2014

  • 3 Winter Safety Tips For Construction Workers

    Winter provides its own unique challenges to those in the construction trade. This is especially true in climates where it gets really frigid. While your crew may not be able to work in a blizzard, there is little to keep them off the job once it stops snowing. Barring a local state of emergency that keeps everyone home, you must assume you are going to be working in cold weather. Projects have deadlines that have to be kept, after all.
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  • Get Your Vents Cleaned Regularly To Avoid Massive Dust And Mold Problems

    If you've just had an HVAC system installed, plan now to have periodic vent cleanings. Talk to HVAC companies about setting up a service contract because that cleaning is going to play an important role in keeping the system working. New HVAC systems can work quite well for a long time, which means that you won't discover any problems with the vents, such as mold, until after they've become quite a nuisance.
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  • Keep Things In Or Keep Things Out: The Benefits Of Installing Gates

    There are many different purposes to an electric gate, but it boils down to two: keep wanted things in and keep unwanted things out. You may want to keep your teenage daughter in and her possessive boyfriend out. You may want to keep your dog in and your annoying neighbor out. Whatever it may be, there are some great perks to having an electric gate: High-end security purposes There are many ways to protect your home, but the prestige of an electric fence alone may ward off potential perpetrators.
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  • Troubleshooting Your Home's Electrical Water Heater

    Waking up to find that you don't have any hot water with which to take a shower or complete other household tasks can be frustrating for any homeowner. Before you call out a professional to replace your electric water heater, however, there are some simple troubleshooting tasks you may want to try. After all, while electric water heaters can be a bit finicky at times, it's often more cost effective to repair them rather than to replace them entirely.
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  • Protect Your Foundation: Repair The Damage To Your Basement Walls

    If you have a basement, chances are the support walls are constructed of concrete blocks, which are held together with a concrete mortar. Over time, that mortar can decay. When that happens, you'll begin seeing gaps in the concrete between your concrete blocks. Those gaps should be repaired as quickly as possible, to preserve the structural integrity of your foundation. If the gaps are small enough, you can repair them yourself.
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  • 3 Reasons Why Mobile Homes Really Are A Good Investment

    When you compare mobile home properties to permanent structures like stick-built houses, buyers with limited resources may feel like they're getting the short end of a stick. Mobile homes and trailers aren't the type of property that you can envision passing down to your great-grandchildren, but they are an excellent choice for people who need a house without a whole lot of hassle. Here are three important reasons why buying a mobile home could be the best investment you make yet.
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  • Signs That Your HVAC System Isn't Operating As Efficiently As It Should Be

    Keeping your HVAC system in good working condition is critical. Not only will it help you keep your home at a more comfortable temperature, but it will also help you prevent the need for costly repairs and replacements. Plus, having a heating and air conditioning system that is in optimal condition can also help you save money on your utility bills. To ensure that your system is working as it should be, look for these signs that there is an efficiency problem.
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  • Two Tips For The Next Time You Replace Your Garage Door Opener

    A malfunctioning garage door opener can be an extremely inconvenient problem to encounter. Unfortunately, there are many issues that these devices can encounter that will result in their failure. When this happens, it may be necessary to have the entire opener replaced. While most new homeowners will not have much experience with this type of project, there are a couple of tips that they can follow to help ensure they get the most out of their new garage door opener.
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  • Dirty Drip Pans Are A Drag-- Here Are Some Ways To Clean Them

    The drip pans on an electric stove can be your best friend -- they stop things from dripping down into the rest of the stove -- and your worst cleaning enemy. The foods they catch tend to dry on them and harden, making the drip pans look horrible. A common remedy is to line the pans with foil, but this is actually inadvisable -- the foil can reflect too much heat back onto the electric coils of the burner, thus destroying the burner.
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