Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

  • 3 Commercial Garage Door Maintenance Tips To Keep In Mind

    3 February 2017

    If you own a warehouse or business that has a loading dock or another point of entry for large vehicles, chances are you have at least one commercial garage door on site. If your garage door sees frequent use, it's critically important to keep up with a regular maintenance plan. After all, you don't want to have an inventory truck pull up to your warehouse only to find that it can't get the merchandise into your building due to a malfunctioning garage door.

  • Suspect Chimney Pests? Investigate And Decide By Looking For These Telltale Indications

    24 January 2017

    For you and your home, the chimney is a necessary component to allow smoke and fumes out when using your wood stove or even your fireplace. However, to a scurrying pest who traipses across the roof, the chimney just looks like the ideal place to hang out. It is protected by tall walls and often a cap to keep out rain and moisture and is usually pretty warm. Plus, having access to a chimney can sometimes mean easy access to food.

  • Six Safety Tips For Working On Your Roof

    11 January 2017

    It's not uncommon to hear a tale of a homeowner or even a roofing professional falling off of a roof, sometimes with serious or even fatal consequences. The sad news is that many of these accidents could have been prevented by following a few basic safety tips. If you are headed up to your roof to make simple repairs, to put up holiday lights, and/or to check on your drainage system, make sure to adhere to these potentially life-saving precautions.

  • 3 Steps To Take This Winter To Make Your Basement Waterproof

    13 December 2016

    The last thing you want to get into your basement is water. Here are three steps you can take this winter to help keep your basement waterproof. #1 Check Your Downspouts The first thing you need to do is check your downspouts. The key to keeping your basement waterproof is keeping water away from your basement in the first place. Your downspouts should be directed away from your house so that all water that flows out of them flows away from your house and into the local storm drains.

  • 2 Reasons To Have Your Windows Professionally Installed

    13 December 2016

    If you need new windows installed in your new home that you are having built, or if you need replacement windows put in place of your old ones, this can be quite the project. For this reason, as well as several others, you should hire a professional to install your windows for you. The professional is going to be able to make sure that the windows are installed correctly and will do their best to meet all of your needs.

  • Why Does The Upstairs Of Your Home Refuse To Cool Off In The Summer?

    22 November 2016

    When the temperature soars, does the upstairs of your home stay warm even though your downstairs seems to cool effectively? You're definitely not alone. This is a very common problem in two-story homes, and there are a number of possible causes to address. Here's a look. A lack of attic insulation. Though insulation is often thought of as something that's needed in the winter, it plays an important role in the summer months, too.

  • Fiberglass Windows Are Great For All Climates

    28 October 2016

    Replacing the windows in your home is obviously a very large investment. Not only does it cost a lot of money, but it dramatically changes the style of both the interior and exterior of your home. Most people see this as a great opportunity to modernize their property, making it more stylish and energy efficient at the same time. Of course, not all window materials are the same. This article explains the advantages of fiberglass windows.

  • Fall Leaves: Hard On Your Home

    11 October 2016

    When the leaves fall, they do more than create mounds on your lawn. They can cause problems that can drive a homeowner wild. Your plumbing, your roof, and even your health can be compromised by trees doing what they naturally do: shed leaves. This fall, you can prevent some serious damage by cleaning leaves out of these vulnerable places. Plumbing Vents The vents on top of your roof directly affect your plumbing.

  • Why Spray Foam Insulation Should Be Used In Your Home

    23 September 2016

    If you have seen spray foam insulation sold in home improvement stores or used on television, you might have found yourself wondering if it is indeed something your home could benefit from. To help you decide whether this is something you should purchase and install, you will want to take a few moments to review the following points. It Seals Cracks Where Bugs Can Get In While you may never be able to completely rid your house of all insects, you can dramatically reduce the amount of bugs that make their way in by sealing all of the cracks that you come across.

  • How To Clean A Clogged Gutter Downspout

    31 August 2016

    If your gutters overflow and you notice puddles on the ground, the downspout may be clogged. A clog should be removed right away to avoid structural damage and prevent trenches from forming in the ground from puddles. You should be able to remove the clog yourself. Here are tips to clean a clogged gutter downspout. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves ladder with standoff bracket screwdriver S-hook tongs or spatula wire coat hanger garden hose with nozzle bucket or tarp plumber's snake Disconnect downspouts that feed into an underground drain to avoid pushing the clog further into the pipe.