Construction / 18.05.2018

Brick is one of the most sought-after home siding materials on the market today. As an American staple, brick was traditionally used on government buildings, large homes, and prisons as it is known as a strong and durable material. So why is it that those who have a brick skirt around their house, have such bad deterioration of the brick cap that sits on top of the skirt? The Composition of Mortar Mortar is a composition of Portland cement, sand, and water. The mixture of these products together creates a...

Construction, Renovations / 18.05.2018

Never ignore substantial cracks across large areas of brickwork, particularly if the brick, rather than the surrounding pointing, is cracked. This can indicate serious structural problems, such as subsidence, so consult a builder or local authority building control officer. If a crack is stable, you can repair it yourself. Remove cracked mortar and then repoint the area in the usual way. If one or more brick is cracked through the middle, use a club hammer and cold chisel to remove and replace the brick. Follow the same steps for...

Construction, DIY / 18.05.2018

Drywall seams will crack or separate for different reasons. A damaged foundation can cause it, as well as improper drywall finishing during construction. It could be that the sheetrock hanger didn't use enough screws or nails. If you have a foundation problem you should fix that before spending time on your drywall. A foundation issue is serious; it will cause your windows and doors to bind up and can cause roof problems. When drywall is screwed or nailed to the studs, it makes for a seam every 4 feet...

Construction, DIY / 18.05.2018

Hanging drywall, or Sheetrock as it's also called, is easier than plaster if the metal or wood framing is proper. Gypsum board is an economical wall finishing product. The history of drywall begins around 1915. The major component is the mineral gypsum, which is processed into sheets and then wrapped in paper. A variation of the basic drywall is greenboard, which is designed to be more moisture-resistant, and up until recently was the preferred backer for ceramic tile in bathrooms. Today, cement fiber backer board is preferred, and mandated...

Attick, Construction / 10.05.2018

Attic Ventilation is essential for exhausting hot air, to ease the load on the air conditioner, and to lower utility bills. This can be done with roof vents and fans. There are two airflow components that work in tandem to vent hot air from inside the roof to the atmosphere: the air inflow component and the air exhaust component. If these are balanced, two things will happen. The first thing is that heat will be reduced, resulting in lowered energy consumption because of fewer air conditioning cycles. The second thing...

Construction / 15.03.2018

Talk about one of the most overlooked parts of your home. The only time anyone thinks about their roof is when something happens to it or when start to have mold on it. You may find that yours leaks when it rains, or a storm may have blown off part of your roof. Or, you may be looking over your house and notice that you have curling shingles and others missing or loose. However, you get around to looking at your roof, its good to know what is...

Construction / 14.03.2018

Working with concrete is something most of us will experience at one time or another when we work on our homes. It may be something as simple as a sidewalk or as complicated as footings for a foundation wall. But what exactly is "concrete"? Key Concrete Ingredients Concrete contains three basic ingredients: cement, aggregate, and water. Cement, or Portland cement, is the glue that holds everything together; a fine, dry powder that solidifies and becomes quite strong when mixed with water. The majority of concrete is the aggregate. Aggregate is...

Construction, DIY / 15.01.2018

Bringing electricity out to your yard allows you to provide safety on walkways and steps, provide added security and lets you enjoy your yard more often. Low-voltage lighting is the easiest and safest way to achieve this. Low-Voltage Lighting Installation - (You will need an outside outlet protected by a GFCI receptacle. If you do not have a GFCI protected outlet, help with installation is included.) One of the benefits of running low-voltage lighting is that you can make it a DIY project regardless of your experience level. Low-voltage...

Construction, Featured / 27.12.2017

Water is the one thing that people cannot live long without. One of the marvels of human ingenuity is plumbing. While indoor plumbing made life as we know it convenient, plumbing itself made life as we know it possible. The Simplicity of How Water comes into your home from one of two sources: from the public water main or from your own well. If you have a well, you will also have a pump to bring the water to the surface and to your house under pressure. If you get...