Epdm Rubber Roofing

by Fred on October 12, 2012

epdm rubber roofing

Buzz Off! How To Fix A Noisy Dimmer Switch

A dimmer switch can help create ambiance by allowing you to get your lighting level just right. Or it can destroy ambiance by making it sound as if your chandelier doubles as a boarding house for cicadas. This buzzing noise is a common unintended consequence of dimmer switches, but it’s not a necessary consequence. If you need help making sure the effects of a dimmer switch are seen, but not heard, here are a few possible solutions.
What’s All the Buzz Aboutc

It’s a common, and understandable, misconception that dimmer switches simply reduce the voltage of the electricity that goes to a light fixture. In fact, the voltage doesn’t change. Instead, the dimmer cycles the electricity on and off very rapidly, far faster than the human eye can follow. So while what’s really happening is that the lights are turning on and off, your brain interprets it as the light being dimmer. This rapid cycling can cause the filaments of your light bulb to vibrate, and it’s this vibration that creates the buzzing sound.

Go Low

If your dimmer switch is operating near or even over its capacity, it won’t operate as smoothly and buzzing is more likely. You can reduce the load on the dimmer by reducing the wattage of the light bulbs it controls. Because this is the least expensive potential solution, it’s a good idea to try it first.

Go High

If lower wattage light bulbs don’t solve the problem, try higher voltage bulbs. Standard light bulbs are 120 volts. But 130-volt light bulbs are also available and could be the solution to your buzzing problem. These bulbs have thicker filaments and heavier housing, so they are less prone to vibration. If you’re having trouble finding them, look for light bulbs that are marketed as “long lasting,” “rough/heavy duty,” or “outdoor.” Specialty appliance and garage door opener bulbs are also typically 130 volts. And if the lower watt bulbs you installed solve the buzzing problem, but you find that they burn out frequently, replacing them with 130-volt bulbs solves that problem as well.
Last Resort: Upgrade

If changing your light bulbs (twice!) doesn’t solve the problem, then the culprit may be a cheap dimmer switch. Switching a light rapidly on and off is an inherently unsmooth way of powering it, but higher end dimmer switches generally accomplish the task more smoothly than less expensive dimmers. They also include components that minimize fluctuations of current that the on/off cycling can produce. These higher quality dimmers also generally offer a broader range of settings, which gives you greater control over how much or how little your lights are dimmed.

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Source: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Buzz-Off–How-To-Fix-A-Noisy-Dimmer-Switch/800630

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Single Ply EPDM Rubber Roofing?
    Anyone know a place online that I can order a sheet of single ply epdm rubber roofing that would be 15ft by 14ft??? I’ve been looking and I can’t find anyone that sells it. I’ve tried locally and again can’t find anyone that sells rubber roofing around here. I live in PA…please help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from the GenFlex roofing site. You may have already tried these.

      ALLIANCE WHOLESALE SUPPLY INC
      JOHNSTOWN, PA
      Phone: 814-532-0990
      Fax: 814-532-0991

      B.J. SUPPLY CO., BRISTOL,PA
      BRISTOL, PA
      Phone: 215-785-5307
      Fax: 215-785-4613

      BARR WHOLESALE
      DUBOIS, PA
      Phone: 814-583-5253
      Fax: 814-583-5253

      ERIE MATERIALS/SCRANTON, PA
      SCRANTON, PA
      Phone: 570-346-3390
      Fax: 607-723-3450

      F.M. WEITZEN COMPANY, INC.
      NEW KENSINGTON, PA
      Phone: 724-337-4521
      Fax: 724-337-8889

      INTERSTATE CONTRACTORS SUPPLY
      WASHINGTON, PA
      Phone: 724-229-9400
      Fax: 724-229-9445

      J&L BLDG MATERIALS/FRAZER
      FRAZER, PA
      Phone: 610-644-6311
      Fax: 610-408-0237

      J&L BLDG MATERIALS/LANDISVILLE
      LANDISVILLE, PA
      Phone: 717-898-2633
      Fax: 610-408-0237

      KLINGER LUMBER CO., INC.
      ELIZABETHVILLE, PA
      Phone: 717-362-2130
      Fax: 717-362-3865

      R.F. FAGER COMPANY
      CAMP HILL, PA
      Phone: 717-761-0660
      Fax: 717-761-6428

      ROOFING SUPPLY GROUP OF PITTS
      CARNEGIE, PA
      Phone: 412-429-9789
      Fax: 412-429-8085

      YORKTOWNE ROOFING & SIDING INC
      YORK, PA
      Phone: 717-845-9447
      Fax: 717-854-4461

  2. QUESTION:
    what happens when you put rubber roofing (EPDM) on a very sloped roof?
    Just curious. Had a call about a womans roof leaking today and she says it is done with white EPDM but when asked about the flat roof she informed me that it has a severe slope and wasn’t flat at all.

    • ANSWER:
      You really should get a metal roof. They last a whole lot longer and are easy to install. They work just fine on a steep roof. Here’s website to a good metal roofing company. www.metalroofingwholesalers .com

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if EPDM Flat Roofing is any good? It’s a rubber roof. Or is solar reflective paint best?
    I’ve got a leaky dormer style flat roof and need to have it replaced. I’ve been doing some research and several options seem to be available to me. Firstly I was told that re felting and solar reflective paint was the way to go, but that it did require re paiting every few years. But now I’ve also come across EPDM flat roofing, which is a type of rubber as far as I can make out, and claims to have a longer lifespan.

    Please does anyone know which of the 2 solutions is better?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      EPDM is very good and much better than felt. The only thing longer lasting is lead, which costs much more and cannot be laid in such large single panels as EPDM. They key with flat roofs is to make sure the subsurface is flat and even and slopes right, so that if you get a tiny leak the water does not run back under and soak all the deck material so it rots. I would always increase the slope a little so that if anything sags in years to come the roof still drains off well. You see so many where water pools in hollows and eventually it starts to leak.

  4. QUESTION:
    roof deck on a epdm rubber roof.?
    anyone ever put up a P/T roof deck over a epdm rubber roof.

    • ANSWER:
      Membrane roofs should not have any sharp edges putting pressure on it. Even a flat square board will sink into the material and the edges are where the problem begins. We put layers of thick tar pads 3/4″ under the feet of the air handlers years ago and still no problem. Make sure there is plenty of support under the roof.

  5. QUESTION:
    What type of products can be used for maintaining a roof after applying EPDM and epdm rubber?
    What type of products can be used for maintaining a roof after applying EPDM and epdm rubber?As I have applied Liquid epdm and now want to maintain it?

    • ANSWER:
      After applying EPDM and liquid epdm type roof repairing products you must avoid using harsh abrasive materials and petroleum-based solvents for their maintenance, in this way you can utilize fully your roofs and they will remain in the perfect condition for a long time.


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