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2 Ways To Adjust Your Home's Landscaping To Divert Runoff And Keep Your Basement Dry

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The gravel, soil, and other landscaping materials you use in your yard can have an affect on your home’s appearance and also how well water drains away from your home’s foundation and basement. Using the wrong materials or improper installation of the landscaping can lead to moisture problems and leaking into your basement. Here are some tips to help you make the changes with your home’s landscaping to install some water-diverting strategies. Read More»

How To Properly Anchor Pallet Racks To The Floor

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Pallet racks are a necessity in most warehouses for storing large quantities of inventory. But, like most people, you want to store your inventory the safest way possible without going overboard on expense. No matter what kind of rack you go with, they must be secured to the concrete floor for stability and security. Here are the steps to properly anchoring your pallet racks to the floor. 1. Choose the location. Read More»

How to Prevent Water Damage to Your Screened Porch

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Screened porches can add a lot of charm and value to a home. They can be used for social gatherings, as a quiet place to reflect, or allow you to enjoy an outdoor sheltered picnic without the bugs. But like the rest of your home, you want to make sure it’s protected from water damage. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before the construction begins so you’ll have a porch that will last a lifetime. Read More»

What Can You Do To Protect Your Midwestern Modular Home From Seismic Damage?

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If you live in the Midwest, you likely give much greater thought to protecting your home from fire and tornado damage than any other natural disasters. But while hurricanes may not ever pose much of a danger for those who reside above the Mason-Dixon line and away from the coasts, damage from seismic shifts (including rumbles from the New Madrid seismic zone) can be a very real possibility for those in the Midwest. Read More»

Remodeling Your Historic Home? What Are Your Best Insulation Options?

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Whether you’ve recently purchased a historic home with the intent of immediately embarking on a “to the studs” renovation or have been slowly making improvements to your older home over time, you may be wondering what to do when it comes to insulation. Although most historic homes will require updates to windows, doors, and other points of heat loss to improve efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs, installing new windows and energy-efficient doors won’t do much to help if the walls and ceilings surrounding these upgrades are poorly insulated. Read More»

Are You Acting As Your Own General Contractor | 5 Things Every New Home Construction Site Needs

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At first glance, acting as your own general contractor when building a new house seems fairly straight-forward. You basically have to manage everyone’s schedule and make sure things move smoothly, much like project management in business. Well, yes and no. There is a certain order of things that every good contractor should know, like window cleaning is last on the schedule, but there are also unknown quirks to the schedule, like the wood floor people need to be alone in the house for several days. Read More»

Three Preparation Tasks To Complete Before A Home Heating Oil Delivery

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If you have recently moved to a home with an oil boiler system, then you will need to have heating oil delivered to your home on a regular basis. Many heating oil companies will set up regular billing with you or they will offer a cash on delivery service. To receive your delivery, you will need to call the heating oil business in advance. When you do this, you should also do a few things to make sure your tank is ready for the delivery. Read More»

Roofing Should Last A Lifetime: Metal Versus Architectural Shingles—Which Type Will You Choose?

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If you are in the market for a new roof, you may be pleasantly surprised by the number of choices you have. But if you are looking for traditional types of roofing materials, you may be able to quickly weed out tile, slate, or rubber roofing. Even if you narrow your choices down to asphalt shingles and metal roofing, how do you choose the right one for your home? With the upgrades in technology that have taken place with both styles, this can be a difficult choice. Read More»

4 Roof Repair Safety Tips

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Roof repairs are not out of reach for DIY-oriented homeowners. However, working on a roof can be one of the more risky home repair projects to take on. Here are four tips that can help keep you safe when you are patching a roof leak or replacing worn-out shingles. Use the Right Ladder It is important to start thinking about safety before you take the first step onto your roof. You will likely be going up and down a ladder several times over the course of a roof repair project. Read More»

Light It Up: Bringing Natural Light Into A Pre-Engineered Metal Building

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Increasing the natural light in a pre-engineered metal building creates an upbeat attitude, and it allows you to save money on electrical lighting. Depending on your budget, your style preferences and your final objectives for your building, there are a range of lighting options you can explore. Here are some decisions you may need to make along the way: 1. Roll up, sliding or other doors? If you are using your pre-engineered metal building as a workshop, a livestock barn or anywhere else that you need a lot of natural light, you should consider installing large doors. Read More»