How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are very annoying insects that creep through your bed or other furniture in your room or house. If you have these tiny wingless creatures in your room, you will have itchy and red marks on some spots of your body whenever you get up in the morning.

Medical experts and doctors say that bed bugs’ bites will not cause any disease. Though the insect suck your blood and leave several mini drops of its saliva into your skin, good thing is that they do not spread or transfer diseases.

But bed bugs’ bites can really be itchy and uncomfortable. That is why, as persistent as they are, on your mind the question is also that persistent. So how do you get rid of bed bugs?

Getting rid of bed bugs

Before you do anything, it is wise that you spend a little time doing some little research. Every task becomes easier if you know how to do them correctly and properly.

Before you embark to any plan to get rid of bed bugs in your place, please find the time and patience to make a concrete and strategic plan on how you will attack the annoying little creatures.

Just as bed bugs do a little, or practical, planning before they attack you, you should also do the same when you retaliate or do your counter attack.

Do not be out smarted by bed bugs. When you attempt to get rid of them, make sure to succeed in getting rid of them. Otherwise your efforts will be futile and the little money you will be spending, plus the time and inconvenience, will all be put to waste.

Inspect the suspicious area first before embarking on any strategy aimed at getting rid of bed bugs. Make sure the room is not adjoined to another room, or else bed bugs will have the chance to transfer into another place or spot in your house.

Because most of the measures to get rid of bed bugs will involve pesticides or insecticides that contain harsh and harmful chemicals, make sure that room is properly ventilated or that the air circulation is good and optimal.

That is to avoid suffocation on your part. You do not want to be exterminated along with the bed bugs, do you?

Also make sure to sort things up in the room. Put out furniture that you think will make a good hiding place or relocation site for the pestering bed bugs.

Be prepared to say good bye to several furniture or accessories in the room that may have been infested and turned into bed bugs’ paradise.

Typically, when beds are made into bed bugs’ homes, experts will do advise you that you discard or throw it immediately. Some other things in the room will also have to make their way out, if you want to get rid of bed bugs for good and completely.

Seeking help

The best, wisest, most practical and cheapest way to get rid of bed bugs is by seeking professional help from people who know better on the subject and the issue—pest control experts.

The measure can be considered the cheapest, though you may have to pay a little premium for their services. The catch, the attempt for sure will be successful, Meaning, you do not have to keep on buying pesticides or other modern equipment claimed to help get rid of bed bugs.

You will also save on costs for lotions or anti-itching medications that would be needed to relieve your discomfort due to bed bugs’ bites.

There a handful of pest control experts in your locality. For sure you can easily find one through the ads, through the yellow pages or directories or through friends’ referrals.

When asking for pest control professionals’ help, be sure to commit your full cooperation. The effort will be inutile and futile if you will not agree to several proposed measures that would ensure the accomplishment of your goal to get rid of bed bugs.

Inform your housemates, family and even your nearest neighbors about your plan to hire professional pest exterminators beforehand. That would be a civilized and humane gesture if you do that.

Most of all, the success of the effort to get rid of bed bugs in your place lies in your own hands. Observe hygiene and cleanliness to prevent any similar problem from re-occuring.

Building a Garage Addition to Your Home

Building a Garage Addition to Your Home

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One of the most rewarding home improvements I made to my house was to build a garage addition. For years I contemplated building a garage addition while I scraped the ice and snow from my cars and waited for them to warm up during the winter months. About 5 years ago I finally made the decision to build a garage onto my home.
The first big decision I had to make after deciding to build the garage addition was to determine how large to make it. I wanted a large enough garage to fit two cars comfortably and that would be of proper proportion with the rest of the house. I also wanted space to include a work bench and to allow room for the lawnmowers or snow blowers. I decided on a 26 foot wide, by 24 foot deep garage. Since my house was 36 feet in width, this gave me a garage that was about 2/5ths of the entire home frontage.
I also needed to make sure that the roof pitch and the elevation of the garage would be consistent with the rest of the home.
After taking these issues into account, I created some drawings of the garage including: the foundation size, the location of the garage doors, the maintenance door and windows, and the height profile of the roof. From these drawings I was able to discuss with a number of general contractors my garage and home plans.
After selecting my general contractor, I generated some additional drawings that provided all of the framing details necessary to pull a building permit. Because of the specific contour of my property, my garage plans also included a bonus room that would reside above the garage. Thus, I needed to include additional drawings of the bonus room, e.g. interior walls, doors, windows, closet, and entrance way and stairwell to/from the main house.
After excavation and installation of the foundation, the framing crew had the garage frame up in about a week.
Three weeks later I had a completely enclosed garage, with all the outside doors and windows installed and the shingles installed on the roof.
From this point forward, I took over the electrical and insulation work, after filing for these specific permits.
Once the insulation was installed and approved, I called in the drywall contractor to install the drywall, and to tape and mud. I also had them apply a coat of primer and one coat of builders grade paint. It is well worth the money to have them do this.
I then finished the electric, installed the stair railing, interior doors and baseboard trim and the garage was nearly ready to move in.
The finishing touch was the installation of two garage door openers and a final application of paint in the bonus room.
The total cost of my garage addition was about $30,000. I had been quoted as high as $50,000, however with a little negotiation and sweat equity I was able to get a lot of garage for a reasonable price.
A few years have gone by since I completed my garage addition and every winter when I see people standing by their cars in the driveways scraping, I am reminded of one of the best decisions I ever made.

Say Good Bye to Bed Bugs

Say Good Bye to Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are creepy little wingless creatures that thrive in the dark spots and tiny holes or crevices in your room.

Though they may be too tiny, their appearance will definitely not scare you or turn you off. If seen by the naked eye, they will appear just like tiny spots that move slowly or crawl around.

Signs of bed bugs’ presence in your room

There are a number of signs or indications that will tell you or confirm your suspicion that there are bed bugs in your place. In general, be observant for any sign of tiny, wingless creatures that creep and crawl across your room, your bed, the floor, the wall or the ceiling.

Bed bugs feed on their hot-blooded hosts by piercing through the victims’ skin and sucking blood. Bed bugs are like vampires that feed on blood to be able to survive.

That is why the excretion of bed bugs is also red in color. This will help you determine if your room is infested by bed bugs. Excretion from bed bugs, or pee or crap from them, are usually red or dark red in color and has stinky smell.

Another sign that there are bed bugs in your bed is when you find several red and swollen spots all over your body when you wake up in the morning. Bed bugs’ bites are like mosquito bites in the sense that they are itchy, red and really uncomforting.

There might also be bed bugs in your room when there are small, tiny or miniscule holes and cracks on the floor, the walls, the ceiling, furniture or even your bed.

Getting rid of bed bugs

After determining or confirming the presence of bed bugs in your room or bed, the sure thing you will have to figure out is how to get rid of the pests.

Getting rid of bed bugs will definitely be hard and demanding task. The activity will require your utmost attention and will also demand a little lump sum from your pocket.

But anything goes, for sure, you will opt and try to cross heaven and hell just to bring back the natural comfort of home, your sanctuary.

To get rid of bed bugs, you will have to first make a concrete and definite plan or strategy. Planning is a sure thing you do when you do something.

There are a number of potent pesticides and insecticides in the market that are designed and formulated to get rid of bed bugs. Unlike medicines that come in prescriptions, insecticides and pesticides are not prescribed by anyone.

It means, any store or shop that distributes such substances are allowed to dispose pesticides and insecticides to anyone, disregarding the real purpose behind the purchase.

That may sound easy and appealing, but there are dangers along with it. For one, pesticides and insecticides are really harsh and poisonous. Some pesticides are in the form of sprays or aerosols that make them more dangerous.

Inhaling or smelling several such pesticides may already pose imminent danger to a victim. Insects are very resilient especially to such substances so chemical factories have to really make sure that the formulation for each pesticide is really harsh and potent.

Though, anyone can purchase pesticides and insecticides, it would still be more advisable if you get rid of bed bugs the safer way.

Surely, the most certain and effective, not to mention the wisest, way to get rid of bed bugs is to seek help of professional pest control experts.

Getting rid of bed bugs is a very tedious and risky activity so why not leave the job to people who can do or accomplish them well.

Pest control experts and companies have invested in knowledge, training and equipment that will ensure the success of every operation pest control they will take in.

The civil law requires all house owners and apartment operators to coordinate with such experts regularly so every pest living in their areas can be gotten rid of and controlled.

When the process of getting rid of bed bugs is on the way, make sure to notify and inform all the individuals who can be potentially affected, like your family, your housemates and your nearest neighbors.

Get rid of bed bugs. But be sure to do it effectively, practically and safely.

Garage Door Buying Tips

Garage Door Buying Tips


Automatic garage doors are no longer a convenience for only a few, the new generation of garage door is reasonably priced, safe and simple to install.

Here are a number of factors to consider when choosing a garage door.

The Type of Drive System

1. Screw-drive System

The screw-drive system has a lifting apparatus that moves the length of a steel rod. The system requires little maintenance due to the very few moving parts. The system body is mounted in the garage ceiling. The cost for screw-drive system is generally more than $150 and less than $200.

2. Chain-drive system

The chain-drive system has a metal chain lifting the garage door up or down along a set of tracks. The chain-drive system is the most common and usually the most affordable system. The chain-drive is priced in the range of $100 to $170.

On the downside, the chain drive system makes more noise than the screw-drive system. The chain drive system is mounted in the garage ceiling.

Chain drive mechanism: By far the most popular and affordable opening device.

3. Computer-controlled system

The computer-controlled drive system uses no screws or chain. The body of the system is mounted directly above the door. Having the system mounted above the door helps in garages that have low headroom. Also, it provides more ceiling space which can be used for storage.

The type of power

Select a motor with enough power to raise your door. Have at least a motor with ½ hp if you have a double door. A large motor is likely to last longer. Try to find a motor with a “soft” start and stop. It operates more quietly and minimizes the wear and tear.

The speed

The more expensive garage door opens much faster, cutting down the waiting time on your driveway. The quicker opening model still closes at a slower speed for safety. Consider how much you are willing to spend for the quicker models.

Safety concerns

All garage doors have a safety feature that prevents the door from pinning objects. The door reverses in direction if they hit something. The safety feature is mandated by federal law. The safety feature is triggered by an electronic beam.

The computer-controlled mechanism measures the optimal operating time and speed of the door. It can detect and compensate for varying conditions – like if the door is coming in to contact with an obstruction or closing too fast.

Security features

The newer generation of garage doors use random codes for enhancing security. Each time the remote is used to open the garage door, a new random code is generated. The security feature prevents you from opening your neighbor’s garage door and vice versa. The random code prevents code theft.

If the power is out, all garage doors have a manual that will open the door. A few high-end models have a function that allows the door to open just a little bit so that your dog or cat can get out.

The remote control

Several models use a single-button remote control, while others use a remote with multiple buttons that can open multiple garage doors. The multiple button remote control is the best choice for people with several garages, each with its own door.

The fixed controller

The fixed controller is mounted to the wall either inside or outside near the garage door. The fixed controller allows the door to be opened without a remote controller. The fixed controller usually does not come with the standard kit, it is usually an accessory.

The keypad provides you a means to lock the door for a specified amount of time, like when you are away on a trip. Another function is delayed closing, a brief pause between pushing the button and the closing of the door. The keypad provides a lot of time to exit on foot without running, dodging the electronic beam and the garage door.

Lighting

Many garage doors have a security light that turns on as you turn on the system. The light stays on just long enough for you to step out of your vehicle and get into the house. Most remotes have buttons that turns on the light without opening the door.

Pests And Pest Control

Pests And Pest Control

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There are lots of pests in this world, and at some point everyone will find themselves battling a pest.
Pest can invade our garden, our home, buildings; the list goes on and on. Pests can be bugs, plants or animals. Just the mention of fleas, cockroaches, dandelions, mold, mice and rats can elicit strong emotions. Pests present a health hazard to your family, pets, and garden.

It is important to know how to properly control these pests that invade our lives. It is nearly impossible to eliminate pests, but it is imperative to control these invasive pests. There are various methods of controlling pests; these can include chemical control, biological control, mechanical methods, or a combination thereof.

Mechanical pest control is usually the most cost effective and if implemented before a vast infestation takes place can produce desired results. Mechanical methods include hand picking (such as pulling weeds) and traps (such as a mouse trap). Mechanical methods of pest control are usually the most environmentally friendly.

Biological pest control includes insecticides that are derived from plants or other naturally occurring substances such as microorganisms.

Chemical pest control includes the use of more toxic synthetic pesticides. Chemical pest control is not environmentally friendly and is never considered as an organic method of control.

“Integrated Pest Management is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods, to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment”. (Proceedings of the National Integrated Pest Management Forum. 1992. American Farmland Trust)

Integrated Pest Management stresses the use of complementary methods of pest control such as the introduction of natural predators. This method of pest control is much more ecologically sound than relying on chemical methods.

The first step in pest control is to identify the problem. Particularly when plants are involved, the problem may involve poor growing conditions instead of an attack from an invasive pest. Sometimes identifying the pest is obvious, if you see a mouse scurrying across the floor it is obvious you have need for pest control. The next step is to identify how serious the infestation is, or is this just one mouse that has found its way into your home, or is there a family of mice that has taken up habitation in your home. One mouse can often easily be eradicated using a mouse trap or possibly the family cat. However if you have a large infestation of mice, you may need to resort to stronger chemical methods or find it necessary to hire a professional exterminator to rid your home of the pest problem.

Safety A Garage Necessity

Safety A Garage Necessity

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What do you see when you first examine a garage?

The garage door. This is the first and most important “contact” of
your garage to the world. If you want full confidence in your
garage, this “contact” should be 100% secure and safe. Also the
door says a lot of you and of your taste in design. You can have a
beautiful house but if your garage door is a wooden, plain,
white one with that makes an awful sound when opened or
closed, says a lot of you and your negligence regarding style and
safety.

An ageing garage door and opener could be a real threat for
your children or pets. Injuries and death are a thing of the past
with the new openers and garage doors. If you plan to remodel
your garage, one of the first steps in doing this must be changing
your doors and openers.

Old garage doors have been heavy, huge, wooden colossus that
rot and crack. Even though wooden doors provide a wide range
of styles and textures the problems related to poor insulation are
real and even of present times. An alternative is the fiberglass
material, inexpensive, easy to lift, resistant to corrosion and the
require little maintenance but they also provide little insulation
and security.

If you want a maintenance-free, durable and not-wrapping garage
door you need steel. They also provide good insulation, being
made of two or more sheets of steel alternating with a variety of
insulating materials. The also come in various textures, styles,
shapes and colors suited to your needs. Moreover, you can add
windows including the reflective type that provide an obscure
view into the garage.

In 1991, automatic reversal doors for garage door openers have
been required by law in the United States and in since 1993
optical sensors became a requirement. The sensor works perfect
for your safety: if something gets in the way of the sensor beam
while the door is going down, the sensor sends the door back up.
Also the new design provides more security and quieter
operation. Today, the silence options include a belt-driven trolley
made of Kevlar or, the cheaper option, a screw-drive model with
a plastic-lined track to lessen the noisy contact of metal-to-metal.

Remote controls have been upgraded so you can find a
remote control having enough buttons to control the lightening or
appliances in your home and garage. Another option for your
remote-control buttons are the child-safe lock-out and the rolling
security codes witch automatically change every time the garage
door opens to prevent the stealing of your opener’s code.

Even though you have all these changes added to your garage,
security and safety are not 100% guaranteed. It is better that the
installation of a new garage door and opener be done by a
professional team who can make the proper adjustments that will
allow the sensitive equipment to provide you with the maximum
amount of safety in your garage.

Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms and garage doors

Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms and garage doors

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Often being the largest opening on most homes, the
garage door is usually the most vulnerable to failure under
high wind pressure such as hurricanes, tornadoes and storms
in general. The pressure of the wind can destroy the garage
doors during a storm that allows water and wind to enter
the house.
This can cause significant damage to furniture,
electronic equipment, the contents in general as well as the
house’s structure. The garage door is often overlooked
when strengthening the structure against high winds.

Massive building failures and strong winds have convinced
storm-prone communities that residents must be prepared
to employ active or passive reinforcement systems for their
garage doors. An active system is that specific type of
reinforcement that must be installed before a high-wind
event while passive systems are built into the product and
don’t need any activation from the owner. For the home
owner in hurricane-prone areas there are only two real
options: either a new garage door with a built in passive
reinforcement system or a garage door reinforcement kit.

The option of totally replacing the garage door is usually
an expensive procedure so a garage door reinforcement kit
would be a good choice if your budget for remodeling your
garage is low. Although is rather expensive, a new garage
door offers a more secure and safe option in front of a high
wind.

If you’d rather choose the cheapest option, that is to
reinforce your garage door you can protect your home in
one of the following ways: first of all install pressure or
impact resistant devices, such as shutters, panels, accordion
fold shutters on the garage doors or install pressure/impact
resistant garage doors that do not require shutters. If your
existing door is impact resistant but it is not wind pressure
rated, install an approved garage door bracing system to
increase the wind pressure resistance. A pressure/impact
resistant rating ensures that the device meets the wind pressure
and debris impact requirements of the Southern Building
Code Congress International standards or the July 1988
wind pressure and debris impact requirements of the
American Society of Civil Engineers adopted in September
1994.

When adding a garage door bracing first ensure that there is
enough and relevant documentation that the product has
been tested at a certified testing laboratory. The product
should be designed to withstand both positive and negative
wind pressure. You should contact a local garage door
supplier of approved garage door bracing systems to assist
you in the selection of the necessary system for your needs.

Shower Doors – How To Combine Practicality With Style

Shower Doors – How To Combine Practicality With Style

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Shower doors come in a variety of different designs, according to the style of a particular bathroom. As well as choosing a door that fits in with the look of your room, how it opens is an important consideration. This depends on the layout of the room and the amount of space available. For instance, folding shower doors have to be able to open outwards, to prevent the user becoming trapped inside. There must be sufficient space to do this without hitting any existing bathroom fixtures, such as your sink or cabinets.
For smaller bathrooms, a sliding shower door could make more efficient use of limited space. Sliding or bypass doors can be fitted over a bathtub or to a shower stall. They operate by using rollers to glide along tracks. Although space-saving, because the panels overlap and dirt can get trapped in the tracks, it can be tricky to keep them clean. For better accessibility, trackless shower doors are an option. These accordion style doors have the advantages of no tracks to trip over or keep clean.
For corner shower stalls, a pivot or neo angle shower door could make good use of the space available. The finish of the door is another point to consider. Traditionally, doors for showers have been framed. Frames come in a choice of finishes, from polished aluminium to brushed nickel or satin chrome. Frameless shower doors made from tempered glass are a modern alternative. A frameless glass shower door can help let in light to create a more spacious feel, and can be easier to clean. The hinges and handles can be attached directly onto the glass, which can be custom made to fit specific measurements.
A new shower door offers an effective and long lasting means to prevent water leaking out of the shower tub, and can be a stylish addition to any bathroom.

The Garage Door As Your House’s Fashion Accessory

The Garage Door As Your House’s Fashion Accessory

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The look of a garage door is important to accentuate the look of a house. Many people would never consider this to be the case because the garage is the traditionally overlooked and forgotten part of the house. It’s where the biggest mess is, where the most dirt is and where people rarely spend a lot of time.

As true as that is from the inside, from the outside the garage is a huge deal. This becomes truer with each passing year as architectural trends and consumer needs drive the need for bigger garages. These days a three car garage is quite common in a lot of areas and that means three garage doors spanning the front of the house.

Even one garage door can draw attention away from the outer house’s other features. When two of these are these garage doors are placed side by side it seems to take up at least half of the house. Going on three it’s easy to see how the house’s otherwise beautiful look can be swallowed up—unless the doors are thought through carefully.

This is why the manufacturing of garage doors has become a booming industry. Different manufacturers tbring different things to the table. Some offer heavier steel or a sturdier design. Some boast doors that can withstand high winds while other garage doors are meant to maintain themselves through varying climate conditions. The better in the business manage to offer it all.

With houses getting bigger and more lavish, though, the best garage door is one that not only has the aforementioned physical strengths, but a look that compliments the house without taking away from it. Because of this need we are now able to walk a street without seeing the same color and style of garage door twice.

Types of Garage Doors

Types of Garage Doors

Are you looking for a new garage door? Below details the different type of garage doors available for you. The more common garage doors are the manual up and over and the electric roller garage doors.

Below details about four types of garage doors available.

Canopy Garage Door

This garage door is very common in homes and most of them are manually operated due to budget restrictions. This garage door is very simple to operate as you lift and push the garage door up to leave it hang over the driveway. Sometimes the door can fall to head height causing a dangerous obstruction.
This door is quite easy to install with only a frame secured to the garage opening and for customers who don’t use their garage regularly.

Retractable Garage Door

Although this is similar to the canopy garage door there are a few differences. Such as the door extends further from the frame and the door then retracts and is stored in the ceiling on runners in the garage, which means there is no overhang left as the door is flushed with the opening of the garage when open.
Again straight forward to install but for customers who don’t want the obstruction over their driveway.

Roller Garage Door

This garage door looks like a security shutter or window blind and works in the same manner. With both automatic and manual the door rolls up and down but this door can improve the width on the opening of the garage as the runners are installed behind the brick on the garage entrance.
Becoming a popular option of garage door with customers as reduces drafts and convenient. Customers are willing to pay for the benefits of the convenience.

Sectional Garage Door

If the garage door is to be used a lot then this could be a good choice with added insulation. This type of door is the roller and retractable garage door in one. The door splits into large sections and they move up and are stored in the roof ceiling on runners.

Don’t Let Termites Enjoy Your Homemade Feast

Don’t Let Termites Enjoy Your Homemade Feast

This year, homeowners nationwide will host millions of houseguests with insatiable appetites. These intruders always turn up uninvited and threaten to eat their unsuspecting hosts “out of house and home.”

But unlike rowdy relatives who loudly overstay their welcome, these ambitious guests will invade quietly, maintaining a hidden lifestyle and thriving unnoticed for many years.

The pests are termites, a menace to homeowners across the country. Termites may be silent, but they never sleep; their colonies are active day and night, feasting on anything made of wood, plants or cotton.

Termites attack structures of all types, forcing homeowners and business owners to spend billions each year. According to the National Pest Management Association, annual termite damage and treatment costs $5 billion worldwide. Because infestation is so common, the typical homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover these expenses.

In the spring, warm weather signals the onset of swarm season, when termite colonies grow rapidly. During this part of the year, termite queens lay eggs every 15 seconds. According to Orkin, Inc., this is the most important time to protect your house from becoming a feast for a kingdom of termites.

“Termites travel far from their colonies in search of wooden food sources,” noted Paul Hardy, technical director for Orkin, Inc. “They can invade any home-even those covered in brick or stucco, which is essentially exterior ‘wallpaper’-and cause significant household damage.”

Vigilant homeowners can detect some signs of severe termite invasion, such as pencil-sized mud tubes along masonry or concrete, distorted areas of paint on wood surfaces, and hollow-sounding wood.

However, most invasions are invisible to untrained eyes, so homeowners should schedule a free annual inspection with a trusted and experienced pest control company. Only licensed professionals can control termite problems, but tips for preventing infestation include:

• Shut down entry points. Termites can sneak through cracks as small as 1/64 of an inch.

• Elevate firewood piles and move them away from the house.

• Eliminate moisture, which is essential to termite survival, around the home, especially in basements, crawl spaces and near plumbing.

• Keep gutters and downspouts clear and trim siding or stucco at least two inches above soil level.

Garage facelift

Garage facelift


You would probably ask yourself why do you need a facelift for
your garage.
It is only a garage! But what if you have a
two or more cars garage? The garage doors take up a
significant portion of the front of the house. What is the use in
having a great design for your house but having only generic
garage doors?

Nowadays the garage door trends are to incorporate the doors
into the design of the house. For example you could choose
carriage-style doors(look like they open like old-fashioned
doors in carriage houses, but they open like normal garage
doors) or you could choose wood carriage doors. These wood
carriage doors are reminiscences of the horse-drawn carriage days
and they are very popular. You don’t need to go as far as to
order custom made garage doors because you can find more
appealing garage doors at most home improvement stores.

In addition to the doors, the floor of a garage gives style and can
integrate to the overall aesthetics of your house. You could try
interlocking garage floor tiles that come in multiple colors and
patterns. They are made of polypropylene and are easy to
install and clean. Another interesting and practical flooring is the
coin shaped G-flooring.

Choosing The Right Garage Door

Choosing The Right Garage Door


A garage is home to your personal automobiles and usually a large selection of sporting goods and tools.
Therefore in order to keep these possessions safe the right choice of garage door is vital.

A garage door is one of the most important components of your garage. It not only provides security but also can be a design statement for the rest of your property.

Before you build a garage or decide to give your existing one a facelift, it is essential for you to determine the style, shape and size of your garage doors. This will give you a fair idea on how much drive through width you require and also so you don’t end up compromising on a stilted garage entry.

There are basically 5 types of garage doors. All manufacturers follow these 5 basic types in garage door manufacturing. The types are: retractable doors, canopy door, sectional door and side hinge door. These entire doors are different and unique in their performance and services.

Retractable Doors: This type of garage door, that when opened, a large portion of the door swings outwards. After that it retracts back into the ceiling of your garage. The pivot points of the doors are located at the top the door and this makes you unable to park your vehicle close to the door so you should ensure enough room is available on your driveway. The installation of these doors is easy. These types of doors are the easiest ones to be automated with a suitable electric opener.

These doors provide good security to your vehicles as they are fitted with four latches. These retractable doors are available in timber, GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic), steel and ABS. One point to note though is that this door provides you with a reduced drive through width, due to side spring assemblies.

Canopy Doors: When a canopy door opens it swings outwards and then slides upwards into the garage ceiling. It leaves one third of the door outside the garage. The security of the door is enhanced as the pivot points are located down the door. These doors are easy to install as no tracks are required inside the garage and the entire door mounts to the door frame. Canopy Doors are available in timber, steel ABS and GRP. This garage door provides a good drive through width.

Sectional Doors: Sectional doors are made up of numerous separate panels, which are hinged horizontally. They fit to the rear surface of your garage brickwork. The door rises upwards vertically and then backwards into the space of ceiling. Sectional Doors provide better security and protection against weather. The doors are provided with insulation. These are typically manufactured in steel. These doors can be assembled in 4 hours as they come in the form of a kit.

Roller Doors: Roller Doors roll up into the garage ceiling as a single curtain. They are fitted to the garage’s rear surface of the front brick work. The roller doors as the name suggest rolls vertically upwards. These doors provide good security and protection levels. These doors are primarily manufactured in aluminum and steel. The installation of these doors is quite easy.

Side Hinge Doors: Side Hinge Doors are manufactured in steel, timber and GRP. These doors open outwards and look very traditional. These doors need appropriate clearance while being opened. The security of these doors is good if bolts are used at the top and bottom of the door.

Garage doors are an essential part of your garage. So while buying a garage door you should check for the quality, security and durability of the door.

Developing a Garage Addition Building Plan and Estimating Garage Addition Costs

Developing a Garage Addition Building Plan and Estimating Garage Addition Costs

The decision to add on a garage addition to a home is one of the best home improvement projects a homeowner can make. A garage addition provides great utility and can significantly increase the value of a home. Prior to actually breaking ground, however, a garage addition plan and garage addition costs estimates should be developed.

A garage addition plan starts with making initial sketches of the garage addition concept and evaluating how it will tie in with the existing home structure. Though most homeowners prefer a large garage, it is very important during this phase to consider proportions between the existing home and the new garage addition. To aesthetically look appealing from the road the garage addition length should not exceed two-thirds the length of the existing home. Otherwise the garage addition could overwhelm the existing home structure. The depth or width of the garage addition is less critical from an aesthetic standpoint, as it is usually less visible from the road.

Once the initial sketches have been completed, detailed garage addition building plans should be generated. Depending on the complexity of the garage addition either the homeowner or an architect can develop the actual garage addition building plans. In either case, the plans will need to include scaled drawings with dimensions, and cross-sectional construction views with constructional materials specified. The cross-sectional views should include from the concrete footings all the way to the peak of the roof. Each new transition from the footings up should be carefully drawn. Examples include: the footing/foundation transition, the foundation/sill plate transition, and the wall/roof rafter transition. The plans should also include a comprehensive bill of materials for the project. In addition, all property lines and appropriate setbacks should be clearly shown in the drawings. Click Here

Estimating the garage addition costs depends on who is building the addition. If the homeowner plans on acting as his or her own general contractor and performing some of the work (e.g. the framing) then costs will need to be calculated starting with the bill of materials generated during the planning phase. With a comprehensive bill of materials a homeowner can provide much of the list to any home improvement store where they can fill out the pricing information for the specific items for the project. For specialty items such as garage doors, garage door openers, and in some cases lighting and plumbing fixtures (if required for the garage addition) the homeowner may need to contact specialty stores for pricing. The subcontractors may also be able to provide some unit pricing (e.g. garage doors).

If the homeowner is acting as his or her own general contractor and will require subcontractors, then it is important that they identify early the subcontractors and review with them the plans and development schedule. Each subcontractor should provide a firm fixed estimate for the particular job based on the plans and bill of materials. In addition their bid should also include start/complete dates for the particular job.

With garage addition plans and costs estimates in place the homeowner can then proceed with pulling permits and developing a fairly accurate building schedule.

Once permits have been approved, construction of the garage addition can begin. It is important to note, however, that even with the best plans in place things happen and schedules slip. To mitigate schedule slips a homeowner acting as his or her own general contractor should factor in some buffer to the schedule and always be looking ahead several weeks during the entire project. They should regularly check with suppliers to ensure building material will arrive when required and should occasionally check with subcontractors to ensure that their schedules are still in line with your garage addition project.

With these simple planning, budgeting and scheduling issues addressed prior to the start of the project, building a garage addition can be a positive experience both pre and post construction phase.

For more information on building a garage addition see the Garage Addition Bid Sheet from HomeAdditionPlus.com. The Garage Addition Bid Sheet includes an extensive questionnaire (Request for Quote) that a homeowner can provide to prospective general contractors and subcontractors for bidding the garage addition. In addition, the Garage Addition Bid sheet also includes estimated costs and time intervals for constructing a garage addition as well as a list of key home material manufacturers. Finally, the Garage Addition Bid Sheet includes an extensive set of helpful tips and advice on making sure the garage addition is built properly and on time and budget.

Termite Treatment Slab

Termite Treatment Slab

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It is possible for you to get termite treatment if your home is built on a slab as opposed to having a crawl space.
If your home doesn’t have a basement, chances are good that it was built on a concrete slab. Termite treatment for a slab home ideally should be done during construction. Holes should be drilled into the slab itself and a pesticide injected into the holes so that once the house is constructed, there’s little chance that termites can get in and start damaging your home.

Post-construction termite treatment for a slab home, however, is possible. It is possible to trench around the outside of a slab after it has been poured, but this alone usually will not give satisfactory termite control because the termite colony may be entering the structure from the soil under the slab. You see, slab will crack or shrink away from the foundation wall allowing termites to infest the wood above. In addition, concrete slabs usually have many other points of entry such bath traps, plumping outlets, etc.

Termite treatment for slab construction requires a lot of time and labor. Slab construction often will require precise drilling to block all termite entry points. Slabs must be drilled vertically along all cracks and construction joints at 12-inch intervals and no more than 6 inches from the foundation. The soil below the slab must be treated from the bottom of the slab to the top of the footing. This method of drilling and treating is also used for dirt-filled porches and stress cracks sometimes found in slabs.

It is also very important to treat the soil underneath your home because termites lay their eggs in the soil. Once the eggs are hatched, they live in the soil and burrow underneath your structure until they are ready to feed and make their way to the top and into the wood. Application of the pesticide – called termiticide – can be done in a variety of ways and establishes a barrier that will keep the termites away from the wood that constructs your home or building.

Termite treatment for a slab home, as we’ve said, should ideally be done before the structure is built. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done to keep termites away. Contact a pest control professional and let them know that you want to have termite treatment for your slab home. They will not only be happy to come out and inspect your home for damage, but they will be able to develop a pest control treatment program that you can follow to be sure that your structure remains termite free!

A Guide To Window Hardware

A Guide To Window Hardware

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A variety of materials are available in window hardware. You have several options in terms of energy efficiency and design. Your personal preference, the climate and the style of your home will help you choose the right material for your house.

Types of Window Hardware

Wood

Wood has been the most common material used in window construction for generations. Wood is the easiest material to work with, either for a professional or a homeowner doing a DIY home improvement project in Krugersdorp. This material is most often used in custom work and intricately detailed designs. You have a wide range of options for painting and staining to fit every decorating need. This material is also very good in terms of energy efficiency.
The only downside of using wood is the maintenance needed. You will need to re paint or stain often. The peeling not only looks terrible, but will cause the wood to rot, if not maintained properly over the years. With good, regular maintenance, wood windows will last a long time.

Steel
Steel is most often found in older homes and basement windows. It is rarely used in newer homes because it is not very energy efficient. The heat from your home can easily escape through the frame of these windows. In addition, regular maintenance is needed. You must repaint steel regularly, or it will rust. Steel is a very durable material and is still used in hurricane storm shutters.
Aluminium
Aluminium is nearly as durable as steel. However, like steel, it is not very energy efficient and allows significant heat loss. This material does have one benefit over steel. It doesn’t require the frequent maintenance. The color of aluminium is baked on and a variety of colors are available. Repainting is not necessary.
Vinyl
Vinyl is an inexpensive and durable material for windows. In addition, vinyl is fairly energy efficient. In addition, vinyl windows are maintenance free. They don’t need to be painted. Vinyl is colored straight through, so you won’t ever see chips, scratches or peeling. A variety of colors are available to match your home’s decoration.
The biggest problem with vinyl is that it can look cheap. There are vinyl products that are made to look like wood, but the effect isn’t very good. They still have a plastic look.
Fibreglass
Fibreglass is a fairly new material for window construction. It is very durable and energy efficient. When insulated properly, it is one of the best in terms of energy efficiency. There is little heat loss with well insulated fibreglass windows. You will pay for this efficiency. These windows are among the most expensive.
Things to Consider When Choosing Window Hardware
Consider the climate where you live. If you live in a hot climate, you want to keep the heat out and the cold air in your home. Look for windows with a lower U value.
If you live in a colder climate, you want just the opposite: to keep the cold out and heat in. Heat loss is a major problem in cold climates and you’ll want to prevent this both through the frame and the glass. Choose energy efficient material and insulate it well. Consider insulated glass, which adds to the energy efficiency of the window. These products contain two layers of glass with argon gas in between the layers.
When replacing windows, consider the design of your home. You want the windows to match the architectural elements of your home. Make sure the material you choose fits in with the time period of your home. You won’t want wood, Colonial style windows on a modern Contemporary home.

Enhance Productivity and Safety for Your Business with Industrial Roll Up Doors

Enhance Productivity and Safety for Your Business with Industrial Roll Up Doors

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If you own a warehouse, storage facility, or industrial business, you probably realize the importance of safety, productivity, and energy conservation. Old doors to divide your plant sections or warehouse storage areas can be a hazard in more ways than one. That’s why it’s a good idea to replace your old doors with new, energy-efficient roll up doors. Here are some benefits and key features of roll up doors.

Easy to Use

One issue that’s often overlooked in manufacturing facilities is ease of use for the doors. Doors can be a hassle, especially those that swing outward or upward when opened. They must be held open or “held up” by some type of device or they could possibly fall or close suddenly on a worker or on your equipment. This can pose a threat to workers on the job every day without their realizing it. For instance, someone operating moving equipment such as a forklift could easily crash into an open door and get hurt or damage the products they are carrying.

With commercial rollup doors, workers can easily and quickly open and close the doors for a fast entrance or exit. This helps to improve productivity and prevent door hazards. When you replace your doors with rollup doors, you can choose the method of opening and closing such as manual push-up, chain, or motor operated doors.

Heavy-Duty for Protection

Rollup doors come in heavy-duty materials for protection against burglary, weathering, and on-the-job accidents. The doors usually come in materials such as steel, wood, or concrete to provide safety and insulation against cold and heat. Many rollup doors provide protection against dust or contaminants in the air for food processing plants or chemical plants. If you live in an area where there are frequent hurricanes or high winds, there are rollup doors that can withstand high winds and heavy rains.

Customized for Your Needs

Industrial roll up doors can be customized to meet your needs. A rollup door specialist can measure your door openings and create rollup doors to fit perfectly with your building. They come in many colors that are bright and easily recognized by workers, day or night.

Save Money with Commercial Roll Up Doors

You can save money on energy costs by installing insulated rollup doors. These can keep cold air in and hot air out during the hot months, and vice versa during the winter months. Another way to save money is by reducing the number of safety hazards for workers. This helps reduce injuries on the job, workers compensation, and insurance premiums. Rollup doors provide a safe alternative to other types of doors or sectional barriers.

Other Rollup Door Products

Even if you don’t manage a factory or warehouse, there are still many other uses for rollup doors. There are mini storage doors, roll garage doors, and self-storage doors to provide you with safe, convenient storage or garage doors.

With rollup doors, you can make life easier for your workers and enjoy a safer, more productive environment at your plant or warehouse. Check out the rollup door advantages and features online to see how they can benefit you.

Pest Control – Protect Your Property And Home

Pest Control – Protect Your Property And Home

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Perhaps man discovered agriculture and pest control methods nearly simultaneously, and since then, the fight is on.
Now, as if agricultural pests were not enough, there is a big menace of domestic pests, too. Of which termites, or white ants as they are generally called, are most dreaded as they feed on just about anything organic. Surprisingly enough, they can bore through six feet thick concrete and live for ages without food.

Pest Control Methods

Pest control methods largely differ for domestic and agriculture applications. Traditional methods of pest control in agriculture mainly included crop rotation, selective breeding and companion planting. Low flying airplanes are made use of in sprinkling chemical pesticides over large fields.

Chemical pest control methods are quite old and are said to be in practice since 4000 or 4500 years. But closer to date, pyrethrum and derris were introduced which were followed by better synthetic pesticides like DDT and other herbicides.

The Domestic Scenario

But domestic pest problem is almost entirely different. The major pests that bother us are termites, rodents, mosquitoes and bed bugs. You can almost call termites as terror-mites. These soft looking, unassuming ant like insects, belong to two types: subterranean and dry wood termites, belonging to over 2000 species. Both of them subsist on cellulose.

How Do You Know?

A thorough inspection of critical areas (without dismantling) by professionals reveals whether your home is infested by termites or is vulnerable for attacks. Inspection may require instruments sometimes.

Pest Control Agencies

Living beagles can sniff out the termites. Protimeter for mold detection, scanning and acoustic infrared sensors, resistographs and fractometers are other instruments generally used by the agencies.

What Do They Do

Fumigation, spot treatment and removal of infested wood are some immediate options. While fumigation exterminates dry wood termites, a certified applicator’s presence is necessary before during and after fumigating and aeration to allow occupancy. But dry wood termites need wood penetrating fumigants. For subterranean types, following manufacturer’s instructions is essential which include pouring pesticides into holes drilled at regular intervals around the infested area.

Flys, mosquitoes and bugs are controlled by chemicals prallethrin, and the normally available rat poisons. But don’t use them without expert advice.

Choosing an Expert

You need an expert when buying real estate at far off places or when pest controlling the entire home. Keep these points in your mind when choosing one.

1. Take neighbors’ recommendations based on their satisfaction level.

2. Taking hasty decisions won’t help as you need professional expertise; look for one by checking with their past clients.

3. Check their authenticity, whether they are registered by the local authorities or are they members of National Pest Management Association etc.

4.Check what the guarantees cover and get things in writing.

5. Check for legal restrictions on commercial applicators; call Environmental Protection Agency for confirmation.

6. Beware of those who offer huge discounts. After all you want value, not price.

Pole Barns: Eco-Friendly And Simplistic

Pole Barns: Eco-Friendly And Simplistic

Building a pole barn has become a much easier task today. With tons of available ready-to-use plans and blueprints, a handy homeowner can build not only a pole barn of two or even six horse stalls, but also add convenient sheds for tractors, feed storage or shelters. The plans can be used to build other kinds of pole buildings, including workshops, storage barns or garages. Simplicity, cost-cutting and durability are the main reasons why people still use poles, the oldest construction technique, to create simple buildings.

Poles have been used for centuries to raise huts and shelters all over the world. Poles rooted in earth forming a frame for the covering material, be it animal skin, wood or metal, provided enough warmth and protection, and could be built very quickly from whatever material was available. To build pole barns, people still use this technique, which hasn’t changed much over the years. The materials have changed though, and today pole barns are covered with aluminum, steel and other durable lightweight materials, with insulation and sometimes wooden or brick facades.

Pole barns are becoming more and more popular because they allow the building of reliable shelter for animals or storage without money-consuming earth excavation, concrete foundations and general site disruption.

The cheapest way to start building a pole barn is with a pole foundation. Pole foundation is actually a pole that doubles as a framing member. Posts or poles are inserted deep into ground so they can bear a lot of pressure, sometimes as deep as 10ft. But that’s almost all digging for the foundation that a pole barn builder can expect. The pressure is distributed evenly around the pole, and the construction becomes very stable and durable. The builder can dig the holes himself or using a power auger. The poles are secured by a small amount of concrete poured into the holes, saving money and labor, as full concrete foundations can be somewhat expensive.

The pole foundation gives the construction a lot of flexibility. A pole barn with pole foundation can be raised virtually anywhere, even in places where a traditional concrete foundation is not possible, for example, on a steep hillside or wooded area. Thanks to the pole foundation, a pole barn can be built very quickly without expensive ground excavation. Even coastal, earthquake and mountain areas are suitable for building pole barns and sheds. This way, pole barns leave the best land for raising crops, preserving the natural environment and are generally more environmentally friendly with their minimal construction techniques.

Another advantage to pole barns is that you don’t have to make them visually perfect and “manicured”. You can use cheap galvanized steel for the roof and wood sidings, making the whole project very affordable. The only thing that is not worth skimping on, according to experienced builders, are storm clips. These are a valuable investment considering storms and hurricanes are hitting more and more often. Trusses also need to be of good quality as these parts of pole building construction will carry significant weight.

Pole barns and other pole buildings will cost somewhere in the area of $3,000 and upwards, depending on the size and materials available in your particular area. With simple instructions and plans, these buildings can be raised in no time, even if you don’t have strong building experience.

Sealing a garage floor

Sealing a garage floor

The floor of your garage is exposed to intense corrosion
and deterioration due to road salt, oils and other auto fluids.
Sealing your garage floor reduces dust and makes
cleaning and sweeping easier. A clear acrylic concrete
sealer protects the concrete from damage and stains. Also
the same sealers can be used on concrete walks and
driveways or as a primer under acrylic or polyurethane
floor paints. You should take care when and where you
apply a sealer because they cannot be applied over paint or
other coatings.

In order to do the sealing yourself you need several
materials and tools: protective clothing, neoprene rubber
gloves, goggles, a stiff brush and a bucket, a paintbrush, a
cartridge-style respirator with organic-vapor and small-
particle filters, paint roller with extension handle and tray,
medium nap roller cover, a concrete degreaser and of
course some concrete sealer. Usually ½ gallon of sealer is
used for approximately 100 square feet.

Before sealing you have to clean the floor because it has to
be free of dirt, grease and oil. To do this you should use a
stiff scrub brush to apply the cleaner and concrete
degreaser according to the instructions. Allow the solution
to lay on the floor for 15 to 20 minutes more for stubborn
stains after scrubbing. After his you should rinse
thoroughly with clear water. You may need several
applications. Many concrete sealers contain hazardous
chemicals that may be harmful to skin and eyes and the
vapors are not safe to breathe but the vast majority are
acrylic. The best way to avoid damages to your skin, eyes
and lungs is to wear the protective equipment made of
neoprene rubber gloves, goggles and a respirator with both
organic-vapor and solid-particle filter cartridges. During
the process of sealing the floor you should continuously
ventilate the garage by opening all doors and windows and
also using a fan would be a great idea.

After cleaning and drying the concrete, the sealer has to be
applied. The sealer should be tested in an inconspicuous
area before applying. Some uneven density in the concrete
may result in light/dark appearance that may be
objectionable. By using the medium-nap paint roller with
extension handle is the easiest way to apply the sealer. Start
in a rear corner continuing to work your way out of the
garage. Before doing anything else you should allow the
sealer to dry as indicated on the sealer bottle, usually for a
few hours. For a driveway the procedure is essentially the
same but it would be quicker to use a garden sprayer to
apply the sealer to a large driveway. You should act with
caution not to over spray on other material due to the high
risk of staining.