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How To Clean Your Custom Glass Shower Doors

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Your custom glass shower doors add a sense of beauty and elegance to your bathroom, so it’s no wonder that you want to keep the glass sparkling and clean. Of course, in order to maintain the look and shine of your glass doors, you’ll need to use the right tools and methods. With the following natural products and easy to obtain household items, you can maintain your shower doors so they’ll be as beautiful in the future as they were on the day they were installed. Wipe Down Doors Daily One of the easiest ways to keep your glass shower doors clean is to wipe them down with a squeegee after each shower usage. Doing this wipes water off of the glass and can often stave off hard water stains. Although any squeegee will do, the best squeegees for this job are the type specifically made for showers, because they often come with a compact handle that’s easy to use in tight spaces. Clean Doors Weekly With A Vinegar Solution Clean your custom glass shower doors on a weekly basis. To do this, mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Put the ingredients together in a spray bottle, then spray down the doors and wipe them clean with a fresh microfiber cloth. Remove Hard Water Stains And Soap Scum As Needed Even if you use a squeegee, some hard water stains may still build up on the glass. To remove mineral buildup and soap scum, slice a lemon open and rub the juicy side of the lemon against the stains on the glass. Then, dip a damp microfiber cloth into a container of baking soda and rub the baking soda against the lemon juice-covered door. Scrub gently, making small circles against the glass with the microfiber cloth. Do this until the soap scum has been removed. When you’re done, spray down the shower doors with distilled water to rinse away the baking soda, then use a squeegee to wipe off the doors. You can prevent a buildup of soap scum and hard water from forming again by using a water softener to treat your water. However, if you don’t plan to install a water softener anytime soon, you’ll likely need to continue using lemon juice and baking soda periodically to prevent water spots and minerals from building up on the glass. For more information about how you can maintain and clean your custom glass, consider checking with a professional like those at Wildwood Glass Company...

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Why Is Your Deck Stain Peeling?

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After staining your deck, you go through great pains to make sure it is regularly swept and cleaned so that your hard work lasts as long as possible. Imagine your despair when you notice the stain is starting to peel off your deck. Why did this happen? Unfortunately, there are a few different likely causes. The Adhesion The stain can sometimes not stick correctly to the wood once applied which might cause it to start to peel up. There are a few ways you can prevent this from happening and a couple reasons it might not be sticking. Your deck needs some time before staining to be exposed to the elements. The wood needs to dry out, and if it’s allowed to sit for a while when you stain, it will be less likely to peel. Before you stain you need to clean the deck. This means using a solution that will get rid of the dirt and soil that might be there. It will help it adhere better if it’s applied to a clean surface. You also want to strip a deck that’s been previously stained as it might not adhere to the old stain and could peel. The last reason it might not be sticking the way it should is that you’re using the wrong kind of stain. Make sure you are using a stain that is made for outdoors, decks are exposed to the elements so using a stain for furniture is not going to do it. Over Application If you put too much on the deck then the top layer is going to start to peel off. The moisture that gets on the wood from rain cannot dry all the way when the sun hits it and results in peeling. Additional layers of stain are not necessary. You want the wood to be able to breathe so it is important to remember less is always more. Make sure you use a brush so the stain goes down into the wood and doesn’t lay thickly on the top. A good way to check if your deck can take more stain is to spray some water on it. If it beads up then don’t restain it. If it can’t absorb water, it won’t be able to absorb stain. Examine your deck and consider testing a small place of the deck with the stain you have purchased to make sure it will work out before staining the entire deck. You should also avoid buying the cheapest deck stain you can find and make sure you read the label to ensure the stain is ideal for outdoor usage. This will save you a lot of time and frustration when it comes to your new deck stain peeling. If you have severe problems with your deck, consider contacting a painting contractor, such as AAA Action Painting, for help....

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Temporary Fixes For A Broken Window In Winter

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A broken window in winter can lead to climate control problems as well as frost on the inside of the pane. Getting glass replacement as quickly as possible is important, but help can’t arrive instantaneously. Assuming that you have to wait for any amount of time, it’s a good idea to fall back on one of these temporary fixes.  Cracked Glass Temporarily fixing cracked glass is easy because all you’ll have to do is seal the crack to keep out the cold air. To do this, you’ll need masking tape and scissors, and something to wipe down the window. The procedure goes like this: Wipe down the window with a microfiber cloth, so the masking tape will have a clean surface to adhere to. Don’t push hard on the glass as you clean, because you don’t want to break the glass further. Clean the glass inside and out. Cover each leg of the crack with masking tape. Use scissors to cut each length of the tape. Push down on each section of tape just enough so that the tape is firmly in place on the glass. Go to the other side of the window and repeat steps 1 through 3. Shattered Glass If the glass is shattered, you’ll have to remove the broken pane to prevent it from becoming a hazard. Then you’ll use heavy-duty double-layered plastic to keep out the worst of the cold. You’ll need: Work gloves Eye protection Tarp Hammer Trash can Heavy-duty garbage bag Staple gun or packaging tape Here’s the procedure: Put on heavy-duty leather work gloves and eye protection. Place the tarp beneath the window to catch any falling shards. Wearing the work gloves, pull out the broken shards. You may need to use a hammer to gently knock out one or two shards first. After this, use your gloved hands to pull out the largest shards and place them in a trash can. Fold the heavy-duty garbage bag over once or twice until it fits into the window pane. Use the staple gun or the tape to secure the garbage bag to the window pane. For extra protection from winter weather, cover the entire window in weather-proofing shrinkable plastic, or wrap the garbage bag around a layer of bubble wrap before attaching it to the window pane. This will help create insulation from the cold air as you wait for the window repair person to arrive. With this done, your home will remain protected from the elements while you wait for help from your glass replacement professional (such as one from Jesse’s Tri-City Glass & Mirror...

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Window Leaks at the Bottom of the Frame? Temporarily Repair It With These Tips

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If water leaks from the bottom of your window’s frame, there could be damage in the foundation around the window. Water can cause many problems in your home if it soaks into the foundation, such as mold and wood rot. In most cases, you’ll need to replace the window and damaged foundation to keep these problems from happening. Until a contractor replaces your window, there are simple tips you can use to stop the leaking water temporarily. If you don’t stop the leak right away, the water can damage your flooring and cause mold in the home. Here’s what you do. Gather Your Materials To seal the leak, choose a sealant that your replacement window contractors can remove easily later on. One product that works well for your situation is removable weatherstrip caulk, which you can find at your local hardware store. The material forms a tight waterproof seal around window frames and other applications until you pull it off with a caulking knife.  Also, purchase a caulk gun to apply the sealant and a plastic spatula to smooth out the material after you place it. Now, it’s time to repair the leak. Seal the Leak It’s a good idea that you clean the area between the leaky frame and wall before you apply the sealant. Dirt, dust and cobwebs can interfere with the way the sealant adheres to the damage area. Here’s what you do: Fill a bucket with cold water and three teaspoonfuls of mild dish detergent to avoid peeling or damaging the paint on your wall.  Use a soft chamois towel to gently clean the area. Pay close attention to the area hidden beneath the window frame, as it can harbor dead insects and balls of dust. You may want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove these problems. Dry the area with a fan for 30 minutes, then apply your sealant. Place a thin line of sealant along the joint of the leaky window frame.  Use your spatula to smooth the material as close to the joint as you can.  Place a second line of sealant over the first application, then wait 24-48 hours for the material to dry.  The sealant will keep the water out of your home until the contractor arrives. If water redirects to another area around the window, follow the tips above to repair the leaks. If you’re looking to replace your windows, consider contacting a specialist, such as Allstate Gutter & Siding, to discuss any questions or...

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The 4 Options For Industrial Liquid Storage Tank Heaters

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If your company is installing some liquid storage tanks that need to be warmed during the cold winter months to prevent their contents from freezing, then you will need to purchase some industrial tank heaters. If you need your company’s stored liquids to meet a specific temperature standard, then these tank heaters can also be used in processing applications as well. There are four options available for fluid storage tank heaters, and they are: heating plates immersion heaters blanket heaters strip heaters See below for more information on each type of industrial tank heating option: Heating Plates Industrial tank and container heating plates are designed to look like weighing scales and contain heating elements inside of them. By placing a steel drum or a storage tank on the top of a heating plate, the heat will enter the tank at the bottom and warm the liquid through to the top over time. When excessive heating is needed, then heating plates are often used with immersion, blanket, or strip heaters to ensure equal heating between the lower and upper parts of the container. Immersion Heaters Storage tank immersion heaters are a special kind of heating element that are placed into the liquid in a holding tank. This type of tank heater is generally used in applications where heating solids like grease, lard, or wax are necessary. Immersion heaters cannot be used around flammable liquids, but they are very effective for heating liquids that need to be hot for a production process. This type of heater has a sensitive thermostat to allow you to closely control the temperature of your contained liquid. Blanket Heaters Storage tank blanket heaters are insulated blankets with heating elements installed throughout them. The blanket heaters are wrapped around the outside of metal tanks in the same way as you wrap your home water heater. The blanket heater heats the liquids from the outside of the tank inward. Blanket storage tank heaters are best used to keep materials warm and from solidifying in cold weather. Strip Heaters Finally, as the name implies, strip tank heaters are electric-powered wire tape strips that are applied to the outside of metal storage tanks and barrels to heat their contents. Strip tank heaters are safe for use in non-hazardous material areas and are most effective at heating smaller-sized conductive metal storage tanks. Strip heaters are very energy efficient and contain thermostats that control the heat level that comes from...

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4 Common Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

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When it comes to landscaping your yard, you want to be sure that you choose something that is attractive for yourself and for potential home buyers in the future if you plan to sell. You also want to be sure that the landscaping isn’t too much work for yourself, especially if you don’t have the time to tend to your yard as often as you would like to. In order to maintain great landscaping, you will want to avoid these four common mistakes that can lead to a rather dull looking yard: Planting Trees Too Deep: If you ever decide to plant a tree in your yard, you will want to be sure that you do not plant it too deep. Planting a tree underneath too much soil can prevent it from being able to soak up as much water as it needs to. Eventually, the tree will die and you will have to have it removed, which is both expensive and time consuming, especially if you want the stump removed from your yard, as well.  Over or Under Watering: When it comes to watering your yard, you want to be sure that you are not doing it too much, since this can cause some plants to basically drown. This makes them appear withered and eventually they will die. You also don’t want to under water, since this can prevent some plants from getting as much water as they really need. It’s important to choose plants for your yard that require the same amount of water so that you don’t risk over or under watering some plants. You may even consider getting sprinklers and putting them on a timer to ensure that they are always getting watered, even on days when you are busy.  Overcrowding: When you plant plants in your yard, you want to be sure that there is ample space for them to grow. If you overcrowd the plants with other plants, then it can cause them to compete with one another for nutrients from the soil, water, and more.  Planting Plants that are Wrong for the Climate: When it comes to planting plants in your yard, you want to be sure that you choose plants that work well in the climate all year round. If you go through drastic seasonal changes, for example, then you want to choose plants that are able to withstand the harsh winters and dry summers.  By avoiding these four mistakes when dealing with your landscaping, you can be sure that your landscape stays beautiful and appealing all year round. Contact a professional service like A-1 Landscaping & Lot Clearing for additional...

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A Quick Look At How To Maintain Your Water Well

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Your well should supply you with water for many years. However, it isn’t something you can just install and forget about. You have to maintain the well properly so the water doesn’t become contaminated. This involves having annual inspections and keeping hazardous substances away from the well. Here’s a closer look at how to maintain your water system. When To Have A Well Inspection It’s a good idea to have your well tested annually just to ensure your family has safe drinking water. In addition to that, there are certain signs that indicate you should have your well water and system checked. For one, if your water flow becomes diminished, it could be a sign your well is clogging up. It could also indicate a shift in the water table. You should call your well contractor to diagnose the problem and clean the well if it needs it. If the quality of your water changes, it could indicate the growth of bacteria or an increase in contaminants due to chemical dumping by a local farm or factory. Your water may be cloudy, appear oily, or pick up a bad odor. The water itself may be contaminated, or the water could be fine, but it’s picking up contamination from a dirty well. Either way, you need to have the water tested just to make sure it is safe to drink. If you haven’t been keeping up with yearly water and well testing, a good time to get back on track is when you have a new baby in the home. You don’t want to bathe your baby in contaminated water or let your baby drink water that has high levels of chemicals or heavy metals. In addition, if someone in your family has a compromised immune system, you may want to have the water tested for bacteria and parasites. Once you’ve tested the water and found it to be safe, yearly testing should be adequate as long as the water quality does not change. Protect Your Well When your well was initially installed, the contractor chose the best location for it so runoff from farm buildings or work areas wouldn’t affect it. Make sure any new construction or animal holding areas are kept away from the well so chemicals and animal waste do not seep down into your water. Inspect the housing on top of your well occasionally to make sure it doesn’t develop cracks or gaps that allow mice and bugs to drop in and decompose in the well. Also, if you have land where generations before you have had wells on the property, there may be old wells that are not sealed properly. If you have such a well, you want to call a contractor to seal it. Rain and contaminated surface water will fall directly into the well and mingle with your drinking water and affect its quality. Annual Testing When the contractor checks your well, he or she will test the water for bacterial contamination as well as the presence of chemicals. The exact testing done is determined by what is present in your local environment. If your property is surrounded by big farms, the potential contaminants are different than those you would expect if you live near an industrial operation. Your water will also be...

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Why A Gas Water Heater Might Become Inefficient

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Does your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system use hot water for heating up the house? If you have noticed that the heater is not as efficient as it used to be, it is possible that the water heater is in need of a repair. Find out in this article what can cause a gas water heater to stop being efficient, as well as what hiring a plumber to install a replacement might cost. What Leads to a Gas Water Heater Becoming Inefficient? An HVAC system that uses hot water for heat will stop functioning if the gas water heater is unable to send heat or steam to the radiators. No heat from a water heater is likely due to there being something wrong with the pilot. Although multiple reasons why a pilot stop working correctly, one of the most simple reasons is from it not being lit. You can take a look at the pilot to see if there is a flame present. Hire a plumber to reignite the pilot if the flame is not there and you should start getting heat from the HVAC system again. Another cause of water heater problems is problems with the gas valve. Basically, the valve works by sending gas to the burner of the water heater so the pilot can be ignited. There is a part of the gas valve called a thermocouple that can prevent the valve from sending gas to the burner if it is damaged. Damage to the thermocouple leads to the gas valve not sensing when the pilot is in need of gas to stay lit. Inefficiency from a gas water heater may mean that it has become old and worn out. It is possible that vital parts like the pilot and gas valve are damaged beyond repair. You will have to get a new water heater if repairs can’t be made. How Much Does a Plumber Charge to Install a Gas Water Heater? You should be prepared to pay a minimum of $300 if you purchase a traditional gas water heater, including installation by a plumber. A traditional gas water heater can cost over $3,500 on the highest end of the scale. The gallon capacity of the water heater will be factored into the overall price. Don’t delay speaking to a plumber like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating so he or she can inspect your gas water...

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Three Tips To Help Deal With Foundation Settling And The Beginning Of Structural Damage

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The foundation of your home supports the structural loads in your home. Damage can cause major headaches like leaks in your basement. If the structure starts to settle, the foundation problems can be seen in other areas, such as sagging openings or cracks in exterior finishes. If you want to put a stop to your foundation problems, here are some tips to get the problems fixed: 1. Repairing Cracked Foundation Walls With Waterproofing Treatment If you have a home on a basement, cracks in the foundation walls can lead to water problems. To keep the water out, you can have the cracks sealed with a special sealant. The sealant will be applied to the crack to seal it and prevent leaks. It will also act as an adhesive, joining the sections of cracked concrete together to prevent further structural damage. You may also want to have the concrete patched. If settling is severe and a problem, wall bracing systems can also be added to provide more structural support. 2. Correcting Settling And Poor Footings With Pier Support Systems Sometimes, the problem with the foundation of your home may be that the footings were not properly built in the first place. In these cases, pier systems with jacks can be used to support areas where the foundation is failing. The piers are driven deep in the ground until they reach solid footing to provide your footings and home with structural support. There is also another method of soil grouting that can be used, which is where a concrete slurry mixture is used to create the piers beneath the foundation. 3. Dealing With Soft Soils Using A Tensioned Concrete Repair Method In some areas, soft soil can be a problem with home foundations. This can cause the foundation to settle unevenly or sink in the soil. With new construction, sometimes tensioned concrete can be used to ensure that the foundation settles evenly. This method can also be used to repair settling and prevent future problems with the foundation. Tensioned concrete systems use steel cables that are installed beneath your foundation, and then tension is applied to the foundation. This makes your foundation more stable and allows it to settle evenly. These are some tips to help you deal with foundation damage that leads to structural damage. If you notice problems with your foundation and signs of settling, contact a foundation repair contractor, like RAC Construction Company, to get the help you need repair the...

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After You Remove A Nail Or Screw From Your Vinyl Siding, Be Sure To Patch The Hole Like This

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Small holes in vinyl siding aren’t just cosmetic issues. While they have nails or screws in them, they’re just a convenient way of holding up a wreath or banner. But once the decoration is removed and the hole is left behind, you’ve got an opening for moisture to infiltrate your siding. So when you take down outdoor decorations, be sure to patch up your vinyl siding afterwards—it’s not as complicated as you might think. Gather Your Tools It doesn’t take much to fix a small hole in vinyl siding. You probably have most of what you need already: mild dish detergent (or vinyl siding cleaner), a sponge, a caulk gun, and an old plastic card (such as an expired driver’s license—don’t use a card you’ll want to use again). The last thing you’ll need is the vinyl siding caulk itself. Make sure you know the manufacturer and color of your vinyl siding; they will need this information at a hardware or home improvement store in order to get you the right matching caulk. If you don’t have this information, you can bring in a scrap of siding or call the contractor who installed your siding and find out the necessary details. Clean The Area Before you get started caulking, you need to clean the area. Cleaning vinyl siding is very simple—you just need to wash it with water and your dish detergent or vinyl cleaner. Use a soft sponge so you don’t scratch your siding. Rinse with water and wipe dry. Caulk The Hole Following the instructions on the caulk, cut open the tube and install the tube into your caulk gun. Place the nozzle over the hole you are filling and squeeze the trigger. You want to fill the hole completely, with a little excess to be cleaned off later. If you underfill the hole, you’ll just need to go through the caulking process again. Clean Off Excess Caulk After you have slightly overfilled the hole, you need to remove that excess to leave the caulk flush with the hole. Before the caulk hardens, scrape your plastic card across the hole to smooth the repair and get rid of extra caulk. If you wait too long and the caulk hardens, you’ll have to trim it away carefully with a razor or utility knife. Of course, it’s important to remember that this technique is for small holes like those made by nails or screws. If you have larger areas of vinyl damage, you’ll need to have the damaged area cut away and replaced with new pieces of siding. Color matching becomes much more important on large sections like this, so it’s a good idea to call a contractor who installs and repairs vinyl siding so that you can get a seamless...

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