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When to Consider TL 30 Safes

July 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

kingdom_usaThere are many kinds of safes, offering protection from attempts to open them using mechanical or hand tools, blowtorching, or hammering. Some of the most common safes in are those rated as TL30 or those designed to be tool-resistant for up 30 minutes. TL 30 safes offer good enough protection against hand mechanical or electrical tools used in lock picking or forcibly opening a safe through the door or the walls. In general terms, they provide moderate protection. They can resist grinders, power saws, carbide drills, cutting wheels, and various devices that apply pressure. However, you may want to know when these safes will be enough and when you may need to consider something more secure.

If you need a safe for your home or small office, those under class TL 30 are usually enough . These safes are usually combination locked safes (mechanical). Some security experts opine that these safes are good for securing items valued at a quarter of a million dollars to half a million dollars. Those that offer tool-resistance protection on all 6 sides (x6) are preferred for storing more valuable items but they are more expensive. By the way, if you see a safe classified as TL 30, it usually means that its 30-minute tool-resistance feature only applies to the door as opposed to TL30x6 safes that guarantee tool resistance on all 6 sides. Still, you can make a TL30 as good as a TL30x6 by having it embedded on your wall or floor.

Consider TL 30 if you are securing documents, a minimal amount of cash, jewelry, data storage media (flash, DVDs, or hard drives), and other important items. Bear in mind, though, that not every TL 30 is alike. If you want to safekeep documents on your TL 30 unit, you may want to look for something that offers fire and water protection. This type of safe should provide enough time for you to retrieve your documents in good form within at least an hour. The fire and water protection will not be absolute so you still have to expeditiously take the safe away from the burning or flooded building.

It’s also worth emphasizing that safes in the TL 30 class with fire protection should not be equated to torch-resistant units (TR). The fire protection feature is only aimed at temperature control, to prevent the items inside the safe from excessively heating up and burning or melting. Torch resistance (TR) infers the ability of the safe to withstand the damage of a blowtorch up to a certain period of time.

For moderate home and office protection needs, getting a TL 30 type of safe should already be enough. You can store up to half a million dollars worth of items in them. You can find different designs and sizes to suit your needs and preferences. Be sure to spend some time researching the different options you have so you can do comparisons and choose the safe that matches your needs and is offered at a price you can afford.

Tips for choosing the right wicker furniture

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Wicker Paradise

When it comes to buying wicker furniture for your outdoor space, there are a lot of options and choices. The first is the choice between the type of wicker: natural or synthetic.

Natural wicker, as the name implies is made from natural materials like bamboo and willow and these are woven over wooden frames. Lets start with the advantages of using natural wicker. First of all, natural wicker looks amazing. Because it is wood, it takes colors well and can be painted whenever you feel like a color change. For the very same reason, it is also easily stained. It is best to avoid keeping wicker chairs in areas where debris can fall. Direct sunlight can cause it to fade. While this can be discouraging, if your furniture is not used much and is stored until use, then you should have no problems.

 wickerparadise3It is for those very disadvantages that synthetic wicker is more popular. Synthetic wicker is made from a plastic resin. Because it is plastic, it is good in all weather conditions. This wicker shaped plastic resin is fixed onto a rust proof aluminum frame. As a result it is perfect for any type of outdoor furniture and can be used to make a wicker sofa. In terms if aesthetic, it looks very similar to natural wicker.

Your choice will depend on your environment and how often it will be used.

Everyone loves the class and comfort of wicker furniture. If you’d like to find some for your home or business, Wicker Paradise has everything you need from indoor wicker furniture or for an outdoor patio and at prices you’ll love.

Should you buy a wooden door?

July 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by ETO Doors

Your front door is one of the most important facets of your home. It is the first thing we see when we come and the last thing we see when we leave. It is also the first impression visitors get when they arrive. The look and more importantly the feel of your front door adds to the image of your home. A well-maintained, well-finished door gives a feeling of security and homeliness. When it comes to selecting a material for a door, wood is the first option for most. However there are some considerations when buying wooden those that you should be aware of.

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Solid wooden doors were written off due to their propensity to warp and curl. This was especially problematic for entry doors. That is no longer a problem. Modern methods of using engineered wood cores to construct wooden doors have eliminated most warping and curling issues.

Wooden doors also require more maintenance. Maintenance might be slightly higher for exterior wood doors. However with just a few coats of paint or polyurethane, the door can be kept looking good for decades. It is an extra effort. But it is one that is worthwhile.

Choosing the right type is also important. You get pre-hung doors and slab doors. Slab doors are the ones that are sold without hinges and lockset boring. These are perfect to replace existing doors as the jamb and trim are already in place. Pre-hung doors come hinged with a frame. These are best for new construction.

These are just a few considerations when choosing to buy a wooden door.

ETO Doors offers a large selection of wooded and front doors.

Tips to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

July 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tips to Keep Your Home Cool this SummerThe end of summer is almost here, which means that we are in the hottest part of the year. If you find yourself battling higher energy costs as you run your air conditioning, these tips will help you keep your house cooler.

Find a Reasonable Temperature

The first tip is to set a temperature in the house that everyone can handle, and that feels refreshing. You typically want your inner space to be about 20 degrees cooler than it is outside if you can manage it. For places like California and Arizona, that usually puts the interior of the house near 78-80 degrees. You can drop it down to 75 when you’re around, but you’ll save a lot more money if you let the interior temperature rise when no one is around to enjoy the cool breeze.

Install Window Treatments

Installing window treatments isn’t just to make a home look nicer. These curtains or shutters also block sunlight from entering the home. Your AC system will need to power on far less when you stop unnecessary heat from penetrating the space. On that note, it’s also a good idea to seal the exterior windows of your property with weather stripping or sealant.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to change your air filter. It won’t improve the temperature, but a properly ventilated filter will make it easier to breathe in your home. The dirt and dust that would normally enter the internals of your HVAC system get blocked by air filtration systems, so your AC unit will last longer too.

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