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4 Safety Precautions To Keep In Mind When Installing An Electric Gate

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An electric gate makes it easier to secure your property and is more convenient to use than a manual gate. If you plan on upgrading from a manual to an electric gate, make sure you keep these four safety precautions in mind as you go through the installation process. Follow All The Manufacturer’s Instructions The first step to making sure that your electric gate is safe is to make sure that it is installed correctly. When you are installing your gate, make sure that all the manufacturer’s instructions are followed to ensure that your gate will work properly.  Many electric gates include very specific instructions, like what type of grade and slant that they will work best on. If you don’t feel like you can follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions on your own, hire a professional company like Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc to install your gate.  Keep The Controls Away From The Gate The controls for your gate should be positioned far enough away from your gate that they can’t be reached by simply sticking one’s hand through the gate.  If the controls can easily be reached through the gate, you run the risk of someone trying to open the gate by sticking their hand through it and getting caught in the gate. By placing the controls far away from the gate, you reduce the risk of this happening. You should also make sure that the controls are placed high enough so that a young child cannot reach them and accidentally engage the controls.  Install Motion Sensors When you are selecting and installing your electric gate, make sure that the one you choose includes motion sensors. Ideally, it should include multiple motion sensors at different levels, so that way it can detect obstructions that are both down low and up high.  Motion sensors allow your gate to stop moving or reverse its motions if a person or object is detected in the path of the gate. This simple device can prevent injuries and accidents from occurring. Put Up Warning Signs Finally, after your gate is installed, you should put up a warning sign near your gate so that way anyone who approaches it knows that it is an electric gate and takes the proper precautions around it.  If you follow the four safety precautions listed above while installing your electric gate, you should be able to avoid any accidental injury due to the nature of your...

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Creating Multi-Functional Rooms In Your Home

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If you need extra space in your home and are thinking about adding additional rooms, consider adding a formal dining room or a family room. If you already have a formal dining room or a family room, have these rooms redesigned to make them more functional before adding an additional room. If you’re like many families, you don’t use your dining room as much as the kitchen for eating and getting together with family and friends. So, think about ways to use this room better to get some of the extra space you want. In contrast, your family room probably gets a lot of use, but if it was organized better, it could be even more useful. Explore the Many Options for Family Rooms and Dining Rooms There are several ways to design or arrange a room that will be used for different activities. You can group the furniture and items used for different activities. For instance, if your family room is to be used as a play area for the kids and as a general entertainment area for the whole family, you can have everything associated with each activity grouped together per activity, and then separate the two areas by using some of the furniture as dividers.    You can also have your architect or contractor use architectural details to delineate the different areas. Half-walls and columns may be good choices for this purpose because each separates, but doesn’t compromise the open feeling of a room.    Another thing you should be mindful of is that family rooms tend to be noisy, so if the best place to add an addition happens to be next to your home office, children’s bedroom, or any other area family members use for peace and quiet, you may need to relocate some of the rooms. Otherwise, you may need to choose another, less desired location for your new addition.    Formal living rooms are often used for relaxing, entertaining guests, listening to music, for chatting with family members and more. For even more versatility, have a wet bar and a game table for adults installed. To expand your entertainment options, design a built-in sound system.  Make the Most of Primary User’s Input  To create the most functional formal living room or family room for your family, find out what each primary user wants to have included. Determine whether the room will be used by both adults and children, or if it’s to be an adult-only room to be used for relaxing and entertaining.  Will it be used mostly as a room to sit and relax on a sofa and matching chairs? Or, will you also need to add tables and additional chairs when entertaining? Do you plan to pay or display musical instruments, such as a piano, violin, or guitar? Although formal living rooms tend to be quieter than family rooms, you may want to use it as a venue for soothing music.  If you want to create a more private dining room area, separate it by using solid or French doors. With these additional privacy features, this room can also be used as a home office or study area. For a more open layout, do not use doors and consider removing walls that may separate it from surrounding areas. If you entertain at home, this open layout will give you more space to entertain your guests. To redesign your home,...

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3 Advantages of Drilling a Well Versus Connecting to a Local Water Supply

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If you live in a rural area, you may have more than one option for water if you are in the process of building a home. You could either tap into a local water supply or have a well installed on your property and rely on natural resources that are available beneath the ground. While both of these routes to water supplication have their own benefits, many homeowners find that having a well is much more ideal. There are a handful of reasons why a water well could be the better choice for you out of the two options.  Well water means long-term cost efficiency.  When you start looking at the price of having a well installed, you may initially be a little put off by the price. After all, having a well drilled alone can be between $15 and $30 per foot, and as much as $30 to $50 per foot in difficult terrain. Installing a well may be higher in the beginning than connecting to a local water supply, but the long-term costs will be much lower. With a public water system, you are taking on a bill for the duration of usage, whereas a water well only has expenses associated with maintenance, which are much lower in comparison.  Having a well keeps you in control of water safety.  If you rely on a public water system, you may not know what is in your water until it has already been consumed by you and your family. Water companies do have water quality reports if you ask, but if you are like most homeowners, you won’t ask until you suspect there is  something wrong with your water. When you have a well, you can keep close tabs on water quality with testing and quality reports as often as you would like, which means you will have a greater control over the safety of your water.  Ground water is readily available just about anywhere.  If you want to tap into a local water supply, availability may be limited and some places actually have a waiting list for people who want to connect a new water main. Because ground water is almost always readily available in most areas, you can have quick access to water as soon as your well is drilled. The only wait involved will be waiting on the water well drilling contractor to complete the process, which can take as little as a few days to complete.  Learn more about these and other advantages by contacting companies like Hudson Valley...

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4 Questions To Answer Before Choosing The Right Carport

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A lot of homeowners purchase carports to provide coverage for a larger truck or recreational vehicle that will not fit in their garage. There are also some homeowners that prefer carports to garages. Regardless of why you are buying a carport, there are a lot of things to consider to make sure you get the best one including building codes and what type of vehicle you are housing. What Kind of Vehicle Are You Going to House? Knowing what type of vehicle you plan on housing is important or deciding the size of the carport. You want to make sure you purchase a carport (or have one custom made) that is big enough to house the vehicle you intend to purchase it for. For example, there is a pretty big difference between how big a carport needs to be to cover a recreational vehicle versus the small automobile you drive to and from work every day. What is the Weather Like? Your perfect carport will vary depending on the weather where you live. Unfortunately, a lot of first time carport buyers will only take into account rain and sun when choosing a carport. If you live somewhere with a lot of snow or rain that blows sideways, you will want to make sure you purchase a more enclosed carport. If you live somewhere with a lot of high winds, you will want to explore an anchored structure that is installed on concrete slabs. Have You Looked at Local Building Codes? It is vital to investigate local building codes before you purchase a carport. Your local building codes may have certain requirements for how a carport can be installed. If you live in a private community, there is always a possibility you are restricted from having a carport. When shopping, it is important to make sure the carport meets all local codes as well as the style and landscaping of your home. The last thing you want to do is purchase a carport only to be told you are not allowed to install it. What Kind of Coating Does the Carport Have? The last thing you want is to install a baldy manufactured carport that rusts the first time it rains. Make sure you select a carport that has corrosion-resistant coating. Don’t be shy about asking the manufacturer what warranties are offered regarding chipping, rusting, or peeling as well. As you can see, you have a lot of things to consider when shopping for a carport for your home. Answering these four questions will make the selection process a little easier on you. To learn more, contact a company like Sauer & Sons...

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First-Time Homeowners: Are You Ready To Have Your First Fire At The Holidays?

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It’s the holidays in your first home. Are you planning on using your fireplace for the first time during your holiday celebrations? If so, now is the time to buy the right tools and have your chimney inspected. Have the Right Tools If you’ve never used a fireplace before, you may not have all the right tools. Some fireplace tools don’t get used very often, but some of them are necessary every time you have a fire. The most important tools you can own are fireplace tongs and a poker. The poker is necessary for stimulating the fire if you want to keep it going, spreading out the wood when you want to put the fire out and putting stray logs back in place. The tongs can put burning logs back in place if they fall off the grate and can also be used to put fresh logs on the fire. Being able to move and manipulate burning logs is a matter of safety, so don’t start a fire without these two tools. In addition, if the previous homeowners didn’t leave you with a grate or screen, buy those as well. The fireplace grate holds up the logs inside the firebox to deliver oxygen to the fire. The screen helps keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace and into your home. Get an Inspection If you didn’t have your chimney inspected when you bought the house, it’s important to do that now. The inside of your chimney could be coated in creosote if it hasn’t been cleaned in a long time. It could also be clogged or have cracks in the mortar or lining. Any of these scenarios would be dangerous if you decided to light a fire. Schedule an inspector to inspect your chimney and make recommendations for chimney repair. You may ask to keep the cleaning optional, just in case the inspector discovers that the chimney inside is spotless. For more information, contact Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service or a similar company. Buy the Right Products Some fireplaces come with a gas pipe called a log lighter. This pipe supplies natural gas to the fireplace just to get the fire started. It sits beneath the fireplace grate to deliver flames up into the logs. If your fireplace doesn’t have a log lighter, you’re going to want to give thought to how you’ll be starting the fire. You’ll have some choices. Manufactured log. These logs are slow burning, light easily and stay lit without needing a lot of attention. Fire starters. Fire starters are meant to be used with natural logs. They light easily and burn for several minutes before going out, which gives the logs a chance to catch fire. Kindling. Kindling is usually made up of small pieces of lightweight wood. It usually lights easily, but it’s not a manufactured product like fire starters or the manufactured log, which means that getting kindling to work can be more of a challenge. If you choose to use kindling to start your fire, consider cutting up some of the leftover cardboard boxes from your move to use along with the kindling. Of course, you’ll also need a good long neck lighter to help you get the fire started. Once you’ve got your logs, fire starter, lighter, tools...

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Fix An Ugly Kitchen On A Tight Budget With These Modern Affordable Materials

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If you have purchased a house that has a terrible kitchen and you want to gut it but you don’t have a lot of money, there are some great modern materials you can buy that won’t bust your budget. Here are a few different options to get quotes for when you’re starting to figure out how much changing the kitchen is going to cost you. Quartz Counter Tops The quartz is engineered with a resin and creates a material that looks almost identical granite and some marble pieces, but costs less than both alternatives. You can have the expert’s measure and design the new countertops, and then have the quartz installed. This is fire and stain resistant so you don’t have to worry about discoloration or burn marks, and it it’s going to last for decades in the home. Stock Cabinetry There are many stains and even white cabinets that are available in the stock cabinetry area at the home improvement store. These cabinets are cheaper than the more expensive woods and countertops with unique moldings and designs, and you can add trim to make them look like a high end selection. Stock cabinetry can be installed at home without professionals for those that have experience. Tile Back Splash A back splash with small mosaic tiles or subway tiles is going to add a touch of style to the space and the tiles are easy to clean. A back splash is a great way to bring a color or pattern into the kitchen while you’re renovating, and it gives the room a modern feel. Ceramic Tile Flooring If all the flooring in the house has to be replaced, ceramic tile is affordable, durable and stylish. You can also add in borders or designs with different tiles to create a customized look. The tiles are cheaper than hardwood flooring, they don’t absorb moisture or bacteria and they are easy to keep washed. Some of these materials you can install on your own if you have the tools, and that will help you save even more on the costs for the project. Taking the old materials out on your own, scraping them or trying to sell them is also a great way to get extra money for the projects that you have ahead of you. You can take your old ugly kitchen and turn it into something that you love to cook and entertain in with a tight...

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Painting Like A Pro: 3 Helpful Tips

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Nothing can spruce up the inside of a home quite as nicely as a fresh new coat of paint. Yet many amateur painters end up having to live with less than ideal results, simply because they failed to know some basic painting tricks. If you have plans to repaint the inside of your home, read on. This article will present three tips to ensure you end up with a professional looking result. Always blot up carpet spills–never wipe. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first timer or seasoned painting contractor, everybody leaves a few drips behind when they paint. When you’re painting in a room with hardwood floors, that’s not too big a deal. As long as you get to it in time, all it takes is swipe with a damp rag to remove any stray drips. Unfortunately, the same rule doesn’t apply when dealing with carpet. In that case, trying to wipe away dripped paint will only serve to embed the paint even deeper in the fibers. A much better strategy is to first spritz the spill with water, and then blot it using a dry clean rag. Repeat as necessary until you’ve diluted and lifted the drip away completely. Remove excess fuzz from rollers before painting. Nothing’s quite as satisfying as dipping a fresh roller in a tray of paint for the first time. Yet if you’re not careful that brand new roller may end up leaving unsightly strands of lint embedded in the dried paint on your wall. Luckily, there’s an easy way to avoid this unfortunate scenario. All you’ll need is a roll of painter’s tape–which you should already have nearby. Simply wrap a piece of tape around your hand so that the adhesive side is facing outward. Now use this to pat down the roller. By the time you’re done, the tape should be pretty well covered with loose bits of lint and fluff. Now you can use the roller without fear of leaving unwanted fuzz behind. Use caulk instead of tape for crisp edges. A nice crisp line is imperative anytime two different shades of paint are going to meet. The traditional way to demarcate these different zones is by using painter’s tape. But that doesn’t always do the trick. No matter how well you stick the tape to the wall, paint always has a way of working underneath the edge, creating an unsightly result. Thankfully, there’s a much more reliable means of getting a crisp edge: latex caulk. After marking your initial boundary with tape, lay down a bead of caulk along the top edge. Then smooth the caulk out away from the tape, let it dry, and remove the paint. Now you can proceed in full assurance that your boundary line will come out perfectly straight! Of course, if you need professional assistance or advice during your painting project, don’t hesitate to turn to a company like AAA Action...

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3 Benefits of Concrete Curbing

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Concrete curbing refers to a continuous border that is designed to retain, accent and visually improve your landscape design. Curbing can serve as both a functional and decorative element, transforming the curb appeal, shape and design of your yard while also creating borders between the different areas in your landscape. If you are currently debating on whether or not to install it on your home property, here is a look at the main benefits of concrete curbing. Beauty and durability Concrete curbing is usually very durable, as it will typically not deteriorate, rot, or separate even under adverse weather conditions. This allows the curbing to serve you for decades without any major repair concerns. The curbing also lines your walkways, enhancing their integrity under traffic. The thick concrete layer on either side of your concrete driveway also reduces deflections induced by traffic loads, thus increasing its lifespan. Concrete curbs also have the strength to withstand the impacts of snowplows and floods, thus protecting paving from severe weather damage. Concrete curbing can also produce an amazing accent to your compound, transforming it into a beautiful and classy masterpiece. Curbing contractors often offer different decorative stamping designs, allowing you to choose from a wide array of curb colors to suit your preferences. The neat, straight lines of concrete curbs also add to the visual appeal of your parking lots and driveways and enhance the demarcations between your lawn, patio, and walkways. Borders for gardens and individual plantings Curing can provide an excellent barrier between your lawn and plantings. Concrete can easily be poured on designated areas to give a crisp, finished look to your garden or freshly cut lawn while also protecting delicate plantings from foot and vehicle traffic. Other than acting as decorative boundaries, concrete curbing can also serve the important function of retaining any mulch you use in your garden while also preventing weeds from creeping into your garden, thus eliminating the need for labor intensive yard work. Improved driveway usability and visibility Concrete curbs eradicate the need for drainage swales and their flat side slopes. The curbing also reduces the lengths of driveways built from streets to your home, while also concentrating debris such as leaves and branches for easy pickup. Finally, concrete curbs can be painted with light reflective surfaces that outline pavement edges, effectively improving nighttime visibility for drivers. Whether you are looking to improve visual appeal or functionality on your landscape, concrete curbing could be the way to go. For more information, talk to a professional like Northern Asphalt...

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A Guide To Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is such a popular material on homes today because it is a low maintenance material. Unfortunately, some homeowners neglect to give their vinyl siding the annual cleaning it needs to stay in tip top shape. Just because vinyl siding is such a low maintenance siding doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be cleaned. Naturally, it is important to know how to clean your vinyl siding to make sure you clean it without damaging it. How to Get Started Before you start cleaning, there are some precautionary steps to take including wearing a long sleeve shirt, rubber gloves, and some long pants. These will help protect your skin from what you use to clean the siding. Another precautionary measure you might want to take is protecting your plants. You might want to lay down some plastic sheeting so none of the soap or bleach can kill any of the landscaping around your home. Gathering the Needed Materials: Next, you will need to gather the material needed to clean your vinyl siding which includes: Garden Hose Vinyl Siding Soap Rubber Gloves Soft Bristle Brush What Cleaning Solution to Use For Vinyl Siding You always have the option of heading to your local hardware store and purchasing a soap intended to clean vinyl siding. You, however, also have the option of creating your own solution using baking soda and a detergent. To do this you will measure carefully and then stir until they baking soda has dissolved. You will want to measure 4 tablespoons of laundry detergent and then add 8 tablespoons of baking soda to the detergent. Finally, you can add two cups of warm water and mix the solution together until the baking soda is no longer visible. Time To Clean Your Vinyl Siding First, inspect your home’s siding. Make sure your siding is not damaged anywhere before you begin the task of cleaning it. Once you have inspected it, decide what section of the house you want to begin at. You can use your garden hose to hose down the first section. Next, take your soft bristle brush and begin scrubbing from the bottom to the top using the solution you either made or purchased. Finally, rinse this section and make sure to remove all soap and debris thoroughly. Lastly, you might encounter some mold or mildew build up in some areas of your siding. This occurs in most areas with humid climate conditions. Fortunately, you just need to add a quart of bleach to a gallon of water. Then, you can apply this mixture to the areas of your siding with mold and mildew to make the problem go away. Let the mixture sit for between ten to twenty minutes before scrubbing and rinsing. Keep these steps in mind and you will have no trouble cleaning your vinyl siding without causing damage to it that needs to be repaired.  For professional vinyl siding repair and cleaning, contact a company such as Stark Siding...

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How to Paint a Vinyl Fence

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Durable vinyl fencing is made to last, which is a major benefit for your wallet. This also means that the fence may not complement your landscaping in the future if your outdoor décor changes. Fortunately, it’s possible to update your fence with a fresh coat of paint. Here is how to paint the fencing properly so it looks good and so the paint lasts a long time. Before You Begin Check with the fencing manufacturer or installer before you paint the fence. In some cases, making alterations, including paint, to the fence may void the warranty. In other cases, you may need to have the fence professionally painted to keep the warranty in effect. Tools Bucket Sponge and soft-bristle brush Primer formulated for vinyl Exterior epoxy paint Edging brush Paint roller Paint tray Fine grit sandpaper Painting Method Step 1: Begin by washing the fencing thoroughly. Scrub gently with warm, soapy water and a large sponge. Use a scrub brush to remove stubborn dirt and debris. Avoid harsh abrasives, which can scratch the fence. Allow the fence to dry completely after rinsing it with clear water. Step 2: Apply a single coat of primer to the fence. Use the paint roller on wide sections and an edging brush in narrow areas, such as between slats. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on. Step 3: Apply the first coat of the epoxy paint, using a clean roller and brush. Allow it to dry completely. You can also apply each coat of paint with a paint sprayer. If you opt for this route, cover the grass and any nearby landscape plants with a drop cloth to protect them from the overspray. Step 4: Sand the first coat of paint lightly. Sanding removes minor imperfections and also makes the paint slightly rough, which helps future coats adhere. Apply two to three coats, allowing them to dry completely and then sanding them lightly between coats. Application Tips Use a light-colored primer if you are using a light paint color, or a darker primer for a darker paint color. By doing this, you will need fewer coats of paint to cover the fence evenly. Keep a wet sponge nearby as you paint so you can wipe up any dribbles immediately, before they dry. Place paint trays and paint rollers in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer while you are waiting for each coat to dry. Bring them back to room temperature and then continue painting. The combination of bag and freezer prevents the paint on the rollers and tray from drying. For assistance, talk to a vinyl fencing professional like All Counties Fence and...

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