Category archives: Home Improvement

The First Time the Heater Failed

I had to unexpectedly dip into my savings for Sacramento HVAC services when my heater stopped working. I have some money saved just in case I run into an emergency. I’ve used it before when I needed to buy a new tire for my car. I hate having to go into the fund, but that’s why it’s there. I had never had any trouble out of that heater for as long as I’ve been living in this house, but I guess it’s getting to the point where the heater or the air conditioner will fail one day, so it’s pretty much just living on borrowed time.

When the service worker came to look at my heater, he noticed the model and was amazed. Read more

Our Sunroom Was the Best Investment in Our House

We have been spending a lot of time sitting on our front porch in the summer. We have a back stoop, but no deck or anything. We prefer the view from the back yard, but we enjoy sitting out front. We really want to extend our enjoyment of being in the sunshine. Plus, we want a place to put some houseplants to really capture the winter sun. The back faces south, and that is perfect for winter sunshine. We contacted a Chicago sunroom contractor to see about building a sunroom we could enjoy year round. I had no idea just how far the technology of building sunrooms has come.

We had a rather large sunroom built out back. Now you walk out the back door into a spacious living area that is filled with light. Read more

I Made My Wife Happy by Doing These Things Around Our House

After watching my home’s exterior falling apart over the years, I understood that I really needed to do something about it. We had been thinking of selling our home, but that would not happen easily if I wasn’t taking care of the house itself. Property values can fall easily. I wanted to learn more about how to make things nicer myself. And what I learned showed me that it is not that hard or expensive to do at all.

First, I needed to go all around the house and chip off the old paint. I did this with a pressure washer. This allowed me to see just how much damage had been done because I had not bothered to keep the house painted nicely over the years. I replaced wooden trim and even siding. I learned how to do all of these things online. I thought I would need help, but I was able to do it all by myself without having to hire anyone.

Then, I found out that we had some roof damage and some damage to the wooden eaves that hang just below our roof. This damage came about because I never bothered to install gutters. So, I bought what I needed, and then I spent the weekend putting it up. My son helped me with this. My wife was really happy that I was finally doing something about it, and she said that it makes our house look nicer now, too. She has also stated that she loves the house so much now that she is not really sure she cares about moving. She said she feels like she’s driving up to a new house every day when she comes home from work. I’m okay with that because it is a lot easier to stay put than it is to pack up and move.

Working on My to Do List

I have just taken a couple of days off from work to work on my to do list. I need to a large number of small things, most of them related to my desire to eventually sell this little house for a decent profit. The thing I am looking to do is to work on the curb appeal, so that a potential buyer pulls up and immediately imagines themselves buying this home. I am going to take the plantation shutters down and see if I can fix the little issues with them for starters. It seems as though they were installed by some person who did not have full grasp of his faculties to be honest. In fact it looks like a DIY’er came out one Saturday with his tools and a twelve pack of beer, but did a lot more work on the beer than the shutters. Read more

What Sort of Jobs Are Opern to 16 Year Olds

I have decided that I want to start earning some money for a car, or in fact a better car. What I have now is a hand me down pick up truck which has more than a quarter of a million miles on it. My oldest brother bought it about five years and used it for his lawn care services before he was doing that stuff on the books. Obviously he did not care too much about what it looked like, which was good because this is a really beat up old truck. It is a 1992 Ford F 150 and it has not been taken care of for some time. It was not really running when he bought it, but he was able to fix it with our Dad’s help. He was driving it a whole lot and it had a whole lot of wear and tear. Read more

Choosing from the Best Robot Vacuums Can Save You a Lot of Chore Time

I wanted to help both my wife and I keep a cleaner flat with less time and commitment to the tasks. There was only two ways to do it. We could either hire a housekeeper, or we could resort to automation. Well, we live in a flat and are working like crazy to build a more secure financial future. No housekeeper on our salaries. We are clean by nature, but grime lays itself down no matter what. Floors need swept, things need wiped down. I looked into the best robot vacuums to find one that could roam around while we were at work.

Every minute you save for routine chores is a minute you can apply to earning money, enjoying your time with your spouse or for precious sleep. We have one of those automated shower cleaners. Our toilet is kept quite sparkly with its new additive too. The robot vacuum we got goes around all by itself and sweeps the floors. Then it returns to its charger when the battery gets low. Read more

Finding the Best Energy Rates

My husband was always the one who took care of our budget and paying the bills, so it was a whole new world for me when I had to start doing it on my own after we divorced. I know to a lot of people, this would have been scary. To me though, I was looking forward to figuring this out. One of the things that surprised me the most was getting a choice in which energy provider to use. I looked at http://energyproviderstexas.com/texas-electric-company-rates/ to get a feel for how it all works, and I learned so much from this site. Read more

Started Working on the Rental House

The place was a real wreck when Shelly and I found it, but we got it a real fire sale type of price. We have to figure out what to do about the electricity pretty soon. That is one of the big things wrong with the place because it appears that someone who was less than qualified originally did the wiring. The electric company wants to get some more information before they come and turn the power on, because they know that the place failed inspection . It is rather obvious that they probably did not know exactly what they were doing when they hired the contractor or did a lot of the things that they did. It was not well thought out and so we have to sort it out all one step at a time. They really did just about every thing wrong that you could imagine and this place was really cheap because very few people were interested in taking on the headache.

I probably would not have done it if I had not been able to solve the biggest issues either by myself or with the help of some person in the family. The father in law and my Dad both have a lot of skills and the truth is that my Dad loves having something like this to fool around with. If he knows I am going to be over there working he gets over there early with a box of doughnuts and a big jug of black coffee. We are sitting around making a plan now, basically trying to write down the plans and make it all step by step. The idea is that you have to do one thing before you can do another, so you have to figure out what must be done when.

Have to Get the Basement Dried out

I guess we need to get some people who know how to do water damage restoration at the church. It is only one room of the basement at the church that has been damaged, but it seems like it is pretty bad. We did not notice it until Sunday, no one is quite sure when it happened and there is not really a lot of damage. We used the area to store extra folding chairs and tables. In fact these are mostly the old ones that we do not use unless things are really pressed. We have a bunch of newer tables and chairs that everyone likes a lot better because they are much lighter and easier to deal with. Read more

Different Features of an ADT Home Security and Alarm System

With all of the tensions nationwide and the steady reports of home invasions and burglaries in neighborhoods right next to us, we decided to get ADT home security services in New York City to install a high quality alarm system in our home. The whole system is wireless so installation was done in a day. There were no cables to run from sensors to the alarm panel. We have an alarm keypad upstairs and downstairs. We also got a couple of the key fob alarm remotes to arm and disarm the system. They have a panic button too.

The siren is very loud. We opted to get another one installed outside. We had motion detectors installed that do not trip when our pets, left at home, move about. Since no one is in the basement when away from home, the whole area is protected by motion detectors. We also had a smoke and carbon monoxide detector installed on every level that is connected wirelessly to the central alarm panel. Read more

I Bought New Shutters for My House

Every time I have bought window treatments in the past, it involved me putting a box of mini blinds in my shopping cart at a discount store. Thankfully, those days are over now. While they were sufficient, they were not practical because I had to replace them so often. It was too hard to keep them clean, and they were so cheaply made that cleaning them often made it to where I had to replace them often. Even worse, they did not make my house look nice at all. That changed when I called Los Angeles shutters to come out and give me an estimate.

I had received a nice bonus from work, and I decided that I was going to splurge and buy myself new treatments. I did not know what I wanted until I started looking at different options online. Read more

Long Lasting Low Energy Consumption Residential LED Strip Lighting

There are really cool LED lights that are available. They come ins strips, can be customized to length needed and they operate on a 24-volt transformer. The low voltage is safer than traditional lighting, and they use far less electricity than any other residential lighting that is available. Though they function perfectly well for houses connected to the electricity grid, they are perfect for homes that operate off of solar energy stored in deep-cell batteries. I went to view them at a website that explains all about them.

If you know anything about LEDs, you know that they hardly use any electricity at all to function, and they put off a tremendous amount of light. You have to have hot bulbs that are incandescent to get an equal amount of light. These LEDs are cool to the touch. Read more

Why Choose a Cordless Impact Wrench

If you are a construction site worker, you will need a fair amount of tools to get the job done properly. While that list of tools can be rather long and complicated, in most lists of tools that you can find, a cordless impact wrench is going to be seen among them.

An impact wrench is an excellent tool for different works and having one can make your life better and easier and it can make your work less complicated, allowing you to finish the work on time. What are the advantages of choosing a cordless impact wrench?

Portability

Among the biggest draws to an impact cordless wrench is the cordless part. When working on a work site, the worst thing to have to deal with are power cords, particularly if those sites don’t have power sources. This is why work stoppage is a serious issue in these sites.

Accessibility

Another problem is accessibility. You can really waste time on the work site trying to manage power cords that are very limited as far as the reach is concerned. You can string together several cords to get power to your wired impact wrench, but it is very time consuming and it can easily turn into just one more headache that you do not need when you are trying to get the work done.

This makes a cordless impact wrench a must-have. Without having to deal with a great amount of extension cords, you can simply bring your cordless tool anywhere you need to use it. It doesn’t really matter how tight, far or confined the space is, you and your tool can get the work done.

Power Supply or Source

One last thing that is very much appealing about a cordless impact wrench is the fact that in some cases, there will be no power source in a specific work site. While this is not true all the time, you have to remember that at the initial phase of the construction project, this can be a recurring issue since you’re just in the process of setting things up.

Having an arsenal of cordless tools such as an impact wrench will make it possible and easy to do the work regardless of whether there is electricity or not. A cordless impact wrench is a very important tool to have at your disposal. Thus, if you are doing construction work or you’re a DIY type of person, you have to make sure that you invest in a good brand and type soon.

I Really Do Love Mine

There are many types of shutters to choose from when you decide to get your windows replaced. A lot of people don’t like the idea of shutters and they just get stock windows, that is ok. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a normal window, but a shutter is just so much better to me. If you are new to the shutter world, I definitely recommend you get plantation shutters. They are some of the coolest things around that you can buy, they just look awesome on any home and the best part is that they come in any color out there, and if you just get a plain one you can paint it whatever color you like after it arrives. Read more

What Are You Going To Use The Air Compressor For?

If you are looking for an air compressor review, you may find yourself even more confused after reading then than before. Air compressors can be used for so many different things that finding a comprehensive air compressor review that can help can be overwhelming and misleading. Often times the reviews will be nothing more than paid advertising and will do little to help you find the right one for your needs. No matter which brand or model you choose, the most important factor upon your satisfaction is going to be the definition of what you are going to be using it for. But, there are Air Compressor Reviews on http://www.4homeautomation.info that are very helpful. Read more