Exploring The World Of Handcrafted Furniture Construction

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Exploring The World Of Handcrafted Furniture Construction

Hi there! The name is Nicky and I'm here to present the fascinating world of furniture construction to you. Modern furniture comes from a long line of handcrafted items that have recently fallen out of favor. I grew up in a quirky household where we created all of our own furniture by hand. I have fond memories of shaping wood on the lathe for table and couch legs before I could even ride a bike. Today I continue to create furniture using all of the skills I learned from my awesome parents. I would like to share the knowledge I've collected over the years with you to help expand this interesting hobby. My main goal is to see handmade furniture secure its place in the marketplace. I hope you learn all you need to know about techniques, tools and building materials to create signature pieces you'll love for lifetime.


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What is creosote? What does it look like? Why should you care? If you have a chimney in your home, these are a few of the questions you need to answer. The most important question to answer is: what is creosote? It is a tar-like substance that builds up on your chimney and can cause a risk of fire. In order to keep your home safe, you need to make sure you properly deal with creosote. To deal with this tar-like danger, you will need to properly clean your chimney. 

How Does Creosote Form?

The smoke generated by burning wood contains creosote and as that smoke travels up your chimney, creosote will build up on the walls of the flue (the interior of your chimney). You might think that creosote poses no risk to your home because it is a residue of wood that has already burned, but creosote is highly flammable. As more and more tar builds up on your chimney, the risk of fire increases. To avoid the risk of fire, you need to make sure you clean out your chimney every year or so depending on how often you use your fireplace. If you only use your fireplace a few times a year, you may be able to go longer between cleanings. If, however, you use your fireplace as your primary cleaning source, you may want to clean it more frequently, at least once a year. 

DIY Chimney Repair?

You can buy flexible, long-handle brushes for cleaning chimneys, but that does not mean that you should attempt cleaning your own chimney. For one thing, cleaning a chimney can be messy. Putting down tarps should help to collect dust and debris that comes out of your chimney, but a professional will have experience and skills to help mitigate the risk of damage. Furthermore, a chimney sweep should do a full inspection of your chimney to make sure it is in good repair. If sweeps find damage, they can advise you about what repairs you should make and may be able to help with the repairs. 

While you could save some money by sweeping out your chimney on your own, how will you know what other repairs your chimney may need or how to make any needed repairs? In order to keep your home and your family safe, it is better to trust keeping your chimney clean to the professionals.  

Thinking about getting your chimney professionally cleaned or repaired? Contact Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service.