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Addressing A Couple Of Questions Concerning Glass Shower Enclosures

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Addressing A Couple Of Questions Concerning Glass Shower Enclosures

The condition of your home’s shower is one of the more important factors for determining the overall comfort that you will enjoy. However, there are some upgrades that can be made to your shower to further enhance its comfort. In particular, installing a shower enclosure can be an excellent upgrade to make to your home. Yet, if you have limited experience with shower enclosures, you will likely benefit from having the following couple of routine questions answered. Will Your Bathroom Require Modifications To Install The Shower Enclosure? Some individuals may be concerned about needing to have major modifications done to their bathroom to accommodate the new shower enclosure. However, this may not always the case. Often, the installation of a shower enclosure will only require adding the glass enclosure to the existing shower unit. However, if you have shelving or other items extremely close to the shower, they will need to be removed to ensure that there is enough space for the glass of the enclosure. In some instances, the shower unit may not be compatible with these enclosures. Unfortunately, this will require completely replacing the shower, but only an experienced contractor will be able to determine whether or not this is necessary for your bathroom.   Why Should You Opt For A Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure? When you are evaluating options for a shower enclosure, it is important to consider the benefits that can come from opting for a frameless enclosure. These enclosures lack a metal frame around the front door. Rather, they are designed to be made almost entirely of glass, outside of the hinges that will allow the door to swing open. Due to the lack of frame, it is less likely that water will seep out of the enclosure while you are showering. Also, it is less likely that the enclosure will experience rusting as there will be less metal. While these enclosures may cost more than one with a frame, these two sizable benefits can make this additional cost more than worth it. If you are wanting to upgrade your bathroom, the installation of a glass shower enclosure can be an excellent addition. However, it can be easy for individuals to overlook this upgrade if they are not properly informed about it. By appreciating that your bathroom may not require major structural changes to install the shower enclosure and knowing the benefits of opting for a frameless enclosure, you will be better able to make informed decisions about having this upgrade done to your property. For more information, contact local professionals like South Jersey Glass &...

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Four Reasons To Keep Your Restaurant’s Grease Trap Clean

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons To Keep Your Restaurant’s Grease Trap Clean

As a restaurant owner, it’s imperative that you keep your grease trap clean. Not only will failing to tackle this issue cause problems within your business, it can also have a wider impact. Here are just some of the reasons it is important that you have your grease traps cleaned by a professional. Bacteria Grease traps don’t just contain waste; they often contain high levels of bacteria. One of the most dangerous things about these bacteria is that they can easily spread. The bacteria that forms in the grease trap from waste accumulation can eventually travel and make its way to other surfaces, including your food prep area. This is especially dangerous as bacteria will only create a health hazard for the food you serve.  Keeping the grease trap clean will minimize bacteria buildup and help prevent this issue.    Plumbing Keeping your grease trap clean can also help keep your restaurant’s plumbing system in better condition. Grease traps contain fat, oil and grease from the foods you prepare. The problem is that once these solutions cool, they solidify. In this state, this creates a clog or blockage in the trap that prevents water from properly passing through. When the water is unable to pass through, it can cause a backup not just within your restaurant, but also for other businesses that you share plumbing connections with.   Environment Grease trap cleaning is also important for the environment. When the trap is clogged and water backs up, it ends up spilling over. This contaminated water can eventually make its way into bodies of water, grass and other areas where it can have a negative effect on wildlife and the environment. Again, regularly cleaning the grease trap is a way to avoid this and better protect the environment. Citations If nothing else moves you to clean your grease trap, the idea that you could be cited for failing to should move you in the right direction. In some states, you are required by law to have your restaurant’s grease trap cleaned on a set schedule, such as once every 60 days. If you fail to have this service performed, you run the risk of being cited and fined by your local municipality. Should your failure lead to a widespread plumbing issue, you could face harsh fines. Make sure you aren’t overlooking the importance of this service to keep your business in better condition and your customers healthier. For more information about cleaning your grease trap, visit http://www.forrestsewerpump.com or a local...

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Lanscaping Basics That Are Worth The Splurge

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lanscaping Basics That Are Worth The Splurge

Whether you are creating a landscape from scratch on brand-new property or you are giving your existing landscape a revamp, you may have a certain budget that you are trying to adhere to. Some supplies for your landscape, such as decorative plants, road base gravel, and even fertilizers, can be purchased cheaply and used without compromising the end results of your yard in quality. Some landscaping basics are worth whatever cost, and should be purchased with high quality in mind. Here are a few landscaping basics that make your property beautiful that are worth the splurge. Topsoil You may have traditional garden soil confused with topsoil. Garden soil is a mixture of compost, fertilizer, and sand that is found deeper within the earth. Topsoil is soil found within the first several inches of the ground and is the soil used to ‘set’ your landscape property to allow grass and other plant life to grow successfully. When it comes to topsoil, you want moist, high-quality dirt that is free of weeds and pesticides, so don’t be afraid to have your contractor use the best variety on the market. Decorative gravel  If you are simply covering an existing gravel driveway or filling in an uneven space, you may not worry so much about the appearance of your gravel, so road base is a great basic choice. If you want a more decorative appeal, you will want to splurge on long-lasting, vibrant gravel varieties, such as granite or sandstone. Your contractor can help you choose decorative gravel that matches your home’s exterior and your existing landscape for a beautiful appeal you will be happy you paid extra for. Fruit trees If you are adding fruit trees to your landscape, you want varieties that will thrive in your climate as well as produce healthy fruit within 3 to 5 years.This means you need to be picky about the foliage you choose, even if you have particular trees in mind. Your contractor can help you select fruit-bearing trees that will complement the conditions of the property’s soil for optimum results. Avoid purchasing wilting trees or too-young shoots, as they can be difficult to transport into your yard and may not survive without a lot of care.  Your landscape is important to you, and even if you have a budget, there are still supplies and materials you should be willing to spend a bit of money on. From your topsoil to your gravel, your contractor can help you choose quality supplies to make your landscape amazing for...

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3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Gothic Revival Home

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Gothic Revival Home

Gothic Revival homes were romantic, ornamental structures favored among architects in the American Northeast in the mid- to late-1800s. Distinctive features of the style include pointed Gothic-style windows, wooden ornamental trim and visible support beams, and a steeply pitched roof that’s either a single gable roof or two gable roofs forming a cross gable. If you have a Gothic Revival home, choosing the right roofing material can help cement the overall look of your home while also providing the best protection. There are a few roofing materials that can provide the best – or worst – fit for a Gothic Revival home. Here are some materials to discuss during your next residential roofing contractors meeting. Best: Wood Gothic Revival homes have abundant wood trim, ornamental accents, and visible bracing beams that help define the look and the lines of the home. It makes sense, then, to continue the wooden materials on to the roof in the form of wood shingles or shakes. Wood roofing comes from cedar trees that are cut thickly to form shakes or thinly to form shingles. Both types of roofing are textured and can be stained a variety of warm- or cool-toned wood shades. Wood roofing adds a cottage or storybook look to any home, which works nicely with the overall look of a Gothic Revival home. Wood roofing can be rather higher maintenance than some other roofing materials due to the fact that wood can warp with frequent temperature changes and can suffer insect infestations. But maintenance and occasional repairs can keep these problems at bay and the visual look of the roof might be worth the added effort. Best: Slate Gabled roofs typically aren’t good matches for slate due to the fact that gables tend to lack enough bracing to support the heft of slate tiles. But Gothic Revival homes tend to have more bracing under the roof particularly when a cross gable is involved. You will still want to have your roofing contractor double check to make sure the bracing is there, or able to be added, before you order your slate tiles and end up with a collapsed roof. Slate is low maintenance and durable with pleasing natural colors that can compliment the wooden elements of the home. Slate is one of the higher priced roofing materials so project costs can get steep, particularly with a cross gable, but that’s only a concern if you need to stick to a strict budget. Worst: Asphalt Gable roofs have steep pitches, which mean the sides of the roof are great for accelerating oncoming wind. The wind can then pose a damage risk if you use asphalt shingles, which are one of the lightest weight roofing materials around. You could end up with broken, ripped, or removed shingles. If you have a single gable roof and a lot of windbreaks around your home, and need to stick to a strict budget, you might be able to use asphalt shingles with a smaller risk of damage. But cross gable roofs or single gable roofs without windbreaks are much harder to protect and you should really only use asphalt if your current roof is shot and asphalt is the only material you can afford at this time. Click here for more on residential roofing or do an...

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How To Repair Dents In A Metal Door

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repair Dents In A Metal Door

Metal doors are a great way to improve the security of your home. Compared to their wooden brethren, however, they offer one significant drawback: unsightly dents. Luckily, repairing dents in a metal door isn’t as difficult as many people think. If you have a metal door in need of some TLC, read on. This article will teach you how to get it looking good as new once more.   Prep Work The general idea of this repair is that the dent is going to be filled in using a special patching compound. Yet unless you properly prepare the surface, you may find your patch failing down the line. Therefore, always start the patching process by giving the dents in question a good cleaning with soapy water.  Once dried, roughen the surface of the paint using a piece of medium grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand the inside of the dent very carefully, as this is where a strong bond will be most critical. Wipe away any paint flakes left behind before proceeding.  Filling The Dent You are going to be filling the dent in your door using a patch compound specifically designed for metal. Such compounds should be readily available at your local home improvement store. However, if you’re having trouble tracking it down, or simply want the most heavy-duty option available, you can also use a two-part body filler designed for automobile repairs. Regardless of the particular patching compound you select, the only tool you are going to need is a good clean putty knife. Use this to press the compound firmly into the dent. Then, holding the putty knife at a close angle to the door, use the edge to smooth the edges of the patch. If you’ve ever patched drywall before, this part of the process should be a snap. Yet those who lack this experience needn’t be intimidated. Don’t be scared to continue reshaping and smoothing the putty until you have achieved the desired results. Finishing Touches Wait several hours until the patch compound has completely dried. Now use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of the patching compound. This can be trickier than you might imagine. To make the job infinitely more easy, try wrapping your sandpaper around a flat wooden block. This will help you achieve an even pressure when sanding. Now all that’s left is to apply a coat of primer to the patch and repaint the door.  For further assistance or replacement, contact a local outlet, such as Callahan Door and...

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The Advantages Of Cove Heating Over Baseboard Heaters

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Advantages Of Cove Heating Over Baseboard Heaters

If you want to use electric heat in your home, most people go with baseboard heaters. This has more to do with tradition than with designer superiority. If you are willing to stray from the norm, you can get better performance, comfort, and safety from cove heating.  Safety Baseboard heaters get their name from the fact they they are installed along the base of the walls in your home, where your baseboards typically go. They use a heating element to warm air that flows through them. As hot air rises from the furnace, it will displace cold air in your room, which creates a current as cold air rushes toward the heater to replace the hot air rising from it. The problem with this system is that the heating element can be damaged and/or obstructed by placing furniture right up against it. Furthermore, small children and pets are at risk of bumping into heaters and getting burned. Cove heaters, which get their name from the fact that they are installed along the top of your walls where cove trim usually goes, present none of the risk associated with their baseboard counterparts.  Comfort Unlike baseboard heaters, which use an element to heat air, cove heaters use a panel coated with vitreous enamel to radiate heat around a room. You might think that placing your heaters at the top of a wall will prevent them from properly heating your home. This is not true. Heat can be directed because hot air, not heat, rises. Thus, from its position high on a wall, a cove heater can direct heat through your home in much the same way that the heat from the sun can warm your home. Thus, sitting beneath a cove heater will give you the same feeling of warmth that you get from sitting in a sunlit window.  Performance The radiant heat provided by cove heaters is more efficient than the direct heat provided by a baseboard heater. The reason for this is that they are more effective in distributing heat, and as they warm objects in your home, these objects will act as heat reserves to continue heating a room even after the heater turns off. Thus, if your only interest is saving money, cove heaters are still a better choice.  Electricity is cheaper than natural gas, so it makes sense to use electric heaters in your home as you try to keep your heating costs down. To get the most efficient, safe, and comfortable heat for your home, you should choose cove heaters instead of baseboard models. For more information about your heating options, contact a company like Erickson Plumbing &...

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How To Replace AC Refrigerant Line Insulation

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Replace AC Refrigerant Line Insulation

The AC condenser coils located outside your home are responsible for cooling the refrigerant running through them so that it is ready to cycle back to your evaporator coils and provide cooling to your home. In between your condenser coils and your evaporator coils, you will have two refrigerant lines—one to carry the refrigerant to the evaporator unit, and one to carry it back to your condenser. If these coils are not properly insulated, they can reduce your system efficiency and drive up your cooling costs. Thus, an important part of AC maintenance is inspecting the insulation on these lines and replacing it as needed.  What Damaged Insulation Looks Like The insulation on your coolant lines should look like a foam tube. An intact tube will be smooth in appearance and free of cracks. On the other hand, as the insulation ages, it will get brittle and prone to cracking. Insects may also see the need to carve off pieces of foam to use in their various building projects. Thus, damaged insulation will be pitted and cracked.  How to Replace Insulation If your insulation is damaged, it will vaporize and extract heat from the outside air before it has a chance to reach your evaporator coils and cool the air in your home. Thus, you need to replace any damaged insulation in order to optimize the function of your unit. Use these steps to make the repair: ​1. Use a utility knife to cut a slit in the insulation. Be careful to not puncture the line itself as any leak in the line must be repaired by a properly trained HVAC technician. 2. Carefully peel back the insulation, trying to keep it in one piece. You may need to use a scraper to remove any chunks of insulation that stick to the refrigerant lines.  3. Buy a tube of replacement insulation. 4. Your tube should have a slit on one side. Slip your coolant line through this slit until the tube covers the full length of the line.  5. Remove the protective film which protects the adhesive found on one side of the slit.  6. Press the two sides of the slit together to form a seal.  7. You may choose to wrap your tube of foam insulation with reflective tape to provide further insulation as well as to protect the foam itself from damage.  ​As you can see, replacing foam insulation is not difficult, but it is necessary. If you are looking to save a little bit of money, replace your insulation on your own so you don’t have to call a repair expert. On the other hand, if you doubt your ability to do a quality job, call a technician like those found at Bob Bergen Heating & Air Conditioning to make sure your...

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Privacy Options For French Doors

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Privacy Options For French Doors

French doors can be a beautiful addition to a walk-out master bedroom. Opening the doors on a warm spring morning can give you a private place to enjoy your morning coffee, or you can bring out the wine for a romantic evening spent alone with the one you love. The issue is when you crave privacy, since the multiple windows on a French door can be a challenge to cover attractively. The following are a few ideas to add privacy to your doors without compromising their beauty. Idea #1: Frosted Glass By far the simplest option is to select doors with frosted panes. These will still let in plenty of light, but they won’t allow any prying eyes to make out details inside the room. If you are purchasing new doors, choose those that have frosted panes. For existing doors, you can purchase a window film that gives the doors the appearance of frosted glass. Idea #2: Glass Etching Etched glass is the sophisticated cousin of frosted glass. Instead of just an even frosted appearance, etching has a pattern or design created by using different intensities of frosting. The design is permanently etched into the glass. You can purchase etched glass doors in a variety of designs. If you are creative, there are glass etching kits available at craft stores that will allow you to create your own design. Idea #3: Stained Glass Stained glass is an excellent option if you like the look of colored glass. You can opt for single colors or geometric designs, or you can go more ornate with floral patterns. True stained glass French doors can be purchased, or you can get a faux stain glass window film if you are on a budget or just want to makeover your existing doors. Idea #4: Built-In Shades Shades are an excellent option if you want both privacy and room darkening ability. The best option for a French door is to purchase one with built-in shades. These shades are installed between two panes of glass, so there is never a need to dust them and they won’t bang around on the exterior of the door. They are operated by an external button that allows you to control how much they are opened and how much light is allowed inside. Idea #4: Curtains or Sheers These can be installed on existing doors. The key is to install both a top and bottom rod so the sheers don’t blow around and so they stay flush to the door. Sheers are excellent if you still want light to come in, while curtains are better if you want a darker room. For more information, contact Fas Windows and Doors or a similar...

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Power Outages, Generator Issues, And Electrical Repair: How You Can Manage And Survive These Issues

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Power Outages, Generator Issues, And Electrical Repair: How You Can Manage And Survive These Issues

Power outages are a fairly common occurrence everywhere, especially during powerful lightning storms. If you experience a power outage, it is usually short-lived. If the outage lasts longer than an hour or two and the power company cannot provide you with a time when they expect to have the problem fixed, you may want to use a generator to get some power back. If your generator is also having problems, here are some suggestions on how you can survive and manage these issues until all electrical repairs have been completed by the power company. Check the Fuel Level in Your Generator Sometimes the fuel level in your generator can dip when you have not used the generator for a while. The fuel needs a little extra priming and push to get into the generator’s engine. If your generator has a priming button, try pushing it a few extra times. Also check the oil levels since the oil keeps the engine lubricated. If it still does not work, try jumpstarting the generator with jumper cables and your vehicle (make sure you read the instructions in your owner’s manual for the generator before you try this). Once the generator is finally up and running, keep it full of fuel and be selective about what you plug into it. Choosing Which Things to Plug Into the Generator Your generator has limited power output and only a handful of outlets into which you can plug electronic and electric items. If you operate a business, then you will want to plug in everything necessary to run the business. However, you may have to cut back on the number of computers you have plugged in, the number of lights in the home or office, etc. Additionally, if you have a refrigerator for any purpose (work or personal) on the property, you will want to plug that in as well (especially if you have refrigerated medicines like insulin that need to remain cold). Overnight Use of a Generator If the power company still has not fixed the problems with your power by the time you go home from work or go to bed, be sure to unplug everything that is not absolutely vital to your business or your well-being. Plug these items back into the wall outlets in case the power is fixed by morning. Check the generator’s fuel level again if you need to keep it running overnight, otherwise shut it off to conserve fuel. Until the power company has completed all of its electrical repairs, you may need to repeat this process. For more information, contact Narducci Electric or a similar...

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Soggy Lawn Keeping You Housebound? How To Correct The Problem & Take Back Your Lawn

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Soggy Lawn Keeping You Housebound? How To Correct The Problem & Take Back Your Lawn

If the mild spring weather is beckoning you outside, but you find yourself hanging out inside because of a troublesome soggy area in your lawn, it may be time to consider correcting the problem. Perpetually wet areas can have many causes, but luckily, most can be corrected fairly easily. The following information will offer insight that may be useful in determining the cause of your soggy lawn issues and what you can do to dry them up so you can once again enjoy your yard.   Underground leaks from water supply or waste disposal systems Most modern homes have one or more underground plumbing pipes that either bring potable water into the home or remove waste water and solids from the home. Although these pipes are manufactured for longevity, they can become damaged and develop leaks. Overtime, these leaks can cause a moist or soggy area to form on the surface of the lawn. To find out if your soggy lawn is due to an underground leak in a water or sewage line, homeowners should first determine whether the wet area is above or near existing water lines, sewage pipes or any other part of an onsite sewage disposal system. Homeowners who live in areas served by public water and sewer districts can ask those entities to provide information on the location of existing pipes. Likewise, those with onsite sewage systems can use documentation provided by the septic installer or plumbing contractor who installed the home’s water and sewage systems. No matter whether the excess moisture is being caused by a leak in a publicly or privately owned pipe, it is important to have it repaired as quickly as possible to allow the area to dry and prevent further damage to the leaking pipes or lines.   Soil, terrain and drainage issues Soggy lawn issues are also frequently caused by soil that does not drain well, or when the terrain is such that it allows rain water, storm runoff or melting snow to pool in the soggy areas. Depending on the severity of the problem, homeowners can: make sure that guttering and downspouts are working correctly add downspout extenders that will unroll and move excess water out of the problem area during periods of excessive rain make changes in landscaping to keep water from pooling, such as changing the contours of the land or installing drainage culverts If the soggy area in your lawn is near the foundation of the home, it is important to address the issue without delay. Left alone, this type of problem could result in moisture seeping through the foundation of the home and into the basement or crawlspace. Installing a French drain system around the exterior of the home is a good way to remove excess moisture in these areas and protect the home from water infiltration and the damage that could result from it. For more information on drain installation, contact a company like SplashAway...

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