Monthly Archives: June 2017

Eco-Friendly Drywall

Eco-Friendly Drywall will not only give you a healthier home but it will have incredible effects on the earth for many years to come. Many people think reducing fuel emissions and installing energy saving systems in their home is how to protect the environment. It is true that these practices are not only good ecological practices, but homeowners can often reduce their energy costs significantly. However, new and better ways to protect the health of the environment are being developed constantly, and green drywall is one of the most recent.

Recycling discarded items is an effective practice that reduces harmful waste products that end up in a permanent landfill. Reusing materials such as plastic, glass, and paper to re-manufacture new containers, bottles and paper products prevents the destruction of forests.

Many homeowners are not aware that regular drywall can emit harmful CO2 emissions into their home. Innovative technology has found ways to manufacture safe drywall panels that do not release any dangerous toxins into the air. These panels are composed of materials that are recycled byproducts, previously added to a landfill or burned.


EcoRock is one green alternative to gypsum drywall that is mold resistant and does not produce any airborne mercury. This drywall product is composed of 80 percent recycled by-products from steel and cement manufacturing processes. It is naturally dried and cured without using any heat or chemicals, so it requires less energy to manufacture.

Dura Panels is another green drywall choice that uses wheat and rice straw agricultural by-products. This waste was previously disposed of by burning which caused carbon emissions to be released into the environment. These waste products are formed into a hardcore panels using heat and pressure. The straw contains an organic polymer that the process converts into a natural binding agent. A non-toxic, water-based PVA glue is then used to encase the panel in recycled Kraft liner paper.  The Dura Panels can also be recycled, used to produce fertilizer mulch or the discarded panels naturally decompose in a landfill.

Modern homeowners are fortunate that contractors and building supply stores are becoming more environmentally conscious. The current trend is to use green building materials as much as possible in new construction and home renovations. This practice not only reduces unhealthy emissions caused by some traditional building materials but also helps to preserve the environment.

Green materials and practices are becoming the preferred choice for new homeowners. Since drywall makes up about 80 percent of the exposed wall surface in the average home, environmentally safe drywall is the best and safest choice.

Check your local yellowpages or just Eco-friendly drywallsimply good “drywallers close to me” to contact a local drywaller. I used Guelph Drywallers and they were incredibly knowledgeable about the of these new products. Here is a pic of the drywall ready to be install in our home.

How to stop plumbing joints from leaking.

How to stop plumbing joints from leaking, this can be an unexpected surprise and you need to know how to fix this situation or prevent it from happening. . Connections using threaded pipes and fittings are at risk of leaking it they do not get sealed with either Teflon pipe joint compound or Teflon tape. That’s why serious plumbers use both of those solutions on each joint they ever work on, as added security. They’re hoping to avoid getting called back in to fix a mistake that they made.

As my friend from Guelph Plumbers would say “do it right the first time, or don’t do it at all.”

How it works. Start by wrapping any male threads with your Teflon tape. Wrap your tape in a clockwise direction. Three layers are typically enough. Every once in a while, a loose fitting that needs more wraps than this will come in front of you, but four or five should be enough. You just have to stretch and then tear the tape to get the wrap done.

Next, get your Teflon pipe joint compound and spread a thin layer of it over the previously applied tape. If a plastic tape is what you’re using, make sure your Teflon pipe joint compound is specifically compatible with it. Start the threads using your hands before you start tightening up the connection using wrenches. Always wipe excess away.

If your compression joints have a ferrule, lubricate it.

Use pipe joint compound to lubricate the brass ring and ferrule.

Shutoff valves commonly have compression joints, but you’ll see them on other fittings too. They typically have a ferrule, a plastic or brass ring, which is compressed in recess when the nut is tightened, this forms a seal. When you use a dab of Teflon pipe joint compound, you can lubricate both the ferrule and the tube. That helps the ferrule slide on the pipe and then squeeze into a tight fit in the recession, so you don’t have to use as much wrench pressure. Use a pair of wrenches to firmly tighten compression fittings so you can crimp any ferrule onto its pipe. Also, be certain that the tube or pipe is straight with the fitting. Leaks happen from misalignments. If your current fitting sports a leak after the water is turned on, try to tighten the nut an extra quarter-turn. That’s usually enough to stop a leak.

Seal and lubricate waste line connections with pipe joint compound.

Joints that come with chrome trap-style assemblies count on rubber-style slip-joint washers for their sealing, but these commonly leak. If a chrome trap is something that you are reassembling, go out and purchase new slip joint nuts and washers. On the other hand, newer washers are prone to sticking to the pipe, which makes them distort or twist as you tighten them with their slip joint nut. If you want to prevent this, lubricate the slip joint and drain tubing with a bit of pipe joint compound. Create yourself a tighter seal and help the washer glide smoothly by doing this.

Start the process of any slip joint nut with your hand, and then twist it into place until you know all the threads are properly engaged. First, tighten all the joints by hand. Then, you can adjust any trap parts until they have alignment with a slight pitch for drainage. That is essential. Any misaligned joint is going to leak, even when you put new washers into the mix. As the last step, use a pair of large slip joint pliers in order to tighten up nuts an extra half turn.

Any plastic trap parts are going to use hard-plastic-made slip joint washers for their seal. Be sure the flat part is up against the nut where the tapered side is facing the right fitting.

Pick supply tubes that are flexible.

You probably want to avoid solid chrome or copper supply lines. They’re hard to get just right without a ton of personal experience.

Supply tubes that are copper or chrome and skinny are often used to connect toilets and faucets, but they are difficult to cut, align, or bend. Fortunately, you don’t have to hassle with them. When you replace a toilet or faucet, go with flexible supply hoses that have braided coverings instead. There are rubber gaskets at both ends, so they don’t need much force for sealing. One trick is purchasing a connector that has the right size nuts for both ends. When you go to the store, take with you the old nuts from both ends and the tubing. That way you can be certain of an exact matching up.

Carefully start the nuts before tightening by hand. After that, tighten an extra half turn, but don’t overtighten. If the joint should leak, just tighten it a bit more.

I hope this helps if you ever come across a leaky joint or need to do a quick DIY project.

I couldn’t find an awesome video so I will probably make one and update this post later.

From Your eco-friendly source for home products. Rebecca.

Eco Friendly – Low VOC paints lead to fewer health problems.

Low VOC paints are the future of a healthy home. Convention paints contain volatile organic compounds besides heavy metals and formaldehyde. Producing these paints can also lead to toxic waste that is generated in volumes many times over the actual paint itself. VOCs have a log term effect that can last for years, even long after the paint has dried. Constant exposure to these conventional paints can cause lung cancer; a disease that often affects professional painters.

All these problems can be avoided if eco-friendly paints are used. The best quality of these environmentally friendly paints is those that are plant based or solvent borne Low VOC paints paints that use natural solvents. They are still a small percentage of the market, but greater awareness is leading to their increasingly widespread use. Because of the low volumes, these paints do remain more expensive, but not disturbingly so. These paints can be used in any situation that is suitable for conventional paints. Most of these paints are microporous and they do not use any chemical component that can cause burning to eyes nose and throat and can irritate skin and cause burns.

Eco-friendly paints are therefore ideal for surfaces that need to breathe. These paints are water based and have natural components that have no harmful effects. The added benefit of these natural products is that they are biodegradable. All components of these paints are natural and will have plant extracts like beeswax, seed oil, and lemon peel extract. These ingredients do not have any unsafe emissions either during the manufacturing process or after application on any surface.

Here are a few manufacturers that provide Low VOC paint:

Benjamin Moore

Sherwin Williams

These paints also do not emit any odor like paints that contain chemicals. They are ideal for use by those who are health conscious, and this helps to make them cost effective because they do not cause any health problems. Technology has made it possible for these paints to be qualitatively superior to chemical paints and give improved coverage and color retention. The paints have a wide variety of shades, a better viscosity that improves coverage and causes a minimal of abrasion.

Eco-friendly paints can have material that is bio-based, while some of them may be natural to the full range of components in them. Some coatings use clay, chalk, lime, and marble with vegetable casein acting as binding agents. The coloring is carried out with mineral pigments that occur naturally in earth, gemstones, and rocks. These paints will, therefore, have a natural beauty that is never present in chemical paints. Most of these earth products are odorless, non-toxic and biodegradable.

When you are considering the environmental impact of any paint, you also need to take into account the energy used to manufacture, pack and transport the paint as this has an impact on its carbon footprint. Some paint manufacturers have turned to solar and geothermal power, rainwater harvesting and other actions that allow them to make their paint more eco-friendly. Natural paints like whitewash that use locally available lime are one of the best examples of paints that are completely in tune with the requirements of being eco-friendly.

Before you purchase any paint for your home project it may be a good idea to speak with your local contractor. I spoke with Guelph Painters for the best advice on which paints to use and where to get them in our local area.

I also found this video that has some additional information.

Hope this helps in your endeavor to a healthy home!