What’s in my drinking water?

Whether it comes from a well, or a water system, what you need to know By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com The experts say that the human body needs eight glasses of drinking water a day. This amount of water is needed because the body needs water for temperature control, removing waste from the body and brings oxygen to the cells and organ function. Let’s talk about what...

The evolution of building codes

Rules for safe building have their roots in ancient times By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Some may ask “why and when did building codes evolve?” Did it all start in the 1920s or later? Well, we need to go back to a time when a Babylonian emperor named Hammurabi enforced his own code called the Hammurabi code. This was around 1800 BC. His thinking was if a builder built...

Smoke detectors: the right one could save lives

By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Here’s a hot topic: smoke detectors. All new residences are required to have smoke detectors. They must be hard wired with a battery backup. The location in a single family home goes like this: One in each bedroom, one in the hallway, one on each level, and one in the basement. If one is activated all of the alarms will sound. The idea...

Who do you dress to impress?

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Girls dress to impress boys. But, grown women dress for other women. Do guys know this? Well, let me clarify. Based on the short shorts I witnessed at last night’s Unionville vs. Garnet Valley football game, YOUNG,  high school-aged girls ARE certainly dressing for the attention of the opposite sex. And, giving them quite an eyeful, if you...

Sun rooms: let the sun shine in

What to know to add some light to your home By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com How did sunrooms come about? It all started with the porch, and when the time came for a barbecue people had to put up with all kinds of insects. So they started to install screening on their porches and with a little bit of framing, the insect problem was taken care of. Then, in the 1960s a trend...

‘Countering’ those kitchen questions

Lots of options for those kitchen and bathroom counters By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Centuries back man didn’t have many options as far as counter tops. They probably cut down a huge oak tree and started working the daylights out of it to come up with something that was feasible. As far back as I can remember, people used tile or Formica. But today we have a few more...

Iron railings: timeless beauty and durability

Ornamental Iron Work can enhance the look of your home By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, KennettTimes.com When I was growing up I remember an iron railing and guardrail set up in my house. In fact most of my friends in the neighborhood had the same model house and they also had iron railings. As kids we would climb all over it maybe four or five kids at a time, and it never budged. So, iron...

ADA: a major issue for public-use buildings

While your single-family home doesn’t have to handicap accessible, your business might need to be By John D’Annunzio, columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com The Americans with Disabilities Act came about due to the increasing need for people with disabilities to have access to facilities that are used by the general public. Since the inception of the ADA guidelines for buildings have changed...

Under cover: Roof shingles and attic ventilation

The right kind of roof and ventilation can keep you cool and dry By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Let’s talk about the most commonly used shingles: organic asphalt shingles. They last about 18 to 20 years. The only problem with them is that in time they can cup in very humid and wet climates. Try to purchase a shingle with an algae resistant coating.  There is an asphalt...

Let’s talk about something cool

When the thermometer hits the triple digits, you better know how to keep your AC unit happy By John D’Annunzio, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com In this edition I will talk about three subjects, how air conditioning systems work, how to maintain them and saving tips on electricity. Air conditioners have several parts; the unit outside of a building is called the condenser or compressor. The...