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What to Look For: Inspecting your Insulation and Weather Stripping

What to Look For: Inspecting your Insulation and Weather Stripping

As the cold weather approaches and your furnace begins its annual duties, we often think of ways to make our homes more energy efficient. One thing that can make a big impact on energy savings at a reasonable cost is inspecting your insulation and weatherstripping. Over time, weatherstripping can become worn out and damaged which then creates drafts. Insulation can settle over time, thus reducing its R-value and becoming less effective. Below, we’ll discuss some effective ways to check your insulation and weatherstripping to see if any action is needed. Weatherstripping First, do a visual inspection around your doors and...

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Five Steps To Preparing To Seal Your Asphalt Driveway

Five Steps To Preparing To Seal Your Asphalt Driveway

While it’s an arduous task that needs to be done in the heat of the summer, sealing your asphalt driveway is a necessary task in maintaining its integrity. Here are the five steps you need to take to prepare your driveway to look like new again: 1) Pick a good span of daysThe first step in this process is scouting out the weather reports and seeing where there is a good three or four-day span of hot temperatures without any rain. 2) MeasureYou will want to measure the dimensions of your driveway and keep that information when you plan on...

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Supporting Skilled Trades

Supporting Skilled Trades

Skilled trades are essential for many businesses and provide valuable services to the community, from construction, home maintenance, and auto repair to landscaping, medical assistance, and culinary arts. Unfortunately, many skilled trades get overlooked with the emphasis on college educations and advanced degrees, but there are many ways you can support skilled trades at home, at work, and in your community. What Is a Skilled Trade? Many occupations require specialized training, often through apprenticeships or designated programs that focus on exactly what the occupation requires without extra embellishments. Depending on the trade and an individual’s level of expertise and specialization,...

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Renting a Portable Generator

Renting a Portable Generator

There are many reasons why one might need a portable generator. With daylight dwindling each passing day, its time to start thinking about how you’re going to have to power to light up a construction site or use certain tools. With Hurricane Matthew and other weather conditions sweeping through the land, you may also need a generator for power outages within your own home. Don’t worry we have all been there. It’s not like you’re not going to see that hurricane or snowstorm coming. Bob the weatherman would have most likely been talking about for days and if its really...

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Safety Tips For When You Weld

Safety Tips For When You Weld

Welding can be very hazardous if not done properly. With that being the case, here are some safety precautions you should follow:Protect yourselfDon’t wear clothes that are doused in gasoline. That tip is free. In all seriousness you should be decked out with a lot of protection including a certified welding helmet, leather welding gloves, welding jacket, full leg coverage and leather shoes.Other hazardsMake sure that there is nothing around you that can conduct any electricity such as a wet floor. Also, make sure there is nothing around that can catch fire like rags, paper, oil, etc. In general it’s...

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