Are you considering remodeling your basement to combat the moisture and dampness that you find every time you go down there? Maybe you’re tired of doing your laundry in a damp, musty area that creeps you out. Whatever the case may be, make sure you select the proper building materials to combat moisture and encourage water resistance. After this is done, you’ll want to find a basement waterproofing in Toronto company to further help you waterproof your home. You may even want to contact them beforehand for a little input on materials!

For What It’s Worth…

When you select materials to resist any type of moisture or water in your home, you may also be guilty of selecting materials that inhibit drying all-together. Because certain materials have moisture resistance, they may also eliminate the ability for the water or liquid to dry. In having this, you may actually be worse off than before. During your search, you’ll want to note if moisture dries, on top of the material being waterproof. This is so that you’re not worrying about mold later on, stepping in puddles, or having water pool in your home.

Materials That Are Moisture-Resistant (Flooring)

Let us first take a look at flooring materials that are moisture-resistant, while allowing water or moisture to eventually dry. Some of these materials include the following:

  • Types of concrete materials like pre-cast, concrete tile, “formed in place” concrete that’s bituminous
  • Stone, slate, or cast stone that’s non-porous and installed with a type of mortar that’s waterproof
  • Quarry tile, ceramic tile, terrazzo, and even clay tile compositions
  • Various types of rubber tiles or sheets
  • Decay-resistant wood subflooring
  • Silicone or mastic, and even a type of “formed-in-place” polyurethane
  • Lumbar that’s solid plastic

We mentioned above that various types of decay-resistant wood subflooring are great options to resist moisture, and we wanted to elaborate on the kinds of subflooring that are decay-resistant (depending on what’s used with them). Some of these are: redwood, cedar, bald cypress, and even various types of oak. It’s also important to note that wood can naturally warp, and you’ll want to remove the floor immediately upon flooding of sorts to allow the subflooring to dry. When you don’t allow this to dry, you run the risk of softened floors, damaged structures, and of course, mold.

We also mentioned lumbar that’s solid plastic as a moisture-resistant floor material that can still encourage drying; however, the usage of this material may deter the subfloor from drying properly.

Now, let’s take a look at some wall materials to go with the aforementioned flooring materials.

Materials That Are Moisture Resistant for Walls

It’s worth noting that there are more wall materials that are moisture-resistant because of their general usage and placement. Some of these materials include the forth coming:

  • Steel that has waterproof applications; beams, sill plates, steel studs; all must be coated to avoid corrosion
  • Cement board
  • Concrete
  • Ceramic veneer
  • Wall tiles that are also ceramic, porcelain, set with mortar
  • Exterior doors that are corrosion-resistant metal
  • Plaster that includes metal lath
  • Glass blocks, panels (not totally recommended, as they’re easier to break)
  • Exterior fiber-cement
  • General brick applications

While this isn’t a total comprehensive list of materials, these are the most common that will aid in your fight against water and moisture within your home. When remodeling your basement or lower level floors, the usage of these materials will encourage a dryer area.

Final Thoughts

Speak with your local waterproofing service in Toronto to ensure a better and drier basement or lower level. In doing so, you’ll promote a healthy environment and eliminate the risk of unhealthy mold situations.

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Cajon drums are one of the most unique drums out there and definitely one of my favorites. They are very basic and have Spanish origins, translating to literally crate or box. This is because that is essentially what a cajon drum is, a crate or box. Cajon drums can be found that suit all styles, skill level, and budget, so continue reading to learn what to look for before you start shopping for the best cajon drum.

Parameters

Before you even start shopping, set some parameters for your cajon drum. Set a budget, and a few features you know you definitely want. This will give you an easy way to narrow down cajon drums once you begin.

Sound

You can always try out a few drums at your local store and figure out what kind of sound you like before actually shopping. Several things can affect the sound, including if snares are added. Some cajons are designed to deliver awesome bass lines, whereas others others are designed to have sophisticated and layered sounds. It is hard to really understand the difference in the sounds without hearing them for yourself.

Types of Cajons

The basic cajon drum has a square base that is about a foot, and it is usually 18 inches tall. Variations on this basic cajon include the slap top cajon, bongo cajon, tube cajon, udu cajon, and djembe, bata, and ashiko cajons. Each type of cajon has a slightly different sound and different build. For example, the slap top cajon is a little bit taller than the basic one, this is to allow for longer playing and a unique sound.

Protection

Before you even start shopping, you should consider what type of protection you want your cajon to have. By purchasing a case for your cajon you can greatly extend its lifetime. Cases are especially important for professional musicians who need to keep their instrument in top shape. Cases are a great way to protect your cajon while you are driving to and from gigs. However, even if you are not a professional, it is still a good idea to invest in good protection for your cajon. You want it to last as long as possible, right?

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Your cajon may sound different depending on your environment. For example, playing near a wall will probably get you more bass, but playing in a carpeted room will cause the bass to be absorbed more and you will hear higher tones from your cajon. It is also important to keep in mind pedals. Pedals are a newer invention when it comes to cajons, and they have their benefits, but they are definitely not necessary, especially not for beginners.

Cajons can be a really fun instrument to play and they are easy to fall in love with. They produce such and rich warm sound, that it’s hard to ever stop playing. So do some more research and go pick yourself up one!

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If you are a gun aficionado, you probably want the best gun safe you can buy. And if you are lucky enough to not have to worry about money, you truly can get the best gun safe money can buy. Of course if you look around online or at a few stores, you will quickly learn that there is no easy answer to the question “what is the best gun safe you can buy?”. You’ll get as many answers as people you ask, and it can get overwhelming. Here, I will tell you about some features that the best gun safe should have to help you find the best one.

Reinforced Steel

Any decent gun safe will have reinforced steel. It gives it added security and makes it virtually impossible to compromise. Usually, at the very least, the door will be reinforced, but the more that is reinforced, such as the hinges, the better.

Plenty of Space

If you are willing to make the investment, bigger really is better. You will probably continue to add to your collection over the years, so why not buy a gun safe that can hold your growing collection for years to come. I always hear about how people underestimated the size they’d need and ended up buying several in the matter of just a couple of years.

Fireproof

On top of keeping your guns away from small children, a great gun safe will also be fireproof. You will want a gun safe with at least 1 hour fire protection. Anything less and you are running the risk of your guns not being totally protected. Fireproof safes also come in handy if you are storing other valuables in the safe along with your guns. It gives your safe and added level of security and makes it so you have one less thing to worry about.

Redundant Locks

When it comes to locks, a lot of it is going to just come down to personal preference. But, in my opinion, redundant locks are the best way to go. Redundant locks have a mechanical lock and an electronic lock. I like this because if one of the locks fails or malfunctions, you can still gain access to the safe with the other lock.

These are just a few things to keep an eye out for while you are shopping for the best gun safe under 1000. While opting for the cheapest safe you can find may be the easiest option right now, the quality of the safe will probably not be anywhere near as good as one of the higher end brands. Some brands that I recommend include GunVault, Winchester, Cabela’s, and Browning. These are all respected brands with good reputations and some great safes.

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Do you want to purchase the best home 3D printer? 3D printing has become one of the biggest trends in the tech world. However, it might seem like it’s only available for business/industrial use.

What is a 3D Printer?

There are various printing methods used by 3D printers but the basic concept is the same. It’s a manufacturing process that builds/forms 3D objects using an “additive” process that prints layers from digital CAD files.

This is an important technology because it results in direct manufacturing. In other words, the design directly produces a product using a computer and printer. It begins with a digital file that’s built using computer aided design (CAD) software. The process starts with a digital file created using SAD software. It’s then converted to a STL file.

The file is then sliced into hundreds/thousands of 2D layers. The job of the 3D printer is to read the 2D layers. It uses them as building blocks that are stacked one at a time on the previous one. This builds a 3D object. Design files are always sliced into several layers before the printing process. This is regardless of the 3D technology that’s used.

Types of 3D Printers

There are high-end industrial 3D printers on the market that can cost up to $2,000 and more. This is based on various factors including the brand, quality, features, and other issues. If you want to print a lot of 3D objects quickly then this is the type of unit that you should consider.

However, if you’re looking for a more basic unit you can find more basic units for homes and offices. In fact, there are even some base models that are as cheap as $100. High-end units for home/business use can cost up to $1,000 but you can also find other models that are within these two extremes.

As when buying other printers for home use it’s important to take some time to figure out what your specific needs are. That will make it easier to narrow your search to a particular unit that’s right for your needs.

Right 3D Printer for Right Home

If you have kids at home then you should consider a printer “for kids.” These are basically expensive toys that print colorful plastic-like products. There’s some debate about whether or not these are a good option for home use. However, there’s been a lot of criticism made that the items are gimmicky and aren’t very effective for producing quality objects.

It’s often recommended that you buy a standard 3D printer for personal use. This will provide your family with a quality tool that will produce better results. Ideally what you should look for is a 3D printer that’s basic enough for your kids to use, but isn’t quite a “toy.”

This will help to provide you family with a quality tool for producing 3D objects. Not only that but it will also ‘grow” as your kids improve their 3D printing skills and are ready to make more complex objects.

As when purchasing 2D printers it’s important to consider various issues. They include a unit’s brand, specifications, features, price, applications, and others.

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Futons are a great space saving furniture option. Much like their traditional (albeit significantly different) traditional Japanese futons, todays Western-style futons also tend to be multifunctional, allowing a room to have more than one use. For instance, if you live in a small studio apartment, a futon is a great way to have a bed by night and a couch by day, and it’s for this high level of functionality people often opt for futons over traditional bedding.

Because of the way they function, futons generally have mattresses that are not interchangeable with traditional American bed mattresses; if you’re new to the world of futons, a quick primer is in order to familiarize you with the things you need to know when shopping for the best futon mattress.

The basics of a Western-style futon mattress

Here is a basic overview of things to know and concepts to be aware of when shopping for a futon mattress compressed for your convenience:

  • Western-style futons (like the kind you can buy at virtually any furniture outlet in America) are very different from their traditional Japanese counterparts. They’re larger and instead of being folded up and tucked away into a neat storage space, American-style futons usually can transform into a different furniture type, such as a couch or a chair to maximize utility of the futon itself, but also the room in which it resides.
  • Because of the above differences, many of today’s futons come with their own (usually wooden) frame as well as the mattress itself. That being the case, if you’re shopping for a futon mattress to replace an old one that has worn out due to age or changes in room décor, ensure that the new futon mattress you buy is the same size and shape as the previous one you had. The filling, however, can be different. For instance, if the prior filling you had was lumpy and uncomfortable, you may choose to upgrade to something a bit nicer.
  • Futon mattresses come with many different types of filling. Traditionally in Japan, they were stuffed with cattails (the plant—not actual cat tails) and later, cotton. Cotton is a common modern futon mattress filler in America too. Felt is also a popular all-natural futon mattress filler choice. Memory foam is a nice upgrade from the cheap foam many basic futon mattresses come with.
  • If you want extra comfort, you can always opt for a futon mattress topper to work in tandem with your new futon mattress for added comfort and even to make it fit an old frame better.
  • Today’s futon mattresses may come with removable slip covers so you can easily clean them as well as change them out as your décor tastes change over time. With that in mind, if you find a futon mattress you like, but the color isn’t what you wanted, you can cover it up with a futon mattress cover that is more your style, getting the best out of both worlds.
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I bought the Bissell 3576 CleanView II Upright Bagless Vacuum several years ago, because continuously buying vacuum bags was neither economical nor environment-friendly. Also, with 2 cats, a dog, and a husband with asthma, I needed a good vacuum cleaner. I settled on the Bissell 3576 because it was attractive, reasonably priced at under $90, and was from a reputable brand. Now, Let’s see if the Bissell 3576 rank amongst the best vacuum for tile floors:

The pros of the Bissell 3576 CleanView II Upright Bagless Vacuum:

  • The Bissell 3576 is a fairly attractive vacuum cleaner for tile floors. I usually keep it in the living room in a corner, so I can grab it whenever I need it, instead of hiding it in a closet.
  • The Bissell 3576 is relatively light. I’ve had my share of heavy vacuum cleaners, which made vacuuming staircases a chore. While the task still isn’t pleasant, it’s definitely not as difficult.
  • The Bissell 3576 has several attachments such as a regular suction tube, one with a brush, and a thinner tube for hard to reach places. The suction tube with a brush is great for cleaning couches covered with cat hair. The regular suction tube is long enough that you can suck dust bunnies from under the bed without needing to move the bed all the way.
  • The Bissell 3576 is very efficient at removing every bit of dirt that I can see. My house’s carpet is rather old, but the vacuum cleaner keeps it clean without pulling out pieces of carpet.
  • All the replacement parts such as the filter sponge, HEPA filter etc. are easily found. I get mine at Wal-Mart.

The cons of the Bissell 3576 CleanView II Upright Bagless Vacuum:

  • TheThe Bissell 3576 is, like every other vacuum cleaner I tried, pretty noisy. My cats are terrified of it, and run away as soon as I drag it out of its corner.
  • The Bissell 3576 may be bagless, but cleaning it is still fairly annoying. If you forget to regularly take out the sponge and filter to wash them, they will get clogged fairly fast. This will cause suction to be reduced, and dust will go up in the filter compartment instead of the regular dust drawer.
  • The first time you use the The Bissell 3576, it will smell of burned electronics for several uses. It is not a big problem, but I thought I was burning it up when I first used it.
  • The inside of the Bissell 3576 is not smooth, so dirt gets stuck in hard to reach places. This makes regular cleaning of the filters even more critical.
  • I wish the hose were a bit longer, so that I could use it instead of a feather duster on the ceiling.

Overall, the Bissell 3576 is one of the best vacuum for tile floors that I would totally recommend it to others to use. If you don’t overfill the dust compartment, and if you wash the filters every week, it will last you a long time without a problem.

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