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Tips To Ensure A Smooth Home Remodeling Project

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Ensure A Smooth Home Remodeling Project

When you undergo home remodeling, you can expect a certain amount of disruption in your daily living. When things go awry, however, disruption can turn into chaos or even intolerable living conditions. When working with a construction services professional such as a general contractor, you can and should participate in the process, in order to ensure a smooth home remodeling project. Be Clear on the Timeline At the outset of the project, you should request an estimated completion date in writing from your general contractor. This will help to motivate your general contractor to keep your home remodeling project moving along at a reasonable pace. It will also help to protect you if things go very badly, and the project takes an undue amount of time to complete. Be aware that setbacks and unexpected findings as construction progresses commonly derail rigid project milestones. You should anticipate being flexible and understanding for setbacks that clearly aren’t due to negligence or folly on the contractor’s part. Be Clear about Upgrades or Downgrades Home remodels inherently require lots of decision-making. Since there are so many things to be decided upon, and homeowners have varying amounts of interest in the project, contractors often go ahead and make the decisions themselves. These options may include the number of outlets on the kitchen backsplash, the width or style of baseboards, the style of bathroom toilets, drains or shower heads, and a whole lot more. Your tastes may run differently than your contractor’s, and you need to be clear about any downgrades or upgrades you would prefer. For instance, you may prefer a higher toilet than the standard height or you may want extra outlets on your kitchen island. You may be willing to spend more for wider crown molding, but prefer to cut costs when it comes to the window mantels. Keep in touch with your contractor on all decisions like these, in order to avoid disappointment or surprises later. Bear in mind that your contractor needs to order supplies well ahead of time, so don’t wait until the last minute to speak up. Communication is the key to a smooth home remodeling project. When you and your general contractor both make yourself available for questions and project updates, you will decrease the chances that a problem will arise or worsen. Keep these two tips in mind, and chances are your home remodel will go smoothly. Contact a business, such as Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc, for more information about home remodeling....

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Three Home Plumbing Issues That Require Quick Action

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Home Plumbing Issues That Require Quick Action

It’s safe to adopt a “wait and see” approach to a number of different issues around your home, but there are many others that if you fail to act quickly can lead to major damage and a sizable repair bill. Where plumbing is concerned, a number of common issues fall into the latter category, which means that knowing the phone number of an experienced plumber is important. Even if you don’t have much know-how when it comes to fixing plumbing repair issues in your home, it’s important to be aware of those that should prompt you to arrange a visit from your plumber as soon as possible. Here are three such issues and how to recognize them. Water Pipe Leak The network of water pipes that runs throughout your home can leak for reasons such as rust or faulty installation. Although this problem can take place slowly, it’s also possible for it to develop quickly. In either case, a common sign of the issue is the emergence of a stain on your ceiling. The stain will often have a slightly brown tinge, which can help you spot it quickly. Call your plumber as soon as you notice this visual cue; the longer you wait to get it fixed, the more water damage your home will suffer. Blocked Drain Pipe The plumbing fixtures in your home such as your sinks, tubs and toilets all converge to a drain pipe where the waste water travels to the sewer. If the drain pipe is blocked, you’ll notice that multiple fixtures are draining slowly or backing up concurrently. Another sign of a blocked drain pipe is the fixture in your home that’s located closest to the pipe can show signs of trouble. For example, a ground-floor toilet might bubble when your dishwasher drains. In addition to the risk of a flood, you’re also facing potential harm because foul odors or even contaminated waste water can enter your home. Running Toilet On the surface, it’s easy to view a running toilet as nothing more than an annoyance. Ignoring the issue, however, will not fix the problem and you’ll soon be facing a higher water bill. More concerning is the fact that because one or more components inside the toilet’s flush box are no longer working correctly, you’re at risk of a flood. If the toilet continues to run and doesn’t shut off, it will overflow and cause damage to your home. Keep an eye on a running toilet, avoid using it and call a plumber as soon as...

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Plumbing Resolutions To Make For The New Year

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plumbing Resolutions To Make For The New Year

The New Year will be here before you know it! It’s at this time of year that many homeowners make New Year’s resolutions to help them take better care of their homes. These plumbing resolutions can help you take better care of your pipes and help you save money on residential plumbing services in 2016. Stop Using Chemical Drain Cleaner Chemical drain cleaner is bad for the environment and can be bad for some older pipes. Instead, you should use cultures of bacteria and enzymes that eat through organic waste. You can also clear your pipes without chemical drain cleaner in less harmful ways using a plumber’s auger. An auger consists of a stiff cable with a sharp, corkscrew-like end. The cable is inserted into a clogged pipe until the pointed end reaches the clog. Once it pierces the clog, the auger is retracted and the clog is removed. Not only is this method much safer for your pipes, but it can also be cheaper than chemical drain cleaner. Treat Your Garbage Disposal Better Resolve to avoid flushing anything into your garbage disposal that can cause a clog. This includes rinds, stringy foods like celery, coffee grounds, and bones. You can also resolve to start flushing the pipes leading from your garbage disposal with natural products like vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice. All these products are safe for pipes and can help keep the drain leading from your garbage disposal clear. Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing Frozen pipes can burst, causing floods and massive water damage. The most effective way to prevent this from happening is to keep your pipes warm using pipe insulation. Purchase self-adhesive pipe insulation and attach it to all the plumbing in your home that you can actually reach. This includes pipes in the crawl space, basement, access panels, and in the areas under sinks. Stop Flushing Things that Shouldn’t Be Flushed The only things that should get flushed down your toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Other items like tampons, adult wipes, and flushable kitty litter are all bad for your drains, your sewers and your septic system (if you have one). Even these products that are designated as flushable are not truly safe to be flushed down the toilet. Although they may technically flow down the drain, there’s no promise they won’t get caught in the sewer once they’re down there. Click here for info about how to make the most of your plumbing and what you can do to fix other common...

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Removing Spray Foam Insulation From Interior Materials

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Removing Spray Foam Insulation From Interior Materials

Spray foam insulation is an excellent option for insulating existing homes. Since the foam is sprayed into the walls, ceilings and floors in liquid form, it can be done with minimal damage to the home. Unfortunately, sometimes the insulation can get away from the installers and land on furnishings, trim work, windows and other materials in the home. Below, you will find out how to remove the spray foam insulation if it was to harden on your interior surfaces. Removal from Wood Removing the insulation from wood surfaces requires a delicate touch to avoid damaging the wood. Use a plastic putty knife to remove as much of the foam as possible. Apply some mineral spirits to a clean cloth to saturate the cloth—you want it wet, but not dripping. Lay the cloth over the area with the foam on it and let it rest for 10–15 minutes. The mineral spirits will work to soften the foam. Once the foam has become soft, use the plastic putty knife to gently remove the foam. Repeat this process until all of the foam is gone. Once gone, clean the wood surface with your favorite wood cleaning product. Removal from Vinyl Vinyl windows and doors are a bit easier to clean than wood since you don’t have to worry as much about gouging the surface. Use the plastic putty knife to scrape as much foam away as possible. Apply a bit of acetone to a clean cloth and begin wiping the area. Continue reapplying the acetone to the cloth and wiping away the foam until it is gone. Removal from Glass This is an easy process. Use a flat razor to scrape the foam off of the glass. Just be sure to keep the blade flat to prevent scratches on the glass. After the foam is removed, use your favorite glass cleaning product to clean the glass and remove any streaks and residue that remain. Removal from Fabric If the foam has hardened on fabric, mineral spirits can help to remove it. Before you apply the mineral spirits to the fabric, test it on a small area that isn’t easily visible to ensure that the mineral spirits don’t damage the fabric. If mineral spirits isn’t safe for your fabric, contact a professional upholstery cleaner to do the cleaning for you to prevent causing more damage. These cleaning tips will help to remove the foam insulation that got away from the installers during installation. If you have questions, visit Fortune Insulation Contractors...

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Four Problems You Are Likely To Have With Your Water Well And How To Deal With Them

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Problems You Are Likely To Have With Your Water Well And How To Deal With Them

If you rely on a well to get water to your home,  there are a lot of problems that you are probably going to face. This can be things like poor water quality, equipment failure, and in some cases the well going dry. These problems will not be a big deal if you know how to deal with them. Here are some tips to help you deal with some of the most common water well problems: 1. Dirt And Debris Getting Inside Of The Well Casing When you have a well, dirt can get in the casing during and after the installation process. This can happen due to things like soft soils. The well may need to be flushed when this happened. It is also done when you have a well drilled. You will also need to sanitize your well from time to time to kill off bacteria and organisms in the water. 2. Clogged Water Lines Reducing Plumbing Pressure In Your Home The water from your well can have many different minerals in it. These minerals can cause calcium build up in lines. Eventually, this can lead to the lines from your well becoming clogged with debris. To deal with this, you may need to clean the main line to your home occasionally. It may also need to be replace it when it gets too old and worn. 3. Pump Failure Causing You To Not Have Running Water Another problem that you may have with your well is pump failure. You will eventually have to have repairs and maintenance done to your well pump. You may also have to replace it at some point. Consider the type of pump you plan on using. A submersible pump will make it more difficult to do your own maintenance and may need to be completely replaced. If you use a jet pump, you will be able to do a lot of your own maintenance and easily repair the pump. 4. Shallow Wells Going Dry During Severe Droughts If you have a shallow well, you may have issues with the well going dry during summer droughts. To combat this problem, you may want to consider having the well drilled deeper or having alternative water sources, such as rain collection. The best solution will be to have a combination of water resources to ensure you have the water you need. These are some tips to help you deal with some of the most common water well problems. If you need help with maintenance or repairs, contact a land surveying contractor, like DC Gohn Associates Inc Surveyors & Engineers, to survey your land to find the best places to drill for...

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How To Caulk Shower Doors

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Caulk Shower Doors

Shower door kits are great because they have almost everything you need for complete installation. They have easy-to-follow instructions, making it possible for nearly anybody to install them. Prefabricated kits are affordable, especially if you install them on your own. However, most kits come with instructions that say very little about how to caulk the edges and seams. The edges and seams of the metal track and where the glass meets the wall, must be sealed with waterproof caulk to prevent leakage. This is one of the most important steps of the entire process. So, if you just finished installing your prefabricated shower door kit, but don’t know how to caulk the edges, this article is for you. Caulking Like A Pro First, you need to make sure you have the right type of caulk. Most people will want clear caulk on glass doors. This definitely looks the best in a shower environment. You caulk must be waterproof and able to stick to porcelain, or tile, as well as the glass. These materials are generally very slick, so adhesives don’t always adhere well to them. This is why you want to use a caulk that is specifically designed for use with porcelain, tile or other high-gloss surfaces. Before you start the work, you want to clean the seams that you are going to caulk. Make sure there is no gunk or soap scum present. Applying the Caulk The key to applying the caulk is to use caulking gun. Cut the tip off the gun at a slight angle, and make sure it is smooth. As you squeeze along the seams, don’t worry if the caulk line is not even or perfect. You will smooth it out during the next step. Using your finger, and wearing a latex glove, you want to wipe away the excess caulk. Wipe only small sections, cleaning off your finger on a paper towel between each wipe. If you properly wipe, you will be smoothing out the caulk line, and pushing the caulk into the seam to create a stronger seal. Your fingertip is the best tool for creating smooth caulk lines, but only if you keep it perfectly clean. There are many tools and devices that claim to give easy, no-mess caulk lines. However, you will get the best results if you just use your finger. Your shower doors will be much stronger if you apply a thick coat of caulk to the seams. For professional help, contact a company such as Shower Doors &...

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Four Tips To Help You Give Your Chain Link Fence An Attractive Custom Appearance

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Help You Give Your Chain Link Fence An Attractive Custom Appearance

If you want to have an affordable fence installed around your home, a chain link fence may be a good investment. It can also be a plain looking fence, but there are some things that you can do to give it a custom look and features. This can include things like casing around the posts and features like lighting. Here are some tips to help you give your new chain link fence more of an attractive custom look: 1. Adding Lattice To Create A Privacy Screen If you want to have more privacy for your home, adding a screen can help. This can be done by attaching lattice materials to your fence. To reduce visibility, you can use a windscreen fabric behind the lattice to make it solid. If you add a windscreen, you may want to add lattice to both sides for a more attractive appearance. 2. Casing Posts With Wood For An Attractive Look Most chain link fences have plain metal posts, which can be an unattractive addition to your fence line. For a more attractive look, you can case them in by wrapping them with a wood material to make a box for the post. Use fence caps to top them off and give them a unique look. 3. Framing Wood Sections With Wood Lumber Materials Many chain link fences may have a tensioned wire at the top and tension bars to hold them in place. They may also have a metal bar at the top. You can change the unsightly metal appearance by framing in the sections with a wood trim materials. This can give your fence a unique look and add strength if you only have tension cables. 4. Adding Lighting, Post Caps And Electrical Installations To Fencing Lighting and electrical installations can also be a good integration for your fence. If you plan on using post caps, this can be a great place to add lighting to your fence. Electrical wiring and outlets can be installed in casing and where you have framed in your fence sections. It is also a good idea to use conduit to make it easier to install wiring and electrical installations. These are some tips to help give your chain link fence an attractive custom look. If you need to have a fence installed around your home, contact a fencing contractor, like Everlasting Fence, and talk with them about helping you with some of these...

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What You Should Know About Snow Removal From Walkways

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Snow Removal From Walkways

Are the walkways in your landscape covered in a lot of snow? Before handling the snow on your own, you may want to hire a contractor to get rid of the snow for you. Find out in this article about removing snow from walkways and what a professional will charge to perform the task. Why Should Snow Removal Be Left to a Professional? Removing snow on your own may involve the use of salt to make the walkways safer for walking on during the process. It is not a good idea to use salt on the walkways because it can lead to the surface of them becoming damaged. Basically, many of the deicing products are known to contain a chemical called calcium chloride. The chemical can lead to the aggregates that generally contribute to the surface of a walkway deteriorating. Even if you attempt to remove the salt after the snow is removed, the salt can seep deep within the cracks. Hiring a professional will keep you safe from accidentally slipping and falling. The pavements will also be protected to keep them durable so you won’t have to invest in untimely repairs. A contractor will be able to get rid of the snow in a timely manner by using professional equipment like a blower or mower. He or she can also use a commercial grade of salt on the walkways that doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals in the salt brands that are sold to the general public. Sand can also be used in the place of salt if you request it. You should also hire a professional for snow removal if more snow is expected after it is removed. If you are in a snowy season, it is in your best interest to sign a contract that allows the contractor to remove snow on a regular basis. He or she will automatically visit your home on snowy days to clear the walkways, as per the schedule that you opt for. What Does Professional Snow Removal Cost? Professional snow removal is estimated to cost a minimum of $25 per hour. The overall price will depend on how much snow is being removed and the complexity of the task. For instance, a professional may charge up to $75 per hour on the highest end of the scale if he or she is removing snow from multiple walkways. If you opt for a regular contract, expect to pay between $30 and $65 or more each time that it snows. Don’t delay hiring a contractor to remove snow from your walkways! To learn more, contact a company like Vintage...

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Four Evergreen Pruning Tips

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Evergreen Pruning Tips

Full evergreen trees, such as yews as spruce trees, can provide year-round color in the landscape. They make a good anchor plant in an island garden bed, or you can use them to frame in an entry or walkway. These trees also make good windblocks if the branches and needles reach to the ground. Keeping them properly pruned is the key to ensuring they continue to add a stately and symmetrical element to your yard, and these tips can help. Tip #1: Spring Is for Shearing Wait until new growth begins to show on your evergreens in spring before bringing out the clips. By waiting until spring, you will give any winter-damaged branches or burned needles time to recover. This also ensures the tree is back in its full growth cycle so that it can recover quickly from any cuts. Tip #2: Stay In Shape The simplest way to trim is to maintain a shape close to that which is natural to the tree. Upright, narrow trees often look good with points, either sharp or slightly rounded. Wider trees and shrubs may lend themselves better to a rounded top. When trimming the tree, always point or round the top. You want to avoid the flat top, especially in snowy areas where the weight of winter snow can collapse the evergreen. It’s also a good idea to prune the bottom so it is wider than the top. This ensures that the bottom gets plenty of sunlight and rain. If you aren’t sure how to shape your tree, or if it’s badly overgrown, call in a professional tree trimmer to do the job. Once you have the basic shape, you can then maintain it on your own. Tip #3: Avoid the Wood When cutting through branches, examine each spot carefully before you clip. Make sure there are needles on the branch on either side of the spot where you plant to slice through the branch. Evergreen trees will end up with a bald spot if you cut back into the woody area of the branch, which is where needles no longer grow. Avoid pruning back too severely if you want to avoid that bald, sickly look. Tip #4: Mind the Maintenance Evergreens aren’t prune it and forget about it plants. Your trees will likely need a second trim in midsummer, and possibly a third in fall, if you want to keep them shaped up prettily. Simply cut back any overgrown branches to maintain the shape of the tree. Wait until after the first light frost before you do your fall pruning, though. This ensures the tree is entering dormancy, so it won’t send out tender new growth in response to the trim. If you’re not comfortable pruning your trees, hiring a professional, like those at Tall Timbers Tree & Shrub Service Inc, is a good way to ensure this chore is done properly....

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Pebbles, Stones And Bricks! In Kitchen Design, The Possibilities Are Endless!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pebbles, Stones And Bricks! In Kitchen Design, The Possibilities Are Endless!

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you might think that you must stick with what’s common in your neighborhood. Since you are the one who is going to be in your kitchen daily, it’s perfectly fine to go against the norm, and create a space that’s unique to your style and makes you feel happy and comfortable. Using pebbles, stones or bricks in your kitchen is one way to accomplish a unique style. However, using these items doesn’t mean that you have to stick with one particular style. This guide explains three design types that you can you choose from. Going Rustic To incorporate rustic charm to your kitchen, choose a pebble, stone or brick in natural tones. Natural pebbles compliment each other well, whether they match or are simply in the same color family. Unrefined bricks or distressed stones, similar to ones you might find on a nature walk, complement rustic themes. These colors will also complement your kitchen fixtures, especially if they are antique bronze or brass. Use these materials on your backsplash or have a custom countertop created to make your fixtures pop. Keeping it Classic Exposed brick is a fun feature that is a classic in décor and complements nearly any style or taste. Even if you do not live in an older building or home, you can achieve this look by installing them as your backsplash, or you can even create an entire wall of manufactured brick stone. This stone comes in a variety of colors and is simple to install with mortar, making it an excellent choice all around. Moving Toward Chic and Elegant If you’re looking for an elegant and timeless look, consider marble in various stone colors. Marble is a chic choice for a kitchen backsplash or feature area over the stove. The natural vein in marble brings the outdoors inside with an elegant twist. Take things a step further and ask your contractor to install a marble countertop that’s a shade lighter or darker than the backsplash or above-the-stove feature. In doing so, you’ll add contrast to your kitchen and a splash of creative flair. Choosing the materials for your kitchen is an important part of the process of obtaining the look you want. Take your time in choosing the right stone materials to go along with your brand new kitchen, so that you can be proud of your choices when your kitchen is complete. Ask your contractor, someone like Lehman Construction Services Inc​, for more ideas on how to make your remodeling project one the best in the...

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