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3 Things You Can Do While Waiting for a Construction Permit for Your Basement

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Can Do While Waiting for a Construction Permit for Your Basement

Getting a house with an unfinished basement is like getting a blank slate of land. If you want to fix up your unfinished basement, you may need to get a construction permit for big changes. No matter if you want to make a basement movie room or you want to build a basement apartment, you will likely need to get a permit to change the structures of your home, including the electrical systems and building. While you are waiting on the city to approve your constructon permits, you should get started on the work that you can do. Here are three construction things that you can do without the permit.  Strip away any old items If you are doing a complete overhaul of your basement, you will need to start by getting rid of everything. Pull up the carpets and have these taken away from your home. You can remove old appliances that you will not use and take down any cabinetry or furnishings that will not be necessary for your new place. Order a large dumpster to take away the old items if you are doing a total overhaul.  Take measurements and order the equipment In expectation of your permits being approved, you should get together with your contractor and ask what items need to be ordered. It is always best to order the items ahead of time, so that when the permits come through, you can get started. Order the items that must be put in first, such as electrical items that must go behind the wall and flooring that will need to be put down immediately. Items that must be custom ordered should also be put in since these can take more time than normal stock items. Take the proper measurements and put in the necessary orders well in advance of the expected start date.  Prepare the rest of the house One good thing about waiting on construction permits is the chance to prepare the rest of the house for the impending construction. Make a clear walkway for construction workers to enter your home without anything being in the way. Lay down plastic to keep shoes with dirt from the outside from staining the flooring in you home. If the electrical needs changing, be sure to find proper flashlights so that you and your contractors can see inside of the basement if working in the dark. Setting up a proper workspace will make it easy and less stressful to start on the work after permits have gone through.  Learn more about the process through companies like Askenvironmental,...

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How To Improve Your Air Conditioner

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Improve Your Air Conditioner

Noticing that you are having to run your air conditioner for a longer period of time in order to see an improvement in your home’s temperature? If this is the case, there are likely factors that are causing your air conditioner to run poorly. So before you continue to run your unit for a long duration of time, be sure to take advantage of these tips that can help revamp the performance of your unit:   Relocate Your Condenser: If your air conditioner’s condenser isn’t pulling in enough air, the performance of your air conditioner won’t be ideal. This is why it is great to relocate your condenser if it is being blocked by the side of your home, yard fence, and even landscape. Relocating your unit can increase the air intake drastically and this can improve the overall performance of your system without having to perform any major services. Replace Filters: Filters are a quick and easy service that you can do on your own that can improve the efficiency of your system. Along with providing cleaner air for your home, replacing filters that may be covered in dust or debris can improve the airflow of your system and this can help deliver more air to your home in a shorter period of time. This can also improve the overall efficiency of your unit. So every few months be sure to check your filters to see whether or not they need to be replaced so you can keep up with your filter maintenance. Improve Window Insulation: Does your air conditioner unit feed through your window? If it does and your window has small side cracks, the delivery of your unit may be compromised and this can easily impact the overall performance of your unit. So on a regular basis be sure that you take the time to inspect for window cracks so you can fix them before they cause any real problems with your air conditioner. Using these three tips can help you improve the efficiency of your unit more than you think and this can cut down the cost of your electricity bill, but most importantly it will allow you to cool your home in a quick time frame. So rather than continue to run your poorly operating air conditioner and potentially overpay on your electricity bill, try these tips and don’t hesitate to contact a company like All American Air & Electric, Inc. if you have further...

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When It Comes To Plumbing Services, A Flush Beats A Full House!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When It Comes To Plumbing Services, A Flush Beats A Full House!

Plumbing, like electricity, is something we all take for granted but miss it horribly when it’s not working. Many plumbing issues are fixable by homeowners, but some require the use of a plumbing services professional. It is important to not only consider inside plumbing but also outside plumbing too, which can cause one to require the help of a plumbing services professional, depending on the severity of the problem. In fact, of all the things that invariably can, and do, go wrong with all the aspects of homeownership, plumbing is one of the easiest things to deal with. A leaky faucet and a clogged toilet are two examples. With a bit of advice, these are do-it-yourself issues that can be dealt with. But if you get something like exploding pipes, or undetermined leaks, it’s time to call in the plumber. One often overlooked problem is water pressure. A dribbling shower is at most just a nuisance and is a result of low water pressure. You can get a water pressure gauge at a hardware store and test it yourself. If the psi is less than 30, the pressure is too low. The cause of low pressure could be a leaky pipe (generally an easy fix), which should be addressed unless you want to pay high water bills and possibly cause damage to your home, particularly if the cause is caved in buried pipes. Situations like this require the help of a plumbing services professional who can assess the situation using a camera and can undertake the necessary repairs. On the flip side is high water pressure. Use your pressure gauge and if the psi in this case is over 80, it’s too high and could lead to stress on pipes and ultimately cause fittings to crack and fail. A plumbing services company can install a pressure regulator on your main line to keep the pressure correct. In either instance, it pays to call a plumbing service provider to check out your pressure and avoid serious damage and high water bills. Your toilet is something you use every day and generally, aside from the occasional clog, nothing goes wrong. However, over time, even the porcelain throne has issues, and sometimes needs replacing. They can develop hairline cracks and leaks, which over time will become serious. Sometimes a plumbing service, such as Towers Murray Plumbing, can locate these and repair them, but at some point, replacement is the only...

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Three Of Your Siding Questions Answered

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Of Your Siding Questions Answered

Adding siding to your home can be a great option to increase its value and improve its appearance while also reducing the amount of work that will be needed to maintain its appearance. Yet, you may not have a lot of experience with this type of home exterior, which can result in you needing to have a few frequently asked siding questions and concerns addressed. Why Is It Important To Keep The Siding Clean? Siding will not require much maintenance, but it is important to make sure that you are regularly cleaning the siding. Over the course of time, many different substances will start to accumulate on the siding. These materials may eventually discolor the siding or otherwise compromise it by retaining moisture against it. To remove these materials, you will want to spray the siding with a pressure washer every year. Preferably, this maintenance should be done during the spring so as to remove these substances before the spring rains arrive. Does Sunlight Cause Siding To Fade? While siding is designed to last for many years, it is a reality that the intense light from the sun can start to break down the pigments in the siding. This can eventually have a bleaching effect on the siding. You can slow this effect by applying a sealant that protects against ultraviolet radiation. For the best protection, you will want to have the sealant applied every couple of years, as exposure to the elements will gradually start to break it down and wash it off the home’s exterior. Is Siding A Good Option For Homes In Storm-Prone Areas? There is a routine misconception that siding is not a good option for homes that are in areas that routinely experience severe storms. This belief is due to the fear that the winds from these storms will cause the siding to fail or be torn off of the home. Luckily, siding is designed to withstand the conditions produced by strong storms. However, if you are particularly concerned with this risk, you can purchase siding that is designed for particularly high winds. This siding is more expensive than standard types, but the added protection is more than worth this additional initial expense. Siding is a common addition for many homeowners to make. Yet, it is a reality that this upgrade can be misunderstood. Understanding that siding can be a durable choice for homes in storm-prone areas, the benefits of cleaning the siding on a regular basis, and the steps for protecting the color of the siding can greatly help you when deciding to make this improvement to your home. For more information on siding, contact a company like Side-Pro,...

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Three Tasks That Should Top Your Fall Household Maintenance Checklist

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tasks That Should Top Your Fall Household Maintenance Checklist

Once the summer weather begins to fade, you don’t have long to complete any necessary household maintenance before it gets too cold. You need a fall chore list, and your list of tasks needs to be prioritized to ensure the most important tasks are completed as soon as possible. This way, if winter weather arrives earlier than planned, you can relax knowing the most important items are complete. But, how do you decide what tasks should be at the top of your fall to-do list? It’s entirely up to you, but you should consider making these things a priority. Gutter Maintenance It’s extremely important to repair and clean your gutters and downspouts before winter weather arrives. When your gutters and downspouts are clogged, it makes it difficult for water to drain away from your roof. This could result in ice dams forming, which in turn, can cause damage to your roof or leaks in your walls and/or ceilings. If an ice dam is heavy enough, the weight of it could rip the gutter off your house. To clean your gutters and downspouts: Remove all of the debris gathered in your gutters. Use a hose to flush out any debris that’s collected in your downspouts. Install gutter guards, if needed, to help prevent your gutters from clogging. Ideally, you want to wait until all of the leaves fall from nearby trees before cleaning the gutters if possible. However, if you think that your area will get a bout of snow and ice before all of the leaves have fallen, get the work done as soon as possible. Remember, it’s also important to inspect your home’s drainage system to make sure the gutters and downspouts are in good condition and secure. If needed, you should repair or replace any sections that are damaged or loose before winter arrives. Furnace Inspection The last thing you want is for your furnace to stop working in the middle of winter. Having your furnace inspected in the fall can prevent this from happening. Call a local heating and air company like Universal Enterprises Inc. to schedule a routine inspection. During the inspection, the technician should check your furnace to make sure everything is in proper working order, as well as clean your furnace and vents to make sure there isn’t anything restricting airflow into your home. Keep in mind, if the technician spots a potential problem, you should consider having the repairs completed as soon as possible. This way, you don’t have to worry about a small issue becoming a larger, more expensive problem in the near future. Additionally, consider having the HVAC tech inspect and clean your air conditioner unit as well. This way, you’re already prepared for the next cooling season. Plumbing Winterization Before it gets too cold outside, you should winterize the pipes underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks. This way, your pipes won’t freeze if it gets really cold outside. The process is actually fairly simple. All you need to do is buy pipe insulation tubing from a local hardware store, and then cut the tubing so that it fits the length of the pipe you’re winterizing. If you’re winterizing a pipe that curves, you’ll need to use two separate pieces of tubing — one to cover the portion of the pipe...

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All About The Benefits Of Stud Welding

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All About The Benefits Of Stud Welding

Are you designing a metal product that requires the parts to have a strong bond? Although flash welding equipment is able to create a satisfactory bond, you will get better results by opting for stud welding. A welding contractor can complete the task if you don’t want to invest in your own stud welding equipment. In this article, you will gain more insight on why completing your project via the stud welding technique is in your best interest. Great For Metal Parts That Are Painted The perk of hiring a company to create bonds via stud welding is that it doesn’t matter if your parts are painted or not. It is usually necessary for painting to be done after the bonds are created with the flash welding method. The reason is due to flash welding causing metal pieces to fly around, which can chip the paint. Stud welding is actually a lot less messy because metal pieces do not fly all around the workspace. The pieces will basically hit a ceramic shield as they begin to fly and fall down into a designated area of the workspace. Studs Create Thick Bonds Stud welding is the most ideal for your project because the bonds will be extremely difficult to break. For instance, studs will be placed between the metal parts before any melting of the metal is done to create bonds. The studs are thick and become even more secure as metal from the parts are melted them. The only thing that makes up the bond of products that are welded via the flash welding method is a portion the metal from the parts. Although flash welded parts can last for a while, they can be broken depending on the thickness of the metal. Your Project Will Be Completed Fast Welding metal parts together via the stud method leads to the task being done faster than when flash equipment is used. The speed stems from the studs making the bonds stay together, as the metal from the parts attaches the studs quickly. However, bonds via flash welding might break apart a few times before a secure bond is finally obtained.  The contractors end up spending more time on welding each part together with flash welding because of the nature of the bonds. Get in touch with a professional contractor for assistance with completing your metal product via the use of stud welding equipment. Contact a company like Northland Fastening Systems for more...

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How To Decide Between Roof Repair And Replacement

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Decide Between Roof Repair And Replacement

Do you own a home with a roof that’s starting to leak? Are you wondering whether your roof needs to be replaced or if it can simply be repaired? If you’re new to homeownership, this can be a difficult choice to make. Some roofers you talk to may insist that you do one, while other roofers might insist that it’s best for you to do the other. To help you choose, here are some things to consider when choosing to repair or replace: Soft spots: If your roofer reports no soft spots, then you may have a good candidate for roof repair. Soft spots can mean water damage, termite damage, dry rot, or something else entirely. Your roofer would have to remove most of the shingles on your roof to simply assess the damage. When your roof has no soft spots in the vicinity of the leak, the leak is more likely to be caused by a simple fault in the shingles themselves than by damage to the sub-roof. As a result, your roofer should only need to remove the shingles from a small section to remedy the situation. Age: Did the previous owners tell you that they had a new roof installed in the past couple years? If so, this makes it likely that the roofers reused the flashing that was on the roof before. Flashing consists of strips of metal that are nailed down underneath the shingles in order to provide extra protection on peaks, in valleys, and around vents. If the flashing is reused, the roofers are unlikely to get the nails in exactly the same holes as before. As a result, there will be tiny parts of your roof that are less protected than other parts. Fortunately, if flashing is the issue, roof repair should be as simple as pulling up the shingles in those areas and nailing down new strips of flashing. Missing shingles: If you’re just missing one or two shingles due to an especially heavy storm, you probably only need a simple roof repair to replace them. On the other hand, if your shingles are crooked, curling or otherwise looking damaged for no reason, then it’s more likely that you’ll need a complete replacement. But if you have a damaged section like this with a heavy southern exposure and the rest of the roof is in shade or has a northern exposure, you may only need to replace the southern section. While it’s probably best for you to replace the whole thing at once, as your roofer may try to tell you, replacing as much as you can afford may be your best option if you’re on a limited budget. For more information, contact professionals like Starkweather & Sons Roofing &...

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3 Tips For Keeping Your Garage Warm In The Winter

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Keeping Your Garage Warm In The Winter

If you’re like many people, you might spend a lot of time in your garage. You might have a hobby that requires you to work in the garage, for example. In the winter months, however, you might find yourself spending a lot less time in the garage because of the cold. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your garage warm this winter. Along with making this part of your home more comfortable for when you’re spending time there, it can even help prevent your garage from making the inside of your home cold, which can help you save money on your heating bills during the cold months. 1. Seal it Up First of all, a garage that is not properly sealed up can allow a lot of cold wind to get in. This means that you’ll need to do what you can to seal it up. Check your garage door first to make sure that it closes tightly, and consider installing new weatherstripping to help keep the cold out. If you have windows in your garage, consider using caulk to help keep them better-sealed. For assistance with these tasks, consider hiring the services of a garage door company like Raynor Door Company. 2. Keep the Door Closed Obviously, it goes without saying that you’ll want to keep your garage door closed while you’re working in your garage if you are worried about the cool air. However, it’s important to keep it closed other times, too, if you want to help keep it warm. Some people are in the habit of leaving their garage open while they’re working in the yard, for example, but keeping it closed can help keep the cold air out. Keeping your garage door closed as much as possible can have other benefits, too, such as ensuring that someone who might be thinking about stealing something can’t see what you have, for example. 3. Use a Space Heater A small space heater, such as an electric space heater, can work well in the garage. It’s a good option because you only have to use it when you need it, such as when you are working in the garage. Plus, having a spare space heater on hand can be helpful anyway, since you can easily move it into the house if your heater stops working or if your heater isn’t able to keep up with the cold temperatures. Just make sure that you use a space heater that is rated for indoor use, even for use in the garage, if you will be keeping your garage door closed while using it. As you can see, you don’t have to suffer from a cold garage all winter long. Instead, follow these tips to keep your garage warm when the temperatures...

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5 Reasons To Get A Steel Door When Your Garage Is Constructed

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Get A Steel Door When Your Garage Is Constructed

Have you decided to get a garage constructed for your vehicles but don’t know which type of door to get? A good option to consider for your garage door is one that is made out of steel. Your investment will be worthwhile because of all of the benefits that you will get to enjoy. Take a look at this article to review a list of some of the benefits that comes with investing in a steel garage door. 1. Is Not as Heavy as Most Garage Door Types One of the perks of opting for a steel garage door is that it is not too heavy. The lightweight steel comes in handy when it comes to keeping the torsion springs durable. Basically, the torsion springs are the parts of a garage door that supports its weight as it moves up and down. When the torsion springs are always under a large amount of pressure from weight, it is easy for them to wear out fast. 2. Can Provide Insulation Steel doors are able to provide insulation for the garage. However, it will depend on the quality of steel that you opt for. Keep in mind that some steel garage doors are not as thick as others. You want a steel door that has thick metal, insulation between two panels and weather seals for the best energy efficiency results. 3. Will Not Rust from Rainwater You don’t have to worry about a steel garage door deteriorating from making contact with rainwater. One of the perks of steel is that it is resistance to rust. You won’t even have to get the door sealed to enjoy the rust resistance. 4. Available in Various Colors A steel garage door does not have a plain industrial look as you may think. You can actually purchase a door in the color of your choice. If you get tired of the color in the future, all you will have to do is get the door repainted to give it a completely different look. 5. Can Be Recycled in the Future If you decide to get rid of your steel garage door for a different type in the future, it can be recycled. You will help the environment by getting the door recycled because it won’t end up in a landfill and contributing to global warming. Invest in a steel door and hire a contractor to begin constructing your garage as soon as you are ready. Click on the link for garage construction or do an online...

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Restore The Beauty Of An Old, Wooden Cabinet With Fresh Stain And Varnish

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Restore The Beauty Of An Old, Wooden Cabinet With Fresh Stain And Varnish

If you have an old, wooden cabinet inside of your home’s kitchen that has a faded surface, restore the beauty of the piece of furniture by sanding its wooden surface and adding a coat of stain and varnish with the following steps. Once you have completed the wood refinishing project, you will own an attractive piece of wooden furniture that will add beauty to the inside of your home. Materials electric or hand sander low and high grit sandpaper wood cleaner lint-free cloths can of wood stain mixing stick paint tray vinyl tarps painter’s tape paint tray paintbrushes (various sizes) can of varnish ​Sand And Clean The Cabinet’s Surface Carry the cabinet outdoors to complete the restoration steps since the stain and varnish contain harsh fumes that should be applied in a well-ventilated area. Use an electric sander or hand sander that has a piece of low-grit sandpaper attached to it to sand the cabinet’s surface. Move the sander firmly over the old varnish and stain in order to remove as much as possible. Lightly sand the cabinet’s surface with a piece of high-grit sandpaper afterwards. Clean the cabinet’s surface with wood cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Dry the wood with a clean cloth once you are done. Apply A Coat Or Two Of Stain Mix a can of wood stain and pour it into a paint tray. Place the cabinet on top of vinyl tarps so that the ground isn’t exposed to any spills. Place strips of painter’s tape on any hardware that is on the cabinet’s exterior that you do not wish to cover with stain. Apply the stain with a paintbrush. Move the paintbrush in straight lines over the wooden surface. If there are any small details in the piece of furniture, use a thin paintbrush to cover them with a coat of stain. Wait for the stain to dry. If any portions of the cabinet’s surface aren’t covered sufficiently, add a second coat of stain. Add Varnish To The Cabinet’s Surface Mix a container of varnish and pour it into a clean paint tray. Use paintbrushes to apply an even coat of the varnish to the furniture’s exterior. The varnish will provide the cabinet with a shiny surface and will protect the wood from damage associated with moisture. Once the varnish dries, remove the pieces of painter’s tape. Set the cabinet inside of your kitchen. It will look newer and will complement other furniture and decor inside of the...

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