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  • Retrofitting a Big Box Store for Your Business? What Should You Keep in Mind?

    Unless you've been on a media hiatus for the past few years, you've likely heard stories about the struggles experienced by many popular "big box" retailers. Lagging consumer demand for certain products combined with the ability to order other household goods online with free shipping has led many big box retailers to abandon these large buildings for sale to a secondary user. This can be a boon to local business owners who may have the opportunity to purchase a sizable space for much less than it would cost to construct from scratch. [Read More]

  • 4 Simple Maintenance Tasks That Will Keep Your Shingles from Peeling & Chipping

    As your shingle roof ages, you may begin to notice that some of the shingles start peeling and chipping away. Before long, leaks will develop when the shingles are compromised, and you'll end up with water in your attic and mold damage to your insulation. Whether your roof is still in great shape or it's beginning to show some signs of wear, it's important to take steps to slow down the deterioration and break down of your shingles. [Read More]

  • 4 Tips For Safe Crane Operation

    Cranes are a vital part of many construction sites. They lift and transport large objects over long distances and heights, allowing you to complete your job in a fraction of the time it would take without them. While cranes do not come without risks, those risks are diminished greatly when you know how to operate them safely. Here are four solid tips to ensuring safe crane operation so the job gets done incident-free. [Read More]

  • Tips To Help You Clean Up And Restore Your Wood Floors After Flood Damage

    When your hardwood floors have become water damaged from flooding, the boards can warp with the high moisture content and it is necessary to dry them out to prevent mold growth. Unfortunately, you cannot dry out hardwood floors quickly, as this can cause the boards to permanently warp and become useless, needing replacement. To preserve your hardwood flooring and prevent their need for replacement, drying them slowly is the best option. But, because a slow drying process of your hardwood floors can promote mold growth, you will need to clean up any mold growth as the boards dry. [Read More]

  • How To Install A Backyard Wood Fence To Support Your Vine Plants

    If it is time to install a new wooden fence around your yard, you don't have to leave the wood as-is. You can upgrade your fence to a vine-covered, flowering fence. Here are instructions to help you build your fence and install the hardware needed to grow vine plants upon it. Install the Fence Posts First, decide where you want to install your new wooden fence. You will need to install the corner fence posts first, so with a shovel or post hole digger, dig a hole in the ground for each corner post. [Read More]

  • Working From Home: 4 Reasons To Use A Steel Building As A Home Office

    Working from home doesn't mean you need to actually do your work inside the house. Create a comfortable and private work environment with a small building installation placed on your property. When considering a separate building for a home office, one option you have is a pre-engineered metal buildings. These buildings can not only be installed quickly, but they provide you with a number of other benefits for working at home. [Read More]

  • Basement Water Damage: A Guide To Restoring Or Trashing Personal Storage Items

    Basement floods can quickly fill a home and cause major problems, and when people use basements as a location for storage, these items can quickly become damaged and vulnerable to the flooding waters. When a water cleanup crew arrives, their first objective is to stop the flooding and dry the room as quickly as possible. Once this task is complete, further assessment can be done to the items that were kept for storage. [Read More]

  • 5 Ways To Reduce The Cost Of A Land Survey

    The cost of a land survey can vary greatly based on the size of the plot you want surveyed, how much research the surveyor has to complete, and how long the survey takes when they arrive at your property. While land surveys are an important investment if you are considering building or have a boundary dispute with one of your neighbors, you may be wondering how to reduce the cost of your survey and make it more affordable. [Read More]

  • When Building An Urban Home, Use Double-Pane Windows To Block Out Noise

    Living in the middle of a major metropolis offers many benefits, but it has one big downside: noise. The constant sounds of cars driving by, trucks backing up and sirens ringing can make having any peaceful, quiet time at home difficult. If you're building a home in the center of a city, ask the window installation company your contractor is working with to put in double-pane windows. These windows will keep a lot of the city's sounds from getting into your downtown home. [Read More]

  • 5 Reasons Why You May Want To Install An Exterior Drain Tile In Your Garden

    Usually, exterior drain tiles are associated with the protection of your basement or foundation. However, these water management systems can also be useful in your garden. In gardens, drain tiles usually follow the low areas of your land to promote faster draining of excess surface water and maintain high water tables at a reasonable level. It is a project that you can complete on your own, but professional contractors will have the tools and experience to maximize your drainage by installing a drain tile with proper slope and surface access. [Read More]