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The Three Pros Of Installing Vinyl Siding In The Winter

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you need to replace the vinyl siding on your house, you don’t need to wait for warm weather to roll around to upgrade the siding. Here are three advantages of installing vinyl siding on your home during the winter months  #1 Increased Availability During the late spring through early fall, siding contractors tend to get really booked with appointments. You often have to work around their schedule, instead of them working with your schedule. In the winter time, many people don’t realize that siding can still be installed on your home, which results in increased availability. You’ll have an easier time scheduling a siding contractor in a time slot that fits with your schedule in the winter.  #2 Decreased Rates Second, during the winter months, you are most likely going to be able to secure lower installation rates. Many siding contractors lower their rates in the winter time since they are not as busy. In order to encourage more clients to work with them, many siding contractors lower their labor costs or offer specials during the winter months, as they can still install siding during the winter.  During the winter, it may take the contractors a little extra time to install the siding, but the overall installation cost will be lower.  #3 Better Installation Temperatures Vinyl is affected by outside temperatures. When it gets really hot outside, vinyl expands. When it expands, contractors have to be very careful when working with it. They have to take into consideration how tightly to hammer in the nails. If they put the nails in too tight, the vinyl could all end up buckling. If the nails are too loose, they can work their way out and the vinyl will sag or fall off.  In the winter time, when it is cool outside, the vinyl siding is in its best condition. It is in its most natural state and is the easiest to install.  However, you still have to be careful with installing vinyl in the winter. If the temperatures dip below freezing, the vinyl could buckle or crack while you are installing it.  If you have been waiting to install vinyl siding on your house, it is not too late. During the winter time, you can enjoy discounted prices and more flexible scheduling from vinyl siding installers. The temperature conditions are also perfect for installing vinyl in the winter. Save a little money and call up your local vinyl installer today. Click here to find out...

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Strengthen Your Machines With Thermal Processing And Powder Coating To Make Better Products

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are building machinery and you worry that the metal that will be used in the machine isn’t as strong as it may need to be because of heat and other factors on the industry line, there are some things you can do to help make the machine stronger. You don’t want to build a faulty machine, and you want to provide your customers with a great product. Because alloy metals can sometimes be soft or weak, and they can sometimes cause problems, you want to look into having the components go through the thermal processing process. This is going to make them much stronger, and it’s a better investment for the buyer of the machine. Here are some options to strengthen your metals. Thermal Processing for Strength Have the metals that will be used on the machine undergo the thermal processing procedure so they are stronger when you’re ready to construct the machine and you don’t have to worry about heat or other damages. This can be done with several of the internal components of the machine as well. Powder Coating To protect the metal from corrosion and to help keep it strong, you want to consider having the metal powder coated. This is a painting process in which the machine will be painted with a textured paint that is going to shield the metal, adding another barrier to make it stronger than it would be if it stood alone. These are also going to add a variety of cosmetic benefits to the machine, and this type of paint coating will last longer than if you just had the machines painted with a regular paint. Adding a special logo or design is also an option with the powder coating. There are so many different things that you have to worry about when you are building a machine for someone, like function, reliability, and more. You don’t want the strength of the metals and how long the metal lasts to be a problem after you have the machine constructed, which is why you have to consider these different options before you construct the machine and before you ship it out. Look around and get different estimates to see how much it’s going to cost to have these different things completed either at the shop location in your commercial property or if the machines have to be hauled out. Contact a company like Pacific Metallurgical Inc to learn more about your...

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Moving Into An Old Home? Here’s What You Need To Know About Lead Pipes

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

It’s well known that consuming lead can cause lead poisoning. But while lead poisoning is often thought of as a thing of a past, it is still a problem that can arise if you live in an older home with lead pipes. So, if you’re moving into an older home, it’s important to be educated about lead pipes and what you can do about them. Where are lead pipes found? Lead pipes were often used in homes prior to 1986. There may also be lead in any solder used on an older home’s pipes.  However, it’s important to realize that not every older home is going to have lead pipes. Some homes built prior to this date were plumbed with lead-free pipes. And if the pipes in the home have been replaced since 1986, they are most likely lead-free. How can you tell if an older home has lead pipes? Start by taking a look in the basement yourself. If the pipes are all clearly made from PVC (which it typically white in color) or copper, then clearly they’re not lead. If the pipes are another metal, you’ll want to hire a building inspector to look them over. The inspector may look at the pipes themselves, or they may take a sample of the home’s water to see whether or not it contains high levels of lead. What should you do if the home has lead pipes? Lead in your water is really only an issue when you’re consuming the water. It’s okay to have water go through lead pipes if you’re only using that water to shower or wash dishes. The concentration of lead is usually so low that it won’t cause damage from skin exposure. For this reason, it’s important to ask your inspector which pipes contain lead. If only the pipes leading to the bathroom, spigot, or laundry room contain lead, you may not have to do anything about them. Likely, a previous homeowner had the pipes leading to the kitchen replaced because these are the ones that carry drinking water. If the pipes leading to a sink you plan to drink from contain lead, you’ll want to have them replaced before moving into the home. Contact a few plumbers to get estimates. In some cases, if the plumbing throughout the home is all from before 1986, you may be better off just having the home fully re-plumbed since the other pipes may be starting to show signs of wear and tear, too. For more information, contact a plumbing company like A Absolute Plumbing &...

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Considering A Tankless Water Heater? Don’t Fall For These Common Misconceptions

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether you are looking to replace your water heater due to its age or failure or you are just on the lookout for a model which is more energy efficient, the topic of tankless water heaters is bound to come up. Tankless hot water heaters are often recommended by sales and service centers because they are compact in size and ideal for saving energy. However, the average homeowner has a lot of misconceptions about tankless water heaters that could get in the way when you make your final decision. To ensure you don’t skip over a tankless water heater when this would be a logical choice, it is wise to get these misconceptions out of the way first.  Misconception: You have to wait a lot longer for the water from your faucet to get hot with a tankless water heater. Fact: While it is true that you may have a few seconds of wait time for your water to get hot with a tankless water heater, this is usually a barely noticeable difference. Even traditional water heaters have a short wait time between the time you turn on the faucet and when you feel the water getting hot, which is usually more to do with the cold water draining from the line than the water heater itself.  Misconception: Tankless water heaters require a very different installation process.  Fact: It is always best to have any water heater installed by a professional, whether it is a traditional model or a tankless version. The thing is, installing a tankless water heater is actually fairly simple and similar to the installation of a traditional model. The basic connections of a power and water supply are still required. The primary difference is the tank has to be mounted on a wall instead of just situated upright on the ground.  Misconception: There is little difference between tankless water heater models.  Fact: Tankless water heaters may all look pretty much the same, but they can actually be completely different from one model to the next. Each manufacturer works hard to make their tankless model better and more efficient, so it is a good idea to carefully consider the specifications of each model before you settle on a certain one. One tankless model may be able to provide you with more energy savings, a smaller stature, or even advanced features like network connectivity so the appliance can be adjusted using your smartphone.  For more information on your water heater options, contact a company like H.R. Stewart...

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3 Tips for Reducing Erosion in Your Garden

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You have probably worked hard on your garden, and you may have even spent a significant amount of money on your plants. This means that the last thing that you probably want is for your garden to be ruined by erosion. However, depending on where you live and the specifics of your property, this could be a true concern. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent and control erosion in your garden, so give these tips a try. 1. Create Barriers First of all, a good idea—particularly if your garden is on somewhat of a slope—is to install actual physical barriers to help keep the soil within your garden. Plus, these barriers can help with other things, too, such as animal control, and they can look quite nice as well. A short brick wall or a fence, for example, can serve as great physical barriers to help keep the soil—and everything else—within your garden. This is a great way to combat erosion. 2. Add Additional Material It’s smart to keep additional soil or mulch on hand at all times and to “build up” your garden as you go. Even with erosion-control tactics in mind, there is a chance that some erosion will happen in your garden over time. If you are prepared for this, and if you combat it as you go by adding more material, you can help minimize the effects and prevent the problem from getting too bad. Plus, adding new soil can help add nutrients back into your garden, so doing this is smart if you want your plants to thrive. 3. Use the Right Plants You probably already have many of your favorite plants in your garden. However, putting in certain types of plants can be a good way to both improve the look of your garden and help prevent erosion. For example, beautiful wildflowers can thrive in many different environments, including those on a slope—as you might have noticed in the past, since you might have seen wildflowers growing in pretty unexpected places—and their root systems can help hold the soil together. Plus, you might find that they will look great in your garden as filler for areas where you do not have other plants. As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to help reduce erosion in your garden. If this is an issue that you have dealt with in the past or that you simply want to avoid in the future, consider following these three tips. Talk to a company such as Specialty Construction Supply for more erosion-control...

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3 Excellent Uses For Topsoil

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Topsoil is created out of organic matter, nutrients, carbon, and nitrogen, making it the perfect mixture for helping plants to grow. Because of this, it is often used outdoors to help a variety of different plants thrive. Topsoil is also very easy to find and is sold in the gardening section of any nursery or other type of store that sells plants. This article will discuss 3 excellent uses for topsoil.  Flower Pots or Beds Because flowers in pots and/or beds are often planted quite close together, it is very important that the soil that they are put in is very nutrient rich. If you make sure that their soil is rich with all of the nutrients they they need, all of the flowers will be able to grow and thrive. If you mix your regular dirt with some top soil, this will create a great combination of soil for the flowers to be planted in. From there, you will just want to make sure that your flowers get plenty of sun and water and they will likely do great.  New Grass Whether you are laying sod or planting grass seed, it is crucial that the soil that you are putting it on is nutrient rich. The roots of the sod will need something to provide them with immediate nourishment and the grass seed will also need strong nourishment in order to grow in thick and full. A great way to provide these nutrients is to buy several bags of topsoil and pour them over the dirt area where the grass or sod will be. At this point, you will then want to carefully rake the topsoil all over so that it is evenly spread across the surface. You can then lay your sod or spread your grass seed right on the topsoil and it will have all of these much-needed nutrients. Garden If you want your garden to grow plants that are big and healthy, there are a couple really important things that you are going to need to do. You will need to plant them at the proper time of year and in the proper type of soil. Just like grass and flowers, your garden plants are going to need to have all of those essential nutrients in order to grow, flower, and then produce fruits or vegetables. Those nutrients that they need can be found within the makeup of topsoil, so taking the time to blend some top soil into the dirt before planting your seeds or small plants can get them off to a great start.  Contact a company like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel to get...

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How To Replace The Vinyl Jamb Liner Unit On Your Double-Hung Windows

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your double-hung windows are able to function because there is a spring loaded balance that is hidden inside of the vinyl jamb liner on your window that allows each panel to open and close independently. Sometimes, the spring that allows you to open both your window panes can snap. When this happens, sometimes the plastic that covers the spring gets damaged when the spring snaps. Here is how you can replace the damaged vinyl jamb liner and spring, and get your windows working properly again. Take Off The Window Sash The first thing you have to do is remove the window sash or pane from the window. To do this, you are going to need to lower the window sash, then lift it out one side at a time. This should be a step that you have done before if you have ever removed the window sash to clean it before. Place the window sash somewhere secure. Release The Tension On The Sash You are going to need to remove the vinyl jamb liner that was damaged. If you look closely at the track, you’ll see that there is a small metal screw in the corner of the sash. That small metal screw is called the locking terminal and is holding all the tension that is inside of the track in place. You are going to need to turn that screw counterclockwise to relieve the tension in the vinyl jamb liner and release it from the window frame. Be prepared to encounter some resistance when you do this. From there, you are going to want to keep your screw in place and raise it up. This should unlock the tension that is holding the jamb in place. Remove The Vinyl Jamb Liner Now that you have relieved the tension, you are going to need to remove the actual vinyl jamb liner now. To do this, you are going to want to use a putty knife that has a long, stiff edge. Hold onto the edge of the vinyl and use the putty knife to pry the vinyl jamb liner out of place. Work slowly and carefully; if you are too aggressive, you could damage the frame. Attach The New Vinyl Jamb Liner Once you have pulled out the old vinyl jamb liner, take the new vinyl jamb liner that you purchased. Line it up with where the old one was located and gently wiggle it into place. You may need to use a hammer to really get it back in place. If both sides of the vinyl jamb liner are broken, repeat these steps on the other side of your window. When both new vinyl jamb liners are in place, put the window sash back into place and you’re done. Contact a company like Weather-Tek Home Remodeling Center for more...

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Inheriting Mom And Dad’s Mess: Deciding Whether To Tackle The Project Alone Or Hire A Junk Removal Service

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Some amount of effort is required to clear away a lifetime of collecting, whether it is a large family home or a smaller retirement cottage purchased after the kids were grown. Adult children are often left to decide what will happen to the rooms of items their parents have left behind after they pass. Parents that have been “savers” over the years leave their heirs with a situation that is more challenging. While some treasures may exist in the boxes, bins and overstuffed drawers, the majority of it is likely to be the assorted ephemera and inexpensive furnishings and gadgets that accumulate easily when people are not good at keeping a home uncluttered. The question that many people have at this point is whether it is worth handling the clean out alone, or if the easiest and smartest choice would be to hire a junk removal service. Do you have the time?  This is a fair question for anyone to ask. Cleaning out an entire living space, regardless of the size, is difficult to complete in a single day. Everything needs to be boxed, bagged and carried out and then disposed of properly. Disposal may mean throwing out or donating, but sorting the possessions is time consuming either way. Hiring a dumpster to have at the location will help, but what about the large items or hazardous ones like paint or cleaning supplies? Furniture will fill a dumpster quickly and many removal companies do not allow hazardous materials in their bins. A yard sale while cleaning is a great way to get rid of items with some value, but it is difficult to manage while cleaning.  Are friends and family willing to help? A lot of lifting and carrying will be required and this is not something that can usually be handled alone. Are other family members or friends available to assist? In addition to people there will also be a need for equipment. Hand dollies and straps are needed for removing heavy items, hand tools should be available for removing shelving or taking apart large items and trucks and vans for hauling the possessions away are also necessary.  Are better options available?  Junk removal services are a solution for anyone that cannot handle a clean out on their own. Their assistance does not mean people have to give up everything. By being on the site with the team it is possible for the family to remove items with value or meaning they prefer to keep. The service is environmentally responsible by recycling items whenever possible, donating furnishings and housewares that still have use and disposing of all other items in a safe manner. Their teams are able to accomplish the process in a day or two, depending on the size of the project, and whether or not the family remains during the entire cleanup is optional.  The emotional aspect of throwing out a parent’s possessions is often equally as strenuous as the physical role. Having assistance may make that part of the process easier as well. It is tempting for many people to want to keep items that are not worth anything and are not really their style, yet were loved by a parent. A professional clean-out service can help people to avoid the feelings of guilt and...

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Want To Improve The Entryway In Your Home? 3 Reasons An Electrician Can Help

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sprucing up the entryway to your home is a great way to make a good impression on guests and make you happier as soon as you step indoors. If you made the decision to improve the entryway, it’s a good idea to look into how an electrician can help with the right home improvement projects focused on the entryway. While you may think all that is necessary is adding a fresh coat of paint or another piece of furniture such as a shoe rack or bench, there are a number of projects an electrician can help with. Help with Getting a Security System Installed While a security system isn’t much of an aesthetic improvement to your entryway, it can be a great way to add value to your home and make you feel more secure. Security systems can vary greatly in quality and performance, making it important to choose a security system that has the features that are important to you. After spending so much money on a quality security system, you want to make sure that it is installed properly – something that an electrician can easily help with. Experience with Installing Lighting Fixtures Another way to spruce up your entryway is with more lighting. Light fixtures can range from simple drum light to lights mounted on the walls, making hiring an experienced electrician very helpful for these projects. While you can install some light fixtures on your own, it can be much more difficult if you want the cords to be hidden and you need a light installed somewhere where there isn’t one already since there likely isn’t any wiring currently. The help that a residential electrical service offers can provide you with the valuable information you need regarding getting the quality lighting you want. Reduce the Number of Cords and Wires in the Entryway If you have any cords or wires hanging around the entryway, either due to the lighting fixture or another electrical item near front door, an electrician can help. With their help, an electrician can take care of hiding for the wires that would otherwise be a distraction to you when stepping indoors. Making some improvements to the entryway in your home can make the front of your home look much nicer and can take care of a number of issues that would otherwise bother you. With an electrician’s help, you can make sure that the projects are handled properly and that you won’t experience any unnecessary...

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Iron Fence Looking Old? Learn How To Spruce It Up

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As an iron fence gets older, it will tend to show all of the wear and tear from years of being outside. You may be looking to spruce up the fence a bit to give it a more appealing look for your home or business. Follow these tips for things that you can do on your own. Sand The Iron You’ll want to begin by sanding all of the exposed iron on the fence. This will help remove any of the paint that is old and starting to chip off, and remove the spots that have been rusting that need to be repaired. Use your wire brush for removing any paint that is cracking or bubbling. Then use coarse sandpaper to smooth out the iron fencing in places that look like it is decaying. The sanding process can take a bit of time to do, so make sure that you plan to do it on a day where you do not have rain in the weather forecast. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time since you don’t want the iron to be exposed if it were to rain. Clean The Iron It’s recommended to give the iron a deep cleaning one you’ve prepared the iron fence’s surface and made it smooth. You can clean the iron using mild detergent and a sponge that is non-abrasive. You’ll need to scrub every part of the fencing, and then dry it off using a clean cloth afterward. This will help minimize the chance of the material rusting. Paint The Iron You’ll want to use a paint that inhibits rust once it is on the iron. When it comes to painting, make sure to lay a tarp or sheet along the ground to prevent a mess from being made, especially if you have plants or nice landscaping in the area. Painting should be done with a paintbrush as opposed to a sprayer. It may take some more time, but a sprayer will not do as good of a job of getting in the intricate designs on the iron fencing. It will also waste paint during the spraying process. If you do not feel up to doing all this work, contact a professional to do it for you. An iron fencing contractor can do all of the maintenance that needs to be done, or replace the fence for you if it is beyond repair....

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How To Keep Up A Wooden Fence

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You have probably noticed that many modern properties are being built with vinyl fences. Vinyl is a suitable material for fencing because it is waterproof and easy to maintain. However, most people will agree that it does not look quite as nice as wood. Wooden fences certainly require a little more maintenance and upkeep over the years. However, they have long been used in residential construction because wood is such a stylish and classic product. This article will explain what you need to do to keep up a wooden fence. This way you will know whether or not you should choose wood or a lower maintenance product like vinyl. Protecting Wood From Moisture When it comes to owning wood, the key is to always keep it protected from moisture. Wood is not naturally waterproof and it can show signs of aging if it has increased exposure to moisture. Of course, moisture is all too prevalent in exterior settings. A wooden fence will get wet not only from rain and dew, but also from the sprinklers. This means that your fence will be getting wet all year long, so it is very important to keep it sealed. Refinishing Wooden Fences Refinishing wooden fences takes more than just applying a new coat of sealant. For your finish to last a long time, you need to first smooth out the existing coat. You don’t necessarily need to sand off the entire existing finish unless you are trying to re-stain it a different color. The most important thing is to make the finish as consistent as possible. Then, you need to apply a new coat of stain. Stain can be easily applied with a paint brush, rags, or a spray gun. A fence with gaps between the slats are most easily painted with brushes and rags. If your fence does not have gaps between the slats and rails, you can spray it very quickly. Most fences will require multiple coats of stain. You need to smooth out the finish after every coat with steel wool. This removes any stain particles that are sticking out. Owning a wooden fence will require that you pay close attention to it. If small sections of your fence get rotted out or warped, you need to do spot-by-spot repairs. You can temporarily patch any exposed wood areas with stain, but you will eventually need to properly refinish it. For more information, contact a local company like Phoenix Fence,...

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