2014

The Wind Can Huff And Puff, But It Won't Blow These Trees Down

If you liven in a region that has regular strong winds, it can wreak havoc on the trees in your yard. Constant wind can do more than defoliate plants, cause branches to break off, and uproot trees; excessive, constant winds can also pull moisture from foliage faster than the tree roots can absorb it from the soil. If forceful enough, high winds can even cause trunks to split. However, there are landscape trees that can endure high winds with little, or no, damage to their health or appearance.

Give The Gift Of A Bathroom Remodel This Holiday Season

Are you looking for a memorable and remarkable gift for that special someone this Christmas? Have you considered gifting that person with a lovely remodel of their bathroom? There are lots of people who are dissatisfied with their bathrooms, and would be thrilled to get a shiny new one as a present. Having a new bathroom makes a house seem more luxurious, and typically makes the owner feel more satisfied with their home.

The Pros And Cons Of Biomass Boilers And The Alternatives You May Want For Your Heating

If you are looking for a heating and cooling solution for your home that will help reduce energy costs, you may want to consider biomass as a heating solution. This can be one of many different types of boilers and furnaces that use organic fuel materials to heat your home or provide you with hot water. Even though it is a heating solution that will greatly reduce your energy costs, it may not be right for every home.

Crane Rental Companies Want Your Business -- And They're Maintaining Their Fleets To Ensure Your Happiness

If you are in charge of gathering equipment for construction projects that your company is working on, you know how expensive the larger items can be. Cranes can be especially expensive; for example, Telogis says a used crane in 2012 could run almost $250,000. If your company constantly uses cranes, buying one would make sense. But if there's a lot of down time for the equipment you have on hand, you should look into renting a crane instead.

3 Ways To Improve Your Washing Machine

Is your washing machine operating poorly? If so, this could be caused by lack of maintenance. Simple maintenance care and cleaning services can help prevent major and costly damages to your washing machine and can save you from the hassle of being without a working washing machine. So, to keep your washing machine in top condition, you will want to perform routine services such as: Inspecting the Hoses If your washer receives a lack of water in a cycle, this can prevent your clothes from receiving a thorough wash.

3 Problems You Can Troubleshoot On An Electric Furnace

While your initial instincts might be to call an HVAC repair technician when your electric furnace breaks down, you might want to consider troubleshooting the problem yourself. A lot of basic problems are fairly easy to repair by yourself, and can save you from a costly service call. Intermittent Blower Power Cycling If you notice the blower is turning off and on often throughout the day, start by investigating your furnace's air filter.

Building Your Home Spa: Custom Shower Door Options

There was a time when a bathroom was thought of as a purely functional room in a house. Designers who take this approach tend to cram bathroom fixtures into a small space. While a bathroom designed in this way should have all of the function of a larger bathroom, it will not be as aesthetically pleasing or as nice to use. Creating a bathroom that melds aesthetics and function can yield a home spa, a place that will help you to decompress from a hard day.

Tips For Adding Usable Space To Your Kitchen

So, you're planning a home addition, and you'd like to add space to your kitchen. The kitchen is one of those rooms in which added spaces makes a discernible difference to your workflow. While planning the design of your new kitchen with your contractor, like one from Bob Carroll Building Contractor, add space that will benefit your current food-related habits. General Layout All the space in the world won't benefit you if you don't have a convenient layout.

The Green Roof: Good For Your Home And Good For The Planet

Green roofing involves the addition of soil and plants to your roof. There are two types of green roofs. "Intensive" green roofing requires several feet or soil and large plants. This type of large garden on a roof is more suitable for larger buildings. "Extensive" green roofing is more compatible for residential roofing, requiring only a few inches of specially mixed soil and a few smaller plants or ground cover. Extensive green roofing has many benefits for homeowners and their surrounding community.

How To Avoid Plumbing Problems This Holiday Season

When it comes to making plans for your family holidays, the last thing you want to worry about is calling a plumber. However, if you do not take the proper precautions and steps necessary to prevent plumbing problems this holiday season, that may just be what you will be doing. With all of the extra people that you will have in your home for the holidays, your plumbing will be under additional strain due to increased use.

Questions About Common Plumbing Issues Your Home May Encounter

Your home's plumbing fixtures are essential devices for both the comfort and functionality of your home. However, it is not uncommon for your faucets to experience numerous problems over the life of the home, but many new homeowners may not have much experience addressing these issues. After learning the answers to these two common questions, you will have a stronger understanding of how leaky faucets are corrected and prevented.  Do Leaky Faucets Always Have To Be Replaced?

Need To Put In A New Fence? Here's Why Wood Is A Good Idea

If you're planning on fencing your backyard, you have several different options. If you want a traditional look, then wood is the way to go. Since it's a natural material, it blends in well with the surroundings, whether its plants, flowers, or just grass. Here are some other reasons you may want to consider choosing a wood fence. Cedar Wood Benefits Cedar is a popular wood for fencing because it not only looks good, it has natural properties that make it very durable.

Don't Let Your Kitchen Appliances Gobble Up Energy This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an excellent time of year to bring family together for a great meal. What this means is lots of time in the kitchen cooking the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Energy costs in the kitchen can add up during the busy holiday season. Therefore, you may be on the lookout for a way to keep the energy bills low while fixing this feast. Here are ways to cut back on unnecessary energy usage while cooking a meal to remember.

How To Install A Doorbell System Yourself

Completing any type of electrical project can be confusing and dangerous. If you are looking into installing your own doorbell, you are in luck. This project is fairly easy and can be done by most do-it-yourselfers. Here, you will learn how to install your own doorbell. To install your doorbell you will need: the new doorbell system set screw driver wire stripper 18-guage wire wire nuts Step 1: Find a Nearby Junction Box

Rooftop Decks- Potential Problem Or Private Paradise?

If you live in a townhouse in a major city, you may want to install a backyard deck to enjoy on pleasant evenings. However, a deck in a small yard might take up too much space. Noise and other annoyances of city life will encroach upon your little oasis of peace and relaxation. You might consider a rooftop deck. However, there are issues to ponder when deciding whether to proceed with building your rooftop sanctuary.

3 Signs That Your Boiler Might Be In Trouble

When you heat a building with a boiler, you need to know just what the warning signs are that you might be in need of professional HVAC assistance. After all, the last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of winter with a building that is freezing cold. By knowing the warnings signs of trouble, you should be able to get the repairs finished before it is too late.