Masonry Blocks and Mortar

Masonry Blocks and Mortar Explained.  One of the most common masonry units is the concrete block. It consists of hardened cement and may be completely solid or contain single or multiple hollows. It is made from conventional cement mixes and various types of...

Tankless Water Heaters – By Orillia Home Inspector

Tankless Water Heaters – By Orillia Home Inspector Tankless water heaters have been in Europe and other parts of the world for quite a while and are increasingly gaining popularity in North America. For some homeowners, using a tankless water heater is a...

Green Algae: How To Defeat The ‘Green Montster’ in Your Water Garden

It’s the scourge of backyard water gardeners everywhere: variously called “green water,” “blanket weed” or “pond scum,” it’s known to scientists as thallophytes and to less-emotional water gardeners as green algae. Green algae can grow in any environment where there...

Brick and Building Techniques

A brick is a block of ceramic material used in masonry construction, usually laid using various kinds of mortar. It has been regarded as one of the longest lasting and strongest building materials used throughout history. Bricks are usually held together by mortar,...

Pex Plumbing Installation and Facts

PEX pipes were widely used in Europe 50 to 60 years back but these days sophisticated PEX is used to make piping and other fittings. These pipes have more resistance to extreme temperature and corrosion. It is to be said that such new generation PEX pipes have not...