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3 Signs Your Vinyl Siding Wasn’T Installed Correctly

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs Your Vinyl Siding Wasn’T Installed Correctly

If the siding on your home looks a little strange, you might chalk up the problem to your home’s age or heavy winds. However, installation errors can destroy exterior siding—leading to time-consuming repairs or even a full-scale replacement. Here are three signs that your vinyl siding wasn’t installed correctly, so that you can correct the issue before things get worse: 1: The Planks Look Warped As the weather changes, siding expands and contracts with the outside temperatures. To keep siding from bending and permanently warping, professional contractors leave about 1/16th of an inch between the nail head and the siding. This extra space gives your siding room to move, so that it doesn’t become warped. Unfortunately, if the person who installed your siding nailed the planks firmly against your home, you might be left looking at a few warped, droopy planks. If you spot warping, have a professional come out right away to fix the problem. By removing warped planks and installing new versions the right way, they might be able to protect your home’s exterior. 2: You Can See Gaps Between the Seams Because siding moves slightly as it withstands temperature changes, installers are also supposed to overlap the edges slightly. Unfortunately, if your installer simply installed one row of siding alongside the next, you might be left with unsightly gaps in between those seams. In addition to looking terrible, these gaps can also give pests, moisture, and climbing plants like ivy easy access to your home. Fortunately, gapped panels are easy to fix. Experts can use special tools to remove vinyl siding in one piece, and they can move siding closer together to overlap the edges. If the gap is small, professionals might even cover the seam with an additional piece of siding. 3: Siding Isn’t Parallel to House Structures When you look at that siding, are the planks perfectly parallel to each other? If they aren’t, the person who installed the siding might have used a non-parallel home structure as a starting reference point. For example, if your windowpane isn’t perfectly square with the foundation line, and your original contractor started the planks along that line, all of your siding might look slightly skewed. The good news is that as long as your siding is in decent shape, the planks can be removed and reinstalled correctly. By working with a professional siding contractor to fix up your siding, you might be able to fend off future problems and keep your home looking...

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How To Handle Common Generator Problems

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Handle Common Generator Problems

A power loss can be a major disruption for both your home and business, but a generator can be an excellent option for ensuring that these situations have as small of a disruption as possible. However, a generator is a complex device that is subjected to a variety of stresses, and as a result, you may encounter any number of problems over the course of time that you are using the generator. Learning about the following two common questions should make you better able to address these problems when they start to affect your generator.  Why Is The Generator Producing Less Power Than Normal? One day you may go to use your generator only to find that it is producing far less power than it normally does. Due to the complexity of these devices, this can be caused by a variety of problems, and you may not have the ability to diagnose or repair this problem if it is stemming from a mechanical issue.  However, this issue can often be attributed to dirty battery connections. As time passes, corrosion, mineral deposits and dirt can accumulate around the battery connection, which will reduce the flow of power from the battery. By cleaning these connections, you may be able to restore the generator’s performance. Before you start cleaning, make sure to completely disconnect the battery or else you will risk a dangerous electrical shock. To remove these substances, you will want to pour baking soda on the connection and let it stay for a few minutes. Next, use a dry cloth to wipe away the baking soda and deposits from the connection.  What Is Causing The Generator To Turn Off After A Short Period Of Time? Another routine issue that can be encountered by your generator is that it may be turning off after only running for a short while. This can often be attributed to a lack of coolant. As the generator runs, it will produce a substantial amount of heat, and this heat can eventually damage the generator. Turning off is a safety feature that will help prevent major damage from occurring to your unit.  If you are noticing this happening, you should first check the coolant levels. If it is necessary to add more, you should do so and attempt to run the device again. When this fails to correct the problem, you should ensure that the vents are clear of debris as a final step before contacting a professional to repair it. When coolant and air flow are not the problem, it may be originating from a mechanical issue with the fan, and this requires an experienced professional to safely perform a generator repair. Understanding how to address a couple of routine generator problems will help you to have a much better understanding of how to address routine issues that may arise. This will help you ensure that the next power outage does not have a major impact on your comfort or...

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4 Tips For Maintaining Your Water Softening System

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Maintaining Your Water Softening System

Water softening systems allow you to remove ions in the water that often contribute to hard water. If you have a water softening system in your home, you might not pay much attention to it on the normal day. There is usually an appliance connected to the plumbing in your home, so it works without you realizing it. However, it still needs regular inspections and maintenance. Inspect the System Regularly One of the most important aspects to maintain your water softening system and keep it running smoothly is with inspections. You should be checking the brine tank to be sure there isn’t buildup, checking the salt level, and cleaning he inside and outside of tank when needed. During your inspections, you should also look for any signs of leaks or damage to the tank. Remove Salt Bridges The majority of water softening systems use salt to remove the ions in order to soften the water. Unfortunately, this can cause something called a salt bridge. This is when the coarse salt crystals form a bridge inside the salt tank. From the outside, it looks like the tank is full of salt, but really it is just a layer of salt on top that is creating this bridge. When inspecting your system, make sure you remove the salt bridge. This can be done by pounding the sides of the tank gently with a rubber mallet. This should help the salt fall. Check the Setting The next thing to check when maintaining your water softening system is the timer setting. If you have had a power outage, you might not have remembered to check the time of the setting, and it is cycling when you are using water during the day. If this happens, the water doesn’t cycle properly through the brine tank, and it can lead to hard water coming through your pipes. Make sure you check the setting during inspections and after every power outage. Add Salt Regularly You may only be cleaning the tank every so often, but on a regular basis, you need to be checking the salt level and adding more salt accordingly. The type of water softener you use will determine how much salt is needed. If you’re not sure, talk to a plumber, as they will be able to tell you. Add more salt whenever the level in the tank is half-full or lower. However, it doesn’t always have to be topped off on the top of the...

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2 Cool Wooden Gifts You Can Make Yourself

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Cool Wooden Gifts You Can Make Yourself

Wood is a versatile material that stands out from other items that you might own because of its strength and resistance to any kind of wear and tear. Here are two cool wooden gifts that you can make yourself that will get you the award of “best friend ever.” 1. Decorated Wooden Kitchen Utensils One of the easiest ways to incorporate wood into your gift is to spruce up a wooden item that has already been created and finished. Go online or talk to a custom woodworking company, like Warburton Woodworks Ltd, to try to find a set of wooden cook spoons or other wooden utensils that you love. Purchase seven of them, and then go to a craft store. Purchase a paint for every color in the rainbow or purchase seven different shades of one color. Either will work well. Purchase a paintbrush if you need one. Once you are home, lay down a sheet of newspaper and pour the first color of paint that you’ve purchased into a small dish. Take a piece of masking tape and place it all the way around the handle of the wooden smooth, about four inches up from the bottom. Try to make the tape as straight as possible. Then, dip your paintbrush into the paint and paint all the way around the bottom part of the spoon. Take a bunch of old, hardcover books outside and clamp the rounded part of the spoon between two of the books so that the handle isn’t touching anything. Wait until the spoon dries and then remove the tape. You will have a beautifully painted spoon handle. Do this for the other six spoons. 2. Wood Pencil Block Another option is to make a pencil block for your friend’s desk. Go to a lumber yard or other location and ask them for a block of wood that is four inches wide, six inches long, and four inches tall. Take a drill and attach a boring bit that is 1/4 of an inch. Make several holes at the top of your block of wood that are three inches long. Try to leave at least 3/4 of an inch between each hole to make sure that there is enough room for your friend to grab a pencil. Finally, decorate the block with paint markers, actual paint, glitter, and other craft supplies so that it matches your friend’s personality. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in custom woodworking. They might have other wooden gifts that you can...

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