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Re-Roofing Issues to Consider Now

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you live in one house long enough, you might have to start to think about replacing your roof, even if there are no leaks or significant problems. In fact, considering your options in the absence of trouble can allow you to make more thoughtful decisions. Issues pertinent to re-roofing are listed below so that you’re able to take action. Seeking a Permit One action you’ll need to take care of early on is to seek a permit for the roofing work and another for the dumpster you’re likely to have on site for trash related to the job. This is usually easy to get, but you will need to complete paperwork, submit it, and wait for the permit itself. You’re likely going to be asked specific details about what you’re doing, so it may be best to consult a roofer so that you can fully answer questions and avoid delays because of omissions in the paperwork. Reading the Zoning Rules Your town’s zoning ordinance has some guidelines regarding various structures in your residential area, including houses and roofs. If you are considering a simple overlay instead of an entire new roof, there may be restrictions on how it can be done. Ignoring the zoning rules could result in a denial of a permit and other problems, so be sure that you check it out and talk with a contractor about meeting those guidelines. Interviewing Local Contractors You’ll have to meet with a number of roofers to determine which company can do the job for a reasonable price and communicate well with you. However, you’re also going to want to find out whether background checks have been done on the workers that will be spending a lot of time on your property. If so, that can make you and your family feel more comfortable with strangers around. Determining Where You’ll Be A particular challenge that arises when roof work is being done is that it can interfere with life. Your kids and pets may not deal well with the noise or you may find that you’re distracted by the activity going on around you. Assemble a list of possibilities for where your family can go if you find that the work is too much for you. You may stay in the home of a relative or schedule a vacation for the period when the work will be done. The considerations in this article will ensure that you give serious thought to issues that could affect any re-roofing process you approve. Talking with contractors like East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC. in your county is likely to provide you with any other information you...

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What To Do If Your Electricity Doesn’t Come Back On After A Severe Storm

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you waited patiently for your power to be restored after a storm passed through only to find that nothing happened when you tried to turn the lights back on, you probably need the assistance of a residential electrician. Although you can likely get an electrician to come out to your home and locate the problem soon, it is important that you don’t make any moves that could endanger yourself, your family, or the integrity of your electrical wiring. Here’s what you should avoid doing in the meantime as well as some steps you can take to help your electrician figure out why the electricity isn’t currently working in your home. Check Your Outlets If any of the outlets in your home were overloaded with appliances prior to your electricity going out during the storm, there’s the possibility that a fuse has blown. Although extension cords can be used to plug in devices that are situated a distance from your power outlets, there is a safe and responsible way that they should be used. Extension cords should always be plugged directly into the wall, and you should only use one per outlet. Check to see that none of your appliances have frayed cords or exposed wiring, as this can lead to an electrical fire as well as cause a short in your residential electrical system. Turn Off The Circuit Breaker After you have confirmed that power has been restored to your neighbors, you should immediately see if switching the circuit breaker on and off leads your home electrical system to regain power. Once the circuit breaker is back in the on position, you can try turning each individual fuse on and off to see if any lights come on in your home. If nothing happens, it is best to keep your circuit breaker switched off so that a residential electrical service can learn where the trouble lies. Don’t attempt to light the pilot in your hot water heater, use gas appliances, or otherwise restore power on any home appliances that run on propane or natural gas. Power to your home will be restored soon enough with the help of a residential electrician, and any attempt you make to fix things yourself could potentially lead to an electrical fire, shock, or severe burns. If you regularly experience power outages in your home, whether caused by a storm or other means, talk to your electrician about having new wiring installed or upgrading your circuit breaker. For more information, contact local professionals like All American Air & Electric,...

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Update The Look Of Your Home By Covering Support Beams With Laminate Flooring

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When support beams go through the middle of your home to create the support that your home needs to be as sturdy as it can be, quite an eyesore can be created. Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive way to give the beams character so that they serve as a visual asset in the room rather than a distraction from the overall look you are trying to create. You can use peel and stick laminate hardwood flooring to create the visual interest you want in the room. Use the following guide to learn how to create a focal point in the room that is eye-catching and unique. Measure the Beam You Plan to Cover The first thing you need to do is you need to measure the beam that you plan to cover. You need to know how many square feet the flooring needs to cover so that you can be sure to purchase enough of it when you start to cover the beam. Choose the Laminate Flooring You Want to Use You then need to go to a hardwood flooring store and look for the laminate that will pair well with the look that you are trying to create in your home. For a more formal look, you may want to choose a rich, dark color. For a more country feel, you may want to choose laminate that looks distressed or worn. Be sure to purchase enough boxes of flooring to cover the square footage of the beams. Stick the Flooring to the Beam Once the flooring is brought to your home, you need to start sticking it to the beam. You can simply peel the backing off of the wood and then press it onto the beam. Be sure to stagger each piece of laminate as you place it on the beam to create a seamless look. You will have to cut some pieces to make them fit into place properly as the beam starts to become fully covered. Be sure to cover the sides and the bottom of the beam from one side to the other to create a finished look. Once complete, the beam should have a rustic look to it that makes it more visually appealing. No one will view it as an eyesore when they come to your home. It will add visual interest to the room and can make your space feel cozier and more put together. More more tips on working with lumber  in your house, check out a company like W. T. Fary Bros Lumber...

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Fixing Cracks In A Fiberglass Pool

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A fiberglass pool represents the best possible compromise between strength, longevity, and price. Yet fiberglass pools are susceptible to certain problems all their own. Fortunately, the most common such problem–cracks in the side of the pool–is easy enough to fix on your own. If you would like to improve your pool repair skills, read on. This article will discuss how to effectively repair cracks in a fiberglass pool. Prepare for the Repair The first step in the repair process is to drain the pool. But don’t panic–you don’t need to empty it all the way. Just remove enough water to expose the entirety of the crack you intend to fix. Next, use a medium grit sanding block to smooth out the area around the crack. This serves two purposes: eliminating any bumpy or jagged spots, while roughening up the surface and allowing a tighter bond for the repair putty. Necessary Items You’re going to need a few key tools and supplies in order to carry out the repair. Before you move on to the next step, be sure that you have all of the following on hand: fiberglass putty marine bonding agent circular saw paintbrush putty knife circular saw safety goggles Widen The Crack The basic idea is that the putty and the bonding agent will be used in tandem to fill in the crack. Yet in order to ensure a tight, lasting bond, you will first need to widen the crack somewhat. This will make it easier to work the putty into place. This task is best accomplished using a circular saw–preferably one equipped with a durable diamond-tipped blade. Use this saw to widen the length of the crack. The width of the blade should be sufficient. However, you’ll want to go a little bit beyond the two ends of the crack, in order to ensure that you won’t end up with a hairline leak down the line. Fill The Crack Using your brush, paint a layer of bonding agent onto the crack. Be sure to get the bonding agent applied fully to the inner walls of the crack. Then prepare the fiberglass putty according to the instructions on its package. Certain types of putty may involve mixing together two separate ingredients, like epoxy. Finally, apply the putty to the crack, being sure to really fill it up. The smooth down the surface using your putty knife, and let it dry fully. If you have any questions, visit Contemporary Pools Inc or a similar pool building...

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A Brief Guide To Temporary Fencing When You Need To Secure Items Outside For A Brief Period Of Time At Home

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you think of vinyl or wrought iron fences when you think of fencing, it is important to understand that there are a variety of temporary options to consider when you temporarily have items or projects outside that need to be secured. Common materials that are used to create that temporary fencing include mesh and chain link. If you are planning now for the fence you will need to temporarily customize to changing needs for containment in the near future, the following information will be particularly useful.   Opting For A Mesh Fence One type of temporary fencing that has been quite popular over the years is the mesh fence. As a lightweight choice, it can often be installed, transported and maintained or repaired as needed by one person, thus saving time and money if you need the temporary fencing for more than a few days or if you are using it during severe weather. Injuries are also not as common to people when working on or around a mesh fence due to the presence of smoothed edges.  However, you should be aware that there is a higher likelihood of mesh fences incurring damage because of their reduced weight. That means that if you are concerned about the possibility of a person or animal making a concentrated effort to break into the area you are enclosing, mesh might not be the best choice. In that instance, you could benefit from something stronger, like the chain link fence, as discussed below.   Considering The Chain Link Fence The chain link is a popular choice that allows for a fair amount of customization. For instance, you can move it about the property and available space as needed during the project, so that the items you are containing stay secure, regardless of how that space shrinks or grows throughout the project. In addition, it has also been noted that part of providing security is the need to prevent unauthorized persons from seeing the items being contained, thus limiting the likelihood of those persons even deciding they want to enter the property. The chain link fence meets that need by allowing for the possibility of introducing coverings or slats within the chain link to provide extra privacy. In addition, chain link is affordable and easy to use or store, so you can often use it repeatedly on different projects over the years. It is also for save in different sizes, so the chain link portions can be smaller or larger, if you prefer.  In conclusion, choosing the right type of temporary fencing is not always easy, especially when you are doing so for the first time. Fortunately, the information provided above will allow you to make the most appropriate choices when doing so.     For more information and options, talk with a fencing contractor, such as those at A & R...

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3 Signs You May Need To Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioner

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Few home appliance breakdowns are more inconvenient than an air conditioner that breaks down in the middle of a heat wave. Fortunately, there are a few early warning signs you can look out for so you can get your AC repaired before it breaks down. Here are three signs it may be time to repair or replace your air conditioner. Low Air Flow Even if the air from your vents is still cold, there may be a problem with your air conditioner if the air flow is lower than it used to be. Low air flow can result from a number of different causes. One of the most common is an obstruction or leak in the duct work. You may want to consider a professional duct inspection and cleaning to remove any blockages and patch any holes that are wasting energy by allowing cooled air to escape. If air flow from your air conditioner is still low after a duct inspection, the next most likely cause is a problem with the blower motor. The blower motor is located in the indoor air handler and delivers cooled air from your air conditioner to the rest of your home. A worn or loose blower motor belt may be reducing the performance of the blower motor, or the motor may need to be replaced. Noisy Operation No air conditioner is truly silent, but excessive and unusual noise from your air conditioner is never a good sign. Different problems within the air conditioner will cause different sounds, giving you a clue as to what the problem may be. If you hear a whining sound from your air conditioner, a worn or slipped belt is likely to blame. Loud, grating noises may indicate that the bearings are worn or that the blower motor needs to be lubricated. While a technician will need to perform the repairs, you should take note of the sounds you hear so you can inform the technician and give him a good starting point for repairs. A Burning Smell While the AC Is Running If you ever notice a foul, burning smell while you are using your air conditioner, you should turn it off immediately and stop using it until you have it inspected. This problem usually occurs when the insulation on the wiring inside the unit has burned off. Uninsulated wiring in your air conditioner is a fire hazard that requires repair as soon as possible. Keep these signs of air conditioner problems in mind so you can get early repairs and avoid hot days with no air conditioning. For more information, talk to a professional like Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling...

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Are Custom Home Builders Right for You?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Deciding to build a home is a momentous occasion. You’ll be investing your nest- gg in a home for your future. However, the decisions you’ll have to make have only begun once you’ve decided to build a home. Your next decision is to decide whether you want to hire custom home builders or production home builders. Custom home builders will create a one-of-a-kind home on a single lot. You’ll be presented with seemingly endless design and customization options. Conversely, production home builders will use pre-designed blueprints to create your home, and there will be fewer customization options. There are a few situations in which you should consider custom home builders. Maybe you’ve got your eye on a piece of land, already have floorplans, want to be involved with each step, or want to build in an established neighborhood. Each of these situations calls for a custom home builder over a production home builder. You won’t find pre-defined choices or blueprints to choose from with a custom home builder. Instead, the custom home builder will work with you to create new blueprints. Your new home can be built on any piece of land that you own (or will own). If you prefer, you can supply your own blueprints or hire another company to create them for you. Different custom home builders will provide different services. In some situations, you’ll work with an architecture firm to design the home and work with another team to actually build the home. Other custom home builders will handle the entire job from design to build completion. Either way, you’ll be heavily involved with the entire process and have the opportunity to make important decisions that will impact the resulting home. Some people associate custom home builders with mansions and multi-million dollar homes. While these types of homes are often built by custom home builders, that’s not all that they produce. Custom home builders come in many different sizes and cater to different markets. A custom home can range from a single-family home or a ranch-style unit to a house with a multi-story floor plan. It all depends on your budget and desires. Deciding on the right custom home builder will take plenty of time. You’ll want to interview several local home builders that have a strong reputation for excellence. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that the home builder is someone you can see yourself working with every day for the next 9 to 18 months. Once you’ve selected a custom home builder, you’re ready to start crafting your floor plan.  Talk with a builder such as David James Custom Homes to get...

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Fill A Crack In An Asphalt-Filled Trench’s Surface And Apply Sealer

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If a new utility line was installed on your company’s property and the asphalt-filled trench that covers it has a small crack in its surface once the project was completed, fill in the damaged section with cold patch and apply sealer to the asphalt surface to provide it with a uniform appearance by completing the steps below. Materials asphalt cleaning agent long-handled scrub brush water hose container of cold asphalt patch bucket mixing stick trowel putty knife vinyl tarps container of asphalt sealer thick-napped paint roller extension handle roller frame paint tray rubber-tipped squeegee signs Clean The Asphalt Surface And Fill The Crack Apply a small amount of an asphalt cleaning agent to a scrub brush’s bristles. Work the cleaning agent into the asphalt’s surface by moving the cleaning tool firmly over dirty sections. Once finished, rinse the asphalt off with a strong stream of water and wait for the treated surface to dry. Pour some cold asphalt patch into a bucket. Mix the patch with a stick until the product is an even consistency. Use a trowel to apply an even layer of the patch to the crack. Use one side of a putty knife to smooth out the surface of the patch. Wait for the patch to harden. Apply Sealer To The Asphalt-Filled Trench’s Surface And Spread It Out Cover the property that is adjacent to the asphalt-filled trench with vinyl tarps so that the sealer doesn’t accidentally stain any portions of the ground. Pour some of the contents of a bucket of asphalt sealer into a paint tray. Stand next to one corner of the asphalt-filled trench. Use a thick-napped paint roller that is attached to an extension handle to apply the sealer in straight lines. Use a rubber-tipped squeegee to spread the sealer out if too much of it has been applied to some sections. Apply more sealer to the rest of the asphalt with a paint roller and spread it out with a squeegee until the surface of the asphalt-filled trench is covered with an even amount of the product. The sealer will require several hours to dry. Post a sign on each side of the trench so that your employees or customers do not walk on the wet sealer. Once the sealer has dried, remove the signs. The asphalt-filled trench will be restored to the state it was in before the new utility line was...

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Grab The Snake: 3 Steps To Cure A Stubborn Clog

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You never know when you’re going to be faced with a stubborn clog. If you’ve tried using a plunger, and the clog is still there, it still might not be time to call the plumber. It might be time to bring out the snake – the drain snake. Drain snakes can get down to the clogs that might be located farther down into the pipe. If you’ve never used a drain snake, don’t panic. Here are some simple instructions that will help you clear the clog. Start the Journey When you’re holding the snake, you’ll notice that it’s coiled inside a plastic drum. You should also notice that there’s a small lever located near the handle. The lever locks the snake in place. To start the journey, you need to twist the lever to unlock the snake. Pull a few inches of the snake out of the plastic drum and place it into the drain. Firmly push the snake through the drain pipe. Continue pushing the snake through the pipe until you feel resistance. The resistance means you’ve reached the clog. It’s time to stop pushing. Give it a Twist Now that you’ve reached the clog, it’s time to put the snake to work. Tighten the lever to lock the snake in place. This will prevent the snake from recoiling into the plastic drum. Once the snake is locked in place, grab hold of the handle and start cranking. The cranking causes the snake to rotate in the drain. As the snake rotates, the sharp edge cuts through the debris to clear the clog. Continue cranking the handle until it moves easily. Loosen the lever and then slowly pull the snake out of the drain. Clean the debris off of the end of the snake. Flush the Drain Once you’ve removed the snake, you’ll need to flush the drain with warm water. Flushing the drain will wash away the debris, and will allow you to make sure that the clog has been successfully cleared. If the drain is still sluggish, use the snake to repeat the process. If your plunger was no match for your clogged drain, don’t give up. Reach for the snake. Plumber’s snakes will tear through the toughest clogs. If your snake is unable to reach the clog, you should contact a plumber, like one from Salinas & Sons Rooter Service, as soon as possible. You may need to have your drains cleaned with an auger or high-pressured...

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Do You Have A Mold Problem In Your Home? Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Filters

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Filters that are in good shape usually protect the air conditioning system from dust particles. Their ability to trap dust particles and mold spores also allows them to protect a home from these unwanted materials. These two things usually go a long way towards helping to keep a home safe from mold growth. Here is what you should know about the relationship between dirty filters, air conditioner performance, and mold problems. Dirty filters and mold spore invasions The ability of dirty filters to filter out unwanted materials from incoming air is usually compromised. As a result, mold spores are likely to get through the filters. There is also the fact that already-trapped mold spores can be dislodged from the overwhelmed filters. This can also allow the mold particles to get around the defense system that the filters are supposed to provide. Having dirty filters in your air conditioning system therefore leaves your home vulnerable to mold spore attacks. And when these mold spores find a damp place in your home, a full-blown mold growth problem is unavoidable. Dirty filters, high humidity and mold growth Dirty filters cannot protect your air conditioner from dust particles and dirt. When these unwanted guests find their way to the evaporator coil area, they accumulate on the coils. Continued accumulation eventually has an insulating effect that then reduces the rate at which heat moves across the copper walls of the coils. As a result, the passing air isn’t cooled as it should, something that then reduces the level of condensation that takes place in the area. The air leaving the area therefore ends up retaining much of its moisture that it then brings into the home. The resulting dampness encourages mold growth and may therefore be to blame for your mold problem. Clean filters and reduced mold growth problem Cleaning your air filters will rejuvenate their ability to trap mold spores and dust particles. It will keep mold spores out of your home while also boosting your air conditioner’s ability to regulate humidity. As a result, it will help eliminate the incidences of mold attacks in your home. To properly clean your filters, you will need a bucket of water, vinegar and a vacuum cleaner. Start by getting rid of any dust using the vacuum cleaner. After you are done, soak the filters in a solution of water and vinegar in order to eliminate any mold spores. Gently remove any remaining dirt using a soft brush and then leave the filters to dry before placing them back into your air conditioning system. This will be enough to protect your home from mold-related problems. For air conditioning maintenance, click on this link http://www.nathansheatandair.com/ or do an online...

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4 Safety Tips To Keep In Mind When Getting A Wooden Multi-Level Deck Installed

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Getting a wood deck installed in your backyard can provide your family with a great place to entertain guests, but it can also come with some confusion if you’ve never had a contractor work on a project of this scale. Whether you hire a professional that specializes in decks or mainly home additions and the various project this includes, it’s a good idea to look into what you can do to make sure that a multi-level deck is a safe addition. Make Sure the Wood Isn’t Going to Cause Splinters The easiest way to make sure that your wood deck looks great and won’t cause splinters is simply making sure that the wood used is carefully sanded. If there are any splintered edges to the wood, it’s much more likely that it will cause splinters—leading to pain that could have been avoided. When choosing the wood, it’s best to ask the contractor for advice on the softest wood and the options that will be safest for preventing splinters. Add Traction to Each Stair Tripping down the stairs can lead to serious injury, making it vital that you take care of adding plenty of traction to each step. Gripping can be added to each stair, making it much more supportive underneath your bare feet or shoes. This will help prevent a fall and make your stairs much safer for your family and friends, especially when children or seniors will be using the stairs. Get Sturdy Handrails Installed at the Proper Height Another easy way to prevent slips on your stairs is getting study handrails installed. These handrails can help go a long way towards making your deck much safer since the handrails can be gripped as you move up and down the stairs. This will add an extra layer of safety and help prevent slips. Consider Having a Ramp Installed Another idea for making the stairs of your multi-level deck safer is getting a ramp installed. When moving a BBQ grill, plants, or other items up and down the stairs, you may not have a clear view of the stairs, potentially causing a fall. By getting a ramp installed as well as the stairs, you can have a disability-friendly alternative to moving up and down the stairs and make the deck safer as a result. As you prepare for getting a multi-level deck installed, you’ll want to keep safety in mind. With the tips above in mind and asking for additional advice from your contractor (like Lehman Construction Services Inc), you can make sure that the deck is as safe as...

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