Soy Candles? What Will They Think of Next?

Written by M J Plaster

Quick: What comes to mind when you think of soy candles? Before my formal introduction to soy candles, I thought organic (read expensive) and BEIGE! And not justrepparttar color beige, but beige as an overall description for soy candlesóblah like baby food, ground chick peas, and a pale winter pallor. I had no idea why it would even occur to anyone to purchase a soy candle.

I couldn't have been more wrong in my assessment! After gaining a working knowledge of candles, soy candles reside front and center in my growing candle collection. When you learnrepparttar 100031 facts, you will probably replace your paraffin candles withrepparttar 100032 soy version, at least on an attrition basis. If you're still atrepparttar 100033 beige stage, read on while we shed a little light onrepparttar 100034 subject.

Paraffin vs. Soy

First, clear your mind of all preconceived notions that you've conjured up about soy candles. Replace those thoughts with just two thoughts for now: clean and fresh. Traditional candles made of paraffin are actually petroleum-based products.

Oil is not only a finite resource, primarily imported fromrepparttar 100035 Middle East, it recently made a new all-time high. You see it reflected atrepparttar 100036 gas pump, and you'll see it reflected in candle prices, if you haven't already. You pay no premium to reaprepparttar 100037 benefits of soy candles, because soy candles are priced competitively with their paraffin counterparts, and soy candles last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.

Petroleum products do not burn cleanly. If you wouldn't voluntarily walk into a burning petroleum field, then why would you burn paraffin in your home? If you burn candles regularly, try this experiment. Move a picture on your wall. If you see an outline onrepparttar 100038 wall atrepparttar 100039 edge ofrepparttar 100040 picture, soot from burning candles isrepparttar 100041 culprit. That same burning petroleum deposits itself in your lungs, and it's a known carcinogen. Soy candles are non-toxic, burn cleanly without smoking, burn cooler than paraffin candles, and use all-natural cotton wicks.

If you've ever spent hours cleaning spilled wax on your floor or carpet, you know what an exercise in futility it can be. Sometimes there is simply no removing it. Spilled melted soy wax cleans up with soap and water, and it does come out, unlike some paraffin spills. Biodegradable soy has its practical advantages as well as its health advantages.

Avoiding leaks when installing vinyl retrofit windows

Written by John Rocco

Avoiding leaks when installing vinyl retrofit windows These days a lot of homeowners are replacing their old windows with vinyl windows usingrepparttar retrofit style of window frame. This is particularly true inrepparttar 100030 west, and specifically, in California. The number one arguement that I have heard against usingrepparttar 100031 retrofit method, is that it is susceptible to water leaks. Well, that's true if you don't do it properly. But, if you do a complete tearout of your old window down torepparttar 100032 studs, you're going to have water leak issues there as well if you don't installrepparttar 100033 new window properly. So I think that arguement is, well, all wet. So, let me tell yourepparttar 100034 best way to install your retrofit windows that will ensure that water cannot get in.

There is an old song that goes, "It never rains in California, but girl don't they warn ya, it pours, man it pours". For those of you in California, you know how true this is. While California doesn't get a lot of annual rainfall, when it does rain, it can come down in buckets due torepparttar 100035 close proximity torepparttar 100036 ocean. So, you want to be sure that your windows are well sealed. If you are installing retrofit frames against a stucco house, you want to put a thick bead of sealant right onrepparttar 100037 outside face ofrepparttar 100038 old window frame, allrepparttar 100039 way around. Latex caulk should work fine, but if you want to spend a little more to getrepparttar 100040 best sealant available, use 100% silicone. Depending onrepparttar 100041 number of windows you will be doing, this extra cost can add up. You pay approximately $1 for a tube of acrylic latex caulk, and $4 or more for a tube of 100% silicone. You are going to use 1-3 tubes per window, depending onrepparttar 100042 size. So you can see how it could add up. Here is a trick that I used to do to save a little money; The most vulnerable part of your installation isrepparttar 100043 top ofrepparttar 100044 window, because gravity will haverepparttar 100045 water running down fromrepparttar 100046 roof torepparttar 100047 ground. It's not likely that water is going to find it's way throughrepparttar 100048 sides or bottom. So, I used to carry two caulking guns, and load one withrepparttar 100049 silicone, andrepparttar 100050 other withrepparttar 100051 acrylic caulk. I would runrepparttar 100052 silicone accrossrepparttar 100053 top ofrepparttar 100054 old frame, and caulkrepparttar 100055 sides and bottom. Then, put your new window intorepparttar 100056 opening and have a helper hold it firmly in place while you plumb and level it, then screw it into place. After you haverepparttar 100057 window completely installed, your final step should be to caulk whererepparttar 100058 retrofit lip meetsrepparttar 100059 stucco. Here again, I used to use white silicone onrepparttar 100060 top, and caulk onrepparttar 100061 sides and bottom. You now have a double barrier against water infiltration. After about a week, checkrepparttar 100062 sealant around each window for signs of cracking. Because stucco is usually uneven, there could have been gaps that were larger in some areas than in others. If you don't forcerepparttar 100063 caulk intorepparttar 100064 gap to completely fill it,repparttar 100065 caulk can sag before drying, causing a crack to form. Simply recaulk over any cracks that you see. You can checkrepparttar 100066 silicone on top as well, but because silicone dries like a rubber substance, you shouldn't see any cracks there.

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