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Here are a few tips to make sure that doesn't happen to you.
When snow is fresh, it is at its lightest state. But as sun begins to melt, the snow gets heavy. Given that water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, a roof collapse becomes far more likely.
Most of the time a little sunshine and above freezing temperatures are all you need to avoid a roof collapse. But if you want to speed up the process, a sloped
roof can usually be cleared from the ground. Just make sure you use the right tools. Avoid metal tools, which can catch on and damage asphalt shingles. Snow cutters or snow rakes are specially designed for roof snow removal. They have a blade, or cutter, attached to a long pole that can be used from the ground.
If you have a flat roof, take extreme caution climbing onto it to remove snow. It might be a good idea to call a pro for the job. If you must, make sure you have help on the ground and watch your step! The danger of serious injury, or even death, is always a risk when working at heights. Add snow or ice on the roof to the mix and one wrong move could send you over the edge before you have a chance to do anything about it.
If you are lucky enough to have a metal roof, you have a self-cleaning roof system! As soon as the temperatures climb a little and the roof warms up, the snow will slide right off.
Keep in mind that if your doors or windows don't seem to be working right, if you spot a roof leak or if you notice deflection of ceiling finishes or exposed beams, you may have a roof failure or potential roof collapse. In this case, call your homeowners insurance company or a structural engineer for advice. But remember, most of the time, you can avoid a roof collapse from heavy snow by having good roof drainage and above freezing temperatures.
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The rule of thumb is to multiply length times width and divide it by eight to get the yards. Now, you may wonder why eight when there are really nine square feet in a square yard? Well,
that allows for the waste. So you divide by eight and not nine. Also keep in mind most carpets come in 12-foot widths, so if your room is wider than 12 feet, you'll have to plan where the seams will be, or try to find wider carpet.
If you do need to have a seam in the room, you want to avoid having it in the middle of a traffic pattern or down the center of the room. Carpet yardage for hallways and the landings is calculated just by doing the math. But for stairs count one full yard for each step and you will be good to go!
While self-cleaning ovens may be one of this century's finest advances in cooking technology, running the self-cleaning cycle just before a big baking day might end up with you running to
the bakery to buy pies instead. Here's why:
Running a self-cleaning cycle puts an oven it through more stress than just about anything else you can do to it. Studies show that ovens may tend to break down or perform inconsistently just after a self-clean cycle. If your oven is on the verge of such a break down -- and Murphy's Law being what it is -- you can count on that happening just hours before the in-laws are about to show up expecting a grand home cooked meal!
Finding a service technician or even ordering parts and repairing the oven yourself is not something that can always be accomplished on short notice, so skip the self-cleaning cycle and stick to manual wipe-downs until the guests are gone. In the meantime, here are three quick and easy oven maintenance tips that won't leave your oven down for the count.
For more oven tips, see our story here:http://www.moneypit.com/article/oven-repair-maintenance-and-troubleshooting-tips.
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