Questions for Hiring Home Contractors

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If you are planning to hire a contractor to handle the remodeling task at your home then it is quite essential to take careful steps to finalize the service provider. The best idea is to screen several contractors from your locality and finally choose the most trustworthy one.

When you are about to get the construction bid for your project then it is essential to fix a meeting with professionals to understand their work technique and scope. Here we are going to mention few questions that you must ask your contractor before hiring them for your construction project.

Have You Ever Operated with Any Other Business Name?

This is really important to confirm whether the contractor you are planning to hire is always connected to the same business or was earlier running a business with a different name. The fact is that when you find a construction contractor who has worked for the same business but with different names then there are chances that he might have taken money from other clients and then ran away without completing their project. So, such contractors cannot be considered trustworthy rather it is good to verify their business registration from the office of the business bureau.

Ask for their license number?

Most of the states these days follow a common rule for business registration and all the business owners are supposed to have a dedicated license number. This license number can help you to collect the history of their work as well as details if any complaint has been filed against them till now. It can also help you to know if the same person is handling another home construction business with a different name.

How can we stay in touch regarding work progress?

This question should not be neglected because it is really important to find a trustworthy contact option from the contractor. The physical address is essential along with the authenticated cell phone numbers. Note, if they are not interested to provide you any detail about the physical address and are trying to convince you with a P.O. Box number then it is good to look for another option.

Can you provide me a copy of insurance policy?

It is really important to check their insurance policy, not just to ensure that they have one rather know about details included inside. There are chances that their insurance will not provide you desired coverage for your property. Also, a good insurance policy includes worker’s compensation that means if any accident occurs at the site then your contractor will be responsible to manage the expenses for compensation and medical bills.

How much fee will you charge?

Make sure that you ask them about the overall cost of your project in advance and these estimates must be compared with other offers. While comparing you should also care about the coverage and facilities you will be getting with their service because work quality is an essential factor to ensure trouble free project completion. Spend on a good offer and soon you will be able to have a valuable construction.

You can contact me with my online form concerning any of these questions.

Carpet Defects

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You have two choices when it comes to the floor in your home. You can choose hardwood floor or you can choose carpet. Both options have benefits and both options have defects and downside.

There’s no such thing as a perfect choice when it comes to deciding which type of floor is right for you. But you should have as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision you will be happy with.

Let’s discuss some of the downside of owning carpet and common carpet defects that often occur:

MAINTAINING CARPET

To maintain carpet can be difficult. You will need to vacuum carpet multiple times each week and as often as once per day for high-traffic areas in the home. Vacuuming once isn’t that much of a chore but considering it needs to be done often, the total time it requires will add up.

You will also need to hire a local carpet cleaning service like Champion Chem-Dry in Tampa one or two times each year in order to remove deep dirt and restore the quality and comfort of the fibers.

Routine vacuuming and annual carpet cleaning appointments will often extend the lifetime of a carpet, however, the shelf life is still limited to 10-15 years depending on the quality of carpet you purchase. Some signs of deterioration include …

CARPET MATTING

This occurs from extensive traffic where the pile thickness of the carpet starts to flatten out over time. Your vacuuming should help prevent matting during the first few years after installation and there are certain fibers such as Frieze that naturally prevent this for many years too.

CARPET WEAR

Your carpet will wear down over time. This occurs when there is a loss of weight and pile fiber. Extensive wear is irreversible and unavoidable over time but can be delayed with the proper maintenance and care for your carpet.

COLOR FADE

Some carpet fibers fade in direct sunlight or constant exposure to artificial lighting. You also might notice carpet fade if you use store-bought chemicals to remove stains and dirt from carpet. Beyond basic vacuuming, I recommend leaving all carpet cleaning to professional services. The store-bought cleaners often do more damage than good.

SPROUTING & SHEDDING

Yarn from carpet fibers will tuft and rise above the rest of the strands. These tufts need to be cut off with a scissors but do so carefully so as to not damage surrounding strands of carpet. Shedding is common on newer carpet and will ultimately decline over the years.

CARPET ODORS

A carpet is essentially a large filter on the floor of your home. The fibers will trap all dirt, germs and odors that come into contact with them. This means that cigarette smoke or pet odors or even body odors can emanate from carpet long after the original odor dissipates. You should hire a professional for pet urine odor removal as it can lead to more serious and permanent damage to the carpet and subfloor.

You can use vinegar and water as a natural deodorizer to reduce carpet odors in between deep cleaning appointments. Vacuuming should also help.

CARPET BROWNING

The browning effect on carpet occurs if there is water or moisture in the carpet pad or beneath the surface. This can occur from spills or just dampness and humidity. Severe water damage and leaks in the roof, windows or plumbing can also lead to brown carpet spots and it is often common after hiring a carpet cleaning company that uses too much water during their process.

CARPET RIPPLES

Sometimes a bump or ripple will occur in the middle of wall-to-wall carpet. This is a sign that the carpet pad underneath is deteriorating. This is one of the first indications that it is time to replace your carpet.

You should be aware of the downside in owning carpet in your home. There are several benefits, including comfort, color and warmth, but I often prefer knowing all the potential problems before purchasing something. If I can live with the problems, then I’ll probably make the purchase.

Ladder Safety Tips

We often need to use a ladder in different situations of our routine work. This tool is essential for household, commercial as well as the industrial environment.

Generally, the ladders used in the industrial environment will be capable enough to carry maximum load up to 250 pounds, the commercial ladders are designed to serve up to 225 pounds whereas the household designs are limited to 200 pounds.While climbing a ladder, you need to calculate the weight of the accessories you are carrying with you and your own weight.

An essential tip for buying a new ladder is to check for the most durable material; some of the most commonly available materials are fiberglass, wood, and aluminum where each one of these has their own pros and cons.

Here we are going to talk about some of the safety techniques while using a ladder for different applications. It is essential to stay safe because a single mistake can lead to a serious injury.

Safety Tips for a Ladder

– It is not good to carry lots of materials on extension ladders rather the best idea is to use a line.

– Carry items in a tool belt or in a bucket with a handle so that you ensure at least one or two hands have a firm grip on the ladder.

– Be careful when carrying a ladder too. Learn the proper techniques.

– In case if you are using a heavy leader then it is good to take help from another person while climbing it up; ask them to hold it tightly.

– While climbing a ladder, always prefer to face it and then move steps on by one. Let the first step make secure placement before moving the second foot.

– Always prefer to align your whole body perfectly with a ladder and try to grip the rails using both hands.

– It is important to wear shoes and they should have non-slip soles.

– Never forget to check the safety warnings and usage instructions before setting up your ladder.

– Never ever try to climb a ladder when you are already feeling tired or dizzy because you will not be in a position to maintain your balance.

– The stepladders must be used only after opening them fully.

– The extension, as well as single sided ladders, are designed for single person needs so only one person must be using them at a time.

– Always add more care for the placement of ladder; it should maintain an appropriate distance from wall or building.

– Before using a ladder, always ensure that it does not have any broken joint or latches.

– Do not try to overreach in other directions while using a ladder, always prefer to keep your weight centralized.

– Run a deep check for rough spots, broken welds and cracks.

All these tips are quite essential to ensure perfect safety while using a ladder. It is important to add proper care to complete your tasks with the ladder because mistakes can lead to several dreadful situations. Professionals always suggest buying ladders with the most durable and sturdy material.

How to Replace a Door Window Frame

 

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Hi there Tampa homeowners! This is the first of many DIY “how-tos” from scottbaughn.com. I wanted to start with an easier project that can be completed in a morning or an afternoon. Let’s discuss how to replace door window frame.

Door window frames are often damaged over time from a door being slammed close too often. Eventually this will lead to a broken window pane or frame you will need to replace. This post will walk you through the process until you have a brand new door window frame in place.

First you need to purchase a new door window frame. The frames are made of two pieces of plastic. One piece for the exterior and one piece for the interior. The frame the encloses a pane of glass that rests within the door frame.

Home contractors like myself have various vendors we use to purchase these types of materials but for a homeowner like yourself you should be able to order the frame online or at a local big-box hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

You should expect the frame to arrive in four or five business days and cost around $100 for the parts and the shipping fees.

Now it is time to remove the broken door window frame. There will be small plastic covers around the trim of the frame that hide the screws. Pop out the plastic pieces with a screwdriver and then drill out the screws from the interior frame. Be careful not to loosen the window pane in the middle of the two frames. You do not want the frame to break during this project.

Then use a razor blade to cut the calking around the exterior frame and remove the screws from the frame.

I now recommend you remove the window pane from the door and use this as an opportunity to clean the window. You can remove old adhesive around the edges of the window pane and wipe it down with glass cleaner.

Then run a long string of silicon around the exterior of the exterior frame. Do this one the inside and outside of the exterior frame. The inner silicon will be the adhesive that attaches the window to the frame while the outer silicon will help attach the exterior frame to the door itself.

You should then remove the door from your home. This is to avoid attempting to place the window and the frame into the door on its hinges. There is a good chance this will lead to you dropping and breaking the glass. Instead set the door down directly onto the window pane and frame and let the silicon adhere to it.

Then reattach the interior frame and drill the screws back in and conceal them with the plastic caps.

Now return the door to the doorway and place screw it back into its hinges. Run another line of caulk around the exterior frame to protect it from water damage and then the project is complete.

You now have a brand new door window frame in place and a cleaner window pane too. The repair itself shouldn’t require anymore than a couple of hours to complete after the new frame arrives in the mail.