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Electricity and Reconstruction
Thursday, January 20, 2011


Home reconstruction is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home.  An added floor or an extension for example can enlarge the living areas of your home.  A new room or a basement reconstruction could significantly increase the market value of your home by several notches.


Several safety factors must be considered when starting a house reconstruction project (Do you know that the Danish term is Hus renovering køreplan).  One of the most important things to consider is electrical work.  When you build a new room for example, you have to install new electrical wirings, outlets, and fuse box.  You will also have to upgrade the main electrical settings in your home in order to accommodate the new load. 


Some homeowners who start home reconstruction commit serious mistakes in electrical works.  You need to know these common mistakes so you can avoid them.  Mistakes in electrical installation are very hazardous.  They could cause fire and will endanger your family.  So here are the common electrical work mistakes that you should avoid when doing major home renovation and reconstruction. 


Underestimating the Load Capacity of Wires


Underestimating the load capacity of wires is one of the most common mistakes committed by homeowners who extend or reconstruct their houses.  This is also the deadliest and the most common cause of house fire. 


When installing new wires, you need to carefully consider its load bearing capacity.  It is important to determine the total amperage that the wires will bear. If you install wires that can handle 15 amps but the actual load is greater, then the wires could burn or melt.   This may cause accidents such as electrocution and may also start a fire. 


Improper or Loose Connection


Another common mistake that you can commit during home reconstruction is improper installation of electrical wiring.  You may have installed the connections loosely or used improper insulators.  These are dangerous and may cause electrical shock.  The loose connections may also cause electrical fluctuations.  Overheating wires may also happen and could lead to fire. 


Over Bearing Fuse and Continues Breakage


Installation of new fuse box may be needed during house reconstruction. This is particularly important if you are adding a new section or a new floor.  If you notice frequent fuse breakage, the logical option for you is to immediately call a professional electrician. 


Fuse breakage is dangerous and a sign that there is something wrong with your electrical connections.  It is not a good idea to just replace the fuse because the problem will simply reoccur. 


Improper Lighting Installation


A major reconstruction project may involve the installation of new lighting system.  You need to take extra precautions when insulating the lighting fixture and the wires.  If improperly insulated, then this could cause accidental shock and even a major house fire. 


The importance of electrical work during house reconstruction can not be neglected.  Improper installation of electricity in your home can cause big damages to your property.  It may also cause serious injuries and death.  So if you want to keep your family safe, make sure to properly install the electrical works in your newly reconstructed home. 

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Garden Plants - Climate Plays An Important Part
Friday, July 23, 2010


The prime factor why some are not favorable to gardening at home is seeing their plants affected by extreme weather conditions. In fact, it is truly frustrating to see your plants die due to the scorching heat of sunlight or damaged by too much rain.

Climate plays a foremost influence on the growth of plants. In selecting plants for your garden, it is vital to consider the ones that could prevail to changing climate.


This aspect is the fundamental to make your gardening project a success, though several plants are able to adapt the weather conditions unfamiliar to their ecological habitat. Responses of plants are figured out by several factors like location of plants in the garden, exposure intensity as well as their maturity. It is vital to have thorough understanding of climate’s effect onto your plants so that your plants will grow healthily, attractive and productive. Combination of climate changes affects both soil and plants of your garden. Knowing the extreme changes of weather in your area aids in choosing the appropriate garden plants (the Danish call them haveplanter) which flourish in such conditions. Consider the following factors.


·         Warm weather – majority of plants are favorable to warm weather which is vital for germinating seeds and sprout. Especially in regions with colder climate, perennial plants require warmth to break its dormancy. Warm weather is needed by most plants such as fruits and flowers. They just naturally need warmth to be able to grow then produce. Some plants on tropical regions also require consistent days of warmth. Plants that require most heat are carambola, banana, allamanda, shampoo ginger, lobster claw, pineapple, mango, frangipani, as well as variations of citrus fruits.


·         Cold weather – there are also plants that grow well on cold temperatures. Such plants are camellia, winter sweet, leather leaf mahonia, holly, poppy, asparagus, parsnips, raspberry, almond, winter hazel, and apricot. Some in fact only produce on winter months while some requires cold period in order to properly grow. Many perennials die off in winter and come back on spring.


·         Snow and frost – frost could relatively injure even hardy plants, killing and freezing plant tissues most especially later in spring or early in autumn. Tender and half-hardy plants are normally vulnerable. With the decreasing temperature, surface roots might get injured and the entire plants roots might as well be killed. Alternate thawing and freezing of soil damages causing small, new plants heave out from the ground. Snow on the other hand helps in insulating roots as with plants which are low-growing but the weight could cause the branches from breaking and damage permanently the conifers shapes.


Ultimately, consider the local weather as well as the plant’s location within your garden prior to purchasing plants. This will help in certifying that your plant can survive with the changes of weather.


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Lyuben Georgiev
Plovdiv , Plovdiv Bulgaria
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