4 Tips For Choosing A Crane Rental Company To Rent From

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether you are a contractor about to start a project or a homeowner who needs a heavy load lifted, choosing the right crane rental company is essential. Cranes are heavy-duty construction equipment, and they should be rented with care. Use the following tips to help you choose the best crane rental company for your project: Ask for Comprehensive Quotes Before signing a rental contract, it is always a good idea to get several bids from different crane rental companies in your area. When requesting price quotes, look for companies who offer comprehensive bids that clearly show exactly what you will be charged and what type of services you will be receiving. Transparency is important when renting a crane, and reputable companies should have no problem being clear with their fees. While price is an important factor, don’t automatically go for the cheapest bid. There are several other factors to consider before making your final decision. Think About Safety Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to crane rentals. It is a good idea to look for a company that offers a fleet of newer cranes for rent. You may also want to ask to see the service and maintenance records for the crane you want to rent so you can rest assured that it is in good operating condition. You may also want to do a search to see if there have been any accidents involving a crane from the company that you want to rent from. Arrange for Crane Operation If you are not experienced in operating a crane, a crane rental company should not be comfortable renting to you without having a rigger on site during your project to properly operate the crane. If a crane rental company does not employ their own rigger, they should be able to help arrange for one to be present on the days of your rental.  Experience Take experience into account when hiring a crane rental company. It can be smart to choose a company that has been in business for a long time and has a strong understanding of cranes and which types of cranes are best for different types of projects. If you opt for a newer crane rental company, try to find one that has owners and employees who have worked in the crane rental industry for a while; a company may be new, but you’ll still be renting from a company that has people who have knowledge of cranes. For more information, contact companies like HB Crane...

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What Is The Best Flooring To Install In Your Child’s Treehouse?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You should start the treehouse with a durable hardwood such as pine, cedar, or redwood because they are safe and water-resistant. Softer wood, such as spruce, birch, or poplar, can shrink faster because they contain more moisture. Treated wood is stronger and won’t decay as easily. You get the idea of a sturdy foundation. Here are more suggestions for the flooring of the child’s new play house. Floor Basics It is advisable to begin with 2x4s or 2x6s plywood or decking. However, don’t use chip boards including oriented strand board (OSB) because it can absorb water and easily swell. The slats should provide air flow of approximately ½” apart that have been pretreated with a wood preserver. The flooring can also be protected with an extended roof. The joists should be 12″ apart with a minimum thickness of 1″ for safety. A drainage slope is advisable of 1 in 12 (5°) that can help drainage and remain safe. Floor coverings shouldn’t be used unless the floor remains dry. Plywood Plywood can be used over the beam crosses and adhered with adhesive and screws. However, it is necessary to use marine plywood because it is seven or eight layers thick and uses a waterproof epoxy to bind them together. The plywood is also treated with a waterproof sealer and has no gaps/voids in between the layers like regular plywood. It is faster than using regular boards for the flooring since it can be cut to fit the area of the treehouse. IPE Decking This is a durable and strong choice that originated in South and Central America. It resists mold and fungus growths and will remain cool since it is heat-resistant. It is also slip-resistant and will repel rot and decay. It is perfect for children to play on because it is also resists slivers and scratches. It is easily cleaned and you can apply a decking oil to give it a boost to help repel UV rays and water damage. Maintain the Flooring Wood products should be protected from elements whether they are directly in contact with them or not. For the exterior floors, like the ones in a tree house, you should apply a clear sealant every one to three years for protection. All wood has a lifetime, and protecting the surface will make them last much longer. Even though you might want to place carpet in your child’s treehouse, you should probably settle for some throw rugs that can be easily cleaned. You can also remove them before the floors get wet. As you see, there are several options to make the play haven safe for your...

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Buying A New Home: Why It’s Important To Have The Land Surveyed

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are in the market to purchase a new piece of property, or you want to build a home on a piece of land, it’s important to know what you’re buying. Even when the property borders are marked with fences, these fences may be in the wrong place. Many property owners find that although they were purchasing a certain lot of land, their property is cut off by the fences of neighbors who only guessed at the property line. When you get your potential property surveyed, you will know exactly what you will own before you make the purchase and you can plan accordingly. Avoid Property Line Disputes In The Future Although every real estate transaction should contain a land survey, this doesn’t mean that the surveys are carefully looked over by the buyer or seller. When you are really interested in a property, yet you find out the neighbor has a corner of their fence taking over some of your property, you may not want to cause problems. Some people overlook a fence for the sake of streamlining the buying process. It’s important to understand that if your land was properly surveyed and you did nothing about the fence, you can’t do much about it once you move in, either. When You Go To Sell Your Property The problem with accepting a neighbor’s fence on your property isn’t just when you move in, but when you want to sell the property. The next homeowner may be very upset that the neighbor’s fence is six inches on the property they want to buy. While you weren’t bothered by the issue, a new property owner could be. As you buy property, it’s always useful to think about the resale value.  Negotiating With The Seller If you have the property surveyed and the actual property is not in the clear control of the seller, you may need to negotiate the selling price to deal with the problem. You can ask the seller to handle the perimeter issues of the property, or ask that the piece of property you want to purchase be defined and priced accordingly. You don’t want to get into a situation where the property borders are not clearly defined, as this can cause you problems with your neighbors in the future. A land survey is an affordable way to determine the parameters of the property you want to purchase, and an excellent investment when you want to ensure the property you are buying is as-described. For more information, check with surveyors like those at DC Gohn Associates Inc Surveyors &...

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4 Rooms in Your Home That Could Use a Fire Extinguisher

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you keep a working fire extinguisher in your home, you might be thinking that you’ve done all your need to be able to control a fire. The reality, however, is that larger homes (and certain state regulations) often mean that one fire extinguisher is not enough. While it’s overkill to have one device in every room, the reality to keep in mind is that if a fire breaks out somewhere in your home, you might not be able to retrieve your fire extinguisher from a distant room until the fire has spread. Here are four rooms that can benefit from a fire extinguisher. Garage Your garage is a valuable spot to store a fire extinguisher. Not only will it not look out of place alongside tools and outdoor equipment, but it can also be a valuable ally if you’re continuously working on projects in your garage. Many garage projects, such as soldering and welding, can create sparks that could possibly lead to a fire. Coupled with the fact that garages often have flammable products such as oil, it’s beneficial to ensure that a fire extinguisher is easily accessible in this space. Kitchen Sure, a fire extinguisher won’t match your kitchen decor, but you need to remember that a fire can easily start in your oven, on your stove or even in your toaster. You want to have a fire extinguisher close at hand, so keeping one in the kitchen is ideal. If you want to be subtle about its location, consider mounting it to the inside of one of your bottom cupboards; it won’t be a visual distraction but will be within easy reach. Basement Having a wood-burning fireplace in the basement is ideal because the heat can rise and flow throughout your entire home. However, there risk of a fire getting out of control is always nearby when you have a fireplace; all it takes is for a hot ash to land on a carpet and not be noticed, and you could soon have a smoldering mess. A fire extinguisher nearby can help you deal with the fire before it spreads. Backyard Shed Although not technically a room in your home, your backyard shed is on your property and your responsibility. If you can identify any potential fire hazards in this location, it’s ideal to keep a fire extinguisher handy. For example, if you’re filling your lawnmower with gas and it ignites, there won’t be time to run to the house to retrieve your fire extinguisher. For more information, contact companies...

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How Can You Tell If Your Home Needs A Sewer Cleaning?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sewer problems are common in older households, but all homes may need sewer cleaning from time to time. As a homeowner, you’re responsible sewer lines that connect to your property. Being able to tell when your home needs a sewer line cleaning can help you avoid disastrous problems. How can you tell if your home needs a sewer line cleaning? If your home needs a sewer cleaning, there may or may not be warning signs. Some of the signs to look for include Sinks and bathtubs drain slowly all over the house. If one drain is slow, this is likely because of a clog in that specific drain. If all of your drains are slow, this is a sign that the sewer line needs to be cleaned. Flushing water down one drain causes water to rise somewhere else. If flushing your toilet causes waste water to appear in your bathtub, for example, this is a sign that the sewer line is clogged. Strange gurgling noises in your drains. When the sewer line needs to be cleaned, you may hear sounds you didn’t used to hear when flushing waste water down the drain. Presence of a sewer gas odor in the house. If you smell sewer gas in your home, this could be a sign that the sewer line is backing up. (This could also be a sign that water has evaporated out of a P-trap somewhere in your home, so don’t panic at the first hint of a bad odor.) If your home is displaying one or more of the above warning signs, contact a certified plumber right away. The plumber will be able to tell you for sure if your home needs a sewer linecleaning. How often should you get the sewer lines cleaned? Every property is different. If members of your household frequently flush adult wipes or kitty litter down the toilet, you’ll need to get your sewer line cleaned more often than a household that does not. If your property has many deep-rooted trees growing near your sewer line, this will also necessitate frequent sewer line cleaning. What can happen if you fail to get a sewer line cleaning on time? If you fail to get a sewer line cleaning when one is needed, the sewer can backup into your home. This could be a minor event that results in raw sewage in your bathtub, or this could be an expensive problem that results in a layer of raw sewage all over your basement floor. Can you clean the sewer lines yourself? There are some DIY chemical cleaning products available at home improvement centers that will kill and remove tree roots from the sewer lines, however,...

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How Not To Suffocate Your Log Home With The Wrong Kind Of Stain This Spring

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Homeowners and concerned children are equally and acutely aware of the fact that houses creak and groan at night, and this phenomenon has a lot to do with the temperature shift that occurs during this time. These noises are caused by the lumber in your walls, ceiling, and other areas “breathing” with the temperature shift, which is an important part of your home’s health. The same is true in log cabins, and in fact, this phenomenon can be even more important than in a stick built home, especially during the extreme temperature differences that often come in springtime. Picking the right stain is crucial to allowing your log home to breathe with the temperature changes, so here are some tips on choosing a stain for your log cabin with this in mind.  First Off, No Paint When was the last time you saw a painted log cabin? Exactly, never. That’s because paint is the worst finish for letting your log cabin breathe the way it’s supposed to. Paint is very rigid and stiff, especially exterior paint designed for shingles and paneling, which is why it can chip after a few years. Apply this kind of paint to a large log that may grow or shrink by several percent over the course of a year, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, and a shoddy staining job to boot.  Oil-Based Stains Aren’t Much Better Even if you know enough to pick a stain over a paint, you may still not be out of the woods yet. That’s because oil-based paints can be just as bad as paint, since they’re both made of essentially the same ingredients. Oil-based stains won’t let your home breathe, either, which can cause chips, cracks, and drafts if left unchecked.  Latex-Based Stains Now that you know which finishes to avoid, there’s really only one option left: latex-based stain. This type of stain is ideal for log homes because it is the most elastic and dynamic, meaning that a latex-based stain will be able to stretch and shrink with a log rather than providing the brittleness that comes with an oil-based stain. An added bonus to latex is that most latex stains can act as a somewhat protective barrier if you really need to bulk up your log home’s seal in a hurry, and since latex is so dynamic, this seal will form and stay tight for years. Click here for more information on log home...

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