Color, Temperature, and Urban Heat Islands

13 02 2015

White reflects and black absorbs.

It’s a simple statement with massive ramifications if our society decides to use the science of color to fight global warming. For centuries cities in places like North Africa and the Mediterranean have been painting everything bright white to keep cool. White reflects the heat radiation back into space while darker colors absorb heat radiation and would therefore increase the temperature in and around the house.

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Moracco

 

Why did we abandon this simple technique that seems like a no brainer in places like Los Angeles? The answer is that it is much cheaper to use dark building materials. Asphalt and tar are two of the most ubiquitous building materials we use to construct cities and roads. The detrimental effect of building like that is referred to as the “Urban Heat Island” effect. This is why cities are generally much hotter than the surrounding countryside.

In cities with ample precipitation, the best solution involves plants on places like rooftops and vacant lots. The city of Boston buried it’s largest highway and built a giant park in it’s place. The “Big Dig” was a disaster as far as construction projects go but the original concept was great. (When I was ten years old, the Major of Boston told me the Big Dig would be done in five years…I am now thirty and they just finished.)

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The problem with this approach in Los Angeles is the complete lack of rain. No one should be watering large lawns because it’s just downright irresponsible. Replacing lawns with fake grass actually contributes to the Urban Heat Island and also destroys whatever ecosystem existed there before. Residents of Los Angeles can enroll in a rebate turf removal program whereby you replace the grass with drought resistant plants and get money back from the city.

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Of course if you can’t get people to vaccinate their children, the concept of deadly irresponsibility may not be salient for the residents of greater Los Angeles.

If you want to be a responsable member of society, however, paint white and tear up all that thirsty grass.

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Aqua-life Paint

27 12 2014
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Wood, Metal, Masonry
  • Residential, Commercial
  • Low VOC
  • Extreme Low Odor
  • Easy to Apply
  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Thinnable
  • Sandable

Life Paint’s Aqua-Life products were developed to replace traditional oil based alkyd-type resin technology. With today’s stringent VOC regulations, and the limited low VOC solvents available, Life Paint researched a resin technology that has been used for over ten years successfuly in Europe. This resin type allowed for extremely low VOC manufacturing, very low ordor, and it’s application resembles that of traditional oil based products. In fact, once the product is cured, the coating left is just as a traditional alkyd is. The main difference between old traditional, oil-based, alkyd resin paints and Life Paint’s Aqua-Life is the subsitution of smelly petroleum based solvents for water. So go ahead, breathe easy, and take the plunge into water. It’s more refreshing.

    





Welcome to Tashmanhomecenter.com

30 05 2014

ecommerce

 

 

STORE FRONT LINKED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tashmans now has an ecommerce website with over 85,000 items at fantastic prices!

http://www.tashmanhomecenter.com

We get a lot of requests for special items that we don’t regularly carry in stock. To make it easier for customers and for us as well, we have as very large database of competitively priced items that can be shipped directly to you or we can receive any item here in west hollywood for free pickup.
The other significant advantage for the consumer is the pricing structure. Being competitive as a large website is a very different animal than being competitive as an independent hardware store. As you local hardware and home improvement store, we pride ourselves on great customer service and custom solutions for everyday problems.
As an online retailer, we have a much lower overhead and an imperative incentive to match the prices of other online retailers. The results are low low prices every day! Our prices are similar to major brands such as True Value and Lowes.

 

  




New Products from the Orgill Show

21 03 2014

Two weeks ago our general manager took a trip down to Orlando for the bi-annual Orgill hardware trade show and he brought back a bunch of great new products. Everyone would be a lot better off if they came in and purchased some of these products.

Q-Bond is a very impressive product and I am not easily impressed. It uses a combination of liquid glue and black powder to instantly bond anything to anything. We cut a rubber hose in half and put it back together good as new. I also stuck a quarter to the sidewalk with impressive results although someone was able to remove overnight, most likely with a jackhammer.

We also got a variety of painting and caulking products which have been displayed at our new and improved paint counter.

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The word Caulk comes from the Latin  calcāre, meaning to trample.





Paint Sale

18 11 2011





Spring Cleaning Clearance Sale

19 03 2011

we have been making some room in and around the store and as a result we have a lot of product that is on our brand new clearance rack in the parking lot.

MIXED PAINT

WOOD STAIN

BAGS OF CONCRETE

AND MORE!!

 





Quality Products

9 04 2010

Not all batteries are equal.

In fact, Duracell or energizer batteries will last dozens of times longer than “generic” or “dollar store” batteries.  Also stay away from Sony batteries .

Here at Tashman’s we have been testing products and getting feedback from customers since 1961.  Since we are also contractors, we use the products we sell and as a result we only carry quality items.

It is also very important that we go along with the increasing awareness of the environmental impact everyday items can have.

The majority of our paint and all of our house paints are now low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)

Our plumbing department has various low flow devices such as shower fixtures and toilet kits.

To save electricity we carry compact fluorescent and LED light-bulbs as well as timers to turn the light on or off even if you are not home.

Many of our solvents are also “Green” in that they contain fewer hazardous air pollutants and are made from renewable and/biodegradable materials.






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