2015

  • Demolishing Steel, Fiberglass, Or Concrete Septic Tanks

    When you build a house away from municipal sewer lines, you will not have access to a city's water treatment station, so you have to deal with your own waste water. The most common setup for doing this is to attach a septic tank to your home. Over time, a septic tank can wear out and need to be replaced. If you move into an older home or you have lived in your home long enough to reach the end of your septic tank's service life, you need to abandon the old tank and install a new one.
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  • How To Remove Carpet And Tack Strips

    If you are looking for a smart home remodel on a limited budget, you might want to think about new carpet. Installing new carpet should probably be done by professional carpet contractors. However, this does not mean there are several ways to make the job quicker and more affordable. For example, you can reduce the labor costs by removing the existing carpet by yourself. This article explains how to do it, and what tools are necessary.
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  • 4 Crucial Excavation Safety Tips For Homeowners

    Excavating your yard for a pool, a deck or simply to run some underground plumbing lines might seem like a simple task, but it's actually a major project with some potentially disastrous pitfalls. In fact, industry safety experts call excavation and trenching one of the most hazardous construction operations, which means that extreme care and caution should be used every time you dig. Reduce your risk and follow these safety tips every time you excavate, and don't hesitate to call in the pros, such as Gerard Excavation LLC, if you don't think you can't complete the job safely.
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  • Does Your Garage Door's Chain Need Adjusting? Learn How To Do It Yourself

    At some point, the chain for your home's garage door will need adjusting. This is because the chain becomes slightly stretched, or the door's mechanics change due to wear and tear. That's why it's so important to know how the chain can be adjusted to help the garage door move smoothly when in use. Step 1 – Safety First Start by putting your garage door in the closed position and unplugging the opener.
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  • Is Cement Fiber Or Vinyl Best? It All Depends On What You're Seeking In Your New Home Siding

    Vinyl siding is made with PVC while hardiplank products are made of cement fibers. There are pros and cons with each style of siding, but in the end, you should choose a product based on the attributes you are seeking in a home siding product. Some features of each include:  Weather-resistance Both vinyl siding and hardiplank products are manufactured to take a beating from sun, precipitation, and wind. They are both structurally engineered to handle deep freezes.
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  • Tips for Optimizing an Outdoor Kitchen

    If you dine or entertain outside a lot, you may be finding out that just having an indoor kitchen is inconvenient. Outdoor kitchens facilitate food-based activities better. An outdoor kitchen can be a simple food preparation area around a grill to a fully-equipped second kitchen. Consider how much food preparation you'll be doing outside, and optimize your kitchen for maximum convenience. Visualize Work Zones Any kitchen includes four work zones. The hot zone is the cooking area, the cold zone the refrigeration area, the wet zone the sink, and the dry zone the food preparation space.
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  • Four Ways Concrete Can Add Beauty To Your Decor

    Concrete isn't just for driveways. There are lots of great ways to use concrete to decorate your home. Your concrete contractor can help you find the design styles that work best for your home, whether you want sleek concrete flooring or stunning concrete counters. Here are just a few ideas to inspire you to decorate with concrete. Polished Concrete Floor Tiles Polished concrete floor tiles have a glossy, almost wet finish that makes them perfect for use in the bathroom or kitchen.
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  • Selecting Hardwood Flooring For Your Home

    There are so many flooring options out there that you may have thought the biggest decision was behind you when you chose to go with hardwood. However, hardwood flooring offers numerous options as well, from the wood and its finish to the plank width. The hardwood floor you choose has a significant impact on the overall look of your room. Choose flooring that enhances your home's design.  Cool, Light Hardwoods
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  • Three Alternatives To Conventional HVAC To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

    If you want your home to be cool, but do not want to have a conventional AC system installed, there are several alternatives that you may want to consider. Compact systems with high velocity ducts can be used, or you may want to consider ductless systems or evaporative coolers. Here are some of the alternatives that you may want to consider to add cooling to your home: 1. Renovations With A Compact Duct AC System
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  • Save Money By Maintaining Your Plumbing

    There are few things used more than your home's plumbing system. Every day, someone in your family is using the plumbing, whether it is to wash clothes, wash their hands, or run the dishwasher. So many household tasks rely on your plumbing system that it can be a travesty when it needs a repair. While major plumbing issues will require the a professional plumber, you can avoid many plumbing issues by doing maintenance yourself.
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