The Online Guide to Building a Shed
July 19th, 2014
When money is no object, and you want to add class and distinction to your property, wrought iron fencing is the way to go. The signature of historic cities like New Orleans and Charleston, SC, wrought iron fences and their accompanying, often unique, gates are something from the past that has stood the test of time. This is a fence that, when cared for properly, will endure for generations to come.
The History of Wrought Iron Fences
In the Colonial era, wrought iron was hand-forged by craftsman, one piece at a time. Only the most prestigious homes had wrought iron surrounding their yards. As times changed, the cost of iron and the labor for the creation and upkeep of these fences made them less desirable for colonial homes. It was only during the early 19th century that the Industrial Revolution brought factory-forged wrought iron fencing back into popularity. During the Victorian era, [...]
July 11th, 2014
The residential roofing industry has a wide variety of materials that you can choose from. Many of these materials will not only provide your home with basic protection from the elements, but they will also provide benefits such as increased energy efficiency and access to solar power. To learn more about the benefits of these materials and choose which material is right for you, simply take a moment to further explore the many possibilities outlined below.
Metal roofing materials are especially beneficial for homeowners who are looking for a long term solution to their roofing needs. This is because metal roofs have an average lifespan of 50 years or more.
In addition to their long lifespan, metal roofs have the ability to raise your home’s resale value and make your home more energy efficient.
The only real drawback to choosing this type of roofing material is the cost that comes along [...]
June 30th, 2014
A lot of people never see street sweepers because they work in residential areas during the day while most people are at their jobs, and they work in industrial or business areas at night. Street sweepers are used by cities to maintain sanitation and appearance of public streets, so they are an important local subject that affects everybody. One of the issues concerning street cleaners is their effectiveness in cleaning up toxins and bio-hazards, while giving the appearance of cleanliness. Ineffective cleaning means these toxins can eventually end up in your area’s water source.
While nearly all systems do a good job of general cleanliness, multiple studies since the 1970s have shown that 50% of toxic substances, nutrients, and heavy metals are imbedded in tiny dirt particles that the commonly used mechanical brush systems do not pick up. The current controversy is whether more efficient technology would curb the amount of pollutants that eventually wash down to streams and [...]
June 26th, 2014
Septic problems, clogged drains, and leaky sinks—these are problems that everyone knows requires the service of a professional plumber. But there are other problems that your local plumber can solve that you may not be aware of.
Plumbers can fix problems with almost any kind of line or hose you have in your home. Here are some situations where a professional plumber may be the best technician to handle the job.
Hot Water Heating Problems
Although there is significant electrical work involved with the repair and maintenance of your hot water heater, an experienced plumber can handle the job in most cases. If you are getting no hot water or uneven hot water throughout your home or if your hot water heater is leaking, a plumber will be able to determine the source of the problem and repair the heater or let you know if it needs to be replaced.
In addition to repairing [...]
Before you start building your shed, there are a few questions you should ask yourself and a few steps that you should take to prepare. First, you should determine if you need a shed or if you can afford one. Then you should find out if you need a permit to build a shed in your area. After that, you should decide what you’ll use the shed for and make plans.
Constructing a shed is easier than you think. You can always just order one from a home improvement store, but it is rather simple and very rewarding to build one from scratch too. At this point, you know what kind of shed you need and how big you want it to be. You can start construction by laying down a foundation and putting all the framing into place.
Finishing the Shed
After you’ve gotten the bones of the shed into place, you can start adding the finishing touches to it, painting it and making the outside look presentable. Your shed is not a “shack,” so make sure that it looks good, won’t fall apart, and is comfortable to work in if you’re using it for more than just storage. Put the right siding and shingles on, and your shed with be an enhancement to your yard.