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One Versus Two: Separate And Combo Shower/Tub Units Both Work In Different Situations

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you planning to remodel your bathroom and replace the shower enclosure? Are you trying to decide if you should have separate shower and tub space, or have a typical combo tub surround? Both options offer benefits, but be sure you think the situation through carefully. Both options also have disadvantages, and you want to be sure you’re not making more work for yourself with your choice. Take a look at how the different options would affect you before you make your decision. Luxury Looks Separating the tub and shower — having an open tub right next to a shower stall, for example — looks like you put a lot of money into the remodel. Having separate fixtures emphasizes how much space you have in your bathroom, and that can give future buyers a better impression of your home. Backup Plan Separate tub and shower fixtures mean separate tub and shower faucets. If one breaks, you still have a way to bathe without resorting to a sponge bath in the sink. Instead, just switch to the other fixture in the days before the plumber can get to your home to fix everything. Family Bathing Got kids? Have them bathe in the tub while you shower. Not only do you all save time since you’re all bathing at the same time, but you can keep an eye on them as you take your shower. Choose Your Style Standalone shower enclosures are often square, giving you more literal elbow room than you’d have in a combo unit. You can also customize the shape and type of tub, whether you want a deep soaker tub or a shallower version. On the Level With a separate shower, you don’t have to haul your legs over the sides of the tub. You can make it a lot easier for people with mobility and strength issues to get into the shower because they won’t have to worry about lifting themselves out of the tub when they’re done. Space Reality A combo unit, however, saves space. If you have a small bathroom, why eliminate floor space with two bathing fixtures? A combo unit lets you use the other space for a supply closet, for example. Elbow Grease A combo unit gives you one fixture to clean. With separate units, you have to clean both a shower and a tub when you give your home a good scrubbing down. If you’d like to find out more about how separate or combo units would affect the layout of your new bathroom, contact a shower-door company that specializes in shower surrounds and...

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2 Reasons To Hire A Contractor To Repair Your Asphalt Driveway Or Roadway

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Asphalt roadways and driveways are extremely tough, and can handle just about any weather conditions. However, from time to time they can become cracked and damaged. Two reasons to hire a contractor to repair your asphalt roadway or driveway are to improve the aesthetic appeal of your property and prevent further damage. Improve Aesthetic Appeal It doesn’t matter if you own a residential or commercial property, the aesthetic appeal of the building and grounds is extremely important. For example, if you are trying to sell your home and the house has a cracked asphalt driveway, then you are going to have a harder time selling the home or getting your asking price. As for commercial properties, a broken or cracked asphalt roadway or parking lot can send the message to your customers that your business isn’t doing well, which can cause them to go elsewhere. The good news is that a contractor can easily and quickly repair damages to asphalt surfaces. In many cases, your asphalt driveway, parking lot, or roadway can simply be patched. This is a huge advantage because other road materials can require that the whole surface be replaced in order to make the finished product look attractive. In most cases, the contractor can apply the patching material in such a way as to make it blend in with the rest of the asphalt. This is great because it can make it difficult to tell if there was ever any damage to the surface. Prevent Further Damage Finally, you should have a contractor repair any asphalt roadway and parking damage as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage. For example, if you have an existing crack in your asphalt, then the cold and ice can actually cause the crack to spread. The larger the crack gets, the harder it is going to be to repair the damage without having to replace the whole asphalt surface. Also, if you have a damaged asphalt roadway or parking lot, the large cracks or potholes can actually damage vehicles driving over them. This can lead to your vehicle becoming damaged and require replacement tires, or it can damage a customer’s vehicle. In that situation, the customer will likely require you to pay for repairs. Speak to a roadway repair or asphalt contractor today in order to fix any damage that your asphalt driveway, sidewalk, roadway, or parking lot has sustained. A repaired asphalt surface can improve the aesthetic appeal of your property, while also preventing further damage to the surface or vehicles driving over the asphalt. For more information, contact a company like Bituminous Roadways, Inc. to learn...

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Pros And Cons: DIY Landscaping Versus Hiring A Professional

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Landscaping your yard is about both aesthetics and function. A well-landscaped yard can provide shade to your home, provide a healthy drainage system, and add value to your home by improving its appearance. As you take on a landscaping project, you’ll face one major decision immediately: should you do it yourself, or hire a professional? There are pros and cons to both methods. DIY Landscaping Pros: No Labor Costs—One of the most costly aspects of landscaping is the time involved. When you do your own landscaping, you don’t have to pay for all of the time that goes into the work. This can make landscaping very affordable.   Freedom to Have It Your Way—When you landscape yourself, you get to choose everything. From the exact plant you buy to where it is located in your yard, you get to make all of the decisions.  Cons: Rental Costs—If you don’t own heavy equipment, then you will probably have to rent it for certain aspects of landscaping, like excavation, from a company like Burris Equipment Co. This can be quite costly. For example, tractor rentals tend to cost anywhere from $250 to $600. The cost of tractor rentals, as well as other equipment rentals, varies based on taxes, parts included, delivery, and the company you rent from.  Lack of Expertise—Although you might research information about the plants, trees, and products you buy for your yard, you probably don’t have expertise about landscaping. Without expertise, it is more likely that some of the items you choose will be incompatible with others, or will require unexpected amounts of maintenance. Hiring a Professional Landscaper Pros: Landscaping Expertise—A professional landscaper understands which plants do best in what soils. Professionals know how to landscape a yard for all seasons. Having such expertise can make your yard more sustainable. Access to Equipment—Generally, landscapers own the equipment that they need to complete the job. However, if a landscaping group needs, for instance, tractor rentals, then they usually set up a contract with a landscaping equipment rental company for a business lease. You won’t have to pay for that rental. Cons: Labor Costs—Landscapers usually charge per hour. On average, you will pay between $25 and $60 per hour for their labor. Specialized projects may require a charge like $400 per hour though. Depending on the landscaper, you may also be charged for costs like time spent designing the yard.  Inflexible Schedule—Like any professional, a landscaper has a set work schedule. Many landscapers balance multiple clients and projects at once. This can lead to an inflexible schedule, which may inconvenience...

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3 Important Questions When Installing A New Air Conditioning Unit

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Replacing your central air conditioning unit can be a little more confusing than you might expect if you try to do it on your own. There is more that goes into purchasing and installing an air conditioning unit than simply finding the one you think will work. For the best results, you should work with a certified HVAC technician such as Perry Heating Cooling and ask several questions prior to choosing the air conditioning unit for your home. Here, you will find some questions that you should ask your HVAC technician prior to having your new unit installed. What size unit do I need? You could spend some time calculating the square footage of your home and estimating what size unit will be effective in cooling your home. Unfortunately, the square footage of your home is only one factor taken into consideration when determining unit size. Your HVAC technician will take a good look at your entire home. He or she will inspect the layout of the duct work, the floor plan, the quality of insulation and windows and consider the age of your home. All of these factors are then taken into consideration as he or she works to find the perfect air conditioning unit for your home. If you were to simply go by the amount of square footage in your home, you could miscalculate and find that the unit is not large enough to efficiently cool your home. This could increase the cost of cooling your home or result in a home that is not kept at a comfortable temperature. Do both interior and exterior units need replaced? If you are having problem with just one of the units, you may be tempted to replace the one that is giving your problems. This is not the best choice to make. If you were to replace one unit and not the other, the system will not work as efficiently as it would if you had replaced both units. These units are designed to work together and when you replace one and not the other, it might not work as well as it should. Who should I hire to replace the air conditioning unit? When discussing your options with the HVAC technician, inquire about factory authorization. If the company that the technician works for is not factory authorized to do the installation, you may want to consider another company. When a factory provides a technician authorization to install the equipment they manufacture, they ensure that the technician understand the specifications and installation and maintenance techniques for the system. With so many brands, sizes and models of air conditioning units, it can be impossible to find the one that is right for your home. Working with a certified HVAC technician will take the guesswork out of making this big...

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Changing The Look Of Your Bathroom On A Budget

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are tired of the way your bathroom appears, and don’t really have it in your budget to do a complete overhaul, you can remodel your bathroom yourself without spending a ton of money. Here are some cheap ways that you can change the way your bathroom looks. Flooring Pick up some remnant linoleum flooring from a flooring store or hardware store. Contractors will often return flooring when they do not use the entire amount that they had budgeted out for a flooring job. These are usually sold at a great discounted price.  Cover your existing flooring with the linoleum. You can purchase molding at a hardware store to add to the sides of the wall above the flooring. Paint or stain these before installation. Walls Changing the color of the walls can greatly improve the appearance of your bathroom. Stick with light or medium colors to make your bathroom appear to be larger than it is in reality. Think about adding a border to your walls to give your room character. You can stencil a border on the wall with paint if you would like to have something handcrafted instead of commercialized. It would give that extra special touch, while saving you money. You will only need to buy craft paint and a stencil. Add some mirrors and pictures to your walls to give your bathroom some character. You can attach a small shelf to adorn with some candles or baskets of potpourri to give your bathroom a light, pleasing fragrance. Add a framed photograph or a few trinkets that give your bathroom a personalized feel. Lighting Changing the lighting can dramatically change the way your bathroom looks. You can pick up some inexpensive wall lights from a hardware store. These will make your room feel bigger by lighting up the entire room instead of just a portion as a ceiling light would do. Shower Area Changing the shower curtain will dramatically change how your bathroom looks. It is the focal point of your bathroom, since it takes up such a large amount of space. Pick out an exciting new shower curtain that offsets your walls and flooring. Match shower curtain rings to your curtain. Match your towels, toothpaste holder, soap dish, toilet cover and bathmats to your shower curtain. You can pick out a theme and stick to it throughout the entire bathroom. Add a wastepaper basket in the same patterning. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, visit http://www.bandjtileinc.com or a similar...

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How To Choose A Compressed Air System For Food Production

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

People often think of an air compressor as something that’s used in an automotive repair shop to quickly fill tires or clean off engines, but in truth a compressed air system can be used in a number of different industries including food production. Bakeries, beverage makers, and other food production facilities can find that a good compressed air system can help their facility in a number of ways, but they need to choose the right system and maintain it properly. Consider a few tips in this regard. 1. Know when to choose a contact air compressor system. A contact air compressor system is one that is used so the compressed air comes into contact with food, and this system may need to be the most sensitive. As an example, bakeries often use a contact air compressor system to blow crumbs off of loaves of bread and other products as they make their way down the production line. This type of air compressor system should typically run at 15 pounds of pressure per square inch, or PSI. This can be adjusted according to the product but when choosing this type of compressor system, be sure it can adjust to this low of a pressure so you don’t damage your delicate foodstuffs. 2. Know when to choose a noncontact air compressor. This type of air compressor is used when the air does not come into contact with the food and will need to be chosen according to its use. As an example, a bakery may use a noncontact air compressor to open plastic bags and keep them open so that loaves of bread can be easily inserted as they come down the production line. Other such packaging is also typically opened by noncontact air compressors during the last stage of production. Noncontact air compressors might also be used to rinse out mixers and other equipment after they’ve been washed. The PSI available for these will vary according to the package or other use. These too may need a very low PSI if being used for delicate plastic packaging, but for rinsing, the highest PSI should be available in order to properly clean microscopic contaminants and ensure that mixers are dry and ready for use. 3. Know how to maintain your air compressor for the food industry. For the food industry, air compressors need to be maintained with food-grade lubricants so that they too do not introduce contaminants into the foodstuffs. This is true even with noncontact air compressor systems, like those at Compressed Air Systems, as these work with products that will come into contact with the end product. When purchasing an air compressor system, ensure that you choose one that can be maintained with food-grade...

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3 Noises You May Be Hearing From Your HVAC Unit And What They Mean

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When a healthy HVAC unit is running, you should not hear any sounds coming from it except for the sound of air blowing through your vents. When you start hearing noises that are not normal, this tells you something is wrong. Below are three sounds you may be hearing and what they mean: Loud Banging A loud banging sound is likely coming from the fan that is inside the unit. It could also be due to the shaft rotating it. Fortunately, this is a problem you may be able to fix yourself. Turn the HVAC unit off first to prevent it from further damage, and then check the top of it for any debris, such as branches, leaves, etc.  If you find any debris, it will obstruct the fan and keep it from turning on. If you do not find any debris, you can open the unit and look at the shaft. Refer to the user’s manual on how to open your particular unit. The shaft is located right below the fan. If it appears to be loose, you can tighten it up, and see if the noise is gone. If you still hear it, the shaft could be broken, and will need to be repaired or replaced. Squealing or Chirping Sound If you are hearing a chirping or squealing sound coming from your HVAC unit, this may be due to two parts rubbing together without being properly lubricated. Over time, the lubrication wears away, and all parts will need to be lubricated again. It can also be due to an outdoor condenser or fan that is close to breaking. Turn off the unit immediately, and do not turn it back on until the problem is fixed. If this problem is not fixed, it can cause further damage to your unit, which will result in a larger repair bill. Vibration and Rattling HVAC units use a type of isolation padding that absorbs the noise produced by the internal parts. If these pads are worn out or broken, this will increase the sounds your unit makes. If you hear a rattling noise when air is blowing through the system, it could be a problem with the fan or motor wheel. Call a HVAC repair technician when you start hearing sounds coming from your HVAC unit. Telling them the sounds you are hearing can help them diagnose the problem  with your heating and cooling system quicker, and get it back up and running for...

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Make A Decorative Tray Out Of A Cardboard Lid

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Turn a cardboard lid from a box into a decorative tray that can be stored on your desk or in the entryway to your home. This tray can be a designated area to set down your keys, cellphone, wallet and other important items. By having a special spot set up for your personal belongings, you will not need to worry about losing them. Recycling the cardboard is also good for the environment and will reduce the amount of waste that you dispose of. Use The Following Materials cardboard lid (from a box) fabric tape scissors self adhesive lace acrylic craft paint small paintbrush Paint And Embellish The Lid Apply a couple coats of acrylic craft paint to the bottom of the lid. This part will be used to hold the items that you would like to keep up with. Use a small paint brush and apply the paint evenly. One or two coats will provide complete coverage. Once the paint is dry, outline the area that you have just decorated with self adhesive lace. This type of lace comes in many different patterns and colors. It looks just like standard lace, but it has adhesive on the bottom of it. Measure and cut pieces that will cover the perimeter of the section that you have painted. Peel off the backing and press the lace onto the cardboard.  Add Fabric Tape Around The Edges Fabric tape comes in many interesting patterns and colors. You can purchase a roll that will complement the color of paint that you have used or the decor that is located in the room that will be used to store the tray. Unroll the tape and press it against the outer edges of the tray. Determine how much will be needed. Cut pieces to outline each side. Peel off the paper backing and press the tape onto the cardboard. Make sure to keep the pieces lined up.  Place Your Tray In An Area That You Frequent Each Day Place the tray on a shelf by your front door or on your desk. As soon as you come home, you can empty your pockets and place everything on the tray. When you get ready to leave your house again, you will know exactly where to look for your items. You will no longer need to worry about losing your keys or scrambling around to find your cellphone. The decorative tray will be attractive too and will brighten up any room that it is placed in. For more information on recycling cardboard, contact a business such as Sunwest Metals...

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