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3 Reasons Your Insulation Isn't Working

Simply having insulation isn't enough—as you may have experienced if your home still manages to roast you, freeze you, and generate high utility bills. If you're insulation isn't pulling its weight, here are three possible reasons why. 1. The Materials Aren't Efficient Enough All insulating materials are not created equal. If you've been trying to use the wrong type of insulation in a thermally-challenged part of the home such as the attic, then it's little wonder that you're experiencing high energy bills and uncomfortable days.

Youth Sports Team Needs A Food Truck? Make One Out Of A Vintage Camper Trailer!

If you are in charge of the concessions stand for your child's team but there is no building available, consider transforming a vintage camper trailer into a food truck with custom cabinetry! All you need is a little imagination, a lot of volunteers, and a fundraiser to help with the costs. Here are a few important steps to repurpose an old camper into a food truck. Find the perfect match

4 Ways To Enhance The Curb Appeal And Interior Aesthetics Of Your Manufactured Home

Investing in a manufactured home can provide you with an eco-friendly, energy-efficient and affordable alternative to purchasing a traditionally-built home. However, if you are wary of buying a prefab home because you do not want a cookie-cutter house that is indistinguishable from rows of other mobile homes, there are many ways to customize the structure. The following guide provides you with tips on how to increase the curb appeal of your prefab house and make it a more a distinct and unique dwelling.

Do Good When Demolishing Your 1800S Home By Reusing And Recycling

Watching a historic house that's become a local landmark and a place you called home be reduced to a pile of rubble is sad. If you own an 1800s home that needs to be demolished though, you also have an opportunity to do good. Many parts of an older home can be reclaimed, reused or recycled. Hiring a green demolition team that will take time to sort and salvage parts of your home won't dry every tear, but knowing that pieces of your home will have a second life might help you through this tumultuous time.

Three Infrastructure Considerations Before You Install A Rainwater Collection System At Home

Rainwater collection can be an excellent way to supplement your residential potable water supply by providing a source of water for flushing toilets, washing clothes and even consumption, in some areas. However, efficient, safe rainwater collection requires that collection, routing and distribution efforts be planned ahead of time. Below are a few physical infrastructure considerations you should keep in mind if you are interested in using a rainwater collection system:

Spray Foam Insulation: Tips For Easy DIY Installation

If your home is not insulated or airtight, then you may be wasting hundreds of dollars every year on hot and cold air that escapes through the cracks of your home.  Old homes are likely to lose more energy than new ones, and you can save an average of 15% on your home heating and cooling costs by securing insulation in attics, ceilings, and in between walls.  Spray foam insulation is a good choice if you feel that you are losing far more energy than the average home.

Three Fantastic, Affordable Ways To Clear A Clogged Drain Without Harsh Chemicals

Whether it's your kitchen drain your outtake pipe that's become clogged, it can be a time-consuming, expensive hassle to clear it. Calling in the pros is sometimes necessary, but there's plenty you can do right at home to safely clear out mild blockages. From manual removal to easy natural remedies you can mix up right in your kitchen, this list will help you to get rid of clogs both safely and quickly when they occur.

Hitting Ground Water When Excavating: Problems It Causes And How To Combat It

When excavating your property in order to build a foundation for your new home, you are most likely not thinking about potential problems that could arise. After all, how hard could it be to dig a hole? Unfortunately, there are a number of issues you can run into when you are excavating your property, one of which is hitting ground water. High water tables plus excavation can equal disaster. There are a number of reasons why water entering your excavated area can equal disaster for your foundation, as well as a few ways to combat hitting water.

The Hazards Associated With Directional Drilling: What To Look For And How To Stay Safe

Horizontal directional drilling has greatly increased the ease of performing underground utility installations by reducing the need for time-consuming, labor-intensive and disruptive trenching. It has also increased the safety of the process for workers involved in utility installations by eliminating potential trench wall collapses and other deadly mishaps. However, as with any process used by builders and others involved in utility work, there are still, quite literally, hidden dangers when performing directional drilling.

4 Imperfections To Watch Out When Choosing Lumber

When using lumber for your interior or exterior home remodel, it's important to take the time to handpick each piece. After all, the finished project can only look as good as the material you use to build it. Whether you obtain a whole shipment of lumber at your doorstep or go to the hardware store yourself to pick out each board, you must cast away pieces with any of the following faults.