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Three Reasons You Should Never Handle Asbestos Abatementfs Without A Pro

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons You Should Never Handle Asbestos Abatementfs Without A Pro

The very word “asbestos” tends to make people very fearful and worried because it has become synonymous with another fearful and worrisome word– cancer. If you own a building and have recently discovered that it has asbestos in nearly every part of it, you should not handle the abatement procedures on your own. Instead, hire a professional asbestos abatement contractor. The following shows three ways in which asbestos abatement should never be handled, and why you should never handle asbestos abatement without a professional. You Cannot Use an Ordinary Commercial or Consumer Vacuum to Remove Asbestos Many people who have seen the professionals use a type of vacuum to suck up every last floating piece of asbestos think that any vacuum can do the same job. Not so. The vacuums used by abatement contractors are highly specialized and engineered for the specific purpose of removing asbestos fibers. These vacuums carefully remove all loose and free-floating fibers and thoroughly contain them within a special holding chamber inside the vacuum. The fibers cannot escape or reverse their movement once they are inside this holding chamber. When the contractor is finished, the entire vacuum travels to a special plant where the contents of the vacuum are safely removed and destroyed. You Cannot Remove an Asbestos-Filled Building Through Demolition Sometimes homeowners and owners of commercial buildings make the false assumption that you can simply remove the asbestos problem by removing the building entirely. Total demolition of a house or building that still contains asbestos puts everyone at risk, including your neighbors and pedestrians on the street. Asbestos fibers and powdered asbestos can still travel on the air when it is knocked loose by the demolition trucks. The asbestos, in any form, has to be completely removed by a professional prior to demolition, at which point you may just decide to keep the building erect. You Definitely Should Not Implode or Explode a Building If You Suspect Asbestos Most buildings, structures and houses that are slated for implosion or explosion have to be thoroughly inspected for asbestos first. If you skip this step and then implode or explode a building that has even a little asbestos in it, you are endangering everyone that comes within several feet of the imploded/exploded building. If you have your heart set on demolishing a building quickly, you absolutely need to have an asbestos abatement contractor check it out first. (The inspection and removal of any asbestos found may cost you far less than any lawsuit or claim that your asbestos-filled, demolished building caused someone’s cancer.) To learn more, contact a company like IRS Environmental of WA...

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Why Professional Garage Door Installation Is Necessary

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Professional Garage Door Installation Is Necessary

Are you tired of your current garage door? Do you wish that the previous owner had chosen something more interesting or aesthetically pleasing? Garage doors are one of the first things that people can see about a home, yet not everyone cares enough about them to choose ones that are attractive. If you’ve decided to be one of the people who care, you may be thinking about trying to do the installation yourself to save a little money. While you can sometimes save money on home improvement by performing tasks yourself, here are some reasons why you should seriously consider letting a professional from a company like Shank Door do the job: Safety: You would hopefully never do serious electrical work without proper training, since miswiring something could be potentially serious enough to burn your house down. Garage door installation can also be dangerous, if attempted by a non-professional. The spring or springs that hold the weight of the door so that the motor can do its work can snap unexpectedly, causing damage to anyone or anything nearby. The door or door panels can also be heavier than you might expect, potentially causing injury if they are dropped or otherwise mishandled. Garage door professionals will know about the possible risks and will know how to reduce the possibility of damage to your property. Because they’ll be handling the equipment and not you, the possibility of injury to you or your family will be eliminated. Speed: If you don’t know how to do a proper garage door installation, you will likely spend much of the time going back and forth between whatever manual came with the new garage door, instructional online videos, and trying to actually perform the installation. As a result, even if you do somehow manage to do the installation, it could take you many times longer to finish than it would take a professional. Since this is something that garage door professionals do every day, they should be finished with the job in a matter of just a couple hours. Leave the installation to a professional so that you can do something more important during that time. Parts: If you’ve already started shopping for new garage door equipment, you may have already discovered that you’re having a difficult time locating some of the parts that are needed. This is, unfortunately for keen DIYers, by design. Due to the potential safety issues outlined above, many garage door manufacturers are reluctant to sell any parts to the public. If you order these parts, you may find that the seller is peddling used or inferior products and not the genuine article. Garage door installation professionals will have access to all of the parts that are needed, allowing them to put your new garage door in without you needing to worry about the parts being somehow incorrect or being poorly...

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How To Find The Perfect Blinds For Your French Door

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Find The Perfect Blinds For Your French Door

One of the biggest challenges when looking for blinds or window treatments for your french doors is that you need blinds that can cover your windows and still allow room for you to use the handle on your french door. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind while looking for window treatments for your french door, as well as a few suggestions to point you in the right direction. Keep It Slim The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for blinds for your french door is to stick to blind styles that are slim. The blinds that you choose need to fit between the door and the handle on your door. The blinds you choose should have a profile of an inch or less; this will allow you room to still use the handle on your doors. Look For Outside Mounts The next thing you need to look for are blinds that have an outside mount. French doors are generally designed without additional depth in the window frame; this lack of depth means that you can only use outside mount blinds. Add Hold Down Brackets Since you will be opening and closing your french doors, the window treatments may swing back and forth when the doors are in use. To prevent this, you’ll want to purchase some hold down brackets when you purchase your blinds. These brackets can be attached to the bottom of your french doors and can hold your blinds in place when they are fully expended. Best Window Treatments For Your French Door Here are a few different styles of window treatments that fit the three criteria above for your french doors.  Wood Blinds: Thin wood blinds that are less than an inch thick work really well with french doors. You can purchase wood blinds that match the wood frame on your french doors. The blinds can be tilted and adjusted in order to allow light into your home.  Faux Wood Blinds: Faux wood blinds offer all the benefits of wood blinds, with the added benefit that faux wood blinds are also designed to resist warping from moisture. This is a great feature for french doors, which can easily get fogged up. Cellular Shades: Cellular shades are a great choice for french doors because they fit very snugly against the window. They come in a large variety of different colors, allowing you to match them to the interior design flow of your home. The type of fabric you choose for these blinds also determines how much light is let in or blocked out. Remember, when shopping for window treatments for your french doors, keep it slim and stick to blinds that use outside mounts. To learn more, visit a website...

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Help With Financing Water Well Pump Repair

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Help With Financing Water Well Pump Repair

If the water in your home comes from a well on the property, it’s important to keep the well pump working efficiently. But like other plumbing components, problems can occur when a well pump wears out or fails. When that happens, replacing the pump can add up to a considerable expense. In addition to the cost of the water well pump and the contractor’s labor, depending on the type of pump you install, other parts of the well system may need replacing – a project that can run into thousands of dollars. Although it’s an expense for which you may not be prepared, if you qualify, there are low-interest government loan programs available to help you finance the cost. Household Water Well Program If your well requires extensive repairs, or you need to replace it, you may qualify for a government loan to help cover the cost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development funds the Household Water Well program, which awards grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. The nonprofits then issue loans to homeowners in eligible rural areas. Qualified homeowners can use the money to repair a well, upgrade a well pump, or construct a new well water system to ensure safe drinking water. Eligible households that meet the annual income guidelines can borrow up to $11,000. Borrowers pay a fixed interest rate of 1 percent. A maximum loan term of 20 years also helps make the loan more affordable and easier to repay. If you are interested in applying for a loan, contact your local Rural Development office to request more information about the Household Water Well program. You can also get the names of participating nonprofits that handle the loans. USDA Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Loans USDA Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation loans are another financing option available to low-income homeowners in rural areas. This is another program funded by the federal government that provides money for water well repairs. Like the Household Water Well program, you have 20 years to repay the loan. The program is intended to help homeowners remove health and safety hazards from their homes. To qualify for a Housing Repair loan, you must: Own and occupy the home, which is located in an eligible rural town or area Meet the program’s household income guidelines Be unable to get an affordable loan rate with other lenders You can borrow up to $20,000 at a fixed-interest rate of 1 percent. Although you can apply for a loan at any time during the year, loans are issued based on the availability of funding in your area. Contact a local well company, like All’s Well, to schedule a...

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3 Ways To Keep Roof Trusses In Good Condition

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Keep Roof Trusses In Good Condition

If you are planning to add to your home, or construct a garage or playhouse, you will likely need to invest in some wood trusses to help shape your roofline. Storing these trusses can be a challenge if you aren’t used to maintaining them, so taking the time to learn a few pointers before your wood trusses arrive can be beneficial. Here are three things you need to do to ensure your trusses are in good condition when you are ready to use them in the future. 1. Proper storage begins with unloading. It’s essential that you recognize that proper truss storage begins with the unloading process. When wood trusses arrive at your property, they must be carefully removed from the truck transporting them to avoid causing any inadvertent damage. Wood trusses can be very heavy, and the sheer weight of these products can cause them to bend or snap when being removed from a truck. Plan on having access to a small crane or other piece of equipment that can lift trusses vertically into the air to prevent damage during the unloading process. 2. Keep trusses level when storing. While you might be tempted to lay your new trusses flat on the ground while you wait to build them into your new structure, this practice could result in damaged trusses that won’t be able to bear the weight of your building’s roof in the future. Even if a surface appears to be flat, slight changes in elevation could cause the wood in your trusses to bow and bend. These bows and bends compromise the integrity of the wood, weakening your trusses. Store wood trusses in an upright position to ensure that you minimize the risk of damage during the storage period. 3. Control the climate in which your wood trusses are stored. Rather than keeping your wood trusses outdoors until you are ready to use them, you should strive to store these construction materials indoors where you can control the climate. Wood expands and contracts as the temperature changes because of the natural moisture content within wood products. If your trusses undergo too much expansion and contraction before installation, the strength of the wood could be compromised. Controlling the humidity and temperature in the environment where your wood trusses are stored will allow you to ensure the roof on your new construction is sturdy and strong. If you don’t have experience storing wood trusses over long periods of time, be sure that you take the time to learn how you can properly store these construction materials on-site to preserve their structural integrity in the future. For more information and tips, contact professional truss companies, such as Campbell Truss Company...

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Home Renovation? Make Sure These Things Don’t Go In Your Dumpster

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Renovation? Make Sure These Things Don’t Go In Your Dumpster

Provided that you have the tools and the aptitude, doing your own home renovations can save you the cost of hiring a contractor. When you’re taking the do-it-yourself approach, you’ll often rent a dumpster to help you dispose of the waste generated during the job. While you might be eager to throw everything from the demolition phase into the dumpster and have it carted away, it’s beneficial to think about setting aside the household items that you can donate to a local charity that provides building supplies at a reduced cost, for example. Here are four things that shouldn’t make their way into your dumpster during the renovation. Countertops Take care when you’re tearing up the countertops in your kitchen or bathroom — while they might no longer suit your sense of style, they can be used by someone renovating a home on a budget or needing a countertop for a cottage. Plus, there’s an added benefit to keeping these bulky items out of your dumpster. Because countertops can be so large, they’ll take up considerable space in the dumpster or you’ll need to take the time to cut them up. Old Light Fixtures Many renovation projects involve removing old light fixtures and replacing them with something more contemporary. If you’re tackling this task during your reno, remove the old light fixtures carefully — making sure to avoid cutting the wires too short — and set them aside instead of in your dumpster. They’ll be useful to someone else looking to change their lights inexpensively. Doorknobs A simple way to improve the look of the various rooms throughout your home is to upgrade your doorknobs. Although it might be tempting to toss the old knobs into your dumpster one by one, putting them into a bag and carting them to your local charity is better because the doorknobs won’t end up in the landfill. When you remove them, make sure to keep their mounting hardware. A simple technique is to tape the bolts to each knob for convenience. Mirrors An old mirror might no longer be to your liking, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t suit someone decorating in a shabby chic style. As such, make sure your mirrors don’t end up in your dumpster. Additionally, they’ll surely break upon being tossed in, which means that if you have to climb into the dumpster to retrieve something you inadvertently tossed, you’ll be at risk of cutting yourself. For more tips on how to utilize dumpsters during a renovation, contact a local dumpster rental...

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Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets That Stand Out

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets That Stand Out

Your cabinets take up a lot of real estate in your kitchen. What’s more, as the National Kitchen and Bath Association points out, cabinetry and hardware are the biggest expense when it comes to a kitchen remodel. As such, you want the cabinets to be attractive and complementary to the rest of your décor. As you plan your kitchen’s makeover, give special consideration to the look of your cabinets. Chic Paint Job One of the first updates you’ll probably consider is painting your cabinets. A fresh coat of paint certainly goes a long way toward freshening up the kitchen. While cheery colors are common, consider instead a chic foundation such as gray or taupe. Both colors provide a neutral base. You can add bright colors elsewhere in the kitchen, such as in the backsplash. Alternatively, consider keeping the look monochromatic for an elegant effect. Specialty Glass Doors Opening up the cabinets adds visual space to your kitchen. Replacing some doors with glass panes is common. To make your cabinets stand out more, consider using decorative glass instead. One option is having ribbed glass, which creates a subtle pattern that’s attractive in a modern or mid-century kitchen. Leaded glass offers old-fashioned appeal to the farmhouse kitchen. You can even kick it up a notch with stained glass. On the other end of the spectrum, do away with the frame and front your cabinets with sleek glass panels for a modern take on the look. Custom Trim If you want to keep the interiors of your cabinets closed off, another way to make the cabinetry more decorative is by adding custom trim. Add molding to the top of the cabinets to create interesting shadows where they meet the ceiling. Doors with wooden trim offer a similar visual effect. Additionally, consider including other furniture detailing to give your cabinetry a traditional look that complements historical or farmhouse architecture. Mixed Wood Finishes One of the current trends in kitchen design is designating work stations. You can utilize your new cabinetry to draw attention to the work zones in your kitchen. For instance, if you don’t have a separate pantry, have the food storage cabinets finished in one shade. Choose a deeper shade for the other cabinets. If you’re including an island in the design, have that wood finish be the brightest. It’s also possible to leave one finish as natural wood while selecting a paint for the other cabinets. Choose cabinets for your kitchen remodel that make a distinctive impression on the overall décor.  For more ideas, contact a company like Superior Cabinet...

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Warehouse Organization: The Key To A Smooth Running Operation

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Warehouse Organization: The Key To A Smooth Running Operation

In your business, you may have fast production lines and a packaging department that never gets behind. You may have material handlers that are on task and never let machines stop running. However, if your shipping and receiving department is slow, you will see the results of it in lower profits. Follow these tips for ensuring your warehouse workers remain as fast as other departments in your company. Clearing The Way For Greater Organization Walk through your warehouse and look for problems that interrupt organization. If there are empty boxes piled up, have your workers break them down and place them in an area designated for them. Make sure all the trash cans in your warehouse are placed in areas that make it easy for workers to use them. For example, if your warehouse workers toss plastic bags into a pile as they open materials for your production lines, having a place nearby to them for the bags to go can help reduce clutter that disrupts clean, clear organization. If your company recycles, making an area in the warehouse for recycling bins is a good idea for having a designated area for a lot of the refuse you may find piled up near workstations. Inspect Your Pallet Rack System If the inventory on your pallet rack system are not in any particular order, you should begin putting them in a sequence for organization. If your warehouse workers have trouble finding a particular box or pallet of materials, it will impact speed and production for other departments. Labeling pallets racks is the best way to ensure materials are always in the same place. Remember also to place heavy items on the bottom and the lighter items on the top. By doing so, you make your pallet rack system safer for workers while they unload the heavy materials. Label the aisles for making it even easier find an item. Introduce A Scanning System If You Do Not Have One If you do not have a bar code scanning system in your warehouse, introducing it is the best way to maintain organization. For example, when all the labels you use in your warehouse are put into a bar code system, each label will have a bar code to go with it. As inventory leaves your warehouse, whether out to a customer or back into the plant as a production material, it will be counted off digitally using a bar code scanner. Professionals are available for helping you implement a new bar code scanning system to your warehouse. A clean, organized warehouse can make a huge difference in faster shipping and receiving tasks. If you do not have a pallet rack system in place, having one installed is a great way to get started on cleaning up and organizing your warehouse. Click to find out...

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Tips For Choosing The Right Type Of In-Ground Pool

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Choosing The Right Type Of In-Ground Pool

A pool can be a great asset for both your home and your family. Not only does it provide an opportunity for you and your family to spend some quality time, but it can help the resell value of your house if all other factors are right. At most, your home’s value could increase 7% depending on the style of the pool. When it comes to choosing the style, you generally have three options to choose from. You can pick a concrete pool, a fiberglass pool, or a pool with a vinyl liner. In order to decide which one is best for your needs, here is a breakdown of each one.  Vinyl Pool Liner A vinyl pool liner is essential when building a pool. It is designed to make the pool more durable and keeps it cleaner by covering the walls and flooring. If you choose a vinyl pool liner, you want to weigh the advantages and disadvantages. You can expect a vinyl liner to last around 5 to 12 years on average. While you have to consider the cost of replacing the liner every decade, you will save money on overhead costs. This is because it is easier to plan, install, and customize than fiberglass or concrete pools. To replace a liner, you can expect to spend about $2,500 to $3,500 plus the additional cost of water. On top of all these great benefits, you can also enjoy the idea of algae resistance material. Since the liner is non-porous, it does not promote algae growth.  Fiberglass Pool Another option for your in-ground pool is fiberglass. Just like a vinyl liner, the fiberglass is smooth and non-porous. This means you don’t have to worry about algae collecting in your pool. The fiberglass shell for the pool is created off-site in a manufacturing facility. Because of this, it takes very little time to actually install the shell into your pool. Another great benefit with a fiberglass pool is that you don’t have to worry about replacing a liner. Fiberglass is very durable and you don’t have to worry about puncturing it.  Concrete Pool The third option you have when considering which type of pool to install is a concrete pool. One of the best advantages of a concrete pool is its durability. Unlike vinyl liners, you don’t have to worry about puncturing the pool. Concrete pools can be customized so if you want an odd shape or something very deep, you may want to consider concrete. Because the concrete construction is porous, you have to be wary of algae growth. In order to prevent and get rid of algae, you should scrub your pool walls and floor to help release the algae spores that take home within the concrete material.  For more information, contact pool builders in your...

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Tips For Reducing Costs When Building Buildings Out Of Steel

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Reducing Costs When Building Buildings Out Of Steel

There are a lot of different advantages that are associated with building metal buildings, especially those that are made out of steel. They are strong, durable. and relatively cheap. There are methods that you can utilize to further reduce the price of how much it costs to build your metal building when it is made out of steel. Here are some tips. 1. Order the Length You Need, Not By Total Area Your first step is to make sure that you order by the length of the beams that you need, not by the total area of the beams with the rough dimensions. This is important because if you order by area, you have to do all of the cutting yourself and this will cost you both time and money. If you order by the length and other exact dimensions of the beam that you need, you will be able to get the beam when it is delivered and immediately star building. For an even better price, see if there are any companies that have steel remnants that will fit the size of the beams that you need. This will allow you to pick up the steel at a much cheaper rate and cut the costs of your overall building. 2. Only Pay For Steel to Be Primed if it Will Be Exposed to the Elements Order two separate shipments of steel: the steel that is going to be used inside the house and never exposed to any strong fluctuations of temperature or to water, and the steel that is going to be on the outside of the house and exposed to wind, rain, and snow. Have the latter shipment of steel primed so that it lasts longer in those conditions. Have the former shipment of steel sent as it is. Don’t pay the extra money for painted steel or primed steel if it is only going to be used to construct the inside of the house because it’s not worth it. 3. Apply Fireproofing Spray Yourself Finally, be sure that you apply the fireproofing spray yourself. Fireproofing spray is an easy way to make sure that your steel is entirely fireproof and will not attract any particles that could catch on fire. You don’t need to pay for your steel fabricator to fireproof the steel. You can easily do it yourself. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in metal buildings. They may have additional...

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