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Make Your Autumn Productive! Easy Home Improvement Projects for You

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Everything because a lovely auburn color! Other than tasting your Nth serving of pumpkin pie, there are fairly simple home improvement projects that you can do.

That’s what we’ll be discussing today!

Cleaning out the gutters

Autumn can be kind of chore in the sense that you can expect leaves and twigs to show up on your roof and eventually your gutters. With winter following, it’s important that your gutters are clean and in prime condition.

Make use of a ladder and clear out any gunk you see that can potentially clog up your gutter. You will be certainly happy that you did that before winter (and future leaks) arrives. While you’re up there, check to see if your roof needs some attention too. If you spot any issue, fix them right away. That way you save yourself from winter problems.

Finding and sealing any leaks or holes in the home

It’s important to check your HVAC pipes or tubes. When leaks occur there, mold shortly follows. Check your doors, windows, walls, and the sides of windows. If you spot any small holes, it’s crucial that you plug those up immediately.

Heating can cost a lot of money and you’ll be saving yourself from a giant bill later on. You can make use of caulk or even a weatherstripping to fix any air leaks or holes around doors or windows.

Repainting a small subject

This can be windows or even just your front door. A new color can significantly add to your home’s overall look. Autumn is a great time to get this done as it is not as warm as summer nor as cold and inconvenient as the dead of winter. Spring is often still too cold and the moisture in the air isn’t friendly when it comes to drying paint.

A painting project is something that can help you feel productive in a season where being laid back in the norm.

Address any overgrown lawn issues

When your lawn is overgrown, it serves as an instant invitation for critters to move in and settle before winter comes. Rake any leaves lying around. If you’ve got any herb projects going on, this is a perfect time to harvest the grown ones. It’s a good way to lay in the groundwork for future plant projects.

If you’ve got any trees that really need a trimming, address the ones you can. However, I suggest that if there are major tree trimming spots necessary, don’t put yourself and your property at risk. Call in an expert to help you with tree trimming.

Clean out your carpets

Summer isn’t exactly the best time to clean carpets; neither is winter. So autumn is the best time to get some air into your home to ventilate the carpets. You can even bring them out and shake them out and leave to air out. This is a great way to remove any dirt that’s been clinging on.

Happy cleaning!

Not Everything Requires a Major Project! Simple Home Repairs Anyone Can Do

A common misconception that a lot of homeowners have is that when something breaks, it is automatically necessary to call in an expert. While I’m not saying that you should never call in experts, there are certain repairs that anyone can do. Let’s breakdown some of them!

Unclogging the toilet

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While not the most glamorous of jobs, it’s also something that’s fairly simple. All you’ll really need is a good plunger. A common issue is using the wrong kind of plunger to fix a toilet clog. While most people are familiar with the suction-cup form of a plunger, a toilet plunger needs something a bit extra.

A good toilet plunger will come in two potential forms: one that’s ball-shaped and one that has a fold-out bottom. These are effective because they form a sort of a seal in the crucial area.  Just a few well placed downward thrusts and the clog should clear up with a good plunger.

How do you know you’re successful with the task?

First off, if the clog is gone, you’ll see the water drain away. However, it has often been seen that the plunging action will drain the bowl yet the clog persists. If you see that happen, you can just fill up the bowl with enough water to submerge the cup and keep plunging away.

A true test of success is flushing the toilet. If there are no issues, then congratulation! You’ve just unclogged your toilet!

Replacing your showerhead

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This is often a quick and simple way to give your bathroom an upgrade. If your old showerhead has been showing issues, replacing it is a good fix.

First off, turn off your water main. It simply will not do to have water spraying everywhere. Next, make use of a wrench to remove the old shower head. Applying some Teflon tape is a good way to add a couple of layers of security for the incoming showerhead.

You can read any instructions that on the packaging of the new showerhead. After you’ve secured the Teflon tape, it’ll be time to install the replacement. Most of the time, using your hand to tighten it is enough. If it isn’t, you can use a wrench—but be very careful about it. Avoid tightening the new head too much as it may pop off when the water comes back on.

Lastly, turn the water back on and test your new showerhead. Are there any leaks? If you find any, try to tighten the head a bit more and do the test again. If there aren’t any leaks, congratulations! You’ve just replaced your showerhead!

Dealing with squeaky hinges

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This applies to all doors and windows in a home. Squeaky hinges can be really annoying over time. The treatment is really simple.

All you need to do is to lift the hinge pin a bit and use your trusted lubricant of choice. Some people make use of WD-40. If the squeak returns, just apply the lubricant again and your problems are solved!

No One Wants Moldy Shorts! How to Keep Your Bathroom Clear of Mold

A lot of homeowners try to make their homes as pleasant as possible. They want everything to be homey and a wonderful place to live in. One of the parts of the house that usually gets extra love is the bathroom. After all, it’s a great place to unwind after a busy day.

What a lot of homeowners may not realize is that they’re not the only ones enjoying the bathroom. When a place gets a lot of moisture and not a lot of ventilation, you end up with mold.

What is mold?

It is an often furry fungus that grows really fast and spreads really far. While mold can be found almost anywhere in a home, the most consistent place is the house bathroom.

Heath Risk

When you get exposed to mold and damp environments, it can seriously affect your health and well-being. Mold usually becomes airborne after a set amount of time. These can end up being inhaled by homeowners and their pets.

While the effects may vary from person to person, over prolonged periods of time, the overall health is indeed affected. It can trigger allergic reactions for some and it may even trigger asthma. Mold can make people with sensitive skin break out consistently.

If you have children in the home, mold can affect them worse than it can affect adults. Children’s lungs aren’t as strong. Their immunity isn’t as strong either. Would you really want to put children in harm’s way?

Depending on the type of mold that grows in the home, the risk can be low or quite significant. There are strains of highly toxic mold and if you find that in your home, you can end up ejected until a pro comes in to save the day.

What can a homeowner do?

Build your bathroom with moisture-resistant materials

One of the best things about the world today is the vast improvements on home building materials. No longer are homeowners confined to the same old thing. Other than form, they also provide suitable function.

Bathrooms benefit greatly from non-porous material such as stone or tile. Rubber flooring is also ideal as it is easy to keep clean and it does not absorb water. Other than flooring, the walls, counters, and other fixtures in the bathroom need to be moisture-resistant as well.

There are now additional treatments that double the efficacy of moisture-resistant materials.

Keep your bathroom clean

Being proactive rather than reactive is a good way to keep your bathroom clear of any mold growth. Making use of cleaners that are specifically made to combat mold is great. Just be mindful of the strength of your cleaner. The last thing that you’d want is something too strong.

Be consistent with your cleaning. Try to schedule a weekly cleaning of your bathroom. After all, it takes roughly two days for mold to grow and to start spreading. Having a weekly cleaning schedule is a great way to make sure mold has no chance of spreading after it was started to grow.

Learn From Their Nightmares: Real Advice on Mistakes Made During Home Renovation

Getting your home to a perfect and ideal state is a dream most people have. It takes a lot of planning, funding, and labor. When it’s done just right, the results can be amazing.

When done wrong, the end result can be stupidly disastrous and not to mention dangerous. If you’re wondering why we’re bringing this up is because “disastrous and dangers” is exactly what some people got. I’ll be having a couple of people tell their stories about their own home renovation nightmares. Let’s begin!

Cheap and Deadly

Allison and Brie

“We’re sisters based in LA and we wanted some work done on our fabulous flat. What you can expect from LA is that everything is ridiculous when it comes to pricing. That’s what you expect when you’re in the area where celebs live, right? So we shopped around and we were right—everything was so expensive. That was until we came across a home renovation firm that was way below our expected price.

This meant that we had more money to add to our flat. We honestly thought that it was heaven sent! When everything was said and done, we thought they actually did a kickass job. That was, until we moved in. The place looked gorgeous—on the surface. Since they did work at a criminally low price, it turns out that they cut corners and used low quality materials. Stuff was breaking here and there and it hadn’t even been a month yet! Allison was in the kitchen when the overhead cabinet just fell down with no warning! She was lucky that she wasn’t making tea at the time (which she normally does). Otherwise, she’d have been right under the thing when it fell.

We saved money and got more work done but when we had our dad come in and bring in a good contractor, we were shocked. Everything was going to fail from the ceiling fixtures, to the wall mounted cabinets—everything! It could have been deadly for us. So please, if you’re going to get work done, don’t make a beeline for the cheapest contractor. It just might cost you your life.”

Get your Paperwork

Mike

“To be honest, I never thought I’d be making this mistake. I hadn’t even thought about it, really. So I wanted to build my mother a sunroom, she loves the sun but hates the outdoors. Having a sunroom would be the best thing. I convinced her that I could get everything done in like two weeks. It was a fairly easy installation job.

So while I’m in the middle of the first week and my mom’s neighbor comes up. He asks if I’ve got permits for what I’m doing. I figured that it’s not really anything major so I didn’t get any permits. Boy was I w-r-o-n-g!

The neighbor, as it turns out, works for the city. So I ended up having to pay double for all the permits necessary and since that had to be fixed, my mom’s sunroom had to be put on hold. She had that weird gaping hole in her house where the sunroom was supposed to be. It was awful and I hated putting her through that. In hindsight, I should have just done suitable research and filed for the permits. Instead, it cost me time, quite a bit of money, and it was such a huge hassle to my mom. It sucks.”

Home renovation can be a tricky thing but it doesn’t have to be. If you work with the right people or get everything necessary (yes, we’re talking about permits), the experience can be quite magical.

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Ever Wanted to Have a Loft? Here’s how you can Do-It-Yourself!

Doing a loft conversion all by yourself can be challenging, but a very interesting experience at the same time. So we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to do it.

Start by doing the layout of your room.

So we put the OSBI slab with a small margin, a little more than tagging. Then tighten around the perimeter of 100 mm or 75 guide profile, which will enter the rack profile support.

No drawing, it is seen that one side of the room is lower than the other. This time set. From it will largely depend on the bedroom area future. This low wall is better to put a sofa, chair, radiator, so that in future no rest head against the ceiling.

Then install the ceiling profile jumper to drywall

Do not forget to mount the mounting frame openings for windows and doors. Before mounting the ceiling profile, a forward on the part of its roof fix tepofol foil and insulation between the roof beams. Then come to this part of the inside of your ceiling is not possible.

After the frame mounting advise to sheathe the humidity inside OSBI resistant. Attach the sheets to be self-tapping screws directly to the metal sheets on the walls and ceiling.

 

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Later, these lists will be the basis to strengthen them of attic insulation and attach to them the same material you want to furnish your space.

Start to carefully isolate the room

This is a very important part of the work, which depends on how comfortable will continue to stay in this room. The best you insulate the attic room, so will kofortno temperature in your room. I note that Minplita, for example, PAROC concern, very easy to secure the sheets to the OSBI already established from your attic.

I advise you to take the thicker plate. Thick plates 50-150 cm, it is absolutely fireproof. After the insulation installation involves the fourth start of frustrated attic on both sides tepofolom.

Places joints better seal with tape to ensure tightness

Foil tends to reflect both the cold air in winter and hot – in the summer. It will also help maintain a constant temperature in the room. Radiators should of course also install if you stay in the room all year.

After the complete installation of floor plates and OSBI frame you can start decorating. Before you need to do the wiring, respecting all safety rules against fire. Mount MDF or wood. The lower wall of the sofa I sewed rail alder, and the rest, the MDF oblitsevat room. You can apply and drywall, but then have to spend more and paint, putty, paint or wallpaper.

Then set the opening of the finished door, the window, the floor was linoleum or laminate. Do not forget to install the baseboards, trims, and lighting. Another thing I would advise following the MDF layer finishing and wooden rail, if the PF usual lacquer. This prevents the material from dirt and other damage, and easier for you to clean the room.

Your room will be very easy. It would not create an additional burden for walls and slabs. The installation of such areas is very fast and to perform such work need not be a great professional. Given that the room is not the construction of capital, should have no problem with it document.

Here’s a short video from Bristol Loft Conversions…

I also like to add an important point. Sloping roof creates certain problems in the selection of furniture for the attic. But the inclined wall can always place your bed, bedside tables, cabinets, tables and shelves. If the height in the lowest part of your room up to a meter and a half, you can set and wardrobe. But also overload the interior attic not advice as such premises requires space.

Twelve Cool Tips to Save Money on Pool Maintenance

There’s nothing better than having a pool on your backyard. Being able to just put on shorts or a bikini and enjoy sometime swimming on your own pool is a fantastic feeling.

However, not everyone can afford a $20,000 swimming pool, it’s just not feasible for some people. And even for people that can afford it, the initial investment isn’t only money that you’ll spend on your pool. Maintaining the pool is also expensive. There are machinery that require maintenance and repair, the water has to be treated, you usually have to hire a pool cleaning company, and it all adds up…

So we’ve put together a list of 12 tips that you can use to save some money on pool maintenance. Use these 12 and you’ll see yourself saving thousands of dollars in the long-run.

  1. Install a solar heating system.
  2. Install sunlightaround your pool
  3. You should compare prices and servicesseveral contractors before choosing.
  4. See the latest productsand ask if they can be profitable in the future.
  5. When choosing the lighting or the pool heater, make sure it works efficiently.
  6. You can use a pool coverto minimize evaporation and reduce heating costs.
  7. To save power, use the filtration systemof your pool just in time other than peak.
  8. Keep the seasons in mind when using heating equipmentin order to reach the conclusion that it is not necessary to use any heat source during the summer.
  9. If you are absent for more than a week, turn off the pool heater.
  10. If you use the pool only at weekends, reduce the setting of the thermostatand the heater settings in eight to ten degrees during the week.
  11. For maximum filtration and energy efficiency, clean the filter
  12. Save energy and time, buy a larger filter. A higher filter reduces the buildup of pressure, this saves the pool pump. Also will not have to clean the filter as often, thus saving valuable time.

These are our 12 tips that we use regularly to reduce the costs and expenses associated with having a swimming pool. We hope you enjoy them!

Small Firm or Big Firm: A Home Renovation Question

Special thanks to James from Granitestone Renovations for providing his inside with this article. Granitestone Renovation specializes in Basement Renovations in London, Ontario, Bathroom Renovations and Kitchen Renovations.

Small or big firms: Who provides the best in home improvement?

Do think that a skilled tradesman and the general contractor are different? Does is mean that the skilled workers in carpentry, plumbing, or electricity are inferior to a general contractor in the same fields? Well, the answer is that the difference between any skilled worker and a general contractor is that the latter is licensed.

Gets his license

Another approach to these questions is looking at that the general contractor as a skilled tradesman who addressed the question, “Why should I give the biggest portion of my pay to a general contractor yet I could be one?” He gets his license and bingo! The general contractor he becomes.

Started as tradesmen

Well, perhaps there is more to this than just getting a license, but the indisputable fact is that almost all general contractors started as tradesmen or tradeswomen, and then at one time they felt that they wanted to manage their own businesses.

 

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Project managers

In big construction firms, there are project managers who deal with daily details of various projects. Project managers might or might not be tradesmen but normally do have some skills in business management. A big firm must manage several projects simultaneously in order to meet their expenses.

General contractors who have come up as tradesmen perhaps get one or two projects running at any particular time.

What do such differences imply to you as a property owner? Well, you might be just wondering with no clear picture in your mind.

Great gap

Depending on your personal preferences, the scope and size of your budget and improvement project, the gap between buying the services of a small firm (fundamentally a licensed tradesman cum general contractor) and a bigger construction firm can be great.

Each firm has its own advantages as well as disadvantages.

Have larger capacity

As a rule, bigger firms have larger capacity. They perhaps have skilled workers in all fields on salary. Consequently, when it comes to a given phase of construction or project, such a phase is perhaps going to start and end as scheduled or closer to the schedule.

Smaller companies, on the other hand, who may have a good reputation for performing well usually, have at least one or two salaried tradesmen who are available even at the shortest notice.

Are smaller firms with their small overhead likely to offer lower prices?

Although bigger firms sometimes do have more control on labor costs and materials pricing, generally, it is more likely for a tradesman to offer their services at lower charges, particularly in hard economic times.

The main point is that every time you are planning to have a home improvement project or construction, and you start your search for contractors, meet both small and large companies. Have your needs in mind, contact several prospective companies, small and large, and weigh what is right for you.

 

Got a Home Improvement Business? Here Are Some Handy Online Marketing Tips and Tactics for You

Today’s post is a little bit different than most. This time we want to bring you some tips that can help you market your home services business.

There are plenty of online marketing tips you can use to help market your home improvement business. You can use them on their own or you can combine with others to make the best of your marketing strategy.

 

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Social Media

The Social media is one of the most popular marketing strategies on the internet today. This is because quite a number of people find themselves on one social media platform or another throughout the day. Different social media platforms call for different marketing strategies to be used. It is a good idea to research about the platform you intent to use and find the best means of utilizing it in order to realize the best outcomes for your business.

Market through blogs

Since people tend to come on the internet in search of information, it is a good idea to include a blog in your marketing strategy. Blogs are a great way to provide potential clients with relevant quality information that will help them decide on using your services. It takes a lot more than simply creating your blog however; you need to find ways to further enhance it and look for ways to really reach your target audience. Besides include interesting images, videos or infographics, you need to find out where the vast majority of the traffic to your blog is coming from and which content is popular with visitors to the site. In order to do this, you need to make use of blog analytics. Knowing the origin of your traffic will help you create better content for your visitors.

Change with SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is constantly changing, as such; it is a good idea to strive to change with it. It is essential that you educate yourself on the latest changes in SEO in order to make the best of your online presence. Unfortunately what may have worked to bring your site to the front of search engine rankings a year ago may not work today. You need to find out what will help your site come to the forefront of search engine searches if you are to remain relevant over the internet.

Don’t forget email marketing and email reminders

With so many new marketing strategies coming in the picture such as making use of social media platforms, things such as email marketing and email reminders are fast taking the back seat. Strive to integrate email marketing in your online marketing strategy. You can also make use of email reminders for things such as contests, deals and coupon sales.

Paid advertising

Sometimes you need to spend money to earn money. The internet provides marketing strategies in the form of advertisements. You need to make proper use of such. Pay-per-click advertisements can help boost a home improvement business’ marketing efforts while at the same time not digging a deep hole in the business’ pocket. Since plenty of home improvement businesses are local-based, this tactic can help drive targeted traffic to your business. You can also make use of an effective Google Adwords campaign for more leads for your business.

 

Antique American Furniture: A Frank Discourse

Thomas Mulninert is said to have crafted the oldest piece of American furniture, circa mid-17th century. He was a craftsman from the colony of New Haven. Professional furniture building didn’t really become prominent in America until later in the 17th century, however. The styles of furniture made in America are quite distinct to their eras and collectors are often partial to one style.

The Pilgrim Era (1640-1690)

Furniture that was large and heavy in style, with wooden pegs that held together the joints. These pieces are typically made from oak or pine and are extremely hard to find today. Someone who is interested in purchasing authentic 17th century furniture should do their research and find a reputable company to deal with.

 

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The William and Mary Era (1700-1730)

Greatly contrasts with the pilgrim style of old. There was heavy relief in the wood and very ornate designs that set it far apart from other conservative pieces. That, coupled with a lot of polishing made it seem almost decadent. William and Mary furniture was usually made with maple, pine, or walnut.

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Queen Anne furniture (1725-1755)

This is highly sought by collectors the world over. It is known for its intricate scrollwork and heavy lacquer. Mahogany walnut or cherry was a typical wood used for Queen Anne furniture. Unfortunately for collectors, a truly authentic piece is extremely rare. If someone you know claims to have Queen Anne furniture, it is very likely to be a copy.

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Chippendale furniture (1755-1790)

This is another style that is often duplicated in order to be passed off as the real thing, so would-be collectors should take heed. Named for its designer, Thomas Chippendale, its combination of French rococo, Gothic, and Oriental style makes for exquisite furniture. Thomas Chippendale was so revolutionary that many people mistakenly refer to any piece of 18th century furniture as “Chippendale”.

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Mid-century modern furniture is a style of furniture designed by some of the greatest designers and architects of the past century between 1933 and 1965. Designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Arne Jacobsen and Florence Knoll and many others defined the mid-century modern era. Till date, such furniture styles are considered classics and unlikely to ever go out of style. Authentic pieces can be purchased through Design within Reach. High end reproductions which match 80% of the quality at 20% of the price can be found by visiting here.

There are many specialists in the area of American antique furniture, should buyers become interested. Researching and consulting is best before any purchases are made. Unfortunately, people in the antiques business will attempt to take advantage of novice collectors. However, traversing the antique world is all worth it for some truly beautiful furniture.

 

Get Your Roof Cleaned ASAP!

How much time do you spend thinking about your roof? If you are like most people, you probably don’t think about it very often. In fact, it might only be when you get a glimpse of the roof while chasing down an errant kite or Frisbee for the kids that you even realize just how dirty the roof is. Your roof can become a harbor for many different types of grime, gunk, and slime that can damage the appearance and the integrity of the roof. Let’s look at some of the different things that can grow on your roof.

Lichens, Moss, Algae, and the Accumulation of Dirt

Lichens have the potential to destroy shingles, and you can’t remove them manually without damaging your roof. Moss can grow on your roof as well, and since moss can hold water, it can cause serious damage to the roof. Again, this is something you should not try to remove manually. Algae can be a problem in many places as well. The algae can leave noticeable dark stains on the roof that ruin your home’s beauty and could make potential buyer’s turn away from your home before they give it a chance. Dirt build-up and even rust stains can affect the appearance of your roof too. It is important to have a clean roof so your home offers the beautiful appearance and curb appeal you know it has.

Why Clean Your Roof?

Roof cleaning is an effective way to take care of all of the problems mentioned above. It is a fast and convenient way to renew the look of your roof. People in the neighborhood will be happier that you have a clean roof, and you will as well. Your home is a major investment and a huge source of pride, so it makes sense that you would want to keep it looking as nice as possible. This is true whether you plan to sell your property or you simply want to improve the curb appeal for yourself. In some areas, insurance carriers require a clean roof before issuing or renewing home insurance policies.

There is also the potential for mold growth. As many already know, mold can cause health risks for people and for pets. Removing the mold, and all of the other elements growing on the roof, is essential for a happy, healthy, and beautiful property.

Roof Cleaning can do more than just make the home look better. It can also help to improve the life span of your roof. Best of all, you do not have to do it on your own. In fact, trying to clean your roof on your own would be a losing prospect for most people, simply because they do not have the tools or the knowledge to do it the right way. Instead, it makes much more sense to speak with a professional about setting up an appointment for the roof cleaning.

 

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The roof cleaning professionals at ACleanerChoice.Com will let you know more information for roof cleaning, the different methods, what’s growing on your roof, the cleaning process, preventive treatment and other services available.

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