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November 3, 2011

  • How to build a wine cellar

    How to build a wine cellar

    Wine is the subject of a ling-term international love affair. From the legion of wine tasting societies across the globe to the evergeen wine gift for someone special, the appeal of wine never goes away.There are a number of ways in which anyone can create a wine cellar out of unused space. There are three options:

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November 19, 2010

October 1, 2010

  • The Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel

    Guest Post from Karl Donaghey of Bathroom Solutions, suppliers of designer bathrooms including baths, showers and loo seats.

    Supplied by Bathroom Solutions

    It might not be the first item on most homeowner's lists, but improving a bathroom can really improve everyone's life. After all, people spend plenty of time in their bathrooms, though it's not something that might be thought about. Whether unwinding in the bathtub after a stressful day at work or taking a morning shower every day before leaving the house, the bathroom is just as much a part of daily life as the kitchen or bedroom.

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September 29, 2010

  • How Project and Scheduling Management Software Benefits Engineering Businesses

    Guest Post from James Moulding of M&B Precision Engineers

    ConstructionConsidering the fact that engineers are essentially the people that have the obligation of using scientific knowledge to provide real and tangible solutions for society, it is no surprise that society in turn places a tremendous burden of responsibility on their shoulders.  Businesses operating in the field of construction engineering and structural engineering in particular have got to be well aware of that onus, and they have got to have the means and know-how to handle their projects—from resources to staff and beyond—in the most efficient manner possible.  In our modern times that means using the kinds of software tools that are designed especially for such purposes, such as project management and scheduling management software.

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April 27, 2010

  • Oxalic Acid – A Handy Chemical for Boat Owners

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    Boat owners are continually looking for ways to keep their sea crafts looking great.  However, there are numerous challenges in maintaining that special shine, as the elements from air and sea are constantly getting in the way.  It can be a sad day when rust and other pesky stains begin to appear on one’s boat, but it should not be too discouraging.  The materials already exist to safely and effectively combat these effects.  Here is how to use oxalic acid to keep a boat sparkling at sea.

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March 22, 2010

  • What Is the Best Method for Waterproofing a Cellar?

    Any person who has got a cellar or basement in their home surely knows just what the risks are when it comes to moisture building up and eventually flooding the place.  Though the worst case scenarios almost always occur in old buildings where the foundations themselves have cracked in places, even in modern buildings it is common to see water accumulate in any rooms that are located beneath the ground level.  The problems that can arise from prolonged moisture accumulation in the cellar can be quite serious, putting the structural integrity of the home in danger and even presenting very serious health risks for the inhabitants of the home (the mold and fungi that grow down there are no joke!).  Hence, the task of waterproofing cellars is and ought to be given a high degree of priority by any sane home owner—which begs the question: what really is the best way to waterproof the cellar?  The answer depends largely on the kind of home you are living in, what the conditions of the ground beneath the cellar floor are like (what is known as the substrate), and furthermore on whether or not you are still in the construction phase of your home (in which case all the better).

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March 18, 2010

March 11, 2010

March 4, 2010

  • What to Check around Your Home after a Cold Snap

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    Maintaining a home in good conditions year round can be a real challenge, and as just about any home owner knows (or ought to know) there is no more complicated a season than winter in this regard.  Cold weather—especially really cold weather accompanied by snow, ice and rain—can do a degree of damage to your property with the greatest of ease, and from one week to another a cold spell can leave you with some pretty serious maintenance projects to tend to.  There are several different things to check on around the home after a cold spell has passed through your area, and here we’ll be shedding some light on what exactly they are, what can be done to resolve the issues, and what steps can be taken to make sure that when the next cold spell descends on your area your home is better prepared.

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March 2, 2010

  • Best DIY Jobs to Undertake in March

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    There are few times of the year more thrilling than the arrival of spring.  As the temperature starts to shift ever the slightest bit and the birds return to their favorite trees, it is normal for homeowners to think about the impending warm weather seasons and the home improvement projects which had been put on hold.

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January 20, 2010

  • Oxalic Acid Information

    As time goes by and a homeowner becomes more comfortable with home improvement tasks, the old obstacles will start to diminish.  Projects like damp proof course treatment or another task which may require the use of chemicals – once an intimidating prospect – can be accomplished with ease once the initial attempts are done away with.  Practice in home improvement may not “make perfect” per se, yet it will certainly make homeowners more comfortable and willing to take the next step.

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January 15, 2010

  • What Different Types of Wood Preservatives Are There?

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    When it comes to the many different kinds of construction materials which are present in your home or place of business, perhaps the most difficult to care for over the course of time is wood.  Coincidentally, wood also happens to be one of the most popular and fashionable construction materials to be found in homes: the pattern of the wood grain and the rich tones which many of the more prized varieties of wood exhibit are highly appreciated in the fields of architecture and home design, appealing to our noblest sense of aesthetics.  It is precisely these exceptional qualities which make it so important and which give us such a tremendous desire to care for and preserve wooden structures and surfaces throughout the home from the many threats that inevitably present themselves.  These include but are not limited to exposure to moisture, direct sunlight, and infestation by various insects among which the woodworm (which is not one species but rather a handful of different kinds of beetles in the larval stage of development).

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January 12, 2010

  • In a Failing Property Market, Stay Put & Improve What You’ve Got – Cellar Conversions

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    Anybody that owns their own home these days is surely aware of the fact that the housing market isn’t exactly undergoing its most glorious era: these are the days that follow the bursting of the bubble, and the general panorama is concerning to say the least.  Many home owners have entered into panic as to how best to handle their investment from here to the foreseeable future, and though many might be tempted to simply “sell and forget” the most sensible approach at this point is to wisely manage what you’ve got.  That means making improvements within your available budget—improvements that will not only make living at home more enjoyable but that will prove to be beneficial to the home’s value (i.e., that have a good return on investment).

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January 4, 2010

  • What Is Block Paving Sealant & How Does It Work?

    Have you recently installed a new walkway or driveway at your home or place of business and are keen on protecting the new installation, such as block paving, from the ravages of time and the elements?  Or perhaps have you been disconcerted by the increasingly evident effects of these factors as well as general wear and tear on an area of block (or other) paving and want to revert these effects using the best products/chemicals available on the market today?  Block paving—an incredibly common, simple and effective way to pave—demands proper care to be able to hold up over time, and that’s where block paving sealant comes into play: through the use of block paving sealant, it is possible to stave off many different conditions such as the growth of weeds between blocks, color fading from UV exposure, and corrosion from rainwater as well as a whole host of other problems affecting block paving.

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December 17, 2009

  • Keep Your Damp Proof Course Dry & Use Super Seal Water Repellent

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    If damp has become an issue in the home, there is no reason to delay in addressing the problem.  Excessive moisture in the air can cause mould and have a major impact on respiratory functions. Besides that, the amount of damage which may be inflicted on your property could also be extensive.  DPC has been in use for centuries and is usually part of any home construction, yet there is often a need for an added treatment.  Because of the complications involved with a full-scale DPC replacement, the cream application guns are very useful.  Getting to the root of the problem is easy with the injection method.

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October 16, 2009

  • How to Pick the Right Adhesive for Your Project

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    When tackling a repair project in the home, you’re bound to face a number of obstacles.  While those who are handy with a hammer and saw around the house have acquired something of a sturdy, manly image in society, more often than not it will take a healthy dose of science to get a home repair project done correctly.  Making the precise measurements and using the right materials will often outweigh the advantages gained by employing some old fashioned brawn in a repair project.  In fact, if you are too cavalier about the details, you might end up back where you started.

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October 15, 2009

  • The Benefits of Using Waterproof Epoxy Resin

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    Every sensible home owner knows how important it is to have the right materials on hand at the right time, which for home owners translates to any time—because that is when something could potentially go wrong around the home, necessitating a home repair of one sort or another.  Indeed, the chances of contingency are so high that responsible home owners tend to keep an entire shed or garage full of tools and supplies to keep things in running (or better) order!  Yet not everybody is entirely clear on what kinds of home repair and improvement materials are worth having on hand, and for a given application, which brands or varieties are advisable.  Generally speaking, a material that has proven to be of enormous utility around the home and that has come to have a million and one different applications is epoxy resin,  a substance which commands the admiration of chemists the world over for its renowned properties.  But what exactly is an epoxy resin and what on earth does it have to do with fixing up things around the home?

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  • New Adhesives Make Home Improvement Projects Simpler

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    Any home owner that has been in tenure long enough to have tackled a home improvement job knows that these kinds of projects—no matter what area of the home they are focused on—can turn into nightmare jobs, even in the least likely of cases.  The most seemingly innocuous and straightforward task can build up (via some sort of snowball effect) into a gargantuan home improvement nightmare of a project, demanding major investment, lots of man hours, and the patience of a saint.  This reality is what generally makes so many home owners leery of tackling home improvement jobs in the first place: they are simply afraid of what could end up happening!  However, technology provides us with new solutions to our age-old house problems every day, and so the faster the rate of innovation the more at ease home owners will begin to feel when the issue of a home fix-it project inevitably arises due to one circumstance or another.

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September 30, 2009

  • The Regeneration of Towns and Cities

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    The economy has certainly seen better days. More and more people are losing their jobs, getting cut back on hours, and generally feeling the weakening of the present economy. This momentum has unfortunately transcended to all consumer markets, and made the consumer less able to not only afford larger purchases that they once could, but also feel comfortable about doing so. This shift in financial confidence has led more prospective home buyers to consider buying older homes instead of new construction homes.

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September 24, 2009

  • The Damage That Can Be Caused By Damp

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    One of the most common issues that homeowners face is water damage to their homes. No matter how water tight and new your home may be, water issues can always arise. The lake or river next to your house could overflow. Rising neighbourhood groundwater could cause flash flooding. Faulty plumbing, power outage, poor insulation, cracked gutters… there a hundred billion reasons that your home could and will suffer from the results of too much water or moisture. Snow, rain, earthquake-we are all subject to Mother Nature and her wrath, and it all seems to be getting worse as the environment shifts to accommodate the burden of too many people with too much demand.

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