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JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 2003 PAGE 5g wag we (ARA) . How times have Remember when tile was installed one square at a time? Now in sheets. Or when walls were cemented one piece at a time? installed as a e, complete unit. Or a roofs were built stick by up high on site? Now mbled in a fac- ,truck to hoisted into place :fanes. How about doors hung on the job? delivered to the in their frames Just set in place. per, joined together by sol- der? That's still being done in many places, but plumbing systems have also come of age. Today, plumbing installations are being accomplished with optimum performing mate- rials and installation meth- ods - all at a lower cost and in record time. One innovation that has been making major inroads into modern home building and remodeling is the FlowGuard Gold CPVC plumbing system. Con- structed of high-perfor- mance, reliable chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), of-the-art product requires no soldering or risky open flame during installation. It com- pletely eliminates concerns over corrosion, pitting and scaling. It has also been proven to be four times qui- eter than copper, resistant to condensation, water hammer and vibration, and maintains water quality. At the same time that the product advantages of CPVC plumbing are becoming more widely known, the benefits of traditional metallic systems are being questioned. Copper plumbing has come under fire and increased scrutiny - not by metal leaching into the water, but also for its fre- quency of premature failure. Pinhole leaks, corrosion and scaling, which can limit a copper system's life and per- formance, have been the source of increased attention and negative publicity throughout the country. From the east coast where The Washington Post has pro- vided ongoing coverage for more than two years on the chronic leaks in copper sys- tems - onward west to Texas where The San Antonio Ex- press-News has continued to cover the problem of prema- per plumbing has been banned all together. Even in the Midwest just outside Ak- ron, Ohio, in the town of Wadsworth, concern over leaks and the high costs to repair and repipe have caused community officials to con- sider banning the corrosive material. The fire risk posed by the installation of copper plumb- ing has also caused concern - especially in remodeling ap- plications where there is more solder copper. A recent ex- ample of a catastrophic fire caused during the installation of copper pipe was in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, on Aug. 11, 2002, when a contractor's torch ignited a fire causing $150,000 in dam- ages during a routine copper plumbing installation. To learn more about why more building and remodel- ing projects are being com- pleted with CPVC plumbing systems like FlowGuard Gold chancefordrywallorwooden" pipe and fittings, visit joists to catch on fire from www.flowguardgold.com or the torch that is required to call (888)234-2436, Ext. 7393. when hot and which has a 40-year track only for its link to possible ture failures- down south to pingwasallcop-record in the field, this state- water contamination caused Jacksonville, Fla where cop- scapelighting provid beauty, security you're like your home is Single biggest invest- .r make. Your : Is your castle and your domain. But for part of the year, by get home from ,Your yard is dark. You see the landscape at and the house fades into night. More and more ~le are finding that ar-~ :tural and landscape allows them to ex- the enjoyment of their SCape investment into .ning hours. lighting curb appeal, ex- living space and in- the safety and secu- home. The right ng creates a warm and atmosphere for exterior of your home lr yard. You'll even lighting from in- ing expeits recom- voltage systems outdoor use. Transform- line voltage (120 at the outlet to 12 "A low-voltage exte- is not looks and works bet- )," says Curtis Hogan, of Nite Time De- Lubbock, Texas-based any specializing can install landscape yourself or hire a bnai lighting com- you. Which- option you choose, Sure you do your before starting roject. t, keep in mind that focus more on esired effect of the tg, rather than the fixtures you use. fixtures are being directly light a spe- design, such )ool or along a gowith unobtrusive light- and placement," Hogan. design or installa: In make for disap- lighting, but corn- important, too. failure (trans- andwiring) a real problem. While a't want extremely that will fail two or three years, necessarily need :he most necessarily the most The most expen- sive fixtures you'll find are ones where you are paying for artistic, creative or ex- otic design, but not neces- sarily quality. The key consideration when assessing quality is du- rability. How long will a component last given the harsh conditions that exist outside a home throughout the course of the year? Wind, rain, sleet, snow, blistering heat or freezing cold are just some of the hazards your components need to with- stand. The lighting System should easily adapt to changes. New landscaping is typically dotted with young plants, bushes and trees. Does your lighting plan al- low for adequate flexibility in the system for easy repo- sitioning of lighting as your landscaping matures, grows or changes? Being able to move a fixture to the correct lighting position as bushes grow, or plants get reposi- tioned, without needing to reinstall part of the system, is an important consider- ation. Consider maintenance is- sues as well. Professional landscape lighting compa- nies offer maintenance con- tracts, meaning your out- door lighting will look its best at all times. You don't need to worry about replac- ing burned out bulbs, clean- ing lenses, trimming veg- etation, adjusting fixture po- sitioning or fixing minor electrical problems. If you choose to do-it- yourself, lighting kits are available in most large hard- ware outlets. Kits contain fixtures, lamps, cable, con- nectors and a transformer. These kits concentrate mainly on path lights for il- luminating walkways; they do not allow for custom de- signs for home and landscap- ing. The quick connects sup- plied with these kits can be unreliable and create future maintenance. If you decide to hire some- one to install your lighting, you have a couple of options. Many local lawn service and lighting companies carry a limited selection of land- scape lighting fixtures and supplies. They can assist you in simple design and instal- lation techniques but don't offer sophisticated designs. Electricians will install lights for you, but generally with little or no design in mind. Your best option is a pro- fessional landscape lighting company that can work with you to create the exact look you desire. If you do not know what you want, they can offer advice based on their experience in design, installation and mainte- nance. "Our experts will use special lighting techniques to enhance, secure and ac- cent your property," says Curtis. "We will even pro- vide a free home trial that will show you how your home will look with profes- sional lighting." 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