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5 Tips To Ensure A Solid Foundation For Your Home

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips To Ensure A Solid Foundation For Your Home

When you’re building your home, you know that the foundation must come first. It’s one of the most important aspects of your home. A poorly built foundation can cause major structural issues, including shifting, cracking in walls, and even collapse. To make sure your home has a good, solid foundation, here are five tips to follow: 1. Have your soil evaluated. Before starting construction, your soil needs to be evaluated for the presence of organic materials, clay, sand, and other elements. The composition of the soil where you build your home affects the strength of your foundation, since this is what your foundation sits on top of. The amount of water that the soil absorbs, as well as how much the soil expands and contracts, affects the durability of your foundation. 2. Hire grading contractors. Grading is an important...

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How High School Chemistry Will Help You Get More Out Of Your Propane Tank

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How High School Chemistry Will Help You Get More Out Of Your Propane Tank

These days, everybody is trying to stretch their propane tank a little farther, but one little-known way to do this can be taken right out of your high school chemistry class. Even if chem wasn’t your best subject, a couple of scientific laws can still help you get more out of your propane tank, saving you money and a visit from your gas company.  The Ideal Gas Law The ideal gas law says that pressure times volume is equal to the amount of gas, multiplied by a constant, times the temperature, which can be shortened as PV=nRT. How does this translate to more value from your propane tank, you might ask? The answer lies in the temperature, as the higher the temperature, the more volume of propane will be present in your tank, and therefore the more gas you...

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How To Ban Stink Bugs For Good

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Ban Stink Bugs For Good

If you have ever walked into your kitchen and smelled a terrible odor followed by signs of a brownish-black bug, you probably have stink bugs. They can be a real pain, not to mention the smell that lingers even after you have killed them. Here are some tips for getting rid of stink bugs for good. Eliminate Food Sources Stink bugs are drawn to different food sources, so by keeping your kitchen and home clean, you can prevent them from entering your home. Make sure you don’t leave any unopened food items out on the counter. All opened food boxes or bags should be sealed properly, or transferred to airtight containers. If you open a bag of sugar for your coffee, transfer it to a container instead of leaving the bag open. Make sure you do your dishes as...

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Landscaping Tips: Using Rocks Without Turning Up The Heat

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

Landscape rocks are considered an integral part of many yard and garden designs, but they can create a heat sink effect that can harm your landscape plants or even your home. The heat absorbed by the rocks can heat up your home’s interior or make outdoor patios too uncomfortable to spend time on. Fortunately, understanding how the different types of rocks can affect the heat around your home, and the best ways to use them, allows you to enjoy rocks in your landscape without any ill effects. Rock Color and Heat Retention It’s common knowledge that light colors reflect heat and light, while darker colors absorb it. The same is true for any rocks placed in the landscape. Light-colored rocks will reflect light and heat, which means they may reflect more light and heat into the home nearby. Dark...

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The Harm Of Interior Painting: Why You Should Hire A Professional

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

When you are painting a large amount of walls in your home, you are at risk of getting harmed from the volatile organic compounds in the paint. The best thing you can do to stay safe is leaving the task to a painting contractor. Find out below how exposure to paint when painting your walls can harm your body. How Can Interior Painting Lead to Bodily Harm? Paint contains a lot of harmful chemicals that can make you sick if there is not enough ventilation while you are painting. You can even put your health at risk of getting cancer from the chemicals in paint, specifically from a volatile organic compound known as formaldehyde. The worst thing about formaldehyde is that it is a human carcinogen. Your risk of inhaling volatile organic compounds becomes greater as paint dries up....

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Benefits Of An Asphalt Driveway

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

The benefits of an asphalt driveway over concrete are substantial. If you’re thinking of paving a new driveway, and you haven’t considered this alternative before, now is the time to talk with a paving contractor in your area to discuss the stability, attractiveness, and functionality of paving your driveway in asphalt. Asphalt is a More Affordable Choice Asphalt is cheaper than concrete, and if you’re a homeowner on a budget, you’ll appreciate the difference. According to Angie’s List, the cost per square foot of asphalt typically ranges between $3 and $5. If you compare this to concrete’s $10 to $15 per square foot, you’ll see why asphalt is a popular material for residential driveways. Asphalt Is Installed More Quickly Concrete must endure a curing process to reach its full strength. To cure completely, the driveway must be left untouched...

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