2015

  • Petulant Puppy Problems? How To Temporarily Repair A Chew-Damaged Air Compressor Hose

    Banishing a misbehaving puppy to the garage may sound like a good idea, but it can also make an annoying problem even worse. If you happen to own an air compressor to air up tires or use for home projects, it likely sits on the floor of the garage, easily within reach of your dog. While the motor and wheels may not interest your pup much, the coil of flexible tubing that acts as a hose for airing up tires may be a temptation your dog just cannot resist. [Read More]

  • The Health Benefits Of Picking Quartz Over Granite For Your Kitchen Countertops

    When it comes to kitchen countertops, many homeowners will settle for nothing less than granite as the most attractive and long-lasting option out there, or so they think. The truth is that granite countertops come with a bevy of environmental and health concerns that lay hidden under their glossy sheen. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are far safer both for your family and for the environment in ways that you might not realize immediately. [Read More]

  • Advantages Of Going Inground Instead Of Above Ground For Your New Swimming Pool

    If you are thinking about installing a new swimming pool on your property, the first question you will likely have to answer is whether to go with an above ground or inground swimming pool. Both options have pros and cons, but there's not much question that an inground swimming pool is seen as the more luxurious option. That said, there are also other benefits of owning an inground swimming pool that you may have not considered. [Read More]

  • Deciding On Building An Attached Or Detached Garage

    When you're ready to upgrade that carport to a garage, you'll have the choice of building the garage attached to the house or as a standalone structure. Here are some considerations to help you make that decision. Zoning Laws Affect Your Choice Some areas restrict the types of activities that you can do in a garage attached to your house. For example, some locations prohibit the use of flammable gases in an attached garage because of the fire hazard. [Read More]

  • Want To Add A Basement To Your House? Do These 3 Things

    When you consider adding on to your home, you have to decide what makes the most sense financially and what can be done. If you have been told there is no room on your property to go up or out, then your only option is to go down. There are a few ways the experts can lift your house and add a basement onto the property, and you'll have to determine if it's worth the investment. [Read More]

  • Metal Needs To Be Tempered To Make It Stronger

    Metal is a fairly strong material. However, it can be prone to cracking and breaking when it undergoes certain processes, which can include bending it and trying to form it into a new shape. That can mean that the metal becomes useless to a particular business. However, there are processes that the metal can undergo which will make it possible to work it easier and even make it stronger. One of those processes is called tempering. [Read More]

  • Cold Pour Joints

    To get the full breadth of all the advantages that comes with the use of concrete, such as durability and ease of maintenance, all that one has to do is follow simple mixing, pouring, and curing instructions. Concrete can, however, be unforgiving if you take shortcuts or ignore any of the simple concrete best practices that make it tick. One of the ways it shows its displeasure is through leaving behind ugly, and potentially harmful, marks and cracks. [Read More]

  • Reasons To Install A Residential Elevator In Your Home

    Do you live in a multi-story home with an elderly relative? Are you considering installing an elevator so that he or she can more easily move between floors? Installing residential elevators can be a big step for many people, since it alters a house's layout. If you are worried about how an elevator might affect you and your home, here are the answers to some questions you may have: Will an elevator clash with existing decor? [Read More]

  • 4 Factors That Could Influence The Cost Of Your New Water Heater

    Are you thinking about having a new water heater installed in your home? If so, then you might be wondering how much a new water heater installation is going to cost you. Typically, homeowners can expect to spend around $1,000 for a new water heater that's professionally installed. However, there are some factors that can affect the overall price you pay--either for better or for worse. By knowing which factors will apply to your situation, you can get a better idea of whether your cost will be above, below, or right around that $1,000 mark. [Read More]

  • Should I Install Hardwood Flooring In My Bathroom?

    Wood and water don't mix well, so it's no surprise that many homeowners bypass wood flooring in favor of moisture-resistant materials like porcelain or ceramic tile in the bathroom, where moisture is a frequent concern. Of course, just because wood is less common in the bathroom, that doesn't mean you shouldn't use this material for your floors. Wood flooring is a great way to soften up a cold, sterile bathroom, and it can help pull together your home decor when every room is finished with the same flooring. [Read More]