Nowadays, safety and comfort go hand in hand, and securing the premises of your home is now affordable, convenient and practical. If in the past driveway gates or any type of electric gates were only for the rich and famous, now they are within reach for all budgets. There are numerous options available on the market, all sorts of automatic gate systems to meet all preferences, styles and requirements.
Whether they are for residential or commercial use, automation provides great advantages and increases the comfort level significantly. Either wooden, steel, wrought iron or from other materials, automatic doors provide increased security and convenience. They come with all sorts of gadgets and accessories, such as control kits, gate openers, remote controls, sensors etc., and they look great too.
There is a wide selection available on the market, from basic fence gates to gigantic commercial gates employing sophisticated mechanisms. Generally, the decision is based on the estimated frequency of use of the automatic gate, but also on the budget. But although gates may require a considerable investment, when it comes security and comfort it is worth it.
An automatic gate can provide numerous advantages. They are practical and convenient, easy to use and very efficient. Securing the parameters with sturdy automatic gates has become extremely common, as more and more people opt for this convenient solution. Basically, everywhere you look you see automatic gates, whether it’s somebody’s home, a fancy mall or an office building. Perimeter access control is affordable to all budgets.
So why opt for an automatic gate? Because it is easy to install, easy to use, affordable, convenient and will significantly increase the security level. With automated systems, only authorized persons have access, otherwise the sturdy fencing gate will not move and inch. With an automatic gate opener, however, you can open the gates as soon as you enter the driveway, straight from your car, just push the button and the gates will open and close obediently. Still, some types of automatic gates, especially older models, can be very dangerous. Without sensing devices or reversing mechanisms, such gates can turn into real death traps if they get defected, so be careful what you choose. Gates should have at least two safety mechanisms to prevent entrapment, one internal and one external. Such safety mechanisms are designed to reverse the opening/closing process if the gate encounters an obstruction, so the risks of someone becoming entrapped in the gate are reduced. You can find a wide variety of automatic gate types in home centers or hardware stores, but you may get a better deal online. Choose the type of gate you prefer, but pay extra attention to safety measures.… Read More
Outlined below are the most common 4 methods I have seen used in installing a vapor barrier. If you talk to different builders, you usually will end up with many different methods of installing a vapor barrier in a crawlspace. Here are the most common:
1. Pea Gravel on top of plastic vapor barrier – This has to be the all time dumbest thing I have ever seen, and yet it is probably one of the most common. I have had builders tell me that the plastic on the ground KEEPS ground water and moisture from coming up from the ground. Now if there is no moisture or water in the soil, this might be possible; but if that was the case there would be no need for the barrier in the first place. So here is the basic idea – ground floor (bottom) – plastic (middle) – 4″ pea gravel fill (top). Once the crawl foundation is built, builders install a 4 – 6 mil plastic on the ground and dump about 4″ – 6″ of pea gravel on top of the plastic. Eventually, what always happens is that water comes in from the walls and the ground floor and ends up on top of the plastic. So what you end up with is a swimming pool liner that holds water in the gravel for prolonged periods of time. Nearly all the water and moisture in the gravel back fill has to evaporate into the structure. Another example of building practices and science turning a blind eye to crawlspaces for decades.
2. Vapor barrier on top of ground floor – By far the most common practice for installing a vapor barrier. A 6 mil polyethylene vapor barrier is placed over any ground floor. Here is the idea – ground floor (bottom) – plastic (top). The ground floor could be river rock, pea gravel, dirt floor, sand, etc. The seams are typically overlapped 6″ – 12″ and almost never taped. While this will temporarily stop some moisture evaporation, it does not seal out moisture from the internal perimeter wall where most water penetration occurs. Also moisture can come up from the seams, and the plastic is not durable enough to crawl on. It nearly always ends up with many punctures and holes in it.
3. Vapor barrier on bottom of floor joists – This is rarely seen, and usually only home owners attempt this. This is probably the method that accounts for more wood rot than any other method. If you are even thinking of doing this, quit thinking and call a professional to fix your crawlspace. Most crawlspaces are vented and the cooler surfaces such as duct work, pipes, and the floor will condensate in the summer. The plastic will trap the condensation up against the floor structure and mold and wood rot will occur. Good intentions do not always produce good results.
4. Vapor barrier fastened to sill plate – There is a new industry in crawlspace repair … Read More