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Apply Epoxy Grout In Between Stones That Form A Walkway

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Apply epoxy grout in between the stones that form a new walkway across your property to prevent water from penetrating the pathway and causing the stones to shift by following the instructions below. After you are finished, appreciate the beauty of the walkway and use it on a regular basis without needing to worry about damage occurring. Materials broom water hose industrial strength detergent long-handled scrub brush mixing stick epoxy grout for exteriors grout bag hand trowel sponge water Clean The Walkway Sweep the walkway to eliminate large pieces of debris. Clean the stones and the areas between them with a soapy scrub brush to remove dirty residue. Do not use too much pressure while completing this step so that the stones do not shift. Rinse the walkway off with a water hose that has a strong stream of water coming out of the nozzle. Wait for the stones and gaps that are between them to dry completely. Apply The Epoxy Grout Open a container of epoxy grout that is designed for exteriors. This type of grout won’t shrink or become loose when it is exposed to moisture. Stir the contents until the consistency of the product is smooth and creamy. Pour the grout into a grout bag. Secure the end of the bag and squeeze it to push the contents towards the tip of the bag. Begin in one corner of the walkway. Place the tip of the bag in between two of the stones. Gently squeeze the end of the bag until the grout is dispensed. Fill each gap until it is level with the stones that surround it. After all of the gaps have been filled, smooth out the surface of the grout with a hand trowel. Wipe the surface of each stone with a damp sponge if any grout spilled onto them. Rinse the sponge out after it becomes covered with grout as you are completing this step. Wait the recommended amount of time for the grout to dry. It should be clearly listed on the back of the packaging. Use the walkway whenever you are spending time outdoors. The grout will hold up during inclement weather and will not crack or become damaged when weight is placed on it. Keep the walkway looking nice by sweeping it off regularly and removing surface stains with soapy water and a water hose several times throughout the...

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How Can You Cheaply Get Rid Of Construction Debris?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve recently had your home remodeled or renovated, you may have already stretched your home improvement budget (and credit) thin after paying the contractor and making arrangements for your family to stay elsewhere while your home was being improved. However, unless debris removal was specifically laid out in your home improvement contract, you could find yourself facing a pile of construction debris with no way to easily remove it. How can you inexpensively rid yourself of these leftovers cluttering your home and lawn? Read on to learn more about your most cost-efficient junk removal options. Recycling In situations that require you to dispose of aluminum or steel scraps, old asphalt shingles, or scrap lumber, recycling may be the most efficient way to do so — and perhaps even make some money. Depending upon the recycling facilities available in your area, you should be able to get rid of most of the construction byproducts in your yard and home.  Aluminum, steel, and other metals can be sorted and recycled at a metal recycling facility. You’ll be paid a specific price per pound for each type of metal you’re recycling and can often earn enough by this process to pay for the cost of loading and transporting these metals to the facility. In some cases, you may even be able to earn a premium over this amount and can use these excess funds to pay to remove any remaining junk. The asphalt in shingles can be removed, melted down, and used to create the “hot mix” asphalt that is used to pave roads and patch driveways. Scrap lumber can be recycled into wood mulch or repurposed into smaller pieces of lumber.  Rent an open-top dumpster If the junk left at your home isn’t likely to be recyclable but is too large or unwieldy for you to transport to the dump yourself in your truck or SUV, you may be able to rent an open-top dumpster that you can fill up with junk and have hauled away. These dumpsters are available in a variety of sizes and price ranges, and you should be eyeball the size of your junk pile to accurately estimate the size of container you’ll need. Renting the smallest possible dumpster that can still fit all your items will help cut rental and transportation costs. In some cases, you may find that you overestimated the amount of space you’d need to dispose of your junk. If you find yourself in this situation, you can use this opportunity to dispose of any large or difficult-to-transport items you’ve been wanting to get rid of for...

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3 Ways To Improve The Outside Of Your Home

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Many homeowners start to get sick of their house after a few years of ownership. This may be because it’s not new and exciting anymore or that it doesn’t meet all of their needs. If you’re looking for ways to make improvements without having to move to another home, consider making changes to the outside of your home so that you can be happier. Take a look at the following information to better understand some of the ways you can improve the outside of your home. Consider Hiring a Landscaping Team If you struggle to keep up with your lawn’s needs, this may be another reason why you don’t love your current home. It can be a challenge to find enough time to handle landscaping needs without professional help. Working with a landscaping team can make it possible for you to liven up your front and back yard areas. You will be amazed just how different your home looks when it’s surrounded by colorful flowers and full bushes and trees. This can make your home more welcoming and can make you feel proud when you come home each day.  Invest in a Custom Pool  Have you always dreamed of having a great pool area to relax and keep cool during the hot summer months? Now the time to make this investment! You can work with a company to create a custom pool design that meets your needs. You can decide whether you want an in-ground or above ground pool, how deep you’d like the water to go, and whether you want a diving board or a slide. This can be a great way to create an outside space that you and your family will love.  Buy Nice Lawn Furniture If you have old lawn chairs and other furniture, it can make the outside of your home look and feel unattractive. It’s worthwhile to invest in quality lawn furniture. This can improve the overall look of your home and can also make your outside space more comfortable. Once you make this purchase, you may find that you’re more likely to want to have friends and family members over for social events.  There are ways to love your current home more! Take the time to consider improving the outside area of your home so that you can feel more satisfied with your home purchase. The above tips are just some ways you can make a big...

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3 Things You Need To Know About Your AC System And Your Utility Bill

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Everyone would like to save money on their utility bill. If you are not careful, you can easily overspend on your energy bill each month. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to keep your bill low without causing everyone in the house to become overheated. Here are a couple tips. 1. Close The Vents and The Room Doors If you have rooms that are not being used in the house, you should make sure that those vents are closed. Part of the reason why it takes so much energy to cool down your house is because it has to cool the entire house. If there are parts of the house that aren’t used regularly, like a storage room or a guest room, you can save a good deal of money by simply closing off those rooms. It should be mentioned, that if you just close the vent, you will obstruct the air in that room, but the AC will still try to cool it because the door is open. This can actually cost you money. This is why you need to make sure that if the vent is closed, so is the door as well. 2. Move Your Air Conditioner’s Thermostat A thermostat will detect the heat in the house from its immediate location. This means if you have the thermostat by the stove, TV, or any other thing that gives off heat next to the thermostat, you are asking for problems. It will detect the house as being hotter than it really is and cause the AC to turn up more and more. This is why you should look at the furniture that you have put around the thermostat and determine if it could be affecting your AC. 3. Adjust Your Thermostat When You Are Not Home Some people have adopted the misunderstanding that it takes more energy to adjust the thermostat throughout the day. For example, they believed if they turn the AC to 80 degrees while they are gone, and then back down to 75 when they are home, it would take more money. This is simply not the case. It does not take more energy to try and cool it those extra 5 degrees when you get home. It will however save you money on your utility bill in the long run. These are just 3 things you need to know about saving money on your energy bill.  For professional air conditioning services, contact a company such as Advanced Heating &...

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Three Types Of Metal Roofing That Can Be Used To Replace Asphalt Shingles

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have asphalt shingles, they will eventually need to be replaced after years of wear. The asphalt deteriorates and the shingles will begin to fall apart. An alternative to asphalt that you may want to consider is metal roofing. With metal roofing, there are choices of many different styles for different budgets. You can even have stamped metal shingles installed on your home. Here are the choices you have to replace your asphalt with metal roofing: 1. Stamped Metal Roofing For A Decorative Look Stamped metal roofing can give you a metal roofing choice that is similar to shingles. In fact, these roofing products are often shingle styles and installed in the same manner as asphalt materials. They can come in decorative roofing tiles, shakes and other styles to give you a choice of the look of the new metal roofing on your home. It will also be easy to repair any damage with this type of roofing by simply replacing damaged pieces, which is something that you will probably rarely, if ever, have to do. 2. Long Lasting And Durable Standing Seam Metal Roofing Standing seam metal roofing can give you one of the best roofing solutions. Seamless systems have seams that are above the roof, which are fastened together in a way that makes them less likely to leak. In addition to a standing seam, you can also have a rubber membrane installed beneath this material to give it extra protection.  This can be used to ensure that wood roof decking does not rot due to small leaks that may get beneath the roofing, or due to condensation that can form on or under metal when weather changes. 3. Affordable Roofing Solutions With Metal Roofing Panels There are also some affordable roofing solutions if you want to use metal roofing on your home. Metal roofing panels can also be used for your new roof, which can cost less than stamped or standing seam solutions. These are panels that overlap each other to provide a water-tight seal. They can also come in many different styles, which tin roofs are the most recognizable example of metal roofing. They can even easily be installed by any DIY enthusiast and are ideal for smaller homes. These are some of the choices that you may want to consider to replace your asphalt shingles with new metal roofing. If you are ready to have a new, long-lasting roof installed on your home, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about the best options for your budget. For professional roofing services, contact a company such as Palmer...

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Easy Ways To Avoid Elevator Breakdowns

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Elevator breakdowns are scary and can be dangerous. Have more than a couple such incidents and your tenants and/or customers will consider taking their business elsewhere. Even long wait times can discourage and annoy customers. Fortunately, there are several easy things you can do to help insure that your elevators are running safely and efficiently. Ways to avoid elevator problems 1. Take steps to thwart vandals. Vandalism isn’t just unsightly, but can cause your elevators to fail prematurely. Avoid such issues by installing vandal-proof interiors and control panels, so that would-be criminals can’t get their hands on the critical buttons. Keeping your elevators running smoothly can also help to prevent vandalism caused by frustrated riders. 2. Evaluate wait times and performance. Long wait times are frustrating to visitors and can be a sign of an issue with the elevator’s central control panel. A good way to gauge the unit performance is to record the times, both in peak and non-peak hours, and compare them to the manufacturers’ specifications. Noticing a consistent variance early can help you address the issue before it becomes an aggravation to your visitors. 3. Don’t ignore an aging elevator. Elevator technology is changing constantly. Therefore, most elevators will need to be replaced as the new models outpace the old. Signs that it’s time to order a new model include slow response times and higher than average energy bills. Just upgrading your control system to one that uses a micro-processor can reduce your riders’ wait times by up to 50 percent. 4. Maintaining good ventilation. Overheating is a common problem with elevators. Since elevator control systems are frequently located in areas that aren’t cooled during warm weather season, ventilation is essential to keep humidity and excessive heat from taxing the system. The temperature in uncooled spaces on the upper levels of buildings can get extremely hot in the middle of the summer. 5. Keeping your system clean. Dirt and debris that collect in your elevator’s central control system can cause the system to have to work harder to push all of that dust around, thus shortening the lifespan of the entire system. While all elevators have a problem every once in a while, you can dramatically reduce the problems you and your visitors and tenants have with your elevators by planning for your elevator to become obsolete, maintaining adequate ventilation and taking steps to prevent and control vandalism. To learn more about elevators, contact someone like Golden State Elevator Service...

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About The Worthiness Of An Air-Entrained Concrete Driveway

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Are you tired of the bricks shifting in your driveway and want to get it reconstructed with concrete? You can also have problems with a concrete driveway, but it will be more durable if you get it constructed with air-entrained concrete. Find out below how an air-entrained concrete driveway can make your investment worthy, as well as what construction is estimated to cost.     What is Air-Entrained Concrete? Unlike the typical concrete that is used for constructing a driveway, air-entrained concrete contains a lot of microscopic bubbles. The bubbles are created by a contractor putting air in the concrete mixture. The amount of air used will depend on the quality of concrete that you invest in. The air bubbles will make up a large portion of the consistency of the concrete. However, you don’t have to worry about the strength of the concrete being compromised from the presence of bubbles. Air-entrained concrete is created with bubbles of a certain size and spaced in a specific way to keep the concrete firm. What Makes Air-Entrained Concrete a Worthy Investment? Air-entrained concrete is worthy because the bubbles in it can keep your driveway durable, as less maintenance will be necessary. The air bubbles are able to prevent the concrete from getting damaged from too much pressure. For instance, concrete can develop pressure when it is frozen and the ice begins to thaw out. The air bubbles will give the water from thawed ice a way to escape. If you use regular concrete, water will have nowhere to escape except by rising to the surface of the driveway. The pressure sits under the aggregate materials until it forces its way through and causes surface scaling. You then end up having to invest in repairs. Air-entrained concrete gets rid of the problem of premature surface scaling. Concrete can naturally get cracked and scaly over time, but it lasts longer when it is air entrained. What is the Estimated Price of a Concrete Driveway? The square footage of the driveway will be the main thing factored into the price of construction. Hiring a professional to remove the old driveway materials can also affect the price. You can expect to spend at least $900 or more for your new driveway. Get in touch with a contractor (such as one from so that he or she can start constructing your air-entrained concrete driveway as soon as...

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Preventing Toilet Clogs

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Dealing with toilet clogs is never a pleasant experience, but it’s something that most homeowners and even renters will run into at one point or another. When a serious clog occurs, it’s in your best interest to call a plumbing professional. However, there are some steps that you and others in your household can take to help prevent toilet clogs and prolong the life of your home’s plumbing system as a whole. DO Hold a “What Not to Flush” Presentation A lot of times, clogs are caused when products that aren’t supposed to be flushed are put down the toilet. If clogs have become a common occurrence at your home, you might consider talking with the other members of your household about what is appropriate to flush down the toilet versus what could damage the plumbing system. For example, many women don’t realize that they’re not supposed to flush tampons, and a lot of people also don’t know that most baby wipes and other cotton-based paper products (such as cotton balls) can also clog toilet drains. Sometimes, then, all it takes is a little clarification to resolve this issue. DO Keep Toilet Bowl Jets Clean Around the inside perimeter of your toilet bowl, there are multiple jets that are used to pump water out as your toilet flushes. Over time, these jets can become dirty and/or clogged, which can reduce their power and thus make your toilet more prone to clogging. Every few weeks, then, it’s in your best interest to clean off those jets using your toilet bowl cleaner or a toothbrush that’s no longer being used. DON’T Use Just Any Drain Cleaner Finally, don’t make the mistake of pouring just any drain cleaner down your toilet in an effort to keep your toilet drain clear. Be sure to carefully read the label of any store-bought drain cleaner, as many of them are not safe for use in toilet drains. That’s because many drain cleaners contain chemicals that product a great amount of heat while in action; this heat can be damaging to the plastic components of your toilet and its drainage system.  Now that you know what to do and what not to do when it comes to preventing clogs in your toilet, you can be sure to better protect your home’s plumbing system. As a result, you could save some money on maintenance and repairs down the road. For really bad clogs, contact a company like Always On Call Mountain Mechanical for help, and ask what they recommend in the future to prevent...

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How To Install Hardwood Floors On Your Own

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Installing hardwood floors is a great way to transform any room. Hardwood is a stylish and extremely durable flooring option for just about any room in a home. This article will explain the installation process of prefabricated products. Getting the Right Product You can easily install your hardwood floor on your own with minimal power tools, but only if you buy the right product. Some hardwood flooring products need to be installed by professionals. Many prefabricated hardwood floors are sold over the counter at home improvement retail stores. These are the floors that are the easiest to assemble and install on your own. They are sold in packs of anywhere from 6 to 12 planks. The planes are usually 8-10′ long and 4-12″ wide. Look for the square footage coverage on the pack and take measurements of your property to see how many you will need. It is always a good idea to buy at least one extra pack because you are bound to waste some wood when it comes to cutting along the edges and walls. Laying the Floor Prefabricated hardwood flooring systems are made with a simple tongue and groove system. You simply attach each piece to each other with the tongue and groove, so you do not need to use screws or glue. However, the planks do not just snap into place. You will need to use a rubber mallet to knock the pieces together. Start with the tongue side facing the wall, then align the tongue of the next piece with it. Lay both pieces perfectly flat on the floor. Try to push the tongue into the groove as much as possible, then come along with a rubber mallet and knock it until it is tight. Be sure that you are only knocking on the groove side of the plank. Knocking the tongue side could ruin the plank. The hardwood will cover your floor very quickly once you start the installation. The hardest part is cutting the pieces to length. However, if you own or rent a simple miter saw, you can make short work of most cuts. It might get slightly more tricky if you have angled or rounded walls. With a compound miter saw you can easily make the mitered cuts. After the floor is installed, you are basically done because prefabricated floors already have a laminated finish. Your new floor will be ready to endure everyday wear and tear. Enjoy it! If you run into trouble, or would like a professional to install your floor, call a professional like MD Walk On Wood...

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3 Ways To Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As summer nearly approaches it is important that you are able to stay as comfortable as possible in your own home, even given the warm outside temperatures. Not only do you want to feel comfortable in your home, but you also want to be certain that your air conditioner isn’t going to break the bank this summer. To ensure you are not overworking your AC system, here are a few things that you can do at home for no-cost to improve the performance of your air conditioning unit: Moving Furniture Away from Vents: Though you may have a specific layout in your home the appeals to your needs, you may want to rethink how furniture pieces are positioned in your home. If furniture items like a couch, bookcases, or side tables are in front of your AC vents then you could definitely be experiencing a lack of air flow from your AC unit. This can cause you to run your AC longer just so you can feel a difference in the temperature.  Vacuum Filters: To ensure air from your AC condenser is being delivered into your home efficiently, you will want to be sure that your vent filters are clean. Dust, debris, and lint can definitely create blockage, which can prevent cold air from coming into your home. Along with reducing the amount of cold air that is entering into your home, you will also put your health at risk if your vents are dirty, as this will impact the quality of your home’s air.  Clean The Condenser: Having a clean condenser is critical, as this is the unit that brings in outside air, converts it into cold air, and delivers it into your home. Without a clean condenser, you will see a lack of airflow coming from your AC system, which will reduce the performance of how quickly the temperatures in your home drop.  Maintenance services like these will not only improve the performance of your air conditioning unit, but it will also allow you to use your system more efficiently, so you can reduce the temperatures in your home quickly, rather than having to run your unit all day just to see results. So, to help cut the cost of your electrical bill this summer, definitely be sure to take advantage of these tips and options, as they will definitely help reduce the electrical consumption of your air...

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Got A Sick Or Dying Tree? 3 Telltale Signs That It’s Time To Remove It

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have a sick or dying tree, your first inclination might be to cut it down, but you don’t always have to. Dying trees that are strong and pose no threat to life, limb or property are great additions to your natural environment. Not only do they provide shade, they provide housing for a wide range of critters. So it’s always a good idea to keep a dying tree as long as possible. However, you should always be on the lookout for signs that it’s time to remove your sickly tree. Following are three telltale signs that you should watch for.  Expense Outweighs Benefit While it’s possible to maintain a sickly tree for years, it can get expensive. As your tree deteriorates, you will need to hire a tree service company to come in to cut and remove all diseased or dead portions of the tree. In the beginning stages, your tree might need to be pruned once per year or less frequently. However, as the disease progresses, you will have to hire a company more often. Most experts recommend pruning a damaged or dying tree each time you notice broken branches that are more than an inch in diameter. If the cost becomes too much for you to cover, it’s time to have the tree removed. Percentage of Damage If more than half of your tree is diseased, damaged or dead, you should have it removed. Be sure to take in account all portions of your tree, such as the branches, trunk and root system, when determining how much damage there is. If the root system and trunk are relatively healthy, but you can see damage on numerous branches, you might be able to salvage it. If the damage encompasses all portions of the tree, you probably won’t be able to. Furthermore, if the thinnest point of the trunk only contains approximately 20 to 30 percent healthy material, you should remove the tree regardless of what the rest of the tree looks like.   Threat of Falling If there is any threat that your tree may fall, you should have it removed immediately. To determine whether or not your tree is in trouble, inspect it. If it is leaning, even just a little bit, take it down. If more than half of the trunk is hollowed out or if there are major cracks in the trunk, have the tree removed.  While you can hang onto a dying or dead tree for several years, it’s not worth it if the tree poses a threat to you and your property. When in doubt about whether or not you can save a tree, hire a reputable tree service to do a thorough evaluation.  To learn more about tree services, contact a company like Smitty’s Tree Service...

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