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Tips For Installing Skylights In Your Home

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Installing Skylights In Your Home

If you’ve been looking for an option to give your home a new look, one of the things you might be thinking about is adding a skylight. This is a great way to enhance the natural light in the house, which can help you reduce your energy costs associated with lighting and even heating. Here are a few things to think about when you’re trying to choose skylights for your house. What Is Skylight Glazing? Skylight glazing is a coating that helps to regulate how much light actually passes through the glass. The glazing is rated according to visible transmittance, heat gain and haze. That means that it tells you how much light actually passes through the light. The higher the number in the visible transmittance category, the more light you’ll get through the window. Heat gain refers to how well the skylight blocks the solar heat from passing through to your house. It’s listed as a coefficient, and you want a low number to minimize the heat transfer into your house. This will help you minimize your cooling costs through the summer months. The haze rating tells you how well the light is diffused when it does pass through the window. It’s important that you have diffusion, because it prevents hot spots in the carpeting by casting the light across a wider area. How Can You Regulate Light? If you want to be sure that the lighting is consistent throughout your home no matter what the weather, consider adding some lighting regulation to the skylight installation. Open loop light control systems will detect the amount of daylight passing into the house using sensors on the roof. It will regulate the lighting inside when the natural light levels inside increase. Closed loop systems do the same thing, but they rely on a sensor that’s actually inside the building. These test the balance of both the natural and the artificial light in the house to control your light levels. Installing a system like this ensures automatic dimming of interior lights when you have a lot of sunlight passing through. If you don’t want excessive light and the wasted energy that goes with it, this is a great addition to your skylight system. If you want to keep your home bright and airy, adding a skylight is a great way to do that. With the tips here, you can pick the right skylight and even add a system to keep from wasting energy resources on unnecessary inside lighting. Talk with a home renovation contractor like one from Olson Cabinets & Woodworking IncOlson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc today to see what your options...

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Preparing for Your Home’s New Roof: What You Can Do

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing for Your Home’s New Roof: What You Can Do

Getting a new roof installed on your home is an exciting experience. Whether you need a new roof due to age or weather damage or you just want to upgrade, this is a large project that will likely put you and your family out of the house for a few days while construction is going on. Here are things you need to do to prepare for your new roof installation so you can be impacted as little as possible by the construction. Remove items from walls Roofing contractors will do what they can to keep their noise and banging to a minimum, but the reality is that getting a new roof involves lots of hammering, pounding, and removal of old roofing material. This can cause your walls to shake, knocking vases, wall hangings, mirrors, and other items over. If you don’t want things to get damaged, clear your walls of all fragile items. You may also want to put away vases, plates, and other delicate decor that you have placed on coffee tables or shelves until the hammering part of construction is done. Take your television to the basement As mentioned above, there will be a lot of hammering on your roof, as well as drilling, shouting of workers, and other noisy interference. If you want to have some peace while the construction is going on, you will want to move your television and electronics to your basement or a part of your home where the roof isn’t currently being worked on. This way, you can still enjoy your favorite shows and other things even as the noise overhead becomes unbearable. Remove outdoor items As your new roof is being installed, debris from your roof can fall on the ground, causing damage to potted plants, vehicles, and other items. While construction workers will do their best to avoid damaging anything on your property, it’s up to you to make sure all your outdoor belongings are out of harm’s way. Park vehicles in the garage or along the side of the road, move all outdoor equipment and toys, and keep pets and children away from the work site until roofing construction is finished. As you wait for the arrival of your roofing construction crew, you can begin preparing for your home’s upgrade right away. You can pack up your fragile items, start clearing our your yard, or create a quiet place to relax in your home so you are prepared for the day the crew begins work on your home. If you need to book a crew, call a company such as A-1 Roofing & Siding for more information about their...

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Three Things To Take Into Consideration When Having A Dock Created

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Take Into Consideration When Having A Dock Created

Having a custom dock built can be a great way for you and your family to be able to enjoy the water anytime you choose. Many homeowners do not know the intricate details that go into creating a great dock. The guide below walks you through a few things you should know about having a dock built. The Size of the Dock May Be Restricted When you want to build a dock in an area where property lines are close together, the size of the dock that you can build may be restricted. Many jurisdictions require docks to be a specific number of feet away from a property line. The distance is set to ensure that there is a buffer between two docks so that boats do not hit one another in small coves or busy waters. Your dock builder will know the rules for the area and be able to calculate exactly what size dock you will be able to build. Consider the Materials You Want to Have Used to Create the Dock Next, you need to consider the materials that you want the builder to use to create the dock. Docks can be constructed mainly from nothing more than wood, but it is important to realize that the boards will fade and even warp over time. Which will cause you to have to replace some boards and stain the dock every few years. Instead, you could use a wood replacement product that is designed to have the look of wood without needing any of the upkeep. It will look great for years to come and can easily be cleaned when needed. The wood replacement products are often available in many different colors so you can create the exact look you want. Consider if You Want a Lift Added to the Dock You then need to decide if you want there to be a lift added to your dock so that your boat can be kept out of the water when it is not in use. Many people choose to have lifts added to their docks because they do not want to risk their boat slamming into the side of the dock during a storm or dirt collecting on the bottom of their boat. Once these things are taken into consideration, you and the dock builder will be able to design the perfect dock to suit your needs. Dock construction usually does not take very long, so you should be able to start enjoying your dock quickly. Click here for custom dock installation or do an online...

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Obtaining And Safely Storing And Using Liquid Propane Gas In Your Home

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Obtaining And Safely Storing And Using Liquid Propane Gas In Your Home

If you recently relocated to an area where you need to heat your home and cook with liquid propane gas for the first time, then it is necessary for you to know how to safely store your fuel and use it in your family’s home. While propane is safe and you do not need to fear storing it in bulk and using it, there are certain precautions you need to take in order to keep your home’s propane gas system working well. Additionally, you need to know who to contact and how to arrange for your propane gas deliveries. To this end, here is the information you need to obtain you propane gas and safely store and use it: Obtaining Liquid Propane Gas You will need to have propane gas delivered to your new home. By looking at the existing propane storage tank, you can locate the name and contact phone number for the company who has been servicing the tank and providing gas refills. Call them up and let them know that the home has a new owner and that you need to set up an account and delivery schedule with them. Since propane delivery trucks are large and heavy, it is important to ensure that there are no power lines, telephone lines, or overhanging tree branches in the area where they need to maneuver to fill your tank with gas. If your house was empty for a long while before you moved in, then you might have to do some tree trimming or landscape clearing to allow your gas delivery driver to access your propane tank. Safely Storing Liquid Propane Gas While the large propane tank in your yard may be a similar shape to a bomb, you can rest assured that today’s liquid propane holding tanks are very safe. As long as you keep household items and landscaping away from the tank and transmission lines, there are no safety issues for you to concern yourself with.  Safely Using Liquid Propane Gas Finally, if you have never smelled the additive put into propane gas to signify to you that there is a problem, then it is vital that you ask your propane delivery technician to let you smell the gas. While propane is naturally a colorless and odorless gas, an offensive-smelling additive is put into the gas to allow its users to smell problems. Without this offensive-smelling additive, you would never know if your propane gas was leaking and this would be both expensive and dangerous. When you live in a home that uses propane, you need to know how it smells so that you can immediately leave and call for help if you smell a problem. For more information, contact a local company like Blue Flame Gas...

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3 Floor Refinishing Considerations

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Floor Refinishing Considerations

There are numerous things that you should take into consideration before, during, and after the process of having your floor refinished. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about just a few of those considerations.   A Close Inspection After your contractor has completed refinishing your floor, don’t merely assume that they did a good job. Rather, take the time to inspect the flooring and make sure that they did a solid job. Take note of any issues that you believe that the contractor did not finish to the best of their abilities or any damages to your home that were not there before the contractor started his or her work. If the contractor did not hold up to their end of the bargain that was agreed upon in the contract, contact them immediately in order to sort the issue out. Research Contractors The first step that you should take when it comes to refinishing your home is to research contractors. Take the time to speak to numerous trusted contractors in your area and find out which ones can do the job that you require within the confines of your budget. Be honest with the contractor about what you need and what price range you can afford. It pays to go beyond the confines of online contact. For example, most contractors will have showrooms that will exhibit their handiwork. Take advantage of this situation and view as many as you can. Should You Stay Or Should You Go? When it comes to having your floors refinished, some people opt to stay in their house, while others opt to leave. There are reasons to consider why you may want to do either. You may wish to leave your home due to the fact that most of the furniture and appliances will have to be emptied out of the rooms that demand refinishing, most of the equipment that is used in refinishing your floor can be quite loud throughout the day, and the floors themselves take a few weeks to be fully treated. You may opt to stay in order to ensure that the job is proceeding in the manner in which you wish, the damage that your old flooring is incurring, and how quickly the contractor is finishing the job. This brief guide should have given you some idea of what you’re in store for if you opt to have your floors refinished. Contact local professionals, such as those from Cooper Floors, for further...

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How Rocks And Gravel Can Give Your Home An Amazing Drought-Tolerant Front Yard

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Rocks And Gravel Can Give Your Home An Amazing Drought-Tolerant Front Yard

If you are concerned about the recent drought and its associated rising costs of residential water, then you will be pleased to learn that there are many ways that you can use decorative rocks and gravel in your home’s front yard to make it look wonderful and save on your household water usage. If the term “landscaping rock” brings to mind images of ugly, single-color expanses of lava rock or white quartz, then you will be happy to know that there are many different types of rocks and gravel available today that you can use in your home’s yard. Below is some information about how gravel and rocks can be used to give your home an amazing-looking and drought-tolerant front yard: Decorative Rock Base Materials If you have beds or walkways that you would like to gravel rather than plant, you have many options for what type of base rock material that you use, such as: river cobble colored gravel pebbles polished pebbles pea gravel River cobble is the largest rock and is wonderful for use in rock gardens and around plants such as iris and tulips. Colored gravels are a nice addition to landscaping where you would like some extra color coordination between your home and your landscaping materials.  Pebbles and pea gravel are both smaller rocks than cobble and gravel, and can be purchased in their natural state or polished. Polished pebbles are nice because they appear wet even when they are dry. For a yard in a very dry climate, an oasis made of polished rocks will look wonderful when the sun shines on them. Install Uneven Numbers of Large Focal Rocks In order to bring people’s eyes to a focal point in your home’s newly landscaped front yard, you should have large focal rocks installed. Clustering the rocks in uneven numbers gives a strong visual appeal, as does mixing the types of rocks that you choose. For example, you can install a large piece of petrified wood and surround it with two smaller pieces of white quartzite. When these types of rocks are installed near a bed of base rock material, such as pebbles or pea gravel, they give an area of interest for your eyes and this stops you from concentrating on the base rock.   Conclusion By installing masonry products in your home’s landscaping, you will be able to conserve water and save money on your residential water bills. For more Information on using landscaping rocks in your home’s yards, contact a local landscaping contractor who can come out to your home and give you advice specific to your house’s...

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Common Ways To Unclog Drains

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Ways To Unclog Drains

If you are dealing with a clogged drain or toilet, then there are a wide variety of ways that you can approach the problem. Here are some common solutions to help you get started: Plunger First of all, you can try the classic plunger. With a plunger, you really need to remember to make a seal before you start plunging. To do this, you will need to make sure that there is enough water to cover the lip of the plunger when it is in place. If there is not enough water to do that, you will need to add some. Hot water will work best, since it is much more effective than cold water at breaking up blockages. When using a plunger, make sure that you pump more than a dozen times with each repetition. This will maximize the effectiveness of the plunger by applying repeated pressure to the clog. Plumber’s Snake If you are interested in rooting out the problem manually, then a plumber’s snake can be a great choice. Plumber’s snakes work quite well when dealing with a blockage that is made of compacted materials, but it is less effective when you are dealing with a single hard solid, like a toy that got flushed down the toilet. Using a plumber’s snake is pretty simple, since all you need to do is work the snake down to the clog and then twist the handle to actually drill through the clog. Once through, the clog should be compromised, but you can pull the snake back to break up the clog even more. Baking Soda and Vinegar If you want to use a chemical solution, but don’t want to deal with the toxic nature of more potent chemicals, then a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar might be more than enough. To effectively use this method, all you need to do is add half a cup of baking soda and some hot water to the drain and let it soak for a bit. This should let the baking soda permeate the clog and increase the effectiveness of the reaction that will come later. Once you have waited 10–20 minutes, you can add half a cup of vinegar and some hot water. You’ll want to cover up the drain if possible, since that will help force the reaction downwards. Once you have waited 20–30 minutes, check the drain to see if the clog is still there. If it is, you can try the reaction again, adding a bit more baking soda and vinegar this time (up to 3/4 cups). If you’re still having problems with your drains after trying these tips, contact a plumbing and heating technician to come take a look at them....

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Wood Might Be The Right Choice After All! Dispelling Common Concerns About Wooden Roofs

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wood Might Be The Right Choice After All! Dispelling Common Concerns About Wooden Roofs

Cedar can be a beautiful, rustic roofing option for many homeowners. Yet, many steer away from cedar roofing because they’ve heard some unsavory myths or have some major concerns. Rather than rule out cedar entirely, read on to learn what’s actually behind these untrue myths and unwarranted concerns about cedar. Concern: Cedar roofing won’t last very long. No, cedar won’t last for 100 years like slate or 80 years like metal, but its life expectancy is not short by any means. You can expect a cedar roof to last about 30 years—maybe more if you live in a mild climate. This is about the same life expectancy as the ever-popular architectural shingles, and a longer lifespan than you can expect from most standard asphalt shingles. Concern: Bugs will invade your cedar roof. Cedar is actually very unappealing to insects like termites and wood bees. This is why cedar is the roofing wood of choice. Its natural oils repel insects, so you don’t even have to get your roof sprayed with an insecticide. Birds will stay away from cedar roofing, too, since the bugs they use as a food source won’t be present. Concern: A wooden roof poses a fire hazard. While you probably don’t want to risk it with a cedar roof if you live in a forest fire zone, cedar roofing is not a major fire hazard in other areas. That’s because most of today’s cedar roofing shakes are pressure treated to resist fires. They come with a fire rating of either A, B, or C. A are the most fire-resistant, and as long as you choose them, you really don’t have to worry about a thing. Concern: A cedar roof will rot or mold. Just like it is resistant to insects, cedar is also resistant to rot and mold. It does not absorb and hold onto water like most woods, so it won’t develop rot. Mold does not enjoy the natural oils that cedar contains, so it won’t grow well. When your roof is well aged and in its last years, you may have to have it sprayed to protect against molding, since most of these oils will have dissipated. However, this is a rather straightforward and effective process that you won’t have to even worry about for many years. If you like the look of a cedar roof, you can rest assured that it is a safe, durable, and long-lasting option. Speak with a roofing contractor like David Construction, LLC to learn...

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Problems With Your Furnace? It Might Be Your Ventilation

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Problems With Your Furnace? It Might Be Your Ventilation

If you’ve been having problems with your HVAC lately, then you might be dealing with a blockage in your ventilation. However, there are a wide variety of factors that can cause these blockages, and finding the cause of a blockage can make the removal process easier and can help you prevent similar problems in the future. To help you out, here are some of the most common causes of blockages in your air ducts: Blocked Vent Covers One of the easiest problems to diagnose is a blocked vent cover. You might have unwittingly moved a sofa or desk so that an air duct is now completely covered up. This can result in diminished air flow into the room, or even a total lack of any air flow. However, a more insidious cause might be vent covers that appear to be unblocked, but are actually blocked from the other side. In other words, you might have way too much dust inside your air ducts, which can build up on the vent cover itself. This layer of dust can compact and prevent any air from moving, and if the air does manage to get through, it could take a lot of the dust with it, distributing frustrating dust throughout your room. Therefore, you should check the vent cover manually, possibly with a flashlight to identify clumps of dust. This is also a good idea if you haven’t used your heater or air conditioner in a while and are planning on turning either of them on in the near future. A lot of dust can build up during periods of non-use, and you don’t want all that dust to come flooding into your room the second you turn on the central fan. Old Filters Air conditioners and heaters are both frequently equipped with filters that are used to block out dust and debris, to prevent such substances from entering the ventilation system. However, these filters need to be either cleaned or replaced on a regular basis, and if you fail to do so, then they could prevent the flow of air into the ventilation system. Ultimately, this will make it seem like you have a blockage somewhere in the air ducts, when you are actually dealing with a problem at the source. To rectify this, you just need to take a look at the filters and clean them out once every few months. You might need to clean them more frequently during periods of intense usage. Contact a repair contractor, like Hayes Heating & cooling, for more...

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3 Reasons Why Your Toilet Won’t Flush

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why Your Toilet Won’t Flush

Your toilet is an integral part of your home. You expect it to work each and every time you use it. But, what happens when you go to flush the toilet and it doesn’t work? Not only is this stressful, but can definitely create a foul odor inside of your home if not rectified quickly. To help you determine what might be causing your toilet not to flush properly, here are a few of the common reasons and what you can do to fix them. Low water level in your tank. Water levels should be about an inch below the rim of the overflow tube. When the water isn’t high enough, you need to look at the water valve first. There is a good chance that the valve got turned off. If that is the case, you want to turn the valve back on and watch as the water comes back into the tank. Check to see if it fills it up where it should be. Then, flush your toilet again and check to see if the levels return to where they should be again. Warped or bent flapper. Take the tank off the toilet and look at the flapper. The flapper is supposed to release water from your tank when you flush it. After it pushes enough water into the tank, it will close the intake hole and allow water to fill your tank again making sure you always have the right amount in the tank at all times. If the flapper is warped or badly damaged, you need to replace it. These items are pretty cheap and can often be picked up at just about any hardware store. To replace it, you need to turn the water off to the toilet. Drain your tank and put the new flapper in. Turn the water back on and try flushing it again. See if that corrects the problem. Faulty lift chain. The lift chain is what secures the flapper to the handle of the toilet. If it has too much slack, the handle won’t be able to raise the flapper high enough to push the water through. To correct this issue, you simply need to shorten the chain to provide sufficient pull on the flapper. Instead of trying to guess what might be the problem, you can always turn to a licensed plumber who can come in and help figure it out for...

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