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A home charger is a compact weatherproof unit that mounts to a wall with a connected charging cable or a socket for plugging in a portable charging cable. Both types are also called a trickler, because they allow your EV’s battery to stay charged at a minimal level throughout a long (or longish) time without depleting its charge as fast if not faster than a “dumb” battery charger plugged into an ordinary wall outlet or any auxiliary source of current such as a USB connection or an extension cord into the vehicle jack.

How to Install an Electric Car Charging Station

Smart chargers like the one provided by the electric car home charger installation in Mint Hill, NC have a communication port that allows smartphone apps to monitor and control the charge process as well as basic telemetry through USB or Wi-Fi devices inside the car such as the Tesla Powerwall or the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric all offer smart-phone connectivity via their home charging station and HomeLink/HID-based remote key fobs.

Some vehicles also have auto-shutoff features and some will shut off the AC power when the battery is full to reduce the potential for fire risks in the event the power grid fails during a prolonged outage or other emergency situation while using a portable power cord may be a risk if something should go wrong causing the cord to become shorted or damaged because of the high voltage involved but handy to quickly recharge a dead battery pack using the non-peak AC electricity available during the hours of when the household usage is lowest from time-to-time as the electric utility company’s peak hours tend to be during the day during business hours when people are working this gives the batteries enough time to recuperate overnight before next morning startup and their full capacities can be used again on the commute to work then in the evening to get the cars out of the garage for the night to recharge the batteries in preparation for their next use the next day their second “charge cycle” for the typically-8 hour workday drain period between morning and evening commutes means that even if the fully discharged pack gets recharged at home it will still be getting used 56% of the time instead of only ~20–30 minutes in the morning and the same for the other evening return trip so by using two-way communications and a capacitive touchscreen in the vehicle they have significantly extended the time they can use a single fully charged electric vehicle without needing to plug into an external power source reducing the number of times the car has to be plugged in.

Most roofers recommend inspections every two years as an important part of maintaining your home. If it’s been more than two years since your roof has been inspected, it’s probably time for another one anyway! Since an inspection is a crucial part of being a responsible homeowner and can save you a great deal of money in the long term as well in lower roof repairs later on down the road here are some things you can look for during your next roof inspection with the San Antonio roofing professional team

Is the surface of your shingles damaged? Certain areas may have more exposure than others to bad weather and therefore are more prone to damage such as buckling or curling of shingle granules or even separation (which should be fixed right away) and eventually water leakage may occur as a result of erosion over time in these areas if left unattended long enough; while this is usually only an aesthetic issue for the most part it can also be an indicator of potential problems with longer running roofing issues due to weathering over the years as it weakens the underlayment material causing premature wear to the surface above eventually leading to a complete failure of the system if not addressed in a timely manner.

Summer Safety Tips for Roofing Workers - Roofing

A common cause of granule loss is when gutter system is improperly vented by trees growing too close to the house or other obstructions in the gutters that cause back drafting against the siding of the home itself which can cause direct exposure to a humid moist climate that will ultimately lead to accelerated deterioration of the surface as a result which is why vent pipes are a good idea to minimize the problem in the first place if you haven’t already done so already when considering an upgrade to your roofing system for the home if needed since this in and of itself can be costly to correct without the telltale signs mentioned above that precedes the real problem in many cases nonetheless.. Shingles can be normally changed out at a relatively low-cost per individual piece and the repairs are usually relatively.

This is another good preventative measure to check up on from time to time depending on the local climate and amount of rainfall throughout the year that you experience around your home which can quickly take a small problem and make it much worse over a short amount of time given the chance when neglected instead of addressing it promptly and doing routine maintenance on a systematic basis which is what most roofs need to remain in top condition at all times to avoid major defects and expensive emergency repair bills in the future that comes with the territory.

Is the exterior of your home needing a refresh? Looking for some ideas for a little curb appeal? While there are many ways to boost the curb appeal of your home, for the most dramatic transformation, painting the exterior of a house is hands down the best way! See how paint and some elbow grease can boost your curb appeal, personally I fully suggest working on your landscape or garden first, try out playground turf, it’s almost a free maintenance improvement.

Last summer we decided to take on the big job of painting the exterior of our house …. ourselves! It was LONG overdue and we had been putting it off for a couple years. We decided to jump right in and get to work!

We were able to save thousands of dollars by painting the exterior ourselves and I’m so glad we did. Yes, it was a lot of work, but it was so worth it! We’ve never been afraid of a little bit (…ok A LOTTA BIT) of hard work. 

We love the way it transformed our home, but we aren’t the only ones who love it. Our neighbors are constantly telling us just how amazing our home looks now.

Before Painting the Exterior of our Home

From the moment we decided to purchase our home, I wanted to change the exterior. I HATED the orange colored brick. If I were to have my way I would have lime washed it or applied a German smear.

But, Steve was dead set against doing anything to the brick. I even toyed with the idea of removing the brick and adding rock. I’m ambitious, but not that ambitious.

So, in order to update the exterior of our home I would use paint. Paint is the most economical way to update your home. While this project was a lot of work, it was so worth it to me!

Should I paint the exterior of my house myself?

Let’s be real here, depending on the size and height of your house and the condition of the existing siding, preparing and painting a house on your own can be a tedious, difficult job.

Don’t paint your house yourself unless you have the time, tools, skills and stamina to do the work.

I had most of the tools, I’m not afraid of a little hard work and I wanted it done!

Yes, we could have paid a painter, but where’s the fun in that? No really, I can’t see paying someone to do the work that I know I can do for myself.

Our home is a single story. If it was a two-story, I would have hired it out. I’m afraid of heights, so the really high parts on the front of the house Steve had to do.

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Photoshop it!

Photoshop it!

Not always as easy as you think.

The term ‘Photoshop it’ is used very freely these days, sometimes getting bad press, notoriously, the over airbrushed images of fashion models and celebs, making them appear super slim and blemish free. None the less, it is a brilliant application enabling us to make the impossible possible (most of the time!). We often get asked ‘Can’t you just Photoshop it?’ Our designers use Photoshop on a daily basis and can create all sorts of amazing affects from removing unwanted background objects to complete image manipulation. With technology and programmes becoming more accessible to edit your photos easily we find more and more people doing their own photo editing, which often makes life easier… other times not so easy. Here’s a few amusing images that we’ve come across in magazines, on the web and in the papers illustrating how not to ‘Photoshop it’.

Car with Moving Wheels

Car with Moving Wheels

Where has the wheel gone
Shadows that don't match

Shadows that don't match

Where has the wheel gone
Beemers & Braces #1 - Justification

Beemers & Braces #1 - Justification

Here we unravel a bit of design talk (technical jargon) and reveal a few interesting design(ish) facts!

Did you know?…

JPEG, an image file type which you 
take with your digital camera or phone camera stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group.
HTML is the basic building-blocks of 
a web page and stands for Hypertext 
Markup Language.
PDF which you use for viewing 
documents electronically, stands for Portable Document Format.

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