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2 Ways To Pick The Right Color To Paint Your Rooms

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you want to change or update the look of your home, one easy way to do it is to paint the rooms. There are different ways that you can choose the colors that you want to use for your various rooms.  Color Theory Color theory refers to mixing colors to get a particular shade or finding colors that give a particular visual effect. There are ways to do this. One is to use a color wheel. Color wheels are made up of several circles that are different sizes that are put together from largest to smallest. There is a connection in the center that will let each of the circles spin. Each of those circles has colors along the outside. One will be primary colors, another will be secondary colors, and a third will be tertiary colors. You can spin each of those circles to see how various colors work together. So, if you have a couch that has colors that you really like and you want to use that as a base for your new color scheme, you can find that color on the color wheel and spin it around until you find colors that will compliment or contrast with the color you like in a way that you like.  Try Samples Another way that you can find the right new color for your rooms is to take advantage of samples. Many paint companies offer small cans of paint that are either a particular color or can be tinted to a particular color. You can buy some of those samples and then paint them on your walls. You can do that by penciling in squares on your wall. You don’t want the squares to be right next to each other because you want to get the real effect of the colors. Then you paint inside each square, making sure that you keep track of the name of the color, either by writing it under the square or numbering it and creating a key. Then you can live with those squares for a few days to see which color makes you happy and which color seems to work in your room the best. Once you have decided what color works best, you can arrange for painters to come in and paint your room for you.  If you want to update your house, painting is an easy way to do it. Picking the right color can be difficult, but it can be done. Visit a site like for more...

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4 Signs Your Roof May Be Rotting

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Wood shingled roofs are quite common and can last for a long time. But as a roof begins to age and show signs of rotting, it is imperative to contact a roofing contractor immediately to make repair before large portions of the roof fail. If order to ensure that you have rotting roof issues fixed promptly, you need to know what to look for. Some common signs that your wood shingled roof is rotting include: Missing Flashing and Shingles As a homeowner, it is probably not safe to spend a lot of time up on your roof, but you should get used to examining your roof from the ground on a regular basis to look for signs of damage. It is a good idea to use binoculars, if possible. If you notice that shingles or flashing are missing, that means that the roof decking material is exposed to moisture. As the decking material gets wet, it will eventually begin to rot. Missing shingles and flashing should be repaired immediately after they are discovered. Excessive Algae or Moss Growth Algae and moss does not grow on healthy roofs. If you begin to notice that algae or moss are growing on your wood shingles, it usually means that their is trapped moisture under the shingles. This moisture can lead to deterioration of the shingles and the roof decking material. Don’t ignore algae or moss on your roof– it is actually a serious problem that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Mold in Your Attic Many people don’t think about their attic very often, but inspecting your attic can tell you a lot about the health of your roof. IF you inspect your attic and find that mold is growing, it is most likely because your roof is beginning to deteriorate and is leaking water. You should also check the insulation in your attic– even if mold is not present, you have a roof problem if the insulation is wet or shows signs of water damage. Water Damage on the Ceiling Water stains on the ceiling are almost always due to leaking water from a deteriorating roof. Water damage of the ceiling should never be ignored, as it will only continue to get worse if roof repairs are not made. The last thing you want is to have to replace a section of the ceiling in your home because of excessive water damage.  For more information on roof repairs, contact a local...

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A Few Things to Know About Cleaning Up Your Home After a Flood

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When there’s a water leak in your home, it’s a big headache. However, there’s a difference in water damage from a clean water line and damage caused by an outdoor flood. Flood damage restoration is more complex, so the job is usually best left to professionals. It’s likely you’ll need to trash a lot of the material inside your home rather than attempt to dry it out and save it. Here are some problems associated with flood damage that make cleanup so difficult. Water May Take Days to Recede As long as you’re not away on vacation, you’ll usually catch a plumbing leak right away so you can dry out your home while things can still be saved. However, when your home is flooded after a storm, it could take days for the water to drain out of your house. The longer water is in your house, the more damage it does. The big problem is mold. Mold starts to grow in just a couple of days. If your house is closed up and the weather is warm, the walls and ceiling may be covered in mold by the time the waters recede. This level of mold is dangerous to work with and should be left in the hands of an expert contractor. The Floodwater Leaves Behind Contaminants Whether the water came from the surrounding land or from a nearby river, when it comes from the outdoors, it is contaminated. Since you don’t know what kind of microbes and chemical pollution it contains, the water and everything it touched has to be treated as if it is contaminated. This requires special equipment and protective clothing to work around. Anything left in the home has to be decontaminated if it isn’t thrown out. In addition, the floodwater may leave a muddy mess behind that is difficult to remove. Not only that, creatures like fire ants and snakes might have washed in your house. There could also be aggressive and scared animals like raccoons inside seeking dry shelter. There May Be Electrical or Structural Damage You don’t want to be the first one to enter your home if it’s been sitting in water for several days. Besides the danger of creatures and contamination, there are other safety concerns. If there is still a small amount of water on the floor or if it is covered in mud, you may not see dangers before you step on them. The floor could be weak and rotted from being wet for so long. Electrical shock is another big danger. If the water level was very high, your outlets were probably submerged. In that case, there could be electrical damage. You don’t want to touch anything until a contractor has inspected your home and deemed it safe for you to enter. It isn’t even worth the risk to go in quickly to retrieve some possessions since you don’t know if your things are contaminated or if it is safe for you to be inside the home. Cleaning up your home after a flood is a big undertaking that could take you weeks or months to complete if you try to do it yourself. A damage restoration company can bring in a crew and commercial equipment to do the job in a fraction of the time....

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Keeping Your Home Cool By Checking For Leaks

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Keeping your house cool is important for staying comfortable during the summer months. This means you will need to monitor for any leaks or low fluid in your refrigeration system. This used to only be able to be done by contacting a repair shop. However, there are now leak detection methods that include instruments to help you discover yourself if there is a leak in your system. Using Leak Detectors There are a variety of leak detectors on the market. They originally checked for leaks through the use of high voltage corona in a sensory tip of the instruments. The instrument sounds a beeping alarm to let you know if there was refrigerant where it was not supposed to be. Newer models of detectors use a digital method that heats the liquid and tests for any positively charged fluorine or chlorine ions. It is possible for false alarms to go off, even though it is becoming less common. The higher the quality of the device, the less likely there will be a false alarm. This is where contacting a repair serviceman is beneficial to double check to make sure you have an actual leak. Looking Directly for Leaks You do not always need a leak detector to see if you have a leak in your refrigeration system. You can use the bubble method by looking at the tubes under water to see if any bubbles form. This is not as easy as you have to take your cooling system apart to look. In addition to the bubble test, you can use a dye kit that will shoot through your system and glow under a UV light. This method does not have any false positives because you will visibly be able to see if there is any light showing. However, you can end with a false negative because there can be leaks where it is not easily seen with a light or be too small to create much of a glow. Whether you use visible methods or leak detectors, you want to make sure you have your refrigeration system checked regularly. Small leaks can quickly become large ones, and if you cannot spot it with either of the tests and leave it, then you will have a bigger problem before you know it. When you talk to a serviceman, find out what your regularly scheduled maintenance should be. However, definitely have them check your system before the temperature begins to warm up. The rates are generally cheaper in the off season, so it is an added benefit to your household to do it now. For more information, contact local professionals like Twin Rivers Engineers...

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4 Ways to Keep Rodents Out of Your Crawl Space

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve noticed rodents in or around your home, and you have a crawl space, this could very well be their main entry point. Rest assured that keeping them out isn’t too much of a challenge, so long as you know what to do. Here are four easy measures you can take to keep your crawl space—and your home—free of rats and mice. Seal Openings Rats and mice can squeeze through extremely small openings, but there isn’t a universal measurement that works as a cutoff for all rodents. In other words, the belief that mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil is pretty much a myth. The general rule of thumb is this: if they can fit their head in, the rest of their body will easily follow. This doesn’t mean you need to run around your yard chasing rodents with a measuring tape. What you can do is investigate your crawl space for the main entry points. This includes tunnels or holes under the wall, cracks in the corners, and unsealed spaces between doors and the wall. Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need a ventilated crawl space. In fact, it should be as airtight as possible. Seal cracks and openings in the wall with caulk or expanding foam, and place weather stripping around the door to your crawl space. If you discover tunnels under the wall, fill them in with soil and pack it tightly, rechecking the area regularly afterwards for disturbances. Lay Down Plastic Sheeting Rats and mice need ample water and food as well as a moist environment in which to live. So minimizing the amount of moisture in your crawl space can reduce the likelihood of rodents claiming your home as their own. To accomplish this, lay down wall-to-wall plastic sheeting in your crawl space. Use bricks or large rocks in the corners to hold the plastic in place. This will not only help keep the critters out, but it can also prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Monitor the Bushes If you have bushes or a lot of brush around the perimeter of your home, you should be aware that they provide the perfect habitat for rodents. They offer shade, shelter, and soft soil for rats and mice to hide in before digging their way under the walls and into your crawl space. You may not want to dig up your bushes and plants, but be sure to monitor the area regularly for critters. If you’re planning to plant new greenery, consider strategically putting enough space between your home and the plants so the soil around your crawl space is more exposed and, therefore, less attractive to small animals. Use Humane Repellents and Traps Rat poison is an option, but it’s potentially dangerous in a number of ways. First, other pets or small children may accidentally ingest it. Also, pets can become sick or die if they eat a rodent that’s consumed rat poison. Here are a couple of safe and humane alternatives you can use around the crawl space and any other entry points to your home.  Moth balls: Be sure to distribute moth balls in areas where children and pets cannot access them, such as in the corners and other areas where the rodents are entering....

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The Basics Of Building A Pole Barn On Your Property

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you are fortunate enough to live on a large parcel of land, you can build auxiliary structures on your property to house vehicles, lawn equipment, work tools, livestock feed and even farm animals. You do not need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to obtain a sturdy structure. A simple pole barn constructed over the course of a few days can be a more economical and long-lasting alternative to a full-sized barn or other type of standalone facility. If a pole barn seems like a practical solution for your storage needs, the following guide provides you with an outline of what you need to know in order to construct a structure that fits your exact needs. Permit and Site Selection Pole barns are simpler than full-sized barns. Support poles and beams are the main support structures for pole barns. Typically the structures are open-air and include a garage area for vehicles. If you live in a rural area, you may think that you do not need to obtain a permit to build a pole barn. However, some counties mandate that property owners obtain a permit for agricultural-type buildings. If your local government requires you to apply for and purchase a building permit, you may need to submit your plans for the pole barn before you break ground as well as complete tasks like performing a soil test and taking a survey of your property. You should also check with your property insurance agent to find out about protecting the structure and how it may affect your insurance costs. The site you select for your pole barn should be level, stable ground. It should also have well-drained soil that does not hold water for long. Materials and Features The design possibilities for a pole barn are endless. However, there are some basic things you need to know about the type of materials used to build the structures and typical features if you want to make sure that contractors build a pole barn that satisfies your needs. When you talk to a builder, you should discuss your options for the following features of pole barns. Trusses Gables Lumber Post materials Roofing Siding Doors and Gates A concrete foundation is an optional structural feature of pole barns. Whether or not you opt for one depends on your climate, soil type and how it affects the total cost. Insulation If you plan on using your pole barn as a work area with enclosed rooms or a place to house horses or other animals, you will need to have the structure insulated. While insulation adds to the overall costs of the pole barn, the investment will be worth it in the long run because you will not have to use as much fuel or electricity to heat the barn’s interior during the colder months. Insulation can also protect the pole barn from moisture. Aesthetic Features A simple and plain pole barn will serve its purpose. However, you may want to have a structure that is aesthetically pleasing and blends well with the landscape and your home’s architecture. You can have your contractor install decorative siding and paint that matches your house. In addition, you can add attractive extras such as weather vanes, skylights, cupolas, decorative wrought iron on gates and custom windows....

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Six Tips For Using Fall Protection Equipment Safely In The Hot Sun

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Fall protection equipment protects you from falling, but to ensure it works as intended, you need to keep a few safety tips in mind. If you are working in the hot sun, there are a few extra points you should keep in mind, as well. Here are some tips to help protect you and your team while using fall protection equipment in the heat: 1. Do not store fall protection equipment in direct sunlight. If you have a few harnesses, ropes or lanyards your crew is not using, make sure that equipment is not set on the ground in direct sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can break down the webbing on your harness or cause your ropes to age prematurely. Make sure that these items are in the shade. If you have to leave the fall protection equipment at the site overnight, make sure that you have a box or other sun-resistant place to store it. 2. Check equipment closely for fraying or other issues before using. Even if you take care to keep unused equipment in the shade, your fall protection equipment may get sun exposure while your crew is using it. Intense sun can take its toll on your equipment. To ensure your equipment is as safe as possible, always do a visual check before using it. Look your equipment over for fraying, rips or other signs of damage. Some material such as nylon ropes may even appear brownish and brittle if they have been heat damaged. 3. Use cable positioning lanyards. Cable positioning lanyards clip onto your fall protection equipment and provide extra stability while working at heights. They are particularly useful in very hot environments, and ideally, in intense heat, you should use them instead of rope or web lanyards. Cable positioning lanyards feature metal, which tends to be more heat resistant than rope and nylon webbing. 4. Wear gloves. Gloves may not be a required part of fall protection equipment, but if you are working in the heat, you should wear work gloves. The metal on lanyards, cables and harness clips can become hot to the touch in the hot sun, and if you want to protect your hands from discomfort, you should wear leather or canvas work gloves. 5. Remember other sun safety tips. In addition to ensuring you have the right protective equipment in place, you should also think about heat safety tips in general. Excessive heat can lead to heat exhaustion or sunstroke, which can cause you to become dizzy and potentially increase the chance of falling. To avoid heat exhaustion, stay hydrated and take breaks as needed. Also, review the symptoms of heat exhaustion and educate the rest of your team about the risks. That way, you can monitor yourself and your crew for the symptoms and stop working at heights if you feel the effects taking hold. If possible, try to set up temporary shade above your work area. For example, if you are on scaffolding, erect a temporary awning or canopy over it. 6. Keep your shirt tucked in or wear an undershirt. If the harness rubs against your skin when the weather is not, your skin may become broken or irritated. To prevent these effects, make sure that you keep your shirt tucked in so that your skin is...

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Siding

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you considering replacing your old siding, or adding new siding to a house that did not previously have it? Siding can change the whole look of your house, and can even improve its stability and storm resistance. It can even make the exterior of your house easier to clean. Adding or replacing siding is a big investment, but an important one. You should know as much as you can about the different types of siding and what they will do for your house before you select one. These are three things you didn’t know about siding, but should consider before putting it on your house. 1. The Color of Your Siding Makes a Big Difference When choosing a color for your siding, you need to consider more than just the color you like best. According to, certain siding colors may not always be in style as neighborhoods change. What was once acceptable for a neighborhood may now be considered an eyesore by neighbors, despite what you think about it. If your siding doesn’t match the neighborhood, it can cause you to get complaints, and even reduce the value of your home if you decide to sell it. If your home’s siding is obviously out of sync with the rest of the neighborhood, you are on the right path with your decision to replace it. Just consider the current look of the neighborhood when you do. You don’t have to make your house look exactly like everyone else’s, but at least make it match the color schemes and character of the houses around yours. 2. You Can Use Siding on a Green Home and Still Feel Good About It Many people who design their homes to be environmentally friendly believe vinyl siding is incompatible with that vision. In fact, vinyl siding can be an environmentally sound choice. Some aspects of vinyl siding that make it a greener choice than you think include: It arrives already colored and/or finished, so there is no need for painting or stains The color or stain is permanent, so you won’t need to touch it up in the future The lack of need for paint or stain makes vinyl siding fall in line with green building guidelines for the National Association of Home Builders Vinyl siding is made with salt and natural gas, which are two natural, green materials You can buy vinyl siding made from recycled vinyl 3. You Don’t Always Have to Look at the Outside of the House to Know Your Siding Needs to Be Replaced You may be able to tell your siding needs to be replaced long before obvious signs show up on the exterior of your home. Some telltale signs begin inside. Paying attention to them lets you replace the siding before your walls are damaged and require repairs. Some things you should look for inside include: Peeling paint Sagging wallpaper Water stains on drywall These signs indicate your exterior siding may be allowing moisture from outside to seep inside the home. Moisture can come in the form of rain, humidity, and snow. If moisture is getting so far past your siding it is affecting your interior walls, it is time to replace your siding. The longer the moisture is allowed to get in, the greater chance...

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Learn about the Different Screens You Can Use with Construction Fencing

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Chain link construction fencing can serve many purposes when placed around a construction site. The primary purpose is to keep unauthorized people from entering your construction site. This can prevent injuries and theft. However, the benefits and purposes of a construction fence can be increased by placing fence screens over it. If you have never heard of  these screens, learning about them can help you decide if they are ideal to use with your fencing. Here are a few of the different screen types you can use with construction fencing and their benefits. Dirt Control Screens Dirt control screens, also referred to as windscreens, are designed to be placed around the exterior of a chain link fence. While a dirt control screen does offer some level of privacy, that is not its primary purpose. This type of screen is primarily used around construction sites where large amounts of dirt and dust may shift if the wind blows. When construction crews are working in populated areas, building regulations may require your construction company to take action to prevent dirt and dust from blowing. Watering the dirt and using dirt control screens are two ways this can be done. The reasons this is required are that dirt and dust can be harmful to people walking by as it circulates in the air and that it can settle atop cars and homes in the area, making a mess for residents. If you are worried about dirt and dust on your construction site, dirt control screens may be ideal. Privacy Screen Another type of screen that can be used with chain link construction fencing is a privacy screen. When spread out over the exterior of the fence, the screen helps to disguise the ugly chain link fence while preventing peeping eyes from glancing at the construction site. Some construction companies want to keep their projects under wraps. This screen can help accomplish that. Other construction companies want to minimize employees from becoming distracted by talking to people on the other side of the fence. Taking away the ability for your construction crew to interact face to face with those on the other side of the fence can increase productivity. Last, some counties or cities may deem a construction site an eyesore. Using a privacy screen helps keep city leaders happy while ensuring your company is doing its part to beautify the city. Custom Printed Screen The last type of screen that you can use in conjunction with your construction fencing is a custom printed screen. Both dirt control screens and privacy screens can be custom printed. Custom printed screens offer one additional benefit that other screens don’t offer: they can be used as a billboard of sorts, allowing you to advertise on them. You can advertise the name of your construction site, advertise the name of the business you’re constructing, or display a picture of what the completed construction site will look like. Either way, a chain link fence around a construction site takes up a lot of room and often catches the eyes of people walking or driving by. Using this space to advertise can be profitable and wise. If you are putting up a construction fence around your job site, you may want to think about using a screen in conjunction...

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