Energy Efficient Building Products

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As the demand for eco-friendly building increases, the number of new green products available also rises. Each day thousands of tips and new energy-efficient products hit the market. Sorting through the masses is no easy task, so here are a few new trends for eco-enthusiasts to check out:

Warming Bags and Wraps

There’s nothing fun about racing the temperatures to get all your exterior sealing projects done before the frost makes it impossible to apply caulking and adhesives. This is why some energy savvy folks created warming bags and wraps to keep products warm enough to work without wasting energy. Using patented thermo-technology, these wraps and bags warm any products inside them to hold sealing materials at usable temperatures in cold weather. Uses vary from caulk, adhesives, expoxies and elasto-meric sealers and coatings, foam and much more. CaulkWarmer Warming Bags & Wraps are built to stand up to the construction environment with heavy duty waterproof nylon construction, low energy consumption, convenient access into 120V AC or 12V DC Inverter, and insulation to retain heat when unplugged. You can effeciently and effectively put an end to your cold weather job frustrations with the warming solutions you need to keep summer temps on the job all year round.

Smart plugs

This revolutionary invention measures the amount of energy used by any device that runs off an outlet. The plug called PICOwatt, reports on the electricity you are using, your high-energy times of day, and how much you are spending in total. Not only does the plug identify your peak energy consumption periods, but it also details how much you are spending when you believe you’ve turned everything “off” for the day. The power that is consumed by electrical devices after they are shut down or turned off is called “standby power.” PICOwatt measures how much you’re spending on standby power and enables you to create a profile to automatically turn off the device completely, thus eliminating frivolous spending on electricity. The best feature of the device is that it doesn’t require any additional mechanisms, such as computers and radios, to run. Tenrehte believes requiring extra equipment to run an energy management system only adds to cost, consumes additional electricity, and takes away from their bottom line: saving you money

Smart Meter appliances

A new line of environmentally-friendly appliances takes the surprise out of your energy costs. No longer do we have to wait anxiously for our monthly bill to dictate our energy usage. Now, appliances equipped with smart meters provide instant feedback on energy consumption, allowing individuals to monitor usage and make cutbacks when spending rises. Some manufactures are even rolling out “grid-aware” appliances, which have remote-controlled energy management functionality. These new appliances are more compact, lightweight and attractive as their traditional counterparts. And, with the increase in demand for energy efficient appliances, their prices continue to fall … a bonus for consumers looking to join the eco-friendly movement.

Energy management apps

It’s no surprise that the way we user our cellphones is changing. We check our email, surf the web, get directions, and find restaurants in addition to their traditional “call” and “text” features. Because we’re always on the move, we rely on our mobiles to fulfill a variety of services. The most recent developments include applications that allow smartphone users to monitor their energy usage. Several apps are available that provide users with up-to-the-minute details of their energy consumption, enable meter readings and allow individuals to manage their appliances remotely, regardless of location. Users can now check their utility bills in between games of Candy Crush.

Going “social”

Energy price and consumption is no longer a deep secret. People are actively sharing this information through Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. This networking can help you discern your energy needs versus others. You can even seek out conservation tips and drastically slash your monthly payments. There is even a social network developed to encourage competitive green saving among users. Earth Aid turns energy savings into a game. When users cut down on their energy spending, they are rewarded with points. These points can be used to purchase a variety of well-known household items from top brands, providing even more savings for Earth Aid users!

Just a few more expert ideas from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

 

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All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk – One Tube/Many Tasks!

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Time was, you needed a full complement of repair tools, ranging from glues, caulks and adhesives to nails, screws, hooks and duct tape, just to tackle the regular maintenance chores that need to be  done from time to time.
 
Many quick and creative household handyman jobs can now be accomplished with a miracle substance known as “All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk”.
 
Its double-duty formula holds like an adhesive and seals like a caulk. It can be left the same color it comes out of the tube (usually white)  or is ready for painting in just two hours. And even though it is water-soluble for easy clean up … it dries to a waterproof state in only 24-hours. 
 
You are probably going to want to keep some of this stuff handy because, aside from all the traditional uses (such as small caulking jobs for the kitchen and bath), this stuff is invaluable for everything from saving time to saving money. The list of tasks you can tackle with a tube of “All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk” are almost endless, but there are a few ideas and interesting uses here,  just to get you thinking.
 
    • Loose tile in the shower? On a countertop or backsplash? Remove it, add a few dollops, and press it back into place. In 24-hours, you’re good to go. Grout needs a touch-up? Use some there too.
    • Caulk any gaps or cracks that appeared over the winter. It saves energy, prevents water damage and improves appearance. Don’t forget you can also touch up windows, doors, baseboards, tubs and sinks and much more! 
    • Noisy cabinet doors or drawers that slam shut with a “bang?” A dab on inside corners (or on the frame) serves as quieting “bumpers.” 
    • Keep picture frames and mirrors hanging straight with a dab on corners too. Dab, let dry and hang. 
    • Make non-scratch/non-slip “feet” for soap dishes, liquid soap dispensers and ceramic canisters. 
    • Flower pot or patio table rocking back and forth due to an uneven surface or bottom? To make “self-leveling” feet — turn it over, add a few dabs, let it partially set-up (six or seven hours) and place the bottom or legs down on pieces of waxed paper right where you want it. Next day, you’ll have a “solid” fit. Levels most things — big or small, inside or out. 
    • Toilet tank lid doesn’t fit right? Scrapes and grinds because it’s loose? Put a bead around the top edge of the tank or inside the lid. Let dry for 24-hours and replace for a snug (and quiet) fit. 
    • Want wood baseboard where it can’t be nailed … like around your bathtub? Glue it in place with adhesive caulk instead. 
    • Repair cracks and holes in walls, molding or railings (or hide mitering mistakes). Ready to paint within two hours. 
    • Loose floor tiles or wood trim? Lock it down with adhesive caulk. 
    • Use as wallpaper “helper.” Glue loose edges back into place and seal to prevent curling due to moisture.
    • No need for mounting holes in exterior surfaces for hooks, signs, decorations or thermometers. Just apply adhesive caulk on item, tape into place and let dry. Great for brick, stucco and all types of siding. (Attach address numbers to house or mailbox too.)
    • Mount pegboard panels on studs in garage, carport or in attic for storage.
    • Firm up wobbly chair and table legs. (Even pro upholsters use it.)
    • Boat owners keep some handy to seal out water and to prevent destructive rust and corrosion above the water line. It’s great for RV, ATV and motorcycle use too.  
    • It’s also a thoughtful housewarming gift!
Just a few more expert ideas from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

Caulk… your first line of defense against bugs and pests!

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Ever notice wasps and other flying bugs inspecting your house? They are looking
for warm accommodations for the upcoming winter season.  

Caulk and foam can serve as the first line of defense by sealing gaps and cracks around a home, helping to prevent pests from entering. Each can be used alone as a proactive and insecticide-free approach or in conjunction with bug sprays if bugs have already penetrated the home.

The best way to keep pests from infesting your home is to keep them out in the first place.  Eliminating their entry points by sealing up all cracks, crevices, holes, and gaps on the exterior of the home will help improve the chances that your home will remain pest free throughout the fall, winter, and springtime seasons. Insects come in all different sizes and therefore can fit into tiny deficiencies in a building.  Caulk in an easy and inexpensive way to keep insects and pests out of your home.  Here are a few caulking tips…

Check around corners, edges, doors and windows and lighting fixtures. Check every inch around anything that attaches to or pokes out of the house. Take it slow and caulk every little hole or crack.

• Using caulk around window frames will not only keep the temperature of your home regulated, it will keep unwanted insects out.

• Use caulk to seal joints. • Clear silicone caulk is known for its flexibility and is recommended for areas that will not be painted.

• Caulk can be used to patch small cracks in foundations and siding.

• Use caulk around air intakes, exposed plumbing pipes, venting pipes, sky lights, and exhaust grills.

Just a few more expert ideas from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works!

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“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.”
What a great quote!… and on the 4th of July it makes us think a little bit.
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Independence Day is usually associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and  various other public and private events meant to celebrate the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
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What we are really celebrating is that, on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which ends with these words:
    “That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
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It’s easy to complain about politics and government… but Independence Day is a time to just step back and reflect on how good we do have it no matter what our political affiliation is.  We can all come together and enjoy the freedom we have here. As we look forward to our day of celebration this year, let’s let it be more than a picnic or a barbecue, more than parades and fireworks. Let’s remember that liberty and freedom aren’t free.  Let’s remember that we pay for them with the sacrifice of our personal agendas to secure the greater good.  Let’s live up to the obligations each of us has toward our fellow citizens to guarantee we will remain a free society. Let us remember the meaning of the 4th of July, the meaning of the Independence Day.
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And… if we find a parking ticket on our car at the end after the parade… let’s at least try to rejoice… at least a little…. that the system works.
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Just a few 4th of July observations from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

Sealing Exterior Surfaces in the Summer Sun

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So… it’s officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.

While there is much in that to be celebrated, it is also another reason to choose your caulking materials carefully. Especially if you are sealing exterior surfaces. The outside of a home is exposed to harsh outdoor elements throughout the year. Extreme heat, the sun’s UV rays, and freezing temperatures can cause acrylic caulk to lose its flexibility and degrade. Degraded acrylic caulk can crack and crumble over time, leaving gaps for air and water to seep through. Those leaks can lead to water damage, mold growth, and higher energy bills.

Even though longer exposure to the Summer Sun will bring a smile to most faces, it will also bring more wear and tear to your sealed surfaces. This is why you will want to choose a good exterior grade silicone sealant for all of your exterior applications.

Just a few more expert ideas from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

Making the Most of your Multi Purpose Tools

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Everyone needs a multipurpose tool, right? Something that can do more than one thing, something that is worth its weight in gold? Something that gives as much as it takes? Whether your multi-tool of choice comes in the form of a heavy-duty solution that can perform multiple functions, a pocket knife with extra options, or something in-between, I think this little list of options might be worth your consideration

The Atom Multipurpose tool – This tool is made of high grade stainless steel and offers  16 tools in the compact format of a key.  Just hook it to your keychain and have it ready for any  situation.  Here are the included tools: Bottle opener, Hex bolt wrench set 3/8″, 5/16″ and 1/4″, Ruler set (imperial and metric), Flat head screw driver set (1/8″ and 3/16″), Philips head screw driver set (#1 and #2), Pry Bar, Hex bit driver (1/4″), Protractor (45° increments), Cross-cut course file, Single-cut fine file, Ripping tool

Shur-Line 10-in-1 Multi-Purpose Tool –   This thing can do anything.  Peel paint, shear stubborn heads off of wall anchors, and open countless cans of paint. The manufacturer says it will work as a reversible screwdriver (flat and philips), hammer head, crown molding scraper, knife point, paint scraper, paint can opener, roller cleaner, nail puller.  And when you’re finished with all the projects around the house, the 10-in-1 tool will even open your beer.

Leatherman – When someone mentions a Leatherman tool, the image of a Swiss Army knife on steroieds comes to mind. A pliers based, multi-purpose tool, Tim Leatherman originated the tool category that we’ve come to know today as pretty much the “gold standard” for multi-purpose tools. While there are many models of this tool, (too many actually to detail here) they typically come in configurations that include spring-action pliers (needlenose and regular), spring action wire cutters, knife blades, serrated knife blades, screwdrivers (Phillips and flat, small, medium and large), awl, saw, strap cutter, can opener, bottle opener, and wrench assortments.

Genesis GMT16V Variable Speed Multi-purpose Oscillating Tool With Accessories – New slim line design oscillating tool with a 6 piece accessory set means you only need one tool for every job – An incredibly versatile tool for repairs, remodeling and restoration Flush cuts, plunge cuts, sanding, scraping grout removal and more. Includes sanding pads, 3″ wood drywall blade, rigid scraper blade & 30 mm E-Cut flush cut blade, hook & loop sanding pad, wrench, universal adapter for other branded accessories & accessory box

Caulk Warmer – Even if it’s a frigid 13°F outside, it’ll always be a balmy 80°F inside this rugged, waterproof warmer. The Caulk Warmer keeps caulk, glue, sealing tape – even gloves – pliant and ready to use. Powered by a standard household outlet or DC-at-AC inverter the insulated nylon shell holds heat after it’s unplugged. Electric warming pouches and wraps keep caulk, adhesive tapes, foams, grease gun cartridges, and glue pliant in frigid temperatures by maintaining contents at 80°F. You can even use it to keep your lunch warm! Uses a  standard household outlet, or pair it with DC-to-AC inverter (sold separately) for use in your service truck.

Just a few more expert ideas from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

CaulkWarmer wishes you all a Happy Flag Day!

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Today is Flag Day!

Every June 14th is a day set aside for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, and its history. Also known as the “Stars and Stripes” or “Old Glory,” our flag is representative of our independent unity as a nation with a democratic history. It has been flown in every country on earth, and it even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

 
Properly Display Our Flag

There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regard as a representation of our nation and our American citizens. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:

  • The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
  • In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
  • After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land ,and “half mast” on a ship.
  • When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or “Union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
  • The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
  • The Union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
  • Never let your flag touch the ground.
  • Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
  • When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
  • There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them…and then attend the ceremony.

Just a few Flag  Day facts from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

Don’t forget, this Sunday is Father’s Day

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Another tie probably won’t cut it.  I mean, after all, he is your Dad.  He taught you everything you know, but maybe not everything he knows, right?  Well… there still might be a surprise or two you can come up with, and that’s why we have compiled this little list of the most unique tools Dad didn’t even know he needed.  Here are our five favorite ideas for unique additions to his toolbox.

 

5)  Grillbot
Don’t be thinking that this is one of those solutions in search of a problem. Properly cleaning a grill is hard, particularly a huge gas grill with enough surface area to land a small plane. The scraping and brushing alone is enough to wear your Dad out. This is why he’ll appreciate a three-motor rechargeable robot that whisks smartly around the grill with rotating bristle brushes to eliminate caked on grime and  gunk. A built-in timer/alarm will alert when the work is done, and its bristles won’t damage grill materials. Life’s too short to spend time cleaning grills. Get Dad back to the party!
grillbot.com, $99grillbot

 

4) Dynatrap Ultralight DT150
Ordinary bug zappers are annoying, graphic reminders that you’re executing critters every two seconds throughout your garden party. There’s a better way. The Dynatrap Ultralight uses no pesticides and is whisper quiet. It simply draws insects in with a UV fluorescent bulb and a dose of carbon dioxide, which mosquitos love. Once they’re in the vicinity of the trap, a small fan pulls them into a chamber, where they quickly dehydrate and die. No zapping, no loud humming. Nothing to annoy Dad.  You gotta like that!
dynatrap.com, $89dynatrap

 

3) Bushnell SolarBook 850
Tuck this tablet-sized solar charger into a backpack or back pocket, or even just the basement for emergencies, and Dad can be ready for any power crisis. This collapsible system provides 2 USB outputs and five photovoltaic panels that stack inside a rugged protective case. Leave it in the sun for right around three and a half hours, and he will have enough juice in the onboard battery to charge his smartphone a couple of times, and his camera or GPS up to 5 times. With all the weather weirdness in the world something like this could come in handy!
bushnell.com, $350bushnell-solarbook

 

2) Bacon Candles
That’s right.  Bacon candles. You gotta give Yankee Candle credit where it’s due. If there’s one scent that completes a man cave, it’s bacon. And this recent entry into Yankee’s line of “Man Candles” will ensure the scent of crispy treats completes your Dad’s Fortress of Solitude… or maybe just his workshop.  Bonus… it won’t raise anyone’s cholesterol even one point!
amazon.com, $38 bacon-candle

 

1) CaulkWarmer
Has Dad ever asked himself any of these questions?
Would I like to keep my products flowing with improved quality?
How can I put an end to popped caulk tubes and excess manlift runs?
Is it possible to put an end to aching muscles and cold weather delays?
If so, then a Reasor CaulkWarmer bag is for him.  These bags look like the size of the bring-your-own grocery bags that the environmentally conscious among us take to the store, but with a flap on the top that folds over. You plug it in, set the thermostat, and it keeps everything ready for good product flow and improved quality. There are other bag sizes as well that will keep your five gallon bucket of joint compound or paint ready to go, or two gallon or one gallon or 20# cylinder warmers.  It’s the perfect father’s Day gift idea for the Dad who wants to work smarter… not harder.
caulkwarmer.com. $85caulk warmer bag 300dpi

Just another expert idea from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

Why you should uncoil your heated foam hose before you plug it in

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The quality of a spray foam application will always be dependent on properly functioning equipment, regardless of how many years experience an applicator might have.  Heated Hoses are a vital part of any spray foam equipment setup and are critical to the consistent flow of material, which translates to a uniform spray and ultimately, a better application with less waste.   Heated hose lengths can be up to 400 feet long, so, it’s necessary to keep the material heated as it travels through the hose temperatures all the way out to the spray gun. Maintaining temperatures helps to ensure proper mix and ratios at the point of application.

Most all spray foam hoses are heated in order to maintain the proper chemical temperature, however spray foam heated hoses are not designed to heat the foam initially, heated hoses are only designed to maintain the heat of the foam at a specific temperature as it flows through the hose.

When left coiled, the hose can create hot spots that will cause temperature spikes which can potentially degrade the foam as it flows through the hose.

This is why you should always uncoil your foam hose before heating it.

Just another expert idea from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer

Creative Caulking and Caulk Frosting

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So you think you are a “caulk artist” eh?  Well, there’s an interior wall finishing idea on the rise known as caulk frosting.  This application method allows you to create custom-made architectural elements on interior (and some exterior) surfaces. So, load up your caulking gun with a paintable caulk and release some creativity!

You can impress your clients with a spectacular architectural accent for any room using some very simple materials. You can also use this technique on ceilings, walls, clay pots, furniture, lamps and picture frames to create stunning effects.

1.   Pencil the placement of the design on the surface to be decorated.

2.    Extrude the caulk onto the surface following the pencil lines.

3.   To make the fine tendrils, cut a ¼” slice off the tip of the new tube of caulking. Place tendrils randomly along the fine. To make curly tendrils, move the caulking in small circles.

4.   To make leaves, cut the cap off the tube of caulking as shown in the diagram. Place cap back on caulking tube with the ¾” slice off the end. The cut cap should be placed on the tube so that the V notch is pointing to the top of the caulking gun. Extrude leaves along the vine in pairs.

5.   To make grapes, slice the caulking tube ¾” – 1″ from the top. Make small blobs with the caulk – they should look like large chocolate ships. Extrude the blobs on the surface in a grape cluster design. Dip your finger in water and smooth the tops of the grapes. To achieve a more 3-D effect, place a few more grapes on the top. Let dry 2-3 days before painting.

6.  If you really want to achieve artistic perfection, try duct-taping the same tips used by cake decorators to the extrusion end of your caulking tube.  Decorative pastry tips usually come in packs with a few different models included for a variety of shapes and designs.

Just another expert idea from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer