Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

PVC Pipes vs. Copper Pipes

February 10, 2011

Choosing between PVC pipes and copper pipes is not a decision you make very often.  Usually, you would make this decision when you move into or out of a house.  The decision you make will affect the value of the house, so let’s weigh the pros and cons of each type of pipe.

Copper pipes

When installing or upgrading the piping in your house, apartment, or building, what should you install, copper or PVC pipes? Joie weighs the pros and cons of each type.Pros

  • Copper pipes increase home value.
  • They can last a lifetime.
  • They can withstand higher pressure.
  • Copper acts as a biostatic.
  • They can contract and expand with temperature.
  • They can be installed in small places.

Cons

  • Copper pipes are more expensive than PVC pipes.
  • In the winter, the pipes might freeze or burst.
  • There have been reports of metallic tastes in the water.

PVC pipes

When installing or upgrading the piping in your house, apartment, or building, what should you install, copper or PVC pipes? Joie weighs the pros and cons of each type.Pros

  • PVC pipes weigh less than copper pipes.
  • They can withstand high water pressure.
  • Less expensive than copper pipes.
  • Less noisy than copper pipes.

Cons

  • PVC pipes do not tolerate flames well.
  • They do not flex well under pressure.
  • The amount of toxins in PVC leaks may cause health problems such as cancer or neurological damage.

In my opinion, I feel that investing a little more money into copper pipes would be the best choice because the pros definitely outweigh the cons, especially in the long run.  Because of the increase in property value that comes with the installation of copper pipes, you will realize a return on investment on your property should you sell your house or building in the future.  The longest-lasting repairs you can make to your house or building should begin from the inside, with copper pipes.

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Joie Montoya

Mixing it up with Interior Design

February 3, 2011

It may be easy to come up with ideas for redecorating your house, but the total cost of making the changes may make you think twice.  Costs aside, many design questions may come to mind, such as: What would go best with this?  Will I have to change other things in my home to match this?  Will I like it in the end?  The best thing to do when redecorating is to plan ahead and then, shop around for the materials you will need.  Here are some tips to think about when you are planning to redecorate your home.

When planning to redecorate your home, keep these modern rules in mind for mixing it up. Interior design is dynamic and ever-changing, so try to keep up!When looking at patterns and paint, go with something you are most comfortable with.  Scale is important to think about when looking at patterns.  You don’t want all your patterns to be scaled similarly, so choose them in small, medium and large.  Scaling down your furniture also serves to create a larger floor.  There are different types of patterns you can add such as stripes, plaids, checks, floral, and organics among countless others.  Start by comparing different patterns until you find a pattern you will enjoy for years to come.  When you are piecing everything together, make sure there is balance throughout the room.  You want your eyes to be able to flow through the room.  If you keep your decorating at your comfort level, you will love it.  The way you decorate doesn’t have to be straight from a magazine.  Let your creativity flow!

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Taylor P.