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...

Three Characteristics Of Your Well Water That Can Affect Which Treatment You Select

When diagnosing and treating a well water problems, the nature of the problem itself is only one of the things you need to consider. Often, you’ll find that several treatment options are available for the problem, and which one you ultimately decide on should be based on other aspects of your situation. Here are three of the aspects you should consider in addition to the type and severity of the problem you’re dealing with. 1. Hardness  “Hard” water is a common type of water that may include many types of minerals but most often is defined by magnesium and calcium, which can cause scale buildup and discoloration of plumbing fixtures as well as an odd mineral flavor. Although it’s generally not considered a health issue in itself, hard water can affect the effectiveness of a treatment for some other water problem. For example, if you’re using reverse osmosis to treat an arsenic problem, hard water can greatly reduce the lifespan of the membrane used to purify the water. This means that you’d need to replace the membrane much more often than if you had soft water or risk declining effectiveness. So if you have hard water, you may wish to use an alternative treatment for the problem, such as an ion exchange treatment for arsenic or chlorine treatment if your water needs to be sanitized. 2. Particulate inclusion Different wells have different levels of particulate inclusion, and if you have a higher level of particulate inclusion, it could make de-ionizing treatments less effective. This may be more important in some situations than others. For example, if you’re considering a de-ionizing treatment to replace arsenic...

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...

What Are Your Options for Eco-Friendly Roofing?

If your goal is to build an eco-friendly, sustainable home, you need to spend some time carefully considering various roofing materials. Your roof takes up a lot of space, so ensuring it’s as earth-friendly as possible should be a top priority. Here’s a look at three eco-friendly roofing options and the benefits they offer. Slate It’s hard to imagine something more earth-friendly than natural stone. Slate roofs are made from slabs of real stone, so you don’t have to worry about pollutants being produced during a manufacturing process. Slate roofing also lasts for ages—many roofs last 150 years or more—so you won’t be generating waste by ripping off and replacing your roof every few decades like you would with many other roofing materials. And when your slate roof does need to be torn off, stone will be returned to the earth rather than artificial waste being placed in a landfill. The downfall of slate is that it can be quite expensive. Costs typically range from $6,000–$8,000 per square (a square is 100 square feet), so slate is only an option when you have a substantial budget. Metal Metal may not initially sound like such an earth-friendly option since it needs to be mined, but actually, most metal roofs are made from recycled materials. This means that by choosing a metal roof, you’re reducing the amount of metal that gets sent to a landfill. One day when your metal roof reaches the end of its life, it can be recycled again. Metal is also reflective, which means it absorbs less heat in the summer, lowering your AC bills and thereby reducing...

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...