Free French Wood Preserver

Written by Lee Coleman

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When I moved to France fromrepparttar U.K. a lot of things took time to understand. The language,repparttar 100078 habits ofrepparttar 100079 locals, opening hours of shops etc, etc. Once you integrate intorepparttar 100080 society you live in, you can quickly benefit fromrepparttar 100081 experience of people who know all sorts of things. The following is just one ofrepparttar 100082 many new things I am discovering daily.

In France, particularly in rural areas,repparttar 100083 amount of land everybody has can be quite substantial. Most people still keep livestock, even if itís just a few chickens. Wood is still a very widely used resource and commonly used in preference to metal or to keep property in line withrepparttar 100084 surroundings.

Asrepparttar 100085 French are also very keen on recycling, or in fact you could say ďthey will re-use absolutely anything if they canĒ and they do. They have been using this free resource for years.

WASTE ENGINE OIL. Yes, believe it or notrepparttar 100086 dirty oil that you get from any oil change, car, motorbike, truck etc makes a truly effective wood preserver. I have painted stacks of wooden planks for fencing with a paintbrush and waste engine oil.

Admittedly it only comes in black and is really only practical for using on fences and outside wood, but when it soaks in to timber it gives a rustic look and makes it weather proof for years.

The best part is itís free. If you can only use your own oil when you do an oil change that should be at least 3-4 litres If not more. Most garages inrepparttar 100087 U.K. have to pay forrepparttar 100088 waste oil they produce to be disposed of so most garages wonít have a problem giving it away to you.

I highly recommend wearing overalls, rubber gloves and put whatever it is you are treating on a plastic sheet. Itís messy!

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Reduce Your Heating Bills This Winter - Overlooked Sources of Heat Loss in the Home

Written by Mark D. Tyrol, P.E.,

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A recent study showed that for many consumers, their heating bills may be more than $500 higher per winter just due torepparttar air leakage and wasted energy caused by fireplaces!

Why Does a Home With a Fireplace Have Higher Heating Bills? Hot air rises! Your heated air leaks out any exit it can find, and when your warm heated air is drawn out of your home, cold outside air is drawn in to make up for it. The fireplace is like a giant straw - suckingrepparttar 100077 heated air from your house. This is like leaving a window open all year round! An easy, low-cost solution to this problem is to add a fireplace draftstopper. A fireplace draftstopper is an inflatable pillow that sealsrepparttar 100078 damper, eliminating any air leaks. The pillow removed wheneverrepparttar 100079 fireplace is used, then reinserted after.

Clothes Dryer Exhaust Ducts:

Have you ever noticed thatrepparttar 100080 room containing your clothes dryer isrepparttar 100081 coldest room in your house? Ever wonder why? Your clothes dryer is connected to an exhaust duct that is open torepparttar 100082 outdoors. Inrepparttar 100083 winter, cold air leaks in throughrepparttar 100084 duct, through your dryer and into your house, while your heated air just pours right out!

Dryer vents use a sheet metal flapper to try to reduce this air leakage. This is very primitive technology that does not provide a positive seal to stoprepparttar 100085 air leakage. Compoundingrepparttar 100086 problem is that over time, lint clogsrepparttar 100087 flapper valve causing it to stay open. This is like leaving a window open all year round!

An easy, low-cost solution to this problem is to add a dryer vent seal! A dryer vent seal will reduce unwanted air infiltration, and keep out pests, bees and rodents as well. The vent will remain closed unlessrepparttar 100088 dryer is in use. Whenrepparttar 100089 dryer is in use, a floating shuttle rises to allow warm air, lint, and moisture to escape. If your home has a folding attic stair, a fireplace, and/or a clothes dryer, you can easily, quickly and inexpensively seal and insulate these holes. At Battic Door, we have developed low-cost, green solutions to these and other energy-conservation related issues. For more information please visit our website or send a S.A.S.E. to P.O. Box 15, Mansfield, MA 02048.

We manufacture and distribute low-cost, high-value, air-leakage control energy conservation products for the three largest intentional openings in the house - the fireplace, the pull-down attic stair, and teh clothes dryer exhaust duct.

Our customers are homeowners, weatherization firms and programs, municipals, utilities and contractors. We also sell our product at a wholesale discount to distributors.

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