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Stop Hard Water Stains From Building Up On Your Glass Railing

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hard water can create unsightly build up on all glass in your home, but it seems like nothing is more unfortunate than a glass railing with unsightly hard water stains. Mineral buildup can occur when homeowners use homemade water-based mixtures to clean their glass railings. The harder the water in the home, the more significant the hard water stains. If allowed to build up over time, hard water stains can get white and crusty, which can destroy the elegance of your home’s glass railing. The following tips will help you eliminate hard water stains on your glass railing and prevent the stains from building up again in the future. Eliminate Hard Water Stains You can eliminate old hard water stains by using a smart combination of common household products. For this project, you’ll need a lemon, baking soda, distilled water and a couple rags. To start, slice open the lemon and rub the flesh of the lemon against the railing on the stained areas. Do this until the railing is wet with lemon juice. Depending on how big your railing is (and how substantial the stains are), you could need more than one lemon. When this is done, dampen your clean rag with distilled water, then dip the end of the rag into baking soda. Rub the lemon juice-covered railing with the baking soda, then wipe away the baking soda with a clean rag dipped in distilled water. Be careful not to use your home’s tap water for this project! The tap water is very likely the cause of the hard water stains. Using that same water to wipe the hard water stains will be counterproductive. Wipe down the glass railing until it’s completely clear. If some hard water stains persist, repeat the process until the glass is completely clear.  Tip: if the rag leaves fibers on the glass, use a newspaper or a microfiber cloth to wipe the baking soda away. Clean the Glass Railing With Vinegar and Distilled Water In the future, clean your glass railing with a mixture of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar. Wipe down the railing with a newspaper or a cloth. For more information about how you can keep your glass railing clean, and what you can do to eliminate hard water stains from your glass railing, contact the the company that sold you the railing. They may have many tips for properly maintaining your glass railing and keeping your railing beautiful in the...

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Pros And Cons Of Granite Alternative Countertops

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Granite was long considered one of the most desirable materials for a kitchen countertop. The stone offered a natural beauty and supposed durability that was hard to surpass. But homeowners on a budget might find granite out of the question for a kitchen remodeling project and the counters also require more maintenance than often assumed. Luckily, there are a few granite alternative materials that can offer a similar look of elegance for a lower price and/or lower maintenance. Each of these alternative materials has its own pros and cons that you should consider before meeting with your kitchen countertop installer. Concrete: Customizable — With A Wide Price Range Poured concrete countertops are highly customizable in both color and size. Your kitchen countertop manufacturer can add a variety of colorants and stir-ins such as pieces of glass, pebbles, and flecks of gold to create a custom look. Concrete is a great choice for counters that are irregularly shaped or overly wide, which can make for a hard fit when using natural stone. Poured concrete countertops can be a bit pricey but with concrete, there is another option on pricing. Homeowners on a budget can also choose to cover existing laminate countertops with a concrete finish using a mix found at many hardware stores. You can dye the mix and add limited stir-ins if you work quickly. The material will need to be sealed, and sealed again in the future, but the resulting look can offer a touch of elegance at a far lower price tag. Quartz: Durable With Custom Colors — And A High Price Quartz countertops match granite in the areas of heat- and chemical-resistance. Quartz isn’t porous, like granite, and so isn’t vulnerable to staining without sealant, which is the case with granite. The quartz material is also available in a wider range of colors including those not found in nature. You can also select stir-ins such as flecks of gold, marbled patterns, or other colorants when using quartz. On the downside, quartz is more expensive than granite in some markets. Talk to your kitchen counter installer to find out more about the material prices in your area and if there are any financing offers available. Wood: Eco-Friendly And Natural — But High-Maintenance Wood countertops won’t look like stone but do offer a similar natural elegance found in granite countertops. Warm wood countertops suit a wide variety of d├ęcor styles, which gives you some wiggle room if you want to change the look of your kitchen at a later date. Wood counters are also eco-friendly and often made of recycled or reclaimed materials. On the downside, wood counters can be as high-maintenance as granite. The counters require sealing, and retouching of the sealant, and can show nicks from the constant use of knives. Water damage can also happen if the counters aren’t kept properly sealed. For more information on kitchen countertops, check with a professional near...

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Three Ways To Treat Cedar Lumber And Preserve The Natural Finish

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are doing projects with cedar lumber, you may want to treat the materials to help prevent decay and aging. This can be done by using stains and sealants, but they will also change the natural look of the grain. If you want to preserve the natural look of cedar lumber, there are some alternatives to conventional sealants and stains that you may want to consider. Here are some natural treatments that you can use to preserve your cedar wood: 1. Letting Your Cedar Age To A Natural Silver Color If you want to have a natural-looking wood finishing, letting cedar age naturally without any treatment is one option you may want to consider. If you are using a red cedar material, it will turn a silver-grey color over years of weathering. The good news is that cedar has properties that makes it naturally resistant to rot and insects. This makes cedar a good choice for materials that does not require any type of sealant or protection from insects and weathering. It can last for many years with just a minimal amount of care, such as an occasional pressure washing. 2. Using A Clear Oil Treatment To Protect Cedar Materials Another option that you may want to consider is using a clear oil treatment. Many oils can be used for this, such as linseed oil. If you choose to use linseed oil, you will want to use gloves when applying it to the wood because it has properties that are hazardous to your health. Oil may slightly change the color of the wood, but it is semi-transparent and will help preserve the natural color of cedar. It is something that you will need to apply to the wood regularly to preserve the color and look of the cedar lumber. 3. Applying A Protective Wax Coat Using Bees’ Wax Wax is another natural solution to protect the look of your cedar lumber. Bees’ wax is a natural, clear wax that can be applied to wood surfaces to protect them from weathering and discoloration. If you use a wax treatment, you will want to apply it to the surface regularly to get the most protection. You may also want to apply a coat to materials like decking and wood fencing before they are installed, which will ensure that all the hard-to-get to places have a protective wax coating. These are some natural solutions that you can use to preserve the natural look of cedar materials. If you are ready to start on a project with cedar materials, contact a cedar lumber supplier like Hatboro Lumber & Fuel Co.  and talk with them about the best materials to use for your projects and how to care for...

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How To Install A Frameless Glass Shower Door

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you plan to remodel your bathroom, consider installing a frameless shower door. Frameless shower doors are constructed from tempered glass with pre-drilled holes for hinges, and they don’t have metal on the edges. Here are some tips to install frameless shower doors. Make Preparations For this project you need the following items: tape measure felt-tip marker wooden shims two sawhorses towels screwdriver or hex wrench leveler utility knife frameless door Since tempered glass panels cannot be cut, you must get accurate measurements of height, width, and depth after tiles have been installed.  Install Wood Shims to Align Door Insert several wood shims on top of the shower dam on the door opening. Wood shims are wood used to hold large wooden fixtures sold by home improvement stores. Set the frameless door on the shims while adjusting for fit so the pre-drilled holes in the door are in line with the holes in the stationary panel. Check for evenness with the leveler, making certain the vertical gap is even between the stationary panel and door. Remove the door, set it  on a soft surface, and place masking tape over the shims. Attach Handle and Hinges Set two sawhorses 4 feet apart and lay a towel over them to protect the door. Insert the rubber gaskets on each half of the handle on the inner end. Fasten one-half of the handle in the holes below the door and the other half on top with the screwdriver. Use the hex wrench or screwdriver to loosen the screws on the hinges, insert the rubber gaskets on the hinge face. Insert half of the hinge in the hole below the door and the other half on top of the door, then tighten the screws with the hex wrench.  Install the Door Turn the hinges until they are 90 degrees. Line the gaps of the stationery panel evenly with the exterior end of the hinge. Keep sliding the door to the side until the hinges are even with the holes, and secure the screws with the screwdriver or hex wrench. Take off the masking tape and shims, then close the door and make the edge of the door even with the stationary panel.  Loosen the screws on the adjustable header corner, insert the seals, and place it on the door hinge side. Adjust the header corner to make the center swivel even with the gap between the stationary panel and door, then fasten the screws. Insert the bottom seal marking and trimming with the utility knife to fit. You now have a lovely frameless glass shower door. If this is beyond your skill or you need a bigger project complected, hire a professional bathroom remodel service, like Sandia...

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Easiest Ways To Get Rid Of Scratches In A Wooden Entertainment Center

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Entertainment centers are too big to get rid of just because of a few scratches. However, entertainment centers are also big enough that refinishing one that’s scratched can be a giant, time-consuming pain. Knowing how to get rid of the scratches in your wooden entertainment center can either save you hundreds of dollars on a replacement piece or can help you save many long hours of sanding, restaining and resealing. Crayons If you have a large box of crayons, find a brown that matches the color of the finish on your entertainment center. Try coloring in the scratch lightly. Apply several layers of color until the wax has built up to sufficiently match the color of the finish. Walnuts On a dark colored entertainment center, rub down the scratch with a walnut shell. On a medium-colored entertainment center, rub down the scratch with the meat from a walnut. Iodine For covering thin scratches on medium-brown wood, iodine will help darken the wood to a deep, warm brown. Apply one layer of iodine, let it dry for a few hours, and apply a second layer. Continue applying layers until the wood has been sufficiently darkened. Avoid putting iodine on wide scratches because iodine is such a specific color that large, sweeping applications will become obvious if they don’t match. Oil Paint or Water Color For anyone who happens to keep a set of artistic paints on hand, painting the scratches on your wooden entertainment center with actual artist paints will help you match the scratch to a finish of unusual color. Shoe Polish This is an excellent option for anyone hoping to match scratches on a piece of furniture that is very dark brown or black. Paint or rub shoe polish onto the scratches with a cotton ball or cotton swab. Be sure to buff well to ensure that the color won’t come off when you’re done. Olive Oil and Vinegar This is one of the best methods for covering up very large and obvious scratches and places where the finish has come off of the wood. Mix together equal parts olive oil and vinegar in a container. Dip a rag into the mixture, and use it to buff the surface of the entertainment center. Do this until the entire surface has been covered and the stains are gone. The olive oil will soak into the wood and help condition it while simultaneously darkening the wood until it’s the same color as the original finish. For more information, contact Gerald L Scott Custom Cabinetry or a similar...

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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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