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Troubleshooting Foam Insulation Issues

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Foam Insulation Issues

When it comes to insulating your home, one of the things you might be considering is investing in spray foam insulation. If you’ve never used it before, you may be surprised at how much it can save you in your home energy bills. It’s not without its concerns, though. Here’s a look at a few common trouble signs that you should watch for. The Foam Isn’t Applied Thick Enough Spray foam is designed to fill the cavity that it’s sprayed into, which is part of what makes it such a great insulator. Open cell foam usually continues to expand until it has filled the cavity, but closed cell spray foam doesn’t expand as much. That means that you may have small pockets that are not properly filled. You’ll need to spot check areas to be sure that all of the space between your walls is filled in; otherwise you risk having open spaces where heat can build up. There Are Open Air Leak Spaces If the insulation contractors miss some of the air gap areas where the cold or hot air can seep in, you’ll have some open air leaks that can interfere with your climate control. You may also face water leaks and other issues if there are gaps like these. The best thing to do is ask for a fog machine test to identify any air leaks before the job is finished. The Foam Pulls Away From The Frame Sometimes spray foam that’s been applied for some time will settle and actually pull away from the framing material. This often happens due to a poor foam mix, such as a bad chemical batch, overmixing, or excess temperatures. This can lead to many areas where the air can pass through into the house, which can directly affect your home’s climate control costs and comfort. If the foam was all applied at the same time, you should have the whole house checked if you’re seeing this in any pone area. Often it’s applied from the same batch and could therefore be a problem throughout the house. Spray foam insulation is a great way to get consistent, even, reliable insulation in your house. However, it’s not without its issues. Understanding what to look for and what kinds of problems can happen will help you to troubleshoot and keep your home as comfortable as possible at all times. Talk with your local insulation contractor today for more tips to properly insulate your...

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3 Home Renovations That Are Much Quicker And Easier Than You Likely Expect

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Home Renovations That Are Much Quicker And Easier Than You Likely Expect

If you are like many homeowners, you may consider making small home renovations from time to time. Whether you decide to have each renovation you consider performed likely depends on many factors, but two of those factors are likely how much time it takes for the renovation to be completed and how difficult the renovation is. If you have a list of home renovations that you decided against due to the belief that they would take a long time to complete due to their complexity, then it is important to learn about home renovations that are quicker and easier to perform than many homeowners suspect.  Read on to learn about three home renovations that may seem difficult or even impossible and how wall sawing actually makes them quick and easy.  1. Installing Basement Windows If you would like additional windows in your finished basement or have even decided against finishing it due to the egress window installation required by most residential building codes, then it is important to learn that cutting the window openings is a relatively quick and easy job when you hire a wall sawing service, such as Greene Concrete Cutting Inc. Wall saws cannot only cut through drywall, but they can also cut through brick masonry, reinforced concrete, and even strong metal with ease.  While wall sawing may sound like a messy job, it actually isn’t at all. The saws used to cut through walls are so sharp that they leave smooth edges in walls they cut, and these edges are typically so smooth that a window can be immediately inserted into the openings they cut with little to no sanding or other preparation.  Don’t worry that the wall saw will be difficult to maneuver into place where you would like your window opening; wall sawing can be performed on either the interior surface or exterior surface of a wall, and electric wall saws are easy for professionals to maneuver into even the tightest spaces.  2. Enlarging Exterior Doors One of the biggest trends in new home construction is the installation of very large exterior doors. Eight- and nine-foot high front entry doors have become very popular in new homes, along with multi-panel sliding glass patio doors. Large entryway doors are called “statement doors,” because they add a lot of curb appeal to the front of a home. However, multi-panel sliding glass patio doors are popular due to the fact that they allow a lot of natural light into a home, which not only offers a great “open” feel to a home, but also helps homeowners save on energy when they can leave the interior lights off during the day and enjoy the sunshine coming through the windows.  If you would like to enlarge any of your exterior doors, then you may have thought that extending the height or width of a door frame or even adding a new opening for a door, such as the patio door you have always dreamed of, would be a very difficult, messy, and time-consuming job. However, all you have to do is call a wall sawing service to enlarge your door opening and/or create a new one, and they can do the job very quickly with a hydraulic or electric wall saw.  Door installation can then immediately take place...

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What Can Happen If You Don’t Get A Land Survey

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Can Happen If You Don’t Get A Land Survey

If you are getting ready to buy a new piece of property, the lending institution may require you to have a land survey done before going to closing. If you are buying the property with cash or with owner financing, you may consider forgoing the survey to save money. However, the lending institutions understand the importance of having this inspection done to avoid future problems that could cost you a lot of money. Here are a few things you might be able to avoid when you go with the survey and have it all recorded. Encroachments and Easements An easement is a piece of the property that has been recorded as being used by another property owner or the government. This can be something as simple as a pathway through your property used by a utility company to get to their equipment. Perhaps the only path to reach a main sewer line or electric line goes through or along your property. The utility company will have permission to get there to take care of a problem, whether they speak with you first or not. An encroachment is usually unintentional. This could be a fence or building that is partially on someone else’s property. If you’re unsure where your property line is and you put something up that crosses onto a neighbor’s property, you may have to pay to have it taken down. This can be costly when the encroachment is large or something you have been using and need to replace immediately, such as a garage or barn. Insurance Issues If you file an insurance claim for a building that is not completely on your property, you may end up having to go to your neighbor’s insurance company to have any damage repaired. This company may decide it is not their responsibility, since it is not the property owner’s possession. On the other hand, if your neighbor has encroached on your property, your insurance company may pay for repairs to it and end up increasing your premium due to something you never thought was on your property. Selling the Property When there is something not quite right with the survey, whether you encroached or your neighbor did, it may cause problems when you go to sell the property. This could reduce the value of the parcel until everything is fixed. You need to know exactly what land is owned by you, where any easements or right-of-ways have been granted, and where you can and cannot build. There may be local restrictions on putting up a building or fence within a specified distance from a land border. Knowing all this can keep your property safe and ensure you own what you think you own. For more information, contact a land surveyor at a company like Burget & Associates...

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Saving On Energy Costs While Keeping A House Cool

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Saving On Energy Costs While Keeping A House Cool

Are you unable to save up money for something important because running your air conditioner is so costly? You can actually keep your house cool without having to run the air conditioner for a long time on a daily basis. For instance, minimizing the amount of heat that is allowed in your house from the exterior can help with the reduction of cooling costs. There a few things that can be done to make your house more energy efficient so you can start saving money. Below, you will learn about some of the things that can be done to keep your house cooler without running the air conditioning system for extended hours. 1. Keep Window Treatments Closed During the Day When the sun is shining through the windows of your house, it creates natural heat. The heat leads to your air conditioning system having to work harder to keep the house cool. For instance, rather than running the system for a short amount of time before a cool temperature is reached, you end up running it longer. It is a good idea to keep curtains, blinds, or any other window treatments that you have closed during the day. You will then notice that your house will be cooler than it used to be, even before turning the air conditioner on. 2. Make Use of Fans During the Night It’s usually cooler during the night, which means there isn’t a big need for using the air conditioning system then. However, if you are the type of person that must have specific amount of cold air to fall asleep, you might still need the air conditioner at night. Rather than using the air conditioner and running up energy costs, try to use fans at night. It is worth investing in a few high-quality ceiling fans that can take the place of the air conditioner at night. You can then reserve the air conditioner for the times of the day when it is extremely hot. 3. Get Your Air Conditioner Inspected for Efficiency When your air conditioning system is in top shape, it is usually able to cool own your house in a timely manner. Get your system inspected by a local HVAC service to make sure it is efficient. If the technician finds anything to be concerned about, invest in resolving the problems as soon as possible. For instance, the system might need to be cleaned, or the evaporator coil might need to be replaced. The evaporator coil is actually vital for the system to produce cold air. The technician can also inspect the air handler to make sure all of the parts are working...

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2 Methods To Resurface And Restore Your Old Asphalt Driveway

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Methods To Resurface And Restore Your Old Asphalt Driveway

You likely use your asphalt driveway on a daily basis and expect it to look nice and add to your home’s value. Over time, weather, traffic, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays can oxidize, break down, and cause damage to your asphalt driveway. Here are two ways to restore its surface and prolong its life. Repair and Seal Coat One of the first ways you can repair and restore your aging asphalt driveway is to patch, and repair its holes and cracks, then apply a new layer of parking lot sealcoating to restore the surface. First, it is important to remove any debris, dirt, and vegetation growing from the surface of the driveway to prepare it for repairs. You can complete this by using a power washer, or a broom to clean it. Then, use a garden trowel, shovel, or propane torch to cut and remove any weeds or grass growing from cracks. Also remove any loose chunks of asphalt within cracks and holes. To fill potholes, use a pre-mixed, bagged cold asphalt patch mixture, which you can find at most home improvement stores. Fill each hole by applying layers of cold patch and tamping each layer down to compact it into the hole, using a hand tamp or the end of a wooden post. Use a shovel to scoop the cold patch. Fill the last and top layer slightly overflowing, then tamp it down level with the surrounding surface.  To repair cracks, use a crack filler patching material, which you can also find at most home improvement stores. With a hand trowel, scoop the filler into the crack, overfilling it, then using a hand tamp to compact it level. For small cracks that are too small to fill with patch filler, you can find a liquid asphalt emulsion filler that is sold in a tube, similar to caulking compound. Squirt the liquid filler into the hole, allowing gravity to allow it to settle into the base of the hole, then fill it to the top of the crack. After you have filled all the cracks and holes, you can hire a professional asphalt company to apply a layer of seal coat onto the asphalt. The seal coat protects and waterproofs the asphalt’s surface and restores its durability and flexibility, and repairs any damage done by the weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You will need to reseal your driveway with a new layer of seal coat every few years, depending on its wear and the weather conditions in your area. Install a Chip Coat Surface If your asphalt driveway has become damaged and cracked beyond repairing its surface or it is approaching 20 years old, it is recommended to resurface it. An inexpensive way to resurface and restore your asphalt driveway is to apply a layer of chip coat. A chip coat, or tar-and-gravel is a bit less expensive that applying a new layer of asphalt, and it provides better traction to your vehicles and is less slippery for you to walk upon in freezing or wet weather. To prepare your old asphalt surface for a chip coat, remove any vegetation growing from cracks. It is also important to fill any holes with some asphalt patch material to ensure your chip coat has a level surface to adhere onto....

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Readying The Retirement Home? 5 Best Reasons To Choose Vinyl Siding

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Readying The Retirement Home? 5 Best Reasons To Choose Vinyl Siding

If you are a baby boomer who is impatiently counting the days till retirement, you are probably already thinking about how life will be when you no longer have to go to work every day. For many new retirees, the first few months of freedom from work are often spent making home improvements that will ensure their house is easier to maintain in the years to come when health or age could make home maintenance more difficult. If you are planning to make some changes in your home to make it more retirement-friendly, opting to install vinyl siding can be an excellent choice and here are five reasons why.  5 Best Reasons to Choose Vinyl for a Retirement Residence Energy-efficient insulated vinyl siding provides an extra layer of insulation value to a home, helping it to stretch retirement budgets by lowering heating and cooling bills. Vinyl siding is a “once and done” home improvement that, unlike paint, will not need a new coat applied every few years; making it much more manageable for households where income and mobility issues could make maintenance troublesome. Adding vinyl siding can provide an instant face lift for an older home, which can be extremely helpful for older homeowners who eventually plan to see their home and enter assisted living or a retirement complex.  Because newer vinyl siding products are extremely durable, they can withstand all types of weather, including very hot or cold temperatures, wind, snow, and rain, without withstanding damage or losing its attractive appearance, making it one less thing for retirees to worry about.  Total costs and time involved in the installation of vinyl siding for most homes is much less other types of exterior finishes, such as masonry, stucco, or wood.  Vinyl siding is truly a worry-free home improvement product that withstands bumps, resists pests, and continues to look good, year after year. In addition, if damage does occur, only the damage piece or pieces will need to be replaced, making the repair so easy that even the homeowner can often complete it.  To find out more about the benefits of vinyl siding and why it is particularly suited as an exterior wall covering on a retirement home, contact a reputable vinyl siding contractor in your area. They will be able to provide you with an estimate of the cost to install vinyl siding on your home and help you understand the potential energy savings possible with insulated versions of the...

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Keep The Pests Out Of Your Business’s Dumpster This Spring

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep The Pests Out Of Your Business’s Dumpster This Spring

If last spring and summer you struggled with pests playing in and around your dumpster, this year claim your dumpster back from local pests. #1 Clean Around Your Dumpster Although your dumpster is where your business’s trash goes, that does not mean that the area around your dumpster should be trashy. Take the time to clean around your dumpster. Have an employee assigned to sweep the area around your dumpster on a daily basis. This is a great way to ensure that none of the items that belong in your dumpster end up on the ground, as that can be very enticing for pests. #2 Clean Your Dumpster Don’t just clean around your dumpster; work to keep your actual dumpster clean. Just like you would clean your own personal trash can at home from time to time, you should also clean your dumpster. Spray down the outside of your dumpster with a garden hose to get any junk off of it. Spray down the inside and use bleach to kill and stop any odors and bacteria from developing. Your dumpster should have a plug or drain in it so that the water will drain out. Keeping your dumpster clean will help eliminate the smells and food particles that attract pests to your dumpster in the first place. #3 Bag Up All Of Your Trash Third, make sure that you bag up all of your trash. Don’t just leave your trash sitting there in the open. Make it a policy that all trash that comes out of your business does so inside of a bag that has been tied up or sealed in some manner. That way, less trash will get lost on the way to the dumpster or end up outside of the dumpster instead of inside it. This simple policy change will help keep your dumpster area less attractive to pests. #4 Cover It Up Finally, the best way to keep pests out, especially larger pests, is by covering up your dumpster. Shut the lid on your dumpster after you put trash in it and make it a business wide policy to make sure that the lid is always closed. If the lid to your dumpster easily blows open or gets pried open by larger pests, use a bungee cord to keep your lids shut and tight, or find something that is easy to lift and move but heavy enough to keep your lids shut. Work to find a system that works for you and your employees to always keep the lids secure. If you follow and stick to the four steps above you should be able to keep pests out of your roll off dumpster this spring and summer....

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Maintain That Automated Gate

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintain That Automated Gate

If you have an automated gate, you know just how nice they can be. It is very important that the gate is well maintained. You do not want to have to replace the gate earlier than you had expected. There are a few different things that you really should do when it comes to the maintenance of your gate. This article is just going to cover a few of the basic tips on how to keep your automated gate working perfectly. Watch For Rust One of the biggest killers to an automated gate is going to be rust. You are going to want to look for rust on your gate at least once a week. If you have found that you do have a few rust spots, take the initiative to get rid of them. If you catch them early, you will be able to scrub them away pretty easily, but if they are pretty bad spots you may have to use a wire brush. It is also a good idea to try to get as much of the gate treated with rust resistant paint. Just make sure that you are keeping an eye out for rust.  Lubricate Moving Parts Another killer for automated gates is when the moving parts start to have significant wear and tear. If your moving parts in your gate start to malfunction, it won’t be long until the gate will be useless. Make sure that the engine is well oiled and that the chain, roller, pulley, and any hinges receive lubrication. This way these parts are not as affected by dirt and other debris. Remove Any Obstructions It is going to be important that you remove any branches or any other debris that is going to get in the way of the gate’s movement. Make sure that you look for debris often, but especially after big storms. Get Professional Maintenance Some people try to perform all the maintenance on their gate all by themselves, and this works for some people. However, it may pay big dividends to have a professional come and inspect your gate once a year. You can talk with a service, like Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc, for more information. They will be able to perform the small maintenance to keep your gate up and running perfectly. If a professional comes and performs maintenance once a year, you may find that your gate operates much better and lasts much longer. This could save you money in the long run....

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The Pros And Cons Of Painting A Garage Door

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Pros And Cons Of Painting A Garage Door

Colored garage doors are becoming trendy right now. An aluminum or fiberglass garage door is traditionally white in color. However, this can be boring and may not fit in with the style of your home. If you are looking to enhance your home’s curb appeal, you may be thinking of painting your garage door. Depending on the color and technique you select, you can make a plain door look like wood or add a pop of color and style to the exterior of your home. However, before you pick up a can of paint and a brush, you should weigh the pros and cons of painting the garage door. Here are a couple of those pros and cons. Cons of Painting a Garage Door You Have to Clean the Garage Door Well One of the downsides to painting a garage door is that the garage door has to be cleaned extremely well prior to painting it. This involves scrubbing the door with warm, soapy water to remove dirt, dust, and residue from the door. If anything remains on the door and you paint over it, it can affect how the paint sticks to the door or the finish. As such, painting a garage door can take longer than you may plan on because of the prep work that needs to be done before you can paint. The Right Paint Has to Be Used The other disadvantage to painting a garage door is that the right type of paint needs to be used or your garage door may not look good. Garage doors are made from a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. You may need to use an exterior oil-based paint and primer or an acrylic exterior paint, based on the type of door and the weather elements your door is subjected to. If you select the wrong paint, your garage door may look streaky, it may have poor coverage or it can fade quickly. A paint professional can help you determine what type of primer and paint are right for your garage door. Pros of Painting a Garage Door You Can Update an Old Door One of the biggest benefits to painting a garage door is that you can update the old door. If your door has peeling, worn or faded paint, you may be thinking about replacing the door because it looks old and tired. However, in some cases, painting it can give it a facelift, helping to update the door and extend its lifespan. You Can Enhance the Curb Appeal of Your Home The other major advantage to painting a garage door is that you can enhance the curb appeal of your home. If you have a garage door that is positioned on the exterior of your home, that garage door takes up a lot of space. Painting the door the same color as your house can help it blend in and look cohesive with your home. Or you can paint it a different color and really make it pop, adding an unexpected twist to your space. Either way, painting the door enhances the curb appeal of your home.  Click for additional...

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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Toilet

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Choosing The Perfect Toilet

One fixture many homeowner’s put off replacing is the toilet. This is in part because toilet shopping doesn’t seem particularly exciting, but it is also because you may not know exactly what you should be shopping for. The following tips can help you pick out a fixture that will last for a long while so you won’t have to go toilet shopping again any time soon. Tip #1: Know you flow If you are like many people, you probably want to lower your water use for both the the money savings and for conservation reasons. Yet, you may also be wary of low-flow toilets because of past experiences with the weak flush. Fortunately, there are more low-flow options available now and they work much better than the toilets of the past. Look at models that have a pressure-assisted flush, which helps ensure that one flush does the job even when less water is being used. Tip #2: Choose how many pieces you need The next choice you need to make is whether you want a low profile single piece model, or a model that has a separate tank and toilet. Separated models tend to cost less, but the tank is also larger and it can be difficult to clean the crack where the pieces join. On the other hand, they are sometimes the best option if you have a difficult space to get the toilet into where it would be easier to maneuver two separate pieces. Low profile toilets have a smaller tank profile and they are easier to clean. Tip #3: Pick a comfortable seat When it comes to the seating styles, there are two primary options – round and oval. Round toilets take up less room, making them the best choice for smaller bathrooms. Oval toilets have a larger seat area, which is a plus if you want more room. There are also custom toilet seat sizes, but keep in mind that it is harder to find a replacement toilet seat and cover lid if you do not have a standard round or oval model. Tip #4: Focus on the frills Once you have your flow, profile, and shape decided, everything else is mainly aesthetics. White porcelain is typically preferred because it will go with any style choices you make now or in the future, although you can opt for a colored porcelain if desired. Clean lines are also better than fancy molded designs in the toilet base or tank, simply because these are easier to wipe clean. Check the design over carefully and make sure that it contains no deep grooves or crevices if you want to keep cleaning time to a minimum. For more help, contact a plumbing supply dealer, like one from Gopher Plumbing Supply, near...

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