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Be Careful When Moving Your Appliances To Your New Home

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Be Careful When Moving Your Appliances To Your New Home

When you are moving from one home to another, it’s important for all your belongings to be packed and moved carefully so you avoid having any damages done to them. Your appliances, such as your refrigerator, washer and dryer may be big and sturdy, but they can also be easily damaged if you don’t follow proper procedure for ensuring they are taken care of during this process. The information below is intended to help you get your appliances to your new home in good working order. Be careful with the cords The cords for your appliances can pose a tripping hazard for the person moving them. They can also easily cause your appliance to become damaged if the cord gets tugged on during the move. You can easily protect these things from happening by pulling the cord securely to one side of the appliance and taping it in place. Watch out for knobs and handles Knobs or handles that stick out also add the risk of damage since they can easily get bumped into or have other items shoved against them in the moving truck, causing them to become bent or even break off completely. For this reason, you should remove them, place them in a plastic bag and tape the bag to the inside of the appliance. By taping them in this manner, you won’t have to worry about not being able to locate them once you get the appliance to your new place. Secure anything that’s removable Removable parts, such as the shelves in your refrigerator, may get bounced around during the move and end up broken. It’s better for you to remove those items and set them inside of the appliance. Also, if there are glass pieces, then you should wrap them in bubble wrap. Once again, tape can be used to ensure they are not going to move during transport. Move appliances in the upright position Large household appliances can often become damaged or off-balance if they are moved or set on their side. Move the appliances in the upright position on an appliance dolly and gently shimmy it back off while keeping it up and down. Empty the appliances You should never move your appliances without them being empty. Your refrigerator should have no food and both the washer and drier should be free of clothing. The more weight the appliances have, the harder they are to move and the added chance of damages occurring. This advice is going to help you to get all your appliances into the new hose without the chance that they won’t work when you plug them in again. If your appliances have been damaged, contact an appliance repair service, like Appliance Service Co...

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Pros And Cons Of Aluminum-Clad Windows

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Aluminum-Clad Windows

Aluminum window frames are less energy efficient than vinyl and wood frames but do offer a higher degree of durability than wood. Aluminum frames are also one of the cheapest materials available for a window replacement project. How can you improve the energy efficiency of aluminum to enjoy the other benefits? One answer is insulated aluminum, which is better than straight aluminum but still not as efficient as vinyl or wood. A better answer is aluminum-clad windows, which feature aluminum outer and a wood center. Aluminum clad frames still have their own pros and cons. Here are a few aspects to consider before meeting with your window installation company. Pro: Energy Efficiency and Soundproofing Wood is one of the most energy efficient window frame materials available for purchase. Energy efficiency means that the frame helps keep your artificially cooled or warmed air inside the house while keeping the undesirable outdoor temperatures outside. Efficient windows can help keep your heating and cooling costs low without sacrificing comfort. Aluminum on its own isn’t energy efficient but in a clad-style window, the aluminum is essentially just a coating. The coating can still retain one of aluminum’s better properties, which is the ability to provide a degree of soundproofing. This soundproofing might be invaluable if your home is located along a busy road or near another noisy locale. Pro: Durable and Customizable in Color Standard wood window frames are beautiful but vulnerable to damage. Insects and freeze-thaw cycles can cause noticeable cosmetic damage and rot inside the wood. The window frames will need to be cleaned and checked for damage on a regular basis to catch the problem before it worsens. Aluminum is insect and weather resistant. The material can be colored to mimic the look of the natural wood underneath and that colorant can be added during the fabrication process, which means there isn’t an upper layer of paint or stain that can chip or wear off. Con: Not as Attractive as Natural Wood The aluminum can be made to resemble natural wood but it isn’t an exact replica. If you have your heart set on the look of natural wood and can afford to sacrifice some durability, you might want to skip the clad-style for the original. Natural wood windows might also prove a better choice for window replacement if you have a historic home and are receiving restoration credits as the material is more authentic for older...

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Removing A WWII Bomb Shelter From Your Yard: What You Can Expect From Your Excavation Contractor

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Removing A WWII Bomb Shelter From Your Yard: What You Can Expect From Your Excavation Contractor

WWII bomb shelters and underground bunkers were built by residents who thought that such structures would protect them against the threat of nuclear war and nuclear fallout. When it became clear that the end of the world was not coming after Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the end of WWII, these structures remained, some buried from view for decades. If you have recently discovered one of these structures on your property and you would like it removed, an excavation contractor can help. Here is what you can expect from your contractor during the bomb shelter extraction. Using a Metal Detector to Determine the Dimensions of the Bomb Shelter If you cannot find the original blueprints for your property, home or even the shelter itself (which was likely built several years after the house), then the contractor may use a metal detector to determine the shelter’s dimensions. The purpose for finding the shelter’s dimensions is so that the excavator trucks do not get stuck on parts of the shelter itself. (Many of these WWII structures were built with thick steel walls, flooring and roof, and they might damage the construction trucks that are attempting to remove the structures.) Once the dimensions are determined, then excavating the land around the exterior of the underground shelter will begin. Excavating Soil from Around the Shelter Next, the contractor’s crew will probably use an excavator to expose the buried shelter. Once the bottom (or floor) of the shelter is unearthed, the crew may use shovels to clear dirt away from the very bottom of it. A dirt incline may be constructed to aid in the next step; the actual removal of the shelter itself. More soil may be removed from underneath, if possible, so that ropes and trailer hooks can be threaded underneath the shelter and hooked to the front or back of the structure for easier removal. Finally Removing the Shelter and Filling in the Hole The contractor may use a winch and pulley system to pull the shelter up and out of the ground. He or she may also use a tow system that runs the ropes or steel cables under the structure and hooks them to the opposite end with hooks and then tows the shelter out of the hole. A crane with a giant magnet may or may not be able to lift and remove the shelter, so these other methods are often tried first. Once the bomb shelter is out of the ground and removed from your property, the giant hole left in your yard is filled in with the excavated dirt plus a little more where the shelter took up space. Applying grass seed or planting the freshly dug areas is left entirely up to you. Contact a company like Gerard Excavation LLC for more...

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Problems With Your Furnace After Home Renovations

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Problems With Your Furnace After Home Renovations

Since 2013, when there was a 12 percent increase in home renovation projects, the housing market has seen an improvement in such activities. This is especially true since fewer people are reported to be trading up and are concentrating on making the best of the homes they have. However, while a home renovation can net you anywhere from 53 to 100 percent return-on-investment, it can cost you more in immediate issues with your furnace.  So if you have recently completed a home renovation or are in the process of doing one, here are a few problems you may encounter with your furnace as you step into the winter season. Smell the burn Home renovations such as a kitchen or basement remodel, which may have generated a lot of dust, could cause you to get a burning smell when you turn on your furnace. Hopefully you would have discovered this while preparing the furnace for winter, as it would be quite inconvenient to have to turn off your furnace while your house is cold. A burning smell can be due to dust and dirt in the combustion chamber igniting when you turn on the furnace. It can also be due to dust and dirt from your renovations getting into the filter. This might normally happen, to a smaller degree, when the furnace has not been in use for the long spring and summer months. However, the dust from renovations might make it worse. Should this happen, you need to turn off the furnace, evacuate your family from the house and then do your checks (especially at the site of the furnace) to ensure that there is really no fire. Contact a furnace repair expert so that checks can be done on these as well as any other areas that might be malfunctioning, such as a faulty blower or dirty ducts. Churning and groaning It is possible if your renovations included electrical operations that your furnace can be affected by them. Issues to look for in this include having a blower that turns on before the heating element or getting a churning sound from your furnace when it is turned on. Other indicators also include the furnace not coming to a stop even when the thermostat is turned off or the control board going on or off at random intervals.  Should this happen, it is important to turn off the furnace from the main switch and then call in the experts to locate the problem. Of course, before you have to have a cost of between $59 and $800 for a furnace repair, it would be wise to consult a furnace repair technician before the renovations so that they can advise you on the precautions to take in protecting your furnace in the first place.    For more help, visit a website...

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Various Options For Keeping Your Home Warm With Heating Oil

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Various Options For Keeping Your Home Warm With Heating Oil

If you live in an area where gas lines aren’t available and electricity is expensive, an oil furnace is a good option for keeping your home comfortable. You have a variety of ways to warm your home with heating oil from a forced air furnace to under floor radiant heat. Here is how a heating oil system works and the choices you have to keep your house warm. How the Oil Burner Works The heating oil from the tank outside of your home is drawn into the furnace when you adjust the thermostat for the house. The oil passes through a pipe with a narrow opening, which compresses the oil and mixes it with air. This ratio of oil to air is important for the furnace to give you the most heat with the least waste. The oil and air combination form a fine mist which is sprayed into a steel chamber and ignited. The heat created in the combustion chamber can then be used to warm your home in a number of ways. Forced air system – Air from the house is drawn into a heat exchanger which is attached to the combustion chamber. The air is warmed and then pushed out into the house with a blower. Ductwork takes the air into your rooms through vents in the floor or wall. Hot water radiant heat – In this system, the oil burner heats water in a large tank which is then sent out to warming units in the house. These can include: Baseboard radiators – These sit next to the floor and send out heat from the hot water. Upright radiators – These are an updated version of the old steam radiators. They are made of metals that heat and cool quickly wasting little energy in the process of heating a room. Steam radiators – The oil burner can heat water enough to create steam which is fed into this older type of heating system. Under floor radiant heat – Plastic tubing is placed under the floor and is filled with hot water from the oil burner. The tubing heats the air against the floor causing it to rise and heat the rest of the room. Oil Furnace Inspections A yearly inspection of your oil furnace is important to keep it safe and performing well. The typical items the technician will look for when maintaining your oil system include: Blocked air jets – These prevent the oil from entering the combustion chamber. Incorrect oil-to-air ratio – The mist formed by the air and oil must be in the right proportions to give you the most heat and least waste gasses. Air in the oil lines – Leaks in the tubing from the oil tank to your furnace allow air to get in. This creates a knocking sound in the lines when the oil is being drawn into the furnace. Contact a heating oil contractor, like Cash Oil, with further...

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Tips For Maintaining Cement Fiber Siding

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Maintaining Cement Fiber Siding

If you’re considering new siding for your home, longevity and annual maintenance are likely a major concern. Cement fiber siding is one of the lowest maintenance choices available, but some care is still necessary to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. The siding is made from a composite of sand, cement and cellulose fibers, which provide the look of wood siding without the danger of rot. The following tips can help you keep this siding looking its best. Tip #1: Perform an Annual Seam Inspection There are seams on your siding boards where they abut against windows, door frames, and the roof soffits. These seams are usually sealed with a latex caulk. The caulk prevents moisture, dirt, and pests from making their way behind the siding boards. It’s a good idea to inspect this caulking at least once a year. Look for peeling, cracked, or damaged caulk. If you find damage, simply scrape out the old caulk with a putty knife, clean the area, and then apply a new bead of latex caulk to reseal the seam. Tip #2: Keep It Clean Cement fiber siding is a painted product, so regular cleaning can help prolong the life of the paint. Dirt, bird droppings, algae, and sap can all eat through paint. To wash the siding, spray it down with a garden hose and scrub it with a deck brush. You can also use a pressure washer, set to a low setting, to quickly rinse off any dirt – just be careful not to hit a window. For hard-to-remove stains, such as algae or moss, dilute chlorine bleach in water and scrub the area. Keep in mind that bleach can kill plants, so make sure the run-off doesn’t go into the garden or yard. Performing a thorough cleaning at least once a year is usually sufficient. Tip #3: Provide the Occasional Touch-Up Cement siding doesn’t require painting as often as wood siding – a quality paint job can last 15 years or longer. You only need to repaint if you notice fading or peeling. You can use any exterior acrylic paint or cement siding boards successfully. Avoid latex paints, though, since they may peel. Other than washing, the only other prep work for painting necessary is to remove any rough or peeling areas. You can scrub these off gently with sandpaper, or remove large swathes of peeling paint with a paint scraper. Then, apply two coats of your paint to ensure an even and durable finish. If you find your siding has extensive damage or you prefer letting the professionals handle the exterior of your homes, contact a service like Side-Pro,...

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What To Know About Having Your Business Sign Installed

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Know About Having Your Business Sign Installed

Signs are essential to your business. You’ll need signs of all sizes to advertise your services and location. You may be able to rent some signs, such as those on billboards. You can put up vinyl signs and banners yourself. When it comes to lighted signs, huge signs, and elevated signs, you’ll need to work with a contractor. Here are some things to know. The Preparation Phase Before the contractor begins planning the installation of your sign, he or she will need to study your local codes and apply for all the proper permits. There may be regulations regarding the size and height allowed for your sign. Local codes may also stipulate where you sign can be placed. Once that’s known, the contractor surveys the area where the sign will go and draws up a plan for its installation. This could be a complicated process if you want a sign on a building tower or pylon. Design Your Sign Once you know where you sign will go, how large it will be, and what is allowed on it, you can begin the design phase. The sign installation contractor may also offer design services or you may need to find a design studio to do the job. You want the sign to be effective at drawing in customers, so a company with experience in advertising and copywriting is a must. Things to consider are colors and fonts used on the sign along with graphics. Decide if you only want your name and logo or if you want details such as address and hours of operation. Consider who will see your sign. If it is only visible by people passing by quickly in cars, then the less text, the better. Sign Installation Installing a new sign can be an involved process depending on the type of sign you’re getting. The contractor may need to bust up concrete and sink a support beam into the earth. If the sign will be lighted, an electrician needs to make the necessary electrical connections. The contractor will need heavy equipment to lift pylons and heavy signs. It may seem like a complicated and expensive endeavor, but in the end it’s worth it. An attractive sign in the right location will bring new customers and mark the location of your business. Plus, the sign will last for many years, so you’ll get a good return on your investment. No matter what kind of sign you have installed, you’ll have to maintain it. The amount of maintenance it requires will depend a lot on local weather conditions. Wind and hail may cause damage, while the sun might cause the sign to fade over the years. Lights will eventually need to be replaced. Vandals could even cause damage to your sign. The installation contractor you choose may also offer maintenance services you can sign up for when you have the sign installed. Visit Hickory Sealing & Striping for more...

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How To Install Prefabricated Hardwood Floors

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Install Prefabricated Hardwood Floors

When it comes to investing in hardwood floors there are many things to consider. One of your chief concerns should be whether you are going to install the floor on your own, or have it installed by a professional. If you buy the right type of hardwood floor, it is actually not that difficult to handle the installation on your own. You do not need to have a wealth of construction experience and a bunch of rare power tools to install prefabricated hardwood floors. This article will explain the process of installing prefabricated hardwood floors. It should help you decide if you’re going to hire a contractor or do it yourself. Tools You Will Need Installing prefabricated hardwood floors actually does not require too many heavy duty tools. The most important tool you will need is a compound miter saw. If you do not already own one, you can easily rent want to get the job done. You also need a measuring tape, rubber mallet, hammer and caulk gun. It is also very important that you have the right safety equipment. Having comfortable knee pads can make the installation process much easier and less painful. Cutting the Planks There is actually very minimal cutting when it comes to installing prefabricated floors. This is because the planks are milled in easy-to-handle sizes. Most planks are less than 10′ long and 8″ wide, so they are very light to carry and set on the saw guides. You really only need to make cuts when you reach the walls. You also want to stagger the plank so the end seams do not line up perfectly. So, if you are starting on a flat wall you should cut every other piece in half. You will be able to make more accurate cut it you that up a cutting station. Place your saw on a stable table. Laying the Flooring Laying the paint on the floor is extremely easy. You just need to sleep down a little bit of floor adhesive to adhere the planks to the subfloor. Some people even install floating floors: meaning there is no glue or fasteners that attach the hardwood to the subfloor. This makes it easier to change and update it down the road. Prefabricated floors are built with a simple tongue and groove system, so they can be attached to each other without any glue. They simply snap into place. To make sure the planks are firmly attached, you will need to lightly hammer them in place with the mallet. All in all, installing hardwood floors is not that difficult. If you have a miter saw, and are able to withstand the constant bending down and lifting of the supplies, you can certainly handle to...

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Disappointed In The Performance Of Your Home A/C? Maybe You Have A Humidity Issue

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Disappointed In The Performance Of Your Home A/C? Maybe You Have A Humidity Issue

Coming home to an uncomfortably warm house on a hot summer day often causes homeowners to wonder if their air conditioning system has malfunctioned. While this may be true in some cases, this type of problem can also be caused by changes in your home’s humidity levels that are too great for your home’s air conditioning system to handle. Relative Humidity Levels in the Home Relative humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor found in the air and when this measurement increases suddenly it can make people feel uncomfortable or even complicate some types of health issues. In most cases, homes and other structures that have a relative humidity level of thirty to fifty percent are comfortable for human habitation. Although indoor humidity levels can be influenced by the climate where the home is located, they can also be positively or negatively impacted by moisture-producing activities or conditions found inside the structure of the home. A properly sized, well-maintained home air conditioning system will be able to overcome daily fluctuations in the humidity of a home caused by normal activities, such as bathing, cooking and laundry so that the home remains comfortable. However, when humidity levels exceed normal ranges for long periods of time, the air conditioner may no longer be able to compensate. Causes of Rising Home Humidity Levels In addition to common daily activities that create humidity, there are many other conditions that can create additional humidity in the home, including: installation of a water feature inside the home, such as a fountain, hot tub, etc. a significant increase in the amount of water used inside the home (such as several extra showers per day while hosting guests, etc.) growing a significant number of plants inside the home, as well as using any type of hydroponic or misting system  excessive pipe condensation or hidden leaks in water supply lines latent roof leaks that allow moisture into the envelope of the home changes in the structure or insulation of the home that result in inadequate ventilation Reducing Home Humidity Levels If your home suffers from rising humidity levels that are affecting the efficiency of your air conditioning system, you will need to take steps to remedy the situation. If the increase in humidity is temporary and easily addressed, purchasing and using an inexpensive portable dehumidifier may be all that is needed to offset the problem. For a more permanent solution, you may want to consider contacting a local, reputable air conditioning contractor to discuss updating your system with a built-in dehumidifying component. To learn more, contact a company like Custom...

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Four Tips To Help Level And Square Casings To Prepare For Replacement Windows

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips To Help Level And Square Casings To Prepare For Replacement Windows

Replacement windows can be a great improvement to your home. They can be attractive and help improve energy efficiency. The replacement windows are usually installed in existing casings. In a perfect world, no repairs will be needed to install new windows. Unfortunately, many of your casings may need small repairs and adjustments before the job can be completed. Here are some tips to help you with squaring and leveling openings: 1. Removing Trim To Prepare For Repairs Before you can get started repairing windows, you will want to remove interior trim to make adjustments. This can be done by prying the trim loose with a flat bar. Before you do this, use a level to check the window. If it is level on the sides and tops, it may not need any repairs, so you can leave the trim and move on to the next opening. 2. Checking Openings For Square It is a good idea to check the openings for square. To do this, measure from corner to corner diagonally. The measurements should be the same in every direction. If there is a difference, use a flat bar to pry the window casing to one side or another until it measures the same. The casing is the frame that holds the window. If you do not have enough room, you can pry the entire frame to one side to make space for adjustments. 3. Leveling And Shimming Window Casings It is also important that the window is level. Use a level to check the tops and sides of the windows. Adjust the window and then add shims. If you have to level the window, it is likely that you will need to check it for square again. You may have to repeat this process until the casing is square and level. There is a trick to keep the window square while leveling it; use a piece of wood trim and nail it diagonally to hold the window square while you check it for level. 4. Adding Shims And Securing Casings For Installation Once you have the window square and level, you will want to shim it and fasten it to keep it in position. These are wood strips used as spacers to adjust the window casing. Use window shims to place them between the casing and wood framing. You may have to use several of them to get a tight fit. Use nails where there are shims to prevent the opening from moving until the window is installed. They can be broken off and left once the window is installed and the trim put back on the window. These are some tips to help you with leveling and squaring openings before you have your new windows installed. If you are ready to have your windows replaced, contact an installation contractor like Gulf Coast Builders Inc to get help with these repairs and the...

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