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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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Propane Patio Heaters: An FAQ

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Propane Patio Heaters: An FAQ

Propane patio heaters enable you to enjoy your outdoor space after the sun has gone down and a chill has set in. For people who like entertaining friends and family in their backyard spaces, propane patio heaters are a must-have item. If you’re unfamiliar with these handy space-heating units, these frequently asked questions and answers will help you decide whether or not a propane heater is right for you. How do propane patio heaters work? The propane is kept in a liquid state inside a pressurized canister. When the canister is turned on, propane exits the canister as a gas. The propane works its way up to the top of the unit where it’s burned in a controlled environment. The heat radiates to the roof of the unit, which is curved in an umbrella shape to redirect the heat waves back toward the ground.   What’s the difference between electric and propane heaters? Electric heaters and propane heaters function in the same way, by radiating heat in a very localized area. The major differences between these two types of heaters originate with the fact that their fuel sources are different. For example: Gas tanks vs. Bulbs. Propane heaters require replacement propane tanks as the propane runs out. Electric heaters require replacement bulbs as the bulbs burn out. Cords. Electric heaters have cords and must be plugged into the wall to operate while propane heaters are free-standing.   Flames. Propane heaters use actual flames to heat spaces, and electric heaters do not. However, both types of heaters can be a fire hazard when not properly used or maintained. How can you tell if there’s a gas leak? If there’s a gas leak, you’ll probably be able to smell gas in the air. However, there are other ways to check for leaking gas. if you’re concerned, you can check your propane tank by mixing a cup of soapy water and slathering the soap onto the gas line. If your gas line has a leak, bubbles will appear.  Are propane heaters dangerous? Propane heaters are safe if they’re used safely. Use good sense when operating a propane heater. Never leave a propane heater turned on while in an enclosed space, and never leave a child or pet alone with an operating propane heater. If you’re concerned about the safety of your propane heater, consider getting a model with an automatic shutoff function that activates when the heater is knocked over. To learn more about propane heating, contact a propane service like Self Heating...

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How To Build For Fire Safety

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Build For Fire Safety

One of the best ways to prevent fire damage is to build a system in place that will prevent the start and spread of fires. Here are some of the most important factors to consider for great fire protection engineering.  Fire Alarms Modern fire alarms can go beyond simply alerting you of a fire. Some systems will actually call the fire department for you, making it easy to manage fires while you’re off the premises. Your fire detection system can also be wired so that it connects to your sprinklers or other fire suppression systems.  Passive Prevention You can build fire protection right into the walls by adding insulation to your dividing walls. Many offices and residential spaces have firewalls to divide units from one another.  Active Prevention Systems A good fire suppression system is key for large commercial spaces. Sprinkler systems are a popular choice, since they can be customized to be more or less responsive. For instance, you can add a heat control system to the sprinklers so that they only fire at a certain temperature. You may also want to have gaseous and chemical fire suppression systems on hand; for instance, carbon dioxide can be quickly applied to the fire with the help of a fire extinguisher.  Design for Emergency Evacuation You can prevent confusion in your space by having a strong emergency evacuation plan and having it posted around your space. A fire protection consultant can help you plan exits and walkways so that you take into account the traffic volume in your building and the worst-case scenarios for bottlenecking and blocked exits.  Design for Flammable Materials Controlling the spread of fire through flammable materials involves controlling both space and human behaviors. You can engineer safe storage spaces for flammable goods, and you may also want to keep them in a specific area of the building that has stronger fire protection systems. As far as controlling human behavior, you might use things like signs and security codes to remind people of heightened safety concerns when working with flammables.  Many of the items above will be built into fire safety laws for commercial business owners. However, anyone building a home or an office building can benefit from making sure that all of these fire management systems are in place. A contractor can help you assess the cost and time to add these fire protection engineering services to your...

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Keep The Drought From Destroying Your Home

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep The Drought From Destroying Your Home

If you are living in an area that is experiencing a drought, you’re probably worried about your lawn and garden, as well as your future. What you may not be thinking of is the impact the drought can have on your home. Since the foundation is one of the most important parts of your house, it’s time to take a look at how the drought might impact it so you can prevent any long term damage. Water Landscaping Near the House Perhaps you are using your limited watering time to try and keep your lawn looking great. While that may help spread the green, it isn’t doing anything to prevent damage to your home. Instead of watering the grass, focus on the area closest to the house. When the ground is dry, its very mass is smaller because it isn’t holding any water. That causes the ground to pull away from your home, taking its support away from the foundation of the house. Water the ground near the home to prevent this from happening. Maintain the Foundation Prevention is one of the best ways to limit the damage that can be done to your foundation. While you are trying to ensure that the strength the ground offers isn’t taken away, it’s just as important to be sure that you aren’t fighting a losing battle with an already damaged foundation. Inspect your foundation for cracks, or missing chunks of concrete. These are signs that it is already weakening. Rather than just patching the areas, contact a professional who can asses if the foundation is still level. Then they can repair the cracks and replace the chunks while also making sure that the foundation doesn’t just look better, but is also completely functional. Use Creative Watering Techniques At this point, you aren’t really watering the lawn to make flowers grow. You’re watering the area closest to your house to help keep your foundation in good condition. That means you may want to get creative with your watering methods so you can water this area as much as possible. Pour old dishwater on the ground near the foundation Use bath water to water the lawn Invest in organic soaps so you aren’t putting chemicals on your lawn when you water it with used water Bend a long rectangular piece of metal in half, lengthwise so that you have a long crease going down the center of the metal piece. Drill holes in the crease. Set it on the ground around your foundation. The dew will collect and drain directly into the ground below it. When it comes down to it, how you use your water during this time can have a serious impact on where your money goes in the future. You may lose a few flowers, but you’re going to save your home.  For more information on crack sealing and ways to protect your foundation, contact a professional like Southwest Slurry Seal, Inc..          ...

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Hot And Muggy? 4 Ways You Can Make Your Home Less Humid This Summer

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hot And Muggy? 4 Ways You Can Make Your Home Less Humid This Summer

Did you know that humidity alone can make you feel warmer or cooler regardless of the actual temperature? It’s true! When humidity levels are low, the air temperature feels at least 5 degrees cooler. Similarly, high humidity levels make it feel like it is much warmer than it actually is. So if you have a house that stays humid all of the time even though your air conditioning works, you will have a hot and miserable summer. In order to stay comfortable, you need to keep your indoor humidity levels at about 45 percent. Following are four ways you can make your home less humid this summer. Increase Ventilation Your air conditioning unit is designed to remove moisture from the air, but it can only do so much. To help it out, you have to find ways to increase the ventilation in your home. Sometimes, it’s as easy as cracking a window or turning on an exhaust fan. However, if your home has a humid attic or crawl space, you may have to hire a contractor to install vents in these areas. Avoid Increasing Humidity It only takes approximately 5 pints of water to raise the humidity level to 60 percent in a small home. For this reason, you have to avoid releasing moisture into the air while doing everyday activities, such as cooking and showering. You can do so by shortening your showers and lowering your water temperature. When it is particularly humid outside, you might also want to think about using a slow cooker or grilling out.  Repair Your Home You would be surprised by how much moisture improperly wrapped hot and cold water pipes release into the air. Your windows can also allow moisture to pass through if they are not maintained properly. To keep moisture at bay, perform necessary maintenance tasks, such as caulking around your windows, wrapping your pipes and applying weatherstripping around your windows and doors. Get a Dehumidifier If all else fails, you might want to consider getting a dehumidifier. These units are ideal for naturally moist spaces, such as the basement. The are also great for homes that lack ventilation when there is no feasible or inexpensive way to increase ventilation. Your air conditioner does a great job when it comes to removing humidity from the air, but it can only do so much. If your home is hot and muggy, have your air conditioning unit inspected to make sure it is working properly. If it is, look for other ways to decrease the humidity in your...

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Important Facts About Water Filtration You Need To Know

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Facts About Water Filtration You Need To Know

Many people turn on their kitchen faucets and drink the water coming from it without ever considering what could be in it. You would never know if you were drinking a dangerous bacteria or if you were ingesting prescription drugs remaining in the water despite water treatment efforts. Contaminated water sometimes tastes no different than if it was clear and free of unwanted health risks. Learning more about what is in your water is important, especially if you are considering the installation of a water filtration system.    Reading Up To Date Reports From Your Local Water System Your local water treatment facility must, by law, provide you with a report about any type of contaminants that have been found in your water supply. You must also be informed about what steps were taken to ensure the water remained safe during the treatment of contaminants as well. If you can get copies of past reports, taking the time to compare them is a good way to determine recurring contaminants. When making choices about the water filtration system for your home, knowing which contaminants you are trying to filter out is important. Checking For Specific Filtration Benefits Some filters work for some contaminants while they do not work for others. When it comes to the filtration of parasites like Giardia and Cryptosporidium, knowing the filter you purchase will work at filtering them is extremely important. While it is true that most brands of water filters do filter out these kinds of dangerous parasites, there is always the chance you could get one that does not. Check filter labels for manufacturing data about testing to see if the filter will take out parasites and other contaminants you know have been found more than once in your water supply. The Importance Recycling Used Water Filters Avoid tossing your used water filters into the trash. By doing so, you are only reintroducing the contaminants inside it back into the environment once it reaches the landfill. Taking the time to locate a recycling facility in your area that accepts used water filters is important to lower the risk of recontaminating the water supply. Some water filter manufacturers have special programs set up for you to use for recycling. Learn more about the brand of your water filter and your options for recycling it before you make final purchasing decisions. Knowing the water you give your children to drink is clean and free of things like parasites and chemicals is a good feeling. The peace of mind that comes with using a high quality water filtration system (such as is offered by Valley Pump Inc) is important, especially when you have children or elderly people living in your home. The time and money you invest in learning more about the water you drink is always...

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How To Maintain A Wrought Iron Fence

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Maintain A Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron fencing is an aesthetically appealing, durable, and luxurious fencing option for your home. However, wrought iron is not an invincible material, and over time weather exposure and general wear and tear can ruin the appearance and the structural integrity of a wrought iron fence. In order to mitigate the spread of rust on a wrought iron fence, it needs to be maintained. Proper maintenance of a wrought iron fence can extend its lifespan by decades, saving you repair and replacement costs in the long run. How to Maintain a Wrought Iron Fence Wash: Caked on dirt can ruin the appearance of your fence, as well as hide the development of rust. Mix together warm water and regular dish soap in a bucket, and use a sponge to wipe away any dirt and debris that is stuck on your fence. For stubborn materials, use a stiff bristled brush. Rinse: Rinse off your fence with a hose to prevent the soap from being exposed to the wrought iron for too long, as this can stain the fence itself. Let the fence air dry. Rust: Look at your newly cleaned fence to see if there are any spots of rust forming. Spotting rust early means that you can remove it before it spreads throughout the fence, which means that the damage is minimized. For any spots of rust that you do find, scrape them away with regular sandpaper. Once you’ve removed all the rust from the fence, rinse the entire fence down to remove all the rust particles, and let the fence dry again. Primer: Apply a primer to your fence. There are special iron primers, available at most hardware stores, which inhibit the growth and spread of rust on iron. These types of primers usually come in an aerosol can for easy application. Simply spray the fence from top to bottom with the primer, and allow the first coat to dry. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat in the same manner. Paint: Once the primer has dried, you can paint your wrought iron fence. The paint acts as a barrier for the actual fence, and prevents rust from developing. There are specially formulated wrought iron paints, like the primer, that are especially rust resistant, available at most hardware and paint stores. Apply the paint with a paintbrush over the entirety of the fence, allowing the first coat to dry before applying a second. Such maintenance prevents rust from developing on your wrought iron fence, and helps to maintain the structural stability of your fencing. While this does not need to be done every month, repainting your fence once a year, or whenever you notice the paint chipping and peeling, can greatly extend the lifespan of your wrought iron...

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