2015

The Fundamentals Of Dealing With Flood Damage Aftermath In Your Home

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If your home has been affected by a flood, the steps you take immediately thereafter can make all the difference in the final effects of your water damage cleanup process. While you might be eager to get back into the house when the immediate threat has passed, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are a few tips to help you safely address the aftermath of the flood in your home.…

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How To Use Roof-Mounted Hoists Safely To Prevent Accidents And Injuries

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Roof-mounted hoists are a convenient and inexpensive means of lifting materials to floors above ground level as well as the roof itself. They can be easily installed and dismantled by construction crews, and their simplicity makes them usable by your crews with a minimal amount of training. However, if you are using roof-mounted hoists, or you have plans to use them on your job site, it is important to keep safety considerations foremost.…

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How To Repair A Water-Damaged Plaster Ceiling With Joint Compound

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If you have a water-damaged plaster ceiling, with chipped and cracked bits of plaster falling from the damaged area, then you may be feeling at a loss on how to repair it. Fortunately, you can repair the damage yourself if you are willing to use the right materials and tools. Below is what you will need as well as how you can perform the repair: Tools and materials needed Plaster hawk - This is a specially-made flat sheet metal tray with a handle, and it is used to hold plaster, joint compound and other finishing “…

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Five Features That Give Your Pool A Mediterranean Vibe

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If you want a dip in your backyard pool to feel like a visit to a real retreat, you may want to consider designing your pool with a Mediterranean vibe in mind. Natural colors and materials, plenty of plants, and simple geometry can come together to create a pool setting that will remind you of Tuscany or a small Greek village. While there are many different features to that will add to this unique look, here are five basic ones to start with.…

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5 Ways To Make Your Garden More Eco-Friendly

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Growing a vegetable garden can add a lot of enjoyment to your life and home. When you plant and care for a garden, you get to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, gain a sense of pride and accomplishment from growing food from scratch, and enjoy a bounty of delicious and free fresh produce. If you also care about sustainability, it’s important to know that some gardens are more green and eco-friendly than others.…

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New Puppy? Four Reasons Why Solid Vinyl Fencing Is The Best Choice For Your Yard

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If you’ve just adopted a new puppy and are thinking of fencing in your yard, you have a lot of different fencing choices to consider. Chain link fencing is cheap, wood looks natural and lovely, and metal creates a very stately look – but the best fencing choice for your furry friend is really none of these. It’s vinyl. Read on to discover why solid vinyl fencing is the safest and most durable choice when you have a dog.…

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How to Ensure Your Tankless Water Heater Will Give You Endless Hot Showers

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Tankless water heaters promise the luxury of never-ending hot water, which is a major perk for people who like to take long showers. If a showerhead’s flow rate is too low, however, it won’t turn on a tankless water heater. Even though the heater may be fine, only cold water will come through the shower. If you’re installing a tankless water heater in your home, here’s how to make sure that your showerheads will activated it, so you will be able to take hours-long hot showers.…

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Is It Time To Replace Your Plumbing?

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Like most things in life, plumbing doesn’t last forever. With the passage of time, you’ll find that your plumbing tubes and drains will wear thin and old. They’ll succumb to rust and breaking. You might know that your plumbing needs to be replaced eventually, but you probably don’t know when the best time to replace your plumbing is. There are a number of signs that point to the fact that its time to replace your plumbing, certain situations where your plumbing should be replaced immediately, as well as good reasons to re-plumb your whole house.…

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How to Remove & Clean Your Oil Furnace Pump Screen

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Heating oil often contains more than just petroleum; it can contain water, dirt, insects, and other foreign matter that can clog or damage oil pumps. That’s why the screen on your furnace oil pump is so important. As it catches potentially-destructive materials, it will gradually fill-up with the waste and will require intervention on occasion. Below is how to remove and clean your oil furnace’s oil screen: Tools and materials needed…

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How To Keep Your Water Heater Free Of Legionella Bacteria

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As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your appliances aren’t posing a threat to the well-being of you and your household members. When it comes to your water heater, ensuring safe operation isn’t very easy. Not only do you have to ensure that your relief valve is releasing excess pressure, but you must also ensure that your water tank doesn’t serve as a breeding ground for Legionella bacteria.…

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