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What You Should Know About Living In A Tiny Home

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Know About Living In A Tiny Home

Many people are choosing to change their lifestyle and opt for living in a tiny house. The houses are much smaller than conventional houses, typically meant for singles, couples, or very small families. While they don’t provide a lot of space, there are plenty of benefits. Here are some things you should know about tiny houses before you invest in one. You Can Have a More Stable Financial Future The reason many people choose to buy or build a tiny house is because they can save money. Naturally, building the house costs much less in terms of materials and labor costs since it is smaller and built much different than a single family house. However, don’t just think in terms of the cost to have the house built. This option can also help your financial future because you will be free of debt. Many people find that they don’t even need a mortgage loan to get this type of house, since it costs significantly less to build it than to buy a house or even a condo. With a little savings, you can pay for the entire thing without ever needing a loan. It Minimizes Clutter It is true that the furniture and personal effects you have in a tiny house are going to be significantly different from your regular home. This is going to force you to minimize your life, only having the items you really need. This can be seen as both an advantage and a disadvantage. On the one hand, if you have been looking to minimize clutter and simplify your life, buying a tiny house gives you the motivation you need since you can’t fit a lot of extra stuff in the house. However, it also limits you with what you can have as well as makes it necessary to turn away some larger gifts from other people. The Tiny House Can Be Mobile One thing you might not have thought about is the fact that many tiny houses can be moved from one location to another. While you still need to think about plumbing and electrical work, which makes it difficult to constantly travel with the tiny house, it can definitely be moved to a new location. Perhaps you decide to move to a different state, but you really love your house. It is small enough to get onto a larger flatbed trailer, similar to those used for moving mobile homes, and moved to your new location. The biggest concern, aside from the size, is finding land where you can place the house. You may need to purchase your own land or find property where other tiny house residents are living. For more information, contact local professionals like Jenshau...

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Choosing Between Spray Foam Insulation And Loose Fill Insulation

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Between Spray Foam Insulation And Loose Fill Insulation

Spray foam insulation and loose fill insulation are two of the most popular methods of insulating a home. Insulating a home, while expensive, will save a homeowner money over time — while also increasing the comfort of their property. But which method of insulation is best for your home depends on a variety of situations, including your budget and your needs. The Advantages of Spray Foam Insulation Spray foam insulation is a soft, expanding foam that is applied wet and then expands as it dries. Spray foam will fill the entire area that requires insulation, thus providing some of the best insulation that is possible. Spray foam can be used anywhere within a home and will not damage the home; the spray foam will only expand gently into the areas that have to be insulated, and will not apply any internal pressure to the structure. Because it provides better insulation, spray foam can save a homeowner substantial sums of money. Over time, spray foam remains exceptionally resilient and will remain pliable and effective. Spray foam also adds value to a property, which can be very important during resale.  The Advantages of Loose Fill Insulation There are two major advantages to loose fill insulation: you can do it yourself and it’s fairly affordable. Loose fill insulation can be purchased by renting a machine from a home improvement store and buying the loose fill itself. The fill is fed into the machine and the machine blows it into the necessary spaces — it can usually be done within an hour. Loose fill insulation is considerably less expensive than spray foam insulation for this reason. At the same time, loose fill insulation will generally not be as effective as spray foam insulation, as it “falls” into place and settles rather than filling the space entirely. There may be pockets of air and it may not be effective for narrow areas.  In general, loose fill is the cheaper but easier insulation option, while spray foam will be more costly but will save money long-term. If you’re looking to invest more in the value of your property and live in areas with fairly extreme weather, spray foam insulation will be the smarter choice. If you’re primarily looking to save money, or live in an area with very mild weather, you may be able to get by with a loose fill installation. For more information, talk to a...

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3 Ways You Can Protect Your Truck Bed

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways You Can Protect Your Truck Bed

For most people, trucks are one part heavy-duty equipment and one part comfortable vehicle. While you want your truck to be rigid and tough when you need it to be, you don’t want it to look like this. Protecting the bed of your truck is one way to keep your truck looking good. The Problem With Damage Understand that damage to the bed of your truck isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Depending on the type of damage, problems can quickly travel to other areas. Consider a deep scratch that penetrates the clear coat, for instance. When the clear coat is removed, moisture can then reach the metal surfaces of the vehicle, which can lead to rust development over time. The primary problem with rust is that it rarely stays in the same area. It instead travels and spreads, creating a much larger problem. What You Can Do Secure Your Loads Prevention is always the best method of protection. When a load isn’t secured, it shifts all around during the transport process. This constant movement increases the risk of damage. This is even the case if you’re transporting something as innocent as boxes. You can avoid this damage by ensuring that all your loads are secured before transport. Install A Bed Liner One of the best ways to protect your truck is to install a truck bed liner. Bed liner options range from a carpet-like material (drop-in liner) to a rubber-like surface (spray-in liner). The goal of these options is to create somewhat of a barrier between your loads and the bed of the truck. With a liner, even if you do transport a rigid load, the liner will absorb the damage instead of your truck. Rely On A Trailer Even if you have a liner installed, it’s still wise to be mindful of the type of load you plan to transport. If it’s something especially sharp or rigid, don’t hesitate to relay on a trailer. Instead of placing the items in the back of the truck, you can attach a hitch and transport them in a small cargo trailer. It might feel like somewhat of a hassle to connect the trailer, but protecting your truck is well worth the effort. Your truck isn’t just your vehicle; it’s also an investment. By protecting the bed of your truck, you also protect your investment. A professional installer can assist you with selecting the right bed liner option for your...

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Having A Water Well Installed? Ask Your Drilling Contractor These Important Questions

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having A Water Well Installed? Ask Your Drilling Contractor These Important Questions

Having a water well installed on your property is one of those projects that is bound to bring benefits and advantages in the end, but the installation process can definitely be intimidating. After all, the quality of the water you get from your water well will rely heavily on the proper installation. There are many skilled well drilling contractors out there who can help you ensure you get the best end result. However, to ensure you are comfortable with the process and the outcome of the well drilling process, there are a few questions you need to ask the drilling contractor before they get started.  Will the contractor be obtaining the proper permits? In a lot of places, you will be required to obtain a permit from the local health department in order to install a water well. This is because the local health department actually needs to know how many private water wells are in the area in case of contamination, and installing a new well could interfere with groundwater reserves that lead to someone else’s well. Make sure you find out if there are permits involved and whether you or your drilling contractor will be responsible for obtaining the permit before they get started. How deep will your water well have to be? The drilling contractor may not be able to give you an exact figure on how deep the water will be when they are done, but most of the time, they can give you a ballpark estimate. There are several reasons you need to know the general depth of your well, including that knowing the depth of the well will help you better choose the right well pump knowing the depth of the well will help with further maintenance later on knowing the depth of the well will give you a better understanding of the costs of installation Are there groundwater issues that could affect the quality of your water? Before drilling a water well, a contractor will usually perform extensive tests on the groundwater that is available to ensure it is good enough quality for human consumption. In most cases, the contractor will go over the results of these tests before they start to drill, but if they are not brought up, make sure you ask. It is the well drilling contractor’s responsibility to only place a water well in an area that is not fed by contaminated water.  Visit websites like to learn...

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Three Things To Know About Your New Well

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Know About Your New Well

Drilling a well on your property may be the best solution for getting water to your home or business. And while drilling for water seems simple, there are some conditions that can make the process harder. Being aware of the possible pitfalls is important and working with a reputable company will be key to the success of your project. If you are not familiar with the process of drilling for water, talk with several drilling companies to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. Get a Site Survey Before Drilling Determining the location for your well will require some information that you might not have. Just being able to get the drill rig on the site is not enough. A good drilling company will be able to survey the property and determine the best spots to drill and where you are most likely to find water. Randomly boring holes in the ground are not only time consuming, it is expensive. Have a site survey done before and drilling begins to determine the location with the best potential outcome.  Hydraulic Fracturing To Optimize You Well Some wells produce water but may not have the required volume of water for your home or business. If the well is bedrock, it is sometimes possible to “frack” the well for more water. The process involves dropping a large volume of dry ice into the water then sealing the top of the well. The idea is that as the dry ice and water react, the CO2 being released will build of enough pressure in the well with further open the vane in the rock where the water is flowing in. If your well is producing but not as much as you really need or want, talk to the drilling company about this process and see if it is possible in your situation. Damaging Sand or Silt Needs To Be Removed  Another possible problem that you need to look out for it sand in your well. If you have a newly drilled well and are starting to see sand in the sinks, toilets or appliances that use water, contact the drilling company and let them know. Sand in the system can damage the pipes and appliances very quickly. The sand you are seeing is likely a small indication  of a bigger problem. There maybe sand in the bottom of the well that is getting into the system and if left uncorrected, it could damage the pump, clog the pipes, and leave you with large repair bills. A good drilling company will warranty the well they drilled for you and will work with you to correct this situation.   For more information, contact companies like Russell Well...

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High Deck Vs. Low Deck Installations: Significant Differences To Be Aware Of For DIYers

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on High Deck Vs. Low Deck Installations: Significant Differences To Be Aware Of For DIYers

There are essentially two deck levels. There are high decks, which are elevated way above the ground, and low decks, which are rare more than a foot or two off the ground. Both serve their own unique purposes and both have their benefits and drawbacks. If you plan to do your own deck installation, here are some significant differences to keep in mind as you go along. Elevated Decks Only Work for Pools and/or Backyards with Ravines An elevated deck is generally only used for properties that have deep ravines in the backyard or for patio doors that open to a pool area. Another exception to this rule is a split level home where the finished basement opens onto a concrete patio, but you want a deck above that. (Usually, patio doors overhead and just off of your dining room or kitchen open to the elevated deck, leaving the concrete patio below open for more entertaining.) To build an elevated deck with no real purpose is expensive, especially when a ground-level deck works just as well. Two Decks of the Exact Same Size but Different Levels Require Different Amounts of Lumber Let’s say you want to build a deck off the back of your house and the deck is twelve feet by eighteen feet. It is small for most decks, but reasonably affordable and doable on your own. The deck that is built low to the ground requires less lumber than the elevated deck. Why is that? Because you will need extra timber and extra long posts to elevate the deck. The price difference for an elevated deck is more too. A Ground-Level Deck Does Not Need Railings If you build a ground-level deck (i.e., one that only has a foot or less drop to the ground) then you do not need safety railings. Anyone who tumbles off this short deck will not be badly injured, and therefore deck railings are more or less for decoration. On the other hand, you may have to invest mightily for safety railings on an elevated deck, since anyone falling off an elevated deck can be severely injured (e.g., concussion, broken bones, etc.). This should be a major consideration for the type of deck you want to build before you build it. Decks Need to Be Snug to the House While you do not have to secure your deck to the side or back of your home, it does help steady the deck. If you build a very firm and strong support frame underneath the deck, that is even better. For added security and good measure, make the deck as snug to the house as possible to prevent legs and feet from sliding into the space between the deck and the house. Also, if you build a high deck or elevated deck, the railing definitely needs to be snug to the house so that children cannot sneak through the space between the railing of the deck and the house and fall below. For assistance, talk to a professional like Reeves Exterior...

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Three Tips For Your Heating System

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Your Heating System

A heating system can be a remarkably complex part of your home. As a result, it is critical for you to make sure that you are taking the appropriate steps to help it avoid some of the more routine issues that can arise. For those that have little experience with furnace maintenance, this task can seem somewhat intimidating. However, there are a few simple tips to follow that can help ensure your furnace works as efficiently as possible throughout this coming winter. Inspect The Furnace’s Flue During the course of operation, your furnace will produce a number of hazardous gases as byproducts. Ensuring that these gases are able to efficiently ventilate away from the home is essential. To accomplish this task, your furnace is equipped with a flue. Unfortunately, the flue can become clogged as time passes, which may greatly inhibit the ability of these fumes to escape the home.To prevent a dangerous buildup of these gases, you will need to make sure that you thoroughly inspect the flue prior to the start of the winter months. During this inspection, you will want to make sure that soot deposits along the walls are not threatening to close the flue and that it is free of bird and squirrel nests. Remove Any Dust Or Dirt From The Exterior Of The Furnace Prior to running your furnace for the first time this year, you should thoroughly clean the exterior. Dust can gather on the exterior of your furnace, and this can allow it to be spread throughout the home when you turn on the heating system. In addition to improving the air quality in your home, this will also help to minimize any burning odors that are produced the first time you turn on your system. Service The Furnace’s Burner The burner is one of the most important components of your furnace, and it is also prone to suffering some of the worst wear and tear. You can help your furnace’s burner avoid some routine problems by thoroughly cleaning it before you use the heater for the first time and periodically throughout the winter. Ideally, you should make it a point to clean the burner at least once every couple of months to ensure that the system is using heating oil as efficiently as possible. When cleaning it, you will want to use a damp cloth to wipe away any of the oil residues that may have collected on it. For more information, contact local professionals like Kohl Heating & Air...

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Five Sure Signs That You Have Water In Your Basement

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Sure Signs That You Have Water In Your Basement

No one wants water in their basement. Not only is it messy, but it can lead to harmful mold and mildew. However, if you live in a part of the country that is subject to frequent rain, keeping the water out of your basement can be a challenge. You don’t have to see pools of standing water to know that you have a moisture problem, there are a number of more subtle signs that something is amiss. 1. White, chalk-like deposits. If you don’t notice any standing water, but you see white, chalk-like deposits around your basement’s windows and outside walls, this is likely a sign that water has been there and has evaporated. The white substance isn’t really chalk; it’s small amounts of limestone and other minerals that can be found in most city water supplies. 2. That tell-tale musty smell. Moisture is a dark, enclosed space has an odor that unmistakeable. If you’re confronted with that strong smell of mildew when you open the basement door, it’s time to call the waterproofing professionals. 3. Flaking on your basement walls. If your brick or concrete basement walls are flaking, water has likely penetrated inside the surface of the walls and the salt and other minerals in the water is causing the outside of the wall to deteriorate. 4. Black spots on the walls. Black spots on your basement walls can be mold that is forming due to the moisture in the air. This can be a serious situation if left unchecked. Large amounts of black mold can aggravate chronic breathing conditions, such as COPD and asthma. 5. Bowed walls in your basement. A sign of a serious basement water problem is walls that are slightly bowed or less than plumb. This is generally caused by the water-saturated ground surrounding your foundation pushing on the walls and causing them to shift slightly. Water in your basement can be caused by a number of issues. This can be as simple as a clogged gutter or as serious as a foundation that needs reinforcement. If you notice one of more of these warning signs, it’s time to call in the professionals. Persistent water in your basement can cause your foundation to deteriorate over time as well as lead to mold and mildew forming and being circulated throughout your living space. A good basement waterproofing contractor can evaluate your situation and propose a course of action for solving your moisture...

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Turning Your Roof Into A Living Feature: The Best Plants To Use On Living Roofs

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Turning Your Roof Into A Living Feature: The Best Plants To Use On Living Roofs

If you have been thinking about installing a living-roof system, choose the plants for it wisely. Opt for those that grow quickly, as well as plants that can self-sustain in your grow-zone. When planning your living roof, consider using the following plants: Grass. Grass and ground-cover is a must for a living roof and it is used to fill in around your other plants. It is important to go with something low-growing and that will thrive in your native climate. Talk with local landscaping professionals or garden retailers to find the best grasses for your roof. Herbs. Herbs make excellent cover for lawns, gardens, and your roof! Additionally, you will have an unlimited supply of culinary herbs for cooking, arrangements, and crafting, while enjoying the fragrance that they provide. Bring an aromatic touch to your living- roof with these herbs: Oregano. Oregano is hardy with a spicy scent. Thyme. Thyme grows low to the ground, and can help fill in spaces around your other flowers and plants. Mint. If you want a fast-growing herb, choose mint. There are many varieties and types that make your roof smell fantastic, too! Wildflowers. Wildflowers are hardy and can usually sustain themselves, which is ideal for living roofs. Some wildflowers that work on living-roof systems include: Yarrow. Flowering yarrow is resilient and not fragile, so it makes great cover for roofs. These are colorful plants that thrive and quickly spread. Aster. Asters are another wildflower that is perfect for your living roof. These colorful blooms grow easily and attract butterflies to your property, which is another beautiful bonus! Wildflower seed mixes. Another idea is to buy a wildflower seed mix from your local garden supply store to scatter among the grass, herbs, and succulents that you are planting. Each year, your roof will display different colors and blooms which makes for an exciting planting option. Succulents. Succulents are a mainstay of your living roof and will take up the majority of space on larger surfaces. Some succulents to consider are: Houseleeks. For year-round coverage, look for houseleeks. Houseleeks come in a wide range of colors, and grow low to the ground so they cover roofs quite well. Sedums. Sedums are a succulent that can thrive in all types of conditions. These are often found growing between rocks or in rough terrain, which makes them hardy enough to plant on your roof. The leaves are often shiny and smooth, resembling stone. Hens-and-chicks. The bell-shaped blossoms of hens-and-chicks make them a perfect addition to your living roof. These are hardy little plants, that require very little water, and that often can self-sustain in some climates and regions. Enjoy the beauty and energy-efficiency of your own living roof! Talk with contractors about reinforcing your roof to support the weight of the plants, soil, and water, and discuss planting options with gardening experts. Use these tips as a guide to some living-roof ideas that can sustain themselves and thrive to create a colorful, vibrant roof!  Contact a company like All American Roofing Incorporated to get...

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How To Refinish A Pine Floor

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Refinish A Pine Floor

If your pine floor is faded or scratched, you don’t have to replace the floor. Pine floors are a soft wood, which means the grain is less dense than solid hardwood floors. However, pine can be refinished to look new even by a beginning DIY person. Here are some tips to refinish pine flooring. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves face mask safety glasses broom mop plastic hammer 80 -grit  and 100-grit sand paper 150-grit sandpaper belt sander and palm sander foam roller or bristle brush stain and sealer  Close the windows and doors, then seal entryways with plastic to keep dust from spreading. Hammer in loose nails. Soft wood is prone to contracting, which may loosen nails. Remove vent plates in the floor,,and lay plastic cover them. Remove as much furniture out of the room as possible, and cover non removable items with plastic. Sand the Floor Sweep or vacuum the floor, then damp mop the floor, and let it dry. Keep the sander moving at all times on soft wood, or it will cause marks. Attach 40- grit sandpaper to the belt sander, and begin sanding at one end of the room several inches from the wall. Sand the length oft he floor; following the grain of wood. For newer flooring, start with 100-grit sandpaper. Change to 100-grit sandpaper, and repeat the process. For newer flooring, change to 150-grit sandpaper. Use the hand sander on edges and corners. Sweep sand dust, and damp mop to ensure all the dust has been removed. You may save sand dust to use as wood filler for dings or scratches. When you need to fill a scratch, mix the dust with lacquer thinner. Apply the Stain and Sealer Plan a path to apply stain and sealer , so you won’t be walking on the floor after staining. Add sealer first on wood that is completely exposed using the brush or roller, and let it dry. This will help the stain set evenly, since pine absorbs stain fast. Apply the chosen stain with a brush or foam roller; following the wood grain. Let the stain dry, which commonly takes about twenty-four hours. Sand the stain with 100-150-grit sandpaper, since it will feel rough after drying, but do not sand too hard to avoid removing the stain. Clean sand dust. Apply a second coat of stain, if desired, and let it dry. Refinishing pine floors helps them last longer, but it takes patience. If you don’t trust your skill, or you think it’s time for a replacement, hire a contractor or company like Painting By Jerry...

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