Protecting Your Home

 

What is the difference? Fire Extinguishers for residential use come in A, B, C and K units. 

 

Truly, if/when a fire happens in your home you need to react QUICKLY and your reaction can prevent a small fire in a kitchen, bedroom or garage from spreading and causing a significant damage to your home. The best way is to simply be prepared and equip your home with several fire extinguishers. Clearly, having it in a key location isn’t enough; you need to make sure that it’s the right type for the type of fire which is most likely to occur in each location. Otherwise, you can easily make things worse. 

 

Understanding the difference between fire extinguishers begins with understanding the different types of fires:

Class A – paper, wood, textiles, rubber and many plastics.

Class B – flammable liquids

Class C – electrical wiring and equipment

Class D – combustible metals (not relevant for residences)

Class K – cooking oils and fat

 

Most of us know that the classic class A fire extinguisher from its presence in schools and other public buildings. It’s made of stainless steel, holds 2.5 gal. of air-pressurized water, and can be refilled and reused many times. Because water is conductive, though, using a class-A extinguisher to fight an electrical fire could result in electrocution. A class-A unit also is the wrong tool to use for extinguishing a flammable liquid fire; pressurized stream of water it shoots can propel a burning liquid toward a new source of fuel. For those reasons, plus the fact that a filled class-A unit weight about 25lb., these extinguishers typically are not found in homes. 

 

The most common units found in homes are rated for class A, B, and C and weigh between 7-10lbs. Made of aluminum and usually painted red, they contain monoammonium phosphate powder as the extinguishing agent. Their pressurizing agent isn’t air but nitrogen, which carries no moisture and so won’t clog up the powder. While great at suppressing small household fires, ABC extinguishers leave a dusty mess to clean up. If you don’t clean up themes immediately and moisture is present the dust will corrode metal surfaces. 

 

Choosing the right extinguisher for your home

 

Now that you understanding the class ratings, let’s say you arrive at your local home center or hardware store ready to purchase a class K fire extinguisher for your kitchen and an ABC extinguisher for each floor of your house. To your dismay you can’t find a class K unit and all of the units are ABC units and a confusing jumble of numbers, letters and punctuation marks. The reason you can’t find a class K extinguisher is that these units are designed for restaurants and other commercial kitchens and have slowly been finding their way into residential kitchens. If you have a busy kitchen with access to a deep fryer, you may want to shop online for a class K unit. They look similar to the ABC units yet, are known to dispel a wet-chemical mix. It’s easier to clean and less corrosive to metals. 

 

Note, proper care of the units is important. Single-use units have a limited life span and rechargeable units need to be emptied and refilled and recharged every few years. Be sure everyone in the family is fully aware of the location of these units and follow the manufactures instructions to ensure that if you need to fight a small fire in your home, you’ll have a working tool that is ready. 

 

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Home Additions

 

Ever thought about a home addition? Are you living in a home you like, but you need more room? Maybe a home addition is the right choice for you.  But where do you start?

 

Naturally the first step is to identify what you need and to research the kind of addition that will fit your needs.  You can add to your home by going up or going out. Whether it is a small addition or a large addition there are many things you will need to know. Here are things that will be important to your project to make sure your addition can be done.

• Call your local city or town building inspector and zoning authority. What specific items are required by building code or zoning law.  (If you have hired a General Contractor, they can do this for you).

• Purchase a planning pad (graph paper) and draw up as detailed a floor plan for your addition as you are able to complete. Your plan should include all the features you want, the lighting, and exterior items such as electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, patios, and steps. Be sure to specify the dimensions for bathrooms, closets, walls, windows etc. The more detailed and accurate a drawing you can complete, the easier it will be for the contractor to prepare his estimate.

• You will in most cases need an architect to guide you in the directions you want to be in for your new addition.  Keep in mind, however, that most general contractors either have an architect on staff or have an architect that they work with regularly. It may be easier to allow your general contractor to handle

• Before you start any project make sure you have all the costs in place, so that there is no surprise in the end.  Before you sign that final contract, unless you’re paying cash, you’ll need to secure a loan.

• A large part of selecting your general contractor has as much to do with comfort level as it does with the price. If you get a good feel for one of the contractors, that is probably as important as anything else. How receptive is the contractor to your questions and wishes? How available is the contractor to your calls? If you have a hard time reaching him now, think about how hard it will be after he has finished the project?

Executive Craftsmen will be happy to answer any questions or come out to your home and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call at 203.324.6383.  We are fully licensed with over 30 years of experience.

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Walkways and Curb Appeal

 

A stone pathway can add charm and elegance to almost any yard or landscaping plan.

Stone walkways can add an entirely different appearance and curb appeal to your home. The walkway leading up to a home serves an important function. It is the first part of your home that your friends will see.

Not only do you want your walkway to be attractive you need to consider the materials that are used in constructing it. An important factor to keep in mind when choosing the best walkway material is exactly how it will function.

 

There are so many different types of walkways like: natural stone, concrete, asphalt, cobble, flagstone, these types of materials can stand the test of time, if taken care of.  The one downfall of these materials is that they are expensive to install.

 

Using soft paving materials like decomposed granite, oyster shell, pave stone and soil cement is not a good idea for high-traffic areas, especially families with children.

 

Executive Craftsmen will be happy to answer any questions or come out to your home and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call at 203.324.6383.  We are fully licensed with over 30 years of experience.

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