17 August 2015
Stringing lights along your home's exterior can be a great way to spread holiday cheer. If you are planning on creating your biggest and brightest holiday light display yet, it's important that you take the time to make sure your electrical system is up to the challenge. Here are three things you can do to ensure your holiday light display is both spectacular and safe. 1. Invest in LED lights for your home's exterior.
31 July 2015
Just because you recently had a new heating system installed does not mean you can sit back and forget about it. If you want to keep the system running as efficiently as possible, don't neglect regular maintenance. In addition, there are some upgrades or additions you should consider to reduce the amount of time your system is running. This keeps your system from working too hard to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
20 July 2015
Do you rely on a well on your property to provide water? Has it stopped pumping water? While water wells are typically reliable water sources, there are a few instances in which a well may stop working. Most of the time, the problem is a simple fix. Sometimes, though, a non-working well may indicate a much more serious problem. Here are a few reasons why your well may not be working and how to troubleshoot them:
1 July 2015
Your furnace is one of the most important parts of your home, mostly because it is responsible for many of the comforts that you enjoy while in your home. Choosing to replace your furnace is a very big decision, but you will want to do so in order to ensure that your home is energy efficient and has good indoor air quality. Energy Efficiency One of the biggest reasons to consider replacing your furnace is to ensure that you are not using more energy than necessary to heat your home.
18 June 2015
If you are planning to make some exterior home improvements, some materials are easier to care for than others are. Follow the tips below, and you will have less work to do in the future keeping everything maintained. Vinyl Siding Vinyl siding is beneficial in many ways, and especially if you live in an area that gets extreme weather conditions. This is because vinyl siding is manufactured to withstand subzero temperatures, as well as the hottest summer temperatures.
6 June 2015
When winter is coming, is your garage door ready? In many homes, the garage door is the main entry into the home. This means daily use, along with the attendant wear and tear, is common. You don't want to be troubleshooting a broken door on a freezing January morning, so make sure all is well during the mild days of fall. Stay on Track Whether you have a manual or automatic opener, the simplest but most effective way to avoid winter problems is to take care of your door tracks.
24 May 2015
While all septic systems will require maintenance, such as tank pumping every few years, these systems should last for many years before needing to be replaced. Unfortunately, this is not the experience that all homeowners have. In some cases, individuals will find themselves dealing with a system failure after just a few short years. Oftentimes, this is due to a misunderstanding regarding the way a septic system works and how their daily activities can impact the longevity of their system.
20 April 2015
Did you recently move into a home with a septic tank? If so, then you probably know that you'll need to have the tank pumped and cleaned at some point. Knowing exactly when to get the cleaning, though, can be difficult. Generally, you're supposed to get the tank cleaned when the tank's contents are so high that they threaten to cover the drainage holes. However, you usually can't look inside the tank to see how the waste levels are.
25 March 2015
There are a few different times that hiring a land surveyor to give you official property line information would be to your benefit. Many times, people fail to have land surveyed, causing them a bunch of problems when there is a discrepancy later on. Rather than cut corners to avoid cost, hiring a land surveyor may be one of the most cost-effective decisions you make. Here are some instances when having a land survey done would be beneficial.
13 March 2015
Tempering is a method is hardening steel—or any mild metal. The process works by exposing the metal to heat, which realigns the carbon and iron molecules to create a stronger metal. Although professionals usually do tempering, experienced DIY-ers can do it themselves in small batches. If you want to temper steel—be it a small knife or spring—follow the steps below: 1. Set up Your Workspace Before you get started, it is important that you set up your workspace.