New and Handy Ways to Light Up Your Garage or Workshop

A garage or workshop can be downright dangerous if you’re stuck in the dark or have little light. Not only that, but you probably won’t be very handy or productive without decent lighting. A well lit garage is safer and can make your work more fast and accurate as well. Luckily, there are a few types of lights available these days that make your garage a more hospitable environment for whatever project or fix that you need to work on.

LED Work Lights

A halogen work light is the traditional way to light up a garage, as you get a ton of light in a fairly portable form factor. However, halogen lights can be difficult to move around, not necessarily from their weight, but from the fact that they are always hot to the touch. In fact, they get hotter and hotter the longer they are used. Many people even end up burning their hand when trying to handle these lights due to their heat. This can also be a fire hazard should you leave the light unattended or near something flammable. Good thing LED work lights were invented then. LED work lights are smaller and more portable than traditional halogen work lights, but have many other advantages. First, they won’t burn your fingers when you touch them. In fact, LED’s generate very little heat at all. Also, LED’s are much smaller bulbs than halogen based lamps, therefore they can be brighter with less weight, and therefore much more portable. LED’s are also immensely durable for any project.

Battery Operated LED Lights

Another handy option that is great for any dark space around a garage is a battery operated LED light. These lights run on batteries, usually AA or triple A and can be hung, stuck or attached to any space around the garage that isn’t feasible for an electrically powered light. Some examples include inside of cabinets, inside of drawers, above or below a work desk, in between storage areas or hallways. There are also battery operated lights which have a motion detection feature, making them turn on as soon as you or someone else move near the light, and automatically turn off when no movement is detected for a period of time. These types of lights are great for a dark pathway or hall where there might not be an electrical outlet. These can also be handy inside storage bins, closets or drawers, as you don’t need to bother with turning a light on and off while you work.

Understanding Handrail Construction and Terminology

Handrails are one of the features many homes have and in this article we will discuss the terminology you need to learn to communicate with your architect or interior designer. Handrails have three main parts:

The Handrail

The handrail is the part you physically hold onto. Handrails come in a variety of materials such as wood, metal, stone or even glass. There are a few main rules you need to follow when designing the handrails for your home. First the hight for most residential applications is no less than 36 inches and no more than 37 inches high. I general I stick to 36 inches to the top for most residential projects.The second is you want at least 1 1/2 inches of space between the handrail and the wall so your hand can comfortably wrap around it without being caught between the two. Your design options for your handrail are endless combinations that can give your home the feel you want.

Posts are what secure the handrail to the stairs. These are where the strength of the handrails come from. Posts come in many material types and styles. Most common post types are wood and metal but stone, glass and other materials can also be used. As a general rule you want your posts to be able to handle at least 200 lbs of side force to keep up to building codes. Be warned there are posts being sold that are decorative and do not support the minimum weight requirements.

Balusters are what fill the space between the handrail, posts and the stairs. They also go by the names of spindles and pickets depending on the railing type and use. There are many styles and options available depending on the home style you want to create. Some material options are wood, metal and glass on most stair cases. Balusters typically run vertically with the posts but modern designs have them going horizontally and in many direction in the case of architectural iron balusters. As a rule of thumb you want the spacing of the balusters to be tight enough that a 4 3/8 inch ball cannot pass through the spaces so that a small child cannot slip through.

Hopefully this article has given you a grasp of the terminology your designer or contractor will use. Now that you know what the parts are named you should easily communicate your ideas.

Vaillant or Worcester Boilers

Vaillant or Worcester Bosch boilers, Which one is the best?

The top spot in the battle of the gas boiler always comes down to two makes, Vaillant or Worcester Bosch.

Both brands consistently come out on top with the consumer and installer for reliability and ease of use.

If these boilers were cars, they would be the BMW or Mercedes.

When it comes to cost, yes they are a little more expensive than the average boiler, but the saying you only get what you pay for is true.

Both brands offer long warranties on their boilers of up to ten years, but these warranties are of no value unless an annual service is carried out and recorded.

Worcester was originally a British company before they joined the Bosch group, now known as the Worcester Bosch Group.

Vaillant, which originates from Germany is a family run business and started in business over 140 years ago.

Vaillant pioneered the very first combination boiler many years ago and as we all know, is now the most installed boiler thought out Europe.

Both companies have won many awards over the years for their different models of boilers, as well as their customer service, and are still winning awards today.

Boilers today, are very complex in that now they are basically controlled via a mini computer which is built into the appliance.

Gone are the days when a boiler was a lump of cast iron, a thermostat and burner, now they are built to be environmentally friendly but, most importantly save on those high fuel bills.

So how do you choose a new boiler when you are looking to replace yours?

The first piece of advise I would give is to contact a boiler installer, ensure they are Gas Safe Registered to work on boilers.

Arrange an appointment with them to discuss your replacement boiler.

Once they arrive, ask as many questions as you can re the boiler replacement.

The best thing to do is, before they arrive when you think of a question, write it down, that way you won’t forget.

One question to ask is, which brand of boiler do they recommend, Vaillant or Worcester?

Both companies offer a big range of models for both LPG and natural gas, as well as a wide range of energy-saving controls.

All in all, both Vaillant and Worcester boilers are the two to choose when looking for a new boiler.