Home remodeling and Home Construction has long been an obsession with US homeowners. Maybe it's an attempt to avoid those plumber or electrician bills, but homeowners here love to tackle home-improvement projects on their own.
It's little surprise then, considering the hundreds of varieties of home repair tools now on the market, that many do-it-yourselfers have converted their garages or basements into home repair workshops. It's important for these amateur plumbers, electricians and carpenters to remember a few rules for home work shop safety.
With any home or garage that has a workshop space, safety should always be the first priority. The easiest way to practice home work shop safety is to keep your working area clean. Sawdust, rubris, oil and water spills can all lead to serious accidents.
By taking a few moments at the end of each project to clean up spills and sweep up debris you are going a long way towards practicing home work shop safety. Other potential problems for homeowners to handle are tangled power cords, and saws and other sharp objects left sitting out exposed.
Homeowners interested in shop safety make sure to remove these potential trouble … Read More
“Nowadays we scarcely notice the high stone gates which mark the entrances on Hobart, Harvard, and Oxford streets, south of Washington Boulevard. For one thing, the traffic is too heavy, too swift; and then, again, the gates have been obscured by intrusions of shops and stores. At the base of the stone pillars appears the inscription “West Adams Heights.” There was a time when these entranceways were formidable and haughty, for they marked the ways to one of the first elite residential areas in Los Angeles. . . In the unplanned early-day chaos of Los Angeles, West Adams Heights was obviously something very special, an island in an ocean of bungalows—approachable, but withdrawn and reclusive—one of the few surviving examples of planned urban elegance of the turn of the century.”
– Carey McWilliams, “The Evolution of Sugar Hill,” Script, March, 1949: 30.
Today West Adams Heights is still obviously something special. The past sixty years, however, have not been kind. In 1963 the Santa Monica Freeway cut through the heart of West Adams Heights, dividing the neighborhood, obscuring its continuity. In the 1970’s the city paved over the red brick streets and removed the ornate street lighting. … Read More
When it comes to a list of things homeowners worry about, water damage usually ranks at the top of the list. Not only can it happen as the result of many different causes, it can bring with it huge repair bills, especially if the water is allowed to sit too long as it can encourage mold growth which affects not only your home, but your family's health as well. If you find yourself facing water damage issues there are some steps you can take to help mitigate the damage while getting your home and your life back to normal.
Mistake # 1: Waiting Too Long
When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence. Water is stealthy and can see into every corner of your home. Water on the floor, for example, can see between the tile flooring and sub flooring and weak the entire floor, including support beams. It can also provide a prime breeding ground for mold which can then spread beyond the water damaged areas and invade almost every part of your home, rotting wood and ruining floors, walls and even furniture. This can all happen without your knowledge and you may only notice the … Read More
Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…
Many homeowners are beginning to recognize the higher standards that are being demanded from home improvement contractors.The new rules of certification, accreditation and independent verification have complemented well the old ways of selecting a contractor so that the two establish a benchmark that bodes well for the professional perception of the industry. It is not a coincident that in 2010 credentialing and training organizations have achieved their highest growth rate in recent years.
I believe that a profound shift is taken place in the home improvement industry. This shift has embroidered certification, accreditation and independent verification as the new rules of doing business. As a contractor who has been in the business for many years, for me, this shift means one thing – a chance to increase market share by showcasing a brand that understands and welcomes the new reality. Indeed, homeowners are beginning to demand this higher standard of training and perceived credibility to measure value. And, the surest way to achieve this is by checking for the credential of companies and the skill of their people. Now, along the old ways of relying chiefly on word-of-mouth recommendation, customers will be able to more independently check for and measure … Read More