Gutters, Downspouts, And Rain Collection: 3 Improvements To Makeover Your Gutters For Water Collection
Every day, the cost of living goes up, as well as the cost of precious resources like water. With global warming and summer droughts, there are added problems like water restrictions. There is a simple way to add resources — using your gutters for rain collection. To start water collection with your gutters, some of the following improvements will be needed: 1. Increasing the Water Collection Capacity with Wider Gutters
What You Need To Know About The Types Of Patio Covers
As you check out the market for different types of patio covers, you might end up wondering exactly what the benefits of each kind are. Before you buy, take the time to learn about these five types of patio covers. Umbrellas An umbrella that’s freestanding is often the simplest form of patio cover. You can find models that are built into tables, and there are also ones that can be moved into position when needed.
Build A Home Repair Gift Basket For Your Kid Leaving Home
Is your kid getting ready to move out of your house and start a life of his or her own? It’s never easy letting go, but when you know that your kid is prepared for what’s to come, it can make things a little easier for both of you. One thing that your kid will need to know is how to handle basic household repairs and emergencies. So, instead of giving your kid a gift basket filled with cookies and candy, load it with tools and household care supplies.
Want To Never Buy Gas For Lawncare Equipment Again? Here's How
Lawn care equipment comes in two power varieties. Either you have to plug it in and try to avoid slicing the cord to pieces, or you have to buy a lot of gasoline, which smells horrible and sends toxic fumes into the air. Would it not be nice to have a third choice, one that is less loud, less smelly, less toxic, and less potentially dangerous? Actually, there already is. The following lawn care tools require no gasoline, no power cords, are significantly quieter than their gasoline counterparts, and they exude ZERO fumes.
Why A Roofing Contractor Is Better Than DIY Installation Of A New Roof
If you’re just bought your first house, you may pride yourself on all the home improvement projects you’ve done. However, while it’s important to know how to do maintenance and repairs around your home, it’s also important to know which jobs require professionals. Roofing is one example. Putting on a new asphalt roof may seem like a job you can tackle, but here’s a look at a few reasons why you should hire a roofing contractor instead.
Tips For Self-Sufficient Water Use In Your Home
If you are someone who is concerned about relying on others for things like electricity and water, then you could be thinking about transitioning to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. If this is something that you are concerned about, you could be wondering about how you and your family can be more self-sufficient when it comes to your water. These are a few tips that can help. Invest in a Water Well
Setting Up A Driver's Ed Training Course In A Parking Lot: Things You Will Need
Teens learning to drive is a terrifying time for everyone, including the teens themselves. A lot of the driving skills that are tested during the road test do not include half of the driving skills needed to be out driving every single day. When you want to be sure that all of your driver’s ed students are fully ready for whatever skills will be tested on the day of their exams, you need to set up a training course in your parking lot.
Sewage Pump Not Doing What It Should? 3 Signs It's About To Experience A Break-Down
If you’ve got a basement, you also have a sewage pump. Its job is to pull the sewage from your home and pump it out to the main sewer line. In most cases, the sewage pump will be installed in an open pit towards the center of your basement. When it’s working properly, it will remove all the waste so that your sewer lines remain open. However, when it’s not working properly, you could end up with raw sewage overflowing into your basement.
When It Smells Or Tastes Bad: Troubleshooting Your Well Water
If you get water from the well, you enjoy the freedom of not having to worry about city water costs, but you do have to make sure that the water quality remains safe to drink, as changes to the water table and contaminants aren’t treated or monitored for private wells. If you water tastes or smells bad, it could be harmless, but it also could indicate the need for further water treatment.
Take Your Lakeside Dock From Dull To Luxurious With These Awesome Upgrades
Ahhh, the lakeside dock. It is a convenience that is hard to match when you have a lakeside property. Even just a basic platform set above the water surface is convenient, giving you a place to lounge, entertain, and enjoy summer days. However, if you want something a little more enticing and of a little more luxury quality, there are definitely ways the basic dock can be improved. The possibilities are really limitless if you have professional dock builders.
Learn How To Make Sure Your Garage Door Looks Its Best Before Putting Your Home On The Market
Before putting your home on the market, it is important to do everything that you can to make sure that the house has as much curb appeal as it possibly can. Many homeowners remember to manicure their lawns, repair a damaged driveway, and wash the windows so that the house can look as great as it possibly can, but many forget to take the appearance of their garage door into consideration.
3 Benefits Of Radiant Floor Heating
No matter how efficient your heating system, there may be areas of your home that stay colder. Fortunately, using radiant floor heating can help you add heat to most areas of your home. Improved Comfort Radiant floor heating is a good addition to your current heating system because it can be used to heat areas of your home that are cold spots. For example, you may use your basement as another bedroom or studio but find that the area is often cold even when other areas of your home are hot, but radiant floor heating can sufficiently heat all areas of the home.
2 Signs it's Time to Replace Your Home's Wood Siding
If your home has old wood siding that has started to look its age, you may wonder whether you should update the look of your house by replacing it with new wood or vinyl siding. If so, look for the following signs that may indicate that it is time to replace your home’s wood siding. Large Patches of Mold One sign you should look for when trying to decide whether your siding should be replaced is mold on the shady sides of your house.
Three Reasons Why You Should Avoid J-Hook Fasteners When Installing Gutters
During a gutter installation, there are a number of ways in which the gutters can be installed. To save on money, some contractors may use J-hooks to connect the gutters to a roof. While this does allow the gutters to collect rainwater as intended, J-hooks are one of the worst options. Here is why you should avoid using J-hook fasteners when installing your gutters. Gaps Are Created The J-hooks leave a gap between the edge of the roof and the gutters.
Do You Need A New Roof? A List Of Factors You Should Consider When Selecting Roofing Materials
If your roof is failing or is beyond repair, it may be time to think about installing a new roof. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when installing a new one is deciding which roofing materials are best for your roof. There are many different materials that you can select from, including metal roofs, white roofs or asphalt shingle composition roofs. While many people focus on the price of the roofing material, there are many other factors that you should consider when selecting a roofing material.
Why Is Home Waterproofing Important?
As a homeowner, you may be wondering whether it’s worth it to put home waterproofing into your budget. Getting your home waterproofed in some way or another is often a preventative step to prevent many problems down the road. Here are the biggest reasons that home waterproofing is a good idea. It Prevents Rot and Collapse One of the main benefits of waterproofing your home is that it helps protect its structural integrity.
How To Install Vinyl Siding Anchor Pieces
Homeowners with a limited budget are always looking for remodels that will increase their property value without breaking the bank. One of the most cost effective home remodels is vinyl siding, especially if you are able to install it on your own. Vinyl siding installation is relatively simple because it is produced with a modular design. This article explains how to install vinyl siding anchor pieces. Attaching the Anchor Pieces
Extend The Life Of Your Aging Asphalt Driveway With These Quick Tips
Many homeowners view an asphalt drive as an almost infinite thing that will last the lifetime of the home. However, much like many other home features and property components, asphalt does have a general lifespan. As a general guide, an asphalt driveway should last you for between 15 and 20 years, which is still a fairly long time. Yet, when asphalt does start to reach its latter years, it can start to deteriorate rather rapidly without ongoing attention.
Troubleshooting Tips For Frozen Well System Components
Now that the winter weather has arrived, it is important that you know what to do when your well pump or pressure tank become frozen and stop working. A frozen pump or pressure tank will prevent your home’s well from serving water to your home and will lead to frustration for you and your family. To this end, here are some troubleshooting tips for when your household water stops flowing due to frozen well issues:
Three Ways Commercial Painters Can Improve Your Concrete Office Building
You might have bought your concrete office building because it was affordable or located in a great area. After buying it, you may have resigned yourself to the fact that the building was made of concrete and believed that your improvement options were limited. Fortunately, commercial painters can provide a variety of services that will not only help your building look better than it ever has, but will also help the structure remain intact and make it safer for you and those inside.
Steps You Can Take In Your Chemical Industry To Maintain The Smooth Operation Of Cooling Towers
The cooling tower sitting outside of your chemical plant is working constantly to cool down water used for cooling your industrial processes. Each day, your cooling tower takes in hot water and cools it down so that it may be used again and again in specific types of cooling processes. However, when your cooling tower is not properly maintained, you could be facing downtime across your entire plants when certain industrial processes cannot be cooled down.
3 Situations When Stud Welding Is The Best Choice
Between MIG, TIG and stud welding, it can be tough to choose the right type of welding for the job. In many situations, stud welding is the best choice. These are a few of these situations. 1. Cosmetic Applications For one thing, stud welding is a great choice for many cosmetic applications. This is because stud welding does not have as much of a “burn” and generally does not leave behind as much weld on the surface of what is being welded as other welding applications do, even when done by a professional.
Make The Most Of The Flat Roof On Your Restaurant By Creating An Outdoor Dining Area For Your Patrons
Many restaurateurs want to be able to create an outdoor eating area for their patrons to enjoy. Owning a restaurant in a big city can sometimes make this difficult though, because many times there is limited outdoor space available because the sidewalks are flooded with pedestrians. If you own a restaurant in the city and have a flat roof that is not being used, consider turning it into an outdoor eating area for patrons to enjoy.
Boost The Functionality Of Your Dock With These Post-Construction Additions
When you’re working with a contractor on a dock design, it’s important to think not only about the look of the dock itself, but also about how you intend to use it. Considering this topic will help you evaluate not only how you want the dock to look, but also any post-construction features you want added to it. While you can always think about buying and installing these features after the fact, your dock contractor can do this work for you so that you’ll simply have to focus on enjoying the dock.
How To Reinforce Your Aluminum Gutter
Aluminum gutters are very durable, but they need to be maintained over the years. Most gutter problems are a result of the mounting bracket screws getting loose. This usually happens when the wood on the fascia board becomes rotten. If the screws become loose and expose the wood grain, your fascia board can warp, swell and the paint can peel away. If your fascia board that ultimately holds the gutter is not strong, it will not be able to bear the weight from a moderate rain.
Your Concerns About Cedar Roofing
Cedar roofs have a beautiful, rustic appearance that is difficult to replicate with any other material. Yet, many homeowners are hesitant to cap their homes with wood, a material that’s not known for being overly durable or sturdy. Cedar, luckily, is a lot sturdier than most woods and actually makes a great roofing material. Here’s a closer look at some common concerns about cedar roofing and why you really shouldn’t let them deter you if a wooden roof fits in with your home’s architecture.
Four Signs You May Have A Leak In Your Sprinkler System
Sprinkler systems are fantastic for keeping your lawn green, but they do require some regular maintenance. If your sprinkler system is acting erratically, you could potentially have a leak in your sprinkler system. Here are a few signs that you might need to have it checked. 1. Your Water Bill Has Increased Drastically If your water bill has suddenly increased, you have a leak somewhere. But how can you tell whether it’s your sprinkler system?
Leaky Roof But No Missing Shingles? A Look At Other Possible Culprits
When water starts tricking in through the roof, your first thought is probably to look for missing shingles. But what if all of the shingles are in place? The fact of the matter is that missing shingles are just one possible cause of roof leaks. Here’s a look at some other possibilities you’ll want to investigate. Ice Dams If it’s winter, take a look at the edge of your roof.
Three Reasons To Choose A Flat Finish For Your Hardwood Floor
Much of the beauty of hardwood flooring comes from the dramatic lustrous finish. In addition to the color of the wood and the natural luster, which varies by species, the finish can add a significant amount of shine. However, while high-gloss finishes once dominated the industry, customers’ preferences shifted to the less-glossy satin finishes. Of all the available finishes for hardwood flooring, flat (or matte) is the least shiny or lustrous, yet these shine-free floors are rapidly gaining in popularity.
What Can You Do To Get Stains Out Of Your Stone Tiles?
Your home’s stone tiles can be an asset, provided that you’re able to keep them looking their best. Stone tiles are porous, which means that they absorb liquids fast and can therefore stain easily. Knowing how to remove the stains from your tiles and how to prevent them from staining again in the future can help you maintain the appearance of your tiles. Performing regular maintenance on your stone tiles can help you keep your home looking its best.
Understanding The Importance Of Aesthetics In Green Building
If you are designing and building a new home, you may be interested in green building. Green building has several components, including producing energy, lowering the overall energy costs of a building, harvesting and filtering water, and increasing plant-life in cities. While these are all important aspects of green building, one aspect of living buildings and green architecture that is often glazed over is a building’s aesthetic appeal. Here are a few things you need to know about aesthetics and green building before you start designing your home with your architect.
Reasons You Shouldn't Put Off Gutter Replacement
You recognize that it might be time to replace your gutters. You’ve even started looking at contractors, but there’s no need to rush and have the installation performed right away, right? The answer is no. Recognizing that you need new gutters is only the first part of protecting your home, you also need to go forward with the service in a timely manner. The longer you wait to replace your gutters, the greater the number of potential problems you introduce.
How To Detect An Underground Gas On Old Farm Land Pipe Before You Dig
Buying an old farm house to fix up and live in can be a challenging experience. If you are planning to dig up the yard to put in a new leach field or a geothermal system to help heat the house during the winter, you’ll need to know if the previous owner ran private gas lines under the yard to supply gas to a structure on the property – even if that structure might not exist anymore.
Three Repairs You Will Want To Know How To Do For Your Well Pump
If you rely on a well for clean water for your home, it is important that all the mechanical systems work properly. This means that you will need to do maintenance and repairs to your well pump. Some of the maintenance you can do yourself, and some of the repairs you will want to know how to do in case of an emergency. Here are some of the pump repairs that you will want to know how to do:
Protect Your Trees This Winter With These Simple Tips
During the summer, your trees provide a beautiful canopy that helps keep you and your family cool and shaded from the blistering sun. As the leaves fall off and the cold air hits, your tree may seem innocent if you don’t know any better. Unfortunately, trees can develop diseases and problems within itself without you ever knowing it. When the snow and ice hit the area and accumulate on the limbs, a weak tree can turn into a dangerous obstacle in your yard.
Top Tips For Maintaining Your Fire Sprinkler System
In order to make sure that your fire sprinkler system is in good working order, should you ever need it, you will want to make use of the following tips. This way, you will never have to worry about whether your fire sprinkler system is going to put out the flames. Keep The Pipes Properly Insulated If you happen to live in a region of the country that has temperatures that drop below freezing during the winter months, you need to have the fire sprinkler pipes covered with insulation.
3 Great Reasons To Consider Copper Roofing Tiles
Out of all of the great roofing materials available to you, copper is perhaps one of the best options due to the many advantages it can offer over the competition. A copper roof can help improve your home’s energy efficiency, fire safety, and durability. Energy Efficiency Copper roofing tiles are a great choice if you want to lower your energy usage throughout the summer. The reason that copper can help you accomplish this is by helping keep your home cooler during the day.
Tips To Prevent Falls On Your Construction Site
It seems like everywhere you turn, something new is being built. Office buildings, housing developments and government buildings pop up everywhere, and you’re in charge of building them. As a construction professional, it’s your prerogative to get the job done safely, perfectly, and on time. Construction site safety is a major concern for business owners who want to keep their workers healthy. Especially during peak seasons like spring and summer, accidents and falls become increasingly more common.
Finding The Right Door For Your Patio
Having access to a patio can give you more livable space. The patio is typically separated from the interior of your home by patio doors, but selecting the right doors can be a difficult decision. Before you make a final decision, here are three things you should consider to ensure you install the right patio doors for your unique situation. 1. Consider your furniture placement in the room leading out to the patio.
Wildlife Friendly Fences: Suggestions For Ranch Owners
On ranches, the typical job of a fence is to keep in the livestock and establish a perimeter. Sometimes, however, fences can have an unintended consequence that affect local wildlife. Every year, animals like deer and bighorn sheep die trying to clear fences with barbed wire. Large birds perish when they become caught in the wires and barbs of the fences too difficult to see while in flight. Wildlife friendly fences do exist and are recommended for use on ranches where predation is not a major concern.
What Are The Differences Between Wrought And Cast Iron?
If you are thinking about adding some decorative iron work to your home, you may have some questions about the differences between wrought and cast iron. Often the two terms get used interchangeably when they are actually two different things. Wrought Iron Wrought iron is iron that has been heated up in a forge and then worked with tools in order to form it into a shape. This has traditionally been done by hand by trained blacksmiths.
Three Reasons To Install Impact Windows In Your Home
If you live in an area that is susceptible to hurricanes, tropical storms and other harsh forms of the elements, you owe it to yourself to get a nice set of impact windows installed. In doing this, you will have the best chance to protect your property and your household, and you’ll have peace of mind when it comes to surviving these storms. To learn more about these types of windows, consider the benefits set forth in this guide and touch base with a window contractor who can help you.
Keep Those Tiny Black Ants Out Of Your Kitchen
If you turn the lights on in your kitchen at night and frequently see a line of black ants marching across the counter top, it’s time to stop them in their tracks. These tiny ants can get into your kitchen through cracks in floor boards and window sills on their mission to find food. Make your kitchen inhospitable for these pests so you can work there without being disturbed by hungry ants.
Tips For Optimizing Light Inside Your Metal Building
When it comes to the speed of construction and durability, pre-engineered metal buildings are a popular choice. If the thought of a metal building makes you think of the drab grey structures of the past, you’re in for a surprise when you see how far they have come. Here is a look at several options available for bringing more light and brightness to the inside of your new pre-fab metal building.
Learn Four Door Options To Consider When Creating Your Ideal Entryway For Your Business
The entryway that you have in your business is important because it is the first interpretation customers have of your business. If you are having a building created for your businesses you will be able to choose from any entryway you want. The following guide walks you through a few of your options so that you can make an informed decision about which option is best for your business. Turn-Style Door
3 Signs You Should Get Your Sewer Line Repaired
Dealing with problems with your sewer pipes can be quite unpleasant. Sewer and plumbing related problems can make home life frustrating, yet with a little know how, there are quite a few problems you can handle. Yet, while a clogged toilet might be something you can handle on your own, there are quite a few problems which you should leave to the professionals. Such as… Soggy Patches In Your Yard
Four Things You Will Want To Know Before Choosing A New Boiler For Your Home
If you want to have a new boiler installed in your home, today you have many different choices. You can have a natural gas boiler, which is one of the most common systems installed in homes, or biomass and alternative energy systems can be installed. You can also integrate thermal storage and geothermal technology into the boiler system for your home. Here are some things that you will want to know about choosing the right boiler system for your home:
What Kind Of Well Pump Is Right For You?
Do you need to get a well pump installed on your property? A well pump could very well be a necessity for you and your family, you need water on a daily basis of course, but you should still take the time to research the options available to you before calling up a local contractor to begin installation. Most contractors will tell you that there are 3 different types of well pumps.
Can You Fix Water Damaged Walls Without Replacing Them?
A small water leak can lead to major damage on your ceiling or wall. If you act quickly, you may be able to avoid an extensive and costly repair. Assess the Damage Drywall doesn’t always require full replacement, depending on the extent of the water damage. If you want to try and save the drywall, especially if it was just a small leak that was quickly repaired, you will need to act quickly.
Fixing Damaged Roof Shingles: What You Need To Know
If you have asphalt roofing at your home, then there’s a chance that you’ll need to have your shingles repaired or replaced at some point—whether it be due to high winds, a hail storm, or just regular wear and tear over time. Fortunately, replacing or repairing asphalt shingles is quite simple and, with the right tools, is something you can even do yourself to cut down on repair costs. Before you get started, however, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.
Make Your Home Less Ghetto-Licious With These Three Fixes
If you bought a home that has a few style holdovers from the ‘70s or ‘80s, you may be champing at the bit to give it a makeover. But some of those projects can seem a little daunting or even too expensive. Here are three relatively easy fixes you can do on a small budget that yield big results. Get Rid of Ugly Wallpaper Many fixer-uppers harbor this makeover challenge: ugly wallpaper.
How To Properly Maintain Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is a common replacement for traditional wooden siding, and provides a similar aesthetic with the benefits of being rot, warping, and pest free. However, like all other parts of your house, vinyl siding still requires regular maintenance to stay in good condition. If you take proper care of your vinyl siding, you can extend it’s lifespan, saving you money in the long run by reducing how often you have to replace your siding.
Concrete Driveway Repair: How to Fix Small Cracks and Holes in 3 Easy Steps
Over time, you will find that your concrete driveway develops small cracks and holes as a result of fluctuating temperatures and the natural aging process. While you may think that repairing this damage will be complicated or expensive, the truth is, you can often repair this damage yourself without spending a small fortune in the process. In fact, by following the instructions outlined below, you will be able to complete these repairs in just three easy steps.
3 Reasons You Should Consider Artificial Turf For Your Yard
Once you are finished building your new home, you have the added responsibility of putting in a yard. However, what do you do if you aren’t looking forward to the hours of Saturday morning upkeep? If you love the look of grass but don’t want to deal with the hassle of caring for it, artificial turf might be right for you. Here are three reasons you should consider artificial turf for your yard and why you won’t regret your decision:
3 Benefits Of A French Drain
Basement flooding is one of the most frustrating problems that a homeowner can have. It causes a great deal of damage that is expensive to repair, and most of the ways to prevent basement flooding from happening are also very expensive. One way that many people are using to prevent basement flooding is to install a French drain, mostly because it is one of the more affordable, effective methods currently on the market.
Installing Carpet Tiles: A Step By Step Guide
One of the fastest and most affordable ways to dress up a room is to install a unique pattern of carpet tiles. Best of all, this simple remodeling task can often be completed on a do-it-yourself basis. In order to complete this project in your home, simply follow the steps outlined below. Supplies You Will Need measuring tape utility knife painter’s tape self adhesive carpet tiles (as many different colors as you like) pencil Step 1: Center The First Tile
Cut Your Home Cooling Costs Without Sacrificing Comfort
When the summer sun is blazing, many people crave being inside a nice, cool house. Your first instinct may be to crank up your air conditioner when it is hot out, but high summer utility bills may cause sticker shock when they come. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice personal comfort during the summer time in order to keep your utility bills down; use the following tips to cool your home more efficiently while keeping energy costs reasonable:
Popular Two Story House Plans
There are so many considerations that go into planning to build a house. One of the biggest is fitting as much living space into your plot as possible. For that, two story homes are very popular. They take up less horizontal space, relying on the vertical to increase your living area. Consider choosing a two story house plan not only for a smaller lot but also for the attractiveness of the design.
Three Tips For Filling In Cracks On Wood Countertops
Many people think that wood countertops are even more beautiful than their granite and marble counterparts. But the main downside with them is their tendency to develop cracks when placed under too much sudden strain. Luckily, following these three tips closely will help to make any cracks that do develop on your countertop virtually unnoticeable. Don’t Apply Too Thin Of A Wax The three main types of wax used to fill in cracks and abrasions on wood countertops are beeswax, paraffin wax, and carnauba wax.