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5 Essential Elements of a Minimalist-Style Bathroom

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Minimalist interior design puts creates a crisp, clean look by using straight lines, solid surfaces and an abundance of light. With less clutter, you have more space to utilize the things you actually need. For these reasons, minimalist design works very well in the bathroom, where a clean look is paramount and you need space to move about. To create a minimalist bathroom, start by focusing on these five elements. A light and airy color scheme To create an open-looking space, it’s important to choose a light and simple color scheme. Experts recommend decorating with three colors in a 60:30:10 ratio. The color that occupies 60% of space, also known as the dominant color, will be the color you paint the walls. The secondary color, which takes up 30% of the space, will be the color you paint the trim and perhaps use for some furnishings, such as your sink and shelving. The final accent color can be used for accessories like soap dispensers, towels and the like. In a minimalist bathroom, you will have few accessories, so it works well to make them all the accent color. Some lovely color schemes for minimalist bathrooms include: 60% white, 30% pale green, 10% navy blue 60% cream, 30% aqua, 10% deep brown 60% pale gray, 30% dark gray, 10% red Of course, these are a few of many possibilities. If you have a favorite color that’s on the bright side, a good rule of thumb is to use it as your accent color and use two shades of either beige or gray as your dominant and secondary colors. A clear, frameless shower door An opaque shower door or shower curtain can quickly make an otherwise minimalist bathroom look cluttered and closed-off. Thus, the best choice for this type of design is a clear, frameless shower door. It won’t block the flow of light through the space, and you’ll get to enjoy the bathroom’s open, airy appeal while you’re showering, rather than feeling like you’re isolated in a cage. For the most minimalist look possible, pair your glass door with a zero-entry shower. If this is not an option due to your bathroom’s design, it will look great with a standard, step-in shower, too. A freestanding pedestal sink So many bathroom vanities and cabinets are bulky and complex. Steer clear of these cluttered pieces of furniture, and opt instead for a free-standing sink in your secondary color. The pedestal style bottom takes up less floor space, leaving you more space to stand and dress. Make sure you choose a simple faucet, too. Nickle faucets with a smooth, sleek finish are a common choice in minimalist bathrooms. Large windows As mentioned previously, natural light is one of the most important elements of minimalist design, and you cannot have natural light without windows. Even if you have to do a bit of remodeling to incorporate a larger window, it’s really worth it. A floor-to-ceiling window is lovely if you have the space. A pair of side-by-side smaller windows works if you don’t. To maintain your privacy in a bathroom with large windows, have them coated with privacy film. This translucent film has a sort-of etched pattern that obscures vision through the window without blocking light. Open shelving To keep your minimalist bathroom looking...

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Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance: 3 Inspections And Tests To Perform

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Here’s a shocking fact: 369,500 home fires that caused $6.8 billion worth of direct property damage were reported in 2013. Civilian deaths, injuries and property damages from home fires can be mitigated or lessened with the installation of fire sprinklers. Only three states mandate fire sprinkler installation in all residential construction. They include California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia; however, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea for all residential buildings in other states to install fire sprinkler systems as well. Simply installing fire sprinklers is not sufficient. It is your job to make sure that the sprinklers are functioning properly by performing regular inspections. You can either do this yourself by completing the three tasks outlined below or get a professional inspection done. Make Sure None of the Sprinkler Components Are Blocked The fire sprinklers are only effective if the water can reach the fires that are detected. Make sure to regularly check the sprinkler heads and the cover plates of the fire sprinklers in order to confirm that they are not blocked. In particular, you want to make sure that none of the fire sprinkler components have been painted over, as this will interfere and affect whether water is able to sprinkle out efficiently and effectively. In addition, you also want to make sure that you haven’t stacked any boxes or even shelves near the sprinklers. These obstructions may prevent the sprinklers from doing their job efficiently and effectively, as they will block the water flow. You should also take this moment to inspect for damages, such as leaks. Make sure that every fire sprinkler component is properly sealed into place.  Perform a Flow Test Water from the pipes and valves should run smoothly to and from the sprinkler heads to the valves located outdoors. To verify that none of the pipes are leaking or frozen due to lack of insulation, perform a flow test. You can do this by looking for the flow-test valve. Turn on the flow-test valve, and water should run through the pipes located outdoors within a couple of minutes. If the water runs through, you’ll also know that the water storage tank is full and the water shutoff valves are open. Do keep in mind that some fire sprinkler systems have built-in sensors. When you perform the flow test, it may trigger the fire alarm. You want to determine whether this will be the case or not. If the flow test will trigger a fire alarm, make sure you call and notify the fire department and the alarm company ahead of time.   Take a Look at the Internal Mechanisms Once you have performed a visual inspection of the sprinkler components, you should also take a look at the internal mechanisms of the sprinkler system if possible. This includes checking all of the sprinklers, hangers, pipes and fittings. It also includes testing the main drain of the sprinkler system and also priming water levels and inspecting the low pressure alarms. The valves should also be inspected.  To look at the internal mechanisms of the fire sprinkler system, you may have to take the sprinkler heads off. You will also need to take a look at the blueprint of your home to determine which pipes and valves are involved with...

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Lighting Your Tree Without Burning Down Your House

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The holiday season is here, and with it comes an increase in the risk of house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees are responsible for more than 200 house fires each year. And worse, these fires carry a much higher mortality rate. While one in approximately 144 typical house fires result in death, that number jumps significantly when the Christmas tree is involved—to as high as one out of every 31. Whether this is because Christmas trees tend to catch fire at night is unclear, but the fact remains: putting up a Christmas tree, especially a live one, increases your risk of house fire by a significant percentage. Play it safe this year and talk with your friendly local electrician on the best ways to deck, and not wreck, your halls: Extension Cords An extension cord can play a huge role in a house fire, says the Electrical Safety Foundation International. As many as 3,300 house fires each year are attributed to these modern conveniences because they’re not used properly. If you’re powering up your Christmas tree using one or more extension cords, make sure to play by the rules. Ensure the cord you’re using is rated for the purpose you’re intending, never hide or obscure extension cords under carpets or inside walls or cabinetry, and never plug in a cord that is damaged or that has been repaired. The economical price of most extension cords make them easy to replace, so choose safety every time. Smoke Alarms No house should be without smoke alarms, and this is even more true during the holidays. The temptation to light candles, bake cookies, and plug in a live Christmas tree is greater during the holidays, and any one of these could result in a house fire if left unattended. The NFPA recommends placing working smoke alarms inside every bedroom and outside of every sleeping space on each level of your home. Doing so could help alert you if your tree decides to suddenly combust in the night. And the operative word is “working.” Smoke alarms should be tested and the batteries replaced on a regular basis.  Hydration Any electrician will tell you that it’s a bad idea to place electric lights on an overly dry pine tree. If you choose a live tree over artificial, you should understand the added responsibility of keeping the tree hydrated throughout the season. For best results, don’t put living trees up unnecessarily early in the season or keep them up longer than required. Check the water level at the base of your live tree daily, especially if you have indoor pets who might be tempted to take a drink or two. And if you notice needles turning brown or dropping off, it’s time to unplug. It goes without saying, as well, that you need to keep all extension and light cords away from the water pan.  Another, often overlooked, culprit that can dry out your tree prematurely is the heat vent or fireplace. Do your best to position live trees away from direct sources of heat such as these, as they can cause your tree to dry up and die before its time.  When it’s time to string the lights and hang up the tinsel and bows, be a responsible homeowner and...

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Winter Is On The Way – Keep Your Pipes From Freezing To Prevent Water Damage

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

No one wants an excessive amount of water in their home. Unfortunately, if you do not take the proper precautions during cold winter months, this can happen due to frozen and busted pipes and water lines. Knowing how to prevent this common problem, as well as what to do if it happens, may keep your home free from flooding. This will help prevent structural damage and also keep your home becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. When Do Pipes Freeze? Most people don’t think to pay attention to their pipes when the weatherman simply predicts that a cold snap will only last a few days. Unfortunately, they should. Even a brief cold snap is enough to freeze their pipes if the weather gets cold enough. Water can begin to freeze anytime the temperature reaches 32 degrees or below. While you do not usually have to worry about your pipes freezing at 32 degrees, you do need to begin to worry if the forecast is predicted to drop to  20 degrees or below. If your pipes are exposed, such as those underneath a mobile home, and are not insulated, they may even freeze at slightly higher temperatures.  What Pipes Are At Risk Of Freezing? Pipes that most commonly freeze are normally located in unheated basements and crawl spaces. Unfortunately, if the temperatures go low enough any pipe that is exposed to the cold air for an extended period of time is at risk. These include: Pipes located on your exterior walls of your home Pipes outside of your home Pipes and plumbing in your garage Plumbing or spigots connected to garden hoses What Will A Frozen Pipe Cost You? The cost of a frozen pipe is dependent on many different variables. Some of these variables are the location of the pipe, as well as how much water damage occurred, and how much cleanup could be required. Simply getting a plumber in to fix your pipe may run you anywhere from $50 to $600. This pricing will be determined by the area you live, whether your pipe is an an easily accessible space, and how much damage the plumber will have to repair. Your price will also be higher if the job being done is on an emergency basis versus on a non-emergency basis. Unfortunately, your costs will usually not end with the cost of your plumber.  If your home has sustained substantial water damage, your total clean up costs can range from $5,000 – $70,000, with the average home insurance claim being approximately $15,000. Even once you file a claim, you will be responsible for your deductible and any costs that your insurance company may not cover due to the terms and conditions of your specific policy. What Can You Do To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing? In the case of frozen pipes, prevention is the most important key. Always ensure that all the pipes in your home have proper insulation. You may want to consider using heat tape, or other similar products on those that are exposed. In addition to this, if there is going to be really low temperatures take the following precautions: Keep a trickle of water running through your pipes. The pressure from this trickle will keep your pipe from freezing. It is recommended that you...

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Overcoming Problems Caused By Hard Water In Your Home

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If the residential water supply in your neighborhood is hard, meaning it contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, you will notice the effects of the mineral-rich water on your clothes, dishes and the performance of household appliances. While untreated hard water does not pose any serious health risks, it can still have a detrimental impact on your household. The following primer on residential hard water issues can help you identify and manage problems caused by a water supply with high levels of dissolved minerals. Signs of Hard Water Many indicators of hard water are obvious to detect such as clothes that come out of the washing machine looking dingy with soap residue that you must rinse out. Other telltale signs of hard water include: Hard to clean rings around your bathtub A film of soap scum around kitchen in bathroom sinks Built up soap scum on bathtub and shower walls Rust-colored stains around faucets and drains Spots on dishes when they come out of the dishwasher The hard water also causes the minerals to build up in plumbing pipes. When you notice that water is not draining properly in sinks, the pipes may be clogged up by mineral deposits. Hard water can also affect your personal hygiene. It will take you a longer time to create soap lather when you bathe. The soap scum left from hard water can irritate your skin, leaving it dry and itchy. Hard water also makes your hair look dull and lifeless. Laundry Solutions The quickest way to deal with laundry problems caused by hard water is to add a water softener to your loads. You can purchase off-the-shelf products that will help to remove the minerals in hard water. You should look for softeners that are “non-precipitating,” as they will also prevent mineral scale from building up in your washing machine. You can also use distilled white vinegar to treat water spots on fabric. However, you should be careful with this method, as vinegar can also stain some types of fabrics. In addition, if you add vinegar to a load of clothes in the washing machine, you risk damaging the appliance’s rubber seals. Kitchen Solutions If you do not like the idea of drinking water or washing dishes in the sink with hard water, you can boil the water to get rid of unwanted minerals. However, you will have to siphon off the minerals that fall to the bottom of the pot. Another solution is to install an ion exchange filter to your kitchen faucet or use filtered pitchers for drinking water. The problem with these filter solutions is that they may not completely remove all of the minerals from the water. Full House Solutions Using liquid water softener in your laundry and adding filters to faucets should only be stopgaps if you want a permanent solution to hard water problems. You should hire a professional water treatment specialist to test your water and provide you with a full-house solution. In addition, the costs of buying off-the-shelf products to treat hard water adds up over time. Furthermore, hard water will cause some appliances to use more energy as minerals will cause scale to build up inside the machines, making them less energy-efficient. The water treatment firm will analyze your water to determine...

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Weighing In Your Garage Door

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As you install your garage door, you may need to find out how much it weighs in order to determine the correct extension or torsion springs for your door. This information may not be readily available if you’re installing custom garage doors, so you’ll need to weigh them yourself. The following offers a step-by-step guide on how you can safely and accurately weigh your garage door. No Digital Scales, Please Of course, you’ll need a scale to weigh your garage door with. A bathroom scale will work just fine, but you’ll have to make sure it’s an analog-type scale. Analog bathroom scales are better equipped at registering weight changes as they occur; whereas, digital scales are designed to register weights within a narrow window of time. This means you won’t be able to see weight fluctuations as they occur while the door is settling on the scale itself. If you can get your hands on an industrial shipping scale or floor scale, then don’t hesitate to use it. Such scales offer more precise measurements than ordinary floor scales. Getting Started Start by unplugging the garage door opener and disconnecting the opener’s arm from the garage door itself. Disconnecting the trolley arm from the garage door via emergency release handle won’t be enough for this task, as the outer carriage could still catch on the inner carriage and give the scale a false reading. Locate the bottom-most track bracket on each side of the door and use vise grips or C-clamps to clamp the door cable to the bracket. Doing so will allow the full weight of the door to rest on the scale. If you have a double door or a large single door, then you’ll need to use two scales. Make sure each scale is a foot from each side of the opening. Measuring Wood Doors To lift and measure a wood garage door, you’ll need to leverage the door open using a pry bar and a small 2×4 piece of wood. Place a longer 2×4 underneath the door and remove the pry bar. Next, take the shorter 2×4 and place it underneath the longer 2×4, so that it can be used as leverage to open the door further. At this point, slide the scale underneath the center of the door. You may need to place a small 2×4 on the scale to ensure the door remains level throughout the measurement. Carefully lower the door onto the scale and give the door a slight shake to help it settle on the scale. Now you can finally take your measurements. Don’t forget to subtract the weight of the 2×4 when reading the door weight. Carefully lower the door using the 2×4 pieces and pry bar. After making sure the door cables are free of slack, remove the vise grips or C-clamps from the track brackets and reconnect the garage door opener to the garage door. Measuring Steel Doors Steel doors require a bit more care to open, since you don’t want to deform or otherwise damage the door. Start by locating the bottom fixture on both corners of the garage door. This is where you’ll place your pry bar to lift the door. Using a small 2×4 for leverage, lift the corner of the door and slide another 2×4...

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5 Reasons To Pick Good Old Fashioned Wood Siding

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Most homeowners are excited to always upgrade to the newest and fanciest materials, but sometimes going back to a simpler design is better. Wood siding may sound a little old-fashioned in this era of synthetic wood and composite vinyl products. However, this siding has stood the test of time and provides these five benefits to the homeowner that chooses it. Extra Insulation The density and thickness of the siding you choose determines its insulation power. Wood siding is particularly good at giving your home an extra layer of protection against temperature fluctuations. While thin sheets of cladding are naturally less insulating than rough cut shake shingles or thick cedar boards, all types of wood siding offer some amount of insulation on the exterior walls. Pre-cut wood shingles offer the highest base insulation value of all the common siding materials. While you can get a higher R-value on the exterior by choosing a product filled with insulating foam, those vinyl and metal siding products cost a lot more than basic wood and may not last as long either. Quick Installation Are you hoping to get your home renovated as quickly as possible to get it on the market or prepare for a visit from family members? Wood siding is relatively lightweight, comes in smaller sections, and attaches quickly with either nails or screws. Experienced siding installers can cover your home in a completely new set of shingles or clapboards in just a few days. Even the light bits of trim for the windows and corners go up quickly with little fuss. There are also fewer interruptions on the wood siding installation job site. A tarp is enough to keep the siding dry if a rainstorm rolls in, and heat or direct sun won’t cause the material to crack or warp. This is a common problem when trying to get vinyl siding installed during a summer heat wave. Cost Control When you’re on a budget but really need to install new siding to protect the structure of your house, wood is an affordable option. You’ll save money on Maintenance, since you can apply paint and stain as needed yourself Material costs, since many wood siding products are only roughly finished and relatively inexpensive to produce Labor for professional installation, since the siding goes up quickly and easily with no specialized tools needed for cutting and fastening. You can always add an inexpensive layer of plywood or clapboard now and switch to something else later without spending too much to keep the wall dry and covered. Easy Repairs Don’t forget to consider the costs and difficulty of repairs, since it only takes one hail storm or stray baseball to leave your siding dented and cracked. Unlike synthetic wood products for which you must remove a long section to patch the damage, you can cut a single shingle or board loose to replace it. This means you can do your own repairs, especially on the first floor, and buy just a couple of siding duplicates at a time for making quick repairs. Resale Value Finally, consult with an appraiser or inspector to figure out if your property’s value will rise if you install quality wood siding. Historic homes often rise dramatically in value once clad with an appropriate material used during the time...

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Stay Cool, Calm And Collected With These Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Air conditioning isn’t just a luxury for those who live in the Southern USA; it’s a vital way to stay cool when temperatures break into the triple digits. While it is possible to live without it, it can be risky, especially in areas like New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. Although cooling your environment can seem expensive at first, there are plenty of ways to ensure better conditioning efficiency all throughout warm weather. Read on to find out the best ways Americans are boosting their AC efficiency all throughout the lower states. Think Like a Vampire The light…it burns! While sunlight is a very necessary part of everyday health, allowing too much sun into your home can foil your cooling plans.  Using blackout drapes in just one room of your home can help to keep it ultra-cool, ensuring that you have a place to escape to all day long.  Tip: Blackout drapes don’t necessarily have to be black, Try a deep wine red, dark pink, navy blue or basic brown shade for best results. Be an Efficiency Professional by Choosing ENERGY STAR® Appliances Energystar.gov has a lot to say about the ENERGY STAR® rating system. The required levels for this labeling program are very high, and they are monitored by U.S. government agencies. The program ensures that a wide variety of electronics and appliances are able to function at an extremely efficient level. This means that they use as little power as possible to provide you with the results you desire. With verification behind them, air conditioners that feature this label are far more efficient out of the box than older used models. Note: This is not to be confused with Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER); SEER is required for any air conditioner to be sold on the modern market. The U.S. Government requires all models–regardless of BTUs–to maintain a SEER rating of at least 13. ENERGY STAR® maintains a higher efficiency level than SEER alone. Whether you’re having a device installed by professionals or you are installing one on your own, selecting an ENERGY STAR® model can help you to lower your costs and protect the environment over time. Have a Check-Up Twice Per Year While this tip applies to humans, too, air conditioners also require bi-yearly checkups to ensure that they are in the right working order. Make sure that you schedule a maintenance call in early spring and late fall. This will help you to spot problems before they become serious, and may even prevent a catastrophic failure in the middle of a heat wave. Depending on your device, you may also have to have it recharged periodically, too; bi-yearly is usually adequate for most needs. If problems are found, you’ll be able to stay on top of them or replace the device before hot weather hits. Humidity Isn’t Just the Enemy of Curly Hair Humidity plays a huge role in temperature, and it can totally change how the temperature feels inside your home. The higher the humidity, the hotter your home will feel. While you don’t want to strip all of the moisture out of the air, running a dehumidifier on the hottest days can help to ensure that your home stays comfortable. In some cases, it’s not even necessary to use it in every single room. If...

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Allergy Attacks In Fall And Winter? 3 Furnace Fixes That Can Help

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you’re probably used to regular allergy attacks or difficulty breathing during the spring and summer months. Those are the times when the pollen count is the highest and you’re most likely to encounter allergy triggers. So, you should be looking forward to being able to breathe a sigh of relief in the fall and winter months, right? Not necessarily. You may notice that once the weather cools down, you have a harder time breathing inside your own house than you did before the temperatures dropped. The problem may be your furnace. Take a look at three furnace fixes that can help you get back to breathing easily now that the days have cooled off. Look into Duct Cleaning All spring and summer long, your furnace ducts have been sitting there unused. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve been doing nothing. While they’ve been sitting there, they’ve been collecting things – unfortunately, your ducts aren’t full of the kinds of things that you want floating through your air. Dust, pet dander, and even pollen particles that someone tracked in can all settle in your furnace ducts. These particles don’t bother you during the warm days when they’re just lying there dormant. But when winter comes and you turn the furnace on to warm up, the air rushing through the ducts brings all of those particles to life, and sends them out into your airspace. When you breathe them in, it triggers the asthma or allergy attack. A simple fix is to have the ducts cleaned. Ideally, you should call your furnace repair service and schedule a duct cleaning in the early to mid-fall – before it gets cold enough that you have to turn on the furnace. That way the particulates in your ductwork are gone before they ever get to your airspace. But if you didn’t do that before you turned the furnace on and you’re finding yourself short of breath, it’s not too late. Schedule a duct cleaning right away. Upgrade Your Filter If you’re sure that your ducts aren’t the cause of your allergy problems, it’s possible that you need to use a better filter in your furnace. Your furnace’s filter is supposed to catch the kinds of things that trigger allergy and asthma attacks, like carpet fibers and dust. However, not all filters are created equal, and some let a lot more slide through. Furnace filters are rated on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) scale. The scale starts at one and goes up to 16. If you’re using the filter recommended by your furnace manufacturer, it may be rated as low as a 4. That’s enough to filter out large particles and maintain the maximum amount of air flow, but it’s not enough for an allergy sufferer. A filter rated 7 or 8 is preferred even by many non-allergic people, and a filter rated 11 or higher is best for allergy or asthma sufferers. A high efficiency filter rated 11 or higher should filter out most of the bothersome particles that are causing your allergy attacks. Install a UV Light One more thing that can cause breathing problems is mold or bacteria inside the furnace. Sometimes mold or bacterial growths can form on the heating coil, which can result in...

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2 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional To Trim Those Trees

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are the trees in your yard starting to look a little overgrown? Because chopping off a few extra branches might sound fun or simple, you might figure that you can take care of things in an afternoon with a handsaw and an old ladder. Unfortunately, pruning is a lot more challenging than it looks. Here are two reasons that you should hire a professional to trim those trees. 1: Professionals Have the Right Equipment Although you might be able to work that dull saw through those branches eventually, using the right tree trimming equipment can make the job a lot easier and keep you from compromising your own safety. However, you might not want to invest a lot of money into new equipment if you only need to trim trees once in awhile. One of the best things about hiring professionals is that you won’t have to worry about buying equipment and figuring out where to keep it during the off-season. Here are a few tools that the pros have in their arsenal to make even the most daunting tree-trimming job a snap. Bucket Lifts: To make it easy for workers to reach the tops of trees or to navigate around electrical lines, professionals might use hydraulic-powered bucket lifts that are fixed to the back of trucks. By simply driving their vehicle close to the trees that they need to trim and loading a person into the lift, they can tackle those branches effectively without scaling rickety ladders. Powerful Saws: Instead of that run-of-the-mill chainsaw that you might be able to afford, professionals usually use powerful equipment created specifically for tree trimming. Sharp saws with powerful motors can help them to obliterate those extra branches in no time. Pole Pruners: Sometimes even bucket lifts don’t reach high enough to help workers to take care of tall trees. Fortunately, most professionals have pole pruners to help them with ultra-long branches. These devices basically consist of a long pole with a set of shears at the end, which can be controlled from the pole base. Instead of trying to come up with the money to buy or rent a bunch of equipment, call in a professional. Not only will they have all of the tools to get the job done quickly, but they also have the experience they need to do it right the first time around.  2: Tree Trimming Is Inherently Dangerous If you think that tree trimming sounds like a fun way to relieve your stress and to break in your new chainsaw, you should think again. Believe it or not, do-it-yourself tree trimming is an inherently dangerous activity that could end your life. In fact, in 2013 alone, 28 homeowners died while attempting to trim their own trees. Of these deaths, 72% of the people were killed when falling branches struck them, and 24% were fatally injured after they fell from ladders, roofs, or other high places. Falling debris and accidental slips aren’t the only way that you could be injured while doing your own tree trimming. Chainsaws can kick back when they hit hard knots inside of trees, which could leave you with a deep laceration. If you aren’t careful about overhead power lines, you could be electrocuted in an instant. On the other hand, professional tree...

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Different Pattern Options For Your New Tile Floor

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are upgrading your new tile floor, consider the different patterns available and how they accent your home. You can find a pattern that complements your home. Patterns are made using either same-sized tiles or incorporating various-sized tiles. Take a look below. Floor Patterns Using the Same-Sized Tiles At first it may not seem like you have a lot of options with one tile size. Aside from the classic grid and checkerboard patterns, there are actually quite a few distinct patterns that can only be made using uniform pieces. These options all help open up a room and make it seem larger than it is. Diamond: The diamond pattern is similar to the grid, except that the tiles are placed at a 45-degree angle to give the appearance of stretching across a room and opening the floor up. Diamond patterns are great for kitchens, large entryways, and living rooms. Brick: The brick pattern offsets tiles in the same way brick is laid. It can be made using either square or rectangle tile pieces, depending on how much like brick you want the floor to look. It is a good choice if you want to tie the floor in with any brick found throughout the house. It is commonly found in kitchens or outside on decks and patios. Herringbone: Herringbone patterned floors use rectangular tiles to create V-shapes, which almost gives it the appearance of a chevron pattern. Large herringbone patterns are found in hallways or on decks, but a smaller, tighter herringbone is good for small bedrooms and bathrooms. Uniform Basketweave: The basketweave pattern can be made using same-sized pieces or different ones. There are many options using same-sized tiles – you can create a single weave or double weave. The basketweave is seen in all rooms of the house, but is most popular in bathrooms. Corridor Horizontal: Corridor patterns use rectangular tile pieces and alternate the way they lay. The first row of tile will lay horizontally, then the second row will lay vertically, and so on throughout the room. Corridors are just that – great for hallways and narrow kitchens. Floor Patterns Using Various-Sized Tiles Using multiple sizes on your tile floor allows for more diversity and creativity. While virtually any design can be made using various-sized tiles, some of the more popular designs are outlined below. Corridor: Classic corridor can be created using rectangular and square tile pieces. The first row is made with rectangular pieces placed side-by-side horizontally then the second row is made using square tile pieces twice the width of the rectangular piece. For added flair, smaller square pieces can make up a third row. Cobblestone: Cobblestone is so similar to the Versailles pattern that they are often interchanged. This pattern is created using 2 or three different sized tile pieces. The pieces fit snugly together like a jigsaw puzzle, giving your floor a distinctly unique design. Cobblestone patterns are found in bathrooms, or can be used near entryways both inside and outside. Basketweave: The basketweave using 2 different sized tiles is more common. Small square tiles are placed between the larger rectangular ones to accent the design. These tiles can also add a splash of color to your floor. Mosaic or Hopscotch: Mosaic and hopscotch patterns are also very similar. They...

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