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Three Pitfalls To Avoid When You Want To Use A Crack Cleaning Machine On Your Parking Lot

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Pitfalls To Avoid When You Want To Use A Crack Cleaning Machine On Your Parking Lot

If you decide to fill up all of the asphalt cracks on your parking lot yourself, the air pressure from a crack cleaning machine will allow you to get the initial cleaning work done quickly and efficiently. But since making a mistake here could mean that the sealant layer you apply will break apart and you’ll have to start all over again, it’s important to use the machine very carefully. Specifically, make sure to avoid these three pitfalls when you want to use a crack cleaning machine on your parking lot. Starting Your Work When Winter Snow Has Already Set In Even when there’s no snow involved, the extreme cold of winter will put any sealant you apply at risk of cracking up. The problem will also be made significantly worse if the wind allows any nearby snow to settle back in the crack before you’re able to put the sealant on. Over time, this snow will turn back into water and interact with the chemicals in the sealant, greatly reducing the sealant’s long-term structural effectiveness. Therefore, you should either start the crack repair process in the autumn or wait for spring to return. Pointing The Machine’s Nozzle Straight Down Instead Of At An Angle Most crack cleaning machines work by blowing a hot and concentrated stream of air directly at a crack section. While this stream is very good at getting rid of even the smallest and most stubborn pieces of debris, the pressure could cause some of the asphalt to break up and become like dust if you’re not careful. Even a very small amount of this dust that’s left in the crack after cleaning could have a similar effect on the sealant that water will have. To keep the air stream pressure from causing any unnecessary damage, keep your machine’s nozzle at a steep angle relative to the ground instead of holding it straight up. Additionally, don’t ram the end of the nozzle as far into the crack as it’ll go. Instead, keep a healthy distance between the machine and the crack so that the air stream will have plenty of space to spread out and carry away debris. Not Waiting Long Enough After Cleaning Before You Apply The Sealant An especially hot air stream coming out of your crack cleaning machine will cause the asphalt’s surface to warp slightly until its temperature goes back down to normal. To ensure that no warping will happen after you actually apply the sealant, leave the crack alone for at least a day. If inclement weather is incoming, cover the crack with a thick tarp. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Pavemasters or a similar...

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Information About Lesser-Known Components Of Your Central A/C And How You Or Your Contractor Can Maintain/Repair Them

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Information About Lesser-Known Components Of Your Central A/C And How You Or Your Contractor Can Maintain/Repair Them

There are some lesser-discussed components to your central air conditioner that need just as much attention during maintenance and repairs as the condenser and evaporator themselves. It is helpful to learn about these parts so that you can perform some maintenance tasks on your own before you call HVAC services to handle larger jobs. Here are some of those lesser-known components, information about them and where to find them, and how you or your HVAC contractor can provide services for these parts. Fuses Most central air conditioning units have an electrical cable box outside, but if you swing open the door on that box, you will see a pull switch. If you pull the switch and then turn it around, you will see two, piston-like pieces snapped into place. These are HVAC fuses, and they provide the jolt of power your unit needs to run. Your HVAC contractor can test these fuses to make sure they are still operational. If they are defunct and not emitting an electrical pulse when tested, your contractor can replace them with new and fresh fuses. If you want to test the fuses yourself, you will need a volt meter. The fuses may be purchased through a hardware or specialty store, or through your HVAC contractor. Wiring into the Furnace Considering the fact that a furnace blows hot and the air conditioner blows cold, you might find it interesting and invaluable to know that some of the electrical wiring from the air conditioner connects to the furnace. The furnace’s blower is responsible for moving the cold air up and circulating it through your home. The wiring from the air conditioner activates the blower’s engine and both the blower and the air conditioner are engaged and activated by the thermostat, which is connected to the same electrical panel inside your furnace. When your furnace or air conditioner are not functioning as they should, the contractor checks the panel in the furnace first, then the thermostat, and then the remaining electrical connections to find the source of the problem. (You can look for loose wires and loose connections, but be sure not to touch them. Point them out to your contractor instead.) The Additional “Kill Switch” in Your Home’s Electrical Box The central air conditioner that has its own fuse box is connected not only to the furance and the thermostat, but also to your home’s main electrical box. If the fuse switches in your electrical box are not clearly marked, it may take you some time to figure out which one of these switches is the “kill switch” for the air conditioner. (When your contractor provides repairs of any kind to your A/C unit, he or she will usually flip the switch in your electrical box as well as the outdoor fuse switch.) If you find that your air conditioner frequently blows the switch in the electrical box, you may need to check the A/C’s fuses for the correct voltage and/or amps. This could indicate a problem with the fuses, or it could indicate a much larger problem that only your contractor can fix. To find out more, speak with someone like Metro...

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Reducing Condensation Inside Your Garage

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reducing Condensation Inside Your Garage

Condensation in your garage can lead to all sorts of problems. Mold, wood rot and corrosion can quickly become an issue if you don’t do anything to put a stop to the condensation forming inside. Below, you will find a few things that you can do to eliminate the condensation once and for all. Quality Garage Door If your garage door isn’t adequately insulated and equipped with a built-in vapor barrier, it is time to update the door. Controlling the internal climate will be much easier if you have a newer garage door that has been made well, is insulated to control the temperature and has a built-in vapor barrier to control the amount of moisture that can enter the garage. Well-built garage doors seal the garage better than those of lesser quality. The openings between the garage door panels and on both sides and the bottom will seal up tightly if the garage door is made well. Seal the Floor If the garage floor isn’t sealed, now is the time to do it. This requires nothing more than a good cleaning and the application of concrete sealant. If you want to splurge a bit and improve the appearance of the garage, you could opt for the epoxy floor coatings used in garages today. These epoxy finishes can be applied to any concrete surface to beautify old concrete, repair cracks and eliminate the moisture that would otherwise seep up through the concrete and cause the condensation. Install Vapor Barriers Vapor barriers should be installed on the walls of your garage. However, fight the temptation to seal up the roof as well. Putting vapor barriers on the ceiling will trap the moisture that is trying to escape and cause the moisture to become an even bigger problem. You can opt for insulation with built-in vapor barriers. This will get the job of insulating the garage and installing the vapor barriers much quicker and really reduce the amount of condensation you have in your garage. Air Circulation Circulating the air in the garage will help by preventing the moisture from settling on the surfaces inside. Install a fan or two to pull the moist air out of the garage. This fan will also help to dry your wet vehicles much faster when they are parked inside. The faster the vehicle dries, the less moisture will be introduced into the climate. These steps can help to reduce the condensation issues in your garage. After completing these installations, the moisture should no longer be an issue. If it is, it is time to talk with a professional to learn what could be causing all of the condensation and put a stop to it once and for...

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Kitchen Habits That Can Lead To A Clogged Sink

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kitchen Habits That Can Lead To A Clogged Sink

A clogged kitchen sink is a problem that your local plumber should have no trouble fixing for you, but in the meantime, you’ll be forced to use a different sink — which can be a major inconvenience. The good news is that once your kitchen sink is once again draining properly, you can take a series of steps to ensure that it stays that way. In many cases, a homeowner’s approach to using the sink is what causes the clog in the first place. Here are some mistakes to avoid to reduce the risk of once again having to hire your plumber to fix your clogged kitchen sink. Pouring Cooking Oil Down The Sink When you’ve been deep frying or pan frying your food, you’ll have a significant amount of cooking oil or melted butter that requires disposal after the meal. It’s easy to simply pour it down your sink, but doing so long-term will increase the risk of a clog — or, at the very least, a slowly draining sink. The oil can coat the inside of the pipes leading from the kitchen sink all the way to your home’s main drain line — and each time you add more oil, this coating gets thicker. Eventually, it will become thick enough that it restricts the flow of water. Always dispose of your cooking oils in another manner — such as pouring them into a container with a lid and placing it in the garbage. Scraping Off Your Plates Into The Sink Scraping food residue from your plates before loading them into the dishwasher can ensure that they’re sparkling clean by the end of the washing cycle, but this habit shouldn’t come at the expense of your kitchen sink. Get in the habit of scraping your plates into the garbage; you can still rinse them under the sink before loading the dishwasher, but the plates should be clear of any large pieces of food at this point. Throwing Powdery Substances Into The Sink Powdery substances such as flour and coffee grounds might seem small enough that they won’t cause trouble for your kitchen sink, but they can easily accumulate in the bottom of the trap of the sink pipe and build a barrier over time. Be cognizant of any fine powdery substances that might be in your dishcloth — for example, if you’re wiping down the counter after you’ve done some baking, shake any excess flour in the cloth into the garbage instead of into the sink. For more tips, contact a local plumbing service like Lewis...

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How To Scratch And Recoat A Wood Floor With Polyurethane

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Scratch And Recoat A Wood Floor With Polyurethane

If the polyurethane finish on your wood floor is dull and in need of repair, then you should act quickly. The longer you wait, the more the poly finish will wear away. This is problematic because it can cause the floorboards to age prematurely. The stain on the wood might wear off in sections if it’s exposed. If this happens, then you will have to strip the entire floor and stain it afresh. Rather then let it get to this point, take the opportunity to scratch and recoat with new polyurethane. Below is a step-by-step guide that will tell you exactly how to do this and what you need. What You Need: Floor Buffer With Pads- You can rent this for the day. The maroon pad that comes with the buffer will be used to scratch the topcoat of the poly and make it ready to receive a new coat. Lambswool Roller- Buy this at a home improvement store. This is used to apply the poly. It is superior to a paintbrush because it won’t leave streak marks. Mineral Spirits- Used for cleaning up dust. You will wet a rag with mineral spirits after sanding the topcoat. The damp rag will pick up dust easier than a dry rag. The mineral spirits are better than using water because the spirits evaporate quickly and won’t leave the floor damp. Fine grit sandpaper (160-120)- To hand sand the spots where the buffing machine can’t reach. New Can Of Poly- Avoid the need to thin out old, thick poly with mineral spirits. Water Based Poly– Water based polyurethane allows you to apply multiple coats in one day. There is no heavy smell that requires you to wear masks and set up excessive ventilation. Oil Based Poly– Less expensive than water based. It creates a beautiful golden glow that water based poly won’t lend to the wood. Water based poly goes on clear. For pale woods like oak or pine, oil poly is superior for bringing out the color. Dark woods such as cherry, maple, or chestnut will look ok with water-based poly. The Step-By-Step Guide Scratch The Top Coat Of Poly  In order to apply new polyurethane you need to “scratch” the old one. This removes the top layer without removing the lower layer of wood stain. Place the maroon pad on the buffer and buff the floor in an even motion. You should see a fine dust appear on the floor. This is the sanded off polyurethane. Hand Sand The Corners Of The Room You will need to get down and hand sand the corners of the room because most floor buffers won’t be able to get close to the edges. Make sure that you are using the fine grit sandpaper. Remove The Dust Sweep the dust out with a broom. In order to get the fine particles of dust off the floor, dampen a rag in the mineral spirits and wipe the floor. Make sure to keep the rag damp during the entire process. You don’t have to dry the floor because the mineral spirits will evaporate. Apply The Poly When the floor is dry, it is time to apply the polyurethane. Use the lambswoll roller and make even passes on the floor in the direction of the grain. Do not pause...

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Aggravating Circumstances That Spray Foam Insulation Can Make Better

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aggravating Circumstances That Spray Foam Insulation Can Make Better

Spray foam insulation is an insulation material that some property owners choose due to its ability to provide improved energy efficiency. This material has several other benefits that you may be unaware of, and the following points will help you understand how your life can be improved by choosing to have it installed on your property. Noisy Conditions Perhaps you can hear televisions clearly when they are turned on in rooms that other family members are using. You might also hear sounds coming from inside of your walls from your plumbing system. The sounds of these circumstances may appear to be more pronounced due to inadequate insulation in the walls separating rooms, and getting spray foam insulation installed may result in reducing the sound level of these noisy conditions. Allergy Problems If you suffer from allergies, you will appreciate that spray foam insulation is hypoallergenic, moisture resistant, and impenetrable. This means that you will likely be protected from a variety of allergens by having it installed on your property. For example, it will keep outdoor allergens such as pollen from filtering through cracks, and it will also thwart the growth of microorganisms such as mold and mildew that need moisture to thrive.  Insects Having insects in your home can be an embarrassment, but it also can result in unsanitary conditions that can make you and your family sick. Perhaps you even have a family member who has an insect phobia. Spray foam fills cracks to the point that insects will not be able to get through it. This is why you may want to consider using this type of insulation to fill areas where holes are present on your property too. For example, filling around areas that have been cut out to allow cable wires to pass through can further protect against insects gaining access to your home. Bad Indoor Air Quality The air in your home may be polluted by several sources depending on a number of factors such as where you live. You may be able to minimize the level of outdoor contaminants that enter your home by opting for spray foam insulation. Smog is an example of an outdoor contaminant that could filter through improperly insulated areas of your home and cause issues if you live in the city. A spray foam insulation contractor is the best resource to use for additional benefits of installations. They are also aware of the best application methods, which will ensure that the material is applied...

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Planning To Build A Very Tall Retaining Wall For The First Time? Things To Consider Before You Get Started

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning To Build A Very Tall Retaining Wall For The First Time? Things To Consider Before You Get Started

If you are building a retaining wall that is going to be very tall, you need to ensure you do everything correctly. This is especially true if you are building one for the very first time. Follow the tips below so everything goes smooth for you during the building process. Hire a Civil Engineer The very first thing you should do is to hire a civil engineer. This is become local agencies may have specific requirements, such as the height of the wall. The height is measured from the top of the retaining wall to the grade on the lower end. There may be regulations on the required setback, as well as in the visibility. For example, if the retaining wall is in a visible area, you may have a maximum height you can build it. and where you place it. A civil engineer can offer their knowledge to make sure you follow the right standards and do not violate any regulations or codes. The codes and regulations you have to follow may also depends on the material you are using for your wall. For example, if the retaining wall is built with concrete, there may be a minimum compression strength. The regulations you have to follow depends on the state that you live in. A civil engineer will save you a lot of time because it keeps you from having to look up all these codes and regulations on your own. Choosing the Right Materials There are many materials you can choose from for your tall retaining wall such as: Cinder block, Stone, or Brick For a cinder block, stone, or brick retaining wall, mortar holds everything together. Because it will be segmented, you need to make sure the wall has a good retention. If not, it could slide, slump, or cave. A brick wall is formal looking, a stone wall is much more difficult to assemble, and a cinder block wall is likely the least expensive of the three. Interlocking Concrete Blocks An interlocking concrete block retaining wall does not use any mortar, and is easy to construct. The blocks are generally small, which makes them much easier to handle. They allow you to taper or curve the wall, and works very well for very tall walls. Concrete A concrete retaining wall is very strong, but it is not very pleasing to the eye. To improve the look of it, you can veneer it with masonry or tiles, or apply stucco. You could even make the concrete look like wood. Add some vertical plants at the top of the wall to improve the look even more. A retaining wall can not only improve the look of your landscaping, but can also prevent debris and soil from spilling down your yard and onto your landscaping, such as during a heavy rain. For more information, contact companies like Tbird Design Services...

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Is Your Asphalt Driveway Ready For The Winter?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Asphalt Driveway Ready For The Winter?

The winter months can be difficult for your asphalt driveway. Even beyond the coldness contracting and then expanding your asphalt driveway, there are numerous things that can wind up damaging your driveway. Luckily, there are just as many ways to take care of your asphalt driveway, as well. You probably will not need to rely on the services of an asphalt contractor to replace a damaged driveway so long as you take these careful, preventative steps. Plant Relocation If you have shrubs lining your driveway, you may want to consider moving them from the area. During the winter months, your asphalt driveway can become particularly susceptible to the damage that growing roots can cause. During the cold season, your shrubs roots will actually grow deeper into the soil and expand outwards. This means that they can become invasive to your asphalt driveway and essentially dig themselves inside of the asphalt itself. This can cause cracking, splitting, and, worse yet, integral damage to the innards of your asphalt. Edging Edging involves removing the sod surrounding your driveway anywhere from 3 to 5 inches away from it. This essentially creates a space for snow to land and fall off of your driveway. It will also allow for you to sweep off snow that lands on your driveway more easily. Not only can snow pack in coldness that will work towards cracking your asphalt, it can also become quite heavy during large snowfalls. This heaviness might be more weight than your driveway is able to handle, which can cause damage such as cracking and, in some extreme cases, even potholes. Removing Ice It is imperative that you do not use salt on your driveway to remove ice. Not only can salt dry out your asphalt driveway, it can also work towards overheating it. Quickly overheating your driveway after it has been exposed to extreme cold is dangerous for the asphalt on your driveway and can create permanent damage. In ice’s stead, it is recommended that you use specialized de-icing products on your driveway. Also, if you have access to sand, use that. Sand works much in the same way that salt does, but it does not heat the driveway to such an extreme amount. Taking care of your asphalt driveway can be a difficult proposition. However, with a few tricks, you need not have to worry about calling up an asphalt contractor to repair or replace your...

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A Garage Door Light That Won’t Stop Blinking

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Garage Door Light That Won’t Stop Blinking

Are you trying to figure out why your garage door light is blinking so much? Getting a garage door light to stop blinking can be difficult if you don’t know what the root of the problem is, which is why you need help from a technician so an inspection can be done. Here are the reasons a garage door light begins to blink and what a technician charges to fix the problem. What Causes a Garage Door Light to Start Blinking a Lot? A common cause of a blinking garage door light is when there is something going on with the sensors. The sensors are designed to make the garage door light blink if they are in need of some attention, such as needing to be reset. Basically, there are two sensors on both sides of the garage door that are located near the bottom of it. The sensors point an infrared beam towards each other that creates an invisible line. If something breaks the invisible line, the door will stall and light blinks until the sensors are reset. A technician can fix the problem by resetting the sensors for you, or you can just unplug the garage door for a minute or so and plug it back up to reset the sensors yourself. It is also possible that the garage door light won’t stop blinking because the motor is in need of a repair. You might be experiencing no movement from the garage door if the motor is the problem. A technician can inspect the motor to find out if it should be replaced due to it being worn about and rusty. Sometimes bad wiring causes the motor to malfunction, which should be repaired fast in case the wires are overheating and causing a fire hazard. If the garage door has been used a lot, the motor might be naturally hot and need to cool off before the light will stop blinking on its own. How Much Does a Garage Door Technician Charge for a Repair? A garage door repair will be priced based on the complexity of the problem that is causing the light to blink. A repair that doesn’t require a lot of labor can cost as little as $75 when done by a technician. If there is something major wrong like the motor needing to be replaced, a technician might charge as much as $500 plus. Get in touch with a technician like Plano Overhead Garage Door about your blinking garage door light so he or she can fix...

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Top Benefits Of Renting Construction Equipment For Your Business

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top Benefits Of Renting Construction Equipment For Your Business

It is important as a business owner to make sure that you are able to provide all services to your customers, which means having a wide variety of equipment to use. Therefore, you might want to consider renting some of that construction equipment that you are going to find yourself needing over time. To help you understand the benefits of this, you will want to check out the following points.  You Don’t Have The Maintenance Concerns Owning construction equipment is about much more than just having it on hand to use it whenever you want, it is about the responsibility that comes with it instead. In order to make sure that the money you invested in the expensive construction equipment is not wasted, you have to make sure that you are keeping up with the maintenance of it all. This can get expensive over time and it can certainly be time consuming. However, when you rent the construction equipment that you do not use too often, this will no longer be a concern of yours because the equipment rental company takes care of all of the maintenance for you. You Might Be Able To Carry Less Insurance The bigger your insurance policy is, the more money you have to pay to keep it active. Therefore by lessening the amount of expensive construction equipment that you own, the less you have to have covered on your business insurance policy. Sure, you would not want to be responsible for any repairs to the machinery that you rent but that is where the quality equipment rental company comes in. They carry insurance on the equipment that they rent out. Many places will also offer small policies that you can purchase to protect yourself or the equipment operator in case of an accident while you are using it You Don’t Have To Worry About Permanent Storage Options When you purchase all of the construction equipment that you could ever need on a job, you will find yourself in need of a large place to store it all. This can be difficult to find or expensive to maintain. By reducing the amount of equipment that you own, you reduce the amount of storage space that you have to pay for. By only storing the equipment that is more commonly used by your construction company, you save yourself from wasted money and some frustration. As you can see, there are many reasons to consider renting some of your construction equipment instead of just outright purchasing all of...

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