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What To Consider When You Are Preparing For Commercial Sliding Doors

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Consider When You Are Preparing For Commercial Sliding Doors

If you are installing new sliding doors in your business, there are a few things you need to consider. By asking yourself a few questions, you will be able to make a good decision that will help you get great use out of your commercial sliding doors. What Are the Code Requirements? There would be nothing worse than purchasing sliding doors and paying for them to be installed only to find out that they violate building codes. For example, your sliding doors, as well as your threshold, have to meet the code requirements that were put into place to accommodate Americans with disabilities. Mostly, you have to make sure your threshold isn’t so high that people have to step up and that your doors are wide enough to easily accommodate a wheel chair. In addition, you have to meet fire-rated requirements. There are several requirements for a door to be up to code to fire requirements, including hardware, latches, hinges, and springs. The best thing you can do is check with the installers or your contractor to make sure that the doors you want to purchase and install meet requirements. How Much Will the Doors Be Used? If you are installing sliding doors as your main entrance, you can bet they will be used a lot. However, if they will be installed as a side entrance, they may not get used as much.  Doors that aren’t used as much won’t need the extra cost of the best grade hardware, but doors that are used often will need to withstand more abuse and need the best hardware. What External Elements Will Impact Your Doors? For this question, you mainly need to consider the wind. This sounds strange, but wind constantly blowing on sliding doors all day really can abuse them and reduce their life. If the side of the building that will have sliding doors is subject to constant or high winds, opt to get the best hardware and stronger glass panels and framing. Additionally, consider the sun shining in the doors. While this won’t affect their use, it will change how much you benefit from sliding glass doors. If the sun shines directly through the doors in the eyes of your staff at their desks or your customers or your staff, you need to make sure the doors are properly tinted to reduce the glare, heat, and light from the sun. Considering these questions and hiring professional installers will help make sure that you get the most use out of your doors.   For more information on commercial sliding doors, contact a company like S & J Door...

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Waiting For AC Repairs? 3 Quick Ways To Cool Down While You Wait

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Waiting For AC Repairs? 3 Quick Ways To Cool Down While You Wait

It never seems to fail. Your air conditioner breaks down on the hottest day of the summer. Now, you’re AC is broken and every technician in town is booked. You’re going to need some quick and easy ways to stay cool for the next few days. Take a look at these easy ideas. Create a Cross-Breeze If your home has limited cross-breeze, you can’t just open windows to cool it down. You’re going to need some help. You’re going to need two small box fans for this project. Place one of your box fans in an open window and turn it on to high. Now, place the other fan in another open window, and turn it on to high with the fan facing outside. The fan facing inward will draw the outside air into the home, while the other fan pushes the hot air out of the home. This will create a cross-breeze that will cool down your home. Make a Do-It-Yourself Swamp Cooler If you don’t have a swamp cooler installed in your home, you can make your own portable unit using ice and fans. These are portable enough to use in all your rooms. Supplies You’ll Need Portable fan Pie pan Mixing bowl Ice Directions Place your fan on a flat surface. Fill a pie pan with ice. Place an upside-down mixing bowl on the table in front of the fan. Sit the pie pan on top of the mixing bowl. Turn the fan on to high. The air from the fan will blow over the ice and send chilled air into your room. Try Some Cooling Pads It can be difficult to fall asleep in the heat. If your air conditioner is going to be broken overnight, you’re going to need a quick way to cool down your bed so you can sleep. These simple cooling pads will help you get comfortable when it’s time for bed. Supplies You’ll Need Resealable plastic bags – 1 gallon-size Rubbing alcohol Water Blue food coloring Directions Pour 1 cup each of water and rubbing alcohol in your resealable bags. Add several drops of food coloring so the solution doesn’t look like plain water. Seal the bags and gently shake them to combine the ingredients. Place the bags in your freezer until bedtime. The solution will freeze to a soft slushy-type consistency. Remove the bags and place them on your beds and pillows. Once your beds are cooled down, place the cooling pads back in the freezer so they’ll be ready for next time. Don’t suffer in the heat while you wait for the repair technician. If you’re air conditioner is broken, use these simple tricks to keep cool while you wait for repairs. To make an appointment to get you AC repaired call a company in your area like C B Lucas Heating & Air...

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3 Common Problems With Lights In Your Home

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Problems With Lights In Your Home

When you turn on the light switch, you expect the lights to come on. But what happens when the lights don’t come on? While the first thing many think of is the light bulb needs to be changed, that might not be the problem. There are plenty of other things that can cause problems with your lights. To help you get to the bottom of the problem and figure out what is going on, here are a few of the different problems you might encounter along the way. Some of the lights are blinking or flickering. If your lights are constantly blinking or flickering and there isn’t a storm outside, you might be dealing with a connection problem somewhere along the circuitry. When the lights blink in one room, it is probably a localized problem specific to one outlet or circuit. However, lights that are blinking throughout your home might have an issue with the main wire connection that needs to be addressed. Your lights should remain on and steady when the switch is activated. If they don’t, you need to bring in someone who can take a look and figure out what is going on with your electrical system in your home. Recessed lighting works intermittently. Recessed lights shouldn’t go off and back on. If they do, it is probably their safety cutout that is preventing them from overheating. This lets you know that you have the wrong type of light bulb installed. It might also be that you are trying to use a bulb that is higher wattage than what your circuit can handle. Another thing that could be causing a problem is the distance between the insulation and the bulb. When the fixture doesn’t have enough space to breathe, it can cause the bulb to overheat. An electrician can determine whether this is the problem or if you simply need to change out the bulbs you are using. Lights tend to be different brightness levels. When all of the lights installed are the same, they should all be just as bright as the next one. If the bulbs start popping, it might be because the main neutral connection is bad. If you don’t fix the problem, it will cause other equipment in your home to short circuit due to a surge in electricity going through the home. Whenever something doesn’t seem right, take the time to have an electrician, such as those at RDS Electric, come out and inspect it for...

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your First Wood-Burning Stove

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions To Ask Before Buying Your First Wood-Burning Stove

Wood stoves are a great source of alternative energy, even for those who have no intentions of living off-grid. Wood-burning stoves can be used for heat in a power outage, for saving money on utility bills, and even for cooking. If you are buying your first wood stove, here are some questions to ask yourself so you know you will get what you need. How Much Space Do I Need To Heat? The size of your wood stove will determine the capacity of heat it can create. Consider the square footage, the climate and the amount of insulation in the area to be heated. The bigger the space, the colder the climate and the lower the insulation value, the bigger the stove you will need to get. Most brand-new wood stoves will have some estimate on the amount of square footage they will heat – just be sure you take the other factors into consideration as well, and overestimate your needs. It’s better to have too much heating ability than not enough. How Will I Use The Stove? If you plan to feature your wood stove as primarily ornamental, you need to pay close attention to the aesthetic features on the stove. There are many decorative touches available on some wood stoves today, including glass insets and stamped cast iron. If you would like to cook on your wood stove, you have two options. You can still buy wood stoves with bell dampers, temperature gauges, warming racks and cooking area lift handles. For those who want to keep it simple, you can also cook things like soup in cast iron dishes atop any wood stove. If the stove is purely for heating purposes, then you want to pay attention to the heating values, the ash pan, flue and ease of use as well as quality of material (typically steel or cast iron). How Will I Get The Fuel? Be sure to think ahead about your fuel source. Unless you plan on cutting and splitting your own wood (which is a lot of work) you need to make sure there is a local source of fuel. Many people sell firewood by the rick or the cord. A cord is officially measured at 128 cubic feet, or 4′ x 4′ x 8′. If possible, buy firewood in bulk – it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Ask yourself these questions and you can ensure you get the stove you need. To learn more about wood stoves, contact a business like Alpine...

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Questions To Ask When Hiring a Snow Removal Service

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions To Ask When Hiring a Snow Removal Service

It’s never too early to begin planning to hire a snow removal for your home or business, but before you sign any paperwork, it’s important to ensure you have your questions answered. Of course, you might be mainly interested in learning the cost of the service and the length of the contract, but the answers to some other valuable questions can help you not only choose the right company, but also feel satisfied that you’ve made the correct decision. Here are some questions to include in your discussion. What Is Your Minimum Snowfall Rule? You shouldn’t expect a snow removal service to visit your home or business when half an inch of snow has fallen. Virtually all businesses have a protocol about how much snow needs to fall before they start to visit customers’ homes and businesses. Many businesses guarantee that they’ll dispatch someone as soon as an inch of snow has fallen; if the businesses you’re considering use a higher number, such as three inches, it can be a cause for concern—after all, you likely don’t want to tread through up to three inches of snow for days on end. A clear understanding of this information helps you have realistic expectations about when someone will arrive to clear your driveway. How Soon After a Snowfall Will My Driveway Be Cleared? One of the key perks of hiring a snow removal service is having the snow cleared from your driveway by the time you leave for work in the morning. Although it’s not always possible to have your driveway cleared within a couple hours of a snowfall, it’s important to confirm the company’s guarantee as to how soon it visits customers after it snows. Look for a company that promises to deliver in the shortest amount of time; a six-hour window is far better than a twelve-hour one. Finally, you might save money by using a smaller company, but a company that doesn’t have enough employees or equipment to reach each customer’s home in a reasonable amount of time can leave your driveway snowy for longer than you’d like. How Will They Protect My Lawn? Although many snow removal companies will clear your walkway and steps by hand, it’s customary to use machinery to remove the snow from your driveway. Ask about the steps the company will take to ensure its machines don’t tear up your grass along the edges of your driveway. Ask whether the company will visit your home before the first snowfall to install reflective markers along the length of your driveway. If you have more questions about snow removal or would like to hire a company for the job, consider speaking to a representative from Vintage...

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Where Is the Water in Your Basement Coming From?

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Where Is the Water in Your Basement Coming From?

Most waterproofing systems target moisture that comes from a very specific source. For instance, waterproof paints and sealants will typically target ground water that is seeping through the walls of your home’s foundation. Sump pumps on the other hand, will target ground water that is rising up from beneath your home’s foundation. Consequently, selecting the right waterproofing system for your home will first require you to determine exactly where the moisture in your basement is coming from. Thankfully, there is a very simple test that you can conduct on your own in order to get the answers you need. Testing Materials You will require a couple inexpensive materials in order to complete the following test. 5 large sheets of plastic (painting drop cloths work well and are inexpensive) waterproof tape Cover Walls and Floor Begin by covering at least a portion of each wall with a piece of plastic. Be sure to seal the entire outside of the plastic using waterproof tape. This will prevent any moisture that builds up behind the plastic from escaping and will help to ensure that the plastic remains in place throughout the test, even if it becomes wet. Next, repeat this same process in order to cover a portion of your basement floor with plastic. Be sure that there are no gaps around the outer edge of the plastic in order to ensure the most accurate test results. Once all five pieces of plastic are in place, turn off all fans and dehumidifiers in order to prevent them from interfering with the results. Now, all that is left to do is wait approximately 48 hours before returning to read the results of your test. Read The Results After waiting the required amount of time, return to your basement and take note of where the moisture has accumulated on each piece of plastic. If there is moisture on the plastic covering your walls, is this moisture on the inside or outside of the plastic? If it is on the outside of the plastic, this simply indicates high humidity levels in your basement. This issue can be resolved using a dehumidifier. However, if the moisture is located on the inside of the plastic, there is ground water soaking through the walls of your foundation. Resolving this issue will require the use of waterproof paints or other sealers. After checking each of the walls, check the piece of plastic covering your floor. Again take note of whether the water is on the inside or outside of the plastic. If the moisture is on the inside of the plastic, you have issues with ground water rising up from beneath your foundation. The best way to resolve this issue is through the installation of a sump pump. To get help with your waterproofing needs, contact a business like Champion...

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Have Centipedes? Then You Might Have More Dangerous Pests In Your Home

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Centipedes? Then You Might Have More Dangerous Pests In Your Home

You may find centipedes to be very unappealing, but centipedes are not very harmful. Even if you are bit by one, the bite is about as serious as a bee sting. But having a lot of centipedes in your home can be a sign that you have more serious pests nearby, such as cockroaches, houseflies and bed bugs. Therefore, you will want to focus on these pests more so than trying to eliminate the centipedes themselves: Go Through Your Home Systematically There might be a part of your home you often do not pay attention to that could be a hiding place for pests, may be a source of moisture or might have a convenient food supply, such as meatball that rolled underneath the refrigerator. Go through your home and search for any signs of a pest infestation, such as many specks of dirt that could be fecal matter, spots of blood on a mattress that could be caused by bed bugs and bug carcasses. If you notice signs of bed bugs, such as eggs or an exoskeleton, you will want to remove anything that has been infested with bed bugs and either throw it away or subject it to a heat treatment. Eliminating Food Supplies Reducing the number of crumbs, taking out your garbage regularly and reducing the amount of grease in your home will make your home less appealing to cockroaches and houseflies. Take your garbage out more frequently. If you do not generate enough garbage, consider getting a smaller garbage can. Sweep and vacuum the floors and wipe down surfaces more frequently. Place all of your food in sealed containers. Reducing Humidity Homes that are the most attractive to centipedes are those that have the most humidity. Also, other problematic pests such as cockroaches and silverfish are attracted to moisture. Getting a dehumidifier can help reduce humidity. But the best approach is to determine where the water is coming from in the first place. You might have leaking pipes or a leaking faucet that is increasing the amount of moisture in the home. Also, running a bathroom fan when you take showers can also help remove much of the moisture, making your home less attractive to pests. Closing Up Cracks and Crevices Sealing your cracks and crevices will not only reduce the number of centipedes in your home, but will also reduce the other more harmful pests that attract centipedes. House centipedes and other pests need cracks and crevices inside which to lay their eggs. The great part about implementing these strategies is that you will reduce the likelihood of your home being invaded by more than one type of pest. However, if you still cannot get rid of centipedes and the pests that are attracting them, you might need to hire a pest control specialist. For more help, contact a company like Antex Exterminating Co Inc. with any questions you...

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No Drought About It! Water-Friendly Landscaping

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on No Drought About It! Water-Friendly Landscaping

Droughts are becoming more and more common as the climate has been changing. In California, for example, lack of rainfall has prompted the government to step up water conservation methods. One of the first things to go once people start scrimping on water is lush, green lawns. But not being able to water your lawn doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful yard. Certain landscaping techniques will help keep your home lovely and drought-resistant. Give up the Grass Grass has been the king of lawns for decades, now. But thick, green grass just isn’t feasible in dry climates. Try other types of ground cover that grows naturally in dry climates. There are green plants and even plants that flower in all the colors of the rainbow. One such variety is Bee’s Bliss, according to California Las Pilitas Nursery. This plant has delicate, blue flowers and can grow right under the sun. It might not feel like grass beneath your feet, but it covers up the dirt just as well and uses much less water. Gravel and Rocks Your lawn doesn’t need to be covered in plants for every square inch. Properly maintained gravel can accentuate your walkways or the areas around your house. If you have children, pick gravel with smooth texture so no one cuts their feet or scrapes their knees. You can even buy gravel in different hues to match your house or the desert flowers in the spring. Larger rocks can be used to add texture where plants refuse to grow. Cacti and Desert Trees Instead of big, leafy trees that sap water from the ground, choose trees that naturally grow in dry landscapes. Sometimes these trees have thorns, so they might not be viable for households with children. The benefit is that in the spring, many desert trees grow sweet-scented flowers that perfume the air. Cacti, too, often have flowers and add a dimension of height around your home. They won’t provide the shade of trees, but they don’t require much water at all and will attract lots of wildlife to your yard. Compost and Mulch Lastly, you want to save the water you do have by keeping it in your yard. Avoid tall slopes where water will drain and don’t cut down trees whose roots already hold in soil and water. Then, apply compost and mulch around your yard where your plants grow. This can take the place of polluting fertilizer. It also preserves the moisture in the ground by holding it in instead of letting the sun evaporate it. So, instead of using water you should be saving for cooking, cleaning, and drinking to keep your lawn green, consider replacing the lawn with a desert landscape that is drought resistant as well as beautiful. Companies like Cottonwood Landscapes LLC can help you find the right options for your...

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Home Foundation Damage From Rainwater: Why Land Grading May Be Necessary

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you have foundation damage from rainwater running off the hills in your yard and resting by the house? Before getting the foundation repaired, you may want to invest in land grading to level out the yard and prevent the problem from happening again. In this article, learn what you should know about land grading to determine if you want to pay for it to be done. What is Land Grading? Land grading is a technique that can be used to remove dirt from the hilly areas of your landscape to either level land out or readjust the slope. When the hills in your yard are positioned in a way that causes rainwater to accumulate against your house, it is important for the hills to be readjusted. For instance, a contractor can remove dirt from the hilly areas and place it closer to your home. The dirt being placed near your house will then create slope that can route rainwater away from the foundation. A land grading project is usually carried out by using heavy equipment. The specific equipment used will depend on the size of your landscape. A bulldozer may be used for handling the dirt in a large landscape. You must keep in mind that investing in land grading means that your grass will be removed as well. Depending on the land grading company hired for the task, they may be able to plant more grass for you after land grading is complete. What Does it Cost for Land Grading to Be Done? The cost for land grading will vary based on who is hired for the project and the square footage of your landscape. You are looking to spend an average of up to $0.87 per square foot, give or take a little based on your location. The quoted price is based on land grading done in zip code 47474. The amount of hours spent on labor will also be factored into the price, which can run up to $200 plus for approximately three hours of labor. You may also be charged for the equipment that is needed for the contractor to complete the task. Foundation damage can be a costly repair that can also lead to your house caving in. It is important for you to invest in prompt land grading to get rid of your hilly landscape and protect the foundation from further damage. Make an appointment with a land grading contractor like Cooley Construction Inc. to get the job...

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3 Tips for Making Your Renovation Project Eco-friendly

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Now more than ever, people are interested in being eco-friendly and choosing green products for use in their every day lives. If you have an interest in protecting the environment you may be interested in knowing that there are a number of eco-friendly building materials that can be used for your next home renovation project. Not only will your renovation improve the appearance and function of your home, you can also rest assured that you made a responsible choice by choosing earth-friendly materials. Use the following tips to stay green with your next project: Recycled Materials Recycled materials are becoming increasingly popular for all types of home projects. Technology is improving every year, and there are some truly amazing recycled materials on the market that are durable and aesthetically pleasing. You can buy roofing material made from recycled polymers and rubber that looks like slate, or get beautiful new counter tops that are made almost entirely of recycled glass. You can also find building materials such as carpet and carpet padding, drywall, insulation, and steel that is composed primarily of recycled materials. Choose Wood Materials Wisely Many homeowners choose to install wood floors because it looks beautiful and they can often be kept cleaner than traditional carpeting in high traffic areas. Anyone shopping for wood flooring may become easily confused over what to buy due to the large amount of options available. To stay green, try to purchase wood flooring material that is reclaimed or comes from a managed forest. One of the most popular eco-friendly options for natural wood floors is bamboo, which is durable and available in a variety of plank sizes. If natural wood floors are out of your budget, consider laminate wood flooring made with recycled products. Salvage and Reuse Products Buying brand new building materials is not always the way to go, especially if you want to make environmentally responsible decisions. Utilizing salvaged materials or reusing materials that are readily available are great ways to complete your renovation project while also being earth-friendly. In addition to helping the environment, using salvaged materials or reusing and re-purposing materials will give your renovation a unique look that you are not likely to see at anyone else’s home. You can find materials at salvage yards, local lumber companies (such as Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co.) or at places like Restore, a retail organization run by Habitat for Humanity that sells gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture to the...

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