Metal Outdoor Furniture - Explained

Written by Debbie Rodgers

Mention metal patio furniture and you probably think ofrepparttar light, fly-away aluminium loungers of your youth or that half-ton cast iron table and chair set on your neighbour's lawn.

But metal outdoor furniture has come a long way. Here's a quick primer onrepparttar 100151 available types and their care.

Construction Methods Metal is fashioned into furniture in one of three main ways: extrusion, casting, and welding.

Extrusion forces melted metal through long pipes and forms long narrow tubes of metal, sometimes solid, but often hollow.

Casting metal involves a form, or cast, shaped likerepparttar 100152 finished product. The molten metal is poured intorepparttar 100153 form and thenrepparttar 100154 form is removed whenrepparttar 100155 metal has solidified. Cast pieces are almost always solid.

Forging, a process in which metal is heated and hammered into shape producesrepparttar 100156 type of furniture known as "wrought" metal. It uses pipes and various solid pieces ofrepparttar 100157 metal and joins them together by welding or bolting.

Common Materials The most common metal outdoor furniture is made from iron or aluminium, althoughrepparttar 100158 use of steel, especially stainless steel, is growing.

Iron is a chemical element that is naturally malleable and rusts easily. Vintage pieces, usually in black or dark green, can be found at premium prices and must be carefully maintained to prevent further rusting. Modern reproduction pieces will usually have a rust-resistant finish or coating that protects against chipping, scratching and corrosion. There are a variety of finishes available such as primer and paint, powder coatings and galvanizing. They are available in a range of colors and styles.

Since iron is heavy and solid, it is well-suited for windy spots where light furniture might be blown away. Don't expect it to be highly portable, though. Well-cared for, iron furnishings can last for 100 years.

Much ofrepparttar 100159 iron furniture available today is wrought iron, rather than cast iron. When you're buying wrought iron, look for pieces made with solid metal rather than hollow tubing, and that are welded, rather than bolted, together. Generally,repparttar 100160 better furniture is North American made.

Iron furniture requires more maintenance than other types of metal furniture. Clean it regularly with warm soapy water and then dry it thoroughly. Waxrepparttar 100161 smooth surfaces and apply mineral or baby oil to textured surfaces. Oil springs and moving parts once per year. Immediately touch up any scratches or rust by lightly sandingrepparttar 100162 spot with a fine steel wool. Then apply several thin coats of metal paint, letting each coat dry well before applyingrepparttar 100163 next. If you're using a spray paint, apply with short light stokes.

Quick Housecleaning Tips For Your Home

Written by Fayola Peters

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Quick Housecleaning Tips for your Home By Fayola Peters

Ah Yes! The house is a mess...again! Why do I even bother attemptingrepparttar 100150 impossible? I'll tell you why I do it. For one thing, I don't like living in a mess. Another reason is that People tend to show up unexpectedly.

That last reason alone is enough to get me to make sure thatrepparttar 100151 path torepparttar 100152 bathroom is cleared of rubble and thatrepparttar 100153 bathroom itself is clean with smells of Pine.

If your house is a mess... again, here are ten (10) house cleaning tips to help you out.

1.Make a house cleaning schedule.

2.Survey each room in your home, look forrepparttar 100154 trouble spots and decide on how you're going to get them cleaned up. Here you can decide what tools you'll need, what can be thrown away or better yet, who you can assignrepparttar 100155 task to.

3.Get help. Rome was not built in a day and I'm certain it wasn't built by one Roman. If there are others living and breathing inrepparttar 100156 house with you, get them to help.

4.Gather your cleaning supplies. A big time waster and distraction when cleaning is running up and down getting a broom or cleaners or whatever you need to completerepparttar 100157 task that you're doing. So before you get started make sure you have what you need.

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