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Paint Your Chain Link Fence For A Desired Effect

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Paint Your Chain Link Fence For A Desired Effect

If you have a chain link fence around your yard and you don’t like the bland coloring of it, you can easily paint it any color you want. Painting the fence the same color as the trim of your house can help tie it in to the house’s style. Painting it the same color as the grass in your yard can make it less noticeable. Once you choose the color you want your fence to be, you can follow the instructions below to paint it yourself. Remove any rust from the fence If you have areas of rust on the fence, you want to remove them by using a wire brush. Spraying a primer on the areas where rust is known to occur will help to prevent it from coming back. Lay something down to protect the grass Take a large piece of plastic or cardboard and lay it on the ground opposite the side of the fence you are going to be painting first. If there is a little bit of wind blowing, take some rocks or bricks and place them on all four corners of the covering so it doesn’t get blown upward and kick dirt onto the fresh paint. Paint the fence Make sure there isn’t a lot of wind when you go to paint the fence. Also, it shouldn’t be a very hot day or the paint can start to dry before it hits the fence. This will cause the paint job to look rough, and the paint can easily chip off. Paint the fence from the top to the bottom, moving in a left to right motion. Once you have painted one entire side, do the same thing for the other side. Allow the paint to dry completely before you allow people to walk around the area where the fence is so you don’t have to worry about dust, grass or leaves getting kicked up on the fence and sticking to the paint. While painting your fence is a great way to get it looking the way you want, there are also other options available to you. If you would like to change the look of your fence in a way that also adds more privacy, you can get rolled wood fencing you roll along the fence and attach to it. There are also slats you can put through the fencing for extra privacy, which come in many styles and colors. Click here for info about chain link fencing...

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3 Foundation Problems And The Repairs That Can Correct The Damage

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Foundation Problems And The Repairs That Can Correct The Damage

Damage to the foundation of your home can be caused by different problems. Depending on the type of foundation you have, it may be due to static water pressure or it can be due to things like settling. The repairs that are needed for these problems will differ greatly. Here are some of the repairs that you may need for your foundation: 1. Settling Slab Foundations In Loose Soils Settling slabs can have a lot of problems. This is common in areas with soft soils, such as deltas and swamps near the coast. There are several things that can be done to deal with these problems, such as installing tensioned concrete cables. This method consists of installing cables beneath the foundation and applying tension to them. The cables hold the concrete together as one piece to prevent uneven settling, which can cause cracks in your foundation. There are also pier systems, which can be driven beneath the footings of your foundation. The piers can also be used to jack up areas of your home that have already settled. 2. Cracks In Foundation Walls Of Crawl Space Foundations Crawl space foundations can also have problems. These problems can be due to the settling of the foundation walls beneath your home. They can become cracked as your house settles, which can often happen with brick, stone and concrete block foundations. To repair these problems, the cracks in the walls will need to be fixed and support added to the footings. This can also include installing piers to support areas of weakness in your foundation.  With older homes that have had walls added to them, the walls may need to be temporarily removed and supporting footings added to the walls. This can be common in historic homes with pier systems that predate modern building codes. 3. Static Water Pressure Causing Damage To Basement Foundations Static water pressure is another problem that can cause damage to home foundations. This is common with basement foundations because the walls are below grade levels. This is caused by groundwater that seeps against foundation walls and causes pressure. Eventually, the pressure can cause walls to crack and other structural problems. To fix this, you will need to have the cracks in foundation walls repaired. You may also want to do improvements to the drainage around your home to help prevent this type of foundation problem. These are some of the repairs that you may need to have done for your foundation. If your home is in need of repair to prevent structural problems, contact a foundation repair service to help the problems evaluated and the find the right...

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Need Energy Efficient Windows? Look For The U-Factor

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need Energy Efficient Windows? Look For The U-Factor

Do you need energy efficient replacement windows for your home? There are numerous options available at your local home supply store or window company. The amount of selections can make the shopping process intimidating, but there’s one number in particular that can help you find the most efficient window when comparing between similar models. And that number is called the u-factor. The u-factor measures heat transfer or the rate at which warm air can pass through the window from outside or how much heated air can pass through to the outside. A lower u-factor is better because the rate at which the heat is moving through is also lower. But what constitutes “low” and which window frame and glass materials offer the best u-factors?  Highest U-Factor Materials Wood and vinyl window frames tend to have almost identical u-factors when all other factors, such as window thickness or gas filling, are the same. The range of u-factors for wood and vinyl windows starts at about 0.38 for double-pane glass and goes down to 0.22 for quadruple-pane glass with a krypton gas filler.  Compare these numbers to the aluminum frame range of 0.81 to 0.53, with the lower end being triple-pane glass as the quadruple isn’t available in that material.  Aluminum frames can be improved slightly with a thermal break, which is insulating material inserted directly inside the frame. The break moves the aluminum u-factor range to 0.62 to 0.36 – still not as good as vinyl or wood but decent enough if an aluminum frame is closer to your price range. Best Glass Materials for U-Factor As mentioned above, the type of glass used can help make even the less efficient aluminum more efficient by comparison. There are two primary characteristics to consider with glass: number of panes and type of gas filling. Double panes are one of the most common types of energy efficient windows as there are enough panes to hold in gas and provide adequate efficiency for most homes. Higher numbers of panes also cost more, but the price cold be worth it if you live in an area with drastically cold or hot temperatures. Gas filling is an option that adds an insulating gas in between the glass panes. The gas is harmless and clear but thick enough that the heat attempting to transfer through the window is slowed down even more. Argon and krypton are the gases most commonly used and krypton is more energy efficient, and costlier, than argon. For more information, talk to a professional like Fas Windows and...

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2 Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Help You Remodel Your Bathroom

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Help You Remodel Your Bathroom

Remodeling your bathroom can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but hiring a plumber can help make the task quite a bit easier. You should consider hiring a plumber to help you with your bathroom remodel to help you avoid issues in the future and reroute your pipes. Avoid Issues In The Future One of the biggest reasons to hire a plumber for your remodeling job is because he or she will be able to complete the task in such a way as to avoid issues in the future. For example, if you use the wrong type of materials for your pipes or the wrong type of seal, you could end up facing a leak or burst pipe a few days, weeks, or months down the line. This could easily end up costing you a lot of money on repairs as those leaking or burst pipes can cause mold to develop, damage your floors, and even short out your wiring.  Reroute Your Pipes Another reason to utilize a plumber when remodeling your bathroom is because he or she can help you reroute the pipes as needed. This is very important if you are completely remodeling your bathroom and need to place your sink, toilet, tub, or shower in a different area of the bathroom. In some cases, you may even need to reroute your pipes even if you are not changing the overall layout of your bathroom. This is because any new fixture may not line up perfectly with your existing pipes.  The reason that a plumber can help with this task is that it does involve a lot of work. Not only will you need to worry about installing new pipes and moving existing ones, but you will also need to tear open your walls and floors to reach them. In that situation, a plumber can take the majority of the work out of your hands so that you can simply sit back and wait for your bathroom to be completed. Rerouting the pipes is also best left to a plumber as he or she can determine the best and safest way to route and install the pipes. For example, the plumber can ensure that any pipes are routed as far from electrical wiring and outlets as possible in order to avoid possibly shorting out the wiring if there is a leak. Speak to a plumber today in order to discuss how he or she can assist with your remodeling project. A plumber can make the whole job quite a bit easier for you by ensuring that the work is done well enough to avoid future issues. In addition, the plumber can reroute the pipes as necessary to accommodate your new bathroom layout or...

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Put More Thought Into Reusing And Recycling Your Construction Junk

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Put More Thought Into Reusing And Recycling Your Construction Junk

Renovation and remodeling projects create a lot of junk. Even a small project can produce a lot of debris that needs removal. Larger projects can create mini-landfills all on their own. Contractors in charge of these projects need to learn how to best deal with the junk. It’s no longer okay to dump it anywhere. Instead, you can recycle it, salvage it, or hire someone who can do those things for you. Recycling Your Junk to Give it Life Elsewhere Recycling is simply the right thing to do. This is especially true of many construction materials. Many construction materials, such as wood and metal can be recycled and immediately used again in another project or industry. In addition, it’s highly possible the jurisdiction you’re working in legally requires you to recycle certain items. Or, the municipality makes it illegal to put certain things into a landfill. Throwing away certain things is almost always illegal if those things can possibly contain lead, asbestos, latex paints, or any other hazardous materials. So yes, recycling is important in its own right. But, you also need to make sure that you’re doing it right and in accordance with the local laws. Salvage Your Junk to Make it Not Junk Salvaging construction debris is a way to recycle materials back into your business, or project. Various materials are fully reusable. These materials aren’t just reusable by others, but reusable specifically by you. For example, wood and lumber is definitely reusable for other projects. You can use castoff drywall to plug holes. Sometimes, you can remove entire elements during a renovation to reuse those elements again. For example, instead of tearing down a wall with a window, you can remove that wall and window and reuse them for another project, or even for the same project depending on the nature of the job. Of course, it’s far simpler to tear it down than to surgically remove certain elements for future use. So you will have to weigh what you can get out of materials against the time and effort it takes to extract specific things. But if you can’t use it, always recycle it. Let a Third Party Figure it Out If you want to cut out all the research and guesswork, you should hire a professional junk removal service like The Dump Guy. Many of them already know how to deal with various types of debris. They know where they can sell debris, where they can recycle it, and how to properly dispose of whatever’s...

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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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