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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Sometimes the Best Precast Stone Boulders Make the Best Neighbors

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Sometimes the Best Precast Stone Boulders Make the Best Neighbors

You’ve heard that good fences make for good neighbors, but sometimes you need more than a fence to keep peace on the street. Precast stone boulders offer a nearly impenetrable barrier that will work in those situations.  Aside from effectively protecting your loved ones and property, the precast stone boulders look just like true rock boulders and don’t clash with modern or traditional architecture. They are also easier to maintain since they don’t need to be cleaned, painted, or repaired like wood, vinyl, or wire fencing. In the following two problem scenarios, precast stone boulders offer a solid solution. Your property is located in a dangerous location Perhaps you live in a house at the apex of a curve on a winding mountain pass. Or maybe your home is across from a dead-end stop that has poor illumination.  In either case, out-of-control cars may come careening into your yard or even your home if it’s close to the road. This can put you, your children, your pets, and your property at risk of grave harm. Several boulders placed in strategic spots across the street-accessible portion of your yard will protect little ones and your home. If you choose boulders of a lighter grey or limestone color, they will be easier to see, and they may be enough of a presence to alert drivers to slow down.  You have relentless trespassers  Many rural property owners are plagued by ATV riders and hunters who have zero regard for no-trespassing signs. People may tear up your fences, pastures, and woods trying to access trails and game. These pesky sorts may use bolt cutters or other tools to force their way in through gates or fencing. If you’re facing this situation, and you’re fed up, install some precast stone boulders where trespassers are gaining access. No matter how thoughtless they are, they won’t be able to move the large stones, and their trucks and ATVs will have to turn around.  Boulders may not block trespassers on foot, but they make a very bold statement without saying a word. When trespassers see that you are being vigilant in protecting your acreage, they may decide to fulfill their need for illegal wandering somewhere else. In many areas there is usually a setback reserved for county or municipal access even if your property extends to the middle of the road. Have the boulders placed far enough from the road that you don’t infringe on the right-of-way. You definitely don’t want snow plows or utility repair crews to hit the stones, and you do want to leave room so people can pull over in front of your home for deliveries or emergencies. Of course, you never want to block a legal easement that a neighbor uses to get to their property. That’s a good way to end up in court paying huge fines. Instead, if you have neighbors with an easement through your land, go speak to them, and let them know the troubles you’re having (as long as they’re not the trespassers). Work with neighbors to determine where you will place boulders so no one who lives on the land is landlocked or inconvenienced.  Talk to a company such as Harristone Pre-Cast – Merrillstone Natural Stone Products – G. S. Harris Co., Inc. to find out what kind...

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Six Benefits to Adding a Shade Sail to Your Property

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Benefits to Adding a Shade Sail to Your Property

Shade sails, as the name implies, are large broadcloth canopies that can be used to provide permanent or temporary shade to any number of areas around your patio, deck, BBQ area, or backyard. These attractive, geometric canopies also add interest to virtually any outdoor space. Unlike many other types of awnings, shade sails can be easily moved as the sun travels across the sky and as your party moves to other parts of your yard. However, versatility is just one of many reasons to consider shade sails. Here are some advantages to using shade sails.  1. Versatility. Shade sails are extremely versatile. They can be tied to a tree branch or hoisted on easy-to-assemble poles. You can even use them on your boat or take them camping with you. They adapt well to use on both residential and business properties. 2. Easy to assemble and move. One of the chief advantages of shade sails is that they can be easily assembled and taken down. If your party moves from the patio to around the pool, it’s easy to take the shade sails with you. They also don’t take up a lot of room in the car like a pop-up tent or heavy canopy can when you take them camping or to an outdoor event. 3. Affordable pricing. Another prime advantage to shade sails is their affordable pricing, especially when they are compared to permanent, retractable awnings.  4. Colorful. Shade sails can also be used to brighten up your yard. They come in a rainbow of colors and can be used to liven up your party decorations as well as serve as an accent to your permanent outdoor design motif and architectural style. 5. Protection from the sun. Shade sails don’t just provide cooling shade; they filter the sun’s UV rays and help protect you and your family from these potentially damaging rays. Filtering UV rays can also help prevent your outdoor cushions and pillows from sun fading. 6. Good ventilation. Unlike heavy canvas or aluminum awnings or canopies, shade sails offer weather and sun protection without creating a heavy, humid, and hot environment. Shade sails are designed to breathe without allowing sunlight or rain to penetrate to your patio or deck area. While using shade sails may not be the right choice for every homeowner, these increasingly popular, portable shades are versatile, affordable, attractive, and even offer protective against the sun’s UV rays for your family and your...

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Open Floor Plans And Area Rugs: How To Create An Open And Structured Home

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open Floor Plans And Area Rugs: How To Create An Open And Structured Home

If you have a home with an open floor plan, you may have become frustrated by trying to figure out how to add a pop of color and a bit of structure without ruining the overall flow of your home. Luckily for you, there’s an easy answer to your troubles, and that’s area rugs. Below are three tips on how to use area rugs to structure your open floor plan without sacrificing any of the openness. Use Area Rugs With a Similar Palette or Pattern If you’d like to add area rugs to your home, you may be concerned with how it will look, especially if your home has an open floor plan. While adding area rugs to a home with an open floor plan does take a bit more planning, it’s not impossible (and can be fun). For example, if you want to add an area rug to your dining area and your living room area, but both areas are part of a larger room, you may be concerned about the room’s cohesiveness. While you can certainly use identical area rugs in both areas, it’s not a must. Instead, opt for area rugs that share similar qualities, such as a similar pattern or color palette. Choose Area Rugs with Varying Sizes To avoid ruining the flow of your home’s open floor plan, choose area rugs of varying sizes. When you use area rugs of the same size in different areas throughout your home, it creates a boxed in and stifling feel. While it’s not a bad idea to add some structure to your home, you likely chose an open floor plan because you liked the idea of your living spaces flowing together. Area rugs of varying sizes will provide your home with the cohesiveness you seek, but will also keep each living space feeling open and decidedly different. Use the Seasons for Inspiration If your home’s open floor plan includes a lot of windows and glass doors, and if you’d like to bring the outside in, consider using the seasons for inspiration. When your home has a lot of natural lighting and views of the great outdoors, it can make your home appear larger and even more open if you incorporate the natural colors and patterns of the view right outside your home. For example, in the fall, consider using browns, oranges, and reds in your area rugs, and in the winter, consider adding a bit of off white, red, and pale green. Area rugs can be a great addition to any room, and the above tips should be helpful when it comes to getting started. For more information, contact professionals like Designer Rug Store of...

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Three Reasons To Repair Your Garage Door When Selling Your Home

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons To Repair Your Garage Door When Selling Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, you are likely not too worried about some minor repairs that need to be made. Instead, you are just trying to make your home have the best outside appearance possible in order to attract more home buyers. However, if repairs that are needed are noticed by potential buyers, it can lead to problems. Here are the three major reasons you should have your garage door repaired when selling your home: Enhance Curb Appeal: One of the first things that home buyers notice when they pull up to your home is the garage door. After all, it is large and typically sits right at the front of the house. If they notice that there is a problem with it, such as dents or it is sitting halfway open because it is not functioning properly, their first impression of your home isn’t going to be great. On top of this, they will probably be searching for other problems in the home that they will need to take care of if they decide to buy. Since many home buyers don’t want to deal with any kind of minor repairs upon moving in, they may even overlook your home altogether.  Better Return on Investment:  When you have a broken garage door, home buyers are most likely going to offer you less than what you are asking for. This will ensure that they have enough money to make the repairs needed upon moving in. By getting the repairs done, you can expect to receive a much better return on your investment. You can expect even more if you replace the garage door, which may be the better option depending on what the professionals find is wrong with the garage door in the first place.  Improve Insulation: One important design feature of a garage door includes its ability to insulate. If the insulation of your garage door is poor, home buyers can notice just by the significant change of temperature in the garage. This may turn them off to the home slightly since a poorly insulated garage means higher energy costs. On top of this, weather conditions can cause damage to certain items that are stored inside of the garage, including cars. Be sure to replace the weather stripping at the bottom of the garage door and make any other insulation changes that are needed as well, such as sealing windows and doors.  When you know these three reasons for garage door repairs when selling your home, you can see why hiring professionals like Overhead Door Co. of Everett Inc. to make these repairs is going to be worth it in the end. Your home can sell faster and you are more likely to receive the amount you want for your...

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Tips For Using A Lawn Mower On Overgrown Grass

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Using A Lawn Mower On Overgrown Grass

When the rainy weather hits, it can be easy for a lawn to get overgrown within a matter of days. It’s always important not to use a lawn mower on wet grass, so what can you do? Here are some tips for reclaiming your lawn after both the grass and weeds have overgrown. Pull Out the Weeds First Don’t just mow over the weeds. Overgrown grass and weeds gives you a great opportunity to pull out the weeds now that they’re visible. Manually extracting weeds and the associated root systems is the best way to get rid of weeds once and for all. Use a Weed Whacker on Taller Grass Once you’ve pulled out the weeds, you can use a weed whacker on the taller grass. You may note that grass will grow taller along your house and any fences — this is often because of a combination of shade and moisture. A weed whacker will make the process of mowing this grass much easier. Walk Through With Jeans and Shoes First This tip is mostly for your own psychological safety. If your lawn has overgrown, you may want to protect yourself with long jeans tucked into shoes and step through the grass carefully before you begin mowing. Otherwise you face a very real risk of mowing over baby bunnies, toads, and other small animals — and that’s not pleasant for anyone. Mow High By Adjusting Your Lawn Mower Height Mowing low (about an inch) is far more challenging than mowing high (about three inches). Moreover, cutting a lot of grass all at once can make the grass very unhealthy. It’s better for you to mow high now and then wait a few days to mow lower. Use a Lawn Mower Bag to Collect Clippings Many people leave their clippings on the ground so that the nutrients return to the soil. But if your grass is overgrown, you suffer from a very real risk of blocking out the light to the remaining grass. Clippings can also jam up your lawn mower, making it more difficult to mow. Instead, use a lawn mower bag to collect the clippings as they are ejected. If your lawn mower isn’t working as it should, you may need to replace the blade. Lawn mower replacement blades are different sizes, so disconnect the blade that you have and bring it to a local lawn and renovation store, such as Snappy’s Outdoor Equipment Sales & Service LLC — they’ll be able to handle the...

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Finding Out What Is Causing Your Unexplained Weight Loss: What You Should Know

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finding Out What Is Causing Your Unexplained Weight Loss: What You Should Know

As you go about your daily life and routine, you may not pay a great deal of attention to your overall health and your weight. However, if something starts to go awry, like unexpected weight loss, you may begin to worry that something is wrong with your health. If you are currently experiencing unexpected weight loss, there are several steps that you and your physician can take to determine what is behind this sudden health change. Get to know some of the ways that you can go about finding out the cause of your unexpected weight loss so that you can take back control of your health and weight by treating the underlying cause. Blood Tests A blood draw is usually the first step that your doctor will have you take when you begin to experience unexplained weight loss of any significant amount. The blood can be tested for a variety of potential causes including viral infections such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Your doctor can also check your blood glucose levels to determine if diabetes is the cause of your sudden weight changes. Blood tests can also sometimes be used to detect certain types of cancer like leukemia and others that could cause weight loss. There are also hormonal conditions and imbalances that could cause weight loss as well as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism (both of which can cause unexpected weight loss or gain). A series of blood tests can help to point to a potential cause and give your physician a plan for further tests and treatments. A CT Scan A CT scan, also known as a computerized tomography scan, is a test that helps physicians to get a better look of what is going on inside of your body. In the case of unexpected and otherwise unexplained weight loss, a doctor may order a CT scan of various areas of the body. An abdominal CT scan will give the doctors a good look at the organs inside of your abdomen to determine if there are any abnormalities, blockages, or tumors that are causing your weight loss. Tumors on organs such as the liver and stomach can account for unintentional weight loss. Intestinal damage or obstructions could also cause such symptoms and could be detected using a CT scan. Similarly a chest CT or head CT can be used to detect other types of cancer that may cause weight loss like lung and thyroid cancer. Now that you know a few of the ways that you can find out what is causing your unexplained weight loss, you can get the care and tests you need to begin treatment as soon as...

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Tips For Keeping Rodents Out Of Your Home

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Keeping Rodents Out Of Your Home

One of the most important things you can do when it comes to rodent control, is to secure your home so the rats and mice can’t get inside to start with. There are several things you can do around your property to discourage rodents from getting in your home. Here are a few important ones you don’t want to overlook. Get Rid Of Hiding Places Don’t make it easy for rodents to hide in your yard or make nests close to your house. Move wood piles to the far end of your property and clear as much junk from your yard as possible. Rodents will infest anything that offers shelter such as old cars, a boat, or a storage shed. You’ll also want to get rid of excessive plant growth that offers hiding places when rodents approach your home. Keep your grass mowed short and trim weeds. You might even need to move thick landscaping plants farther away from your house. Make Access To Your House Difficult Rodents will try to wiggle into your home through any means possible if they smell food or detect warmth coming from the inside. Walk around your home and examine it from top to bottom for cracks and holes, especially around doors and windows. Seal the cracks with caulk and cover vent holes with metal screens. Pay particular attention to the base of your home, especially around wood areas, such as an attached garage or storage shed. If you see black trails left by rodents or see signs of chewing marks, you may need to reinforce the wood with a thin sheet of metal to keep rodents from chewing their way inside. Also, take down climbing paths. If you have a trellis, or even tree limbs close to your home, it makes it easy for rodents to climb to your roof where they can try to claw their way inside to get warm. Use Rodent Traps If you’ve seen signs of rodent activity around your home, you may need to exterminate the rats or mice that are already established. The best way to do that is with traps. However, you don’t want to place snap traps outside or you could injure a squirrel or cat. Instead, use traps designed to lure rats and mice inside. You can hire a rodent exterminator to place the traps and empty them if you are squeamish about killing the creatures. Plus, hiring a professional ensures the traps are positioned and baited properly so they are effective on rodents, but safe for other small mammals in your yard. If you’re conscientious about rodent control on the outside of your home, you may not have to deal with rats or mice inside. Since rodents can do a lot of damage to your house, and since they can spread diseases too, it’s worth the effort and expense to do all you can to keep them from getting into your living...

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Get A Mouser For Mice Issues

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get A Mouser For Mice Issues

If you have moved into a new house only to find that it has mice, then you want to act fast when it comes to taking action. Putting off the removal of the mice currently in the house will only lead to a very quick worsening of the situation, since mice reproduce so quickly. It’s important for you to weigh out your options when you are choosing the best method for getting rid of them. If you have small children and pets in your home, then you want to be especially careful as to stay away from poisons and traps that can harm them. You may find that getting a mouser cat will be the best choice for your household. Learn about the benefits using a mouser cat has over other methods in this article. A mouser works around the clock When you put out traps or poisons, you need to check them often to make sure the traps haven’t been accidentally triggered or don’t have a mouse already in them. With poison, you need to check it regularly to ensure that it is still there so you can put more down if you have a big mouse problem. With a mouser cat, you can count on them to go pretty much non-stop when it comes to hunting and catching the mice in your house. There is no disposal to worry about When you count on a mouser to rid you of your mouse problem, you don’t have to worry about getting rid of the mouse after it has been taken care of. With poison, the mice will eat it and go somewhere else to die. Often times, they will go somewhere that is hard for you to reach and this can lead to a bad odor in your home that will linger for a while. With traps, if you forget to check them regularly, then you can also get this odor. A mouser offers preventative pest control Once your mouse problem has been taken care of from the mouser, it will then keep new mice from showing up and reproducing. With other forms of pest control people tend to stop setting them out after the problem is gone and this means it can happen again in the future. If you find that nothing you have tried works, then it may be time for you to call out a professional pest control company, like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies or a similar location, to help you get the mice out of your...

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How To Transform Rooms In Your Home

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Transform Rooms In Your Home

When you are decorating a room in your home, you want to set it up so you achieve a nice, fluid look, while giving it a theme and color scheme that works well. You should take the size of the room, the shape of it and the natural design of it into consideration. Here are some tips on how to add special touches to different types of rooms, so you end up with a room you are satisfied with. Make a small room look larger If you are working on a small room that you would like to make look as if it were larger, then you can use mirrors and lights to do so. Putting wall length mirrors at the furthest end of the room from where you enter will give a larger appearance. To the eye, it will look as if that room has a lot more space. You also want to put the lighting at the end of the room that has the mirrors. The lighting should be attached to the ceiling, rather than in the form of lamps which are closer to the ground. You can also make a small room look larger by setting a large throw rug in the center of the room and putting the seating furniture along the outside of the rug. This gives the appearance of more floor space. Cut down on excessive furniture by adding shelves to a wall and removing any bookcases or stand-alone shelving units you can. Make a large room look smaller You may have a very large room in your house that you would like to make look cozier. Painting the walls a darker color can help to make a large room look smaller. Also, keeping the lighting toward the center-most part of the room can help to distract the eyes from realizing how large it is. You can put the furniture in the center part of the room, away from the walls. Also, hanging pictures at eye level will help make tall rooms appear shorter. If you have hard wood flooring in large rooms, laying down carpet can help the room to seem smaller. Not only will carpet help give the visual feel of a smaller room, but the carpeting will also help to prevent echoing that comes with large areas. Making a dark room look naturally lighter If you have a room that has little to no windows in it, then you will want to make it appear as if it has some natural lighting by choosing the right lights. Florescent lights are a good choice since they do a great job of lighting up an entire space evenly. You can also have a couple of floor lamps set in the corners of the room that aim the light upward, toward the ceiling. Implementing the changes suggested in this article will help you to get rooms in your home looking the way you want them to. For assistance with lighting, talk to an expert like Classic Lighting & Accessories...

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Keeping Your Aluminum Furniture In Great Shape

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Aluminum Furniture In Great Shape

Aluminum lawn furniture is designed to be tough and durable, but it can be susceptible to a wide range of elemental damage. Follow this process to keep your aluminum furniture in great shape. Basic Cleaning And Maintenance There are three basic types of aluminum patio furniture available on the market: cast aluminum, tubular aluminum, and wrought aluminum. Each of them are sprayed with a coated finish to protect them from decay. However, you still need to make sure you regularly clean any stains off of the surface to ensure that they don’t break apart that coating and cause corrosion. To clean your aluminum patio furniture, follow this process: Remove cushions and set to the side Set garden hose to “rain” setting and spray the furniture Lightly scrub the surface with a soft cloth soaked in mild dish detergent Pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as the joints Rinse with the hose to remove soap Rub a dab of baby oil on the surface for extra protection Protecting From Freezing Like most types of metal, aluminum has difficulty in cold weather with expansion and contraction. However, aluminum chairs have holes drilled in them that help keep air out and to drain water. Unfortunately, these same holes can easily collect water if chairs are stored improperly. And this water will go through the freezing process in the winter, causing damage to your chairs. Since these holes are usually located on the bottom of the chairs (to allow easier draining), always store your chairs in their upright position. You also need to store them out of the reach of the sun, as this can promote mold and mildew growth which can also promote freezing damage. Repairing Damage Over time, your aluminum patio furniture may be susceptible to a wide range of damage. Most of this damage starts out on the surface, but it can quickly spread and become serious over time. Inspect your patio furniture for damage using this simple process: Examine the surface of the chair for scrapes, breaks, and worn away paint Check all the nuts and bolts to ensure they are in place Inspect the welded areas (spots where the metal is fused together) for breaks After completing this simple inspection process, you need to fix any damage. Start by sanding areas with worn paint and spraying a self-etching primer onto these areas. Wait a few hours for the primer to dry, and then apply a few coats of enamel paint that closely matches the color of the furniture. Next, tighten any bolts or nuts that may be loose using a properly sized wrench. If any bolts are missing, go to a hardware store, buy replacements, and install them. To repair weld breaks, take your chair to a professional welder. Some may perform such a simple welding job for free or for little money. Follow this simple process and your lawn furniture will stay in great shape for years to...

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