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How To Repaint Your Home’s Metal Front Entry Door

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If you recently moved into a house with a metal front door that has clearly seen better days, then you will be happy to learn that you can repaint the door yourself to save some money. While painting a metal door is a bit different than painting one made of wood, the process is very similar. As long as you have some basic DIY experience and a willing spirit, you can complete this project over the weekend even if you have never painted metal before. To paint your home’s metal entry door, you need the following tools and supplies: doorstoppers drop cloth sandpaper tacky cloth mineral spirits cotton cloth masking tape small paint roller  oil-based metal primer paint oil-based metal paint Follow these steps to paint your metal entry door like a professional painter: Step 1: Using two door stops or small heavy objects, block the door on each side so that it is unable to swing around while you are working. Place a plastic drop cloth under the door to protect your flooring. Step 2: Use the masking tape to cover the metal hardware and doorknob so that they will not get paint on them. This will save you time for having to deal with paint removal when you are done painting the door. Step 3: Using the sandpaper, rub down the entire door and rough up the existing paint. By roughing up the door’s previous paint job, you are creating microscopic areas for the door’s new primer to stick to. You also need to sand down any areas where the existing paint on the door has cracked or chipped. Sand until everything is smooth and no more visible damage exists. Step 4: Wipe down the door with some mineral spirits applied to a clean cotton cloth. The mineral spirits will remove any grease or oils from the door. Once the mineral spirits have dried, then you should wipe down the entire door with the tacky cloth to remove any residual dust from sanding. Step 5: Using a paint roller with a low nap, apply a coat of oil-based metal primer paint. By choosing a roller with a low nap and painting very carefully, you can get a nice even coat of primer on the door without leaving behind groves or peaks in the primer paint. Step 6: Finally, using a clean paint roller, apply a layer of metal paint to your front metal entry door. If you like the results with a single coat of paint, then once the door dries your project is completed. If you prefer to use more paint, then wait for the door to dry and apply one more...

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Designing A Home Fire Suppression System

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There are a couple of common options for fire suppression in residential spaces. Here is a guide to options and strategies for home fire protection.  Most Common Options for Fire Suppression Smoke detectors are one of the most common fire safety options in residential spaces. They are very useful for detecting fires early on and alerting nearby people to act quickly. Many homeowners also choose to install fire sprinklers as an added layer of security. With a fire sprinkler system in your home, you can start to work against a fire before the fire department arrives. Many homeowners are beginning to use home monitoring systems as well, which can be hooked up to many fire sprinkler systems. If a fire is detected, it may alert your home security company or your building manager. You can also have these systems send alerts to your mobile phone so that you’ll be informed of potential fires right away, whether or not you’re on the property at that moment.  How to Choose Your Option You might be wondering how much you need to invest in your home’s fire suppression system. Should you simply get smoke detectors? Or should you spending the money for fire sprinklers and a monitoring system as well? The answer may depend on who lives in your home and what’s in it. If you have residents who would not be able to fend well for themselves in a fire, such as elderly parents, children, or visually impaired family members, then going the extra distance to protect your house is a great idea. If you have a lot of high dollar items, then spending the extra money may be a good idea to protect your valuables as well. And since the addition of extra fire suppression methods can raise your home’s value and reduce your property insurance premiums, it’s probably a good idea for all homes if you can afford it.  A Gradual Roll-Out Option Your fire suppression team can help you create a plan for gradually rolling out these changes, as well. You might start out with a simple smoke detector system, but leave room for fire sprinklers to be added later. When you can afford it, add the fire sprinklers and make sure that they are compatible with a home monitoring system. That way, when the time comes, you can easily add a monitoring system once you have the time and spare cash.  For more information, contact local professionals like Nor Cal Fire...

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The Most Common Radiant Floor Heating Mistakes

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Are you thinking about installing radiant floor heat? While radiant floor heat can be installed on your own, there are some very common mistakes that could botch the entire installation. Radiant floor heating involves a sequence of heated tubes that are installed throughout the floor and under your flooring. If something goes wrong, it doesn’t just require fixing the entire installation — it might even be a fire or safety hazard. Not Properly Insulating Insulation is absolutely critical to the proper installation of radiant flooring. Radiant flooring relies upon insulation to be able to capture the heat of the pipes. Without insulation, radiant heating will be unusually expensive. It also won’t disperse across the floor properly — you’ll end up with hot spots and cold spots rather than an even heating across the surface. You should always check on the proper insulation type to use with your radiant heating installation. Running the Pipes Too Deep or Too Shallow The pipes have to be run in proximity to the floor itself in order to distribute the heat. If you run the pipes too deep, the flooring won’t heat up. If you run the pipes too close to the surface, the floor will get too hot. Always look up the recommended depth for your flooring option and materials — and test out the depth of the piping before finishing the job. Installing the Wrong Type of Flooring Radiant heating is designed to work with special types of flooring. Engineered hardwood and ceramic tile are among the most popular — and some types of natural stone. Radiant heating will be less useful with carpeting and may be unpleasantly hot with laminate. When you calibrate and install your radiant flooring, consider the types of flooring that will be placed over it. You may need a stronger heat source, for instance, with carpeting. Testing the Pipes After Pouring After the pipes are laid, a foundation is generally poured — over which the flooring will be installed. You should always test your radiant heating before pouring the foundation, as it’s almost always impossible to recover the pipes after pouring. If you discover a problem after pouring, you’ll need to restart the installation from the beginning. Hiring a skilled and experienced contractor, like Adams Plumbing & Heating, is usually the best bet when it comes to radiant floor heating. Even the most determined of DIYer will usually see benefits from making sure that the installation is done correctly rather than taking the...

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3 Facts About Clay Tile Roofs

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When you are looking at different roofing materials for your new house, you may be struck by the beauty of tile roofs. These tiles are generally shaped like half a barrel and are stacked up on each like shingles would be. Roofing tiles are also generally made out of clay that has been fired and glazed so that they will be hard and durable. There are also some tiles that are out of plastic and concrete. They will give you the same look as clay tiles, but may save you some money if that’s a worry.  Clay Tiles and Climate Clay tiles are generally associated with warmer climates. You often see them in the Southwest, especially on homes that look like they have been made out of adobe. However, they also work in cold climates, so if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and sub-freezing temperatures, you can still get roofing tiles. If you are worried, you can choose to avoid the traditional clay or terra cotta and choose the tiles made out of plastic or concrete instead. The only person who will know the difference is you.  Clay Tile Lifespan You may be concerned about how long your roof is going to last. Fact is, clay tile roofs have a long lifespan. One of these roofs can last for decades. The lifespan may vary some depending on whether you choose to use clay, concrete, or tile.  Clay Tile and Weight Another worry you may have about using roofing tile, whether it’s concrete, plastic, or terra cotta, is about how much your roof is going to weigh. While an individual tile may not weigh much, a whole lot of tiles put together are going to end up weighing quite a bit. If you decide that you want to go with roofing tiles while your house is being built, your builder can reinforce the weight-bearing elements of your house so that they can support the additional weight of the tile. If you are retro-fitting your house, your roofer should be able to add in some extra supports to bear any extra weight that your roofing tiles will add. If you are building a house and are looking for a roof that will last for a long time and will make your house look good, you may want to consider clay roofing tiles. For more information, contact professionals like Danny Odom & Son...

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Re-Purposing Your Old Fireplace

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You’ve been staring at that old fireplace for years now. It doesn’t work and you don’t need it as a heat source, so what do you do? The answer is to make it a practical and attractive focal point for your room. With a little creativity, you can take a liability and make it an asset in your home. Chimney Even if your fireplace is non-working, you need to have the chimney swept one last time to remove soot and other debris that could eventually end up blocking ventilation and causing damp spots. Also, you should have a contractor apply a “ventilation cowl” to the top of the chimney. Air still needs to pass through the space to keep things dry and healthy. They can also advise you on any other safety measures that you need to take while closing off your fireplace.  Storage You can take a few materials and turn your fireplace into a storage space. You can have shelves cut to fit the space and secure them with brackets to make an interesting shelving unit. Use it for books or display personal items like family pictures, vases, or knick knacks. You get to keep the design element while taking advantage of more space, something most homeowners always need. Plants You can convert that empty fireplace hole into a display for your house plants. Add a few plant stands near the front of the opening and place a few more on the hearth. Place at least one statement plant, like a peace lily, there. You’ll have beautiful greenery bursting forth from the fireplace. Your plants will also be out of traffic and better protected than they would be in other locations. Design You can simply use the space to create an attractive design. One popular idea is to place candles of various heights in the fireplace and light them on winter evenings to provide illumination and the illusion of heat. Some people stack logs in the open space to keep with the original fireplace theme. If you want to make things more colorful, you can paint the ends of the logs in different colors and stack them in interesting combinations. You may also consider using the fireplace to display your artwork. You can place an easel in the center to hold a larger picture and then group smaller pieces on the hearth. A non-working fireplace can be a true asset. You may not use it to stay warm, but you can use it for many other purposes. In fact, you are only limited by your imagination. If it’s in the family room, use it to store toys and other kid items. You can also make it a nice pet nook. The only thing you should not do is leave it empty and unused. Get to work and make your old fireplace a vibrant focus in your home. For more information on chimney care and cleaning, consider contacting companies like AAAA Dave’s Chimney...

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4 Ways Of Milling Wood From Tree Debris For Woodworking Projects

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Whether you are an experienced carpenter, woodworking enthusiast or a DIY-er that wants their own wood for projects around the home, tree debris can be a great resource. The wood that comes from trees you have removed can be valuable material that can be difficult to find. Depending on what you want to use the wood for and the type of tree, you may want to mill the wood using different methods. Here are some of the different ways that lumber can be milled from your tree waste: 1. Cutting Rough Timbers Using Bastard-Sawn Method Of Milling If you want to have rough timbers that you can use for general woodworking projects or mill differently later, bastard-sawn lumber is a good technique. This is where you will take the flattest surface of the log and mill boards along the grain of the tree. It will also be the simplest method to use if you do not have experience milling lumber, which will give you good practice. 2. Getting Heart Wood By Cutting To Keep The Center Of The Wood The heart wood of some trees can be very valuable. Heart wood is the center of the tree. This is because it can often be a desirable color or have more unique patterns than the outer material of the tree. This method is where you will leave as much of the heart of the tree as possible when you do milling. 3. Milling To Keep Lumber That Is Free Of The Heart Wood While there are some times that you may want the heart wood of lumber, there may be other times when you want the wood that is free of heart, which with tree species like pine, can be much less desirable. You can mill logs to make the most of the outer material and separate it from the heart material in the center of a log. 4. Rift-Sawn And Quarter-Sawn Lumber For The Unique Patterns In Grain Rift-sawn and quarter-sawn materials are made by cutting the log into sections that help expose the grain. In quarter-sawn materials, this is done by cutting the tree into quarters and then milling the lumber out of the quarters. Rift-sawn lumber is similar but ripped into radial pieces first and then milled. These are some of the different ways that you can mill lumber out of your tree waste. If you need to have trees removed, contact a tree service, such as DJ’s Tree Service, and talk with them about leaving lengths of timber that you can mill down to a custom size yourself....

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Propane Heat Is A Safe Alternative To Electricity

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When you decide what sort of furnace you will use in your home, you need to carefully consider all of your options. Electric furnaces are a popular option; on the other hand, gas is a clean-burning fuel that can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. If you live where there are no natural gas pipelines, you might think that your only choice is to use electricity, but you can have a propane tank installed in your yard. Propane is a great option for a lot of reasons.  Propane Heat Is Hotter The heat from an electric furnace will come out below your natural body temperature but still warmer than the outside air. This means that your home should stay warm, but if you huddle next to a vent the heat coming out of the vent will feel cold. The air coming from a propane furnace will be much hotter, which means that you can bask in the warmth of your furnace vents. Furthermore, the hotter air will shorten the amount of time it takes your furnace to heat your home, which will keep your costs down and reduce your energy use.  Propane Is a Clean Fuel Propane is a petroleum product, but it produces far fewer harmful byproducts than other petroleum products. In that many power plants burn coal, reducing your dependency on electricity can help to diminish your carbon footprint. In fact, some researchers estimate that burning propane for heat will help to reduce smog-producing exhaust by up to 70%. Furthermore, if your propane furnace, tank, or gas lines spring a leak, the escaping gas will not pose a health risk to humans or pets.  Propane Is a Safe Fuel If you have a gas leak in your home, you might worry that the gas will ignite. Propane will ignite at 878˚ Fahrenheit. This means that in the advent of a leak, you should not have to worry about the fuel igniting and creating an inferno.  If you heat your home with propane, you never have to worry about a blackout robbing you of heat during the winter. Instead, your fuel source will be right out in yard. If you are looking for an environmentally safe fuel to heat your home with, and a fuel that is also safe for the environment, propane is a good choice. Talk to a furnace installer to figure out if it is right for you.  Click on the link for residential propane gas delivery or do an online...

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Making Sure Your Home Is Ready For Spring To Come Around

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When you are looking around your home in the midst of winter, it may feel as if the warm sunny days of spring will never come. However, the reality is that spring is just a few months away and rather than sit around waiting for the winter chill to subside, you can instead focus on getting your home and landscaping ready for the spring months to come. Get to know some of the ways that you can be preparing your home and landscaping now so that you have a jumpstart on your spring home care and maintenance. Tree Trimming One of the best winter landscaping tasks that you can perform is trimming and shaping your trees. During the winter months, your trees are bare and free of foliage, blossoms, and new growth that could hinder your view of the health and stability of the tree branches. This makes winter an ideal time for tree trimming. You can see which branches are hanging over your roof and could potentially cause you problems when they are in full bloom in the spring and cut those. Also, you will be able to get up close to the branches throughout your tree and look for signs of rot, pest damage, or cracks and breaks that could make the branches a hazard. With your trees in their dormant stage during the winter, you will also have the advantage of being able to trim and shape your trees while causing the least amount of damage or trauma to the tree as a whole. This will lead to fuller, healthier trees during the spring and summer months. Do Any Interior Updates and Repairs to Your Home During the spring months, you and your family will want to spend time out in the warmth and the sunlight. As such, during the winter is the ideal time to compile a list of the interior aspects of your home that you want to update and repair and get to work on them.  That way, when spring comes along, you can all get outside and enjoy it. If you have flooring or carpeting that need replacing or walls that need repainting, take the long winter months to get those projects done one at a time. Because you will already be inside so much during the winter, you can take your time and ensure everything is done right. And even if you don’t have any major projects you want to undertake, you can still get a jump on your indoor spring cleaning during the winter. Go through the junk drawers and closets that are stuffed full of miscellaneous items and get them organized and sorted out. Or go through your clothes for items that you no longer wear and wish to donate. Now that you have a few ideas of how to make sure your home is ready for spring to come back around, you can get started and have yourself and your home prepared for the next change of seasons. For assistance with your yard, talk to a professional like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care,...

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Cooking For The Holidays? Use These Tips To Avoid Inviting Your Plumber To Dinner!

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Holiday celebrations call for the preparation of traditional recipes, many of which are redolent with rich, buttery sauces, glazes and fillings. Unfortunately, these foods not only build up on the waistline of your family and guests, they may also build up on the interior of your sink’s drains, creating a clog that is sure to threaten your holiday spirit. Since asking your family to forego the dishes they associate with the holidays is sure to be a non-starter in your home, the following tips will help you keep from having to summon the plumber for a clogged drain or other plumbing issues.  Pre-Clean Drains Before the Cooking Begins If your drains are already coated with grease from everyday use before the holiday cooking begins, they will easily fail when cooking your special dinner. To avoid this problem, pre-clean and freshen the drains in your kitchen before you begin cooking. Here is what you will need: 2 cups white vinegar 2 cups baking soda 1 cup lemon juice 1 squirt good quality dish liquid with grease cutting action Heat the white vinegar in a small saucepan, just until it comes to a slow boil. Place one cup of the baking soda in each drain opening in your kitchen sink. Add dish liquid to the lemon juice, stir briefly and then pour half the lemon juice solution into each drain, immediately followed by half the hot vinegar. The foaming action that results helps to loosen and wash away grease particles that adhere to the interior of your drain pipes. This process can be repeated each week to help keep drains running freely all year long.  Trap Problem Foods Before They Can Clog Drains Turkey drippings, dribbles of melted butter and many other greasy foods can clog the drain, just by washing these greasy dishes in your sink. To keep these substances away from your drains when cooking large meals, find a large metal can with a lid, such as a metal coffee can that comes with a plastic lid. (Choosing metal is important, in case any of the food drippings are hot when you place them inside the can.)  Place the container on your kitchen counter, placing a layer of paper toweling underneath it to catch drips. Use a heatproof, flexible spatula to thoroughly scrape all visible bits of grease or residue from the cooking pan or mixing bowl into the can, then wash as usual.  When the dinner is over and the kitchen is restored to its usual good order, simply remove the paper towel and use it to wipe down the outside of the can. Place the soiled paper towel inside the can, seal it with the plastic lid and place the can in with your regular household garbage.   While this plan will definitely help to prevent clogged drains while cooking, other plumbing problems can occur during the holidays. If this happens to you this holiday season, do not panic. Instead, call on a reputable plumber in your area for assistance. Most are willing to make emergency calls, even on holidays, nights or weekends. To learn more, contact a company like Cleveland Plumbing & Heating...

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Why You Should Hire An Excavation Company For Patio Construction

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Are you excited about taking on laying your own concrete to build a patio in your backyard? Before you can successful construct a quality patio, you must excavate the ground. You will find that leaving excavation to professionals is the best thing to do. Discover below things about hiring an excavation company (such as T C Enterprises LLC) so you can decide if you want them to assist with your driveway construction. Why Should an Excavation Company Be Hired for Driveway Construction? One of the biggest burdens of trying to excavate the ground without help from professionals is the time involved with the task. Excavation companies are equipped with the tools and vehicles to get the ground dug up in an exceptional amount of time. For instance, the professionals can bring a backhoe to your house for the project. A backhoe is commonly used because it can dig up large quantities of dirt at a time. The vehicle is multi-functional, so it can also be used for piling up the dirt after it is excavated. Another function of a backhoe that comes in handy when constructing a driveway is leveling out the ground. After the ground is excavated to the depth that you want, the contractors will roll over the dirt with the backhoe to compress the surface in preparation for the cement to be laid out for the patio. After the ground is excavated and prepared to your specifications, the contractors will assist with getting rid of the piles of dirt for you. Hauling the dirt to a dump yard on your own can lead to you having to make multiple trips, and that’s after spending a lot of time loading the dirt on your vehicle. Professionals will use the backhoe to load the dirt in the bed of a dump truck. All of the dirt should fit inside of the dump truck bed at once for efficiency. What is an Excavation Company Expected to Charge? The yard length of your patio will be one of the main things factored into what an excavation will charge. Expect to pay a minimum of $50 for each yard of dirt removed. The price can be as much as $200 per yard of dirt removed if the job is complex, such as if the patio is being constructed on a sloped landscape. Speak to an excavation company as soon as you can so the dirt in your patio area can be removed without a struggle on your...

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