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Have Your Plumber Install A Wall-Mounted Toilet To Enjoy These Benefits

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Your Plumber Install A Wall-Mounted Toilet To Enjoy These Benefits

When you save up a little money for home renovations, it can be fun to think about what changes you can make to give you home a fancier feel. If you’re eager to transform the look of your bathroom with the help of a licensed plumber, there are a number of options for you to consider. Many homeowners think about changes to their sink, tub or shower, but it’s also worth contemplating changing your toilet. Instead of simply swapping your current toilet for a newer model, think about having a wall-mounted toilet instead. Your plumber will be able to make this change for you, and you’ll enjoy the following wide range of benefits. Increased Ability To Clean The Room When your toilet is attached to the wall instead of mounted to the floor, it instantly makes the bathroom easier for you to clean. You’ll be able to pass the vacuum or mop below the toilet without any trouble, serving as a sharp contrast to the challenges you may face while trying to vacuum around a floor-mounted toilet. Additionally, you won’t have to deal with any unpleasant odors from beneath the toilet. With a floor model, urine can seep between the toilet and the floor, leaving a lingering scent that is difficult to clean. With a wall-mounted unit, you can quickly and easily wipe up any spills before they linger and smell bad. The Feeling Of More Space When your toilet is mounted to the wall instead of sitting on the floor, it instantly gives the bathroom a feeling of having more space. The open floor below the toilet, for example, gives the impression of increased floor space, even though you won’t actually be using this space. This is ideal for small bathrooms that can appear cramped; you might be surprised at how easily the look of the room is transformed when the toilet is attached to the wall. Ability To Customize The Height If you’re significantly taller or shorter than average, you might find it challenging to sit on an average floor-mounted toilet. For example, if you’re short, your feet may not fully sit on the ground, which can be uncomfortable when you’re doing your business. A benefit of having a wall-mounted toilet is that you can have your plumber set the toilet at precisely the right height for you, allowing for a high degree of comfort while you sit. Contact a plumber like for more...

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Goodbye Wallpaper ~ Hello Paint ~ It’s Easier Than You Think

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Goodbye Wallpaper ~ Hello Paint ~ It’s Easier Than You Think

Do you have wallpaper on your walls, but you would prefer to have painted walls? Perhaps you just moved into a cozy new place, and the wallpaper was already there when you moved in. Some people go through stages where they like wallpaper and then develop a new taste for painted walls. Whatever the case, you may have been told that you will need to strip the wallpaper from the walls before you can paint them. This is not always the case, and the following information can help you make your dream of painted walls a reality with minimal hassle. Repair holes and sand uneven areas. This is an important step that you may recognize because it is required when painted walls are repainted. If you have never attempted to paint before, consider what would happen if you painted over holes. When the paint dries, the holes will still be there even if they are small holes, such as those made by nails. Small holes can be repaired with putty, and large holes may require more extensive measures such as drywall replacement. Sanding is important because it ensures that, when paint is applied, it will be smooth in appearance. If you skip sanding, be prepared to have noticeable marks and odd textures that show after the paint dries.  Wash walls. Painting over a dirty surface can result in the paint tones not matching due to discolored areas. It is also possible that residue from the sanded portion of the project may cause paint imperfections. These issues may not be clearly visible until after the paint has dried, which is why it is important not to skip over cleaning your walls.  Apply caulk to the edges of the wallpaper. Since you are dealing with wallpaper, you want to ensure that loose edges are not present. You can use caulk to “pin” down loose wallpaper edges and make the painting process more seamless. Ensure that you smooth the caulk material before it dries for a smooth appearance. Otherwise, the edges of your paint project might have thick lines of dried caulk or require additional sanding for a uniform appearance.  Prime and/or use the correct type of paint. Oil-based primers are ideal for painting wallpaper because they form a strong bond that makes it easy for the paint to adhere to the surface of the wallpaper. By using an oil-based primer, you will be able to use latex paint and reduce the chances of the paint bubbling when it makes contact with the wallpaper. If you do not want to use a primer, opt for an oil-based paint to ensure that bubbling or flaking of the paint does not occur.  A painting contractor is a good resource to use if you have complicated wallpaper or paint issues. For example, you may be residing in a property that has layers and layers of paint and wall adhesives. A professional can determine the best approach to ensure that your paint project turns out looking its best. They will also know the best practices to use to remove wallpaper or thin away excess paint if...

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Helpful Information About Closed-Cell Foam Insulation

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helpful Information About Closed-Cell Foam Insulation

Do you need more insulation installed in the walls of your house? If you are undecided about the type of insulation you should opt for, you might want to consider closed-cell foam. Basically, the foam will be sprayed into all of the walls of your house and will create a continuous blanket of insulation when it dries. Take a look at this article to learn why you can’t go wrong by opting for closed-cell foam insulation. Denser Than Other Insulation Types The best thing about closed-cell foam is that it will provide more density than other types of insulation. The foam consists of a lot of cells that are packed extremely close together. The density makes it difficult for even the smallest amount of air to enter or leave your home. You will save money on energy costs because there will be no need to run the heating and cooling system long. Can Fill Tight Spaces in Wall Cavities The worst thing about batting insulation is that it does not fill in all of the small cracks, which is likely why you need more insulation. By opting for closed-cell foam insulation, all of the small cracks will be filled in. The foam will basically expand inside of the wall cavities when it is installed for continuous coverage. The continuous coverage will also make your house more resistant to heat. Can Be Installed without Destroying Drywall You don’t have to worry about any of your drywall being demolished if you opt for closed-cell foam insulation. A contractor will only have to make a small hole in the drywall, which is used for inserting the hose that will release foam into the wall cavities. The small hole will be repaired after the foam is installed. Reduces the Risk of Mold Growth in the Walls Humidity can cause damage to the framing in wall cavities by creating a lot of moisture, especially when batting insulation becomes saturated from it. Basically, the moisture can cause mold growth, which then causes wood framing to deteriorate. It can be difficult to detect when the framing inside of wall cavities is deteriorating until you begin noticing discoloration on interior walls. The good thing about closed-cell foam insulation is that it is resistant to water, so there will be less of a risk for mold growth. Speak to a contractor about installing closed-cell foam insulation as soon as you are ready. Click here for continuous insulation, or do an online...

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Rock Fall Prevention Walls | A Guide Of FAQs For Residential Customers

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rock Fall Prevention Walls | A Guide Of FAQs For Residential Customers

Even though rock fall is not an ordinary concern for homeowners, if you live in a mountainous area, rock fall will probably be one of your primary concerns. Mountainous areas where homes are built in the shadow of valleys and tall geological land masses are prone to being in the direct path of falling rock because of the natural shift and movement of the surrounding ground. In many cases, rock fall can be prevented with simple soil stabilization methods. However, if rock fall is not possible to contain through soil stabilization, a contractor may recommend the installation of a rock fall prevention wall. How does a rock fall prevention wall work? If you opt to have a rock fall prevention wall placed on your property, the wall will be situated along either the lower point of the mountain or cliff front or at the midsection. The wall prevents slipping rocks and gravel from falling in that specific area, but also acts as a cushion in the event large-sized rocks or cliff pieces do come down.  What is the rock fall prevention wall made from? Rock fall prevention walls can be fabricated with an array of different materials. In some cases, the wall is crafted with steel beams that house log sections. The steel acts as the primary frame of the wall, while the logs between the frame act as a cushion to absorb the direct impact of a blow if a large piece of rock does come down. The materials used in rock fall wall construction will depend on the area in which the wall will be placed. While simple steel barriers typically work well in areas where gravel rock fall is a concern, a combination of materials is often used in highly mountainous areas where large rock fall is a threat. Doesn’t the rock fall prevention wall interfere with the natural appearance of the landscape? If you live in the valley of a beautiful mountainous area, chances are, the view that you have from your home is part of the reason you enjoy it. Therefore, it is only understandable that you would not want a massive wall interfering with the natural look of the property. However, rock fall prevention walls can be designed in ways that they almost completely blend in with the natural environment. For example, you can choose a specific color scheme if you want the wall to blend in with the background. For more information, contact a company like Geotech Solutions...

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A Closer Look At Why You May Want A Concrete Splash Pad In Your Backyard For Kids

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Closer Look At Why You May Want A Concrete Splash Pad In Your Backyard For Kids

Have you got a lazy summer day on your hands and a houseful of bored kids? If so, all it could take for you to get everyone up and moving is an enticing place to cool off. Even though most people only consider concrete to be a contractor’s product for something like a patio or walkway, ready-mix concrete can actually be used for to create a concrete splash pad for kids as well. If this is a new idea to you, it is a good idea to get to know what this is all about and why you may want a concrete splash pad in your own backyard. So, just what is a concrete splash pad anyway? A concrete splash pad is much like it sounds; a designated area filled in with concrete where kids can splash and play in the water. Concrete splash pads can have all kinds of fun integrations, such as various sprinkler heads, small wading pools, and even an area that is used as a sandbox. The concrete used for splash pads is smoother textured, so it is not rough on little hands and feet, and usually has a drain incorporated to keep water from pooling in the center. Does your property have to be flat for you to have a concrete splash pad? No, your property can be hilled or sloped and a contractor can still work with what you have available to create a leveled spot. Keep in mind that excessively hilly areas may have to be excavated slightly to create a level space for the splash pad to be installed.  How is water supplied to a splash pad? Water can be supplied to the concrete splash pad in a couple of different ways. Some have receiving hose nozzles where you can just screw in your regular garden hose to supply water to whatever sprinkler systems are integrated. Others have water lines installed, which are tapped into the water main of the house, and there is a control valve somewhere around or on the splash pad itself. What do concrete splash pads look like? The concrete splash pad that you have installed on your property can be shaped in an array of different ways, from perfectly square to round and everything in between. Most homeowners opt for an abstract shape or a shape that allows separate spots for each function of the play area. For example, the splash pad may be round with a squared section on one end for a small wading pool. For more information or ideas on how to use concrete to make your backyard enjoyable, consider contacting companies like Van Doren...

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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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