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Guide to Automatic Protection With Home Security

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

While it might be hyperbole to claim that it keeps people up at night, most people would still prefer to protect their homes in whatever way they can. With home security systems, homeowners can protect their homes against a variety of threats and provide automatic support from third party companies.

Protection Away From Home

Many home security companies provide a level of automatic protection for customers. With a subscription, customers get technology installed in their homes that automatically scan and sense. Sparing all the details about how these various technologies work together, it suffices to say that they automatically detect any intruders. If intruders are detected, then the companies can place a call to your home to make sure that things are all right, and they can also dispatch the necessary emergency services to your house in the case that there are intruders in your home. With these technologies, home security systems help to ensure that your home is protected from burglars at all hours of the day.

If you're looking for a more private form of home security, then you can install a number of electronics such as motion sensors that can alarm you but not a third party company. These might include home security cameras, which record a days' worth of footage and can be useful if your home gets burglarized, and you're more likely to be able to help police find out who committed the crime. These come in a variety of models to suit many different individual needs, such as with night vision and automatically turning on with infrared sensors. Other models wirelessly transmit data to some type of recorder, be it to videotape or a hard drive on a digital video recorder (DVR). All of this home security technology helps to protect your home, and in the case that it is trespassed upon, you can more easily identify the assailants and help police.

However, home security systems can also help protect against other more natural, dangers, such as fires. Smoke alarms are just one basic form of fire protection, but newer systems may automatically alert the fire department and help to dispatch emergency services to your house. Even a precious few minutes can mean the difference between some relatively minor smoke damage and irreparable damage to your home. Be it burglars or fires, home security protects your home against any dangers that it may face. Not only does it protect your home, but it also defends you and your family as well.

My First Woodwork Project - Building a Shed

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My first woodwork project was a wooden storage shed. I needed to get my lawnmower and other garden tools out of the garage so that I could use it for parking my wife's car. I had no idea how to build one, but soon after pricing them at the local hardware store, I decided I could build one for a lot less than buying one.

First I needed a plan for my shed, so I scoured the hardware store, and found that the books they had only had 1 or 2 plans each, and none that were appealing. I went to local library, and found some books from the 1950?s and 1960?s on woodworking, but the projects they had were kind of dated. They didn't really match the style I was looking for in my backyard. So, I turned to the internet. I found tons of sites offering me all kinds of different sheds. Some were made of plastic, others of steel or aluminum, and even some made of wood. Again I was back to buying something for more money than I thought I could build it for. I wanted a project, that I (a beginner) could complete, without the high cost of buying a shed.

Then I found it. Or rather, my neighbor Jim did. A site that had thousands of woodworking projects to choose from. I signed up and got access to shed bases (I learned I needed one of these as well), Amish sheds, garden sheds, storage sheds, workshops, and decks. The selection is amazing. The plans were easy to follow and gave a complete shopping list for each woodwork project. All I had to do was print it out and go to the hardware store.

My first weekend was spent in gathering my materials, and getting organized. On the following weekend, I invited my neighbor Jim and his brother over to help me raise a shed. On Sunday, we finished and I made some BBQ ribs to repay my friends for their help. Anyway, that was the beginning of my love affair with woodworking.

Are you someone who enjoys working with wood? If yes, then I have great news for you. I have discovered a site that can give you instant access to over 12,000 shed plans and other great woodworking projects. It has everything from birdhouses and porch swings, to decks and wooden storage sheds to help you make your house an inviting home.

Why Build A House Using Steel House Framing?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Many people have heard of steel house frames but don’t know what the benefits of steel house framing are to make a determination if it is right for them. There are many advantages and solutions to some of the building problems that builders, homeowners and contractors have that can be solved by using steel framing.

Cost is the primary concern for any builder and homeowner and the cost directly influences the decision to build a home. What many people are unaware of is that steel framing is more cost effective than using wood framing allowing more to be built with less money.

One of the greatest benefits of steel house framing is the strength of steel, damage by moisture and heat or warping is never an issue or concern with steel frames. A steel frame home or building will hold up against the elements all year round and pests such as termites will not be a problem compared with wood frame homes and buildings.

With the benefits of strength that steel frames provide more variety of room styles and shapes become available as well as opportunities to have greater open floor plans and spaces, also by taking advantage of the strength of steel you won’t need load bearing walls that are required in the typical home that uses wood framing.

Green homes are becoming more popular with people and governments and going green has become a major concern across the world, and the benefits of steel house framing is that it is good for the environment. By using steel framing in homes and commercial buildings fewer trees will be chopped down thus people can contribute in a positive way to help stave of deforestation.

Steel frames are much easier to work with because there are pre-fitted pieces and pre-made kits available which can remove the task of drilling almost completely, this can save builders much time with their projects allowing more to be done in less amount of time. For some builder that have multiple houses under construction at the same time using steel frames instead of wood frames eliminates the worry of inclement weather damage or environmental exposure to their wood frames.

These are just a few of the benefits of steel house framing over using the conventional wood frames in home and other construction projects. Whether you’re a homeowner or a builder you will spend less time, money and get a stronger product that last much longer by using steel frames.

Cost-Effective Ways of Improving Your Home

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Remodeling your living room or kitchen or any other part of your house can mean another penny to spend. However, redecorating and remodeling don't necessarily entail high cost of materials and services from a trained person or professional. Buying new furniture is not important. All you need is to repaint and reuse materials.

Like for example your kitchen cabinets; if you want the cabinet to look different try to remove the doors and cut out a square portion on it and replace it with a glass. This will expose the contents of the cabinets adding more class to your kitchen. Compare the amount you spend when you buy a new set with just this simple makeover? Buying a new set is much expensive, right? So, just be creative in doing your home improvement ideas and you will still get the same satisfaction.

If you are planning to have a mini garden in front of your house or you already have one but you want to rearrange and remodel the landscape, you can still do it without spending too much. Take advantage of sales and promos offered by nursery stores that sell plants for your garden. Or you can search online and order some cheap packed seeds which you can grow in your garden. The trick really here is to be resourceful and creative in everything.

There is always a new and fresh idea that you can apply in your home. By replacing what is worn out already is a good start. DIY projects now are very common. Replace your old flooring with new tiles and apply DIY. You can save hundreds of dollars already with this concept. Besides, there are guides and references which you can always use when performing the tiling.

Inspect your doorknobs, faucets and locks if they are still in good condition. Replace any broken part. Prompt action can prevent any further damage. Don't wait for the whole bathroom sink to collapse before replacing or tightening any loosened nut.

Another tip is to add touches to your interior that can highlight the room. A good painting on the wall can entirely change the look of your room. Try to invest on good curtains too. If you used to hang plain ones try the printed fabrics this time. Sometimes a change of course can make things look better than sticking with the norm. Table top decors in bright colors like yellow and orange are also good add-ons in making your home anew.

Five Lessons Learned From Home Improvement Projects

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Improving your home can be an extremely rewarding venture, but it can also be an expensive project. You want to ensure you get the best contractor at the best price. In this economy, not everyone can afford a lawyer or professional to look over the contracts and the fine print. For that reason, we have created a list of the top five lessons to learn before entering a home improvement project.

1. Research: Learn about basic construction practices and projects. Unless you do some research, you will be less confident as to what you're looking for once the project begins.

2. Planning: Have a solid plan and don't allow the contractor to "make the calls." The way to ensure this is to know exactly what you want before getting started. Advice may be given from a contractor, but do not confuse advice with your own desires for your project.

3. Warranties: Read the fine print and ask questions before hiring the contractor. Remember that you are the one paying for the project and hiring the contractor. The contractor is only responsible for carrying out the project. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your project. If you don't fully understand something, ask them to explain it again.

4. Contracting: Become educated on creating spec sheets and reading bids carefully by line items. Become involved as much as possible. This means understanding what the contractor is looking at when reviewing the above items.

5. Deposit-Installments and Payments: Keep control of your money and your project while keeping in line with your State's laws. Probably the most important lesson is to understand how much the entire project is going to cost, how much you are putting down in the beginning and when further payments are to be dispersed.

Why Price Should Not Drive Your Hiring Decisions For Home Improvement Projects

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Any house improvement project, such as a sliding patio door installation or installing vinyl siding, is a big one. While some owners tackle these projects themselves, many understand their own limitations and choose to hire a professional contracting company to handle major projects. If you're considering hiring window replacement contractors or other professionals, consider each of what's known as the 'Four P's.'

Problems: What Are You Trying To Solve?

The first thing to consider is what you want done. What type of project are you doing on your home? For instance, if you're replacing windows, then hiring dedicated window contractors is what you want to do. If you need to install vinyl siding, it's important to find a business that's knowledgeable about the different types of vinyl siding. Hiring a contractor that follows the Vinyl Siding Institute's guidelines is important as well!

Products: Do Your Contractors Know What's Best?

There are a number of different products available for any home improvement project. The right contractors will take a look at what you need and match your home up with the products that best fit your needs. For instance, if you're looking at a sliding patio door installation, a knowledgeable patio door installer will be able to tell you if the item you've chosen won't work on your home. Because they work with a number of different brands and products, they'll be able to help guide you toward what's best for your house structure. These professionals take a number of factors into consideration, such as price, the reputation of the brand and how it provides a solution for your home.

People: Are Your Roofing Contractors, For Instance, Well Known?

Whether you're installing vinyl siding, or having a sliding patio door installation done, you'll want to make sure the company you choose is well known locally. Particularly after a storm, roofing contractors can come from all over and start giving local homeowners quotes on repairing the damage. While some of these companies may be reputable, hiring an out-of-town company can be a risk. Instead, look for a company with a constant presence in your area. While problems with a reputable company are typically rare, working with one that's established means you'll have some recourse if there's ever an issue.

It goes without saying that any company you hire for a project like a sliding patio door installation or installing vinyl siding should be certified and insured. A reputable remodeling company will be happy to tell you about their certifications. If you can't get a straight answer, run, don't walk, the other way.

Price: Lower Doesn't Mean Better

Price is obviously a factor in any home improvement project. A low-ball quote often means that workers are unskilled or that you'll find customer service to be lacking. Instead, realize that a higher price means that you'll be receiving qualified, skilled laborers, customer service that you can count on and a company owner that's committed to you, the homeowner.

Considering more than just price is a smart idea when undertaking home improvement projects. If you're about to hire window replacement contractors, are considering replacing your vinyl siding or doing any other type of project, make sure to find a qualified contractor.

Benefits of Self Build Houses

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Would you really believe that at one time people usually built their own houses? At that time, the entire family involved itself in the project and shared the labor.

It's just the same which many people are currently doing, though these self build houses are among the most labor intensive ones. As these projects now come in DIY kits, the entire task of building them is now becoming much less complicated.

If you see the entire building project, it may appear very daunting to you though in reality it is not so. It is a fact that it is very labor intensive, but if a person is not afraid of labor, then surely this can be too rewarding for him. If you take this as a project as one which has many small interconnected project culminating into this larger one, the entire task will become much easier for you.

At first you will have to construct the foundation of cement and this is surely the largest of all interconnected tasks. First of all you need to dig the footings and then have to set the forms which may take about two weeks of time and surely there is no margin for any error. Then comes a "pour day". Many people who are in this for the first time also call it "a hell day".

A great thing about the next part is that the walls usually come in the pre-framed form. All the doors and windows are already there and you just need to locate and erect them on the foundation.

The next part of this project is to bolt the walls successfully to the house foundation, which is sometimes called by carpenters as "rolling" these ceiling joists. All the ceiling joists normally come pre-cut in length and a map usually accompany them so there is no chance of any error taking place.

After all these ceiling joists are successfully set by nailing in place, the time comes for properly sheeting the second floor by OSB or plywood. This is a very easy task but you must leave about 1.5 inches of overhand on the top side of stairwell as you start trimming its edges.

After accomplishing this, now is time for setting the topmost walls of floor in their place, bracing them and getting ready for stacking the trusses of roof. Now it is just the matter of successfully nailing these trusses in their place, properly sheeting the house roof and the house frame is totally done.

 

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