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Be Wary Of Electrical Damage Due To Roof Leaks

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Be Wary Of Electrical Damage Due To Roof Leaks

This winter looks to be a rainy one in many parts of the country, and if you start to find signs of a leaky roof, you might think that all you have to do is move things out of the way and call a roofer. However, you may need to call an electrician as well — and that may be a more urgent task. Roof leaks obviously damage the ceiling and walls, but the dripping water doesn’t just stick to the drywall. It can create a massive fire hazard, too. Wiring Protection Isn’t That Protective Like other materials, the protection around electrical wiring — be that insulation or a box around circuit breakers — can break down over time. It’s not unusual to find corrosion, holes, cracks, and other defects in circuit boxes, and insulation is often a target for rodents looking for something to chew on. All of this can expose wiring and circuits to water that might be leaking into the ceiling or walls. Leakage Current Risk Water creates something called leakage current. Water itself doesn’t do a good job of conducting electricity, but rainwater — full of minerals including minimal salts — is very attractive to electrical currents. Walters Forensic notes that the current will start traveling through the water when it comes in contact with exposed wiring, and this will lead to a gradual accumulation of more salts in the water. Eventually, the current traveling through the water becomes strong enough to generate heat and create something called a carbon bridge, which can lead to arcing and fire. How to Turn off Electricity Roof leaks are common, and you normally don’t see people panicking over a small drip. But if the dripping becomes extensive, with several leaks in the home, or the water is near a switch, outlet, breaker or fuse box, or other fixture, then you need to call an electrician and have him or her turn off the electricity and investigate. Because of the risk of electrocution, don’t touch the circuit breaker or fuse box yourself. If you’re dealing with leaks now or are worried about what to do should you find one, talk to an electrician today. He or she can inspect boxes and accessible wiring to check the integrity of the insulation and boxes. If there’s a problem, he or she will be able to correct it now, before the onslaught of heavy rain. Contact a company like Dr Electric for more...

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Differences Between Truck Bed Liner Types

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Differences Between Truck Bed Liner Types

Do you own a small family farm? Do you use a pickup truck to move different supplies around your farm? If you’re worried about protecting the bed of your truck, then a bed liner is for you. Here are some things you should know about the different types of truck bed liners: Spray-on bed liners: Other types of truck bed liners may only be made for a certain make or model of vehicle. With spray-on liners, measuring is obviously not necessary. Because of the process involved, this is not a project that can be completed by the average person. You will need to take your truck into an appropriate mechanic or auto body shop and they will spray a protective coating onto the bed of your truck. Because there are no screws needed for the installation of this type of liner, rust is much less likely to be an issue than with other styles. Rubber mat liners: These can be used on their own or to supplement other types of truck bed liners. While the rubber mats are often sold for a specific make or model, there is some leeway possible. For example, if you have double rear wheels, you may be able to purchase a liner that is meant for a truck with only single rear wheels. You would then use something like a strong utility knife to remove the additional rubber needed to make the liner fit in your vehicle. The main drawback of this type of liner is that it only protects the bottom of the truck bed. Depending on what you’re hauling, you could still damage to the sides of your truck bed. Drop-in liner: This type of liner offers more protection to the sides of your truck bed than a rubber mat liner. Unlike spray-on liners, a drop-in liner can sometimes be installed by the truck’s owner, with just a little help. If you want the protection offered by a spray-on liner, but live too far away from an appropriate shop, a drop-in liner may be for you. Unfortunately, these types of truck bed liners may not be available for your make and model of truck. If your truck is more than a few years old or is an extremely uncommon model, you may have a hard time locating a drop-in liner that will fit. Since they are made out of molded plastic and not rubber, you won’t be able to easily modify a similar liner to give adequate protection for your vehicle’s bed. For more help or information about truck bed liners, contact a professional like those at Jack’s...

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5 Big Indications Your Garage Door Needs Help

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Big Indications Your Garage Door Needs Help

It’s really easy to take your garage door for granted. It stands there solidly, providing a barrier when you need one. And then suddenly, it doesn’t do what you need or what you expect, and that’s a problem. Here are some signs that you need to get an expert in to work out what’s going on with your garage door. The Door Doesn’t Open at All Sometimes the solution is a simple one. Maybe the remote needs new batteries or the power is out for a bit. Other times, the solution is much more complicated. Remotes and keypads can lose programming, or the door itself can have something that physically blocks the door from raising, or lowering. Because that’s the corollary to this problem: The door may not be able to close, which offers additional problems in terms of security. The Door Is Saggy Look at the door carefully, when it’s closed and when it’s open. Also pay attention while you’re raising and lowering the door. Is it sagging anywhere? The middle, or one of the sides? This is an indication that one area might be loose. Or the tracks could be misaligned. Regardless, if you let the door continue on the way it is, it’s going to become a much bigger problem. The Door Closes…and Then Reopens Have you ever closed the garage door, started to back out of the driveway, only to watch the door sweep back up? That’s not a good feeling, especially if it keeps doing the same thing several times in a row. There could be problems with how the door is set up, in terms of the amount of pressure the opener uses to lower the door, or there could be something else that needs adjusting. There could also be something wrong with or blocking the safety switch. The Door Sticks Your garage door and its tracks and rollers collect a lot more gunk than you realize. Because of all the oil and grease that lubricates the moving parts, they attract dust and dirt, which becomes sticky and can clog up the rails. You could also just need to lubricate the rollers, particularly if that hasn’t been done in a while. The Door Is Louder Than Usual Unless you just moved into your home, you’re familiar with the normal sound of your garage door and opener. If it starts to sound louder than it usually does or it sounds markedly different, there is reason to investigate. You could have issues with one or more springs or the motor in the opener may be developing a problem. If you suspect that your garage door needs a little bit of help, don’t hesitate. Contact an expert in garage door service today to find out how to solve the problem. For professional garage door services, contact a company such as American Eagle Garage Door...

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Breaking Tradition Away From Storm Preparation

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Breaking Tradition Away From Storm Preparation

Whether you live deep in the heart of hurricane alley or any area prone to storms with powerful winds, there’s a lot of information to consume when it comes to preparing for disaster. Unfortunately, some of the advice may be outdated or based on tradition that could have been corrupted as it was passed down. Although tradition may come with a lot of nostalgia and respect, make sure that you’re able to split truth from legend by knowing what works, what doesn’t and how the tradition could have started in the first place. Taping Windows Is A Bad Idea Some incorrect methods of preparing for hurricanes are so old and well-known that they’ve become cultural icons. One such icon is a cross or an X of tape covering a window. The technique may become more advanced, such as forming a star or asterisk or adding more lines of tape in different areas. There are ways to protect yourself by taping windows, but it takes a lot more work that the popular cross of tape. The idea behind tape is that instead of dealing with many small pieces of broken glass, tape can stop the glass from flying as far and can keep the glass at a safer size. The tape isn’t just an inferior method; if you don’t tape properly or only used a small amount of tape, projectiles can stay in larger, heavier and more dangerous pieces as they break. At best case scenario, you’ve wasted tape that hasn’t increased safety. At worst, someone could be hit with a large piece of glass with other pieces swinging like a flail. Shutters And Boarding Are The Way To Go There are multiple demonstrations that show the weakness of tape against certain projectiles, such as flat projectiles bringing down taped pieces of glass or boards going directly through the tape as if it weren’t there. Although there are products designed to add strength to a window, it may be more affordable to stick with hurricane-proof shutters that can close as needed or by nailing thick boards across your window area. Board thickness matters, as thin or poorly-designed plywood can be just as unsafe as tape. Weak wood that splinters away can be unsafe as well, as a projectile could split the wood at the grain. While you don’t need to spend top dollar on premium wood types for safety, it’s better to consult a window specialist to find out what kinds of protection are available. The window specialist can give information on not only boarding, but shutters that can be installed and quickly closed during a storm. If your windows are broken before you’re able to prepare or if you’d like to look into hurricane-safe glass, ask a window specialist, such as, for replacement windows that fit both your home’s decoration direction and your safety...

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How To Keep Your Brick Pavers Looking Great All Year Long

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Your Brick Pavers Looking Great All Year Long

Brick pavers can be absolutely gorgeous. Along with being fully functional, they can also add a certain decorative element to your property and can give your home a lot of curb appeal. They are also very durable and do not require a lot of care, but there are a few things that you should do if you want to keep them looking great. If you follow these tips, however, you can keep your brick pavers looking fabulous all year long. Have it Professionally Sealed First of all, if you have not done so, you should have your brick pavers properly sealed. It is best to have this done when your pavers are first installed, but even if they are older, you can have them cleaned and sealed at any time. The sealant that a professional brick paver cleaning and sealing company (such as American Pressure Cleaning & Sealing) will add will provide a protective coating, which will help prevent cracks and holes. It will also make your brick pavers easier to clean and can make them look nice, shiny and new. Clean it Regularly It’s a good idea to clean your brick pavers regularly; this will help protect them from the acid from the rain and will get rid of dirt and grime before it causes stains. If you keep up with regular cleaning, you can use a regular water hose  to get rid of most grime. However, if you notice that your brick pavers are exceptionally dirty, you can either rent or purchase a power washer — or hire someone who runs a power washing company — to clean it, or you can scrub at any dirt and grime with a long-handled deck brush and a bucket full of a mild detergent — such as dishwashing liquid — and warm water. Protect it from the Winter Elements During the winter, it’s smart to sprinkle rock salt on your brick pavers to prevent snow and ice accumulation and to provide traction for anyone who will be walking on them. However, you should make sure that you spray your brick pavers off after the threat of snow and ice has ended, however, to get rid of the salt and prevent it from causing staining. As you can see, it’s entirely possible to keep your brick pavers looking excellent all year long. If you follow these tips, you should be proud of the way that your brick pavers...

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Making A Trendy Pendant From Hardware

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making A Trendy Pendant From Hardware

If you are looking for a fun jewelry piece that will stand out, consider making a necklace using a large washer as the focal point. Many people enjoy the look of industrial fashion, and hardware jewelry would fit right into this realm. Here are some instructions to follow to make a fun, inspiring necklace using washers you would find in a hardware store. Materials You Will Need Page from an old book (or a photocopy of a page on beige paper) Large washer Utility knife or scissors Pencil Glue Polyurethane Small detail paintbrush Black paint Leather cord Small washers Decorative beads Inspire Yourself Find a page from a favorite book that has a few words you wish to display on your necklace. The size of the print and the size of your washer will determine how many words will be seen on your jewelry. When you find a few words you wish to have displayed, trace your washer over them using a pencil. Cut out this part of the book or printout using a utility knife or pair of scissors. Prepare The Washer Apply a thin coating of glue to the underside of the printed page and line it up so it fits over the washer. Press firmly into place and allow to dry overnight. Paint over the printed paper with polyurethane to keep it sealed in place. This will also give the pendant a shiny top coat. At this time, if you wish to inscribe the back of your washer with any personalization, use a detail paintbrush and black craft paint to print lettering, such as your name or a date, on the back of the washer. Use the polyurethane once again to cover the inscription so it stays in place. Assemble The Necklace Use a piece of leather cording to keep your pendant on your neck. Cut a piece of cord to about a foot and a half in length. Fold it in half and stick the looped end through your washer so a few inches are protruding through the middle. String the cut ends of the cord through the middle of this loop, holding the washer in place as a result. Add a few small washers, like those from Montgomery’s Building Supplies Inc, to each side of your necklace so they are located on both sides of your larger washer. Add a few decorative beads to each side if desired. Tie a knot in each end of the cord and tie them together and knot to keep on your...

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Need To Sealcoat Your Driveway? You Have Three Different Material Choices

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need To Sealcoat Your Driveway? You Have Three Different Material Choices

If you have an asphalt driveway, you probably already know about some of the many benefits of sealcoating. Sealcoating your driveway on a regular basis will improve the appearance of your driveway and will extend the life of your concrete. However, did you know that you could choose between three different types of material to sealcoat your driveway? Before you have your driveway sealcoated again, discuss with your contractor which type of material will be used on your driveway: Most Common: Asphalt Emulsions The most common material used to sealcoat driveways is asphalt emulsions. Asphalt emulsions are made from a base of crude oil and also include fillers, chemicals and pigments to create the coating. It is important to note that none of the chemicals used in most asphalt emulsions mixtures are known to irritate humans. This type of seal coating does not have very much of an odor to it and it tends to dry very quickly.  The only downside to this type of coating is that over time, gas, oil, salt and sunshine can wear away at the coating.  The Strongest: Coal Tar Coal tar is made from crude oven tar, which is a typical byproduct of the steel industry. The biggest downside to coal tar sealant is that it produces a strong odor. The strong odor of coal tar has caused it to fall in usage.  However, coal tar sealcoating does have one really big advantage. Of all the products used to seal asphalt driveways, coal tar stands up the best to exposure to oil, gas, salt and ultraviolet rays. You don’t have to sealcoat your driveway as often when you use coal tar.  The Most Colorful: Acrylics If you don’t want your driveway to be black, and where hoping to make it a little more colorful and distinctive, you can sealcoat your driveway with a special acrylic sealer. However, if you want more color, be prepared to pay for it. Acrylics sealant tends to be pretty expensive. They are generally used by business and homeowners to give their pavement a unique look. Acrylic sealants stand up okay to environmental elements, but wear down more quickly than coal tar. The next time you need to have your driveway sealcoated, talk to the contractor you hire about the materials they plan on using. If you don’t like strong smells, go with an asphalt emulsion coating. If you want the coating to last for a long time, go with a coal tar coating. Or, if you want to add a little more style to your driveway, spring for acrylic coating. Contact a company such as Hals Construction to learn...

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Asphalt Driveway Damage & Getting Repairs

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Asphalt Driveway Damage & Getting Repairs

Do the cracks in your asphalt driveway detract from the exterior appeal of your house? If you don’t want to invest in a new driveway anytime soon, you may want to get the cracks repaired before they get bigger. Find out below what can cause damage to an asphalt driveway, as well as how repairs can be made by a pavement contractor. How Does an Asphalt Driveway Get Damaged? Freezing weather combined with rain is the most detrimental thing to an asphalt driveway. The problem lies in when rainwater gets into the asphalt and turns into ice. When the ice thaws out, it begins forming cracks in the asphalt as a way for the pressure to escape. If fast repairs are not made to the cracks, they get bigger and can cause damage that can only be fixed by investing in a new driveway. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can also be detrimental to an asphalt driveway. The heat leads to the asphalt getting soft and more susceptible to damage. For instance, parking your vehicle on soft asphalt can lead to it flattening. If there are already small cracks in the asphalt, they will get bigger if you continue parking in the driveway before repairs are made. How Should a Damaged Asphalt Driveway Be Repaired? If cracks are the only damage in an asphalt driveway, you can get them sealed by hiring a pavement contractor. You can also purchase your own sealant and make the repairs on your own. However, the sealant used by professionals may keep the cracks sealed longer because it is a higher grade than what stores sell. The sealant is rubbery and able to keep rainwater from seeping through. Contractors can also sealcoat the entire driveway to protect the asphalt from water and sun damage. Basically, sealcoating creates a thin layer on top of the asphalt that takes a while for the sun and water to penetrate. The coating will lead to your asphalt driveway being more durable, as fewer repairs will be necessary. You can also get a carport built over the driveway to protect the asphalt. Getting your asphalt driveway repairs is estimated to cost as little as $250 for minor repairs. However, the price can go over $4,000 for major repairs. Paying for repairs is more affordable than having to get a new driveway constructed. Get in touch with a pavement contractor like Lakeridge Paving Company for more...

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The Cherry On Top Of A Roof Replacement: All About EPDM Roof Coating

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Cherry On Top Of A Roof Replacement: All About EPDM Roof Coating

When your contractor does a re-roofing job, they will typically do more than just install a new roof. While it’s great to have new roof materials, those materials need protection. For this reason, a roof coating like Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer, better known as EPDM, is often applied as soon as the new roof is in place. Below, you can learn the three main reasons that EPDM acts as the cherry on top of your roof replacement. It Can Protect Your Roof For Decades EPDM roof coating has a very long life and will typically protect your roof for about 50 years. Naturally, the lifespan of roof coating can vary depending upon the environment and the climate. An EPDM roof coating in a very harsh climate may not last as long as one in a mild climate. EPDM roof coating has been in existence for 40 years. According to the EPDM Roofing Association, none of the EPDM roof coatings installed during that entire period has shown severe signs of deterioration that would necessitate roof replacement. It Can Take Whatever The World Dishes Out An EPDM roof coating can take whatever the world throws at it. The very high level of EPDM roof coating durability means that it can: Repel water and moisture Absorb heat without melting or allowing the heat into the home Resist damage from ice Resist damage from debris like tree branches and twigs It Can Be Customized To Match Your Home Your home is your pride and joy, and this means you probably want the whole house to have a cohesive look. EPDM roof coating comes in two colors, black and white. If neither of those colors works for the look of your home, you can have the coating painted in any shade desired. EPDM is usually painted with a layer or two of latex paint if color customization is desired. This is typically a job for the professionals since the EPDM needs to be cleaned and primed in a specific way prior to paint application. Be aware that when you paint EPDM this could impact a warranty. Speak with your EPDM installer, like Slaughter Roofing Co, to make sure about this before you proceed with this type of alteration. EPDM is an excellent option for roof coating if you want a “set it and forget it” option. This type of roof protection is reliable and tough enough to meet the needs of any homeowner...

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Creating A Child’s Wall Mural For The Cost Of Paint

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating A Child’s Wall Mural For The Cost Of Paint

Painting a child’s room can be a lot of fun. Getting your child involved with the selection of the plans will help you create memories that you will flash back to each time you walk into the room. One way to truly personalize your child’s room and make it a fun place to spend time in is by painting a wall mural. Wall murals can be a big investment if you pay someone to do it for you. In fact, the most basic mural can cost $70, and more intricate designs can cost over a thousand. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could paint a perfect mural and pay for little more than the paint that you need? Below, you will learn how to build a projector and paint a mural of your very own at a portion of the cost of having it done professionally. To complete this project you will need: Cardboard Duct tape Sharp utility knife Lamp without a shade Foil pie pan Transparency sheets – 8×10 inch Permanent marker Colored chalk Paints Paintbrushes – different sizes Build a Projector Build a square-shaped tube out of the cardboard. You want the measurements to be 8×10 inches for the opening by about 2 feet in length. Use the duct tape to hold the box together. Now, cut a hole through the center of the pie pan with a slit going to one of the edges. Slide the pie pan around the light-bulb end of the lamp. This will work to reflect more of the light from the bulb through the tube and keep the bulb from touching the sides of the tube. Stick the lamp into one end of the box. When you’re done, the light should shine out one end of the tube and create a spot-light effect on the wall. Draw Your Image Now that you have the projector built, it is time to draw the image that you will make into the mural. You can get these pictures from your child’s favorite books, television shows, coloring books, magazines or anything else you can find. Lay the transparency sheet over the image and trace it carefully. Take your time because the mural on the wall is based on how well you draw the image on the transparency sheet. Once you are done, tape the transparency sheet to the end of the tube. Draw the Outline Close the drapes and blinds in the room to get it as dark as you can. Turn on the lamp and direct it onto the wall that you want to paint. If you want the image to be smaller, move the projector closer to the wall. If you want the image to be larger, move the projector further from the wall. After you have the image sized and positioned properly, use the chalk to draw the outline of the image. When you’re done, turn on the light and look at your work. Is it ready for paint, or does it need some improvements? If you need to make improvements, simply erase the chalk and redo the areas that you are not pleased with. Get Painting Okay, the fun part – painting! Take your time as you fill in the outline on the wall. Depending on the detail you are incorporating...

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