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Deck and Patio Company, a deck and concrete contractor in Huntington Station, Long Island, offered a whole bunch of great tips for installing a composite deck, on Hometalk.com. One of his tips was to build 45 degree angled edges into a deck, rather than sticking to the traditional straight edge. In the photo above of a deck that Deck and Patio Company built, you can see how the angled edge of the deck allows visitors to enjoy the view from wherever they sit on the outdoor couch.View original post.
This might be the cutest, and cleverest, dog bed ever. Titus Built, an award winning general contractor in Fairfield County, CT, built two custom dog bed areas into the mudroom of a New Caanan house that they renovated. They built two symmetrical dog beds, like the one shown in the photo above, on either side of the sink in the mudroom of the house. What a great way to use space, and to make cozy homes for a pair of favorite pups!View original post.
Hamtil Construction, a remodeling contractor in Saint Louis, shared this simple test to find out if your bathroom ventilation system is working properly: Turn your bathroom fan on. Place a sheet of paper by its vent. If the paper does not stick, then you know that the fan is not drawing air.View original post.
According to St. Paul carpenter Brian Campbell of Basswood Artisan Carpentry, piers should have sloped shoulders. The rationale for this is to prevent water from pooling up around the metal post base.View original post.
Rule4 Building Group, a remodeling contractor in Baltimore and a design-build group, shared their favorite paint color picks on Hometalk.com, a social network dedicated to home improvement projects. At the top of their list was Benjamin Moore's Texas Leather, a rich brown neutral shade. They also mentioned Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray, an elegant and urbane shade of grey. If you're looking for dark earth tones to enrich the look of your house, these two shades look amazing in Rule4's photos.View original post.
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The Austin Statesman reported that remodeling contractors in Austin, Texas often face two month waiting periods for approval of projects. Austin officials attribute the problem to issues with staffing. The slowdown poses problems for contractors and homeowners. Read Real Home Saga: The Deck Permit to learn how not to apply for a permit in Austin, or in any municipality.View original post.
If you have an old rake head, you also have a wine glass rack, a belt rack, a tie rack, a necklace rack...you name it, you can hang almost any household object from a rake head mounted to the wall. Lee Anne Culpepper, an interior designer who works with Atlanta carpenters, wrote cool instructions and took awesome pictures of her DIY rake head storage ideas. Click over to her article on DIY rake head projects for all the information and inspiration.
I was cruising the Orlando Sentinel looking for stories about Orlando fence contractors or Orlando fences or, like, a neighbor dispute that would prove that "good fences make good neighbors". Instead, because I am an expert Web surfer, I found instructions for alligator safety. This might be the best article I have read all week. What I love about the article is how local it is. I mean, you have to live in Florida (or somewhere else in Alligator country) to even need such instructions. What comes across as kitschy in New York City, is probably actually serious stuff in Orlando.
How does one avoid getting eaten by an alligator? Well, the articles suggests things like: Don't swim in alligator-infested areas; Deon't feed alligators; Don't try to take an alligator as a pet; If you see one, run away in a straight line for at least 30 feet; If an alligator bites you, hit it on the nose repeatedly and scream. Good to know the next time you're fishing in an alligator-filled lake.