a new water valve. Call in a service tech for a new part. Alternatively, if your digital multimeter has a resistance with tone setting, choose to hook up the probes. The multimeter will beep if there is continuity and remain silent if the continuity is broken. Contact HVAC contractors for more...

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