Let’s say good old Uncle Bill is coming to town to visit for a few days. You really enjoy Uncle Bill. But last time he visited he nearly fell on your driveway when his shoe caught in a crack in the asphalt. This is not acceptable.
So to keep your insurance rates in check you need to strive to keep things in tip top shape and in good repair. (Because believe it or not insurance companies do send people out to inspect your home before they ever decide to renew your policy!) So beat that insurance inspector to the punch by taking the time to spread some asphalt sealer goo down on your driveway or walkway.
Three days until Uncle Bill arrives…
Cordon off the area you will be working on with some bright florescent surveyors tape, available at any hardware store.
First fill the cracks. Yes you can do this yourself. Clean the crack out with a high pressure nozzle on the end of your garden hose, and while you’re at it clean the entire surface that you’re going to reseal. Then let the cracks and the entire area dry completely.
While buying the crack filler it is highly recommended that you buy a good pair of knee pads so you can get the filler well down into the cracks. Sure you can do this by just bending over, but to get that crack filled to capacity get down and take a gander at where you are putting the filler. Fill the crack and then smooth the filler with a putty knife.
Two days until Uncle Bill arrives…
After talking with the local hardware/home improvement store guy, coincidentally also named Bill, you decide on the sealer best recommended for your area. If he is worth his salt Bill will also send you home with a stiff bristled broom to spread the emollition and maybe even an inexpensive broom handle to stir the goo with. Both of which you should realize it would be better to throw away after use so you don’t end up with sealer everywhere in your storage shed or garage!
You are back home by early afternoon to begin to spread the sealer. With each stroke you tell yourself that you are adding to the value of your home and protecting your investment and Uncle Bill’s feet and legs and anything else that might break if he were to succumb to a fall. No to mention keeping your insurance rates down.
Uncle Bill will be coming the next day…
You have done it. You have filled those pesky cracks in your asphalt and resealed the entire area. It looks black and shiny and kinda sexy too. You should leave the tape up and keep traffic off the newness for as long as possible. At least 24 to 36 hours. If you drive on the new sealer before it has a time to “set up” and dry, the tires of your vehicle may pick up the new sealer and the old asphalt and create a new, bigger problem for yourself and your Uncle Bill.
Uncle Bill arrives.
He is safe from falling. He wants to know how much you had to pay to have the sealing done. You puff up and say you did it yourself. There is nothing like knowing that when push comes to shove you are the king of your castle and can take care of some jobs that you thought you would never tackle.
Well done Your Majesty!
Now of course DIY will save some money, but it may not save you time and stress trying to do a professional job when you are truly an amateur. So before you DIY look to asphalt repair professionals, that can do it for you better and more efficiently than you can.
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Drywall Foundation: Choosing the Right Material for your Home Construction
In the construction and building of your home, there is many options and designs that need to be picked. One of the most important designs is the type of drywall that will be applied to the home and the overall finish. With the use of drywall, many find that this material is a low cost, and effective balance to use in their homes for walls and partitions inside of their home construction. With this material being so effective in their home, home owners are left with many decisions and choices when applying drywall to their home in the construction phase. Here is some great tips when having to make the right choice in applying drywall to your home.
Drywall: Which application will you use?
Water resistant Drywall:
This type of drywall is also known as green board. This type of drywall is a great choice when the home owner is wanting to keep the unwanted moisture and water damage away from their homes. It is generally applied around areas of the home that constitute the most water flow. Such areas consist of the bathroom, kitchens, and areas in the basement where pipes are running. Another factor to consider is your region, and how the overall climate of your area. If you live in an area with a much more humid climate, then water sweats more. If this is the case, this drywall can resistant the water that can be produced.
Fire Resistant Drywall:
This type of drywall is used around highly dense areas of the home where heat is produced. Such areas consist of the living room, where a fireplace is and around the kitchen where the stove and other heat producing elements are at. This drywall is composed of fiber strands that are imbued inside the fabrication. This can resistant fire for up to twenty minutes, which is standard within some home construction.
Size and Variation:
Along with the special types of drywall, there is many attributes to drywall that has to be considered. The typical drywall characteristics is a sheet that is measured 4’ x 8’ in height and length. Above the standard measurements of drywall, you can also buy these in ten and twelve feet variation. Along with the length you can also apply drywall by the thickness, which can be bought from 5/8 in thickness to ½ inch. Along with the length and thickness of the drywall, you can also get other variations such as rounded corners and square edge.
Drywall and Construction: Using the Best Application
With the above ideas and thoughts of the different drywall, the overall application is determined by the homeowner and the special needs and desires that is wanted. To get the best out of your drywall endeavors, it is best to hire a general contractor that specializes in these functions. With their expertise and knowledge of drywall, you are well on your way to surrounding your home with the best drywall applications and tenders to the homes construction.
Like looking at the back side of the moon.
Value. The English dictionary from Definitions lists value as: the amount (of money goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else.
In regards to your home, value is the amount that someone is willing to pay you if and when you ever decide to sell that home. So keeping it in good repair and looking good adds to its value and thus to your bank account.
So, if you walk around your house, with the eye of a buyer, not the closed eye of an owner that no doubt probably has too many irons in the fire to say paint that house, you will no doubt see there is room for improvement.
Take for instance the back side, the side that faces south, that gets the sun most of the day. The side you only see when you are trying to get to the front. Even though it is in the sun, baking daily, weekly, monthly…it is like the back side of the moon. For the most part unseen and unobserved.
Answering this question might be a little difficult if you don’t know factors to use in rating a home heating system as efficient. So, to begin with, we need to figure out what exactly makes an efficient home heating system.
Efficient Home Heating System
Your home needs to have a home heating system that help reduce energy consumption, yet improving the level of comfort in your home environment. This starts from a perfect insulation and air-sealing to trap in more heat as possible. Another way involves investing in cheap and low-carbon heating sources to compliment your furnace and boilers. That way, you manage to lower your energy bills and enjoy a calm home stay. Therefore, your home heating system is considered efficient only if it is:
– Energy efficient
Most Efficient Home Heating System Ideas
Geothermal heating system
This heating system comes with both low costs and eco-friendliness. The fact that geothermal energy comes naturally from the ground, makes it relatively cheap and widely affordable. Therefore, installing your home heating system with geothermal heating lowers your energy bills as well as reducing your energy consumption. Besides, geothermal heating does not emit a lot of greenhouse gases.
Solar Heating System
Solar energy is the cheapest so far due to its ready availability. You might incur a huge initial cost but it will have cut down your energy bills a great deal. You also get to save the world from daily pollutions and environmental degradation. Solar systems are also very easy to install as well as maintain.
Wood Heating System
Wood being a natural resource makes another cheap and environment friendly heating source. It can be a great deal if you have your own wood source or may have access to free firewood. Wood is readily available and offers low –cost energy, yet reliable.
Natural Gas Heating System
This is a conventional heating source that also proves to be cheaper than electricity. At some time s of the year, it goes lower than oil due to price fluctuations. That makes it among the most efficient home heating ideas today.
The list might go on beyond the above mentioned heating systems. For instance, non-geothermal heat pumps as well as oil heating oil are also preferred. The point of having the most efficient home heating system is to improve your home comfort and improve the energy efficiency.