Have you ever noticed that in winter some rooms are much colder than others? Or the opposite is true in summer? If you have a central heating or air conditioning system, I have a trick for you. It is all about using the vents in your rooms to control the air flow into the room.
In winter, the rooms closest to the furnace (via vent ducts) are the ones that typically get the most heat. And, the last room on the duct path typically gets the least heat. If you find that one room doesn't get enough heat but another room gets too much, try closing the vent partially on the room getting the most heat and fully opening the vent where the heat is less. This will direct less heat to the hotter room which allows more heat to get to the colder room. You can adjust your vents in each room until each room has the desired temperature.
Have you walked around town and noticed the crumbling concrete in the different sidewalks and driveways? I had an opportunity recently to learn a lot about concrete, specifically concrete in Central Oregon. After having a client call with concerns about crumbling concrete, I spent hours researching why concrete crumbles and speaking to different experts to find out how to help my clients avoid this.
The main culprits:
Solution sprayed on roads by the City to deal with snow fall and icy roads. This solution is similar to ice melting salts in that it ultimately breaks down the concrete. When vehicles drive on this in the main roads in Bend and then pull into their driveways, it transfers from their vehicles to the concrete.
Ice Melt solutions: This is not good for your concrete at all and almost ensures your concrete will start deteriorating.
Not shoveling your driveway resulting in layers of ice on your concrete that is walked or driven on. Concr...