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Common Issues With An Electric Garage Door

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An electric garage door provides you with a door that is easy to open and close with a button inside the garage and with a remote. However, there are some issues that tend to be common with this type of door. By identifying them, you know when it is time to call a professional for repairs. The Door Won’t Open or Close A common issue to have with an electric garage door is when the door refuses to close. This is often from problems with the photo eye. This is a type of beam that exists on the inside and outside of the garage door. It is triggered when you press the button on your remote, which helps you open or close the door. It also works with the button inside your garage. If your door won’t close or open, there is probably buildup on the photo eye. It might also simply be out of alignment and need a slight adjustment. Contact a garage door professional if your door still won’t open or close and the photo eye seems to be fine. There Are Issues With the Track You may also find that the garage door either doesn’t open or close all the way, or it has other mechanical problems with the track itself. It is often from the door track being out of alignment, which also keeps the door from moving properly. You may notice that when looking at the track, there is a gap or an obvious dent or bend in the rollers or rail of the track. This is not something you should try to fix yourself, so make sure you call a professional for repairs. The Extension Springs Are Worn If your extension or torsion springs are worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged, you will notice a difference in how your garage door operates. These happen to be very dangerous to inspect and repair on your own, so it is best that you contact a garage door professional if you suspect they are the culprit. A common sign that the extension springs are having trouble is when your door keeps falling after being released. Instead of closing slowly as it should, it falls quickly and slams shut. This is a sign that the springs need to be replaced. You might also find that the door is opening on its own, which is also a problem associated with the springs. Contact a service like Dorsey Garage Doors for more...

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Three Maintenance Steps To Lengthen The Life Of Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

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Although asphalt shingling is used on about 80% of America’s homes, it does come with its share of idiosyncrasies, such as the fact that it often needs to be replaced after just fifteen or twenty years. Short of replacing your roof with a more durable material, what can you do to lengthen its lifespan? Staying on top of any repairs as well as caring for your roof’s needs can help you keep it operational for the longest possible working life. Here are three maintenance steps to help you care for your roof in this way. 1. Protect from debris damage Small bits of debris landing on your roof may seem like a non-issue, but if you leave them there they actually have the potential to cause problems. Although leaves and twigs may not cause impact damage like a larger branch might, they can still become an issue if not cleaned off. For example, dead leaves that  sit on your roof can become wet in the next rain and cling to the surface of the roof, holding water against its surface and encouraging leaking and other roof problems. Debris on your roof can also encourage moss to grow there, which may also damage the shingles. Some homeowners elect to remove trees or large limbs that grow near the house. This can both protect your roof from impact damage if the tree falls in a storm and prevent debris from falling on your roof, meaning you won’t have to clean it as often. 2. Protect from gutter backup Sometimes small bits of debris may fall on your roof and be washed away into the gutter before you notice them and get up there to clean them off. Over time, debris buildup in gutters can lead to clogging, which is the cause of a lot of roof leaks. The clogged gutter can fill with water during a storm and act as a dam, creating a backed-up pool of water that may reach the edge of your roof and start to sneak in under the shingles. To prevent this problem, it’s best to clean your gutters periodically as well as each time a storm is predicted. 3. Inspect regularly Many other roof problems are possible though unlikely, so performing a scheduled inspection is necessary to guard against having any of these problems sneak up on you. You may wish to have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor every now and then, but you can do most of the inspections on your own. Some things to check for on these inspections include: Loose, rusty, or damaged flashing Cracked and shrunken caulking around flashing Missing or damaged shingles Moss, lichen, or algae growth Old, cracked rubber “boots” around vents If you find growths of moss or lichen on your roof, you can remove them on your own. You may also wish to treat your roof with a moss-prevention treatment so you won’t have the same problem in future. If you find flashing problems, you may be able to fix those as well before they cause leaks (if you’re a do-it-yourselfer and have experience working with roofs).  But remember, only go up on the roof in daylight and good weather, and don’t go up unless you’re currently in good health, wearing grippy shoes such as tennis shoes, and have...

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How To Caulk Custom Glass Shower Enclosures

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If you have a glass shower enclosure, you know how important it is to keep the glass clean. Some people clean their glass after every time the shower. However, just using the squeegee will do nothing to clean the actual caulk in between the glass panes. The caulking where that glass meets the wall is usually the thickest and most likely to get dirty and brown. This browning can often be a sign of mold formation. Cleaning mold out of caulk is very difficult. It is quicker and more practical to just scrape the caulk out and reapply a fresh line. This article explains how to remove and apply new caulk to the seams and edges of a glass shower door. Scrape Away the Existing Caulk The first thing you need to do is scrape away all of the existing caulk. The best tool for this is called a painter’s knife. It is similar to a putty knife but it has an angled blade. This allows you to gouge out the caulk and scrape it away without scratching the glass or wall. The caulk should scrape away from the glass quite easily. However, scraping it away from the wall will vary depending on how strong the seal still is. For instance, it should easily scrape away from smooth ceramic tile, but it might take more scraping to get it off a stickier stone surface. Once you have scraped away the majority of the caulk, there will still be some residue left over. It is very important that you clean off this residue to create a smooth surface for the new caulk. Use a basic household cleaner with a rag, not a paper towel, to thoroughly rub away any caulk residue. Applying the New Caulk Applying new caulk might seem simple and self-explanatory if you have a caulk gun. However, it can be very hard to get straight caulk lines. One helpful tip to allow you to get the straightest line possible is to use painter’s tape. You can physically tape off where you want the edge of the caulk line to be. This creates a nice, straight line when you apply the caulk. Shoot it into the seam with the gun, then use your finger to wipe it down and push the caulk to further into the gap. The excess caulk will spread onto the tape, which you can later pull up, leaving behind a nice clean line. Having a solid caulk line will contribute to the stability of the shower enclosure. Also, your glass will look much cleaner if the seams are filled with clean silicone caulk. Of course, it is also vital in keeping your shower enclosure waterproof. To learn more, visit a website...

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Determining The Depth Of A Residential Water Well

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If you’ve been considering getting a new well to provide water for your home, the depth of the well can vary depending on a number of different factors. The deeper the well, the higher the cost will be for you. When it comes to understanding how deep your well will need to be, there are several different factors at play. Here is some helpful information so you can understand how well drilling works and what will determine the depth of your particular well. Measuring Depth When it comes to deciding how deep your home’s well should be, the contractor will take several different factors into account. The geology of your area is the most important, since some regions of the country have a rockier ground or bedrock underneath the soil, which can make it more difficult to drill and harder to reach the ground water. A skilled well contractor uses different tools like a ground scanning machine to determine how deep the well should be, as well as geological knowledge of your local area. For example, in some regions of the country well water can be found in as shallow as one or two hundred feet deep, while in other areas it can be found as deep down as one thousand feet. Getting To Water The water for wells is delivered via underground aquifers. These are pockets of water found within the bedrock deep underground. These aquifers can be located at a variety of different depths, so it depends on where they are in relation to your home to determine how deep they will need to drill. Some homes use a bedrock well, which is drilled directly into solid rock. The water flows through the cracks in the bedrock, providing easier access to the water. A special casing is installed into the bedrock to prevent sand and surface water from getting into your water supply. This alternative method of well drilling and installation may not require the contractor to drill as deep, since they will not have to drill all the way to reach the underground aquifer. Determining Final Depth Most well drilling companies charge customers by the foot in terms of drilling depth. By combining a property examination, a scan of the ground below, and calculating the average depth to reach water for your particular area, well installation contractors can give you an estimated number of feet down they will need to drill. If they happen to discover an adequate supply of water underground at a more shallow depth, they can cease drilling and you may be able to save some money. However, if the well drilling company does not find a water source and they’ve already drilled to the depth they originally estimated, they may have to continue deeper until they reach the source. The process to drill the well should take about one full day, and an additional day will be needed to install your well pump.  Talk with water well service companies and contractors for more information and options you may have when installing a...

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The ABCs Of Preventing Business Disruption During Roadway Repair

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When you are the owner of a business that relies heavily on customer flow to your physical location, any type of disruption in the area can also be a disruption to your business. This is especially the case if there is roadway construction near your business. Without the appropriate preparation and action before and during a roadway repair project at your place of business, you could easily end up with low sales and lack of customer traffic throughout the project. Thankfully, there is a simple ABC rule set that you can keep in mind that can help prevent business interruptions during a roadway repair project.  Always make sure your customers know what to expect. The key to eliminating hassles for your customers during a roadway construction project is to make sure they are well-informed. Hand out flyers, hang up signs, or even make announcements over a PA system to let shoppers know that there is construction coming up. Be sure to offer detour information, the expected duration of the project, and any alternative parking instructions your customers may need to know. Some customers may even prefer to stay out of the area if they have to deal with construction, so it will be much better if you can give them that option by letting them know when work will take place in advance.  Be sure you make flexible plans for the impending roadway project in advance. From handling parking arrangements to changes in business hours, it is always a good idea if you start planning for an impending roadway repair project near your business in advance, but keep in mind that some of the plans may change as the project date draws closer. It is not at all uncommon for road crews to have to rearrange their plans to cater to city demands and their own project schedules, which could run longer than expected. Not only will you need to make plans so you can keep your customers in the know, you will need to know how to adjust so you can pass along information to your employees. Take a look at how the roadway repair will affect your day-to-day operations and plan accordingly.  Communicate with the contractor in charge of the project.  When you are initially notified that there will be a roadway repair project taking place near your business, be sure you get contact information for the roadway construction manager who is in charge of the project. By having a direct line of communication with the project coordinator, you will be better able to communicate with your customers about what is going on.  For roadway repair, contact a company such as Bituminous Roadways,...

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How To Renovate Your Kitchen And Stay Within Your Budget

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If you want to save as much as possible on your kitchen remodel while also getting what you want, you should know how much you can afford to spend and a list of what you want and need before meeting with design professionals.    Budgeting and Wish List    To help you stay within your financial means, create a budget that allows for a 20 percent increase over the estimate to cover unexpected costs. To ensure that the final result includes the changes that are most important to you and your family, meet with your entire family to create a list of things you like about your current kitchen, things you want to change, and things you want to add or remove.    This list will be used to determine where changes or adjustments can be made to reduce costs, it needed. With you budget and wish list in place, schedule a meeting with three or four design professionals. Your budget and wish list will help them give you the most accurate cost estimates.    If you want to get an idea of average remodeling costs before meeting with these remodeling professionals, contact local real estate agents and bankers because they should have the most recent industry averages.    Budget-Friendly Renovations Options    The main expansion options are to rearrange your current kitchen’s layout without adding more floor space, add more floor space by using the areas surrounding the kitchen, build a new addition to your current kitchen, or build a larger kitchen in a different location.    The cheapest option is to maximize the use of your current kitchen’s floor space. This can be done by putting all unused or poorly used areas to better use. For instance, cabinets can be rearranged so that unused corners and wall space can be used for additional counter space and storage.    You may also find that rearranging the items included in your primary work triangle — the stove, sink, and refrigerator — can make your kitchen more user-friendly.    Reasons Kitchen Renovations Can Be Worth It Even for the Budget-Challenged    Even for those with limited budgets, kitchen renovations are popular because the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home. This is because it’s often used for much more than as a place to prepare food and eat. Today, kitchens are also used as a place to pay bills, study, do homework, work from home, socialize with family and friends and more.     If you’re planning to sell your home soon, the more you can save on your kitchen remodel, the better chance you have to recoup your investment if you decide to sell. To get the best value for your money, don’t spend more than 25 percent of the value of your home for your kitchen remodel. To explore your remodeling options further, contact a remodeling professional like those at Winston Brown...

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3 Tips For Making A Home Fire Escape Plan

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With almost 500,000 structural fires reported in the U.S. in 2014, a home fire is a possibility that every homeowner should be ready for. Creating a family escape plan can greatly increase the chances that your family will make it out of your home safely if a fire occurs. Here are three tips that can help you make an effective home fire escape plan. Identify Multiple Exits for Each Family Member Because you can never predict where a fire will start in your home, it is important that you plan multiple escape routes for everyone in your home. This ensures that your family members have an escape plan even if the entrance to their bedrooms or a major hallway is blocked with flames. A good way to identify all of the potential exits in your home is to draw out a floor plan. Remember to mark all windows and doors that lead outside as exits, and cross off entrances to basements, attics, and other parts of the home that do not provide easy escape. Learn Safe Fire Escape Procedures It is easy to panic when you are awakened in the middle of the night by a fire alarm and the room is clouded by smoke. Panic alone increases respiration rate, and the risk of passing out from smoke inhalation is even greater if you run while trying to escape. Instead, you should make sure that everyone in your home knows to crawl to limit the amount of smoke they inhale. Throwing open doors when trying to escape can potentially cause the fire to spread more quickly. During an escape, every door should be quickly checked for heat. First touch the door with the back of your hand, and then lightly touch the knob if the door is not hot. The door may be safe to open if the knob is not hot, but be prepared to close it again quickly and find another exit if you see flames or extreme heat billows through the door. Designate a Meeting Place Outside Even after you have made it outside, you need to put a safe distance between yourself and the burning house. Choose a meeting place that is at least 20 feet away from your home so that every family member knows where to go after they escape. After you meet, make sure that no one goes back in under any circumstances. Use these tips to create a fire escape plan that will help keep your family safe during one of the most frightening and dangerous home disasters. Contact a business, such as The Safety Team Inc, for more information....

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Household Expanding? How To Pick The Right Garbage Removal Plan

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You’ve met the right person and life is suddenly full of big changes and moving at warp speed. The wedding is over, the moving trucks are unloaded and now two formerly single parent families are melding into one super-sized household. After the whirlwind of excitement and activity is past, it is finally time to get down to the more mundane tasks of life—like how to choose which garbage removal plan you will need from all the ones offered by your trash service. Here are some tips to help.  Estimate the Amount of Household Trash Your Family is Producing To start the process of figuring out how much trash your family will now be generating, you can add together the number of trash bags used weekly by each household in the past or estimate the number of pounds. According to figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2012, the average daily waste generation rate per person in the United States was 4.38 pounds per day, but could be less, depending on their participation in recycling and composting activities. Be aware, however, that this number can fluctuate greatly depending on many factors. For example, many households see a rise in the volume of trash produced when: redecorating the home entertaining frequently having overnight guests, including slumber parties for the kids ordering takeout frequently welcoming a new child caring for a sick or disabled family members Bag, Can, Cart or Dumpster? Most garbage services offer several options for their customers, ranging from pickup of a few standard garbage bags per week, to the use of designated cans or rolling carts or even large dumpsters. To choose the right one for your home, consider not only the amount of trash produced during each collection period but any other factors, as well. In most cases, garbage bags are often the least expensive option, but can be messy if the trash is wet or the bags are torn into by rodents or neighborhood dogs and cats. For most families, even large ones like yours, opting for trash carts is the most convenient way to store trash between pickup dates, move the trash to the curb and prevent problems with pests. To get an idea of what will work best for your family, consider that trash carts are usually available in three common sizes: 35 gallons (capable of holding 2-3 tall kitchen garbage bags) 65 gallons (capable of holding 4-5 tall kitchen garbage bags) 95 gallons (capable of holding 7-8 tall kitchen garbage bags) Your garbage collection service can offer you additional information to help you handle your trash efficiently, including tips on how to reduce the amount by taking part in composting and recycling...

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4 Things to Consider When Installing or Updating an Assisted Living Center’s HVAC System

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As you expand or renovate your your assisted living center, bear in mind the innovations that will make your heating and cooling system safer, greener, and more cost effective. The comfort and safety of your residents is your primary concern. Seniors and people with disabilities are healthier when their core body temperatures stay within normal ranges. It’s very easy for old age or disease to negatively affect residents’ physical abilities to fight off hyperthermia or hypothermia. For that reason alone, an HVAC system that offers zonal heat may be the best solution for your facility. With a zonal approach to keeping rooms comfortable, you can focus warm or cool air to the specific areas where you need it most. Storage areas will stay cooler, while living areas remain toasty warm in winter. In summer, you can target air conditioning to your kitchen, laundry, and living areas, and save energy costs by reducing AC in rarely-used portions of the building. Plan for extremes when renovating. Storms, wildfires, and power outages may disrupt your heating and cooling systems. Have plans in place for backup sources of heating or cooling if you live in areas where extreme temperatures are the norm. Designate one or two rooms as safe rooms and develop solar, wood-fired, or propane options to maintain proper air temperatures in those areas until power is restored. Never use space heaters or open flames in your personal care home. Do have a supply of warm blankets, hats, mittens, and socks on hand in case of any winter evacuation. Greener technology means more energy savings. Heating and cooling equipment manufacturers continue to develop high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioning systems. Installing a new geothermal system or heat pump not only provides climate control using less energy, but the savings are also passed on to you when fuel and power bills are due. To be fully green, you must insulate your building and install doors, windows, and other features to increase energy efficiency throughout the facility, but these steps will help your new heating and cooling system work in top form. Take into account all of the risks. Remember to discuss with your specialist during cooling or heating installation how to safely use oxygen tanks and other specialty equipment around HVAC components. Imagine all of the ways residents might fall, slip, or become curious and tailor your rooms to keep them safe from hot surfaces or moving parts. A smart HVAC control program that remotely sets room temperatures will also keep residents safe since there won’t be the possibility of random unsupervised thermostat activity significantly raising or lowering room...

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The Beginning of Winter Is An Excellent Time For Tree Removal

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Just like other areas of your landscaping, your trees require attention from time to time. Whether it’s a diseased tree or a section of limbs that has died, having your tree treated or removed by a professional is important. The start of winter is a great time to have this type of work done. Here are just a few of the reasons why tending to your trees at the start of winter makes more sense. Clearer View Leaves and flowers help make trees beautiful, but they also obstruct the view of its limbs. By the time winter starts, you have an unobstructed view of the tree. Thanks to the leaves all falling off, it’s easier to spot any weak areas, cracks in the branches or areas of dead wood.  In the event you don’t need to remove the entire tree or you need to diagnose an issue, a bare tree can make the task much easier. In the event of disease, this clearer view can allow you to address the problem more aggressively so that the tree is healthy when the active growth period begins again.  Avoid Weather Dangers A dead or diseased tree isn’t just an eyesore. In the winter months, this type of tree presents a number of dangers to your home as well as any innocent bystanders in the area. Winter is often accompanied by ice, heavy snow, and strong winds. If a tree is already diseased and in a weak state, this inclement weather puts a strain on the tree and could easily cause the branches to give way. Once this happens, the tree’s limbs can easily come crashing into your home, causing damage and putting your safety at risk. Having any dead areas removed and treated at the start of winter can help you avoid this type of catastrophe.  Be Smart When it comes to tree removal services, it’s important to be smart. In the same manner that diseased or dead tree limbs can fall due to the strain of snow or ice, they can also fall due to the strain of your weight. For this reason, it’s best to allow a professional to come out and properly diagnose and remove any limbs from your tree. Although curb appeal doesn’t seem as important during the winter months, having a damaged tree removed during this time of the year will ensure your lawn looks great once spring rolls around. For more information, contact a professional like DJ’s Tree...

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