When Do You Need A Roof Plumber?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Roof plumbers are typically needed during the design and build stages of your home. Although, they may also be needed for emergency repairs and maintenance to storm water drains. These professionals are licensed plumbers who specialize in roofing drainage systems, installing piping, gutters, ductwork joints, water tanks and collection devices, and also maintaining or improving previous drainage systems. Here is a guide to when you may find yourself in need of the services of a roof plumber: Gutter Cleaning Roof plumbing is critical to the health of your home. In the event of a bad storm, your gutters are the only line of defense to prevent water from sitting atop your roof and potentially causing significant damage if left undrained. This typically happens if gutters are not regularly cleaned, as every single day, dirt, sticks, leaves, and excess debris, build up in your gutters, which prevents storm water from draining. Roof plumbers will be able to use their snake tool and feed it slowly through the drain, loosening all debris and potential clogging. Once finished, they will do a water cleanse, repeatedly running high-pressurized water through the gutter to ensure that all excess debris is removed and your system is draining properly. From there, your drains will brushed with a pipe brush. Drainage Pipes and Water Tanks Additionally, your plumber may check the drainage pipe and water tank on the ground level of your home. Your ground level drainage pipes prevent water from pooling after a storm and flooding your home or ruining your landscaping. Ground level drains tend to collect a lot more excess debris than roof drains because they are at significantly lower vantage points. Ground level drains are constantly exposed to dirt and soil runoff, trash, animal droppings, chemicals and home products, oil, leaves and sticks, and paint, among other things. These are often the most commonly serviced maintenance requests because of the amount of blockage that regularly occurs. Plumbers typically use the same methods and tools to clean these drains as well; however, due to the size of their drains, they often take longer to clean and may occasionally require more manpower. As a homeowner, you should never try to clean your drains on your own. Professional roof plumbers are trained to work at significant heights, maneuvering large equipment and maintaining their balance in the process. Trying to do so on your own can put you in danger of significant injury or death. For more information, contact a company like O’Boyles Roof...

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Removing Small Amounts Of Asbestos Laced Soil

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Unfortunately, poor historical working practices often meant that as new properties were being constructed, asbestos found its way into the surrounding soil. This means that when further work is being carried out by the homeowner, these traces of asbestos can be discovered. If you are in this position and have to remove some soil that has been contaminated by asbestos, this article looks at the process involved. Get The Right Equipment For DIY asbestos removal, you will have to spend a little money to get all of the correct equipment. The list is a little extensive, so if you can’t get all of it, it is safer to get a professional in. The required equipment is: Overalls that cover your whole body, including arms and legs. A hood is also required. Disposable footwear and eyewear Good quality, but disposable gloves. A half face respirator that has P1 and P2 filters fitted; must be disposable Strong plastic sacks – you will need enough so that you can double wrap all bags of waste you have. A spade that you dispose of after one use. A trowel that you dispose of after one use. A garden hose that has a fine mist setting or attachment. Plenty of tape so that you can seal off the area you are working in A way of clearly marking the bags – such as sticky paper and a marker pen. Further Preparations You will also need to ensure that the asbestos is properly disposed of. In some places, facilities that take asbestos will only do so from a registered company. While you may still remove the soil yourself, in this situation, you will have to pay a company to collect it from your property and take it to the facility. Seal Off The Area And Start To Remove The Soil Use the tape to make a barrier around the soil where the asbestos is. Lightly spray the area with the mist setting on the hose. Use the spade to remove the top layer of soil and turf and then respray underneath. Use the hand held trowel to remove sections of wet soil and place directly into a plastic bag. Keep spraying and removing the soil in this fashion, filling the bag as you go. Double Wrap And Dispose You must double wrap all of the bags containing the soil and your equipment. Spray yourself down with some water before removing the overalls and the rest of your equipment and take them off carefully. Clearly label the bags so that they can be easily read by other people. Keep family members and pets away from the area during the time you spend working there. If you...

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Quick Fix to Get Your AC Cooling Your Home Again

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You can hear that your air conditioning is turning on and running for an extended period of time, but it doesn’t seem to be cooling the house. This is a common issue that many home owners run into and suffer from for some time before committing to hire a professional to fix the problem. If you’d like to exhaust your options before calling in a professional, try this process to see if there is a temporary solution. First check to make sure your filter is clean. A dirty filter can prevent air from flowing through the system, causing your bill to rise as it works harder to pump air and also for your home to be inadequately cooled. Turn off the power to the air conditioning unit and if the filter is clear of debris and dust, check to make sure there is no ice around the coils. If you see ice, close the unit, reboot the power and turn on the fan so the ice will melt. If the problem persists, you may find you have a dirty condensation drain. In air conditioning systems, your condensation drain removes all the water that your air conditioner creates by draining the water as the system runs. Sometimes this pipe can be blocked as algae begin to form, preventing your air conditioning from draining and resulting in the system not working. In most cases, you’ll be able to tell this is a problem if small pools of water start to form under the unit. The best way to fix this is to call a professional. They’ll need to thoroughly clean the pipe, removing any blockage for you. Finally, if you’re still not getting any cool air, you’ll want to make sure your compressor is working on the air conditioning unit. Whenever your air conditioning turns on, you’ll likely be able to hear the compressor pumping outside. On top of the compressor is a fan, which should be turning if it’s properly working. If you do not see the fan turning, try resetting the system. Using a screwdriver (note: never use your fingers), try to force the fan blades to spin clockwise by sticking the screwdriver through the top. The blades should move fairly easily and give your fan a boost that gets it operating properly again. If none of these methods returns cool air back through your system and into your house, your safest bet would be to call a professional as you may need to repair or replace the system. For more information on replacement air conditioning options, talk with an HVAC contractor in your...

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Fencing Modification and Maintenance Tips for Ranchers With Mobility Concerns

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are a rancher who has recently lost some of your strength or mobility, many aspects of ranching have likely become very challenging. Luckily, there are many ways you can modify your equipment and practices so that you can continue to ranch. In particular, here’s a look at some of the ways you can modify your fencing to make your job easier: 1. Add automatic gates to your fence Opening heavy gates can become extremely difficult if your strength is waning, and if you are using a wheelchair or if you are already in your tractor, getting off that piece of machinery, walking over to the fence and opening it manually wastes time. Working with a fencing contractor, you can modify your gates so they open automatically. If you don’t have a power source near the gates, you can easily power them using solar energy. 2. Reduce the distance between gates If it is harder for you to easily walk long distances, increase the spacing of your gates. If you don’t need gates that allow cattle or utes to pass through them but you simply need access points, modify the fence so that it allows you to walk or wheel yourself in but doesn’t allow the cattle to walk out. 3. Use switchbacks to create entry points To create an area where you can walk into the pasture without adding a gate, you need a series of fences set in a strategic pattern. Typically to create this type of entry, a fencing contractor will use a series of switchbacks. If you used to be able to jump over parts of the fence to quickly reach your pasture, these openings are the perfect way to maintain easy-to-use entry points even if you can no longer jump over the fence. 4. Monitor the fence remotely Unfortunately, with mobility issues, it also can become more challenging to monitor the condition of your fence. If you are no longer able to walk the perimeter of your fence or get to your pastures every day, that doesn’t mean that you have to let your fences slip into disrepair. Instead, there are a range of ways you can remotely monitor your fence. You can install cameras strategically around the fence, or you can use a drone with a camera to fly over your fences and take photos of their condition. 5. Line the fence with crushed stone If you prefer to monitor the fence yourself and you have to use a wheelchair to get around it, that task can be impossible if the fence is planted in rocky soil, messy dirt or soft grass. To make traveling around the fence easier, pavement would be...

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Steps to take to avoid repairs to your gearbox

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There are a huge number of different gearbox set ups in the world, and repairs never come cheaply. Gearboxes are far from simple pieces of equipment. Made up almost entirely of moving components, if one part fails it can cause all manner of headaches. The key with keeping the cost of running a gearbox down is to always think of maintenance over repairs. A well maintained gearbox in a heavy piece of machinery will save you a small fortune in time and money compared to one breaking down when you most need the equipment. Take the time to learn about your gearbox Knowing what type of gearbox you have is key. Do some research online and find out common faults or flaws in your model. Knowing what to look out for when maintaining a gearbox is half of the battle. If you are able to spot problems early on, a quick spot of maintenance may be all that is required to get it back up to optimal performance. Be prepared Once you know a bit about what you are working with, make it a routine of yours to regularly check the equipment over. Once you get into the habit of this, it will become a standard part of the day and not take any time at all. Make sure that you are ready to deal with any problems you do notice however, including making sure you have all the correct equipment needed to resolve any issues. Carrying out a quick fix is only going to cause more problems down the line. Lubrication and contamination It is estimated that incorrect lubrication of gear accounts for over 25% of failures. Gearboxes work under a large amount of strain and heat. Making sure that the correct lubrication is being used, and regularly applied will pay itself back time and time again. Often overlooked, or simply forgotten about, make sure that you keep a log of the last time it was checked. This is the best way to make sure that you don’t forget about it in the future. Don’t overdo it Equipment comes with usage guidelines for a reason. The company that made the product ran stress test after stress test to figure out exactly how much strain can be placed on the equipment. Following these guidelines will ensure a long lasting gearbox. On top of this you’ll also be protecting any warranty the equipment might be protected under. Talk with a mechanic at a shop like Shute Engineering if you have specific questions about the gearboxes of your heavy...

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3 Types of Carpentry Jobs Procured by New Home Builders

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

New home builders are not only tasked with erecting a home, but they can also procure various carpentry jobs pertaining to your new residence. There are several categories of these carpentry jobs that will contribute to new home designs in your residence. Here are some of the carpentry jobs that you ask new home builders to accomplish. Rough carpentry jobs These are jobs that pertain to structural construction jobs, framing jobs and even roofing jobs. Rough carpentry jobs entail a number of things. These include preconstruction work, which involves the preparation of formworks, bracing work, scaffolding and sizing work. Rough carpentry also involves the making of frames, insulation jobs, and construction of floors, construction of walls and construction of roof trusses. New home builders will also be tasked with deciphering the blueprints for construction, measuring the materials that will be required for the carpentry jobs as well as the distance of the different jobs that need to done. Rough carpentry requires the comprehension of the requirements needed when dealing with different kinds of surfaces. These builders also have to have a fundamental understanding of how to assemble wood structures as well as metal structures. This comes in handy when assembling different types of frameworks made from different materials. Lastly, this type of carpentry will also require the comprehension of the various types of damage that the structures could be exposed to. Moreover, ways of ensuring that the structure is protected from these damages. Finishing jobs The second most popular of the carpentry jobs provided by new home builders are the finishing jobs. As the name suggests, these pertain to the overall finishing of the project. These projects could range from new home designs to building projects. A number of things that are included in finishing jobs. These range from decking, interior trimming, drywall detailing, roofing, remodeling and so on. When looking for home builders to do finish carpentry jobs, you will realise that they tend to be more expensive than the rough carpenters are. However, this is due to the intricate details that they put in their work, you might rather invest in finish carpenters who are laden with experience for your new home designs. Alternative carpentry The other types of carpentry jobs procured by new home builders are cabinet making and trim carpentry. Cabinet makers do what the name suggests, create storage spaces. Trim carpentry involves trimming ceilings or windows. Learn more about what new home builders can do for you by contacting some like Prostyle Building...

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