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4 Ways To Reinforce Your Brick Retaining Wall Without Compromising Its Appearance

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Reinforce Your Brick Retaining Wall Without Compromising Its Appearance

From standard red to sandy brown or distinguished gray, bricks offer a lot of beauty and variety for outdoor building projects like a retaining wall. However, even the strongest mortar is unlikely to be enough to hold a soil retaining wall together since a basic 4-foot tall wall holds back multiple tons of weight when soil becomes saturated by water. Make sure your wall can handle the weight without changing how the exterior looks by picking at least one of these four reinforcement methods.  Filling with Concrete Standard bricks are designed as solid blocks, but choosing two or three-hole bricks gives you a chance to put the reinforcement power of concrete to good use. If the wall is constructed so that the holes line up to create vertical tubes that run from the top to the bottom of the...

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Is It Time To Drill A New Water Well For Your Rural Home?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is It Time To Drill A New Water Well For Your Rural Home?

When you live in a rural area away from the municipal water systems of big cities, you likely rely on you well for your household water supply. However, water wells do not last forever. If you are wondering if it is time to drill a new well for your home, get to know some of the common problems that occur with a failing well and what you can do to resolve the problem. Then, you can better determine if you have reached the point where new water well drilling is necessary. Your Well May Be Getting Old Wells do not have an infinite lifespan. In fact, most do not remain functional for more than a few decades. If your well is more than a few decades old, you may find yourself concerned that it will stop producing the quality...

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How To Prep And Sandblast Stucco Walls

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prep And Sandblast Stucco Walls

Stucco is an extremely durable exterior siding material. It is also very versatile because it can be applied over different types of sidewalls and it can be painted any color. This durability only poses a problem if you decide that you want to remove it from your sidewalls. It won’t just scrape off with ease. You can rent a simple sandblaster and remove stucco on your own. The job is messy, but it is really the best way to remove stucco and expose the sidewall. This article explains how to remove stucco with a sandblaster. Prepping Before Blasting Before you even begin to use the sandblaster, you need to do a lot of prep work. It is probably a good idea to not even rent the sandblaster until you have done the preparation work and completely mask off the...

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Tips For Prepping Your Home For Your Estate Sale

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Prepping Your Home For Your Estate Sale

While estate sales are not something you need to deal with frequently, it’s important that you are well prepared for when they happen. An estate sale is very different from a garage sale since you need to do much more planning. These tips will help your estate stale be successful. Know How Estate Sales Are Different From Garage Sales Garage sales typically involve you putting out the items you are looking to sell, and people will rummage through it looking at just those items. Estate sales allow people to go through drawers, cabinets, and anything that is accessible in the house. It’s common to mark a room off as not having items for sale, but if they can access it, they should be able to buy the item. That’s why you’ll need to first go through the home and...

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How Can You Prevent Your New Patio Fire Pit From Becoming A Fire Hazard?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can You Prevent Your New Patio Fire Pit From Becoming A Fire Hazard?

With summer just on the horizon, you may already be looking forward to spending balmy nights outside around the calming roar of an open flame. If you have a portable fire pit, an evening of fun and friends is always just a match and some kindling away. However, open flames always bring with them some risk, and your fun and carefree party could quickly go south if an errant spark were to cause an uncontrolled fire. Read on to learn about how you can make your summer fires as safe as possible without compromising the aesthetic.  What should you do to maintain your fire pit’s surroundings? Ideally, your fire pit should be on a flat, solid, fire-resistant surface, like a rock or stone patio or concrete slab. Placing a fire pit on wooden or composite decking may be fine...

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4 Tips For Making Gutter Cleaning Easy

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Making Gutter Cleaning Easy

Cleaning the gutters attached to the roof of your home is highly important for preventing water damage. If the gutters are not clean, when it rains, the water can build up and cause water damage to the roof and the side of your home. The cost of repairs can be extensive and in many situations, your homeowners insurance won’t cover the costs since it was a repair that could have easily been avoided had the gutters been cleaned. Cleaning the gutters doesn’t have to be a task that you dread. Here are four tips for making it easier: Wear Gloves: When you wear gloves, it’s going to be easier to grip all the dirt and grime that you are trying to get out of the gutters. On top of this, you won’t be so grossed out about what you are...

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