Walk the Line: Two of the Most Common Mistakes People Make When Having a Property Survey

Construction & Contractors Blog

A property survey generally only occurs in two instances: when a piece of land is being sold to another party, or when land is being evaluated for tax purposes. Most people are familiar with basically what a land surveyor does, but since it's a fairly complex art, there's a lot that most people don't know. Because of that, it's easy for mistakes to be made. Here's a look at two of the most common mistakes make when having a land survey done.

29 December 2015

How to Clean a Paint Gun

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Paint guns are a great tools to rent for interior and exterior paint jobs. They are easy to use and they can speed up your project, making it more cost effective. While actually using the gun is quite simple, you will need to make a special effort to clean and maintain it. If you want to ensure that your gun works properly, you will want to learn how to clean it before you begin spraying.

10 December 2015

Two Ways To Prevent Water Waste From Your New Irrigation System


If you've had a professional install your irrigation system, you want to keep that system running in top condition so you can continue to use the most efficient amounts of water and keep your landscaping looking gorgeous. While most irrigation systems require very little upkeep -- just set the schedule you want and let it automatically take care of the watering for you -- you should keep an eye on two main things.

21 November 2015

3 Best Roofing Materials For A Crossed Gable Roof


A traditional gabled roof has two upwards slanting sides that meet in the middle in a somewhat triangular shape. There are also variations on the gabled roof that modify that layout slightly. A crossed gable roof is two sections of building, each with its own gabled roof, that come together perpendicularly. The style is typically found in homes with multiple wings or an l-shaped structure. The gables can be the same or differing sizes.

4 November 2015

Unclogging and Cleaning the Floor Drain in Your Detached Garage

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If there has been a lot of rain in your area and the floor drain in your home's detached garage has stopped draining water, then it is important that you clean the drain and restore its flow before winter storms flood the garage with an excessive amount of water. Since your garage's floor drain plumbing is encased in cement, you will need to attack the clog from the surface entrance of the drain.

19 October 2015

Best Roofing Materials For A High-Pitch Roof

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One of the key roofing elements considered during a shingle project is the pitch of the roof. Pitch refers to the angle of the roof, which is expressed as a fraction with the vertical height as the numerator and the horizontal length as the denominator. A higher numerator means the roof has a higher slanting pitch. High pitch roofs aren't suited for any type of shingle you can find on the market.

22 September 2015

4 Things To Know If You're Renting A Dumpster

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If you are moving or cleaning out your home, renting a dumpster can be a great way to get unwanted items and trash out of your home. To make the entire process go more smoothly, it's important that you know the following things. Do You Need a Permit? In some towns, you need a permit if you plan to have a dumpster on the street outside your home. If you don't have this permit, you are likely to face fines.

15 September 2015

3 Reasons Why You Need A Land Survey When You Buy Commercial Property

Construction & Contractors Blog

Are you in the market for new commercial property? If so, you'll probably get a full building inspection before you close on the deal. The inspection will identify any outstanding issues or damage that may need to be addressed. That can help you decide whether you want to go through with the deal or possibly ask for concessions during the negotiations. While a traditional inspection is pretty comprehensive, it doesn't cover everything.

28 August 2015

Three Tips To Help You Safely Inspect Your Roof For Damage After A Storm

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If you have asphalt roofing on your home, storm damage can be a costly problem. Identifying the problems before they get too big can help reduce the costs of repairs. You may want to inspect your roof yourself to get an idea of the amount of damage on the roof. Here are some tips to help you safely inspect your roof for any damage: 1. Safely Using A Ladder To Inspect Roof Damage

12 August 2015

The Advantage Of A Separate Control Box For A Submersible Well Pump

Construction & Contractors Blog

Although well pumps are designed to last for years, a bit of up-front planning is useful to minimize the difficulty of potential future repairs. The removal of a submersible pump is challenging, and it often requires the use of an overhead hoist. Property owners planning a new well or servicing a current pump may simplify some future repairs by installing a control box above ground. A pump with a separate control box relies on components in the box to energize the pump motor.

31 July 2015