2016

What Should You Be Doing To Protect The Asphalt Surface Of Your New Driveway?

After having asphalt poured on your property to create a smooth new driveway, you may be eager to start using it each day. As time wears on, however, you might wonder whether you’re able to do anything to protect the surface and keep it from becoming faded and cracked. Luckily, if you regularly take steps to maintain the asphalt surface of your driveway, it will remain intact. Use the guidance below to know what you should be doing.


What Every Horse Barn Owner Needs To Know About Hay And Fire And Life Safety Systems

In south Florida, 12 horses were killed in a barn fire. If you own a horse barn, it’s important for you to protect your investment and your equine friends from deadly barn fires. Here’s what you need to know.  Keep hay out!  As a horse barn owner, you likely already know the importance of fire prevention, such as not allowing anyone to smoke in and around the barn; however, did you know that hay is highly combustible?


A Few Routine Concerns About Replacement Windows Addressed

Owning a home can entail having to perform a number of maintenance tasks over the time that you own the house. However, if you have only recently become a homeowner, there are likely some questions about replacing your windows that you might want answered. Why Would A Homeowner Want To Replace Their Windows? Some homeowners may be under the impression that they will only need to have their windows replaced if the glass breaks or is otherwise damaged.


Masonry Restoration: 3 Things You Can Do To Determine Whether Mortar Joints Need To Be Repointed

Water can easily enter through mortar joints in the bricks and cause water damage to the walls. Depending on the quality of the original workmanship, most repointing jobs can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years; however, if you’ve noticed water stains on your walls and are curious as to whether the mortar joints need to be repointed, here are 3 things you can do. Inspect the Mortar Joints for Hairline Cracks


Finally Building On Your Vacant Land? What Are Your Options?

If you purchased a plot of vacant land a few years (or even decades) ago with intentions of building your dream home from the ground up, you may have finally decided that there’s no time like the present to get started. However, the prospect of custom building a home can be overwhelming, especially when you’re forced to make hundreds of decisions (from floor plan to fixtures) quickly while also arranging constructing financing, packing your household belongings, and investigating moving truck rental rates.


Own A Parking Garage? What You Need To Know About The Dangers Of Pollutants & How To Clean Them

If you own a parking garage, it’s important that you hire a street sweeper. When street sweepers are use for streets and roadways, it’s primarily to prevent pollutants from getting into waterways. But for parking garages, street sweepers are important for the structural integrity of the garage and to help keep patrons from slipping and falling. Here’s what you need to know. Damage to Structural Materials Pollutants from vehicles and water can damage the structure, which will diminish the integrity of the garage.


How A Sealed Furnace Benefits Your Home

Energy efficiency is a big deal for many new homes and plenty of older homes, as well. That means the average home is built with fewer opportunities for indoor air to leak out (and outdoor air to leak in, for that matter). This tighter envelop makes it easier to heat your home efficiently, but it can also pose some dangerous issues if you’re using a conventional furnace that’s left open to your home.


4 Plumbing Supply Items You May Want To Have Available For Simple Repairs

Plumbing in your home is something that you may not even think about until there is a problem. One day, something unexpectedly gets washed down the drain, and you may find yourself with a major headache on your hands. When you do not have any tools or supplies available, the last resort will be to contact a plumbing service. Here are the most essential items to keep in your home to deal with common plumbing emergencies:


Safety Fence Options For Your Home Construction Project

When you’re starting a construction project on your property, safety is a key consideration. Not only should you be considering your own safety and that of the others working on-site, but you should also be attentive to the safety of others who may be in the neighborhood. The last thing you need is to have someone wander onto the site and suffer an injury. Here’s a look at a few different types of fence that you can install to keep the hazards in and wanderers out.


Has A Ceiling Leak Affected Your Hardwood Floors? What Are Your Cleanup And Repair Options?

Dealing with a leak in your roof or ceiling can have you scrambling to make repairs before permanent structural damage occurs. While shingles can be patched and drywall replaced relatively quickly, you may find yourself neglecting (or merely forgetting about) the hardwood flooring below this leak once the initial moisture has been sopped up. Unfortunately, failing to take remediative efforts once your hardwood floors have been exposed to moisture could leave you facing an expensive repair or replacement process.


3 Exterior Home Features Ideal For Improving Basement Bedroom Conversions

A lot of square footage and usable space can be added to your home when you decide to finish the basement. Turning the basement into a bedroom is a great way to create an in-law apartment or a private area for older children. As you finish and plan the inside of the basement, it’s also important to consider the exterior of the home. There are three different features that you can have applied to the exterior of the house that will provide benefits for a basement bedroom and help the room thrive for years to come.


Should You Try To Temper Your Own Tools At Home?

Whether you’re a professional carpenter or just a hobbyist, you may struggle with a constant dilemma when it comes to tool purchases. Purchasing inexpensive tools may leave you searching for a replacement part (or tool) after just a few projects, but buying tools made from tempered iron or steel can leave you without much room in your budget for other materials. Fortunately, some enterprising woodworkers and construction professionals have designed a cheap and effective workaround – tempering your current tools from the comfort of your own home, using only a high-temperature oven and deep fryer.


Two Bathroom Remodeling Additions To Assist Seniors

If you are considering remodeling the bathroom on your home and have a senior relative living with you, then it may be best to choose options that are friendly to the elderly. Around 235,000 people are injured in the bathroom each year, and these injuries increase with age. Most injuries occur around the bathtub or shower and around the toilet as well. Thankfully, there are several different additions you can add to the room to reduce injury concerns.


What You Should Know about Furnace Pressure Switches and Testing Them for Failure

Your residential natural gas furnace relies upon a variety of electronic controls and switches to function safely and efficiently. One such component is the pressure switch, and if there is something wrong with the switch, then the furnace won’t operate. Below is more information on gas furnace pressure switches as well as how you can test your switch for proper operation: What you should know about furnace pressure switches Pressure switches prevent operation of the furnace if air pressure inside the vent fails to fall within a predetermined range.