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The Best Way to Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen is prone to messes more so than any other room in your home. When you consider all of the cooking, eating, socializing, and even the...

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How to Turn Your Garage into a Home Gym

How to Turn Your Garage into a Home Gym Getting a gym membership can be a great way to get in shape, but for those who are pressed for time, or...

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Should You Cut Back On High Speed Internet?

If you’re thinking of cutting back on your expenses, you might think it’s a good idea to cut back on high speed Internet. After all, you reason,...

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How to Turn a Brick Home into a Log Home

How to Turn a Brick Home into a Log Home

by Guest on Feb 12, 2010

Turning a brick home into a true log home may not be entirely possible, but achieving the look of a log home is certainly feasible. Creativity, imagination and a willingness to think outside the box, will make the transformation smooth and quick. Search through log home pictures and magazines to help decide on the look desired on both the inside and outside of the house. When ready, the tips below provide guidance on how to turn a brick home into a log home. Continue reading →

Earthbag Building Expands Worldwide (sandbag building)

Earthbag Building Expands Worldwide (sandbag building)

by Guest on Jul 6, 2010

Earthbag building (sometimes called sandbag building) started about one hundred years ago providing safe, bulletproof and bomb resistant shelters for the military. They proved to be fast, simple to construct and durable. The same qualities that make earthbags useful for military and flood control purposes apply to building houses. Now people all over the world are using the same basic process of filling and stacking bags to build their dream homes, home offices, shops and other commercial buildings. Continue reading →

The Construction of Modular Buildings

The Construction of Modular Buildings

by Guest on Nov 10, 2010

Modular buildings are constructed from prefabricated components made in a factory. Modular buildings can be constructed for temporary, semi permanent or permanent purposes. As they are quickly and easily constructed, they are very well suited to provide temporary emergency housing or when disasters occur such a fires for example. As modular buildings are constructed in a factory, the weather does not affect the construction time which means a more accurate and faster completion date is achievable unlike a traditional construction site where the weather and other factors often mean a building is delayed. Even electrical wiring is done in the factory. Continue reading →

Professional Contractor Resource: Addressing Customer Fears

Professional Contractor Resource: Addressing Customer Fears

by Guest on Jan 31, 2011

It is important to consider the psychology behind how prospective customers select a contractor. If you have a better understanding of your potential client and how they approach the decision making process, you are better equipped to attract their business. My research in this area points to an over-arching theme of consumer fear. The prospects are anxious because, to them, a home remodel is a really big deal. If you are selected, they will pay you a lot of money to do some pretty scary things (well, it’s scary to them) to their largest personal asset. Find ways to address this fear, and you will provide them with a sense of comfort and attract more business. Here are a few tips on how to do just that. Continue reading →

Taking your Professional Contracting Business Online Part I: Website C

Taking your Professional Contracting Business Online Part I: Website C

by Guest on Jan 31, 2011

Building an online presence is making its way into the “must-do” category for small and local businesses, particularly as the internet evolves into a primary resource for finding information about local services. If you are ready to take your professional contracting business online, the first step is – you guessed it – getting a website. Hiring a professional web designer is the best way to ensure that your site gives potential clients a positive impression of your business. You may be able to save a few bucks if you have a willing friend or family member who is a web designer, but whatever your approach, aim for a professional design with a consistent look and feel throughout the site. Continue reading →

Improve Your Contractor Business

Improve Your Contractor Business

by Guest on Feb 3, 2011

In today’s economic climate it is harder than ever to run a successful contractor business. The recent economic downturn and declining real estate market have forced many contractors to close shop. With consumer spending down, there are just fewer contracts to bid. This is, without a doubt, the perfect time for contractors to tighten their belts and carefully consider their business practices. You can’t afford to sit back and wait for things to go back to the way they were in 2005…. because while the economy will eventually recover, consumer attitudes have changed for good. You need to figure out what works in this new contractor climate… what saves money, what attracts/retains clients, what is bleeding the company? Get these aspects of your business squared away today and you’ll be more efficient and profitable tomorrow... you’ll probably sleep a little better too. Continue reading →

Industrial Wire and Mobile Shelving Systems

Industrial Wire and Mobile Shelving Systems

by Guest on Feb 11, 2011

Shelving units and systems are essential for all business premises whether it be a warehouse or an office. Organising files, stock and pallets makes for greater productivity in the workplace. Metal wire shelving (also known as wire decks) is a cost effective and strong alternative to timber and solid industrial steel shelving to store pallets and unusual shaped products. Industrial wire shelves are commonly used as a safety feature to stop pallets and products stored on them from falling through the rack structure and come in various weight duties and dimensions. Continue reading →

Types of Butterfly Valves

Types of Butterfly Valves

by Guest on Nov 16, 2011

Butterfly valves got their name from their appearance of a single rod surrounded by two semi-circular discs loosely resembling the body of a butterfly. Older cars that used carburetor instead of an electronic fuel injection system were probably the most commonly known types. Often confused with the choke, the purpose of the butterfly valve in the carburetor was to cut off air to the cylinders when the car was cold so that the car could be started with a rich mixture of gasoline and air. As the car would warm up, a temperature sensor would cause the valve to open up more to let more air into the engine. Actually, this is a great example of an actuated butterfly valve where an actuator outside the valve changes the position of the valve based upon an outside condition, in this case the engine temperature. Continue reading →

Plan Your Dream Cabin

Plan Your Dream Cabin

by Lorena Benchis on Jan 20, 2012

Many people dream of building their own small cabin in the woods, just like in “Little House on the Prairie”. Constructing a simple cabin is not difficult, even if you have limited experience with building projects. There are ready-made plans available, or you can design your own. Just imagine opening the door to your new cabin, one summer morning. Rays of warm sunlight gently slant through the windows, lighting up a cosy place with everything you need: a pine table; a couple of mattresses cove Continue reading →

What is Concrete Cutting?

What is Concrete Cutting?

by Guest on May 14, 2012

Concrete cutting is a process of controlled sawing, drilling and removal of concrete performed by skilled operators using special saws that use diamond impregnated blades. Unlike the old-fashioned dusty "jack hammer" method, modern concrete cutting leaves a smooth attractive finish and utilizes water so as not to create any dust or mess. There are many different kinds of concrete cutting but the most common are wall sawing, core drilling and slab or flat sawing. Continue reading →


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