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...

Reviews / 18.05.2018

Tankless water heaters provide hot water only when needed and are sometimes referred to as instantaneous or on-demand water heaters. The more common traditional style has a water storage tank of various sizes and shapes used to store pre-heated water. These water heaters provide hot water at a preset temperature when needed without storage, thereby eliminating the need for storage tanks. These on-demand tankless water heaters are heated either by electricity, natural gas, or propane. The gas models were found to be 22 percent more efficient than electric models....

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...

Windows / 17.05.2018

When windows are installed, there is a gap all around the windows that allows the installer to center the window and make sure that the window is level. Before finishing the project, the gap between the windows is insulated to add R-value and air seal the edge of the window. This area is often neglected and is a major source for air infiltration. What is worse is that people fix this issue with the wrong types of products. Some of these products are designed for this application, but...

Renovations, Windows / 17.05.2018

Purchasing replacement windows for your home is the largest monetary output you will make after buying your home and car, so it's not something to be taken lightly. While homeowners often buy multiple cars and sometimes several homes during a lifetime, purchasing windows may occur only once or twice. Because this is a purchase that's going to stay with you for years to come, it's important to do your homework on what you'll be up against. Look at Samples Before You Buy Visiting a big box home improvement store, such as...

Windows / 17.05.2018

Windows are one of the most vulnerable parts of the home envelope when it comes to high speed winds. Both wind gust pressure and debris impact can cause damage. There are very good choices for preparing the home's windows during hurricane preparation. Products vying in the marketplace to provide this protection may voluntarily undergo an impact test. A wind speed of at least 110 MPH is considered the minimum standard to meet. The industry-accepted testing standard is the Miami-Dade County hurricane impact test. Following are some methods of protecting...

DIY, Renovations / 17.05.2018

Cracks in brick siding make a home look unkempt. Learn what causes cracks above windows and doors and prevent this type of cracking. Cracks that sprawl between the mortar joints on a brick wall are not an uncommon site. You can often see a stair step appearance where new mortar has been added to compensate for the settling of a building and to keep the structural integrity of the building intact. However, new homes often have cracks that form on the corners of the windows and doors only and...