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3 Things to Do before Operating a Crane

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things to Do before Operating a Crane

A crane is an essential piece of equipment on many construction sites. In order to avoid damage to the loads you’re lifting and prevent injuries to yourself and others, use the following steps before you start to operate the crane. Visually Inspect the Crane The first thing you need to do when you are about to operate a crane is to make sure it is in good shape. Visually inspecting your crane is one way to check whether the crane will be able to work properly when you use it. This will help you catch possible problems early and help reduce the chance of an accident during operation. Do a walk around of the crane to ensure that the hoists, slings, cables, and other components are intact and free from damage. Look for cracks and signs of rust or corrosion, which may ultimately affect the ability of the crane to lift loads. Of course, it is also important to make sure the vehicle part of the crane is working well. Be sure that the tires are fully inflated, brakes work properly and ensure all controls are functional. Know the Crane’s Load Limits Overloading a crane can cause a lot of problems on your work site. The crane itself could fail and drop a load, causing damage and possible injuries. Before you operate the crane, you need to ensure that you know how much weight your crane is capable of carrying. If you do not know the load limit of a crane you are using on a project, contact the manufacturer; many crane manufacturers have load charts posted on their websites. Once you know the limit of the crane you’re using, it’s important to be aware of the weight of the loads you plan to lift. To be safe, you might consider having a scale onsite to make sure that your loads are manageable for the crane. Check Ground Conditions To avoid cave-ins and mobility problems, it is essential to check the condition of the ground on your work site before operating your crane. You might want to get a soil analysis done to be sure that the ground can support the weight of the crane and any load you want to carry. Be aware of wet ground conditions, which can be problematic as you try to maneuver a heavy piece of equipment across the site. Now that you have some idea of what you should do before you operate the crane, you can make the tips above a part of your daily routine. Be sure to use the information above to make crane operation safer for you and others on your construction site. For more information, talk to a specialist like Cook Crane...

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How To Cut Out Like A Pro

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Cut Out Like A Pro

There are many great home remodels that are cost-effective and fun at the same time. Many DIYers want to invest in a home remodel that they can do on their own. One great home remodel that you can even do over the course of the weekend and involve your family is to repaint your interior walls. However, painting can be messy work, and it is not as simple as just brushing paint onto a wall. This article will explain how you can turn your paint job into a family project. Getting the Family Involved If you want to repaint your home as a family project, make sure that the adults do all the hard prep work. Mainly, the adults need to mask off the areas that you’re not painting and they need to paint around the edges and corners of the walls (also called cutting out). It is best if you do the cutting out before you involve the children. When cutting out, paint at least 6 inches in from the edge of the wall. You can then have the children, using rollers or paint brushes paint up to the line that you created. By creating this little buffer zone beforehand, you can save yourself a lot of clean up later on. The Key to Cutting Out One thing you need to know about cutting out is that you cannot fully trust the tape. You cannot simply tape off a straight line and expect the tape to prevent paint from seeping underneath. You have experience, you can try to paint along the corners freehand. However, this technique does take some practice. One clever way to get perfectly straight and clean lines is to use tape and spackle. Tape off the edges and corners like your normally would. Then, apply the spackle over the edge you are painting it. Just spread the spackle thinly with your fingers and push it down firmly. This will fill in the crevices underneath the paint, and it will seal the edge of the tape. You can then paint over the tape line, even if the spackle is not fully dry. After you do the cutting out you can pull the tape away. You do not need to wait for the paint to dry. When you pull the tape away you will notice clean, straight lines. It’ll look like your walls are painted by a professional. You can then brag to your friends that your whole family actually painted the walls! For more ideas about home remodeling, contact a company like Sherman & Walton...

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Three Uses For Ductless AC Systems In Your Home Renovation Projects

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Uses For Ductless AC Systems In Your Home Renovation Projects

If you are doing home renovations, sometimes adding AC can be challenging. If you want to add AC to more areas of your home, this can often mean that you have to upgrade an existing system and do expensive remodeling. Ductless AC systems can be a great solution to add more air conditioning to your home. Here are some different ways that you can use ductless AC in your home renovation projects:     1. Adding AC To Homes With Radiant Heating Systems Many homes with radiant heating do not have AC in them. If you want to add AC to a home with radiant heating, ductless systems are a great choice. With ductless AC, you will not have to work around pipe installation to install ductwork. The ductless systems can be installed quickly and easily to minimize the amount of work that needs to be done to add AC to your home. 2. Using Ductless AC Systems In Home Additions If you have a home addition that you want to add AC to, adding ductwork may not be possible. As an alternative to upgrading your existing air conditioner, you can use a ductless HVAC system. This can be done to renovations where you have added space to a kitchen or living room. If you have a type of sunroom or outdoor enclosure that does not get cooling, you may want to consider adding a small ductless system to this area. It is an affordable way to add air conditioning to areas of your home where a conventional ducted system cannot reach.  3. Installing Ductless Systems To Add AC To A Basement If you finish your basement, it can add a lot of value to your home. Often, basements will stay cool because the soil materials against the foundation walls. With windows in a basement that get a lot of sunlight, there may be some areas that get really warm. A ductless AC system can be a great way to add air conditioning to areas of your basement that need cooling. This can be installed in central entertaining areas that need to have cooling and help to keep your basement cool with expanding an existing AC system. It will also give you a system that is separate from other cooling in your home to only use when you need it and reduce energy costs. These are some of the different ways that you can use ductless AC in your home renovation projects. If you want to add more air conditioning to your home with ductless AC, contact an HVAC contractor (such as one from Penny Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning) and talk with them about your cooling needs.  ...

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Preparing Your Furnace For Winter

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Your Furnace For Winter

Routine maintenance is important in keeping your furnace running efficiently and effectively during the cooler months. The best time to do maintenance on your furnace is during the spring or summer when it is not in use, so you have time to make any repairs you may find while cleaning. Here are some steps to follow when preparing your furnace for the next cold snap. Replace Filters Replace the air filter in your furnace before you turn it on in the fall or winter. This will allow the air to be dispersed throughout your home without restriction, giving you the best value for your heating fuel or electricity as a result. Air filters are relatively cheap and easy to replace by simply sliding out the old one and sliding in a new one. You can buy air filters that help trap pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens, making the air you breath safe and clean. If you use oil heat, the oil filter should be replaced as well. Locate the oil chamber, turn off the oil valve, unscrew the old filter, and replace with a new one. Turn the oil valve back on after replacing the filter. Clean The Chamber The combustion chamber in your furnace is the area where the fuel ignites via flame. This is located in the front of your furnace and should be cleaned out yearly. Turn off your furnace before attempting to clean so you do not become injured if the furnace were to turn on. Look for a red or black switch plate near your furnace and flip it to the off position. If you can not locate this switch you can turn off the furnace by shutting off the breaker. To clean, use a wire brush to scrape the sides and top of the chamber area. This caked on soot and carbon can be removed with a shop vacuum cleaner with an attachment. Check For Wear The flue pipe is attached to your furnace and leads to the ducts throughout your home so the heat is directed into several different areas. This pipe needs to be checked when doing routine maintenance to make sure there are no holes where heated hair escapes. If you notice a ripped spot, use foil tape to seal the hole. Take a peek at the fan belt that runs within the furnace to see if there are any spots that look cracked or decayed. If the belt seems loose or wearing, replace it with a new belt for optimal...

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How To Keep Your Log Home Looking New

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Your Log Home Looking New

A log cabin can be a great way to showcase your unique style. Whether in the mountains or the suburbs, log homes have a warm and cozy feel that many love. As with any other building material, homes made of logs require regular maintenance to continue looking their best.  Maintenance While log homes are comparable to homes built with other materials in energy usage and other aspects, they do come with their own set of concerns. The most important part of caring for your log home is caring for the finish of the logs to avoid damage from insects, rodents, water, and UV rays. Neglect of the wood finish may cause it to wear prematurely, exposing the bare wood to these elements. Washing Twice a year, wash the exterior of your home with water. This can be done with a pressure washer or by hand. Washing will remove bugs, dust, bird droppings, and any other undesirable contaminants. Once you have given the exterior a good wash, allow it to dry for two to four days.  Staining Look for weak spots in the stain of your wood when you again have a dry surface. With oil-based log stains, look for spots that are turning blonde. This is where the stain is wearing off, and you should apply one or two more coats of stain in these areas. If you have a latex-based wood stain, you should look for areas that are losing their glossiness. Dull areas in the finish will require an additional coat of clear maintenance stain. Restoration If you have recently purchased a log home that was not well-maintained, you may need to have the surface restored to get the wood back to its original beauty. While this is more expensive than regular wood care, it can get your home in the right shape for you to regularly care for it. It’s also good to know a bit about the process of restoring your log home to motivate you to care for it well. Cost and Time Investment Restoration of an average sized log home can run in the price range of $20,000-$40,000. The reason for this high pricing is the amount of labor that goes into a full restoration of your home.  The outside of the home is first cleaned and allowed to dry.  Then the current stain must be removed and new stain added. New stain is usually applied with two or three coats, with a few days’ drying time allowed in between each session. Finally, if caulking needs to be added to joints or chinks in the wood, this also takes three to six days to cure. The full process can take anywhere from three to six weeks.  Whether your log home was recently restored or is brand new, remember to take good care of the exterior of your log home. This will save you time and money, and keep your home looking fabulous. For professional restoration help, contact a company such as Joe Pine Builders...

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How To Remove Old Baseboard Molding

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Old Baseboard Molding

Installing new baseboard molding is a smart interior home remodel. It is a great remodel because baseboards can get dinged up over the years and show signs of their age. By installing new baseboard around the floor of your home you will be making your wall and your floors look much nicer and newer. It is a great remodel because it can add value to your home without costing a ton of money. You can make the project even more affordable by removing your old baseboard on your own. This will reduce your labor costs and make the installation go faster. Removing the Old Baseboard To remove baseboard from wooden, drywall or concrete walls, you will need a couple of thick flathead screwdrivers or chisels. Lightly hammer them beneath the molding and then pry them away. Do not gouge the drywall as you pry away. It may help to pry with multiple screwdrivers at once so you do not put too much pressure on one point of the drywall. You might also need a utility knife to cut away the old caulk and break the seal so it is easier to pry away. If you notice that there is some sort of adhesive beneath the baseboard, you will want to use a long knife to try and cut it away so it is easier to remove. Preparing the Wall for Installation Once the baseboard is removed from the wall you will need to scrape down the wall where it used to be. Just use a basic putty knife to remove any adhesive or caulk left on the wall. You do not need to remove it completely, just make sure it does not stick out so far that will affect the installation of the new baseboard. When choosing a new baseboard, it is also very helpful if you choose a product that is taller than your old product. This will cover the old caulk line and ensure that you do not need to repaint that area.  If you take all of these steps, you can reduce the overall cost of new baseboard installation. You can call a contractor like Renew Construction, LLC and have them start installation immediately. They will not need to spend any time removing the old baseboard and clean up the mess. Make sure you get a discounted rate, because many baseboard installation quotes include the cost of the removal of the old...

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Why Vinyl Is Such A Great Window Replacement Product

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Vinyl Is Such A Great Window Replacement Product

Replacing the windows in your home is a great way to increase the value of your property, add some style to your home, and make it more functional. New windows will also help you run a more energy efficient household buy reducing solar absorption and increasing insulation. However, not all window replacement products are the same. Some products are more expensive, yet less practical to maintain. At the same time, some products are very affordable, but they offer very little insulation or protection from the elements. This article will explain why vinyl is such a great solution: Vinyl is Easy to Clean and Keep Up When it comes to window maintenance, you want a product that is water resistant and easy to clean. Wood is a popular window material, but it is not the most ideal because it is so hard to clean and susceptible to water damage. Vinyl, on the other hand, is super easy to keep clean with a wet rag. Moisture will never damage a vinyl window frame. This is why vinyl is commonly used in the construction of storm windows. In the long run, neglecting to clean wood or metal windows could lead to permanent damage to the frame. Luckily, this is not something you will need to worry about if you invest in vinyl windows. Vinyl is Energy Efficient One of the best things about vinyl windows is the fact they are so energy efficient. Vinyl is a great material because it does not transfer heat as quickly as metal. This means you can maintain the desired temperature in your home during the winter and summer months. Many people invest in storm windows with vinyl frames. These are a great investment, no matter how severe your local climate is. Even if you live in a moderate climate, you will see the benefits of storm windows. Vinyl storm window fixtures have extra insulation within the frame. They are also built with multiple panes of glass to reduce solar absorption. Together, these features can make your windows much more energy efficient. Some homeowners simply likes storm windows because they are stronger and made out of more durable materials. This is a great thing if you have children who tend to slam the windows closes. No matter what style of home you have, you should be able to find a vinyl window solution that fits. It is a practical, stylish, affordable and efficient material. You may want to contact a replacement window company to learn...

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New Homeowner? Keep An Eye Out For These Common Plumbing Issues

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Homeowner? Keep An Eye Out For These Common Plumbing Issues

Owning a home comes with a long list of rewards, but also a list of responsibilities that can feel nearly as extensive. Among the areas that you shouldn’t overlook is the plumbing in your home. Dealing with a seemingly small problem early on can save you significant money and time in the long run, as untreated plumbing issues only get worse when you fail to address them. Whether you’re a new homeowner or are simply someone who’s keen on taking a more proactive approach with your home’s plumbing, here are three common issues that you shouldn’t ignore. Dripping Taps A tap that drips might be an annoyance, but this issue is more than just an auditory distraction. The slow, steady drip can be the result of several issues, but a common culprit is a rubber washer inside the mechanism that has failed over time. Over time, the steady leak can lead to an unnecessary boost in your water bill, and might even cause the inside of the tap to fail. The good news is this issue is typically very simple to fix, and whether you attempt it yourself or hire a plumber, it’s a minor job that is satisfying to have solved. Slow-Draining Sink or Tub No one likes having a sink or tub that drains slowly; it’s annoying for the water to accumulate in your sink while you brush your teeth or splash around your ankles while you stand in the shower. Although rolling up your sleeves and using a plunger or a chemical product can help the issue, these strategies don’t work every time. Often, a slow-draining sink or tub can be the result of years of grime built up in your pipes, an obstruction somewhere in the home’s network of pipes or even an issue with the pipe running to the sewer. A trained plumber has many tricks up his sleeves, including the use of tiny video cameras, that can identify — and fix — the problem. Low Water Pressure Ever get sick of water dribbling out of the tap while you attempt to wash some dishes or take a shower? You’re dealing with low water pressure, which can result from a variety of factors. Possible culprits can be as simple as mineral deposits in your pipes or as complicated as a slow leak somewhere in the house. Whatever the case, dealing with the situation as quickly as possible can save you untold heartache and expenses. Talk to experts like Universal Enterprises Inc. for more...

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3 Signs That Your Garage Door Might Need A New Spring

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For something so handy, garage doors are actually relatively simple. They only have a few simple parts, so it’s important for all of these parts to work properly if you want to get the most out of your garage door. Unfortunately, garage door springs can become damaged over time, or they can be damaged if you hit the garage door with your vehicle. If you notice this problem, however, you can generally have it fixed rather quickly and affordably. Look out for these signs that your garage door spring is in need of replacement; then, you can call a garage door repair company like Girard’s Garage Door Services to come out and repair the issue. 1. Your Door Looks Crooked If your door appears to be crooked, such as if it doesn’t close completely or closes at an angle, or if it appears to be hanging crookedly when it is partially closed, the spring is probably to blame. 2. Your Garage Door Stops in the Middle of Opening or Closing If your garage door seems to stop in the middle of being opened or closed for no reason, the cause could be a faulty garage door spring. Don’t ignore this issue; it could be dangerous and could cause your door to fall without stopping. 3. The Spring Looks Worn Out Even if your garage door doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of damage, it’s still a good idea to take a look at its components every now and then to ensure that they are in good shape. When looking at your spring, make sure that your check for rust, which can cause it to corrode and become ruined. Also, look for a spring that looks like it is dented, broken or almost broken. All of these signs of wear and tear should be taken seriously and generally mean that your spring needs to be replaced. A faulty garage spring isn’t necessarily a big issue, but it can become one if you don’t take care of the problem. The garage door spring helps hold the garage door in place and helps it move up and down, and your garage door could stop working completely or could fall and hurt someone if you don’t fix it. Luckily, in most cases, it doesn’t cost much to hire a pro to replace your garage door spring, so make sure that you call a professional as soon as possible if you notice any of these problems. In the meantime, it is best to stop using your garage door until you can have it repaired to prevent further damage and to help prevent...

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Prepare For Whole Home Window Replacement With These Tips

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Restoring the exterior of your home can help add a substantial boost to its value, but the number of projects involved can be overwhelming. One project that is nearly a guarantee for a good investment is replacing the windows, since the energy savings could lead to cutting your energy bills $1000 a year or more. If you’ve decided to hire professionals to replace the windows in your home, you can make the job easier by using the following tips. Remove Window Treatments The first thing you’ll want to do when preparing the windows for replacement is taking down any window treatments. Not only will curtains, blinds, or shutters be in the way for the replacement work, they can also be damaged if they’re left in. Take Care of Security System If you have a home security system installed that includes the windows of your home, it’s important to remember that it needs to be shut off ahead of time. It can be time-consuming and even embarrassing to deal with your alarm system going off when the windows are being handled, making it a good idea to reach out to your security business before the window workers arrive. Move Furniture Away from Windows Furniture can be another problem for professionals to deal with, especially if anything is located close to the windows. By moving away furniture from the windows and into the center of the room, there will be plenty of space to work.  Make Your Home Easy to Navigate For larger homes, it can be confusing for the window replacement workers to find their way from room to room. Keeping doors shut and putting a sign up in rooms that don’t need any replacement work is a good idea, along with keeping any pets away from the project areas. Remove Nearby Wall Decorations Along with removing any window treatments, you may be expected to take down shelves, artwork, or decorations that are near the windows. Not only could they be in the way, they could also be in danger of falling or getting damaged when the window replacement work is being done. As you look into the various ways to prepare your home for window replacement (from an outlet such as Port Orchard Glass), it’s a good idea to make sure that your home is ready. By getting the old windows stripped down and making changes to the layout of your home, you’ll be able to ease the process involved with replacing the...

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