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April 11, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Spring Home and Garden Wednesday, April 11, 2018 D-11 303 BRECKINRIDGE RD | BOX 35 | MONROE CITY Phone: 812-743-2382 | Fax: 812-743-2169 | Email: Craig Perry Vance Perry Chase Perry HEATING & AIR-CONDITIONING Perry ' s LLC Serving the area since 1950. Perry ' s * Timely registration required for 10 year parts limited warranty. Limited warranty period is 5 years for parts if not registered within 90 days of installation. Jurisdictions where warranty benefits cannot be conditioned on registration will receive the registered limited warranty periods. Please see warranty certificate for further details and restrictions. Many models are ENERGY STAR® qualified. Ask your contractor for details or visit Let Us Improve Your Indoor Air Quality • Complete central system provides year-round comfort • Central system humidifier eliminates dry, damaging air • Central system air cleaner filters out indoor pollutants • Set-back thermostat provides maximum com- fort and energy savings • Outstanding No Hassle Replacement™ limited warranty and 10 year parts limited warranty protection* The name that stands for quality... since 1950 Craig Perry has more than 45 years experience with Perry's, working since high school with his father and brother, his son, Vance, and now his grandson, Chase. Vance, representing the third generation at Perry's, is a Purdue graduate specializ- ing in HVAC Systems and Controls. He has the training and knowledge neces- sary to plan, install and maintain today's modern, efficient and complex heating and cooling systems. Complete Line of: Air Conditioning, Gas Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Whole- Home Air Cleaners, Humidifiers, Water Heaters and Water Conditioners NOW FOUR GENERATIONS STRONG Customers throughout the area have relied on the experienced team at Perry's for climate control and air quality in their homes and businesses for more than 65 years. GREAT OUTDOORS HOME IMPROVEMENT GLOSSARY Understanding the terminology used in the home improvement and construction industries can help homeowners be better informed and in- volved in projects around their homes. The follow- ing are some common industry terms. AGGREGATE: Crushed rock used in many asphalt applications. AMPACITY: The amount of current a wire can safe- ly carry. ASBESTOS: A fibrous material that was once used widely in building materials but is linked to cancers of the lung and lung cavity. BACKFILL: Soil or gravel used to fill in against a foundation. BEAM: Horizontal framing member designed to car- ry a load from joists or a roof. BUTT JOINT: Lumber pieces joined at the ends. CASEMENT WINDOW: A window with hinges on one of the vertical sides making it swing open like a door. CAULKING: Flexible material used to seal a gap between two surfaces. CODE: Rules set forth by a government institution to determine fair and safe trade practices. CURING: A process that brings paint or masonry materials to their final, durable form. DRYWALL: A wall finish made from gypsum plas- ter encased in a thin cardboard. ESTIMATE: The anticipated cost of materials and labor for a project. FIXED PRICE CONTRACT: A contract with a set price for the work. FLASHING: Sheet metal or roll roofing pieces fit to the joint of any roof intersection or projection. FOOTING: Widened ground base of a foundation to support foundations or piers. FRAMING: The structural wooden elements of most homes. GFI: A ground fault current interrupter, which is an electrical device used to prevent injury from contact with electrical appliances. JAMB: The exposed upright part on each side of a window frame or door frame. LEVEL: A tool to check for level or plumb surfaces. PERMIT: A legal authorization to begin a work proj- ect. PITCH: The slope of incline on a roof. REBAR: Steel rods that are imbedded in concrete for stability. SHIM: A tapered piece of wood used to level and se- cure a structure. STUD: Vertical parts of framing placed 16 or 24 inch- es apart. WATT: A measure of the electrical requirement of an appliance. Pools and lawns can get along Homeowners interested in in- stalling pools in their backyards need not wor- ry about the po- tential impact of such decisions on surrounding landscapes. According to the Association of Pool & Spa P r ofe s s ion a l s , there are 10.4 million residen- tial and 309,000 public swim- ming pools in the United States. Although the average month- ly tempera- tures in Canada are lower than those through- out much of the United States, many Canadian homeown- ers still have pools in their backyards. Quebec is home to the most pools per capita for Canada — with some es- timates suggesting the prov- ince has more than 300,000 backyard pools, according to Pool and Spa Marketing magazine. Many homeowners won- der if the chlorine and other chemicals in pool water have any affect on the lawn, par- ticularly if pool water robs lawns of vital nutrients they need to thrive. But the re- source All About Lawns says most people needn't worry about errant drops or even higher levels of overflow. It all comes down to the se- lectivity of grass. Blades of grass are particular about which nutrients from the wa- ter they absorb and in what quantities. Lawns are largely unaffected by chlorine. Fur- thermore, soil can withstand chlorine when kept at appli- cable sanitary levels (which generally range between two to three parts per million), at high acid levels. That's much more than is usually contained in pool water. Pool water is also main- tained in the neutral range at a pH of 6.5 to 7.8, which is safe for plants. Should the pool water test at a higher acidity or alkalinity, it can adversely affect landscapes, particularly delicate plants. Pool owners should be diligent about smart appli- cation and storage of pool chemicals. Powdered or liq- uid chlorine and other wa- ter chemistry products that spill onto grass or plants may cause damage. In safe amounts, chlorine should not adversely affect lawns and other plants that surround

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