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The Building Construction Process Explained

If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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The Building Construction Process Explained

2014

Musty Boxes And A Damp Crawl Space: Keep Your Foundation Dry

If you like to store items in your crawl space, but the items keep getting wet and moldy, you need to protect your space and your items. There are a few ways that you can keep moisture out of the space, and this will help preserve the crawl foundation at the same time. You can have a contractor come to inspect the foundation crawlspace to make sure there are no major leaks or concerns.

How To Remove A Car's Windshield

If you need to get a new windshield in your car, you will first need to remove your old one. Not only do you need to make room for the new Mr Go-Glass installation, but you'll need to bring your old one with you to make sure the new one is the right fit. You will also need to take measurements, which is easier to do when it is removed from your car.

5 Tips For Waterproofing Your Basement

Basements are prone to leaking due to their underground location, but it's important to do what you can to prevent water from seeping in. Otherwise, your walls, flooring and more could be damaged, and you could even put the structural security of your home at risk. Luckily, there are a few different things that you can do to help waterproof your basement. Try these five tips, and you can help keep your basement as safe as possible from excess water.

3 Tips To Help You Successfully Clean Up A Flood In Your Chicken Run And Coop

When your chicken coop and run turn into a mud bog from heavy rains or melting snow, they can get rather stinky and difficult for you to walk in. Besides being a mess for you as the chicken owner, your chickens suffer as well when they have to wallow in a muddy run and coop. Here are three important things you need to do when you clean up from a flooded chicken run.

Air Balancing Problems And Residential HVAC Systems

One of the most common complaints that HVAC service technicians hear from their customers is that one room of their home is not as cold, or as warm, as the rest of their house. In the HVAC industry, these issues are known as "air balance" problems. There are several things that can cause air balance problems to happen in your home. The good news is that most problems with air balancing can be solved with some simple repairs.

3 Tips For Creating A Safe Yard For Children With Allergies

Playing outside is one of the primary joys of childhood, but outdoor play can be unpleasant and even dangerous for children with allergies. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening, and garden variety hay fever and contact dermatitis can doom an allergic child to spending gorgeous summer days indoors while siblings and friends play outside. Fortunately there are several ways that homeowners can make their outdoor living spaces safer for children who experience plant allergies.

Three Fixes For Your Leaky Roof

Everyone strives to have a sturdy roof overhead. However, unless you live in a perpetually sunny climate, you may run into problems when the rain or the snow comes along. If you find that you have a leak in your roof, you know it has to be dealt with. Roofing repair can be expensive, though. If you aren't afraid of heights, there are four repairs you can try yourself. Shingle Repair

How Insurance Companies Handle Storm Damage From Fallen Trees

After a major storm sweeps through your neighborhood, you may have a big mess to clean up and damages to repair from the trees that fell in your yard. Your first step after this happens is to contact your home insurance company to find out if they will cover the costs of cleanup and repairs. Does Home Insurance Cover Tree Removal Services? The first thing to realize is that a typical homeowner's insurance policy will not cover the costs of tree removal, unless a major storm causes the tree to fall.

Decorating Your Wood Fence For The Holidays

After having a new wood fence installed around your property, decorating it for the holidays is a great way to showcase the work you had done. Decorating will make your home look festive and exciting. Your neighbors will look at your house in awe and may be inspired enough to start adding some decorations to their own properties. Here are some ideas that you can use to decorate your wood fence for the holidays:

Warning Signs Your Water Heater Is Failing

When your water heater starts to fail, you want to get fair warning so you can take action fast. Learn the warning signs your water heater is about to go belly up, so you can either repair it fast or be ready to buy a new one. How long a water heater should last Depending on how you care for your hot water heater, it should last for a few to years to a few decades.

How To Replace Your Own Windows

If you need to replace the windows in your home, whether to upgrade or due to major window damage, it is usually advised you have a professional do it. However, if you are confident in your DIY skills, you can try this on your own. Here are the basic steps for replacing your windows if you are ready to tackle this project. What You Need Before getting started, make sure you have the right tools, materials and supplies for replacing the windows.

Concrete Fall Hazards And Concrete Grinding

Concrete is not an indestructible material. It can crack, chip, and break. If the concrete is in a walking area, like sidewalks or driveways, a small problem can quickly become a fall hazard. Continue reading to learn about the causes of fall hazards with concrete and when concrete grinding can correct the problem. Soil Settlement Soil settlement is the most common cause of damaged concrete that leads to fall hazards. When the ground is being prepared for concrete installation, the soil has to be well compacted.

3 Unexpected Phone Numbers To Keep In Your Emergency Contacts

When you think of emergency contacts, you probably think of the close friends and relatives you list on forms at the doctor's office and at work. Emergency contacts are also phone numbers that you should keep with you wherever you go for immediate access. Some of the numbers that are important to have available may surprise you, but keeping such numbers in your phone and in a card in your wallet is generally advised.

Five Specialty Tools That Every Wood Craftsman Should Have In Their Toolbox

If you are a person that would like to handwork wood to get the best results for your projects, you will need to have the right tools for the job. This can include things like an adze, chisels, planes, and other woodworking tools. These tools can be used to help make joints tighter, make your own timber by hand, and many other things. If you want to know the joy of woodworking with all the right tools, then here are five specialty tools that every wood craftsman should have in their toolbox:

Signs Of A Failing Seawall And What Material To Use For Replacement

When it comes to living on the waterfront, it is important that your property is maintained. One of the most important aspects of your property would be the seawall. Without it, your property would be prone to damage from the water. Therefore, to avoid damage to this important barrier, it is crucial that you know what signs to look out for. In addition, it can be helpful to be familiar with the most durable material to use when it comes time for a replacement.

Signs You Need To Have Your Air Conditioner Repaired

It generally goes that the only time your air conditioner starts to suffer issues is when you need it the most, but not all problems mean that a replacement is imminent or necessary. Many problems, even those that may seem serious, can be repaired at marginal costs. Catching certain symptoms before your AC fails completely can help you save money by fixing problems before they get worse. AC Won't Turn On

Want To Remodel Your Back Hall? Ideas And Considerations

Back hall or mudroom remodeling has become a very popular choice for homeowners because of the convenience and ease that can be created in a well appointed "catch-all" space. Some families are finding that lockers for backpacks and shoes and sports equipment make life a little easier. Others are finding that a dedicated space for pet care is useful. Still others like a bench, a washing station, and a series of hooks for hanging coats.