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Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in DIY | 0 comments

The weird and wonderful world of blocked drains

The weird and wonderful world of blocked drains

While your blocked drain is probably caused by the super common hair, grease or food or the slightly less common, but still standard sanitary products, nappies, baby wipes and even tree roots, there are hundreds of stories about truly unusual items being found clogging up drains around the world. As the experts in blocked drains, we like to think we could tackle anything that clogs up a drain, but there are definitely a few things that would even stump us. These are some of our favourite weird and wonderful things found blocking drains. Underwear In Bridgnorth, a small town not too far from Birmingham, England, there was a case of major blocked sewer affecting several homes that was caused by more than a few pairs of underwear that had been flushed down toilets nearby. Alligator Now, here’s one that would definitely have us shaking in our boots! The alligator and crocodile living in the sewer story has been a myth for generations, but in 2006, a particularly large alligator...

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Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Decor, DIY | 0 comments

How to find and fix Roofing leaks

How to find and fix Roofing leaks

Roofing leakages are a problem and concern for just about any home owner, simply because they in no way ever seem to happen at a good time. Not just that, they are able to damage your house and even the foundation of your house. Even though you’ve realized the issue it might be to late, the results from the drip may not be noticeable at first, but the constant leak may have caused mold as well as unsightly stains. You can find out more if you click here . Seeking the supply of the actual roofing drip The initial step is to confirm where the leaking you’ve observed in your home is. After you have verified where the drip is determine if the drip has spread to other areas and damaged anything. Look to the left, right, up, and down the walls of the leak to see if you notice any damage. . Take a look at the actual roof to see if you can find any roofing penetrations...

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Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in DIY, Home And Housing | 0 comments

Solar Energy: A Guide to Owning a Solar Powered Home

Solar Energy: A Guide to Owning a Solar Powered Home

Moving to green energy is essential if you want to help conquer global warming and eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. There are several reasons why the switch from fossil fuels to green energy is eminent. First, we are in “peak” oil. Oil is a finite resource, whereas solar is an infinite resource. There will come a time when we do not have enough oil to live as we do. In this article we look at the easy solution of going solar by discussing how to: Choose the right solar panels and provider How to estimate the costs and savings of going solar How to Choose the Right Solar Panels Image via Flickr by Peter Blanchard There is a variety of solar panels available. Those include crystalline solar cells and film solar cells. The big difference between the two is usage. Crystalline solar cells are rigid, and their application is in places like roofs. Film solar cells are very thin and flexible. The application of film solar panels is different....

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in DIY, Home And Housing | 0 comments

5 Tips To Find Funding for Home Improvement Projects

5 Tips To Find Funding for Home Improvement Projects

Want to improve your home but don’t have the money to do it? It’s time to start brainstorming some funding ideas! The money is out there, you know it. It’s just a matter of tapping into potential resources. If you find that you’re stuck in a cycle of trying to figure funding out on your own, follow these five tips to help expand your possibilities – think about crowdfunding as a great place to start, it doesn’t hurt to ask friends and family, potential collaborators could help cut costs, DIY enthusiasts might help you with money and experience, and local community meetings can come in handy as well. Think About Crowdfunding How familiar are you with places like Kickstarter or other crowdfunding sites? Thousands of people go there for help getting started with projects, and many succeed. New places have crowdfunding platforms with fewer restrictions, and they are tremendous resources for people trying to figure out how to present their ideas to the world, and get funded in the...

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in DIY, Home And Housing | 0 comments

Tips For Shopping For Home Renovation Supplies

Tips For Shopping For Home Renovation Supplies

When it is time to renovate your home and you are doing things on your own you will need to know where the best places are for home renovation items. You can find a lot of stuff at discount big box stores, like Walmart. However, you may want to go to a store that focuses on renovations and home repairs. By doing your home renovations yourself you are already working on saving some extra money. There may be some things that you can’t do on your own, but for the most part you can find tutorials for nearly everything online now. The Biggest Home Renovation Stores There are many home renovation stores, but the biggest names most people have probably heard of are Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards. It may depend on where you live on whether or not all of these are options for you. When you are shopping home renovation or big box stores, take time to compare prices and find out if any of the stores will do a...

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in DIY | 0 comments

Getting Started On That Room Addition

Getting Started On That Room Addition

Are you expecting a new addition to your family?  Are the in-laws coming to stay?  Are you a victim of the boomerang generation?  Whatever the reason may be, you need more space!  Don’t get caught up in the red tape of building codes and state laws.  Arm yourself with knowledge.  Here are a few tips to get you started on that new room addition to your home.   Building Codes & Land Law   Building codes and land laws could easily stump your average home owner.  A good tip to know is that most states, instead of making up their own regulations, follow an international set of regulations determined by the International Code Council (or ICC).  International building code or IBC applies to almost all new buildings.  International Existing Building Code (the set of codes you would refer to in this instance) applies to the alteration of your home.  These codes are updated by the ICC every three years.  It should be relatively simple to obtain a full list...

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