Planning For Your Home Renovation

Planning For Your Home RenovationRenovating should be a fun and exciting process. The key is to plan the project out in advance, hire the right people, allot the appropriate amount of time, and make provisions for delays. Try not to make the completion date coincide with your birthday or anniversary. Begin long before that date, if you’re planning a special party, and even then, have an alternate location in mind.

Don’t impose a time frame on yourself or your contractor that will create stress. At the same time, get a clear understanding of how long the project will probably take, and when it will begin. If it’s a three month job and the work won’t begin until November, your house will not be ready for a New Year’s Party.

This is a surprisingly common problem – how much time the home owner thinks a project will take and that actual work time required. Have your Contractor include a probable time frame with the quote.

Have a clear idea of what you want before your contractor comes over. You don’t have to sketch out the changes, but you should be able to tell them what changes you would like to see. Many good contractors will have done so many renovations that they will immediately know what needs to be done, the approximate cost and time-frame.

When a contractor tells you that ‘the little bathroom’ will cost about $3,000.00, don’t think that your job will secretly only cost about $20.00, maybe a little less…then be shocked and dismayed when your bill comes in at…$3,000.00. You’d be surprised how many people have notions like that. Try not to fall into this trap, or to think that any changes you make once the job has started won’t affect the price or the amount of time of a project. Always get written quotes for any work you are having done, that way you’ll both be clear about the expectations for the job.

If you’re really stuck trying to figure out how to improve an area in your home, consider hiring a Designer. Keep in mind that they can work within your budget, but if your budget is really tight, it’s probably better to spend the consultation fee on new drapes or a toilet.

If decision making is a problem area for you, and you’re able to relinquish control, then a designer might be the clear solution. Shop around the same way you would for a contractor until you find someone you’re really comfortable with, someone who will listen to what you want.

Remember, it’s your house, so do what’s right for you. If you say, “Absolutely no red” and the designer says you need all red if you’re going to be ‘cutting edge’, then choose another designer – one who is more interested in catering to your needs.

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Asbestos Material That Could Be Present In Your Home

If you are concerned about asbestos exposure you are not alone. Many individuals wonder if they have been exposed, and if so, what they can do to help protect their health and improve the safety of your house. If you think that you have been exposed to asbestos or are looking for ways to prevent an exposure, look no further. We will go over some of the health problems that arise from asbestos exposure, and what can be done to prevent them.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used for a variety of different applications. Many homes may have this material in their insulation, as it is a fire retardant. Once exposed, individuals can inhale the microscopic asbestos particles and take them into their lungs. Once there, the fibers can cause lung cancer. If prolonged exposure occurs, an individual can also develop cancer in the chest cavity and abdomen.

It is important to note that many individuals have experienced brief exposure and been just fine. The fine asbestos particles are difficult to see and get rid of, so it is common for them to remain in their air for long periods of time thus increasing the risk of cancer. Smokers are at an increased risk for side effects due to exposure.

If you think that your home may have asbestos there are several places that you want to look. It is important to remember that products today do not contain the fiber, only things built in the 1970′s or earlier.

Steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts could be insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. If the fibers become damaged or are repaired improperly, they could lead to exposure.

Resilient floor tiles- the backing on many vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives could contain asbestos. Sanding the tiles or scraping them could release the fibers.

Cement, millboard, and paper that were used as insulation around furnaces and wood burning stoves. Repairing or removing these appliances could stir up the fibers.

Door gaskets- in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves.

Sound proofing or decorative material sprayed on walls and ceilings. Sanding, drilling or scraping the material could be harmful.

Cement roofing, shingles, and siding. This usually only cause a problem when sawed, drilled, or cut.

If you think that you have asbestos in your home, don’t panic. If the material is good condition, you can leave it alone. It is only when these materials are disturbed that there is a problem. If you find a damaged area- discard it using asbestos gloves and a facial mask. Your local health or environmental officials will be able to walk you through the proper disposal procedure. Always check with them when beginning any remodeling job.

Remember, the only way to find out if something contains asbestos is to look at it under a microscope. Enlist the help of a professional, and let them handle the details. They are trained in such removal procedures and can help ensure the safety of your family and loved ones.

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Wall Oven, Best Appliances for the Disabled

Wall Oven, Best Appliances for the DisabledWall ovens, available in electric and gas forms, are best ovens for the people with disabilities. The ovens can be placed considering the required height of the user, and the controls can also be placed within the reach of the standing or sitting user. The wall ovens usually have three types of doors: side-hinged, drop-front and swinging doors.

Features of wall ovens

Following are some of the features of wall oven that make it a convenient one for disable people:

Knee space: knee space is very important for wheelchair users to access ovens in their own way. For side hinged and swinging doors, knee space should be available under the oven or side closest to the door handle. For a drop hunt door, the knee space must be on either side of the oven.

Height: the height should be appropriate for the user. The lowered wall ovens are usually installed 30″ to 40″ above the ground.

Installation methods of wall ovens

Electric wall ovens are often safe and more widely used because there are no combustion products like carbon monoxide used. Moreover, people with the disability in smell, will not be able to detect a gas leak. However people without these disabilities can easily install the gas wall ovens also.

Following are the ways Electric wall oven and gas wall ovens are installed:

Electric wall ovens installations -

Tools needed: Flathead Screwdriver, Straight Edge, Ruler or tape measurer, Drill, Saw and Straight edge.

Electrical Requirements: 3 wire single phase- A.C. 208Y/120 Volt or 120/240 Volt, 60 Hz electrical system is needed. It should be connected to a properly grounded branch circuit, protected by a fuse.

Other requirements: the wall ovens should be securely fastened to a cabinet which in turn should be fastened to the house structure. The flexible medium must be attached to the junction box and to the connector.

Gas oven installations -

Tools needed- Flathead screw driver, Straight Edge, Ruler or tape measurer, pipe wrench and open end or adjustable wrench.

Gas requirements- normally installed to local gas codes. In the absence of local gas codes, the installation must conform to Natural Fuel Gas Code.

The wall ovens can be double or single types, with or without convection and self-cleaning or manual types. You can easily install them at a height of the eye level or waist level. The width available is usually 24, 27 or 30 inches.

Since these ovens have maximum flexibility of space, you can place them in your kitchen or other places where the installation requirements are met. You should clean it regularly. There is an added advantage of a light burning to indicate the heat generated, which saves children and old people from burning themselves.

There is nothing more rewarding then improving the look and value of your own home.

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The Advantages of Prefabricated Modular Buildings

Prefabricated Modular BuildingsPortable buildings, also known as modular buildings, are very different & distinct from mobile homes. Portable buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings manufactured in a plant and delivered in one or more modules or sections that can be transported and assembly in designated location.

There are three good reasons why people consider to choose a prefabricated modular buildings, which are; money, time, and variety. Prefabricated modular buildings generally cost less than buildings made through traditional stick construction.

Prefabricated modular buildings can be ready for occupancy in a much shorter time than stick-build buildings. Therefore there are growing numbers of builders that use these prefabricated modular buildings.

The speed with which prefabricated modular buildings can be erected accounts in part for their lower cost. Virtually all prefabricated modular buildings are constructed for the most part in a factory where skilled and unskilled assembly line workers using highly sophisticated equipment can produce more with a high degree of efficiency and accuracy than an individual builder could hope to do.

Prefabricated modular buildings are made year round in climate controlled factories. Stick-built buildings – especially those constructed in parts of the country with severe winters – are built on schedules subject to being adjusted for weather conditions. Construction flat out stops in many parts of the country where it gets too cold to build and spring rains can cause further delays.

To be fair weather can affect prefabricated modular buildings too specifically in terms of foundation work and also its possible weather could delay the delivery of the prefabricated modular buildings to the site. But the actual construction of the prefabricated building is unaffected by weather.

Factory assembly lines can lower the per unit cost to the consumer by producing each unit faster, using unskilled labor, and purchase large amounts of materials at quantity discounts. The finished product is also of higher quality.

One drawback of mass production is uniformity. The factor turns out high quality low cost prefabricated buildings but the way factories are set up to mass produce, all the units they produce will be identical and if you don’t like the style being produced then you’ll have to pay more to have a custom designed prefabricated modular building constructed especially to suit your needs and tastes.

Another advantage of prefabricated modular buildings is saving on the hidden cost of vandalism. The local contractor may find this a serious problem at a building site but an enclosed factory provides much better security. The building contractor no doubt passes on the cost of vandalism to the end consumer.

According to the executive vice president of the National Association of Building Manufacturers one of the biggest contributing factors to the growth of the prefabricated modular building industry is the diminishing supply of trained and skilled craftsmen in the construction trade.

As time has passed, older craftsmen have retired and the younger generation has chosen less physically demanding careers. The number of apprentice programs has declined too. All these factors contribute to an increase in the prefabricated modular building industry.

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