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Quick Repair Tips For Shingle Roof Problems

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quick Repair Tips For Shingle Roof Problems

If you’re seeing problems with your shingle roof, it’s important that you act right away to fix them. However, you can’t always get a roofing contractor to your house right away. That’s why it’s important that every homeowner understand how to address roofing problems with temporary solutions. Here’s a look at a few common problems that you may encounter and some tips to help you deal with them until help arrives. Curled Shingles Shingles curl for many reasons, including sun exposure and other environmental issues. When they curl, they can leave your roof exposed to leaks and other damage. Use a caulking gun to adhere the sides of the shingle in place, then place a brick or something similar over the top to hold it flat. Leave the weight on it for 24 hours to ensure that the caulk has set. Since cold temperatures can make shingles brittle, it’s best that you do this on a warm day or after the sun has been shining on the roof for some time, warming the shingles. Cracked Shingles Shingles can crack naturally due to age or may crack due to cold temperatures and other weather threats. If you have any cracked shingles on your roof, you will definitely want to replace them. In the meantime, you can fix the problem temporarily by applying a layer of bitumen sealer under the shingle or over the top to seal the crack. Just make sure that you coat it evenly and completely to keep moisture from reaching the underlayment. Deteriorated Shingles When the shingles deteriorate to the point that they are nearly nonexistent or you’re seeing some fall off, that means it’s time to replace the roof because it’s beyond its useful life. However, in the meantime, you’ll want to cover the areas of the missing shingles. Use patches of waterproof, heavy tarp material to cover the spaces where the shingles are worn out or gone. This protects the roof from the elements even if you don’t have spare shingles to put in place to cover the hole. If you do have spare shingles, you can always just replace the problematic ones as needed. However, you’ll still want to plan for a complete roof replacement as soon as possible. Now that you understand how to quickly address some common shingle issues, you’ll be able to protect your roof until your local roofing contractor arrives. Ask your roofer about any other helpful tips to protect your home...

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Steps For Adding A Gravel Driveway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Steps For Adding A Gravel Driveway

Adding a gravel driveway to your home can give it a more polished look over an unfinished path. There are a few steps to take to expedite the process; here are some of the decisions and steps that you’ll take along the way.  Decide Whether to Hire a Professional The first decision you will make is whether to do the job yourself or hire a professional. The benefits of hiring a professional are that it can expedite the job and make it easier. A gravel contractor will have specialized equipment that can make the job go smoother. For example, they might bring a tamping machine to help with compacting the gravel. They can also bring machinery to help dig the surface of the driveway. And finally, you’ll be able to have some guarantees on the quality of the finished product; often, these guarantees are written right into your contract.  Choose the Layout The next thing you will do is choose the size and shape of the driveway. Rectangular driveways are the most common, although you might choose a square or circular design as well. The width of the driveway is another thing to consider; for houses that will have a long driveway, making it narrower can save on material costs, and it’s often a better look anyway. If you do hire a professional land excavation service, they may be able to give you advice and images for comparison as well as cost estimates based on the sizing of your driveway.  Lay Guides for the Gravel The first step in preparing your driveway for material is to lay guides that show where the driveway will be excavated and poured. You can get wooden stakes to put every few feet as a visual marker of the driveway. Then, lay string around the posts to mark off a complete pathway from the road to your door.  Excavate the Area Digging the driveway is much easier if you have a Bobcat or other excavation tool handy. You could also hire a contractor for land excavation services to make the process much smoother. The driveway will need to be at least a foot deep, since you will have several layers of gravel material to put down.  Install Your Materials Finally, it’s time to lay down the actual driveway material. The first (optional) layer is a landscaping fabric that goes on the bottom to prevent weeds from poking through to your driveway. Next, you will apply three layers of rocks; large rocks on the bottom, and intermediate layer in the middle, and then the finer, gravel layer on...

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Learn How To Have A Rental Property Cleaned Out After Evicting A Hoarder

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn How To Have A Rental Property Cleaned Out After Evicting A Hoarder

When you evict someone from your rental property, there is a good chance that they will not clean it out before they leave because they are angry that they have been evicted. When the person you have evicted is a hoarder, the mess that needs to be cleaned up will often be very massive and difficult to tackle on your own. You can hire a junk removal company to help you remove everything quickly and easily from the home. The guide below walks you through the process for planning for such a massive cleanup. Dress Appropriately Be sure to protect yourself on the day you plan to start cleaning out the house. You do not know what could be in the house so you need to be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves so that as much of your skin can be covered as possible. Wear boots that have solid bottoms so that nothing can pierce through them when you walk on the garbage. Wear gloves so that you protect your hands, as well. Take Pictures of Everything Before you start moving anything out of the house, be sure to take pictures of everything. If the tenant tries to take you to court to get your security deposit back, you can show the pictures to the judge to justify keeping their security deposit. You may even be able to sue them for all of the costs that you will incur during the cleanup. Let the Company Know What to Expect When hiring a junk removal company to help with the cleanup, it is important to let them know ahead of time what they are getting into. You want to be sure that the workers are able to dress properly, that protective gear can be provided, and that enough trucks are brought to be able to remove as much of the junk from the house as possible in the shortest amount of time. Go to this website or similar ones to find a junk removal service.  Inform the Neighbors of the Situation Go to the people in the neighborhood and let them know what the situation is. The trucks may be blocking the road in some areas and informing the neighbors about what is going on can help to eliminate frustrations that could arise during the cleanup process. Do Not Attempt to Save Anything When the cleanup starts, do not save anything. There is no way of knowing what the furniture, clothes, or even dishes may be contaminated with and disposing of everything is the safest thing to do. When you remove massive amounts of items from a home and have them hauled to the dump, you often have to pay a fee for disposing of so much at one time. Be sure to talk to the junk removal company about whether or not the fees for the disposal of the items is included in the cleanup estimate that they give you. This allows you to know what to plan for the cleanup...

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Winter Will Soon Be Here: 4 Steps To Protect Your Sprinkler System

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Will Soon Be Here: 4 Steps To Protect Your Sprinkler System

Winter is will be here before you know it. If you have automatic sprinklers, now’s the time to get them prepared for the colder temperatures. If you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures, you’ll want to make sure you get your sprinklers winterized before the cold weather arrives. Here are four steps you should take to winterize your sprinklers. Disconnect the Valves Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your sprinklers, especially the equipment that’s located above-ground. To protect your sprinkler system from damage caused by freezing temperatures, and to prevent flooding hazards caused by frozen water valves, you’ll need to remove the valves and the backflow preventers. Carefully unscrew them from the main sprinkler controls and cap off the pipes with threaded PVC caps. Dry the valves and backflow preventers thoroughly, and place them in a safe place until spring. Disable the Automatic Timer If your sprinkler system is connected to an automatic timer, you’ll need to disconnect it for the winter. Disconnecting the timer will prevent the sprinklers from coming on when it’s no longer needed. When sprinklers come on during the winter, they not only waste water, they also allow the sprinkler lines to fill with water, which can lead to frozen sprinkler pipes. Protect your sprinkler system, and save water by disconnecting your timer each winter. Shut Off the Water The best way to protect your sprinkler system this winter is to shut off its water supply. If you’re going to be staying home this winter, shut the water off at the sprinkler system. This will disconnect the water supply to the sprinklers, without disturbing your household water supply. If you’re going to be boarding up your home for the winter, and heading someplace warm, turn the water off at the main water valve. This will protect your sprinklers and your home from the freezing temperatures. Blow Out the Water If your sprinklers are equipped with a water removal valve, you should have the water blown out of the sprinkler lines. To make sure it’s done properly, you should have your landscaper take care of it for you. Once the sprinkler lines have been blown, all of the water will be removed from the lines, which will prevent your sprinkler lines from freezing. Now that winter is almost here, make sure your sprinklers are ready for the cold weather. The tips provided here will help prevent damage to your sprinkler system during the freezing temperatures. Talk to the service that installed your lawn sprinklers to see if they have any special tips for your particular...

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Four Factors to Consider When Planning Your Barn’s Number of Stalls

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Factors to Consider When Planning Your Barn’s Number of Stalls

One question many horse owners face while planning a new barn is how many stalls to include in the structure. You don’t want to end up feeling too cramped within a year or two, but stalls that sit empty for years can add significantly to construction costs while contributing little to no value. Striking the right balance between your current needs and future expansion is critical to finding the right final design for your new barn.   Identifying the Barn’s Purpose  Of course, your first step should be to take stock of how many horses your barn will need to house the day it opens. This might only be a few stalls for personal operations, or you may need forty or more as part of a boarding, sports, or breeding program. Once you have a baseline number, consider where you would like your stables to be in 10 years. If you plan on doubling your roster, for example, you will need to plan your barn size accordingly. If, on the other hand, you don’t need an excuse to buy more horses, it might be best to limit your expansion options.  Choosing Your Stall Size Another point to consider when allocating floor space is the size of each stall. The appropriate stall size for your horses will largely be determined by their jobs. Broodmares, for example, need large, spacious stalls for giving birth and rearing a foal, while sports horses can be safely confined to a smaller area. The amount of exercise and time outdoors each horse receives daily will also play a role in this equation. Generally, the less time a horse spends moving, the larger the stall needs to be. Many barns have stalls at a variety of sizes to meet every need, so speak to your horse-barn builders about possibilities for your design.  Including a Bathing Area When you bring a horse in from the rain and need to wash it down, you don’t want to have to lead it back outdoors to catch a chill. Indoor bathing areas are a useful amenity in private barns and are nearly required for boarding facilities, but they do often take up the space of one or two stalls. If you want to avail yourself of modern comforts, be sure to incorporate the lost square footage into your initial plans.  Adding an Office or Living Quarters Finally, many large barns need an office space or living quarters to manage the daily needs of the stable and accommodate grooms or guests. Like a bathing area, however, there is usually a trade-off between stall spaces and other rooms. It may, however, be possible to add these rooms to a loft, allowing you to enjoy a centralized office without sacrificing a stall. When it comes to housing as many horses comfortably as you can while meeting a certain construction budget, you shouldn’t need to skimp on the amenities. Consult with your local horse-barn builders today to share your ideas and requirements and begin drafting plans for your perfect barn...

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Three Kinds Of Portable Construction Fencing And How They Work

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Kinds Of Portable Construction Fencing And How They Work

If you are a retail business and you are about to remodel the front of your store, you want to be sure that your customers are protected and injuries are prevented. Since you cannot have every customer wear a hardhat into the store, you can just circumvent the area by blocking it off with portable construction fencing. Here are three kinds of portable construction fencing and how they would work for your needs. Orange Plastic Mesh Fencing This stuff is sold by the roll through most construction supply companies. It is usually four or five feet in height, and looks like bright orange netting. Because it does not arrive with its own vertical supports, you and your contractor will have to figure out how to best support this mesh fencing. If the fencing is going to block off an area outside, you and your contractor may use rebar planted in buckets of hardened cement as the posts around which to wind the fencing. Indoors, you could do the same, since you do not have to make any holes in the floor and the buckets of dried cement are solid enough that they would stay put with customers coming and going around them. You could also use free-standing galvanized steel posts, like the kind used in metal fencing, but with bases and feet to keep the posts erect. Galvanized Steel Fencing Otherwise known as “playground fencing” or “security fencing,” this type of fencing material is typically stationary. However, when used as portable construction fencing, the galvanized steel posts (to which the steel mesh fencing material attaches) have their own firm bases and “feet” that firmly plant the posts in position without digging holes or using concrete to keep the posts upright. When this type of fencing is used, it generally stays outdoors because it reaches heights of five to twelve feet, depending on how much protection and construction site injury prevention you want. It is also used for construction site security purposes so that your customers do not attempt to take or purchase the building materials stockpiled outside the front of the store. Temporary Wood Panel Fencing Temporary wood panel fencing tends to look a lot nicer around a construction zone than the other two kinds of fencing above. However, it also has to be temporarily installed around the work zone, and that means it is installed just like any other wooden fence–fence posts, post holes, concrete and all. It can also become a permanent fence after your remodel is complete, so if you have plans to utilize this fence for other things (e.g., advertising panels outside the store, barricade for trash cans, outdoor storage, etc.) then it may be the ideal construction fencing for you. For more information, talk to a professional like Statewide...

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A Guide To Drilling And Blasting

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Drilling And Blasting

When you need to clear space and control terrain for a construction project, turning to a drilling and blasting company can be a great decision. These professionals work with businesses in the pre construction phase in order to make the land more suitable for any project. You should learn how this drilling and blasting work can save you time and money, find out what the techniques involves and learn the cost for hiring a contractor. To that end, you can read below and learn all about those three points. The time and cost saving advantages of drilling and blasting When allowing one of these professionals to clear land for you, you are leveling the land in the most efficient way possible. These contractors are scientific in the way that they control the blast, so that there is no wasted effort or unnecessary mess. Explosives account for up to 75 percent of their costs, as opposed to hiring a bulldozing company, which has a number of other costs involved in attempting to receive the same end result. Because of this, you will end up pay far less in labor costs. Instead, you’ll be hiring a few very skilled professionals to get the job done, which will prepare your land efficiently and safely, letting you move on to the next phase of your construction. Types of techniques used for drilling and blasting When you hire a drilling and blasting company, the effects of their work will be positive, due to the special techniques used. These professionals transfer explosive energy to the rock in a way that breaks them down into manageable pieces. This allows for a quicker and more efficient cleanup process and lets you clear the land in a way that is most conducive for your construction moving forward. You need to be sure that you are hiring the most skilled drilling and blasting professionals for the job. The price of drilling and blasting work The cost of your drilling and blasting work will vary depending on the contractors that you send bids out to in order to complete the work. However, depending on the type of project that you have, you might expect to pay close to $80,000 or approximately $41 per hour. This will include labor and the insurance required in order to protect the project from liability issues. These tips will help you understand more about drilling and blasting, so that you can hire a company like 3 – Rivers, Inc., Drilling & Blasting to assist...

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Three Common Ingredients That Will Remove Rust From Your Metal Garage Door

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Common Ingredients That Will Remove Rust From Your Metal Garage Door

When moving out of a house you are renting, anything can make you lose a little or all of your deposit. It is important to clean and fix anything that isn’t in the same condition it was in before you moved in, this includes the garage door. Rust on a garage door seem nearly impossible to remove. Don’t fret! Luckily for you and your deposit, there are several common household ingredients that will remove rust from metal surfaces. Try one of the neat tricks listed below and you will have a new looking garage door in no time. Toothpaste That’s right! The same thing that helps you maintain that perfect white smile removes rust in a snap. Many types of toothpaste contain xylitol and baking soda. These two ingredients help to break down rust so it can be removed easier. Mix half a tube of toothpaste with one-fourth cup of baking soda and apply it, liberally, to the rust stain. Let it sit for ten minutes. Scrub the toothpaste using a damp sponge. Using a circular motion while you are scrubbing away the rust will ensure that rust particles to spread to other areas of the garage door, making the clean up a little harder. When you are done scrubbing, just rinse it away with the garden hose. White Vinegar When it comes to tough jobs around the house, white vinegar can be used for them all and that includes rust removal. The cleaning properties in white vinegar can cut through rust without causing damage to your garage door. Mix a cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle of warm water. Spray the solution over the rust and let it sit for ten minutes. After the ten minutes, spray the area again and wipe the area with a wet washcloth. The rust will come right off. Ketchup You wouldn’t think this ingredient was anything but a condiment, however, it works wonders when removing rust off of a garage door. The acid that ketchup contains will help to rust to oxidize, making the removal fast and easy. First, spray your garage door down with water. Apply an entire bottle of ketchup over the rust and let is sit for an hour or until it dries. When the ketchup has dried, scrub the area with a wet sponge. You may have to use a little elbow grease because dry ketchup can be a hassle to remove, but it will be more than worth it. When you move out of your rental, you want to ensure it looks the same as before you moved it. Use one of the recipes listed above to remove the rust from your garage door. It will make the removal fast and easy and will leave the garage door looking like new. Contact a contractor, like, for more...

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Three Things To Consider Before Buying Your New In-Ground Pool

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Consider Before Buying Your New In-Ground Pool

Having a pool built on your property can be exciting, and certainly it is a great way to make new friends, as you will be a popular person in the summertime; however, there are many things you need to think about before getting your first estimate of the cost. The following are three of these things. What will you use the pool for? This is important because it will help to determine the design of the pool. For example, if you plan on using the pool for parties and would like to have a diving board, then this will determine the depths of the pool. The side with the diving board will need to be deep enough for the diver to be safe after entering the water. If you are looking to have a pool slide, the pool designer may have certain requirements for safety. On the other hand, if you plan on using your pool only for swimming, you may not have any requirements for for depth more than waist high. Do you want a hot tub? Often the best time to install a hot tub is when you’re installing a pool. You may get an attractive price on an in-ground hot tub next to your pool, because the contractor will use similar materials, and can build it the same time as the pool. But even if you are not ready for a hot tub now, you can have the pool designer set aside enough room for one to be installed later. Once you have this extra space, you can install an above ground hot tub or an in-ground hot tub; however, without thinking about this first, you may end up using too much space for your pool and have nothing left for a hot tub at a later time. What material do you want for your pool construction? There are two main types of swimming pools: those made of fiberglass and those made of concrete. Fiberglass pools are prefabricated, so once you decide on the pool you want, they are quick to install relative to a concrete pool. Once they are installed, they are easier to maintain than concrete pools. However, these pools are limited in size. Large pools usually are constructed from concrete. Concrete pools can also be custom made, but because fiberglass pools are prefabricated, you are usually limited to what is available from a catalog. Having a new pool installed in your yard is exciting, especially if it is your first in-ground pool, but you need to take your time to decide what you want in a pool. The three things listed above are a good start. For more information, talk to a professional like KrisCo Aquatech Pools &...

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5 Benefits Of A Wooden Privacy Fence

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Benefits Of A Wooden Privacy Fence

Are you frustrated with not having any privacy in your backyard because people can see right through the chain link fence? The solution to your problem might be to invest in replacing your chain link fence with a wooden privacy fence. You will find that a wooden privacy fence is beneficial in numerous ways that make it a good investment. Find out in this article about a few of the advantages that will come with getting a wooden privacy fence installed in your backyard. 1. Decreases Noise Coming into Your Backyard One of the advantages of having a wooden privacy fence is that it can make your backyard more peaceful. For instance, you won’t hear as much noise coming from the other side of the fence as you would with a chain link fence. The extent of noise that is blocked out will depend on the thickness and quality of wooden fence that you opt for. 2. Adds Value to Your Home A wooden privacy fence is one of the features that many people desire when they consider out shopping for a new house. Your home will have more value if you install a wooden privacy fence, which can come in handy if a time comes in which you want to relocate. The beauty of a wooden privacy fences makes it more valuable than a chain link fence as well. 3. Hard to Climb Over A wooden privacy fence is beneficial because it can provide a more security. For instance, you won’t have to worry about small children being able to climb over the fence. The fence is also tall enough to prevent your dogs from jumping over the fence (if you have any). 4. Various Style Options There are a variety of wooden privacy fences that you can choose from, and some can provide more privacy than others. You can opt for a fence that will not allow anyone to peek through the pickets, or you can opt for a style in which the pickets are not spaced so close together. There are also wooden privacy fences with specials designs at the top, such as one that has a lattice top for more appeal. 5. Extra Protection from the Wind One advantage of a wooden privacy fence is that it can act as a barrier against the wind. You will still experience some wind in your backyard, but it won’t be as strong as it would be without the wooden fence in place. Get in touch with a contractor like Reeves Exterior Services to install a wooden privacy fence as soon as you are able...

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