Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

  • How To Clean, Prepare, And Paint Your Home's Fiber Cement Siding

    27 February 2017

    Siding installed on your home can give your home's exterior a uniform and attractive appearance while making its up-keep low or maintenance-free, depending on the type of siding you have installed. Fiber cement siding is an increasingly popular type of siding for homes, as it has the look of wood, but is resistant to rot and insects and can be relatively inexpensive compared to other types of siding. Fiber cement siding is made of Portland cement, sand, wood pulp, and other binding materials, which makes it easy to paint and allows it to hold the paint well to prevent peeling and flaking.

  • 2 Options To Help You Repair And Replace Your Home's Sewer Line

    23 February 2017

    Home sewer clogs can be caused by three main reasons: flushing the wrong materials into your toilets, tree roots growing into your sewer line, and an aging sewer line that has collapsed. Taking care to only flush sewer-appropriate products into your line can help prevent the first cause, but you may not have much control over the other two. Tree roots naturally seek out nutrients and moisture within your sewer line and can easily enter through a small crack or unsealed connection.

  • 3 Ways To Make Your Asphalt Driveway Summer-Safe

    23 February 2017

    As the hot summer months approach, you may not be thinking too much about your driveway. But it's the one thing that can benefit from some simple early planning. From making sure it's protected from the elements all the way to ensuring some new summer shrubbery doesn't damage the surface, here are three ways to make sure your asphalt driveway is summer-safe.   Apply a Seal Coat Changes in the weather can affect paved driveways, whether they're made of asphalt or concrete.

  • What Are Your Best Heating And Cooling Options For A Modular Home?

    22 February 2017

    If you've recently agreed to the construction of a modular home on your own lot or plot of land, you're probably excited to move in and begin installing key appliances and adding your own personal touches to your new place. However, modular homes—due in large part to their air-tight construction in a climate-controlled environment—can hold onto more moisture than site-built or manufactured homes, making humidity control key to keeping your new home mold- and mildew-free.

  • 3 Essential Roof Repair Safety Tips

    21 February 2017

    Roof repair is a job that many people choose to leave to a professional roofing contractor. However, many roof maintenance and repair tasks are not out of reach for DIY-oriented homeowners if they know how to stay safe on a roof. Here are three essential roof safety tips that you should use for every roofing project. Choose the Right Ladder The first area where roof safety comes into play is the ladder that you use to reach your roof.

  • Window Framing 101: Tips for DIY Repair

    21 February 2017

    Sometimes the best way to give your home a fresh new look is to replace your old, damaged window frames. If your window frames are showing signs of wear and weathering, you can do the work on your own to give your home the look you have wanted. Instead of dismissing the project as too complicated or complex, take some time to read through this guide so you can see how easy the job really is.

  • 4 Tips For Maintaining The Plumbing In Your Bathroom

    26 January 2017

    When it comes to maintaining your bathroom, it's all about the plumbing. The plumbing needs to be well maintained to ensure that every function works correctly. If one appliance is broken, it can affect the rest of the plumbing in the room, as well. On top of this, if you don't have another bathroom in your home, it can make getting ready in the morning almost impossible, not to mention you may have to actually leave your home to use the bathroom.

  • 3 Ways To Power An Off-Grid Deep Well Pump

    1 December 2016

    If you purchased a rural home that has a very deep well and no connection to the power grid, then you need to find an alternative way to get the water up and out of the well. Typically, deep well pumps use electricity to power their lifting of water up the pipe inside of the well's outer casing. However, if you do not have a public electrical connection available on your property, then you need to find an alternative means of running your well's pump.

  • 4 Benefits of a Wrought Iron Fence

    14 September 2016

    Putting in a wrought iron fence is a great investment for your property. Many people want a fence on their property but are uncertain as to what material would be the best. Wrought iron is favorable for many reasons and is well worth the money. Here are some of the benefits of installing a wrought iron fence on your property. 1. It is Incredibly Durable One of the greatest benefits of using wrought iron is that it is incredibly durable.

  • Revolving Door Maintenance Guide

    7 June 2016

    A revolving door can provide a grand entrance for your business, but it does require regular maintenance to ensure that it continues to work smoothly. The following guide can help you spot possible maintenance issues before they become a problem so your doors remain open for business. Keep it clean Dirt and dust can make a manual revolving door difficult to push. Dust and pollution blow in from outside. It can be especially troublesome during windy weather or if the pollen count is high.