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Is Your Patio Floor Uneven? 2 Ways To Level It Out

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Many concrete slabs are installed over soil and over time the soil shifts, which can cause the concrete to become uneven. If your patio floor is having this problem, you should get it fixed. Not only does this not look nice but it could also cause someone to get injured. Below are two ways to level it out.  Use a Professional You can hire a concrete contractor to level the concrete slab for you. This is much less expensive and time consuming than ripping out the concrete and replacing it with a new slab. The concrete leveling process involves injecting polyurethane foam into the different areas. This foam expands and lifts the concrete slab back so it is level again. They inject the foam by drilling small holes on top of the concrete where the soil has settled. When they are finished, they will patch the holes. The concrete slab levels out quickly in about an hour and then you can start using your patio again. Ask a concrete contractor like those at Ace Mudjacking & Concrete Leveling to come to your home to see if concrete leveling is a good option for you. They can then give you a bid on what it will cost you to get this done. Level the Concrete Yourself If you do not want to hire a contractor, you can try to level the concrete yourself. You will first need to use a damp mop to remove all dust from the concrete. When you are finished, put a few drops of liquid dish soap into a bucket of water and use a soft-bristled brush to clean the concrete. Rinse it thoroughly with a hose when you are finished. If there are cracks in the concrete, purchase a concrete crack filler at a home improvement store and follow the directions on how to fill them in. When you are finished, let the filler completely dry before you do anything else. Purchase some self-leveling concrete resurfacer and self-leveling concrete primer at a home improvement store and apply it to the concrete with a brush as directed. Let the coat completely dry, which will take about two hours, and then apply a second coat and let it dry. Put water in a large bucket and mix in self-leveling concrete resurfacer according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the package. Start at one end of the patio and pour the resurfacer side to side until the entire concrete floor is covered making sure it is level. The self-leveling resurfacer will cure in a couple of days so wait at least 48 hours before you walk on it.  These two tips should transform your patio so you and your family can enjoy sitting on...

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3 Reasons To Choose Prefab Metal Buildings

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When a company or individual needs a metal building built, they may be on the fence about using a prefab metal building or having the building built from the ground up. In this day and age, prefabricated metal buildings offer a lot of advantages that can’t be found when a metal building is completely constructed onsite. Some of the main benefits of choosing a prefab metal building for your next project includes: Durability Prefabricated metal buildings are made to last for a very long time. The design of prefab metal buildings allow them to be able to withstand wind, heavy snow, rainstorms, and even earthquakes. The metal panels used in prefab metal buildings can also be coated with a variety of compounds by the manufacturer to help prevent rusting, so the building will remain in good condition for a long time without needing any major repairs. In addition, prefab metal buildings are non-combustible, so there is little worry about damage during a fire– this fact makes prefab metal buildings a good choice if you need to store flammable chemicals or materials. Ease of Construction One of the biggest benefits of prefab metal buildings is the fact that they are easy to erect. Since all of the drilling, welding, and cutting is done by the manufacturer, so the materials arrive ready to just be put together. In most cases, a prefab metal building can be constructed in a fraction of the amount of time it takes to build a metal building piece by piece onsite. This fact can be very beneficial if you require a metal building as quickly as possible, or if you need to erect a metal building prior to the winter months when there is bad weather. Cost Savings In many cases, the materials to construct a prefabricated metal building are less expensive than a traditional metal building. Also, since the materials of a prefab metal building are sent ready to use, there are rarely construction delays or unexpected costs. One of the biggest cost savings with using prefab metal buildings is the amount of labor needed. A prefab metal building basically just needs to be assembled, so you don’t need to hire workers with special skills, such as welders. Since a prefabricated metal building can also be erected in a more timely manner than a traditional metal building, your labor costs will be lower overall.  For more information, visit a company like Sanco Steel...

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Custom Homes 101: 3 Tips For Creating A Functional Floor Plan

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Designing a custom home is an exciting — albeit stressful — experience. One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when building a custom home is the floor plan or layout. While standard floor plans work for many homeowners, others prefer to design it themselves. If you are wanting to design a floor plan that is all your own, keep these three tips in mind to ensure the design is successful: 1. Future Needs When building a custom home, you need to think very carefully about the future. While a one-bedroom home may work for you now, it might become cramped in the future. This is why you should always think about additional accommodations. Whether you’ll need to help out a family member or your plan to have children, it’s always a good idea to build your home with the future in mind. This way you won’t need to sell or remodel a few years down the road. 2. Room Orientation Another helpful tip is to consider how your home will flow. This is especially important for homes with an open floor plan. Since there are no doorways or large walls blocking off the rooms, you’ll need to carefully consider how the rooms flow into each other. For example, you don’t want to place your kitchen near a bedroom or bathroom. So think carefully and keep similar rooms close to each other to improve the flow of your home. 3. Consider Special Needs Finally, consider whether your home will need to meet any special needs. Do you have anyone living in the home that needs extra space for a wheel chair? If so, you’ll probably want to make hallways and corners wider. Do you have children in your home? If so, you may want to make the bedrooms larger to accommodate bunk beds and a plethora of toys. Is someone in your household very tall? If so, you will probably want to increase the height of the ceilings and doorways. No matter what, you should always take some time to consider whether your floor plan will need to meet any special needs. This will ensure that you don’t need to have expensive adjustments done later. Designing a good floor plan for your custom home might seem difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With these tips and an experienced custom home builder, you can make designing your floor plan fun and easy. For more information, contact a business such as Hart...

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Efficiency And Reliability – Advantages Of Purchasing Pre-Engineered Structures

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

While everyone dreams of building a home or business that meets their exact specifications, the actual process may feature more trepidation than anticipated. Custom designs can be fraught with complications and delays, and even when completed, you can find yourself dealing with issues that no one anticipated. Blazing new trails is fun, but selecting reliability is responsible. Below, you’ll find a guide to some of the advantages of purchasing pre-engineered design build structures. Rather than allowing yourself to want for creativity, you should be willing to embrace the thrill of stability and consider the ease and comfort with which you can slide in to your new, well thought out structure. Troubleshooting Anyone who has moved into a new home or office can tell you that the associated period of adjustment can be a difficult struggle. Breaking in the new fixtures and figuring out how to handle temperamental components can be a substantial challenge, and the frustrations that come with that challenge can threaten to mount until they boil over. Pre-engineered structures, on the other hand, have had all the kinks worked out and will allow you to have a fair expectation of the problems you may face. In fact, with each iteration of a pre-engineered building, your structural steel contractor will work out all additional problems, substantially decreasing the odds that you have to face any at all. Speed Construction delays can turn an exciting project into a frustrating one, and leaving your company or family in limbo while you search for answers can be extremely stressful. Unanticipated construction delays, interruptions in the building supply chain, and other issues can compound and leave you wishing you never decided to relocate. The speed with which pre-engineered design build structures are erected may end up amazing you. By utilizing well-understood processes and sticking to a consistent schedule, your steel structure will go up at lightning speed and allow you to use it as quickly as possible. Consistency One major benefit of a pre-engineered structure is that there are always more available. For commercial customers, if your business expands, it can be a major benefit if all of your locations maintain a consistent aesthetic. Rather than trying to use older structures and piece together similarities, returning to purchase and construct the same steel pre-engineered structures can allow your customers to immediately recognize your business and can allow your employees immediate familiarity with your functions and layout. For more information and options, contact a company that specializes in pre-engineered buildings, such as Wheelwright...

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Four Steps To Killing Mold Without Bleach After A Water Damage Incident

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Uncategorized |

A mold problem caused by water damage can be quite a nightmare to clean up. Although many homeowners’ first instinct at the sight of mold is to douse it with bleach, bleach is actually only useful for killing things on a flat and non-porous surface. If you have mold growing on a wooden wall, the bleach will only kill the parts of the mold that are on the outside of the wall and will not extend into the wall to kill the roots of the mold. As you can imagine, this just allows mold to grow back from the roots as soon as is conveniently possible. Here are four steps to using alternative killing methods that don’t rely on bleach to take care of the mold for you. 1. Scrub it off with soap and water. The first step to mold cleanup is always to remove the surface mold that’s visible. You should lightly mist the moldy patches with water before starting because working with dry mold just encourages spores to disperse throughout the air, which can cause health problems and create more mold colonies elsewhere in the house. Once you’ve misted the area, use a dish-soap-and-water solution or a detergent-and-water solution to scrub the area. If it’s a sensitive surface (for example, if you’re worried about damaging the finish of a piece of wood furniture), test your cleaning solution on a small area in an unnoticeable corner before undertaking this step. 2. Use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Spraying straight vinegar onto the surface can kill not only surface mold but also mold beneath the surface of the porous material. The same can be said of hydrogen peroxide, which is also likely to be even more reliable at killing a variety of mold species. Either of these can be sprayed on at full concentration or mixed half-and-half with water. Be sure to test the solution before using it to ensure that it won’t harm the surface. Then spray the surface thoroughly, carefully wiping up any runoff afterwards before it soaks into the floor. You should allow it to sit for a while so the solution can get down to the mold’s roots, and then you can wipe it off with a damp cloth. 3. Use climate control to reduce re-occurrence of mold. Reducing the humidity and dampness in the area is essential. If the mold occurred in the kitchen under the sink, using moisture absorbers and a small fan to help circulate air and control humidity can be helpful. If the mold is in the basement, you may need a larger electric dehumidifier, and if your entire house is damp, you may need multiple dehumidifiers. In this case, you may also have a drainage problem that needs to be taken care of. 4. Put on a mold prevention coating Several mold prevention coatings are available on the market today. Many of them simply block mold’s roots from taking hold, and some are quite safe to use in households with children (although you should still store them where children can’t reach them). Use one of these to prevent a re-occurrence of mold in the previously moldy areas, and spray it in any other damp corners as well to forestall any problems there. These four steps will help you solve your mold problem naturally, without bleach, in...

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Is It Time To Go Back To The Tank?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Tankless water heaters have become very popular due to their image as a power-conserving, water-conserving modern invention that will last longer than old, rusty tanks. In some respects, tankless water heaters really are good; they do conserve power, and they do last longer than your typical tank-style water heater. However, there are advantages to having a tank-style heater as well, and if you’ve been having issues with a tankless heater, it might be time to switch back or use a combination. Too Much Demand, Not Enough Water Tankless heaters heat water on the spot, and they’re very efficient at doing so. However, if a lot of people are trying to draw hot water at the same time, the water could rush through the tankless heater faster than the heater can heat it. The result is lukewarm or cool water instead of very warm or hot water. Tank-style heaters hold many gallons of hot water in reserve, so when people try to turn on lots of fixtures, they can all get hot water, and incoming water in the heater has a chance to warm up, too. If you have a lot of demand for water, switching back to a tank-style heater could be a better solution. Another option is to install a tank for general use in the house and use the tankless for one or two dedicated areas, such as laundry. No Reserve Water One big advantage to having a tank-style water heater is that the water inside can serve as emergency water. You need to keep the tank in good shape and flush it on schedule, but remember that this water ends up coming out of your sink faucets, so it is potable. Even if you feel too squeamish to have water directly from the water heater tank, you can use it to help fill toilet tanks in an emergency, for example, instead of using your bottled water for that. Tankless heaters offer no such advantage. Water Flow Activation One quirk of tankless heaters is that sometimes they require a certain amount of water flow to activate the heating function. So if you have super-low-flow faucets, you might not end up with any hot water because the flow rate just isn’t high enough to trigger the heater. You don’t have that problem with tank-style heaters. Installing a tank-style heater as a replacement for a tankless heater is not a DIY job, so contact a water heater installation company like Towers Murray Plumbing to get the job done. Newer tanks are very well insulated, so power usage should be...

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Need To Build A Bridge On Your Agricultural Property? Factors To Consider

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you have recently purchased a large plot of agricultural or ranch land that has yet to be developed properly, you may be simultaneously thrilled and nervous about everything that you have to do. If you have any large rivers or streams that cut through your property, though, one of your first priorities will likely need to be to build a bridge over that waterway to give yourself better access to your lands and maneuverability around your property. There are many factors to consider when you are thinking about having a bridge built. Get to know some of those factors to consider so you can be sure you are making the best possible decision for you and your new property. Consider What Kind of Traffic Will Be Going Over The Bridge One of the biggest factors to consider when you are planning to build a bridge on your property is the type of traffic that will be going over the bridge. For example, if you simply need a foot bridge so that, when you are walking your property, you can easily get across the stream or river, then you may be able to fell timber on your property and build a log bridge relatively easily. However, if you need a bridge for livestock to cross in large numbers, to take agricultural equipment over, or simply to drive your personal vehicles over, you will need a bridge that can better handle heavier loads and more traffic. Think long and hard about your current and future needs for the bridge or bridges you are going to build so you can properly build a bridge capable of accommodating your needs. Have an Engineer Come Out And Survey The Planned Bridge Location While you may have an idea of exactly where on the waterway and on your property you want your bridge to be located, you will need a civil engineer to come out and determine if that location is a good choice for your bridge. There are many different important factors that go into determining a bridge location. The stability of the shoreline, the composition of the soil, and the function of the bridge are all important factors to consider. Sometimes, there may be a better location for your bridge that you may not have thought of that the engineer can suggest to you. Your engineer will also give you an idea of what it will take to make your proposed bridge work. You may need to have a drilling and blasting company come out to widen the area or to remove undesirable rock beds along the river or stream, for example. Having an engineer on-site to walk you through the bridge building process and oversee the project as it gets underway is an important part of getting the project completed well. These factors will help you to know what will go into building a bridge on your property and how you want to approach the process going...

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What to Expect When You Get a Home Energy Audit

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If your power bills are higher than your friends or neighbors, yet you still feel too hot or too cold in your home, then your house probably isn’t very energy efficient. If you live in an older home, it could have single pane windows and inadequate insulation. Before you spend a lot of money on upgrades, it’s best to have an energy audit so you know exactly what needs to be done. Here are some of the things that are examined during the audit. Power Bills & Lifestyle The first thing the auditor will do is examine your lifestyle and look at things like how many people live in your home, the thermostat and hot water heater settings, how often you use the washer and dishwasher, and whether you have a pool. Next, he or she examines your power bill to see how much energy you consume. You’ll want to gather bills over several months so the auditor can see your energy consumption during various seasons of the year. Physical Examination Next, the auditor makes a complete physical examination of your home. On the exterior, he or she looks for gaps and cracks that allow air to leak into or out of your home. The auditor checks the roof and type of windows you have. The inside is examined thoroughly for amount and type of insulation, age of appliances, state of the electrical system, and the condition of HVAC including ducts. The auditor examines every room of your home noting location of windows and finding areas of leaking or energy inefficiency. He or she may even examine the attic or crawlspace for a close inspection of the insulation in the home and to further check for air leaks. Sophisticated Testing A company that does energy audits on homes also uses sophisticated testing to determine problems with energy loss. One of those tests involves an infrared scanner. The auditor scans your home with this instrument and it picks up on temperature differences. When there is a cool spot or hot spot, it indicates air is leaking in from the outside. This test is an excellent way to find hidden air leaks and to find areas that don’t have enough insulation to control the temperature in your home. Another test is the blower door test. The auditor places a huge fan in your exterior door to do this test. The fan pulls air out of your house and this causes a pressure drop that pulls in outside air through areas that are leaking. To find where the air is rushing in, the auditor may use smoke and watch where the smoke goes, or this test may be done in conjunction with an infrared scanner to make the leaks easier to spot. After all these tests are completed, the auditor provides you with an energy assessment of your home and can guide you on the changes that need to be made. This helps you spend money where it will do the most good. You may need to add insulation to the attic and between the walls, upgrade your windows, or seal cracks around the exterior. You’ll also receive recommendations for saving energy such as the best settings for your HVAC and water heater. Although you’ll have to pay for the home energy...

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Things To Consider When Planning To Build A Screened-In Porch

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you have decided that a screened-in porch would be the perfect addition to your home, you will want to make sure that you are carefully reviewing the following points. This way, you will have a better chance at ending up with a quality screened-in porch that you will be able to enjoy for many years. Carefully Consider The Placement Of The Door When you are building a screened-in porch, you will need a door that opens up to the yard. It is important to be careful with the placement of this door. If you place it too close to the door of the house, you might find that when both are opened at the same time, the flow of foot traffic is interrupted. You do not want to find yourself having to make sure one door remains closed so you can open the other door. Both doors should be able to be opened at the same time without any issues. Remember That Not All Screen Material Is The Same Quality You might want to refrain from using the hand stretched screen material because it can be hard to work with. It can also bend and break easily, which means you will find yourself needing to replace portions of it sooner than you might like. Instead, you will want to consider using fiberglass screens since they do not crease and they last a lot longer. Consider Your Electrical Needs If you are going to spend a lot of time on your screened-in porch, you might want to think about having some additional electrical outlets installed. This way, you will be able to easily plug in fans, televisions, lights, cellular phone charger, or anything else that you may want out on the porch with you. Since rain can still blow into the screened-in porch, you will want to make sure that you are hiring a professional electrician for the installation of outdoor outlets. Think About The Type Of Ceiling You Want This is an important decision to make because the style you pick will determine the feel of the porch once it is complete. For example, a flat ceiling may make the screened-in porch feel a little more like an interior room. If you want more of an outdoor and open feel, then you might want to opt for the cathedral ceiling. Once you are ready to start with the creation of your screened-in porch, you will want to start talking to professional porch builders in order to find the best one for the...

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Steps to Help You Remedy a Clogged Sewer Line

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

As a homeowner, it is your own responsibility to repair and replace any sewer problems in your home’s sewer system, including the sewer main running beneath the soil to the city’s sewer line connection in the street. Here are some steps to help you solve and resolve what is causing a sewer clog and important details, such as getting the proper construction permits, to help you be successful with the repair. Hire an Inspection When you first encounter drains and toilets that flow slowly in your home, it can indicate a clog further down in your home’s main sewer line. In a situation where one or two drains are flowing slower, it can usually be caused from a blockage directly in the pipe connected to that drain. When sewer begins bubbling up from basement drains, it is important to hire a professional plumber to determine where the clog is.  Your plumbing professional can use a camera to inspect the interior of your sewer line to find where the blockage is. This can also help you determine if the clogged sewer line has been caused by debris in the line, invading tree roots, or a crumbling or collapsing sewer pipe. Many plumbers have a GPS on their camera so they can determine where along your sewer main’s length the blockage is located, which can be helpful in digging up and repairing the sewer pipe, when necessary. Remove Line Clogs While the plumbing professional is completing your line inspection, they can use their snake or high-pressure water sprayer to remove the debris in the line that is causing your blockage. When your sewer pipe is still in good condition, clearing the blockage and cleaning any build-up on the inside of your sewer line can allow your sewer to flow freely from your home. Often, the debris and waste water from rinsing dishes in your kitchen can cause oils and fats to coat the interior of your sewer line and slowly cause blockages.  When tree root growth within your sewer line is causing the blockage, simply clearing them from the line will not solve the problem. The tree roots will regrow inside your sewer line and can cause the pipe to break apart or collapse. You may consider removing the trees from your yard, which will stop the tree root growth. Keep in mind you may need a construction permit to remove a tree, so check with your local building office to find out. Using a sodium chloride treatment in your sewer line is a good way to stop the tree root growth without killing the tree, as long as you repeat the treatment every six months. Complete this treatment by pouring one-half pound of sodium chloride into your toilet and flushing it down. Repeat this until you have flushed down two pounds of sodium chloride, then do not flush your toilets or run any water down your home’s drains for twelve hours. This allows the sodium chloride time to remain in the sewer line to kill tree roots. Replace Sewer Line When you have determined your sewer line has begun to collapse, crumble apart, or show other signs of failure, you will need to have the sewer line replaced as soon as possible. Your plumber can discuss your options to replace...

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When You Can’t Get Into Your Business: How A Professional Locksmith Will Help

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you run a business and you lose your keys to the building, you may be surprised at how secure your building is. When you aren’t able to get into the building to find a spare set of keys, or you don’t have an employee who carries a spare, you may have to call an emergency locksmith to help you get into your commercial space. Once you have lost your keys, it’s impossible to know if they’ve been stolen. You’ll have to invest in changing out the locks to your building or rekeying any locks within. Talk with your locksmith about your options, as you may not have to replace everything. When You Can’t Get Into Your Business A professional locksmith will first get you into the building to help you figure out if you simply left your keys on a counter or in your office. If this is the case, then you won’t have to worry about changing any locks throughout the building. If your keys are secure, it is clear that your business is not at risk. If you don’t have any spare keys made, now is the time to get a few copies made and kept in a safe place that is not within the business itself. If Your Keys are Stolen If you believe the keys to your business have been stolen, it is vital to change out all of your locks immediately. Consider all the various keys on your set, and change everything that you have keys for. To help save a little money, ask the locksmith if some of the locks can simply be rekeyed. It’s possible that your entire lock won’t have to be changed, but instead the locking mechanism within can be changed to work with a different key.  Make an Extra Set of Your New Keys Once you replace your existing keys with new ones, make one extra set and put them in a safe place. Number any master keys, and make sure you keep track of any staff that might need to hold a master key. When you know that keys to your business have been stolen, it may also help to change any codes that you use for security purposes and change out any combination locks you may have with a new one. While this may be excessive, it is worth the small investment of your time and money to make sure that your business is secure. For more information, talk to a professional like Security...

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