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Scaffolding Can Be Made Out Of Several Materials

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Scaffolding is used on construction sites to allow workers to access higher levels of buildings in a safe way. The scaffolds give them a firm, level area to walk on so that the work can be done. Scaffolding is made of several different materials.  Metal Most scaffolding that is used in North America and the western world is made out of metal, with some wooden parts. This is especially true when it comes to scaffolding that is several levels high. The metal is stronger than wood and holds up well. The pipes that make up the majority of the scaffolding are hollow and made of steel or aluminum. The vertical pipes are bolted together, with cross beams that form a large X inside each section, to give further strength and support. Then there are some horizontal pipes put on to support the platforms for the workers to stand on. The platforms are generally made out of wood. but can also be made out of metal.  Composite Metal scaffolds aren’t always able to be used on construction sites. In places where there is a risk of electrocution, metal scaffolds don’t make it safer for people to work, it just puts them at higher risk. In those cases, a thermoplastic composite that has been reinforced with glass fiber can be used. The plastic doesn’t conduct electricity, so it can be used around high-voltage lines or other electrical sources. The glass fiber reinforces the thermoplastic to make it stronger. This scaffolding can use used with wooden planks, but is more commonly used with composite planks as well.  Bamboo In places where bamboo is plentiful, like China and India, bamboo is used for scaffolds. Bamboo is much stronger than most people think. The strength comes from the way that the bamboo grows. It grows in sections without any knots or crooked fibers. It has been used for scaffolding even when building high rise buildings. The scaffolding can be secured at the corners with nylon straps or even with rope that has been made out of the hair found on coconut shells.  Scaffolding makes it much easier for tall buildings to be built. Without it, workers wouldn’t have a safe place to stand and work. When it comes to scaffolding construction, there are several different materials that scaffolding can be made out of, and each has its own place in the world of building construction. For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as American Scaffolding...

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Removing Your Carpeting To Go Back To Hardwood Flooring

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your house has hardwood underneath your carpet, there may come a time where you want to go back to how the floors once were. It will be tedious to remove all of your carpeting to get to that original hardwood, but in the end, it will be worth it. Here is how you can do it on your own. Tools And Materials Before you can start this project, you’ll need the following items. Anything that you don’t own can be purchased or rented at a home improvement store. Utility knife Screwdriver Duct tape Sponge Vacuum cleaner Mild detergent Edging sander Floor sander Putty knife Wood putty Sandpaper (Fine-grit, medium, and coarse) Stain Varnish Sheepskin cloth Remove The Carpeting The first step is removing the moldings that surround the room. Then use your utility knife to cut the carpeting into strips. Your city may have rules concerning how wide carpeting rolls can be to be picked up from the trash removal service, so make sure they conform to those standards. Start pulling back the carpeting, using a screwdriver to remove staples if necessary. Use duct tape to secure the rolls together when finished with each strip. Then dispose of the carpet pad underneath. Clean And Sand You’ll need to give the floor a proper cleaning to get rid of the dirt and debris left on the floor from the carpeting. For example, there may be glue on the floor from the carpet padding. You can use mild detergent and a sponge to give the floor a good scrubbing, and vacuum up any remaining dirt. A floor sander and edging sander will make the sanding process go fast, and both can be rented from a local home improvement store. The entire floor surface will need to be sanded using coarse sandpaper, followed by medium-grit, then fine-grit. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove remaining dust in the area. Stairs will need to be sanded by hand, since they are too small to use the larger equipment on. Repair and Finish Any holes or cracks in the flooring can now be fixed. You can fill them using wood putty and your putty knife. Once the putty has hardened, you can use sandpaper to make the area smooth. Apply stain to the floor using your sheepskin cloth, which will not cause damage to the floor’s surface when applying it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how long the stain must dry before applying additional coats for a darker finish. Varnish can be applied last to make the floor shine, as well as help seal the stain in. If any of this sounds too difficult for you, contact a hardwood flooring business, such as Rainwood Interiors Inc, to help you out....

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Having a New Fence Installed? Use One of These Strategies So Your Dog Does Not Dig Under It

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

One of the goals of fencing in your yard is to keep your dog inside – but that will all be for naught if he just decides to dig a hole under it and escape anyway. The good news is that if your new fence is not up yet, there are two design choices to choose from when it comes to keeping your dog from digging underneath it. Here’s a look at your options. Option #1: Pour concrete under the fence. If you have a layer of concrete poured beneath where the fence will sit, then when your dog tries to dig out, he will hit the concrete. You can “end” the concrete just below ground level so you can cover it in soil, and no one will know it is there. If you’re a bit handy, you may be able to handle this task yourself. Make sure you know exactly where the fence will be placed — you may want to consult your fencing company to make sure of this. Then, dig a trench about one foot deep and eight inches wide just to the inside of where the fence will sit. Use a square-tipped shovel to make sure the trench has even sides. Prepare some ready-mix concrete according to the instructions on the package, and start filling the trench. Remember, it will be below ground, so it does not have to look perfect. Once the concrete is set, you can cover it with soil and leave your fencing company to install the fence. You can also hire a concrete contractor to pour the concrete for you. Your fencing company may have someone they regularly work with on projects like this, so ask them before you hire someone. Option #2: Extend the fence below ground. If you have a very large yard, pouring concrete in that long of a trench could be a gigantic task, and you’re probably better off with this option. Instead of choosing a fence where the bottom board sits just above the ground, you can choose one with rails that extend about a foot below ground level. When your dog digs, he will run into fence. The downfall to this option is that the rails that are buried underground will degrade over time since they’re exposed to so much moisture in the soil. A few years down the road, you may find that the rest of your fence still looks great, but that these bottom boards need to be dug up and replaced because they’ve weakened to the point that your dog can push through them. You can minimize this issue by picking strong fencing made of cedar or oak rather than a soft wood. Talk to a fencing company, such as American Secured Fence, about both of these options. They can look at your yard and situation, and let you know which has worked best for similar customers in the...

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Spoil Your Cats By Transforming A Sunroom Into The Perfect Cat Hangout

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Even if you keep your cat indoors due to safety concerns with the outdoors, there are a number of benefits that come with using an enclosure to give your cat some extra stimulation. If your home has an aluminum sunroom, you can easily transform this space into a ‘catio‘, giving your cat a great place to watch the wildlife outside and get some fresh air. Choose the Ideal Kind of Paving The flooring in the sunroom makes a big difference in the event that your cat scratches the floors or if the sunroom gets a lot of direct sunlight. Poured asphalt is generally the best option for sunrooms, especially when sealant is used, since it is easy to clean and will stay fairly cool if your sunroom gets a lot of sun. For a more cost-efficient option, look into the durability and price of laminate floors as well. Provide Your Cat with a Tree to Scratch If your sunroom is enclosed with a mesh screen, you may be concerned about your cat scratching it and ruining it by accident. An easy way to prevent your cat from scratching the screen is by simply providing them with a cat tree. If the cost is a concern, look into what is involved in building your own cat tree since it can save money and allow you to create a custom tree that is perfect for your cat. Make Sure the Sunroom is Fully Enclosed One of the most important parts of designing a sunroom for your cats to use regularly is making sure that they cannot escape. The sunroom needs to be fully enclosed with durable material and checked regularly for any signs of tears that they could rip into holes. Keep Your Cat Comfortable with All the Essentials Even if you only intend on allowing your cat on the sunroom for a few hours each day, it is important that they still have everything they need to be comfortable. This includes a litter box, a water dish, somewhere to lie down, and even a food bowl. All these items set out in the sunroom can help ensure your cat will not be uncomfortable while outside. Giving your sunroom an update in terms of appearance and function can go a long way towards making a sunroom a favorite place for your cat. With new asphalt poured in and a few extra features added, the sunroom can be a safe and enjoyable place for your cat in the years to come. To find out more, speak with someone like...

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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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