• Choosing The Best Fence And Gate Options For Your Pool

    If you have a pool on your property, then you want the area to be as secure as possible. This means placing a fence that is strong and heavy. Fences are also required in most areas and must meet local guidelines. These guidelines may include a four-foot-high fence, with a latched gate and top and bottom rails that are no less than 46 or 48 inches from one another. If you have similar guidelines that you need to meet and also want to reduce your general liability, then keep reading to learn about some fencing options you should look for. [Read More]

  • Orangeburg Pipe: Determine Whether Your Home Has It, Why It Fails, and How You Can Replace It

    Dealing with a clogged sewer line is never fun, and neither is replacing your home's entire sewer line. Here is some information to help you determine whether your home was installed with Orangeburg, a commonly-failed sewer line, how its failure may have occurred, and what you can do to remedy the problem. Determine Whether You Have Orangeburg Pipe Orangeburg pipe was used as a sewer pipe starting in the late 1800s, during World War II in the 1940s, and until the 1970s. [Read More]

  • Combatting Asphalt Pavement Oxidation

    Just as human hair eventually starts graying, your freshly-laid parking lot will eventually lose its rich, dark color over time. What will be left behind is a grayish surface that can make your parking lot and its surroundings appear much older. The culprit behind this inevitable phenomenon is oxidation of the bitumen binder used to keep the asphalt aggregate together. The following explains why this process happens and what you can do to keep it from happening. [Read More]

  • 5 Tips for Dogowners Choosing a Wrought Iron Fence

    Wrought iron fences can be beautiful, but if you want to use one of these fences to keep your dog inside your yard, you need to choose the design carefully. There are several elements to keep in mind. Take a look at these ideas: 1. Get a higher fence for jumping dogs. If your dog jumps, he needs a high fence to keep him in. Small terriers or miniature dogs that don't jump much are likely to be fine with a short knee or waist-high wrought iron fence, but larger dogs with natural jumping abilities need a higher fence. [Read More]

  • Understanding How Landslide Slope Risks Can Be Reduced

    According to FEMA, there are several areas of the country that are on or are extremely close to natural faults. These areas have fairly high earthquake hazard risks, and you are likely to experience strong shaking and notice structural damage if an earthquake does occur. If your home is built on an elevated property, then landslides may be a risk as well. You can work with an earthquake engineer or a seismic retrofitting business to help reduce these concerns. [Read More]

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Refinishing Your Wood Kitchen Cabinets

    You've decided to take the plunge and renovate your outdated kitchen. However, there is one nagging problem: you don't want to part with your beautiful wood cabinets. Instead of wasting money on replacing your pricey wood cabinets, there is another option: refinish them. It doesn't take a lot of money or time to bring your exiting wood cabinets to life. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you refinish your beautiful wood cabinets: [Read More]

  • Two Signs Of Poor DIY Asphalt Roof Installation

    Replacing your entire asphalt roof can be an expensive job. For the most basic roof possible, you may spend as much as $9,000 for a professional installation. If you want to save yourself on labor, which is typically about 60% of the cost, you can attempt to install the roof yourself. If you do this and you make a mistake, then you will notice some signs of this soon after the initial replacement. [Read More]

  • Piecing It All Together: How Modular Buildings Work—And Why They're Attracting So Much Interest

    Over the past few years, innovations in modular construction techniques have helped to revolutionize the future of construction. Today, modular and prefabrication technology is helping cut down on the cost, time, and environmental impact of construction altogether. The following will illustrate how modular construction works and outline the impact it may make on the way both companies and civil engineers may build in the future. How Modular and Prefab Construction Works [Read More]

  • Put Away The Sweater - Tips For Finding The Problem With Your Faulty Furnace

    When a chill settles in the air inside, your first response is likely to turn up the thermostat. In most cases, this simple action triggers the furnace to produce more heat. However, most household furnaces are complex structures that are just as prone to failure as any other mechanical item. If your furnace isn't responding or doesn't seem to be producing the amount of heat you'd expect, do some troubleshooting on your own before you call an HVAC technician. [Read More]