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Getting a Concrete Patio Constructed

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting a Concrete Patio Constructed

A patio can be constructed using various types of materials. However, it is important to make sure that the material that is used for construction is chosen wisely. You don’t want a patio constructed that will require a lot of maintenance, or one that will need to be replaced in an untimely manner. Concrete is a great material to consider for your patio, as it has a few advantages over other pavement material types. In this article, you learn more about concrete so you can make a decision in regards to if it should be used for patio construction. 1. Lasts Longer Than Individual Pavers Your patio will stay in good shape a lot longer if you opt for concrete. The bad thing about using pavers is that they can shift as time passes by. You then end up having to repair each of the ones that have shifted. A slab of concrete is also durable because limestone is mixed with other materials before it is poured. Limestone is basically a rock that can make the concrete solid and harder to get damaged. If you opt for getting your concrete customized, you can ask the construction company to put a larger amount of limestone in the concrete mix than what is typically used. 2. A Stamping Technique Can Be Done Appeal Concrete is ideal as a patio construction material because it is more versatile than other types. There will be many looks that you can achieve by opting for concrete. The looks can be done via a technique that is known as stamping. What makes stamping concrete such a great technique is that it can give the pavement a variety of looks, depending on what you want. Bricks and natural stones are a few of the looks that can be achieved through concrete stamping. 3. An Epoxy Coating Can Be Applied Later It is natural for a patio material of any type to get damaged at some point, only some types last longer than other. When it comes to concrete, an epoxy coating can be applied when the surface becomes cracks and dull. First the cracks can be sealed up, and then the epoxy coating can be applied to prevent more cracks from developing. An epoxy coating is great for dull concrete because it will make it shine, which can create a fresh look. Your patio will also easier to clean after an epoxy coating is applied. For more information, contact a business such as Small’s Sand Gravel...

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Using Drywall Mud To Apply A Texture To Your Walls

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using Drywall Mud To Apply A Texture To Your Walls

Textured walls can give them some depth and create an interesting look in your room. There are several different textures you could choose from and the process of creating them is pretty simple if you are handy and good with basic DIY projects. There is no limit to the textures you can create if you use your imagination, so consider the options and think about what you might like to do to your walls or ceiling. Creating a Popcorn Texture In many new homes, the ceiling and sometimes the walls will have a texture called popcorn. It is a rough texture that is created by spraying drywall mud onto the walls or ceiling with a special spray gun. If you want to add a texture like this to your walls or ceiling, you can rent a sprayer from and equipment rental shop and spray it yourself. You will need joint compound or mud that has been thinned enough to work in the sprayer and the process is very messy so you will want to cover everything in the room in plastic before you start. It will take a little practice but if you spray the texture on just like spraying paint, with long slow strokes, you should get a really even coat. LAfter you are done, let it dry and then paint it. Brushed on Textures Brushed on textures are a little different because you do not thin the joint compound. Spread it on the wall in a thin even coat the use a brush, sponge, or trowel to make a pattern on the wall. repeat the pattern as often as you like or in any format you like until the entire wall is complete. Move on to the next wall and repeat the process. The great thing about textures is that there is no right or wrong. You can use any tool or object that you want to achieve your own, unique look. So go ahead and make it look any way you like and if you are happy with the results, let it dry thoroughly, prime the wall, and paint it with the color of your choice. Just remember that if you leave too much joint compound or mud on the wall, it may become brittle when it dries so keep the mud thin for best results. When your project is complete you will have something to show off to your friends and family and the sense of accomplishment that you did this yourself so have fun with it and make it your own. Contact a company like Rio  Grande Drywall Supply Co to learn more about drywall mud and its...

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4 Ways To More Easily & Accurately Use Expanding Foam Insulation

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To More Easily & Accurately Use Expanding Foam Insulation

If you an area around your home that you need to seal to keep out air leaks, one of the best way to do so is by using an expanding foam insulation. Here are a few tips that will help you easily and accurately get as much as you can out of each can of expanding foam insulation that you use. Use An Extension Tube To Extend Your Reach Expanding foam insulation comes with a stiff straw that you can use to more precisely aim the foam. However, this stiff straw is generally rather short and doesn’t offer you a lot of flexibility. If you need more flexibility, add ¼ inch extension tube on top of the stiff foam straw. This will allow you to reach locations that are harder to get to with your foam. For example, you can use the extension tube to guide the foam behind a pipe or in between wooden studs in your basement. The extension tube allows you to get into harder-to-reach places with your expanding foam insulation that you couldn’t get to with just the short, stiff straw. Help The Foam Expand When applying foam when it is not really humid outside, you are going to want to help the foam expand. The foam needs moisture in order to expand to its full size and cure properly. Before you apply the foam, use a spray bottle to gently mist the area where you want to put the foam. Don’t soak the area; if it is too wet, the foam will not stick. Just get it a little wet; this will help the foam cure and expand at a faster rate. Keep Acetone Nearby As you work with the foam, keep a bottle of acetone nearby. If you get the foam somewhere where you don’t want it, immediately grab the acetone and put it on the foam before it cures. If you do this before the foam cures, you should be able to remove the foam easily. If you don’t get the acetone on fast enough, you’ll have to scrape or sand off the misplaced foam, so keep the acetone close by as you work with the expanding foam insulation. Make Sure You Check The Date If you have had a can of expanding foam around in your garage or shed for a while, flip it over and check the expiration date on the bottom of the can before you it. If it is best its best by date, it is best to ditch the can and get a new one to ensure that the foam expands and cures properly and provides you with the protection that you are looking for.  For more tips, contact a company like Philo Insulation...

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Why People Still Choose Wooden Window Shutters

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why People Still Choose Wooden Window Shutters

If you want to invest in new window shutters for your home, you are probably familiar with all of the material options. Most stores seem to mainly carry synthetic products like vinyl, fiberglass, and PVC. These are definitely the more practical and affordable options to choose from. However, most homeowners will admit that they aren’t the most stylish for many types of construction. For instance, many of these synthetic products don’t match well with older homes that are made out of brick or wood. Because of this, many homeowners still choose to install wooden windows. There are actually many perks to installing wood, even though this material requires a little more maintenance. Wood Is Adaptable Wood is an adaptable product because it can be painted or stained. Basically, you can paint it any solid color imaginable. This means that you can make a wooden window actually look quite modern. This is a great attribute if your home has unique and ever-changing colors. Homeowners who are frequently updating their home decor love the fact that they can repaint their wooden windows quite easily. Synthetic products like vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass don’t look good if they are painted. In fact, if you use normal paint on top of a vinyl or fiberglass window, it will probably chip off quite easily. Repainting wooden windows is a simple and fun DIY project. Most people actually apply a clear stain or oil to their wood because they want to highlight the natural grains within the wood texture. This is especially popular on rustic construction. Since you are likely to have several pieces of stained wood and furniture throughout your house, you can choose a product that you can easily match with your existing color schemes. Wood Style Is Unmatchable If you have been shopping and looking at the synthetic finishes, you have undoubtedly seen products with fake wooden finishes and textures. Of course, this is further testament to the unmatched style of natural wood. In reality, these products might look quite convincing, but they don’t look nearly as good as the real thing. If you want the look of real wood, you might as well just get it. Wood does require a little bit more maintenance, but this is not something need to worry about more than once (or maybe twice at the most) in a 10-year span. As long as you keep an eye on your new wooden fixtures, you won’t have to do any serious repairs or invest any extra money. Talk to a company such as Active Hurricane & Security Protection to learn more about windows, shutters, and so...

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3 Types Of Exterior Demolition Work That A Demolition Service Can Provide

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Types Of Exterior Demolition Work That A Demolition Service Can Provide

If you need to have something demolished, you should consider hiring a demolition service. This article will discuss 3 types of exterior demolition work that a demolition service can provide.  Site Demolition  A very common but crucial type of exterior demolition work that a demolition service can provide for you is site demolition. This is going to involve demolishing an entire structure, whether it be a home, a store, a restaurant, or some other type of building. This is generally done if for one reason or another the building is no longer structurally sound, whether it be because the building is so old that it no longer passes building codes and/or inspections or because it was damaged by a fire, a storm, etc. A demolition service is going to be able to use specialized mechanical equipment, such as wrecking balls, cranes, bull dozer, excavators, and more, to perform the demolition is the quickest and most efficient way possible. These tools have the power behind them in order to tear down almost any structure, and the workers running them have the training and experience necessary to run them properly. Concrete Breaking And Removal Another type of exterior demolition that can be done by a demolition service is concrete breaking and removal. This is great for residential areas where a driveway needs to be removed, or commercial areas where a parking lot needs to be removed. In both cases, the concrete is going to be broken up into smaller pieces using some type of mechanical hammer, whether this be hand operated or attached a machine. These broken pieces are then going to be scooped up using a tractor with a scoop attached to it. The broken up pieces will then be carried by the tractor into a dumpster and will then be taken off the construction site for you.  Dismantling and Salvage  If you have something that is a bit smaller scale that you need to be dismantled, this can also be done by a demolition service. For example, if you have a wooden deck that is no longer useful to you, but that still has parts that can be salvaged, you will want to go this route when you choose to have it demolished. This is going to be more carefully done than most other forms of demolition, so as to not completely destroy the pieces of the deck, or other structure, that is being...

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Custom Construction Wiring: Security Upgrades To Install As Your New Home Is Built

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Custom Construction Wiring: Security Upgrades To Install As Your New Home Is Built

Now that you’ve selected your building site and your interior decor, upgrade the security and control systems in your new home while it’s being built. Whether you’ve chosen a model home or a custom design, it’s easy to work with your contractor to add simple elements to your home’s wiring design to make it safer and more convenient for living, working and playing. Many security and home-management upgrades need to be done before your walls are finished to avoid the tacky look of exposed wiring that’s common with post-construction electrical, electronic or cable additions. Research and discuss with your contractor any of the following upgrades before the licensed electrician, cable guy and phone tech start running their wires: Security features for everyday living When you have a centrally wired and connected alarm and HVAC system, you safeguard your home from intrusion, property damage and fire no matter where you are. Smart homes can be programmed to be warm and well-lit as you return from work, protecting you from injury at night and ensuring your comfort while conserving energy when no one is home. A central smart-home system alerts you to a malfunctioning heating system, a broken hot water heater or a pet on the loose. Use your phone and the home-management system to lock the garage door from work if you forget, or let your spouse in the door if they’ve been accidentally locked out. Many of these features work with voice commands so people with disabilities can manage their households more easily. Extra lighting for safety and security Most new home construction includes standard outdoor lighting. Visit your new home construction site in the evening to learn where any dark areas are, and arrange with your contractor to include additional exterior lighting in those spots. You want good visibility along walkways and driveways for safety. Entrances, exits and porches should also be wired for lighting fixtures.  Wiring your home for motion-sensing floodlights is additional security if you live near predatory wild animals, in dimly lit rural areas or in busy neighborhoods.  Lighting along stairways, hallways and other dark interior areas of your home is also a good idea, especially if you have small children or people with vision impairment. Battery-back-up LED lighting and night-activated lights that are flush with walls and stair bases look good as built-ins. They keep stumbles to a minimum during power outages and nighttime trips to the kitchen. Wired and wi-fi connections for life and work Wi-fi connectivity is great when you have a household full of devices that need a signal. Create a hub for all of your devices, or ask your contractor to hire a trusted sub contractor to install one for you as your home is being built. A hub allows you to automate, create routines and personalize your entire system. Running a fully wired internet connection with ports throughout your home is a more secure set up for work-at-home web use. It’s a smart idea to have CAT5/6, coax cable, alarm wires, camera wires, audio wires and fiberoptic wires run as the home is being built if you plan to use any devices or electronics using these types of connections. For example, if you plan to install a home theater later, have audio, cable and internet wires routed to the...

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3 FAQs On Asphalt Paving

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 FAQs On Asphalt Paving

Asphalt paving can be a worthwhile investment for your home, as it can enhance the beauty of the exterior and provide a neat and easily maintainable surface for your driveway. However, asphalt can be susceptible to damage over time, so regular maintenance and repairs are needed to ensure the surface stays intact and appealing. Here is a look at frequently asked questions on asphalt paving to help you better care for your paved surfaces and hopefully increase their lifespan.  Why is seal coating important?  Asphalt is essentially a porous material that can sustain damage due prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, snow, and ice. Pooling water, oil spills, or even antifreeze can also degrade the asphalt surface, making it susceptible to water infiltration and fading. Seal coating basically protects the surface from oxidation caused by sunlight and seals the surface from infiltrating water, helping to prevent damage and fading. Before seal coating your driveway, be sure to clean it with a stiff broom so as to remove debris and stains that may prevent the sealant from adhering to the surface properly. You should then use a squeegee to apply the sealer to the driveway, ensuring you cover every inch of the surface so as to offer proper protection to your investment.  Why are there texture variations? Typically, asphalt contractors use a paving machine to apply and spread asphalt over your driveway and sidewalks. However, there are some areas where the machine can’t effectively spread the asphalt due to its size. This means that sections along walls or on narrow walkways have to be spread and raked manually using a squeegee. Areas done by hand tend to have a slightly different texture to areas done by machine. This is usually normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. As the driveway ages, the areas with different texture will usually become less noticeable.  What is the difference between a prime coat and an overlay? A prime coat is typically an application of low viscosity asphalt that is spread over the stone base course that acts as the foundation of your paved surface. The prime coat serves to strengthen the base course, preventing the erosion of gravel and stone that would eventually weaken the entire paved surface. The prime coat also helps the top pavement layer to adhere properly to the base course, increasing the structural integrity of the entire paved surface.  An overlay on the other hand is a layer of hot mix asphalt that is applied on an existing paved surface to fix damage such as extensive cracks and fading. The overlay will often make the surface smooth and more aesthetic, helping to prolong the life of your asphalt paving.  For more information, contact local professionals like Phend &...

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Three Types Of Cranes

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types Of Cranes

When you have to consider renting a crane, it is not as easy as going to a heavy-machinery rental facility and asking for a crane. Instead, you need to know that cranes are purpose-built to handle certain working conditions. Thus, you need to know enough about your needs to at the very least discuss what kind of crane you need. Having an idea of what kind for cranes are out there will also help you to get the right crane for your needs.  Loader Crane A loader crane is attached to the back of a truck or trailer and is used to lift loads onto the platform to which it is attached. You could use such a crane to lift the engine out of a car or truck, take it to your mechanic shop, then return it to the vehicle you removed it from. You could also use a loader crane to load boxes or equipment onto the back of a truck. While you will likely want to buy a crane at some point if you have a consistent need for a loader crane, it may be more economically feasible to rent one in the beginning.  Tower Crane A tower crane consists of a base in the form of a tower and a crane arm that is used to lift objects into place. Such cranes are useful in building tall buildings. You can even buy or rent self-erecting cranes, meaning you can use the crane to lift sections of the tower into place so that the crane can grow as each successive level of the building is erected. If you are transitioning into building tall buildings, it may be again helpful to rent a tower crane while you acquire the capital to buy one.  Telescopic Crane A telescopic crane will have a boom consisting of sections that slip inside the previous section. This means that you can keep the sections of the crane retracted for smaller jobs, then extend the sections to allow you to handle larger jobs. This makes a telescoping crane a versatile option for someone whose business is just expanding to need a crane.  These are just a few of the types of cranes that you could rent, but they should at least give you an indication of what types of variables you need to consider when choosing a crane. If you are still not quite sure what type of a crane you will need, you should talk over your situation with a company that rents cranes, such as HB Crane Services, so they can use their expertise to suggest a crane that will work for your...

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Gutter-Cleaning Tips

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gutter-Cleaning Tips

Gutters are narrow trays that run along the edges of your roof and collect rainwater. The spouts at the ends of the gutters allow the excess water to drain onto the ground below so that water doesn’t collect on the roof and damage it. If the gutters are clogged and full of leaves, twigs and other debris, gutters can’t do their jobs properly.  If you own a home, cleaning your gutters probably isn’t on your list of favorite things to do. It’s important that you do the job at least once a year, however, to keep the gutters clean and free of debris. If your area experienced a strong, windy storm that knocked branches and leaves off of the trees in your yard, you’ll most likely need to clean out your gutters soon after it. If you don’t want to clean out your gutters yourself, you can call in a professional to handle the task for you.  Here are some tips to help you easily, safely and effectively clean your gutters: 1. Protect Your Lawn  Prior to cleaning out your home’s gutter, spread a large plastic tarp on the grass below the area you’re working on. The tarp will help protect your grass from wet, soggy debris, and will make clean-up much easier. When you’re done cleaning, simply gather the tarp and dump the contents into a trash bin. 2. Be Safe  Since gutters are located just under the roof, you’ll need to use a ladder to access them. Choose a safe, sturdy, extendable one, and have a “spotter” stand at the bottom for stability as you clean the gutters.  Before you get started, put on a pair of protective gloves to avoid making contact with the gutter debris. 3. Scoop it Up Use a deep plastic scoop, a small shovel or a garden trowel first to remove all of the large gunk from the gutters before rinsing them clean. You can either dump the contents into a garbage bag or directly onto the tarp you have set up below. 4. Rinse it Out After getting rid of any large clogs in the gutters, rinse them clean with a garden hose equipped with a high-powered nozzle. Spray the water toward the ends of the gutters, so that the water will flow out the drains, or downspouts. Then, rinse the downspouts clean as well.  5. Protect the Gutters  If you want to protect your gutters from large clogs in the future, consider installing leaf traps on the drains or investing in gutter covers.  For more information, contact a business such as Mr.Gutter,...

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Enhance Exterior Wooden Trim That Surrounds New Windows

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Enhance Exterior Wooden Trim That Surrounds New Windows

If you recently had new window panes installed in your home, enhance the exterior wooden trim that surrounds them by removing peeling paint, cleaning the wood, and adding a couple coats of exterior paint that is a bold color. Follow the steps below.  Materials Needed paint scraper putty knife emery cloth  tack cloth detergent water hose bucket natural-bristle scrub brush plastic sheeting painter’s tape exterior primer exterior paint mixing stick paint tray paint roller thin paintbrush ​Remove Peeling Paint And Sand Rough Spots On The Wood Use a paint scraper or putty knife to carefully remove loose pieces of paint from the wooden trim. Do not exert excessive force with either tool because it can cause marks to appear in the wood. If the wood trim pieces have a rough spots on their exterior, eliminate them by moving an emery cloth firmly back and forth over each section. Afterwards, wipe away sanding dust with a tack cloth. Eliminate Stains From The Trim And Apply A Coat Of Primer Mix a small amount of detergent and warm water together. Use a handheld scrub brush that has natural bristles to apply the cleaning solution to any surface stains on the wooden trim pieces. Move the brush swiftly over each dirty surface. Once the trim pieces are clean, rinse them off with a water hose. Cover the portions of siding that are adjacent to the trim pieces with plastic sheeting that is secured with strips of painter’s tape. Stir a can of exterior primer and pour a small amount of it into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to apply the primer to the wood in straight lines. Use a thin paintbrush to cover small trim sections that were not covered completely with the paint roller.  Cover The Primed Trim With A Couple Coats Of Paint Clean out the paint tray and pour a small amount of exterior paint that has been mixed into it. Apply the paint over the primer with the roller and thin paintbrush. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before adding an additional one. After the second coat of paint has had plenty of time to dry, carefully remove the pieces of tape that are secured to the plastic sheeting that is covering the siding. The freshly-painted wooden trim will draw attention to the new windows that were installed in your home and give your home’s exterior an improved appearance.  For assistance, contact a company like Stetson...

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