2015

Potential Fixes For 3 Common Vinyl Siding Complaints

Vinyl siding has raced to the front of the siding industry due to the low cost, ease of installation, and combination of low maintenance and durability. But even the best siding materials can experience problems due to improper installation or trying to cut financial corners when selecting materials. Here are three of the most common vinyl siding complaints and how a vinyl siding repair contractor like W L HURST INC  or others can help you fix the problems.

How To Refinish Wooden Window Sashes

Wooden windows are susceptible to water damage if they are not properly cared for. Despite this, wood is a great material for residential windows. It has great insulating capabilities and can be painted any color. Of course, if you have wooden windows, you will need to commit to frequent maintenance, particular in keeping the frames waterproof. This article explains how to refinish and waterproof wooden window sashes with basic tools.

Breathe New Life Into An Old, Wooden Counter With Wood Stain And A Painted Design

Instead of replacing your old, wooden kitchen countertops, breathe some new life into it by adding a coat of stain to its surface and enhancing its edges with a painted design. The following steps will describe how to do this with some basic materials. Once you have finished, the counter will look newer and will complement the other decor in your kitchen. Materials wood cleaner cleaning cloths electric sanding machine sandpaper (various grits) tack cloth wood stain mixing stick paint tray paintbrushes (various sizes) stencils two-sided tape acrylic or latex paint Clean And Sand The Counter's Surface

Four Differences Between Boom Pumps And Line Pumps

When it comes to concrete pumping, there are two types of pumps that are generally used - boom pumps and line pumps. Here are four differences between these two types of concrete pumping. Attachment and Portability One of the primary differences between a boom pump and line pump are the attachments and how the pump gets transferred from one location to another. For instance, a boom pump is attached directly to a truck or semi-trailer while a line pump gets mounted onto a truck or trailer.

Do You Need To Seal Your Concrete Or Asphalt Driveway?

In the United States, approximately 90 percent of driveways are either concrete or asphalt, which, over time, can crack or fade. Applying a chemical sealcoat to your driveway helps it retain its color, and protects it from elements, such as rain and snow, that cause driveways to crack over time. However, sealcoating a driveway is a huge project. So, before you attempt to complete the process on your own, take the time to learn more about when you should sealcoat your driveway, and why you should hire a professional to complete the job.

Four Less Obvious Places In Your Home Where You Should Consider Using Hardwood Flooring

Whether you're building new construction, doing a major renovation, or simply upgrading your home, flooring is always a major choice. While hardwood may be a no-brainer in the living room or dining room, there are actually many other areas of the house where you should consider using it. Read on to learn where and why. Laundry Room Many people are squeamish about putting hardwood in a laundry room, and yet they use it without a thought in their kitchens.

How To Secure Your Company's Sliding Doors When You Close For The Night

As a business owner, you probably love having sliding glass doors in your business. Sliding glass doors can be very convenient and inviting for your customers, but you might worry that they are also convenient and inviting for potential thieves after you lock your doors for the night. Your fear of your company being broken into shouldn't cause you to rethink your sliding doors, however. Instead, follow these tips to help keep your sliding doors secure.

4 Tips For Maintaining Your Safe

Often safe owners believe that if they don't do much with their safe, then it doesn't need any maintenance or additional care. The reality, however, is that even if you only open your safe once a year, you still need to do some basic maintenance. Failing to perform basic care means that the safe can start to develop problems that may make it difficult or impossible to open. Here are some tips to help you perform the right maintenance for your safe.

Tricks For Painting Beautiful Baseboards

Neatly painted baseboards can help make your interior painting job look professionally executed, while poorly painted baseboards can make your entire room look slipshod and messy. Knowing how to paint your baseboards properly is an important part of doing your own interior painting.  Lay Tarps Tape plastic tarps to the floor beneath the baseboards. In rooms with carpet, line the carpet where it meets the baseboard with painter's tape, then use  a putty knife to tuck the tape under the baseboard.

Pros & Cons of Different Frame Types for Replacement Windows

Cost, energy efficiency, and appearance are all important factors when choosing replacement windows. Frame type is one of the characteristics that can most affect those factors and could prove to be the make-or-break aspect of a given window. Aluminum, wood, and vinyl are the primary types of frames and the best one for your needs will depend on your specific circumstances. Here are the pros and cons for the most common frame types for home replacement windows.