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7 Things You Should Know Before Dropping Dollar on a Fire Pit

The outdoor fire pit has become a bit of a must-have backyard accessory these days, popping up everywhere from the fashionable yards of Long Island to the sundrenched yards of the LA hills to right here in Piedmont, SD and Rapid City, SD. Fire pits speak to something primeval in the human spirit but they’re also an excuse for homeowners, landscape architects and decorators to flex their creative muscles by finding ever more imaginative settings, materials, and shapes to fashion them from. But before you go and drop serious money on a fire pit for your backyard there are some things you’ll want to know and consider and below we’re going to highlight 7 of them.

The Many Facets of the Outdoor Fire Pit

A fire pit can be a stunning minimalist expression of pure form, or it can be an elaborate baroque pedestal reminiscent of something out of 17th century Rome, or it can be anything and everything in between. What it should never be is poorly conceived. So below we present our list of the 7 things you need to know and consider in order to make sure your fire pit rocks.

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12 Super Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a HVAC Contractor

The HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system is the heart and lungs of your home. It’s one of those things that separate the modern home from those of our ancestors. But the HVAC system isn’t worth much without a qualified HVAC contractor to install, maintain and repair it and therein lies the rub. Because not all HVAC companies are created equal. Some are run by highly trained professionals who go the extra mile for their customers while others are run by guys who heard they could make a few bucks fixing furnaces. How do you do tell which is which? By asking questions.

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A Guide to the Different Venting Options for Gas Fireplaces

Since time immemorial people have gathered around the fire to share stories, strengthen bonds and stay warm. The practice of gathering around the indoor fireplace goes back almost as far, to the days when early humans first brought fire into the cave with them, and has continued on to the present day. While many homes in Piedmont, SD still have traditional wood burning fireplaces they simply aren’t practical in every house or every location and so alternatives have been developed to fulfill the primal need for fire. Those alternatives include

Venting Gas Fireplaces

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Is Your Central Heating System Unbalanced

If some of the rooms in your home feel like they are boiling hot when the heating is on and at the same time some of the rooms feel as though they aren't being heated at all, you have what's known as an "unbalanced" central heating system. Essentially the heat that is being produced by your central heating isn't being distributed evenly.

This is actually a very common problem since rarely do building contractors actually properly set up the heating system before they finish the job, meaning it's often left to you to sort out instead. However, it is a problem that has a solution (you probably just breathed a huge sigh of relief!). You need to have your system "balanced," which, if done correctly, should solve the problem and further alterations shouldn't need doing unless serious changes are made to your home heating system.

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