Exploring Residential Insulation Materials

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Hello, I am Bobby Higgens. I am here to teach you all about insulation materials used in residential buildings. Insulation protects your home from the elements to keep you comfortable year round. Appropriate insulation materials also drastically reduce your utility bills each year. In fact, my first home was tiny, but it lacked insulation in the walls. As a result, the utility bills rivaled the ones sent to homes three to four times the size of that place. After moving into my new home, I realized the importance of adequate insulation. I will explore all of the different types of insulation, ranging from spray foam to fiberglass. I will also discuss installation techniques and tools. Thanks.

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What To Consider When Hiring A Contractor For Your Bathroom Renovation Project

Planning and executing a bathroom renovation is an excellent way to increase your home’s overall value, improve household efficiency, and even reduce clutter. You’ll need a reliable contractor by your side throughout the process to ensure that everything is done safely and legally. Here are a few things to consider when consulting with potential contractors and deciding who is likely the best candidate for the job: Water Availability It’s important to discuss water availability with the potential contractors you consult with to ensure that you know exactly what your household should expect throughout the duration of your bathroom renovation project. While some contractors may prepare you for several days without access to water throughout your home, others may have the tools and resources needed to make sure that you can use the water anywhere but in the bathroom, that’s being worked on. Be sure that each contractor you speak to is willing to provide you with concrete timelines so you aren’t left with any unwanted surprises once the project gets underway. Plumbing Assistance Your contractor will have to deal with all of the plumbing in your bathroom in order to complete almost any kind of renovation, whether building a shower or replacing the wall’s plaster. Because of this, it’s essential to make sure that the contractor you choose to work with has a licensed and bonded plumber on their team who will handle all of the plumbing work. If not, find out which plumbing companies they contract the work out to so you can do some due diligence on those companies and determine whether or not you’ll be comfortable...

Tips For Replacing A Showerhead

If you have had a shower head for a long time, you might notice that it is not looking as good as it used to. It might be stained, mildly rusted, or plugged up. You want a shower head that is shiny and attractive. If you are unhappy with your shower head, it is relatively easy for you to replace it on your own. Here are some tips for replacing your shower head. 1. Invest in an Adjustable Wrench The first thing that you need to do is invest in an adjustable wrench, unless you can remove your original shower head by hand. If you cannot, purchase an adjustable wrench from the hardware store. Then, wrap a few layers of electrical tape or an old sock around the neck of your old shower head. Clamp the wrench around the shower head neck until it is tight enough for you to spin it and force the neck to spin as well. Slowly turn the shower head to the left to loosen it. Keep turning the wrench until the head is loose enough for you to remove it. 2. Use Teflon Tape to Prevent Leaks Once you have the shower head removed, you are going to need to clean up the shower head arm. If the previous person who installed the shower head knew what they were doing, they would have wrapped the arm’s threads in order to tighten the seal and prevent leaks. You might see leftover tape that you will need to clean off using a chemical solvent. If you see rust, simply remove the rust using steel wool...

Protect Yourself With This Gear If You Have To Check For Mold

If you’ve noticed a musty smell coming from your attic or the crawl space under your home, there’s a good chance that there’s a mold problem. This problem will need to be addressed promptly to help improve the air in the home, especially if you have children with allergies or other breathing issues. While you can call a mold inspector right away, you can also take a hands-on approach to survey the scene yourself; in doing so, you’ll have more information to provide when it’s time to call a professional. You shouldn’t just head into any potentially moldy area until you’ve suited up with the proper safety gear first. Here’s what to wear. Respirator There’s arguably nothing more important, when it comes to working in an area with mold, than your respirator. Don’t opt for a simple dust mask; pull your shirt over your mouth and nose or try to hold your breath — visit the local home supply store and buy a respirator designed to be worn in moldy environments. It will be securely held to your face with a series of rubber straps and fit snugly over your nose and mouth. Many such respirators are equipped with replaceable, carbon-filled breathing apparatuses mounted to the front of the unit. Eye Protection If there is a buildup of mold, and especially if you have an allergy to it, you don’t want to have your eyes exposed, either. As such, make sure that you’re wearing eye protection. Goggles are best, as you’ll be able to adjust their strap to ensure a tight fit. This will prevent mold from irritating your...

Dealing With Heat-Sensitive Items In Your Warehouse? What Are Your Most Cost-Effective Cooling Options?

If your business stores or ships heat-sensitive material — from perishable food to electronics — you may constantly be on the lookout for air conditioning systems that can help you keep your storing and shipping areas at a constant cool temperature without breaking the bank in the process. If your current cooling system is showing its age, you may be considering replacement anyway; replacing with a system designed with failsafes to maintain a constant temperature may be a good investment in the future of your business. Read on to learn more about the best cooling options when dealing with material that will become damaged or destroyed upon exposure to non-air-conditioned temperatures.  What should you consider when selecting a cooling system for a building that houses heat-sensitive material? When the cost of a power outage (and resulting air conditioning disruption) can be an entire warehouse of ruined merchandise, installing a cooling system with backups to help guarantee climate control is an investment well worth it. You’ll also want an energy-efficient system that can help maintain a relatively low temperature without using unnecessary power. Not only will this help lower your energy bill, it can ensure your air conditioning system can be adequately powered by even a small generator in the event of an extended power outage or supply disruption. Which cooling options are most cost-effective for your business?  One option ideal for businesses that can’t afford to grow warm is a geothermal heat pump. Unlike oil or gas heat, which combust fuel to produce heat, a geothermal heat pump relies on the Earth’s own constant temperature to maintain a year-round temperature....

Septic Tank Installation: DIY Project Or Call A Professional

Do-it-yourself projects can save you money. However, when it comes to something as important as a septic tank, you may want to reconsider doing it yourself and just hire a professional. There are pros and cons to each when it comes to septic installation. Doing It Yourself Everyone wants to save money on projects. This is a no brainer. However, taking septic installation in your own hands brings on many other complications and factors that you may not be ready for. Pros Installing your own septic tank will save you money as it was previously stated. You may find that you have the tools already to accomplish this. You do not have to go through signing a contract, waiting for an appointment, or any other aspect on working on another person’s schedule and budget. Cons You will have to supply the time and money for the project, which can turn out to be a lot more than you originally anticipated. If you are new to installing septic tanks, it can bring up other issues during the process that will take more time and will take extra money; whereas the professional is ready, willing, and experienced in this matter. Hiring a Professional Most homeowners opt for hiring a professional when it comes to large projects of this nature. It is no wonder why when taking the pros and cons into account. There are many contractors that will work with your budget and will offer you a free consultation before breaking ground. Pros You will not have to purchase any special tools for the job; the professional has all of the...

Three Residential Maintenance Tips You Should Follow

Staying on top of your residential roofing maintenance will allow you to avoid leaks, cracks, collapse and a number of other issues that can happen if your roof isn’t taken care of. This article outlines some tips that any homeowner can follow. These tips will pay huge dividends in your home and will make it so that your roof lasts for years, in the best condition.  #1: Take Care Of Your Gutters Your roof’s gutters provide drainage to your roof, so that water doesn’t sit there and create damage. The cleaning of your gutters might be something that you dread after the leaves fall, but it is highly important that you take on this task or your roof will suffer for it. The water stuck on your roof due to clogged gutters will lead to leaks, soggy shingles, mold and more. As you clean out your gutters, make sure to never use sharp objects to dislodge debris, as it can cut or puncture your gutters, causing serious issues.  #2: Watch Out For Dry Rotted Shingles Dry rot is one of the most common things you’ll deal with when it comes to your roof. Because of this, you will see your roof components begin to fall apart, sag or crumble. While clogged gutters are a sign that you are allowing moisture to set in and damage your roof, dry rotted shingles point toward a lack of ventilation throughout your roof. When this lack of airflow dries out your shingles, you’ll need to replace the shingles, while also rectifying the ventilation issues that created the dry rot.  #3: Get A Yearly...

2 Creative Ways to Improve the Look of Your Bathroom Vanity Toe Kick

Did you have to settle on a cheaper vanity cabinet during your bathroom remodel? It’s likely that the lower vanity cabinets have a piece extending from the bottom of the cabinets, a few inches from the front, down to the floor. This is called the toe kick because your toes can kick it when you stand in front of the counter. If that recessed area wasn’t there and you instead had cabinets that went straight to the floor, you couldn’t really stand flush with your counter unless you stood sideways because your toes would get in the way. While a toe kick provides a useful service, toe kicks aren’t always the most attractively designed element of a bathroom. But there are a few creative ways you can improve your toe kick and the overall look of your vanity and cabinets. Add Furniture Legs Create the look of high-end, furniture-style cabinets by painting the kick a dark color then installing furniture legs in front. The dark background will make it look like there’s nothing behind the legs and give your cabinets an entirely new look. You want to measure the distance between the lower cabinet edge and the floor on the cabinet corners across your entire vanity. Uneven floors and cabinet variation can make these measurements different.  Next, measure the depth from the lower edge of the cabinet to the front of the kick. These measurements will help you find the right size of furniture legs at your local hardware store. Purchase legs that are at least as high as your highest measurement between the floor and cabinet edge. And...

3 Awesome Things To Incorporate Into Your Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there are so many fun decisions to make and items to include. This article will discuss 3 awesome things that you can incorporate into your kitchen remodel, and why you should incorporate them. Lazy Susan A Lazy Susan is a turnable tray that is attached to your cupboard. These are great for your corner shelves because they allow you to easily reach all of the items that you have stored in that space. You can also have multiple Lazy Susans on each level of the shelf, so that you can store even more materials. These turning trays would be very simple to install when the rest of your kitchen cabinets were being put in, and having all that extra room would be a decision that you definitely wouldn’t regret.  Bench Table Having a bench table that is installed into the wall in your kitchen is another excellent thing to incorporate into your remodel. The bench is going to be comfortable, and it is going to save a lot of room in your kitchen. To make this bench comfortable you can add cushions to the bottom and the back, and you can decorate it however you would like. It can be created from the same color of wood as your cabinets, or some other color that blends well with your kitchen.  Having a table in the center of the floor can take up quite a bit of space, and chairs will cover even more of your valuable kitchen space. Having a bench that is attached right onto two of your kitchen walls will...

3 Signs That You Should Install A Point-Of-Entry Water Treatment System

If you have been looking into water treatment systems, you might have seen the affordable point-of-use systems that are available, such as the water treatment devices that can be attached to your kitchen sink. For some people’s needs, these systems are sufficient. However, you should know that there might be a better option for you: a point-of-entry water treatment system, which is designed to treat and filter all of the water that enters your home. If you aren’t sure if this is the right choice for your household, look for these signs that a point-of-entry water treatment system could be beneficial. 1. You Have Well Water Having well water can be a wonderful thing; it allows you to save money on your monthly utility bills and can help you enjoy your own natural resources. However, there is a chance that your well water could be contaminated at any time from things like pesticides and chemicals. Having your well inspected regularly is important, but you still might not catch problems right away. Luckily, installing a point-of-entry water treatment system will help you and your family enjoy clean, filtered water on a constant basis. 2. Your Water is Heavily Chlorinated If you live in an area where you have water that is furnished by the county or city, then you may have noticed that it tastes heavily chlorinated. Chlorine is often added to water to help keep it clean, and the amounts that are added should not be enough to harm even the most sensitive members of your family. However, you might not like the taste or smell of water that...

What To Do When You Fear Your Sewer Line Is Broken

A broken sewer line is something that should rarely happen in your home, but when it does, it’s crucial that you have it fixed as quickly as possible. It is not the type of repair you can put off having done. Unfortunately, a broken sewer line can appear similar at first to one that is clogged. This is why you must determine if the sewer line is broken or clogged, and take appropriate action. Determine If The Sewer Is Broken or Clogged If you are having drain issues in your house, it could be happening in one of two places. It will either be within the main pipe going out to the city sewer system, or the smaller drains throughout your home in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. If the drainage problem is only in one room, chances are that it is only a clog. A collapsed sewer line will affect all of the drains in your home. You may have an odor coming out from the drains, standing water, or wet grass outside your home above where your sewer line is located. The best way to determine if it’s a clog or collapsed pipe it to snake the drain through the main sewer cleanout in your home. Attempt To Snake The Main Sewer Line If you have a major clog in your main sewer line, the drain cleaning chemicals you can buy at the store are not going to cut it. You will need to snake the sewer line using an auger. This tool can be rented at your local home improvement store, or you can have...