Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

January 2003

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Engineered Wood

  An I-joist is a wood version of a steel beam. Their structural performance is much better than old-fashioned dimensional lumber.

Disposer Dos and Don'ts

Disposal units have become quieter, more compact, and easier to use and maintain.A garbage disposal, or food-waste disposer, as it is properly called, is considered by most to be a domestic godsend. But when this appliance acts up, it can wreak havoc in the kitchen.

Now You Can Paint With Plastic

Now You Can Paint Your Plastic If you've ever tried to touch-up your faded plastic resin lawn furniture or wanted to change the color of a planter or mailbox, you were almost certainly disappointed. Those items had to be sanded and primed first, and even then the finish coat often peeled off in sheets.

Warm-Air Heating

One of the really remarkable things about life is how limited the human comfort range is. Without protection, humans can only tolerate a narrow temperature range - about 64° to 113° F. Over the millennia, humans have developed means for tempering the air around them, from fires in caves to microprocessor-controlled heat pumps. There is evidence of fixed central hearths excavated in Greece from as far back as 2500 B.C. Under-floor radiant heating systems date back to around 1300 B.C. in the Arzawa kingdom of modern-day Turkey.

Take the Chlorine Out of Your Shower

Take the Chlorine Out of Your Shower While chlorine is used almost universally in the treatment of public drinking water, there is a growing body of research to suggest that it may pose a few dangers as harmful as those it is supposed to eliminate.

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