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    The Mysterious Drum Pump

    How to approach the mystery that is the drum pump and all its ramifications? In a sense it can never be approached. For when you get right down to it you (gentle reader) and I as well as everyone else are all the drum and the pump together. In fact you might say that there is only the drum and the pump. Although it seems on a surface level that the drum is separate from the pump and you and I are also separate. It takes effort to see the truth behind this illusion. Or you might say that dropping effort is the key to seeing through the illusion.

    SEEING THROUGH THE DRUM PUMP ILLUSION

    We may question why this illusion exists in the first place. If we are all one along with the drum and the pump why are we not fully aware of this fact? It has been suggested that we are living in an illusion because we chose to live in the illusion. There was something that we could experience in the illusion that we could not experience without the illusion. There is also the sense that whilst living within the illusion we can never really fully appreciate what it is like to live without the illusion.

    It is important to realize that there can be no mistakes in this. The only sin (defined more as mistake or ignorance as opposed to a moral error) is to fall deeper into the illusion. It is almost as if we dove into the deep end of a pool and we are heading back towards the surface. Only once below the surface of the water we forget what it was like above the surface of the water. But in a sense we dove into the water in order to forget.

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    Heat Trace Saves Life of Dog

    shoes-ath-001It may interest the readers of the Handy Man Home Tips Blog that a heat trace served to save the life of a dog. It is valid to inquire how this happened and for that reason the balance of this article will be dedicated to the purpose of answering that question. Before describing the exact fact scenario it must first be explained what exactly this piece of equipment is because although the readers of the Handy Man Home Tips Blog are generally handy and know their way around a tool box they might not be as familiar with this specific item.

    Description of the Heat Trace

    According to Wikipedia:

    Electric heat tracing, heat tape or surface heating, is a system used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels. Trace heating takes the form of an electrical heating element run in physical contact along the length of a pipe. The pipe must then be covered with thermal insulation to retain heat losses from the pipe. Heat generated by the element then maintains the temperature of the pipe. Trace heating may be used to protect pipes from freezing, to maintain a constant flow temperature in hot water systems, or to maintain process temperatures for piping that must transport substances that solidify at ambient temperatures. Electric trace heating cables are an alternative to steam trace heating where steam is not available or unwanted.

    With that information let us now discuss how this particular piece of equipment saved the life of a dog. Well, it seems that a water pipe which supplied the contents of a dog’s water bowl froze when it happened to be exposed to sub zero weather. Now, because heat tracing had been properly applied to the pipe the water contained within did not freeze and the dog did not die of thirst as a consequence.

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    Tips for HVAC Beginners

    Here’s Some Required Knowledge For Today’s HVAC Novices

    HVAC Tips for Beginners

    A good HVAC system is a must if you want to remain comfortable in the heat of summer or the depths of winter. However, with so many different options out there, it can be hard to choose the best system. This article will give you the advice you need to make the right decision.

    Before an HVAC expert comes to your home to do any repair work, walk around the home and check out the temps in every room. While you are walking through the house, gauge which rooms are the coolest and which are the warmest. Give this information to your contractor when they arrive.

    An HVAC system is a really expensive investment. This is why you should do some browsing before purchasing your system. Try to find a good sale so you can get your system at a discount. Check out a couple of sites before making a decision. A great site to begin is www.energystar.gov.

    Don’t get grass clippings on your outside unit. Aim your grass cuttings in a direction away from your unit. The same should happen if you are blowing leaves, so be especially careful when you are going by your exterior HVAC devices whenever you are moving debris.

    One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a new heating and cooling system is the manufacturer’s warranty. Units come with a variety of warranties. Choose one with a long warranty for maximum long term savings. Generally, it is advised that homeowners should purchase the extended warranty if one is offered.

    If your evaporator coil, found inside your home, becomes dirty, your unit will lose efficiency. Just pop off the front panel of the furnace and check to see that the coil is dry. Using a brush attachment on a vacuum, gently clean the coil of any dust or other debris.

    Be sure to check your evaporator coil drains frequently when your air conditioner is running. If this tube backs up, you can find water damage to your walls, ceilings and floors. If you end up with mold just use a solution of bleach and water to clean out the tube.

    Clean your filters! If you have a window unit air conditioner, there will be a filter right under the grill you can vacuum. If you have a furnace or outdoor units, they will also have filters to be cleaned or replace. A dirty filter can make your unit inefficient or even let it overheat.

    Keep your condensers free of nearby obstructions. Keep plants, fencing, even bushes back and away from the unit. Two feet is a good minimum distance it should have from anything, including walls, but the more space you give it to breathe, the better it will work and the less likely it will be to fail.

    After reading this article, you should be better informed about what to look for in your next HVAC system. You want to find a system that will heat and cool your home without costing you a fortune. Use the tips you have read here to get a great deal on a new system.

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