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    Architects Belfast Guide on Property Dampness

    With the current downturn in the housing market, there are lots of good value properties available to choose from. Some of them may be in need of major refurbishment. Choosing an older house has many benefits. The main one is that the property will probably have lots of character. There will be details already in the house that you do not see that often in modern houses such as intricate detailed ceiling cornices, panels doors, wall panelling, carved woodwork, etc. The majority of these features are not put into newer properties as they are too expensive to create. Another benefit with refurbishing an older property is that the main structure and roof is already there. Although it may need some attention, you are not starting completely from scratch like building a new home.

    One major problem that affects almost all older properties is dampness in some form or other. Over the years if a property is not maintained well, it will deteriorate. If water is allowed to enter the property, this can lead to all sorts of problems. It can come from everywhere through the roof, leaking pipes, through the walls, rising from ground level up through the floors and walls, etc. With careful attention, it can all be successfully fixed.

    Dampness from a leaking water pipe or a leaking …

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    Different Types Of Green Energy

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    With our fossil fuel supplies dwindling, it’s getting more and more important to use green energy methods. While some are well known and have been used for a long time, others are just getting started. Here are the basics on the alternative energy sources available today.

    Solar power is fueled by the sun. Some days the wind doesn’t blow, some days and years there isn’t enough water flowing through rivers, but while it isn’t always steady, there’s pretty much always sun. While it may be cloudy from day to day, you can expect a certain amount of sun at a certain place on average.

    Wind energy has been used for hundreds of years but has made a big jump recently. Giant wind turbines seem to be popping up all over. The concept of a wind turbine is that wind pushes the blades, which then spin a generator that produces electricity. But turbines aren’t the only wind powered energy producers. Research is being done on giant kites that can convert the energy easier without as much damage to wildlife or the landscape.

    Water has been used longer than most green energy sources to help power whole cities and even regions. The most notable example of hydroelectric power is the Hoover damn. While this type …

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