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Three Reasons To Have Your Drain Problem Fixed By A Professional Plumber

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons To Have Your Drain Problem Fixed By A Professional Plumber

When you see that one of your drains is clogged up, you may have more than one idea on what to do about it, but it is best to call a licensed plumber. The following are only three reasons to do this. Off-the-shelf products are not effective Unclogging your drain is not as simple as television commercials tell you. There are several off-the-shelf drain cleaning liquids that you can buy, but they are usually a waste of time and money. You may be surprised to know that plumbers do not use them. The service they provide is called drain cleaning because that is exactly what is done. The entire drain pipe is cleaned from the beginning to the end. Naturally, this results in unclogging your drain, but a plumber is providing a comprehensive service. By chance, if a liquid drain product worked, it may not be permanent as the material may reassemble at a place further down the drain pipe, where these products are less effective. You can make the problem worse You may be thinking that you can rent one of those rooter machines and clear the clogged line yourself, but here are few things you should know. These machines are not as easy to use as you might think. One example of a common problem amateurs will encounter is with a thick stoppage. The rotor machines can easily get stuck if you force them into the stoppage too quickly. There is a proper technique to apply. To add to this problem, the cable can get stuck, and, worse, it can break off. At this point, you not only have a stuck cable, but it is also snapped somewhere in the drain pipe. This will likely be expensive to fix. It is better to call a plumber to begin with. You may have an issue besides a clogged drain There are many local handymen that will offer to clear your drain, often at a discount price from a plumber. In some cases, it may be a person who cleans drains for a living and nothing else, but you should avoid using these type of services. A licensed plumber has the skill needed to unclog your drain, and they can also be alerted to any other problems you may have with your drains—and they have the skill to fix them. One example is a leaking drain pipe, including your main line sewer drain. This latter pipe is constructed in segments. A plumber can locate the exact location of the leak. When you have a stopped-up drain, make sure to call a licensed plumber. Your drains will be cleaned, and your problem solved. Click here to continue reading more about drain...

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3 Ways To Get A Garage Door That Looks Upscale For Less

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Get A Garage Door That Looks Upscale For Less

Garage doors are something that can be surprisingly expensive. The average cost of a new garage door is between $740 and $1,417. Upscale garage doors can be even pricier. Before paying thousands to get an elegant and expensive look, homeowners should consider more budget-friendly options. The good news is that with all of the options on the market there is no need to sacrifice style for budget. Here are three ways to get an upscale looking garage door for less.  Try Faux Wood Whether it’s indoors or outside, there is something about wood that draws people in. Hardwood is elegant, durable, and sought after. It can also come with a large price tag. Hardwood garage doors can easily cost upwards of $2,756 for a high end door. Wood garage doors are commonly available in mahogany, alder, oak, and cedar. While these doors are attractive and durable, homeowners who want to save should consider wood alternatives before paying for a solid wood door. Wood alternatives have the same look as wood garage doors but cost less and can even be more durable. Fiberglass garage doors are a great option. They mimic the look of wood for a faction of the cost. These doors cost around $1,800. Keep It Simple One of the great things about garage doors is that they are easily customized. The problem is adding windows, hardware, and other extras can really add up in terms of price. One way to keep the cost of a garage door down is by investing in quality material instead of adding unnecessary extras. A simple garage door made out of higher end material is going to look more upscale than a door made of lower quality material that has a lot of unnecessary design elements. Adding glass is something that homeowners may want to reconsider. This can actually increase the cost of the door by up to 15 percent. Consider Used Doors For those who really want an upscale garage door but do not have the budget for one, previously used garage doors are a great option. These doors can be located online or in some local stores. The biggest downside to a used garage door is that shipping costs can get pricey. It may also be difficult to locate a used garage door that matches the style that the homeowner is looking for. Garage doors add to curb appeal in addition to keeping the elements out of the garage. Upscale garage doors are something that many homeowners are interested in since garage doors are one of the first things that many people notice about a home. For those looking for an upscale look for less, there are a few options. Using faux wood instead of real wood is a great way to save money. Keeping the doors simple and considering used options are also ways to save on upscale garage doors. For more information, read more...

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Purchasing a Restaurant for the First Time? Learn How to Clean the Grease Trap

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Purchasing a Restaurant for the First Time? Learn How to Clean the Grease Trap

If you are purchasing a new restaurant, it likely has a grease trap. If so, you need to learn how to check the trap in case there are problems with it, and you need to know how to clean it. Below is some information about grease traps and how to clean them. The Grease Trap Restaurants produce a lot of grease, which can be found in the drain lines from sinks, cooking equipment, and dishwashers. If the grease is not removed periodically, it can clump up and cause sewer blockages, or the sewer may back up. You do not want something like this to happen at your restaurant. The grease trap is generally found outside a few feet from the restaurant. You may be required to fit an interceptor device that will collect the grease from your restaurant before it enters the sewer system. Your city may have an inspection program in which a professional will come to your restaurant and ensure the grease trap is being maintained properly. Grease-Trap Cleaning How often you need to clean your grease trap depends on how large your restaurant is. If your restaurant is large, you should have your grease trap cleaned approximately every four to six weeks. If you choose to clean the grease trap yourself, you will need some tools, including the following. Gas mask Coveralls Rubber gloves Crowbar to remove lid Scraper to clean trap Bucket and scoop to remove liquids and sludge Shop vac to remove liquid and grease waste You likely have to remove the grease trap lid using a crow bar, or the lid may have bolts that have to be removed. If the grease trap has a plastic lid, it likely snaps off. Remove the lid, and you will likely see a lot of grease sludge at the top. This sludge may be a few inches thick. Use the scoop and bucket to remove this sludge. The remaining grease in the trap must be removed, and a shop vac does a very good job at doing this. Once the grease is removed from the trap, use the scraper to clean the baffles, sides, and lid. You should also remove all grease from the pipes in the tank. When you are finished, make sure water flows smoothly to the grease trap. Pour a bucket of clean, cold water down the sink. Have someone check the trap as you pour the water to make sure the water flows through the trap. Cleaning a grease trap can be a very messy job. If you have never done this before, you should hire a company that does grease-trap cleaning. You can find companies like this by visiting sites such as This will ensure the job is done...

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Working Safely With Fiberglass

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Working Safely With Fiberglass

When you need to create a custom-molded item, fiberglass can be an affordable medium. Working with fiberglass can be challenging for those who don’t have experience handling this unique material, but there are safe ways to complete any fiberglass molding project. Here are three tips that you can use to ensure you can safely work with fiberglass in the future. 1. Wear a bodysuit. Fiberglass particles can cause a significant amount of irritation when they come into contact with the skin. The first thing you should do if you want to safely work with fiberglass is invest in a loose-fitting bodysuit. A bodysuit will provide maximum coverage for your arms and legs, ensuring that you won’t inadvertently allow your bare skin to come into contact with the fiberglass while you are working to mold it to suit your needs. 2. Use a dust collection system. If you plan to saw, grind, or sand any fiberglass as part of your construction process, it’s essential that you take the proper measures to prevent the accumulation of fiberglass dust. Fiberglass particles that are freed during the manipulation of this material can find their way into your respiratory system, causing serious damage to your health. To keep fiberglass particles at bay, you should always use a dust collection system while you work. The easiest way to collect fiberglass dust is to have a helper hold a shop vacuum near your work area and suck up particles as they are created. 3. Keep your work clothes separate. Fiberglass particles can find their way into the fibers of your work clothes. To prevent these particles from contaminating your daily wardrobe, you should always keep your work clothing separate from your regular clothing when you handle fiberglass on a regular basis. This means that work clothes should never be washed in the same load as regular clothes, and your daily wardrobe shouldn’t be transported in a bag that has housed your work clothing. Maintaining strict separation of the two types of clothing will ensure that stray fiberglass particles can’t latch on to your everyday clothing where they can cause skin irritation. Working with fiberglass allows you the freedom to mold structures to fit your needs. Ensuring that fiberglass particles don’t become a problem is essential when it comes to the safety of any fiberglass project. Be sure that you wear a bodysuit, use a dust collection system, and keep your work clothes separate in order to more safely work with fiberglass in the future. For more information, contact a business such as C F Maier...

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Worried About a Shop Fire Because of Combustible Fluids? Know How to Protect Your Office and Building

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Worried About a Shop Fire Because of Combustible Fluids? Know How to Protect Your Office and Building

If you have a lot of materials that are flammable in the shop, and you worry that a fire could easily spread throughout the shop into the office, there are some precautions you’ll want to take. You want to make sure that your office building isn’t at risk and that your employees or building aren’t going to be in danger. Here are a few of the things you will want installed in the shop or between the shop and the offices. Ceiling Sprinkler System A ceiling sprinkler system can diffuse a fire quickly. If you have materials that aren’t easily put out by water, you can have the sprinkler system filled with water that has other chemicals in it to help diffuse the fire quickly. Sometimes your staff won’t have time to get to a fire extinguisher, so these sprinklers systems are a great way to stop the fire from spreading quickly, or from spreading when no one is around. Hollow Metal Doors If you’re worried about a shop fire spreading to other areas of the building, you’ll want to get hollow metal doors and metal door frames for fire prevention. These doors are going to be strong and durable over time, so you won’t have to worry about fire getting through the doors, and you can still get the locks you need to keep your building safe or to prevent people coming through the shop to the office. Proper Storage Containers There are products that are specifically designed to hold flammable and combustible liquids, and using them can prevent a fire in your shop. Spending the extra money to get the most secure materials is a good investment for the company, and the durable containers will be easy to use and store when your staff has to transfer or use the liquids. If you fear that the chemicals or fluids in your shop are an accident waiting to happen, and you worry that you could end up with a fire in the office or in the shop because of combustion, you’ll want to take these measures to protect your property and your business. You should alert your business-insurance provider of the different safety changes you’ve made to see if they will give you a discount for the safety enhancements that are now in place. With these changes, you can have peace of mind while in and away from the...

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Putting New Siding On Your House? 4 Reasons Why You Should Choose Hardie Plank Siding

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Putting New Siding On Your House? 4 Reasons Why You Should Choose Hardie Plank Siding

If you are putting some new siding onto your home, there are many different types to choose from. One type is hardie plank siding. This type of siding is made of natural cellulose (wood) fibers, finely ground sand, and cement. Water is added to mix everything up. Below are four reasons why you should choose hardie plank siding for your home. Appearance Hardie plank siding is very thick and consists of horizontal boards that overlap. This allows it to have deeper grooves to give it a very authentic clapboard or wood grain effect, which is much more elegant when compared to vinyl siding, which is made of plastic. Instead of a boring grey color of cement, there is a wide selection of colors to choose from, such as red, brown, yellow, and green. You an order hardie plank siding already painted and then you would only have to touch it up as needed. You can also choose to paint the siding yourself, if you prefer. You can easily change the color of this siding by repainting it any time you wish. Longevity Because hardie plank siding is made of cement, it lasts for a very long time and generally comes with a long warranty. How long this warranty is depends on the company you purchase the siding from. Cement is insect resistant, which means carpenter bees and even termites cannot chew their way through it. Concrete is also rot free. It even works great if you live near the ocean as salt from the ocean spray will not damage it. Because it lasts for a very long time, this siding is considered to be Eco-friendly. Fire and Storm Resistant You can feel safe in a home with hardie plank siding as concrete is resistant to fire. This siding material can also withstand severe storms, including hail storms. This makes it the perfect siding if you live in a hurricane prone area. Energy Efficiency Concrete on its own will block cold and hot air from getting into your home. To add even more energy efficiency, you can choose hardie plank siding that has foam insulation built into it. This will allow you to save you money on your energy bills. Contact a contractor in your area that installs hardie plank siding. They can give you more details about it, as well as show you the different types available. This will help you decide if this is the right type of siding for your...

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2 Key Factors That Affect Asphalt Compaction

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Key Factors That Affect Asphalt Compaction

Perhaps the single most important factor in determining the longevity of asphalt pavement is its degree of compaction. Unfortunately, this is complicated by the fact that not all asphalts are equally compactable. Whether you are a paving engineer, or are simply a curious amateur, if you would like to learn more about the asphalt installation process, read on. This article will introduce you to two of the most important factors governing the compactability of a particular asphalt mix. Type Of Mix Contrary to many people’s impression, not all asphalt is the same. It’s true that distilled oil products and crushed stone aggregate make up the principal ingredients in all asphalt surfaces. But the size and proportions of these ingredients vary from asphalt to asphalt. Likewise, an array of different additives may be incorporated into a particular mix. Such additives act to determine the way the asphalt will behave, given its placement, intended use, and the weather it will be exposed to. Where compactability is concerned, the size of the aggregate used is one of the most important factors. A dense graded mix–one that contains a variety of aggregate sizes in roughly equal proportions–presents a fairly easy surface to compact. An open grade mix, which omits medium sized aggregate particles, makes compaction more difficult. This reflects the fact that open grade mixes result in a “stiffer” asphalt–in other words, one that possesses a greater degree of resistance to cracking, rutting, and raveling. Temperature Of The Mix Asphalt mixes come in a variety of different temperatures, from hot to warm to cold. Among other things, the temperature of a particular asphalt mix has a direct effect on the compactability of that mix. This is true both in terms of the temperature at which an asphalt was produced, and the temperature changes an asphalt is subject to during the compaction process itself. Asphalts produced at higher temperatures are generally more “tender” and easy to spread. This means that a much lighter rolling action is required from the drum roller, otherwise the asphalt will be more liable to cracks as a result of over-compaction. Stiffer mixes–those produced at low temperatures–require heavier rolling action and more passes from the drum roller. While cold mix asphalt can be more difficult to work with, one of its principal benefits is that it is not as subject to temperatures changes during the application and rolling process. Hot mix asphalt, on the other hand, begins to cool as soon as it has been applied. It can be difficult to accurately compensate for the effect such temperature change swill have during the rolling process. For that reason, it is imperative that the asphalt be compacted as soon as possible, to minimize the degree of cooling. Talk to an asphalt contractor for more...

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3 Reasons To Consider Asphalt Paving For Cold Climates

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Consider Asphalt Paving For Cold Climates

One of the most useful paving materials available to you is asphalt, mostly because of the many benefits that asphalt can provide in a cold climate. Listed below are three reasons to utilize asphalt paving for your driveway or walkways if you live in a colder area. Absorbs Heat One of the biggest benefits of an asphalt driveway for people who live in cold climates is that it can make it much easier to deal with snow and ice accumulation. The reason for this is that asphalt will typically be quite dark in color, which means that during the day the asphalt will absorb any sunlight that strikes it. This will lead to your entire driveway warming up over the course of the day and causing any snow or ice on the driveway to melt more quickly and cut down on the amount of shoveling that you will have to do throughout the winter. Immune To Salt Another reason to utilize asphalt in areas that experience snowy winters is that you can still use salt to melt the ice off of an asphalt driveway. This is a big advantage over other materials, such as concrete, that can degrade over time due to salt exposure in the winter. Asphalt is not affected by salt at all, which means that you will not have to worry about salt damaging or degrading your driveway or other paved surfaces. Resistant To Cracking Finally, asphalt is a great choice for areas with cold winters because it will not be as affected by freezing and thawing cycles as concrete. When snow falls or ice forms on a concrete surface, water can get into any cracks in the concrete as the snow and ice melts, which will then freeze again and force the crack to expand. This will continue throughout the winter and can quickly lead to a paving surface that has multiple long or wide cracks. However, asphalt is not as affected by this issue due to the fact that asphalt is not as rigid. When water seeps into an asphalt surface, the asphalt can actually flex to an extent, which can help to minimize or prevent cracking.   Contact a paving company today in order to discuss the many benefits that asphalt can provide in a cold climate. An asphalt surface is a great option for cold regions because it absorbs heat while also being immune to salt and resistant to cracking. To find out more, speak with a business like Max Commercial...

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Three Fungal Diseases That Can Hurt Your Trees

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Fungal Diseases That Can Hurt Your Trees

Just like animals and human beings, trees can become infected with disease. Fungal disorders are among the most common types of disease that can harm your tree. Following are three types of fungal diseases that you should be on the lookout for.  Powdery Mildew If you’ve noticed a whitish-gray powder like substance on the leaves of your trees, it’s possible that they’re infected with powdery mildew. Although this fungal disorder rarely causes serious damage to infected trees, it can easily create an unsightly appearance, reducing the overall value and aesthetic appeal of your landscape.  Although thousands of plant species can become affected by powdery mildew, the fungus is host specific. For instance, if you notice symptoms of powdery mildew on your apple tree, you generally don’t have to worry about the fungus spreading to your nearby dogwood tree—and vice versa. However, some tree species may be vulnerable to more than one type of powdery mildew. Powdery mildew occurs in primarily in humid environments. To reduce chances of infestations, provide trees with good air circulation by not overcrowding them. Limit overhead watering to early morning hours so that leaves and branches have plenty of time to dry before nighttime brings cooler temperatures.  Cankers Cankers are another fungal disease that negatively affect the appearance of your ornamental and fruit trees. Unlike powdery mildew, however, canker diseases can actually progress to the point where the lives of your trees are threatened. Branches and limbs can be weakened to the extent where affected wood breaks free of the body of the tree during storms, posing a significant potential hazard if the tree is situated near your home or vehicle. Early symptoms include stunted, twisted, and undersized leaves. Lesions may appear on the bark of trunks, branches, and even on smaller twigs. The bark may also split and ooze sap. The best protection you can provide your trees from developing canker disorders is to keep them in overall optimal health, refrain from pruning when the wood is wet, and avoiding any unnecessary wounding of the bark. A tree care professional should be consulted if trunk canker removal becomes necessary.  Leaf Rust Another fungal disease that can have a negative impact on the appearance and health of your tree is called leaf rust. Like the two listed above, leaf rust has obvious visual indications—brown spots on the leaves are telltale signs that your tree is most likely suffering from a leaf rust infestation. Severe cases of leaf rust can affect the ability of the tree to properly photosynthesize, resulting in significant structural weakening and even in the death of the tree. Keeping trees healthy and vigorous helps guard against the development of leaf rust. In areas where this fungal disorder poses a serious threat, consider having a tree care professional apply fungicides to your trees on a regular basis. Companies like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc. may be able to help meet your needs in this...

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Managing Weeding In Landscape Rocks

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Managing Weeding In Landscape Rocks

Landscape rocks are an easy way to add a bit of hardscaping to your landscape. You can use them as mulch in bare areas, to create a dry creek bed design, or even to fill in around pavers for patios and walkways. The problem is that you can’t just simply lay the rocks and walk away, as weeds will grow through and around them. The following installation and maintenance tips can help you prevent this weedy issue. Tip #1: Start Weed-Free The best way to avoid weeds is to make sure there aren’t any there in the first place. Before installing the rocks, take the time to remove the old growth. If the area was lawn, you can simply rent a turf cutter and remove all the grass, roots and all. For areas with sparse weed growth, begin by pulling or chemically killing the weeds. Then, cover the area with clear plastic during the hottest part of summer and leave it covered for several weeks. The hot son through the plastic will encourage any remaining weed seeds to sprout, but then they will be killed by the increased heat and lack of oxygen underneath the plastic. You can then till and landscape the area. Tip #2: Add a weed blocking layer Once the weeds are gone, it’s a good idea to add a layer to block any that may have somehow survived the above treatment. Use a good quality landscape fabric for this, preferably one made for use in rock beds. Skip plastic sheet mulch – it will tear and weaken too quickly. Newspaper and cardboard also decompose too quickly for permanent installation in a rock bed. Landscape fabric can last years. Tip #3: Plant carefully If you are going to grow any plants in the rock mulched area, then choose for longevity. Perennials with lifespans measured in years are a better option because you only need to plant them once. This means you won’t be creating new holes in the landscape fabric each year for planting short-lived annuals. Make the planting hole big enough for the stems or trunk of the plant to come through without the fabric touching, but not much larger or weeds may also root around the base of the plant. Tip #4: Stay on top of weeds With luck, full removal combined with landscape fabric will keep weeds from growing up, but you will still need to manage seeds that land on top of the fabric and germinate. These weeds often succeed in sending roots down through the fabric. Check the rock areas weekly and pull weeds as soon as you notice them. Catching them young usually means they are easy to pull. For larger weeds, treat them with a spray of herbicide or pour boiling water on them to kill them. It may take a couple of treatments. Avoid pulling large weeds, since their long roots could cause more damage to the fabric. For more tips in maintaining your landscape rock, contact a supplier, like El Gallo Trucking, in your...

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