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How To Repair Holes In Vinyl Siding

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Vinyl siding is a very good choice when choosing siding for your home. It’s versatile and durable and comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. Although vinyl is durable, it is still prone to getting damaged from weather and other hard objects hitting your siding. Vinyl can crack and tear over time, but the best news is that it can be repaired. See below for instructions on how to repair holes in your vinyl siding. Tools For The Job: Extra vinyl siding Caulk (exterior) and caulk gun Silicone  Utility knife Metal shears Paint (to match your siding) Instructions: Smaller holes need to be repaired differently than larger holes. For smaller holes, cracks, or tears: Fill in the hole using silicone. Smooth out the silicone with your finger or a putty knife, then allow it to dry thoroughly. Paint over the silicone with exterior paint to match your siding.  For larger holes: Take an extra piece of vinyl siding that you may have leftover and cut a square piece using metal shears, cut big enough to cover two laps of your siding. Caulk around the hole where you will be placing the extra piece of vinyl, then place the patch over the hole, pressing it firmly into the caulk. Hold it in place to allow time for the caulk to adhere to the patch. Once dry, use silicone all around the patch to help hold the patch in place, then smooth out the silicone and paint around it when it’s dry. If you don’t have extra vinyl to match your siding, you can use any color siding and paint over it using exterior paint to match with your siding.  Repairing your siding is fairly simple to do and can be done all by yourself. If your siding is in bad shape or has too many holes, you may want to think about hiring a contractor to have new vinyl siding installed for you. If your siding is stained from mold and mildew even after trying to clean it, you may want to invest in new siding for your home as well. You can try to clean your siding using vinyl siding cleaner and a long-handled soft bristle brush or use a pressure washer and work your way from the top of your house to the bottom. Be sure to get the soffit and fascia as well as your gutters. For more information, contact local professionals like Superior...

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Got a Leaky Skylight? What Could Be Causing It and the Damage It Can Cause

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you have a skylight on your roof that is leaking, this could be due to many things. No matter what it is, it is important that you determine the problem and get it repaired before the leak causes damage to your roof. Below is some more information about this so you can take care of this properly and enjoy your skylight. Causes of a Leak Some things that may be causing your skylight to leak include: Improperly Installed If you decided to save money by installing the skylight yourself or by hiring a handyman to install it for you, it could be improperly installed. If this happens, the skylight would develop a leak. Instead, you should hire a professional roofing contractor to install the skylight for you to ensure it is installed properly. Damaged If the skylight even has a small crack or hole, it can leak around the panels that surround the skylight. This is generally due to age and deterioration. Other things that can cause this is extreme weather conditions, such as a lot of snow, ice, or hail. There may be a tree that has a limb hanging over your roof that caused the damage. The skylight can also leak if the flashing on your roof is improperly installed, corroded, or damaged. Condensation If you see only small drips from inside the skylight, you are likely seeing condensation built up inside of it, and it may not have a leak at all. This can happen due to high humidity in your home. For example, if the skylight is near a room that has a washing machine, dryer, or even a bathroom, condensation can build up. When snow or ice builds up on your roof during the cold, winter months, this can also cause condensation to build up. If you have double-glazed glass and have even a tiny crack, this condensation may get between the two pieces of glass. The only way to get it out in a case like this is to replace the glass. Damage a Leak Causes If you do not get the leak repaired, over time it will damage your roof causing deteriorating shingles and the water will eventually get into your attic. After this, the water will get further into your home and you may notice wet areas in wallpaper and carpeting. As soon as you notice your skylight leaking, contact a roofing contractor to come to your home and repair it for...

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How To Inspect And Repair Your Furnace

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Did you know that your air-conditioning system is actually usually dependent on your furnace? Some homeowners don’t realize that the furnace is responsible for pumping air into their air ducts. They think that the furnace is only part of the heating system. So, if you have had problems with your AC, it might be a good idea to inspect and repair your furnace. This is especially true if you notice airflow problems. Usually, reduced airflow will be a sign that there is something wrong with the furnace pump. This article explains how to inspect and fix small problems with your furnace pump. Is Your Furnace Running? First of all, you should check to make sure that your furnace is actually running when you turn your AC on. All you really have to do is listen to make sure it is powering on while your AC is going. If not, this means that the pump is not even doing anything, So there will be no airflow through your ducts. If this is the case, you should call in professionals. Cleaning Inside the Furnace Cabinet However, if your furnace is starting up while your AC is running but you still notice reduced airflow, you can quickly open it up and do some work inside the main furnace cabinet. Most furnaces have easily removable access panels right on the front. On some older furnaces you will need to take out a couple of screws to remove the panel. However, it usually just opens up at the door. Once you open up your furnace, you should turn off the gas. There will be a clearly marked gas control knob. You will also need to shut the power off to the furnace before you do any work on it. Most furnaces don’t have a power switch, so you need to find and shut off the breaker switch. The furnace pump is a very important part of the system. If the pump has a lot of dust buildup, it could block airflow into the pump and slow down it’s productivity. The best way to clean off your pump is with the hose vacuum instead of wiping it down with a rag. If you try and wipe it down with a rag, you might actually push the dust into the vents. While you have your furnace cabinet open, it is a good idea to vacuum up all the dust you see. Pay particular attention to the duct openings. This is where the air blows into your ducts and eventually into your home. If these openings are blocked, it will reduce the airflow of your system. This simple furnace maintenance will be beneficial to both your heating and AC systems. To learn more, contact a local air conditioning repair...

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Creating The Best Basement Entertainment Experience: What You Want To Know

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you have a large finished basement and you’re ready to add electronics so you can have a great viewing experience for movies and games, you want to make sure you use the right products and professionals. There are a lot of details that go into the acoustics, lighting and more when you’re installing electronics in a basement. Using high quality materials and installation will help improve the value of your home, and it helps you enjoy your experiences when in your basement. Consider the following things. Invest in High Quality Electronics When you choose high quality electronics in the space, it makes it easier to control picture and sound quality. Everything should be high quality including the following: Televisions Surround sound speakers Control panels and command centers Lighting fixtures and bulbs You can have a home automation professional come to your home to determine what electronic items are the best for your space, and what products are of the highest quality. Hire an Electrician A residential electrician is a must to install all the equipment that you have, and to show you how to use everything properly. It doesn’t matter if you have high quality and high tech features with all your electronics if you don’t understand how they work, or if they aren’t installed properly. Get a cost estimate to see what you’ll have to pay to have someone come in and do all the work for you. Prepare the Basement Properly Since you will be spending a lot of money to on the electronics that you’re putting in the basement and on the installation, you must be sure these things are preserved. You should get a dehumidifier so there isn’t moisture or condensation in the air, and be sure that your sump pump and other flooding preventative features are working. Sealing the basement can also be very helpful to stop moisture problems. You want to maximize the enjoyment that you get when you go to your basement to watch a movie, or when the big game is on. You can do this when you have great electronic devices that are installed to work at their best, and when you know how to use the settings and features that you have. Find local contractors that can help your basement reach its maximum potential, and that can help you create a space you love to spend your time...

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3 Ways to Insulate Your Warehouse

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Are you ready to stop your warehouse from getting too hot and cold? The extreme temperatures can actually have an effect on the productivity of your employees, so the right decision is to make a change. There are numerous types of insulation materials that can be used for making your warehouse more comfortable to work in. Take a look at this article for a few tips that will give you more direction in regards to insulating your warehouse. 1. Get Extra Insulation Installed in the Wall Cavities You first step to preventing your warehouse from getting to extreme temperatures inside should be getting more wall insulation. If you don’t want any drywall removed just to insulate the walls, there is nothing to worry about. You can actually hire a professional to place foam insulation in the wall cavities. The foam will be sprayed into the cavities through a small hole, and can spread over the insulation that is already in place. Spray foam insulation is one of the best types that you can get for your warehouse, as it can fill in the tightest spaces. 2. Keep the Pipes in Your Warehouse Protected If there are a lot of plumbing fixtures used in your warehouse, there are likely numerous pipes running throughout the building as well. When you get the building insulated, you can put some work into protecting the pipes as well. Condensation is one of the things that commonly takes place in a warehouse, but insulation can prevent pipes from deteriorating from it. There are different types of pipe insulation that can be used. You can get the type of insulation that does not fully wrap around the pipes, or the type that does, depending on what you are willing to pay for. 3. Prevent Air from Seeping Out of the Duct System The duct system is an area of your warehouse that should be well insulated for good energy efficiency from the HVAC system. You don’t want warm or cold air escaping through the ducts before flowing out of the vents. There are a variety of duct insulation materials that can be used to prevent air from seeping through. For instance, you can opt for fiberglass insulation wraps that can be placed on the exterior of the ducts. Air duct insulation is actually manufactured in a way to not catch on fire, but the fire rating depends on the specific material that is purchased. For more information about how insulation can benefit your warehouse, talk to a company like Parsons Construction...

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How to Maintain Your Windows Properly

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Having decent windows in your home is something many people don’t think about until suddenly they have issues that require repairs or replacement. However, many issues can be resolved by paying close attention to proper maintenance of your windows. This keeps them in good condition, lets you see cracks and other problems early on, and can reduce your energy bill at the same time.  Check for a Draft Maintaining your windows involves sealing cracks and gaps that cause a draft. This draft not only makes it cold inside your home, but it can also reduce the effectiveness of your heater and air conditioner. To look for a draft, close the window and hold up a lighter or lighted match to the edge of a window. It is best to do this on a windy day. If you see smoke exit the window and end up on the other side of the window, there is a draft that needs to be addressed. Keep the Windows Clean Believe it or not, washing your windows is more than just being able to see clearly out of them and proper housekeeping. Doing so has some other benefits. First of all, the less dirt and dust on your windows, the less allergy problems your family is going to have. Another big reason to clean them is because this allows you to inspect the windows and window frames to find out if there is any potential damage you need to address. It lets you see right away if there is a small crack to be repaired or if one of your windowsills needs to be fixed. Inspect the Weatherstripping Weatherstripping allows you to seal the draft and areas around the window’s edge where air is getting in and out. If you are running your heater in the winter, but air is escaping through the windows, then you are losing some of that heat, which requires your heater to work even harder. This usually results in a much higher energy bill, and damages your carbon footprint at the same time. Inspect and install new weatherstripping around the windows as needed. Repair Cracks If you find a crack on the window glass or around the window’s frame, you should try to get it repaired as soon as possible. Especially with window glass cracks, they can get worse over time, eventually requiring a new window. If you catch it early enough, you might be able to avoid having to replace the window. For more window maintenance tips, talk to a company like Port Orchard...

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Turn Your Garage Into A Home Office With These Tips

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you have extra space in your garage that isn’t being used for storage, why not turn it into a functional space? You can create a nice home office in that area with just a few improvements. Here are some tips for converting your garage into a home office. Empty Out the Garage Obviously, if you want to have an office in your garage, you need to clean it out. This is good to do before anything else, because it lets you see how much space you have to work with and also makes it easier when working on some of the renovations. Attempting to insulate your garage while moving around holiday decorations and power tools is difficult to do. When you are emptying out the garage, it is also a good time to decide if this will be a multi-functional space, or entirely used for your office. If it is a multi-functional space, then perhaps organize items in the garage to all be stored on one side, then have your office on the other side. Make the Garage More Comfortable Once the garage is emptied, it is time to work on some of the renovations. One thing you need to do in order to use a garage as an office space is make it more comfortable. This means sealing and insulating the space. A garage is much too cold and drafty to be in all day while you are working from home. You need to seal around doors and windows and add some insulation to the walls of the garage. A contractor can help you with this if you are not accustomed to dealing with insulation. Install Ductwork For Heating and Cooling Don’t forget that insulation isn’t enough to keep your garage comfortable year-round. You also want to have access to heating and cooling in this space, but mostly focus on heat since garages tend to be cold. If you have an HVAC system in your home, a contractor should be able to extend the ducts out to the garage and install vents. Get a New Garage Door This is needed if you intend to still have a large garage door, such as if you are going to use the garage as a multi-functional space. However, when you are spending a good deal of time in your garage, you want it to be safe and secure. This often means upgrading to a newer garage door that is in good condition and made of materials that are not easy to break into. Choosing one made of steel or fiberglass is typically a good idea. Also consider an electronic keypad for entrance to increase the security even more. For more ideas, contact a company like Dorsey Garage...

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How To Prevent Problems With Your Garage That Are Brought On By Cold Weather

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized |

The lifespan of a garage door is about 30 years. However, in order for your door to live a full and complete life, you need to properly take care of it. Unfortunately, winter produces many elements that can be harmful to your garage door. Learning about these problems and how to prevent them can help you ensure your garage door lasts. Here are three garage door problems caused by winter and how you can prevent them. Frozen Wheels When it is cold outside, the metal wheels that help to raise or lower your garage door may stick or not turn. This can cause your door to stall or stop dead in its tracks and not open or close like you want. Lubricating the wheels before the cold weather sets in is strongly recommended. However, when you lubricate them, use a silicon-based lubricant. Many people use an oil-based one, such as WD-40. However, this can freeze over in winter, causing the same issue you are trying to prevent and it is technically a degreaser, not a lubricant. Ice Dams Another issue that can occur with a garage door is an ice dam forming at the base of the garage door. Most garages are warmer than outside air. As such, when snow rests against your garage door, it may began to melt quickly due to the warm air on the other side of the door. However, if temperatures drop quickly, this melted water can then turn to ice, causing an ice dam to form right against your garage door. This can prevent you from being able to open your garage door or can cause rust to form. Shoveling snow away from your garage door can prevent this problem. Garage Door Collisions The last issue that can cause damage to your garage door during the winter months is a garage door collision. If you have snow or ice in your driveway, your car may slide into the garage door, causing a huge dent. A large dent can prevent the door from being able to open or close and can reduce the curb appeal of your home. If your driveway is prone to ice forming in the winter months, sprinkle salt or sand on the driveway. This will help prevent ice from forming, while also creating traction that can prevent your car from sliding if ice does form. Cold weather, snow, and ice can all reduce the lifespan of your garage door. They can make the wheels freeze, cause an ice dam at the foot of your garage door, or cause your car to slide into the door. Taking the right steps can help reduce the likelihood of any of these things causing major damage to your garage door. Click here for more info on protecting your garage door this...

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Decor Tips For A Beautiful Rustic Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Are you getting ready to redecorate your kitchen? Have you fallen in love with the rustic charm of a country kitchen and you want to replicate that look in your own home? While sterile crisp-looking kitchens are still quite popular, more and more people are opting to have a kitchen that looks more like what their grandparents or great-grandparents might have used. The homey charm of such a look is appealing on so many levels to many people. So whatever your reason for choosing such a look, here are some decor ideas to get you started: Install reclaimed wood flooring At many home improvement stores, you can find brand new “distressed” rustic-looking flooring. The aesthetics of such flooring can’t be denied, but why pay for new when reclaimed can be just as good or better? Reclaimed wood may come with a history, such as once being part of a local barn, one that you can share with family and friends as they admire your flooring. New flooring has a similar look, but comes with no history and so may not carry the same ambiance as a reclaimed wood floor. Distressed cabinets Brand new oak cabinets can look very nice in a country kitchen. But if you’re really trying to get a more picturesque look, you may want to choose to distress the cabinets instead. You can buy new cabinets that come direct from the factory with distress added as part of the construction process. Or you could distress the cabinets that you already have. If you purchase new doors for your cabinets and then add a distressed patina to everything, your kitchen will look like you paid hundreds or even thousands for brand new cabinets. Wooden countertop A wooden counter can be the perfect finishing touch to a rustic kitchen. But instead of simply going out and buying a length of wood for your counter, look for a piece that has character. A live edge slab is one that has the bark still attached to one side. Unlike other types of wood counters, you can get a good idea of what the original tree might have looked like when you look at a live edge slab. While you might not want to use a live edge slab as your main counter, the primitive look of a live edge slab can work well as the counter or tabletop for your breakfast bar or breakfast nook. For more information, talk to a professional like Dahlquist Construction,...

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A Quick Look At Things You May Never Think To Recycle In Your Retail Store

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Making the conscious decision about being kinder to the environment as a commercial business is perhaps one of the most responsible decisions you can make as the owner of a retail store. While most retail business owners will recycle things like cardboard boxes and even set up recycling bins in break areas for beverage containers and such from employees, most people don’t realize just how much waste the store creates that could be recycled. Take a look at some of the common waste items that get funneled through your store to the dumpster which could just as easily be recycled instead.  Clothing Hangers – Clothing hangers in your place of business may usually get tossed in the trash, but these are most definitely recyclable. Most are even made so that the metal tabs and hooks easily slip right off if the recycling company who picks up your items requires they be separated. So slip a small wastebasket beneath every register so the cashiers can drop in these plastic hangers with every ring up.  Metal Shelving Units and Display Racks – Pretty much all metal shelving and display racks are created from metals that are fully recyclable. If your commercial recycling company does not take these larger items, contact the local scrap metal recycling center and they most likely will. These bulky items definitely take up a lot of room in landfills and you will be doing the environment a favor by having them recycled instead of thrown away.  Signage – From the small plastic tabs that snap in place on your shelves and the metal hangers holding signs to the large paper or cardboard signs you hang over a display, the majority of store signage is crafted from recyclable materials. If you are like most retail sales locations, signage will account for a great deal of your store waste and should be rightly handled instead of thrown in the trash.  Wooden Pallets – These things make shipping and receiving efforts a breeze and will usually get cycled back and forth between warehouses many times before they finally meet their demise. When the pallets do start to fall apart in such a way that they are no longer safe to use, remember that wood is a recyclable material. Many recycling companies pick up broken wooden pallets, and they are then broken down into particles which get used in the manufacturing process of many other products. For more information, contact local professionals like Sunwest Metals...

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Exterior Painting Prep Steps Many People Leave Out And Why You Shouldn’t Forget Them

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When people decide to do their own residential exterior painting, they tend to leave out some prep steps. These important prep steps can make all the difference in how your home’s exterior paint job looks. If you decide you are going to do your own exterior painting rather than hire a professional, here are those steps that other DIY house painters miss, and why you should not forget to do them. Washing the Home’s Exterior You may not be able to tell that your siding is dirty unless you have white siding. All other colors of siding and painted wood exteriors do not show the dirt that naturally accumulates on a home’s exterior surfaces. Before you begin painting any part of your house, you should always wash it thoroughly. Thankfully, you can use a power washer on the exterior of your home and blast off dirt on every square inch of siding or wood clapboard that you have. Priming The most common mistake DIY painters make is not priming the surface before painting it. People simply do not know or do not realize that the primer does more than provide you with a nice, opaque, white base coat. It also provides you with a sealant for any little holes, nooks, or crannies into which spraying or blotting paint would not be a good idea. It can also block bugs from chewing their way through. There are even primers that provide anti-mold and anti-mildew protection, so that is a bonus if you are worried about any wooden sections of your home’s exterior. Covering the Windows and Doors with Protective Film If you are going to use a spray paint machine to get that nice, even, drip-free coat of paint, do not forget to seal off your windows and doors with protective film. This plastic film is similar to insulating film in that you have to tape it to the edges of your windows and doors. It protects the windows and doors from getting paint on them, which would be a major hassle to remove if you accidentally sprayed some paint on these areas. Once you are done painting the whole of the house, you can remove the tape and film for a flawlessly painted exterior. If you want to include the window trim in the paint job, you will have to paint theses areas by hand, which some professional painters do before they cover the windows and doors with...

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