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What To Consider When Renting A Crane For Your Job

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are some jobs that are nearly impossible without bringing in special equipment. Lifting heavy objects like air conditioning units or roof trusses is near the top of the list. When you have a job of this nature to do, a crane is the best solution, but what kind of crane do you need and how do you get one on your job site? Selecting the right crane for the job To begin with, most crane rentals are not going to be like renting a truck. You can not simply rent the equipment and go perform the lift on your own. Crane operators are skilled at what they do and most have many years of experience to hone those skills. Talk to a crane rental company about the job and they will help you decide how large of a machine is required. Know the Safety Requirements When you bring a crane onto your work site, there are going to be requirements for the equipment; clearance is one of those requirements. The crane will need a specific amount of clearance between it and the buildings, trees, wires, and other objects around it. Anything too close to the machine can pose a safety concern and the operator may not be able to complete the lift. Likewise, soft or unstable ground can cause a problem when setting the machine up so be sure to discuss anything that you think might be of concern with the operator. They will know what they can work with or around. Access to the Site When you rent a crane, be sure to understand the space requirements for moving and positioning the crane. If you can’t get the equipment onto the site, there will be a lot of time and money wasted. If you are renting a very large crane, you may need to move objects, raise low-hanging wires, or even cut trees along the route. If this is going to be the case, plan ahead so you can get required permits or permission from landowners or the municipality you are working in. Reducing the Cost It is likely going to be expensive to rent a crane for your job. While it may save you a lot of effort and man hours, you are still going to want to get the crane in and out with the shortest amount of time possible. Crane rentals are typically billed by the hour, so if there are delays on site, the cost out of pocket for you is going to increase quickly. The best thing to do is simply be ready when the crane gets there so you can get the job done.  For more information, visit websites...

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Insulation Indecision — Spray Foam Or Fiberglass?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The type of insulation to use in a home is a major decision. The right installation, when installed correctly, helps to maintain cooler temperatures in the home in summer and warmer temperatures in winter, all while minimizing energy bills. This is a big deal, as 44 percent of energy costs in the typical home go to keeping the home at a comfortable temperature. No one insulation is right for every home, though, so understanding the pros and cons of different options, such as spray foam insulation or fiberglass insulation, can be helpful in making the decision.  Insulating Ability Spray foam insulation is much more energy efficient than fiberglass insulation. This is often measured with what is called an R-value. Fiberglass has an R-value of just 2.2 per inch and tends to lose R-value as it ages. Spray foam, on the other hand, doesn’t get less energy-efficient over time and has an R-value of 3.5 per inch for open cell and 6 to 7 per inch for closed cell. Durability Spray foam doesn’t settle over time, isn’t typically damaged by water or pests, and is usually fire resistant, so it often lasts longer than fiberglass insulation. With fiberglass insulation, the blown in insulation tends to last a shorter time than the insulation that is in rolls or batts. Any of these types of insulation can last the lifetime of the house, however, when they’re properly installed and kept away from water and UV rays. Cost Insulation will vary in cost based on the amount used and the type. In general, insulating a home with spray foam tends to cost between 20 and 30 percent more than using fiberglass. This is partly due to the need for special equipment during installation, including a respirator to protect the installer from potentially dangerous fumes. These fumes are only present during installation, however, before the foam sets. Potential Pitfalls Each type of insulation comes with potential pitfalls. In the case of spray foam insulation, if it isn’t applied in a thick enough layer, it won’t provide the proper insulation. If any leakage sites are missed, it could cause air to be allowed in, which makes it less effective and could allow air to condense and cause water to drip. Although rare, spray foam could pull away from the walls a bit, which could cause air leakage. With fiberglass, pests can destroy the insulation, the fiberglass may release formaldehyde fumes, there can be more air leakage than with spray foam, and allergens may enter into the air through the...

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Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When remodeling a kitchen, choosing colors for kitchen cabinets can be overwhelming. There are so many color options and design styles that settling on one can seem an impossible task. The easiest way to choose is to settle on a style and then choose an appropriate color within that style. Classic Kitchens Classic kitchens are a popular style because they won’t look dated as kitchen trends change. Classic kitchens look nice with stained cabinets or cabinets painted in light colors like white or cream. In a classic kitchen with light-colored walls and floors, black or dark grey cabinets add a nice contrast without making the kitchen seem dark or closed in. To create a harmonious look in a classic kitchen, paint the walls and cabinets all one color. White, cream, or even light yellow walls and cabinets in exactly the same color will make the kitchen appear large and bright. The nice thing about using light, neutral colors in a kitchen remodel is that the kitchen can be refreshed easily. By switching up colors by adding drapes, dish towels, and a few brightly colored tabletop appliances, the kitchen can look new again without having to rip out floor or tiling.    Retro Kitchens Retro kitchens look dated, and that’s the whole point! Luckily, they also stand the test of time because they’ll remain firmly in the era they’re designed to mimic as time marches on. In retro kitchens, bright-colored cabinets are perfect choices. Red is a nice choice, as is turquoise. For homeowners who want to make a particularly bold statement, fluorescent cabinets bring in the retro vibe in a major way. Modern Kitchens Modern kitchens are all about contrast. White cabinets against a bold, red wall look beautiful. Wood cabinets with a dark stain against an earth blue wall can be lightened up with a contrasting white countertop. Cream-colored walls recede to make cabinets in an earthy green pop. Modern kitchens can even use multiple paint colors on cabinets. Maybe the cabinets under the counter are painted black or dark grey while the wall cabinets are painted white or cream. The same technique can be used with two shades of one color. Consider painting the lower cabinets a blue that is a shade or two darker than the blue used on the higher cabinets. Homeowners could also paint the cabinets on one wall one color while all the other cabinets in the kitchen are painted another. The two colors can be pulled together with a mosaic backsplash or countertop that includes both colors.    For more information, talk to a professional like Sierra Remodeling & Home Builders...

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Which Roofing Material Should You Choose?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Choosing the right roof installation material can be a big task, especially when there are so many new materials on the market to consider. Here are some roofing material suggestions, based on the best qualities they present.  Asphalt Shingles for Cost Asphalt shingles are one of the more affordable roofing materials on the market. Although they may not last as long as some of the more high-tech roofing materials on the market today, you may still get several decades of use out of your asphalt shingles as long as you maintain them properly. And they can give your home or business a traditional look.  Adhered Roofing Systems for Longevity One of the strongest roofing systems available today is the adhered roofing system. These systems combine several synthetic materials in layers to give your roof a weather-proof and durable surface. They can be adhered in several ways; the roof installation contractor may use an adhesive to seal the roofing system onto a concrete base, or they may apply metal fasteners to provide additional bracing for the roof. These systems come with a high upfront installation cost, followed by years of lower maintenance demands and increased longevity. They are also a great choice for buildings in wind-prone areas, where shingles and other weaker roofing materials may blow off the roof and create big repair bills.  Green Roofs for Style Green roofs are becoming a stylistic choice for many businesses and homeowners. The green roof consists of plants installed over the roof cover to deflect heat. They are a great way to protect the home from solar heating, while also making an outward statement to those who pass by.  Solar Roofing for Energy Savings Finally, you might consider not only deflecting solar heat, but harnessing it instead. Some roofing contractors are able to install solar panel systems on the roof to collect the sunlight and use it to power electricity or heating devices. While these systems are still in their infancy, they are still a great option to consider for energy conservation.  Of course, there are several other roofing options to choose from and many factors that can go into your decision. Once you’ve got a material in mind, you can approach a roofing contractor from a company like CJ Scotti Services for advice on your choice. Your contractor can help you factor in many variables to make sure that you get the best roofing material for your home or...

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How To Reseal Grout Lines

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are few flooring options that are as elegant and stylish as tile. It is understandable why tile such a popular product in kitchens and bathrooms. Not only is it stylish, it is also very durable. The weakest part of any tile floor is the grout. It is a vulnerable to water damage and cracking if it is not properly sealed. This article explains how you can clean and reseal your grout lines to increase the strength and water resistance of your tile floor. Cleaning the Floor You definitely want to invest in an all-in-one tile and grout sealer. It comes in large jugs that you can basically pour directly onto your floor. That being said, it is quite expensive. You might want to be sparing with it, so you can reuse it down the road. In addition to the sealant, you will also want some scrub brushes and a bunch of lint-free rags. The sealant will also work as a sort of cleaner because it should brighten the grout and restore it to its original color. But you still need to clean any soap scum or mold buildup in your grout lines before you use it. Once you have thoroughly scrubbed off any mold, dirt or soap scum, you want to quickly vacuum and mop your entire floor. Sealing the Floor You should be wearing clothes that you don’t my mind damaging and throwing away afterward because you have to be on your hands and knees. They will surely get soaked in the grout sealant. Have the rags ready so you can immediately spread the sealant around as soon as you pour it onto the ground. It’s important that you spread the sealant all over the grout and tile. Depending on what products you choose, you will need to let it soak into your floor for a few minutes before wiping it away. Then, you will need to repeat the process to her three times. The more coat you apply, the more protection you give your floor. After the final coat, you should stay off your floor for about 24 hours. Then, you will notice a light film that has dried on your floor. Just use a slightly damp sponge to wipe away this film. This is all you really need to do to effectively reseal and clean your grout lines. If you want your floor to look clean and fresh over the years, it is important to repeat this process. For more information, contact Costen Floors Inc or a similar...

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Drywall

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

In an effort to save on remodeling expenses, some homeowners are taking on the task of installing their own drywall. Unfortunately, putting up drywall is more complex than it looks. If the drywall is not hung correctly, problems can occur. To help you stay on the right track with the installation, here are some of the most commonly made mistakes you need to avoid.   Underestimating Drywall Needed While people are installing drywall, it is not uncommon for them to make mistakes. Mistakes can eat at your supply of drywall and leave you without the necessary supplies to finish your project. Other problems, such as weather damage, can also impact your ability to finish your drywalling project as scheduled.   To avoid delays, it is important that you buy more drywall than you estimate you need. If something does transpire, you will still have the materials needed to finish without having to make multiple trips to a home-improvement store. The leftover drywall can be used for other projects or donated to charities.   Using Long Screws The screws that are used to secure the drywall are important. Some homeowners believe that using longer screws helps to ensure the drywall is properly secured. In actuality, longer screws could cause more damage.   Longer screws can potentially damage plumbing lines and wiring within your walls. To avoid damage, look for an 1 1/4-inch screws if you are using 1/2-inch drywall panels. Use 1 3/8-inch screws for 5/8-inch panels.  Failing to Leave a Gap One of the common misconceptions about drywall is that all of the pieces need to fit tightly together. The thought is that this provides a smoother look. Unfortunately, installing the pieces together tightly can cause damage. When the pieces are crammed in tightly together, the edges can start to crumble. If you have to remove a piece later to make a repair, removing the drywall can be more difficult without the gap in place.   You can avoid all of these issues by leaving a small gap between the drywall pieces. Remember, tape and joint compound can be used to fill in those spaces. You can still get a smooth look without worrying about damaging the drywall.  There are other mistakes that can be made when installing drywall. Mistakes can prove costly and result in a need for a professional to repair them. To avoid additional costs, you could also try working with a professional residential drywall installer from the...

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What The CFM? Understanding Air Compressor Terminology

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pneumatic tools offer several advantages over electric tools. For example, a pneumatic tool will be more compact, less expensive, and longer lasting. They also have adjustable torque, variable speeds, and don’t have any parts that contain toxins harmful to the environment. Their chief disadvantage is that they have to be connected to an air compressor via an air hose. While this can make them less portable than their battery-powered counterparts, their advantages should be enough to warrant their use. If you are considering the purchase of a pneumatic tool, you need to understand air compressor terminology in order to buy a compressor that is compatible with the tool you have in mind.  PSI Not every pneumatic tool will require the same amount of pressure. When you purchase a tool, you should look at the PSI, or pounds per square inch, rating, then buy a compressor that generates the required psi to run your tool. If you plan to run several tools with the same compressor, you should look into a machine that will allow you to adjust the psi output to accommodate the use of different tools.  CFM Certain tools will require more airflow than others. Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute. A nail gun only requires short bursts of air to drive a nail. On the other hand, a sander will require a continuous stream of air. While it might not matter if you have a continuous flow of air to run a nail gun, a steady stream of air will ensure the optimal operation for sanders and other CFM-dependent tools. For these tools, a rotary screw compressor will provide the best flow of air.  Horsepower If you are trying to determine the power of a tool, the most important considerations will be the psi and cfm ratings of your compressor. The term horsepower refers to the motor that runs the compressor. A motor with higher horsepower will be able to compress a greater volume of air more quickly. Thus, if you need to run several tools off of the same machine, then you will want to look with a machine with a lot of horsepower.  These are the basic terms that you need to understand in order to purchase an air compressor. Do-it-yourselfers and construction contractors will not typically have to dig any deeper than this in order to buy a compressor for use with pneumatic tools. However, if you do have questions, you should be able to talk to a sales representative at the store where you purchase your compressor to get more clarification. To learn more, speak with a business like Kruge-Air...

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Solar Panels For Your Roof

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If it’s been a few decades since you had a new roof, you probably need to replace it to avoid possible expensive repair problems. You can make your new roof actively work for you instead of just protecting you from the elements. Before you install a new roof, consider adding solar panels to your system. Having a roof that is a significant source of energy provides a number of advantages for you.  Energy Advantages Once you install solar roof panels, you can expect to save around $20,000 on energy in a twenty-year period. If you live in a climate that is sunny year long, that savings amount can increase dramatically. In addition to these financial benefits, you will experience true energy independence. When you are providing most of your own energy, you are not at the mercy of the utility companies. After all, the sunlight belongs to no one. Your energy costs will be less affected by politics or natural disasters.  Home Value In addition to making your lifestyle easier and more affordable, replacing your roof with a solar panel system adds value to your home. Solar energy is a powerful asset when you are trying to sell your residence. Many buyers are specifically looking for energy efficient houses and, in particular, homes with solar power. Experts say that homes with these panels sell 20% faster than homes without them. They also bring in 17% more money during a sale.  Net Metering In some areas, you can sell the excess energy your system produces back to an energy provider. Your home will usually be connected to a provider so that it can draw electricity to supplement the energy your solar roofing system provides. When you produce more energy than you need, it goes back into the system, and your meter actually runs backward. Not only do you save money, you can occasionally earn money with a solar panel roofing system. Your new roof does not have to be just another set of shingles or tiles. You can take the opportunity to turn your roof into an efficient energy-producing system that will offer you long-term savings on your electricity bills. Doing so will turn your roof from a passive protective layer on your home to an active participant in making your life more comfortable and affordable. Before you decide on a new roof, check with a roof installation company to find the best materials for your...

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What Are The Biggest Roofing Problem Areas?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Proper maintenance and repairs are necessary for your roof, regardless of the type of roofing system you have. However, until you have a major problem, it is difficult to determine when you need certain repairs. It helps to know about the bigger problem area and risks so you can inspect these areas on a regular basis. Damage to the Shingles or Tiles The main area of your roof is actually one of the biggest problem areas to be aware of. This is because asphalt shingles, metal panels, and various types of roofing tiles can experience different types of damage. From shingles that are torn off the roof to cracked tiles, this puts the underneath membrane at risk of damage, which can then cause a leak inside your attic or the top floor of your home. You should be inspecting the roofing materials on a routine basis to look for any signs of wear or damage. Don’t take damage lightly, as it could be a sign of something more serious looming. Gutters and Downspouts The gutters and downspouts of your roofing system might also give you multiple problems. The main problem with gutters is that they can fill up with leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris, which then creates a blockage. When water ends up on the roof, it should drip down to the gutter, where it glides down the gutter and down the downspouts. This keeps the water away from your home and from soaking into your roof, causing damage. However, if the gutters are not cleaned regularly, the water sits in the gutter, creating sludge. This extra weight can cause damage to the gutters themselves, which can then cause excess pressure on the downspouts. Just cleaning your gutters and downspouts will prevent this problem. The Roofing Membrane The membrane on your roof is the layer beneath the shingles, panels, or tiles. This is also a common area of trouble with your roof and can often be more severe than having cracked tiles or shingles. If there is damage to the membrane, it often leads to a leak inside your home. If you have any missing roofing materials, look down to the revealing membrane layer. Look at its overall condition for signs of wear or damage, such as splits, cracks, or blisters. If you notice any of these forms of damage, you need to contact a roofer to have it repaired or replaced. For more information, contact a local roofing repair or supply company like American Building & Roofing...

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Top 4 Asphalt Paving Tips

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Paving an asphalt driveway can be tricky. The best thing you can do is hire a professional. If you want to pave your driveway yourself to save money, there are certain tips and tricks you need to keep in mind. Here are four tips for asphalt paving: 1. Use slopes You don’t want puddles all over your driveway when it rains. While paving your driveway, make sure the asphalt slopes down from the middle to the edges. You don’t need a sharp incline, just a slight one. Build drainage ditches on either side of the driveway at the edges so the rainwater will trickle down into the storm drains on the street. Unless you manage to pave an extremely level driveway, don’t block the edges with crowns. 2. Support your driveway Just like your house, your driveway needs a good, solid foundation. You should install the proper base for your driveway. There are several factors to take into account. Here is a guideline: Is your soil made from clay? Your base needs to be eight inches thick. Is your soil made from sand? The base needs to be four inches thick. Keep in mind thicker is not always better. A base that is too thick can cause the asphalt to crack or split. Allow the base to settle for a minimum of a few days, ideally for one week. 3. Fill in asphalt quickly The asphalt needs to be added and smoothed quickly. Asphalt dries in only about an hour or two. Plan every aspect of paving. Know where to start and where to stop. You also need to know how much asphalt to add. A solid, long-lasting driveway is typically about two inches thick. Once you know where to pave and how much asphalt is needed, take the weather into account. If it’s raining or the humidity is high, the asphalt will take longer to dry and compact which will make it weaker. After you apply the asphalt to the base, have a compactor ready to go before the asphalt dries. 4. Let the asphalt breathe Just because the asphalt is dry that doesn’t mean you can use your driveway quite yet. You need to let the asphalt settle before you can start parking your car. The asphalt needs one to two days of settling before you can use it. If you start using it too soon, the asphalt can get grooves and indentations or even begin to crack. After two days, apply a seal to your driveway to protect it from the elements and give it a longer life. These are four tips you should always keep in mind while paving your driveway. Visit http://www.phend-brown.com for more...

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Facing Conservation Requirements Due To Drought? How Can You Painlessly Reduce Your Home’s Water Consumption?

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Many city and county governments in areas hard-hit by recent droughts have instituted water restrictions in an attempt to preserve the existing water supply and minimize wear and tear on pumps, pipes, and other plumbing components. If you’re currently utilizing more than the new restrictions permit, you’ll be faced with potential fines if you don’t quickly make your home more water-efficient. Read on for several ways to help permanently reduce your family’s water consumption without impacting your lifestyle. Invest in a tankless water heater  Tankless or “on demand” water heaters are ideal for those looking to conserve water and electricity. Rather than keeping gallons of water constantly heated to a high temperature, a tankless water heater heats water as it’s needed, providing enough hot water to take a bath, do laundry, or wash dishes without interruption. Because your water heater represents one of the biggest energy drains (making up about 18 percent of your home’s total utility costs), minimizing the amount of work your water heater will need to do to heat your home’s water will reduce your energy consumption. By combining a tankless water heater with water-conserving showerheads and faucets, you’ll be able to enjoy the same long showers and hot laundry cycles as before while remaining well within your new water budget. Begin recycling “grey water”  Even after reducing the amount of fresh water you use by changing out your showerheads and water heater, you can take further steps to minimize consumption by recycling the “grey water” you do use. This includes water from bathing, washing your hands, and doing laundry. By utilizing biodegradable soap that won’t harm plants, you can re-use this grey water to water a garden, flush toilets, or even wash your car. Recycling grey water can be as simple as placing a bucket in the shower with you, but if you’re planning a permanent reduction in water usage, you may want to invest in a professionally-plumbed system that will effortlessly route and filter your grey water for home use.  Xeriscape your lawn If you don’t see a way to keep your lawn from dying without going over your water allowance, you may want to consider replacing your grass with stone, mulch, pavers, or succulents in a process known as xeriscaping. A xeriscaped lawn can be designed to coordinate with your home’s colors and style, and should be much lower-maintenance than your former lawn. For areas that aren’t expected to see much rain in the foreseeable future, a xeriscaped lawn may be a wise investment when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. For more information, contact a plumbing company such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc....

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