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3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials If Your Small Business Has A Hipped Roof

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials If Your Small Business Has A Hipped Roof

Choosing the best roofing material for your small business requires a balance between managing budgets and enhancing the appearance of your building. Appearance is a particular concern if your business building has a hipped roof, which features four slightly sloping sides that rise up to a modest peak. The roof looks a bit like a raised, folding in box and creates a lot of visible surface area on the roof. If your business needs a new roof or roof repairs, there are a few roofing materials that work well or badly on a hipped roof that you can keep in mind while talking with commercial roofing contractors. Best: Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles have a low price, which can help keep your budget in check. The hipped roof has a lot of surface area to cover, which can become quite expensive with some other roofing materials. Asphalt shingles also look attractive with a range of color, textures, and detailing available that can make the shingles resemble wood, slate, or other high-end materials. The hipped roof doesn’t have steeply sloped sides like the gable roof, which can speed up winds and damage the lightweight shingles, so there’s little danger of wind damage to your roofing. Asphalt shingles in general are durable and low maintenance, which should keep your upkeep work and costs fairly low. Best: Slate Tiles Do you want to spring for an elegant look and don’t need to keep to a tight budget? Slate tiles look beautiful and sophisticated, have impressive durability and no maintenance requirements, and work well on a hipped-style roof. The tiles do cost quite a bit but you might consider the upfront costs worth the longevity and ease of this roofing material. Slate tiles only come in the natural color of the stone but can be installed in brickwork patterns to add some more visual appeal. The brickwork installations such as herringbone and cobblestone can work particularly well if your business also has masonry siding or walkways. Worst: Wood Shakes or Shingles There’s no structural reason wood shakes or shingles couldn’t work on a hipped roof so if you love the look of wood, you’re welcome to go this route. But wood shingles cost more than asphalt but have much higher maintenance requirements, and damage risks, than either asphalt or slate. So this isn’t a great roofing material choice if you don’t want to have to repair or maintain the roof on a more frequent basis. For more information, contact a business like Danny Odom & Son...

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2 Reasons To Install Window-Mounted Air Conditioners

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons To Install Window-Mounted Air Conditioners

Window-mounted air conditioners are a good alternative to traditional central air conditioning systems and can benefit you and your home in a variety of ways. A window-mounted air conditioner is meant to be installed in a window within the room that it is intended to cool rather than utilizing your duct system to distribute the cool air. Listed below are two reasons to install a window-mounted air conditioner. Extremely Easy To Install One of the key benefits that a window-mounted air conditioner can provide is easy installation. If you were to have a central air system installed, then you can easily end up waiting for several days before the installation is complete and you can start cooling your home. In fact, most window-mounted air conditioners will typically take less than an hour to install. The majority of the work involves removing your window screen and lifting the air conditioner onto the window sill. After that, all you really need to do is lower the window so that it rests inside of a groove on top of the air conditioner to hold it in place. Use the plastic screens that came with your air conditioner to seal off the window. Sealing off the window is vital because it keeps the cool air in the house and prevents bugs from getting in. Extremely Cost-Effective Another reason to install window-mounted air conditioner is that they are extremely cost-effective. A central air conditioner will usually cost between $3,500 and $4,000 for a 2,000 square foot home, and even more if the contractors need to make any modifications to the ducts.  A window-mounted air conditioner is also quite cost-effective when it comes to actually cooling your house as the units are only meant to cool the room that they are installed in. This means that you can easily control your energy expenditure by turning off a window-mounted air conditioner as you leave the room and turning another one when you enter a different room. This helps you avoid wasting electricity cooling rooms you do not use, which is an issue that often occurs with a central air system that cools every room in the house when it turns on, regardless of whether those rooms are occupied. Contact an HVAC contractor today to discuss which type of air conditioning system he or she would recommend for your home and budget. A window-mounted option is a great choice due to the fact that it is extremely easy to install and...

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Glass, Metal, and Leather: Transform Any Wood Item into Something New

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Glass, Metal, and Leather: Transform Any Wood Item into Something New

Refinishing wood does not always mean applying stain and polyurethane. There are an endless number of techniques and products available to help each piece fit perfectly with the design style of the home or room. There are many reasons why someone would want to transform wood to make it look like something else. The genuine material might be too expensive, too heavy, or impossible to find. Here are three projects that will help transform any type of wood into something new.  Become an Alchemist Okay, maybe it is impossible to turn lead into gold, but it is easy to make wood look like metal. Metallic spray paints are available in brass, bronze, copper, steel, and chrome. To make the finished piece look genuine, it takes more than a single quick spray. The first step is to sand the wood carefully and fill any gaps, dents, or holes. Apply light coats of the paint, allow it to dry completely, and sand carefully to remove drips or other imperfections. Repeat these steps until the desired look is achieved, but do not sand the paint on the final coat. Buffing the paint with a soft cloth when it is dry will bring out the metallic sheen.  Add Some Glass Anyone can create a glass-like coating on any level piece of wood. This could be a tabletop or the lid of a trunk or jewelry box. The top layer will look like clear glass and help to highlight the wood beneath. In addition, the top, made from epoxy resin, is extremely durable and helps to protect the wood. It is not necessary to sand or fill any imperfections when using epoxy resin. The product is designed to self-level as it is spreads across the wood. Prepare the resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions, pour the resin across the surface, and spread it with a foam brush. Carefully swipe a trowel across the surface to remove excess resin. Items like glitter, dried flowers, and photos can be embedded in the resin, if desired. Spray flowers or paper with a sealant and allow to dry first. Also, remember to glue down any embedded items that are not intended to look like they are floating. Create Faux Leather To create a leather look, you will need to choose two different shades of paint that together will create the look of aged leather. Sand and prime the wood and apply a coat of the lighter color of paint. When the paint is dry mix a 4:1 ratio of paint glaze with the darker paint and apply in small sections. Use a crumpled piece of plastic to create creases by placing the plastic over the wet paint, pressing down gently and peeling off. Repeat across the wet paint.  Wood is amazingly adaptable, and with so many techniques available, it is possible to have the trendiest, most classic, or most unique finished look without going over budget. With the exception of with the resin, it is also easy to repair mistakes by sanding and starting over to get the right look with these approaches. If resin is the chosen material, consider starting with a small piece of scrap wood to become familiar with the product first.  Visit sites of companies like if you would like help with a wood-refinishing...

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3 Places To Use Access Control In A Factory

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Places To Use Access Control In A Factory

In any factory setting, ensuring that the building is as secure as possible is important. This is essential to keep employees and others safe, and it can also help prevent crimes like theft and vandalism. Fortunately, an industrial locksmith who is accustomed to doing work in factories like yours can help, such as by installing access control systems that require a PIN code, a thumbprint or a badge. These are a few places where these systems should be installed. 1. At the Front Gate First of all, if you are able to keep a limit on the number of unauthorized people who enter the property in the first place, you can greatly reduce the crimes that could be committed, such as vandalism or crimes against your employees. Plus, knowing who is on the property at all times can help you hold people accountable for their actions. This means that you should consider installing an access control system at the front gate so that no one who does not belong on the property can enter the main parking lot. You can then have a separate entrance and parking area for visitors. 2. In Separate Departments There is no reason for employees from one department to be in another in most cases, and minimizing the people who can enter various areas of the facility can help prevent accidents and other issues. Consider assigning different badges or codes for employees who work in different departments, and use access control systems to keep employees out of areas where they don’t necessarily belong on an average workday. 3. In Sensitive Areas There are some areas of the building that you might want to restrict access to even more, such as areas where dangerous chemicals are stored or areas where you might store private information. In these cases, you may not want every employee from the department to be able to access these areas; instead, you may want to restrict access to certain employees who have been trained or cleared to work in sensitive parts of the facility. Depending on how sensitive the area is, you may want to implement stricter access controls in these parts of the building. Luckily, a good industrial locksmith can talk to you about your options. As you can see, access control systems can be incredibly handy in a factory setting. If you install access control systems in these parts of your facility, you can help improve overall security and safety for the entire building. For more information, talk to a professional like Vista Lock & Safe...

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The Benefits Of Using Industrial Workbenches On Your Production Lines

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits Of Using Industrial Workbenches On Your Production Lines

Companies that depend on production lines for profits should take steps to maximize production on every line. One way many business owners and department managers have found to save time on production lines is providing industrial workbenches on each one. Workbenches on lines provide safe storage for tools and other items line workers may need during a day’s shift. Check out these reasons your production lines can benefit from industrial workbenches. Workbenches Have a Lot Of Storage Space When your production workers have to take time to leave their line to go searching for a tool they need, it takes up time, especially if tools are kept across the department floor from that particular line. If you place industrial workbenches at the end of each line, line workers can have faster access to the tools necessary for maintaining uninterrupted production. You can have workbenches customized to suit the type of tools used on each line as well. Workbenches can have how many shelves you need and they can be made with enclosed boxes for storing personal items like workers’ purses or other effects while they are working. Boxes can come with a locking system to ensure the personal effects of your workers are safe. Customized Workbenches Can Help Reduce Workplace Injuries The workbenches you choose can be customized to suit the height of people you have on a certain line, reducing the risk of back injuries from bending and twisting in the wrong way. Many workbenches have an ergonomic design that allows workers to adjust shelf and bench height. Having a workbench in place on a production line can also reduce the risk of workers falling because they are in a rush to get back on their line after leaving it to retrieve a tool or other type of necessary supply. Your investment in industrial workbenches for all of your production lines will be worthwhile. Various Designs To Suit Your Needs For Comfort And Necessity Some workbenches have electronic controls for adjusting height while others have hand cranks for making adjustments. The type of workbench you select can determine even more time savings in your production. While electronic adjusters do save more time because they are a little faster, bear in mind you will need to maintain them for keeping them in good working condition. Hand crank controls can be easier to maintain, so the time savings between the two even out in light of the level of maintenance you will need to provide for them. Looking into all the ways you can speed up your workplace production is vital to increase your profits. Check out the production lines in your business and see why workbenches on them would help a great deal. For more information, contact a company like Shelving Rack & Lockers Inc that makes...

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Widening Your Existing Well: The Why and How

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Widening Your Existing Well: The Why and How

Most of the time, you drill a well and then you leave it be because it sufficiently provides water for your home. However, if you are having problems with your current well, then you might want to widen your existing well. Here is what you can expect from this process and why you might choose to have the well widened. Why You Might Expand Your Well’s Walls When the walls of a well are shifting, cracking or damaged, it may be a good idea just to pull out the old cement and start fresh with newly-sculpted walls. It also helps to widen a well to accommodate larger persons for repairs and testing. A wider well can also provide easier access for the installation of new well pumps and new wiring. Additionally, redrilling an old well might create better water flow and increased water supply when an antechamber of water is tapped during the drilling. The Cement Walls Are Removed The first step in widening an existing well that has cement/concrete sides is to remove as much of the walls as possible. The contractor may use special rotary cutting tools that slice through the current walls and help move chunks up and out of the well. This also prevents bits of concrete and concrete dust from dropping into your water source. This step has to be done in order for the well drilling contractor to use another drill that shears away some of the earth from the walls of your well. Removing Soil from the Well’s Walls Next, your contractor will begin to grind and shear inches of soil away from the walls of the well. He or she will attempt to do so in a way that prevents the tainting of the well and lifts the soil up out of the access hole of the well. This dirt is loaded onto a dump truck and hauled away. Relining and Repouring the New Cement Walls A new layer of concrete is added to the well’s newly-expanded wall(s) to prevent contamination of your well through the soil. Usually, the contractor will use a concrete spraying tool to create thin layers of concrete over a metal mesh grid that has been inserted and built into the soil walls. This is a very long process because the contractor and his/her crew have to work small sections at a time, in the round, and work his/her way down at the same time. The person or persons who work on the walls (usually one at a time unless your well has been widened enough to accommodate two people) have to be lowered by a type of grappling system or winch until metal ladder rungs have been installed and are firmly planted in the well wall. To talk to a professional about widening your well, contact J. A. Schwall Well & Pump Service...

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Can A Rotating Stage Benefit Your Community Theater?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can A Rotating Stage Benefit Your Community Theater?

What can you do if the only space available for your community theater doesn’t have a large stage that allows for lots of scenery changes and hidden assistance by the stage crew? Consider adding a rotating platform to the stage that allows for low-budget adaptations of your favorite theater shows and more. This is what you should know. Revolving platforms have a time-honored history. Early revolving platforms were used back in the 1700s in Japanese Kabuki performances. The rotating platforms were simple wheeled platforms that were moved manually. European theater adopted the style in the late 1800s, where it became known as the “Shakespeare” stage. Probably one of the most famous theatrical uses of the rotating stage is the long-running Les Miserables production. The revolving stage used for the original production made for dramatic shifts of scenery and a quick-moving performance that awed fans as it transformed the stage from one character’s point of view to another’s. The rotating stage can be used to lessen complications for the audience and cast. One of the problems with a lot of theater productions is that the long gaps between scenes that are required to change the background and props can interrupt the audience’s willing suspension of disbelief. The ability to shift a scene flawlessly, to even create multiple scenes using dividers and lifts, can help alleviate the sense of interruption and disjointed effect caused by ordinary scene changes accomplished by stagehands behind a curtain or in the shadows. Rotating platforms can also be used to accomplish a sense of shifting time or physical movement. The motion of the platform and lighting changes can metaphorically recreate the passing of days or years. It can also be used to allow the players to take the audience with them as they move from setting to setting, without having to exit the stage. There are a variety of options that can accommodate your space. Rotating stages can be designed large or small, with a static surround stage and steps that are level, eliminating the need to step up onto the platform. That allows you to square off the area and makes it easy to move scenery and props onto the stage. It can also allow you to center the stage in the middle of the audience, arena style. When space is at a premium, this can allow you to maximize seating ability. Since the stage rotates, there’s no worry that any part of the audience will be cut off from the action on stage. This can be particularly useful for one-person monologs and shows that involve improvisation. For more information on rotating stage platforms, talk to a construction company in your area. For a rotating stage platform, contact a company such as Smart...

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Tips For Designing A Roof For Snowy Climates

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Designing A Roof For Snowy Climates

When choosing the design for the new roof on your home, it’s important to consider the winter climate in your area. If snow is a common winter occurrence, make sure your new roof is made to deal with the white powdery stuff. The following design tips can help. Tip #1: Consider the pitch Flat roofs aren’t usually recommended in snowy climates since they don’t allow snow to slide off. If you must have a flat roof, there will be specific weight and load requirements it must meet per county code. You will need to have a pitched roof if you want snow to slide off. Some counties may also have pitch requirements, depending on the average snow load in the area. Tip #2: Avoid problem valleys Valleys in a roof can collect snow and ice, leading to ice dams and potential leaks. When looking at the basic design of the roof, make sure everything is set up in a way so no valleys dead end at a perpendicular pitch. Instead, if you do have valleys on your roof, they should follow through to the eaves so snow and water can easily slide off the roof. Tip #3: Choose the right materials Asphalt shingles aren’t necessarily the best choice in snowy climates. Water can work its way beneath asphalt shingles, especially near the eaves, and develop into a frozen ice dam. This leads to roof damage and interior leaks. Metal is one of the better choices since snow easily slides off of the roof surface, and the moisture won’t cause any damage to the roof, either. Avoid designs with horizontal seams, though, since these will prevent the snow from sliding off of the metal. Tip #4: Remember the extras Gutter systems are usually a must in snowy or wet climates. Opt for gutters with a leaf guard over the top. Not only will this keep the gutters cleaner, it will also help snow slide off over the top of the gutters. If you have a steep pitch on your roof, you may also want your roofer to install heat cables near the edge. This melts the snow so that water drips off, preventing heavy sheets of snow from crashing down on anything – or anyone – below. These are often necessary near doorways as an extra safety precaution. Talk to a roof installation contractor, like CJ Scotti Services, for more tips when it comes to designing the perfect roof for snow...

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3 Wood Decking Solutions That Are Ideal For Any Marine Environment

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Wood Decking Solutions That Are Ideal For Any Marine Environment

The look of wood is warm and inviting, but wood can also be susceptible to many problems with wear and rot. These problems can be substantially worse in a marine environment, which is why you may want to consider alternatives to conventional decking materials. There are some wood materials that can be a good choice for decking on a dock or other marine feature, such as tropical hardwoods and cypress. Domestic hardwoods such as white oak can also be a good choice for decking. Here are some of the decking materials you may want to consider for marine structures and their benefits: 1. The Best Tropical Hardwoods To Finish Marine Surfaces If you are looking for a wood that is naturally durable in marine environments, tropical hardwoods are some of the best choices. There are many different species of tropical lumber that you can choose from for your dock or other surfaces. Ipe is one of the most popular choices and is also one of the most durable materials available. If you want something more affordable than Ipe, try other materials like bullet-wood or cumaru. 2. Cedar And Cypress Solutions For Marine Environments There are also some softwoods that can be an excellent choice for wood decking in marine environments. Some good examples of this are cypress and cedar species. If you want to have a natural finish and clear look, cypress is a good choice and will only need a protective coating of oil. Cedar is another good choice, which is a little less expensive than cypress, but will need to be sealed. Both of these woods have natural resistance to insects, fungus, and rot. 3. Domestic Hardwoods That Are Durable And Ideal For Marine Environments Some domestic hardwoods can also be a good choice for decking in a marine environment, such as white oak or white maple. Both of these examples also have red species, which are not as durable and are known to have problems with rot and insects. Domestic species can be ideal for surfaces in covered areas that are not directly exposed to the sun and weather, such as in a boat house or lift. For a dock surface, the best and most affordable choice is probably going to be a white oak. These are some wood materials that you may want to consider in a marine environment. If you need help choosing the best wood solutions for your dock or marine structure, contact a dock building service and talk with them about some of these woods for your...

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2 Tips To Help You Conceptualize Your New Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help You Conceptualize Your New Kitchen

The first step in a kitchen remodel doesn’t require swinging a hammer or measuring a board. Before any work can be done, the project must first be conceptualized. Envisioning a completed remodel before any work is done, however, is difficult. If you’re having your kitchen remodeled, here are two tips to help you conceptualize what you want the finished kitchen to look like. Pick Out Your Appliances Picking out appliances is fun and easy, and the appliances you select will impact some of the other decisions you make. Thus, this is a good place to begin. When first selecting appliances for your new kitchen, don’t worry too much about color. Unless you are designing a red kitchen and know you want all crimson-colored appliances, you can put off deciding on a specific color until later. At first, focus only on the size of your new appliances. Do you want them to be larger than your current ones? Would you like a range with six burners instead of four? Figure out how much larger of a fridge, oven, stove and dishwasher you want, and then visit a nearby hardware store. At a hardware store, you can see just how much space appliances take up. Look at ones that are the size you want, and picture how they’ll fit in your kitchen. This will help you figure out how much floor, counter and cupboard space will be left once these appliances are installed. Map Out Your Kitchen After your old kitchen is ripped out, ask your remodeler if you can walk through before they begin building the new kitchen. Most remodelers will be fine with this request. By this point in time, you should have an idea of which appliances you want, and there shouldn’t be anything in your kitchen except a floor, walls and ceiling. Take a piece of chalk and map out exactly where your appliances, sink and counters will go. Measure out each feature, and create an outline of your entire kitchen. Once everything is drawn in chalk, make a mock meal or two. Pretend you’re getting breakfast ready or cooking dinner. Does the flow of the kitchen work for you? Is there enough room to move around? If you’re constantly crossing a chalk line as you move around, something will be in your way. Talk with your remodeler about how the new kitchen can be redesigned to make it more user friendly. Share Your Thoughts As you look at appliances and map out your new kitchen, share your thoughts with your remodeler. These two suggestions will help you conceptualize your new kitchen, but then you have to share your insights with your remodeler so they can make any necessary adjustments before they begin installing new features. For more information about preparing for a kitchen overhaul, contact a company like Genuine Home Builders...

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