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Avoid Accidents On Your Job Site That Can Lead To Lawsuits And Profit Losses

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a contractor, you probably understand the devastation a serious accident on your job site can cause for your profits, not to mention the possibility of serious injuries and death for someone innocent. In most areas, laws require you to take precautions on your site to prevent injury, but in the rush of getting started and meeting deadlines, some of these requirements may be forgotten. Find out the steps you can take on your site to help prevent injuries to your workers and to people living or passing by your job site. Dumpsters Must Be In Place Having dumpsters in place on your construction site before work begins is important. If you have debris laying around waiting for a dumpster, a worker could trip over something and end up with an injury. Injured workers means you dealing with workman’s compensation lawsuits, so taking steps to always have debris and rubble from your site put in a dumpster at all times is vital. Fencing Is An Essential Aspect Of Job Site Safety A construction site can be a dangerous place, especially if you are excavating or digging tranches that could cave in. Keeping the public out of your site is vital to avoid serious accidents. For example, if you have a huge mound of dirt piled up from excavation, passing kids could find it inviting to play in. If a child fell into an excavation hole and the dirt caved in on top of him or her, the results could be deadly. Avoiding these kinds of mishaps is as easy as putting up impassable fencing before you start work. Chain link fencing is best to prevent anyone from entering your job site without proper clearance. Talk to a company like Statewide Rent-A-Fence for more information. Safety On Your Job Site Never stack materials or other stockpile too high, especially near to trenches or excavation sites. Avoid stacking heavy materials like block or timber near to your perimeter fencing as well. If a stack of materials fell, it could land on someone or it could damage your fencing, leaving an entryway for someone to get in. Materials falling into an excavation site could also mean you losing money on the cost to replace them in the event they are too damaged to still use. Ensuring your construction site is as safe as possible is important and can help you avoid tremendous profit losses. Always take the time to assess a site for finding the areas that should have focus on them for increased safety measures. Remember to take into account requirements that are in place by the community you are working in as well, for fulfilling your part of the law to keep your workers and the public safe from...

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Tips For A Successful Older Home Demolition Project

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Getting ready to start swinging the sledgehammer at the walls in your older home home is always an exciting time. However, doing construction work can also be loaded with a lot of apprehension, if you are not experienced with wall demolition projects. Follow these tips to prevent damaging things you didn’t anticipate, and to stay safe during the demolition process: Find All Electrical Lines and Plumbing Pipes All of the walls in your home have plumbing pipes and electrical wires running through them. Your home’s ceilings can also have HVAC ducts as well as pipes and wires. To avoid damaging your home’s electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems during your demolition project, you need to locate their components within the walls before you start breaking into the walls. You can find pipes and electrical wires using a metal detector. Run the metal detector along the walls and mark the location of any metals that set off the detector. From these marks you can trace the structures below the sheetrock to help you know where you can and cannot use force on the wall. Use a smaller hammer on the metal-containing areas and be careful not to damage anything below the drywall. Peel back the drywall around areas you believe might contain hidden items. Once you get the walls opened, then you can easily assess what is between the studs. Wear Appropriate Clothing for Demolition Since there will be building materials flying around as you demolish them, you should always wear appropriate clothing. At a minimum, you should wear: boots jeans long-sleeve shirt leather gloves goggles In addition, you should also wear a dust mask that is designed for drywall dust. There will be a lot of dust created when you remove the drywall from the walls, and a mask will help to protect your lungs from damage. Call a Professional for Mold, Lead-Based Paint, or Asbestos Finally, some older building materials and mold can make you and your family sick. Should you discover mold, lead-based paint, or asbestos in your home during your demolition project, then you should contact a professional building contractor for assistance. It is not safe for you to handle these materials and they are not something to mess around with. Generally, these things will be specially sealed so that they are contained and no longer harmful for humans, or they will be removed in a manner that does not spread their toxins around your family’s living...

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Avoid That Sinking Feeling: 5 Decisions Leading To The Right Kitchen Sink For You

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When remodeling your kitchen, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make. But one of the key areas to choose well is finding the right sink for your family. There are more decisions to be made about the sink than most people realize. Here are the top 5 decisions you’ll have to make when buying a new sink.  Number of Bowls. Practicality is your first decision when it comes to your new sink. How many bowls do you want in the sink, and how deep do you want them? Modern sinks can come with 1,2 or 3 different bowls — which can be very convenient for busy cooks. You can wash vegetables in one bowl while soaking dishes in the other, for example. You can even get bowls that are different sizes (a shallow bowl is great for those who find leaning over a large sink to be physically uncomfortable), although it will cost you a little more. However, don’t choose a sink that overwhelms a small kitchen.   Bar Sink Large kitchens may warrant a second, so-called “bar” sink to help with the workload. These additions can be convenient if you make large meals with multiple cooks working at the same time. You can install a bar sink away from the main sink to help maximize work space. However, it may cost several hundred dollars to move plumbing and install the second sink, so be sure you really need one before spending the money. You may need to make a similar decision about a “pot-filler,” which is a cold-water tap installed near the stove (for filling pots, as the name suggests). Again, convenience may trump the extra cost.   Holes in the Deck. While you probably do not want holes in the deck of your boat, you do want holes in the deck of your sink. These are the places you will put your faucet, spout, soap dispenser and more. Most homeowners today want at least two holes: a spigot faucet and a hole for a retractable spout (for added convenience). The rest is up to you.  Under or Over? Today’s sinks can be installed either above the surface of the countertop (called “self-rimming”) in a traditional manner or below the counter (called “undermount”). Undermount sinks are a little harder to install but are popular because they feel sleeker, more modern and cleaner. If you choose to have an undermount sink, you will need to have countertops of solid material (such as granite) because the material will be visible.   Faucet Materials. Most people opt for a single spigot faucet with a pull-out spout. For the finish, chrome remains a timeless and classic choice. However, other looks are popular as well. Thanks to modern technology, polished brass now comes with more durability. Satin-nickel is also increasing in popularity for its warm and neutral appearance. In addition to the faucet itself, you will need to decide what material the spout’s hose should be made from. Rubber hoses are the less expensive option, but stainless steel hoses are less likely to kink. For more information about kitchen remodeling, contact RDI or a similar...

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Have A Broken Garage Door? 4 Potential Problems When Repairing It Yourself

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your home’s garage door gets used every single day, and it’s a very valuable component that needs to be in great condition. It may seem like a simple device that you can repair on your own, but repairs can be much more difficult than they appear. You may find yourself running into one of these 4 potential problems when doing the repair yourself. You Can Get Hurt When Repairing Your Garage Door A garage door has springs that are tightly wound and connected to the torsion cables, all designed for supporting a very heavy garage door. As you can imagine, this does create a safety hazard when doing a repair yourself. Injury is a real possibility when a large spring suddenly breaks under a lot of pressure, or when the garage door unexpectedly slams shut. You Can Easily Damage Your Garage Door Opener Your garage door operates on an elaborate pulley system. If you damage the belt drive accidentally while repairing it, it will not be an easy item to fix. This will easily happen if one of the springs break, causing a lot of pressure to be put on the belt drive. Breaking this item during the repair process will cause the need to completely replace the your garage door opener. You Are Unable To Reassemble Your Garage Door Older garage door that needs to be repaired will have parts that shifted or bent ever so slightly over the years. This won’t be apparent until you are wrapping up the repair and need to put every back to the way it was. For example, a garage foundation that settled over the years will cause a bent the garage door frame, and you will not be able to fit your repaired door back into place. You’ll Spend A Lot of Time and Money Doing The Repair Yourself The entire process will be unfamiliar to you when repairing a garage door on your own for the first time, creating the potential to cause damage in the process. You will also need to purchase tools specifically for your repair job, such as a spring puller. The costs of a DIY repair can easily add up. Consider having a professional that specializes in repairing garage doors come to your home for an estimate. You may discover that having a professional repair done is affordable, and will be a lot less hassle in the end. Now that you are aware of these four potential problems, you’ll be prepared for complications if you were to tackle the repair...

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Signs That Your Well Water Needs Testing And Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re new to owning a home that uses well water, it can be difficult to know whether the things you’re seeing are normal or if they should be cause for concern. Although a good general rule to follow is that any time you’re unclear, have it tested or inspected, that’s not always feasible due to the cost. In addition to testing once or twice a year for preventative measures, knowing some of the trouble signs may help you narrow down those times when professional service may be more important. Here’s a look at some of the things you should watch for. Fizzy Well Water If you fill a glass from your tap and the water appears as though it’s carbonated, the fizziness is usually caused by gas in the water. Much like the way that soda beverages are carbonated, the most common cause of this type of water condition is the presence of carbon dioxide in the water. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be caused by gasses such as radon or methane, which are serious health concerns. You’ll want to have the water tested for the presence of any kind of gas to determine the cause of the bubbles. If there is no gas in the water, it may be that you have a crack in the plumbing that’s allowing air in the lines. Have the pipes inspected for any signs of damage. Sulfur and Chemical Content The smell of sulfur in your well water can be alarming, and rightfully so. If you’re smelling sulfur in your water, that’s a key indication that there’s bacteria in there. As soon as you notice the odor, turn off the water and call your well service technicians to have it tested. They’ll probably bring in a local water testing authority to narrow down the actual source of the contamination. Once it’s been identified, the company can disinfect the water appropriately. If your water doesn’t have a sulfur smell but does have a chemical taste, that’s another indication that there’s some form of pollution that’s affected your ground water. You’ll want to have the water tested the same way that you would if you were smelling sulfur, because you have to identify the contaminant in order to properly treat for it. Sediment In Your Water In most cases, you’ll only see sediment in your well water if the pump is drawing in sand. This can happen for several reasons, but in any case, visible sediment needs the attention of a well technician. The most common causes of sediment in the water include damaged well casings, dirty cisterns and poor well design. In most cases, the technician can not only repair the problem but also flush the pump to help eliminate any residual sand in the system. When you’re inexperienced with well water, some of the more unusual behaviors and problems can be baffling. With the tips presented here, you’ll know when to call for testing or professional service. Companies like Golden Gate Well Drilling & Water Conditioning can help you keep your water safe to...

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How To Prevent Your Hot Tub Cover From Mildew

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your hot tub cover is important if you want to keep your hot tub free of dirt and debris. However, the cover itself can become prone to mildew. Since warm environments and moisture can cause mildew to grow, this is obviously a concern. If you don’t want to deal with the unsightly appearance of mildew, and if you want to ensure that you also don’t have to deal with a musty, mildew-type smell, then it’s important to prevent its growth on your hot tub cover. Luckily, if you follow these tips, you shouldn’t have to worry much about unattractive and smelly green mildew. Maintain Your Hot Tub Water Properly First of all, it is very important to maintain your hot tub water properly. Not only will this help prevent the growth of mildew, but it will also help ensure that the water is safe and comfortable for you and your loved ones to enjoy. You should check your water’s chemical levels once per week with a testing strip, and you should add either chlorine or bromine to it as needed. You will also need to maintain proper pH levels, which should be between 7.2 and 7.8, and you should shoot for a pH level of 7.4 when possible. If your hot tub water is maintained as it should be, you won’t have to worry as much about mildew growing in the first place. Clean Your Hot Tub Cover Regularly Even if you are careful to maintain the water in your hot tub, you should still clean your hot tub cover regularly. To do so, you will need to remove it from your hot tub and clean the bottom part — the side that is kept directly above your hot tub — with a solution of bleach and water. If you do not like to use bleach, you can also use vinegar and water. Carefully inspect the cover for the signs of mold and mildew, and if you spot them, put an extra focus on cleaning these areas. Once your entire hot tub cover has been cleaned completely, you can place it out in the sun so that it can air dry. Make sure that you clean your hot tub cover at least once per month to help prevent the growth of mildew. Mildew on your hot tub cover can be quite unpleasant. Luckily, if you follow these tips, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about it, so you can instead focus on the joys of enjoying your hot tub. Contact a company like Kaupas Water for more...

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Add Pastel Colored Paint And Stencils To The Kitchen Cabinets In Your Home

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are remodeling your home’s kitchen, brighten it up by adding pastel colored paint to the wooden cabinets in it. After the paint has dried, add stencils to each one to give the cabinets a unique and enhanced appearance. Materials screwdriver newspaper mild detergent water lint free cloth towel hand sander fine grit sandpaper tack cloth latex primer latex paint (pastel colors) paintbrushes (various sizes) painter’s tape self adhesive stencils Remove The Doors And Clean And Sand The Wood Use a standard screwdriver to remove the cabinet doors from the hinges. Remove the handles from each one and set them aside. Place the doors on a flat surface that is covered with newspaper. Clean the doors and the cabinet frames with a soapy, lint free cloth. Remove the soapy residue from each piece with another damp cloth and pat each one dry with a towel. If the cabinets were previously painted and some sections are chipped, lightly sand the wood with a hand sander that has a piece of fine grit sandpaper attached to it. Move the sander firmly over the wood, moving it with the grain. After the wood feels smooth, wipe away residue that was left behind by the sandpaper with a tack cloth. Apply Primer And Paint Cover areas next to the cabinet frames with pieces of painter’s tape. Use a paintbrush to apply an even coat of latex primer to each frame. Latex primer dries quickly and seals porous surfaces. Move the paintbrush in straight lines as you are applying the primer. Use a thin paintbrush to cover small crevices and trim with the primer. Apply a coat of primer to the front of each cabinet door. Wait for the primer to dry. Apply a coat of latex paint over the primer with the same steps. Use a pastel color that matches with the decor in the kitchen. After the paint has dried, add a second coat if any parts of the wood are not covered completely. Wait for the paint to dry. Add Stenciling Attach self adhesive stencils to the front of each cabinet door. Use a thin paintbrush to fill in each stencil with a different color of paint than what was used to cover the doors. After the paint has dried, add a second coat if you would like the designs to be darker. Wait for the paint to dry before carefully removing the stencils. Remove the painter’s tape that is next to the cabinet frames. Use a screwdriver to reattach the cabinet doors and the handles. Your kitchen will look inviting and more modern with the freshly painted cabinets. For professional help with kitchen remodeling, contact a company like Wetherington Restoration & Remodeling...

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Four Tips To Help You Build A Sustainable Home That Requires Few Modern Utilities

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Green homes are becoming more of a trend, but it can be challenging to make a home sustainable. With improvements in technology, there are many systems to use on your home for a more sustainable design. You can add improvements like solar energy, water collection and grey water irrigation, as well as geothermal energy. If you want to have a new custom home with a sustainable design, here are some features you may want to consider adding to your home: 1. Thermal Mass And Ventilation For Cooling  If you live in an area with warm summers, you will need to have cooling in your home. This is usually done with conventional AC, but there are other green solutions. You can start with the design of your home, where you can keep living space in lower areas that are surrounded by thermal mass or soil materials. This can be done by making a dropped living room that is in a basement area. With good ventilation, the cool air from this area can be carried to other areas of your home reducing your cooling needs. 2. South Facing Windows And Natural Light For Heating For heating in your home, a design with south facing windows can provide you with heating during the winter months. This can be in the form of large picture windows or even be a greenhouse design connected to your home. To reduce heat gain during the summer months, white exterior shades can reflect heat and keep your home cool but still allow light in. 3. Solar Water Heaters For Hot Water Needs For getting hot water for your home, solar water heaters can be used. There are new tube solar collectors that can efficiently provide you with hot water during all times of the year. These systems can be used to supplement conventional water heaters and home heating systems to reduce energy consumption. They can also be the main source of heating with conventional or gas systems used as auxiliary systems. 4. Greywater For Irrigation And Rain Collection For Other Water Uses Water resources are another important element that you may want to include in a sustainable home design. There are resources like greywater and rain collection that can be used to provide your home with the water it needs. Greywater can be used for things like irrigation, while rain collection can be used for anything from watering the garden to potable water. These are some of the key features that you may want to make your new custom home more sustainable. Just because you are building a custom home does not mean that it cannot have sustainable features. If you are ready to build your new home, contact a custom homebuilder and talk with them about adding sustainable technologies in the design of your new...

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Concrete Structural Support | An Inexperienced Homeowner’s Guide

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

From the concrete foundation that your house sits upon to the stairs leading up to your patio, concrete is an integral and crucial part of the home. If you find yourself knee deep in a concrete repair or update, there is a pretty good chance that you will discover that concrete on its own is not the only support system in these solid mass structures. Concrete is usually stabilized with various forms of other materials. Whether you plan to rebuild your own concrete formations or hire a contractor for the job, understanding the difference between these structural materials will be useful.  Steel Rebar Supports Of all of the different types of concrete support, steel rebar, short for steel reinforcement bar, is perhaps one of the most common. If you were to cut into a concrete floor, it is likely that you would find rebar; if you chiseled away an old set of steps, steel rebar is likely going to be situated inside, making the removal task a little harder to handle. Rebar comes in sizes ranging from very small at just two-eighths of an inch in diameter, to quite large at more than two inches thick.  When you are working with concrete at your home, it is crucial to pay careful attention to the type of rebar that you find. If you plan on tackling a DIY concrete project, using the appropriate support system is important, and often times the easiest way to determine the right size of rebar to use is to take note of what is already present.  Steel Cage Support  Steel cage supports are used in concrete forms as well, even though it is not as common. If you have a large concrete structure that is excessively thick, you may find that it is supported with a steel cage. Steel cage rebar is commonly used in large construction projects because it evenly distributes the weight of a structure. This form of support can be incredibly difficult to remove without professional tools, and therefore, you may have to have a contractor come in even for demolition.  By understanding a little more about concrete support types, you will be better equipped to handle DIY concrete projects at home. If you do run into a support system that you do not recognize, talk to a concrete contractor for advice. For more information, contact the Hanover Concrete Company or a similar...

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4 Reasons To Consider Frameless Glass Shower Doors In Your Bathroom

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve been thinking of updating your bathroom, you may be thinking about whether you want to install frameless glass shower doors. Here are some reasons that installing these shower doors could be a good idea. 1. Illusion of More Space A shower curtain can make a bathroom seem small, as if you are closing off an entire part of the room. If you have a glass shower door with frames, the frames can make the shower itself look smaller than it is. Frameless glass doors can create the illusion of more space in your bathroom. The bathroom seems bigger and brighter.   This can be especially useful if the layout of your bathroom is unusual. For instance, if your shower is in the center of the room, panels of glass are less intrusive, so you can see your entire bathroom at once and the space will no longer seem so cramped. 2. Displaying Tiles If you’re like many people, you may have put beautiful decorative tiles on the wall in your shower to create a more attractive look. However, a shower curtain obscures them, while shower doors with frames can seem like a barrier to the tiles and the metal frame can seem to be in the way. Clean, frameless glass doors can put your tiles on display for anyone who enters your bathroom, allowing them to make a beautiful statement. 3. Less Bacteria, Mold and Grime Shower curtains can collect grime along the bottom edges. Over time, curtain folds can become places for mildew and mold to grow. Framed glass doors can be difficult to clean along the frames and metal track, and as a result they can collect standing water that serves as a place where mold and mildew can start growing. If you want an enclosure that is easy to clean without providing a breeding ground for bacteria, frameless glass shower doors are the solution. 4. Your Home’s Resale Value Even if you are not currently planning to move out of your home, one day you may choose to put your house on the market. You may be surprised to discover that glass shower doors might help you boost your asking price, as they are gaining popularity. Now that you know some of the reasons why frameless glass shower doors might be great for your bathroom, talk to your contractor about installing them. Your shower may soon look more spacious and elegant than...

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A DIY Homeowner’s Guide To Clearing A Clogged Drain Before Calling A Plumber For Help

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you turn on the faucet in your kitchen, you immediately expect that the water that comes out will make its way down the drain. When a clogged drain is preventing water from flowing freely, it is not just a hassle, but a major interruption in your life, preventing you from using your kitchen sink altogether. If you are like most people, you assume that a clogged drain is a simple plumbing problem that just about anyone should be able to handle. While this can be true in a lot of cases, do not be surprised if a simple clogged drain does lead to the need for professional drain cleaning attention. Before you do resort to calling on a plumber, there are a few things that you can try on your own. 1. Pour Salt and Hot Water Into the Drain– Put a pan of hot water on the stove, bring it to a boil and add some table salt to the pot. Try to eliminate as much standing water as possible from the sink before you pour the solution in, as the cooler water in the sink will just bring down the temperature and the hot water will not make it where it needs to be. Pour the solution into the drain slowly. The hot water will work to melt away grease and buildup, while the salt can act as an abrasive, furthering the drain clearing power. 2. Try Baking Soda and Vinegar – When combined together, the acidic properties of vinegar and the basic carbonate in baking soda react to produce a bubbling gas that can be quite powerful at pushing a clog through the drain and separating bound particles inside. Clear what water you can from the sink and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda into the drain. Immediately pour vinegar over the soda and allow it to bubble freely. 3. Reach for a Plunger – If all else fails, you can always pull out the one plumbing tool that just about everyone has in their home – a plunger. The plunging technique can actually work better if there is some water in the sink because there will be something for the air pressure to push through the drain. Position the plunger directly over the drain and push quickly to produce a burst of air. Repeat several times as needed. You could continue to try with a drain auger or by pulling plumbing lines apart if none of these basic techniques work, but if you are not careful, you could end up with a larger problem than what you started with. It is definitely a better idea to start thinking about calling a drain cleaning professional for help....

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