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4 Truss Designs You Can Consider For Your Roofing Needs

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The truss is the part of your roof that helps distribute weight from roofing materials more evenly, and the design of your truss can help determine the overall aesthetic appeal and function of your roofing’s design. As you discuss with your contractor the type of roof you want, you may want to think about truss designs as well. Here are 4 truss designs you can consider for your roofing needs.…

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Don't Let Your Holiday Celebration Turn Into A Sewer Nightmare

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If you frequently invite house guests to stay with you at the holidays, you may have noticed that sewer problems and family celebrations seem to go hand-in-hand. If so, this is probably related to kitchen and bathroom use that happens when house guests are around. Flushing things down the drain that shouldn’t be flushed can cause a number of sewer problems. These tips will help you avoid issues. Monitor What Goes Down The Drain…

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Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Propane Or Kerosene Space Heaters

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Electric space heaters are great for constant heating during winter if you lack central heating. But electric heaters can prove less efficient at heating well-ventilated areas such as an opened garage or slatted barn. That’s where propane space heaters can come in handy. Note that it is unsafe to use propane or kerosene heaters in enclosed spaces that aren’t very well ventilated. Do not use this type of heater indoors unless a trained heating installation technician, such as West Country Heating & AC, has said an area is safe.…

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2 Quick Furnace Fixes

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There are many points in most HVAC systems where the air flow can get slowed down. If you have a furnace that is not producing as much hot airflow as you expect, now is the time to get it fixed. With winter approaching, take some steps to increase the airflow of your furnace and save some money throughout the season. Finding and Cleaning the Output Pipe The first thing that could be reducing your air flow is the output pipe.…

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Can Roofers Still Repair Roofs During Winter?

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Some roofers work year-round but requesting roof repair during the winter isn’t always an ideal option for every customer. Many roofing companies prefer to stick with emergency repairs during the winter, but a variety of factors affect a company’s willingness to work on your roof when this season rolls around. Read on for a couple tips to help you decide whether your home or business could benefit from a roofing repair or replacement during this time of year.…

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Ways To Avoid Expensive Plumbing Issues

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Have you recently moved into a new house? Do you want to take care of it so that you avoid hefty repair bills? Poorly maintained plumbing can be both expensive and disruptive to your life. Here are some tips to keep the whole system working well, so that you don’t need to call for any plumbers. Avoid in-tank toilet cleaners There are many toilet products that you add to the tank or the bowl itself that claim to clean it.…

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Tips For Applying Elastomeric Roof Coatings To Your Home

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If you have decided to apply an elastomeric roof coating to your home to reduce your energy bills and help keep your home cooler in the summer months, then you will be happy to learn that there are some simple things that you can do to ensure that you get the best coverage possible. Follow these tips when applying an elastomeric roof coating to your home. Clean the Roof and Fix Cracks Prior to Installation…

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Adhesive vs Screws for Making Repairs to Plaster

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Plaster was used in homes for many years up until drywall took over the market. Most of the reason that drywall is so much more common than plaster these days is that it is easier to work with. A couple of workers with drills can hang a sheet of drywall in a matter of minutes. On the other hand, workers have to first hang lath on the studs of a home and then smear plaster over them.…

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The Off-Grid Garage: How To Power Your Garage Door Opener With A Solar Panel

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If your garage door controller has a battery backup, it may work for a few days after your home loses power. After that, you’ll have to wait for power to be restored before you can open and close the garage door using your garage door opener. While your garage door should have a manual override that will allow you to open and close the door during a power outage, some garage doors are heavy and difficult for smaller and more frail family members to open on their own.…

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Tips For Tackling Your First Crane Operation Safely

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With so many safety hazards to face on a construction site, it’s important that you’re taking responsibility for the things that you can control. Cranes are one of the major safety hazards found on construction sites, because they pose serious concerns when not handled properly. If you’ve never worked around cranes or you’re unfamiliar with some of the best practices, you should take some time to understand them before you get started.…

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