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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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3 Most Common In-Ground Fiberglass Pool Problems And When To Call A Professional

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you’re thinking about having a fiberglass in-ground pool built or already have one on your property, the fact remains that there are some common problems you may run into at some point as a pool owner. The fact of the matter is that any pool material–be it fiberglass or concrete–is going to come with its inherent weaknesses. Here are a few of the most common fiberglass pool issues and what you should do if they happen to your pool. 1. Surface Cracks Fiberglass is a very strong material, so it takes a lot more to make it crack than concrete. And when cracks do form along fiberglass, they tend to be superficial, so they aren’t likely to cause any kind of leaking; instead, they’re more of an aesthetic problem. But when you’ve paid a lot of money for a beautiful pool, then of course you don’t want to get stuck looking at cracks. Fortunately, surface cracks in a fiberglass pool can be filled and resurfaced to match the existing appearance of the pool. Sealant for these cracks is sold in pool supply stores, but if you’ve never worked with this material before, it’s a good idea to call a professional–just to be safe. 2. Bulging Pool Walls One of the things that sets a fiberglass pool apart from a concrete one is that it’s pre-made and ships in one piece, whereas a concrete pool needs to be poured on the spot. To help a fiberglass pool hold its shape during transport, they’re typically filled with sand. The problem is that if even a little bit of sand remains in the pool after it’s installed, that sand can add a lot of pressure to the sides of the pool walls once the pool is filled with water. This can result in bulging pool walls, which can only be remedied by a professional. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that the pool is completely cleaned of sand before filled. 3. Leaks Due to Settling Finally, when plumbing pumps are installed to the pool, they run the risk of settling as the ground shifts over time. If enough settling occurs, the plumbing could spring a leak, which can be a major problem if not noticed and repaired right away. Generally, a plumber will need to be the one to diagnose and repair a pool leak, which may even require excavation around the pool to access if the leak has occurred underground. This type of problem can be prevented by making sure the ground around the plumbing installed is heavily compacted. To learn more about pool repair, contact Pool Service...

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Sliding Commercial Entry Door Noises And What They Could Be Telling You

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The sliding commercial entry door is a valuable component of any retail establishment. As soon as customers get close enough, the doors slide open, showing them that they are more than welcome to step inside. Even as valuable as sliding commercial entry doors can be, they can also bring on their fair share of headaches when they are not in good working order. If there is one bothersome problem that will be anything but welcoming to your customers, it is commercial sliding doors that make a lot of racket when in motion. Here are a few of the most common noises you may hear and what they could mean. Loud Grinding from Overhead All commercial sliding doors have a motor mounted overhead where the sound of the motor running will not be distracting for people who are walking through. The motor in this mounted box works with a chain pulley system. When the pulley system starts to get worn, you will hear major noises when the chain is not grabbing the gears as it should. These noises will come across as grinding and it may even be enough to cause the mount box to vibrate and shake. Pops and Crackles The sound of pops and crackles around glass are always a bit alarming as it is easy to assume the glass is ready to break. While the glass probably will not break, the door could be at risk of damage because of loose hardware that should be holding the door steady as it moves. Grab a few hand tools and go over every piece of hardware and screw to make sure everything is still snugly seated as it should be. Squeaks and Screeching High-pitched squeaks and screeching will not entice a customer to enter your store at all and should be addressed immediately. Thankfully, this is often related to a door track that is less than clean or in need of a good shot of lubrication. Clean out the tracks thoroughly and use spray lubricant to generously coat the moving parts of your doors. By learning to understand the language that a malfunctioning sliding commercial door speaks, you will be better equipped to track down issues and make repairs when necessary. While most commercial door noises are easy enough to address, they can also be a sign that the doors are getting worn. Make sure you talk to a commercial door sales company to see what is available before you sink a lot of money into...

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What You Need To Know About Snow Removal

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Snowstorms can be really fun around the Holidays, since they bring a certain romance and ambiance. However, if you live in a climate when it is constantly snowing, or you expect a large snowstorm, you might be wondering what you can do to protect yourself so that you don’t have an ice block of a driveway for the rest of the winter. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to protect your driveway with the help of a few tips: 1. Put Down Rock Salt Early Watch the weather report and stay on top of the snow. If you know that it is going to snow in the night, or sometime the following day, put down the rock salt early. This is one of the best things you can do to protect your driveway from getting a layer of ice underneath the snow. If you can keep the bottom layer from icing over, you have already won half of the battle. Then as you start to shovel it off, you will be able to get all the snow, even down to the concrete. If you don’t take time to do this step, you can easily get iced over. 2. Shovel Often It is also important that you stay on top of it. On the day that you have a big snow storm, plan on going out a couple times to shovel the driveway. Even though this may seem like a lot of work, you actually might save yourself time in the long run. When you shovel often it prevents the show from icing over, and compacting onto itself. If should be pretty easy to scoop up the snow if you do it early and often. The problems come when you let the snow sit and then pile up. Then you have to break up the ice and spend hours lifting the heavy snow off the driveway. 3. Use Sand You need to protect your driveway and walkways from becoming too slippery. In order to keep those walking on your driveway safe, you should put down sand. Sprinkling sand over the area will help the walkers keep a firm grip. This doesn’t need to be done all over the driveway; just on the stairs and the parts that people walk on the most. By doing these simple things you can protect your driveway from becoming iced over, and keep it safe for others to drive and walk on. To learn more, contact a company like Vintage Lawn with any questions or concerns you...

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Ways To Make Money On ‘Junk’

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a huge pile of junk, you might consider just hiring someone to come and remove it. While that is the easy way to get rid of stuff you don’t want, you could also take a bit of time and make money off that junk. Whether you have stuff from an estate, flood damaged home, or old storage unit, there will be something you can sell to earn a profit. Jewelry Jewelry, whether vintage, antique, or new, just might be made of silver or gold. While they are usually not made of pure silver or gold, there is often enough in the jewelry to entice silver and gold buyers. They can use the junk metal toward their investment. You can also sell jewelry to pawn shops for a bit of extra cash. Scrap Metal Anything in that pile of junk made of metal? Anything with at least some metal parts? Take all the metal you can find to a scrap metal yard and see what you can get for it. Items made of steel, iron, copper, aluminum, and lead can be sold for a profit. On top of making some money, you are also helping the economy and the environment by recycling. Electronics Broken or old electronics are still worth money. Many can be sold as scrap metal, but you can also sell your old electronics as is. There are many online places that will purchase your electronics even if they don’t work or have broken screens. Check out all the places and send your electronics to the one that gives you the most money. Clothing If you have a closet full of clothing that you will never wear, don’t just donate the clothes or toss them out. Go through every piece and see if any will be worth money. How? You can sell gently used clothing at online thrift stores. These places usually take a small cut when you sell the clothing, but you are still making some money on clothing you intended to throw away. Antiques Is there anything in that pile of “junk” that looks like it might be antique or vintage? Have it appraised by an expert to find out for sure. If you have something worth money you can sell it to an antique dealer for a nice pile of cash. Many places will even take damaged antiques at a lower price. They will refurbish it back to “new.” Garage Sale As the saying goes, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Take any items in your haul that is in good condition and throw a huge garage sale. You’ll rake in ever more cash. If you have any junk left after you’ve made all your money on it, then you can go ahead and call someone to haul it away for you. Talk to experts like Ground Effects Hauling Inc for more...

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Why Your Well Water Isn’t Providing Very Much Water Pressure

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Water wells provide a plethora of benefits over using a municipal water connection, many of which include lower costs over time and often better water quality. However, in order for your water to work, the water pressure must be created by a pump and pressure tank in your own home rather than relying on the city’s water pressure. If your pressure is low all the time, or if it fades very quickly, there could be a problem with your equipment or with the well itself. Pressure Tank Problems Your pressure tank’s purpose is to keep water pressure consistent during use. In most tanks, water fills the bottom half and air fills the top half, and the two halves are separated by a “bladder.” The tank is set between two PSI measurements; when water is used and pressure falls below the cut on measurement (the lower number), the motor kicks on until pressure reaches the cut off measurement (the higher number). If your tank is getting old, the bladder may be failing, which prevents the seal between the two compartments from being airtight. If the bladder is broken or failing, the pressure tank will need to be replaced entirely. However, it could be something less serious as well. The pressure settings could be off for some reason, or the air pressure in the tank is too low. The pressure settings can be adjusted by hand, and you can measure the air pressure in the tank using a pressure meter like you would with your car tires. The tank pressure should be set at two PSI lower than your cut on setting. For example, if your pressure settings are 30-50 PSI, your tank pressure should be 28. Clogs If there are clogs anywhere in your pipes, this can cause low pressure for different reasons. This often happens due to a buildup of minerals in the pipes, and most clogs are easily fixed by a plumber. Clogs in the pipes in between the pressure tank and your faucets can reduce water flow, so even if your pressure tank says your pressure is correct, it may not work properly. It’s also possible that the pressure gauge/relay setup is clogged. If it is, the relay won’t trip until your water pressure is almost zero, so your pump won’t turn on until you have almost no pressure left. Water Availability During periods of heavy water use or drought, there may simply not be as much water available to your well. If this becomes a consistent problem, it can be solved a few different ways. New wells can be drilled and attached to the same water lines, or another well can be drilled deeper than your first well to hopefully reach more water. Low water pressure can also occur if you’ve recently had any new buildings constructed that pull water from your current well. The extra usage will reduce how much water is available at a time, and thus reduce water pressure. It can also make your pressure tank motor run more often, which can cause it to die faster. If you need greater water pressure due to having too much water usage, you’ll need a new water well drilled to supply you with more water. (For more information on this topic, contact Hudson Valley Drilling...

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