Futons: A Brief History

Futons are originally from Japan, shaped like bed mattresses but used and made than in their home country.

  • Japanese Futons

Futons A Brief History

Japanese futons are two inches 5 cm) thick and filled with cotton and/or synthetic batting. They are typically flat and are designed to be spread out on tatami flooring. Tatami flooring is a special kind of flooring indigenous to Japanese architecture. The futon mattress (shikibuton), a comforter (kakebuton) or blanket (moku), a summer towel-like blanket (towelket), and a bean- or plastic bead-filled pillow (makura) are included in Japanese futons sets as they sold that way. The western bed set is equivalent to this.

Japanese futons must be left to air in the sunlight when not put away and usually stored in a closet. to keep them in shape, these futons are typically beaten with bamboo.

  • Western Futons

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Western futons are stuffed with multiple layers of foam and/or batting with no springs and closer to mattresses.  Western futons are adesigned in the fashion of a sofa-be to be used as a couch and a bed and placed on an adjustable frame resembling that of a couch. They are cheap compared to regular mattresses or bed and are constructed larger and thicker than Japanese futons.

Now, western futons are common in Japan. These futons are stuffed primarily with cotton, handmade and have no synthetic filling. In Japan, western futons are sold as “earth-friendly,” and are not composed of any chemicals whatsoever, distinguishing them from the traditional bed set.

Like sleeping bags, futons are very comfortable and can also serve as portable or transportable beds, depending on their size and weight. They can more easily be repaired than a traditional mattress even though they can be damaged. It is because its interior matting is packed in a structured, layered way. Futons are preferable to people on-the-go or living in small spaces since they are most convenient and economical. So nowadays, futons are not only for Japanese only.

Asbestos Prevention

Asbestos is a type of fibre that known for its fire resistant properties and high tensile strength. Under the circumstances, asbestos tends to break into several tiny fibers that can only be seen through a microscope. These fibers can cause havoc in a person’s body, causing serious disorders such as cancer when breathed in.

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Where is asbestos found?

Old buildings may likely contain asbestos. Before, asbestos is widely used as a mixture with cement concrete, etc. Asbestos may likely found in:

  • Insulation for steam pipes and boilers
  • Fireproofing and insulation for ships and buildings
  • Putties, cement, paints, and caulks
  • Door gaskets

What to do with Asbestos Containing Materials

Older buildings and homes should be checked for the presence of the dangerous mineral. Try to check the areas that enumerated above. Note, that even if the asbestos prevention survey yields positive results, it does not necessarily mean that the place is hazardous and must be torn down. Tearing down or removing asbestos containing materials is a big no-no in asbestos prevention.

The principle behind asbestos prevention is to minimize as much as possible the risk of getting exposed to the harmful ACMs. These fibers are so light and so small that the tiniest disturbance can send them flying into the air. It is more dangerous as the can be inhaled by people. If the asbestos removal does not properly do, it may result in a greater risk of exposure, since the process necessarily includes disturbing the material.

Determining whether or not the asbestos-containing material is in good order is also another form of asbestos prevention. If the asbestos is in good order, then it is an asbestos prevention rule to leave it as it is and just establish a management plan to minimize disturbance within and around its immediate area. But if the material is in bad condition, then you have two asbestos prevention options. Removing the ACMs should only be a last resort. If you decide on removal, it is recommended that you allow only licensed contractors asbestos removal in Newcastle to do the job.

Roof of Elk

Without its roofs, a building such as commercial, industrial or residential will never be complete. To ensure utmost protection from unwanted effects brought by rain, strong winds and too much heat from the sun, a large portion of money is apportioned to roofs and other roofing products and services. Products with excellent quality (fire resistant, corrosion resistant), and tested durability, are always looked by consumers. Products that would always give them a value of their money are searched and tried. Even though roofing products names flooded the market of roofing industry, only a few are tested and have withstood the discerning demands of the buying public.

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A division of Elk Corp. that manufactures roofing products is Elk Roofing. For quite some time, it has been in the business. It has been known for long as one of the best roofing companies. Elk Roofing pioneers to create innovative and state of the art inventions as the technologies of making roofing products advances continuously. It has been searching better solution for housing in general and roofing in particular, continuously. It has become their mission that they deliver quality.

To ensure that products’ optimum quality is reached and maintained, Elk assures that their products undergo a rigid process and strict quality control. If there are any positive and generous feedbacks from the contractors, they are testimonials to the exceptional reputation of Elk roofing products. Most contractors, homeowners and business owners or so recommend this remarkable feat for Elk to be chosen.

Products from Elk are patronized by many homeowners and business owners. The qualities of their roofing products are satisfying. They always look for the name Elk When they need roofing materials. When it comes to durability, variety of designs and colors, and most of all affordability, these consumers are obviously convinced that Elk has excellent products. That is why Elk roofing has become a household name

Many companies will launch their own roofing product lines that will challenge that of Elk, as expected. Some consumers will probably be tempted switch and regret after. You may well try other brands if you are the type who is adventurous, just be ready to take the consequences. One thing for sure, you can never go wrong with Elk roofing when it comes to roofing. It is like buying peace of mind if you buy Elk.

So, say Elk if you want superior roofing products that spell out peace of mind, start from today!

Fireplaces Short History

As they are usually built into walls, a fireplace is described as a structure within conventional homes that provides heat and serves as an element of architectural style. The fireplace is a showcase for social gatherings in many homes, both older and newer.

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The basic fireplace is comprised of a central foundation of cement, along with a hearth, a firebox and unique facing, ash dump and cleanout doors, a lintel and lintel bar, a breast, a damper, a smoke chamber, a throat, a flue, a chimney chase, a crown, a cap or shroud, and a spark arrestor even though most fireplaces are similarly constructed. For decades, even centuries, the structure of the fireplace was incorporated in the designs of homes. However, the presence of fireplaces, where they still exist today, seems to be to carry on tradition since the fireplace has been replaced by central heating, the presence of fireplaces.

  • Fuel for fireplace

Coal, wood, or peats were fireplaces’ fuels, traditionally. Today, natural gas and electrical fires have replaced these burning materials due to the fact that these are cleaner, safer, and frequently less expensive than the older forms of fuel. To allow flames to burn for long periods of time, gas fireplaces usually require small doses of fuel. That way, modern fireplaces are better and more economical.

  • Types of fireplaces
  1. Manufactured/Prefab Fireplaces

They are built with a sheet metal fire box, a double or triple walled metal pipe running up inside a wood framed chase, and a chase cover and cap/spark arrestor at the top. This kind of chimney can rust by salt water in close proximity but it’s economical to the more expensive masonry chimney.

  1. Masonry fireplaces

It features tiles that implement the flue to prevent corrosion in the chimney flue lining. However, these are not earthquake-resistant.

  1. Reinforced Concrete Chimneys

During the 1970s and ‘80s, they had their heyday but now are obsolete. Confliction of thermal expansion rates between the steel rebar and concrete will cause cracking in the flue when heated is their inherent defect. Vertical cracks loaded the chimney that they become more severe as the internal rebar rusts.

As they add style to one’s home, fireplaces are appealing. Mantels are very popular in boasting family memories and the fire is mesmerizing and relaxing. Beyond their originally intended function and the apparent flaws in their structure, fireplaces hold a value. Fireplaces represent all the securities and comforts of home.