A residential home is a major investment, so it makes sense that you would want to make periodic improvements to it over time. Both modest upgrades and major renovations can promote increasing property values, and they can also help you to enjoy living in your home more fully through improved function and enhanced ambiance. Whether your goal is to promote pride of ownership, to increase property values or both, you may benefit from putting the services of a skilled electrician to use with your next project. An electrician may not be the first type of contractor that you consider calling for an improvement project, but this professional’s services may benefit you in a number of ways.
One way that an electrician can help you to achieve the goals that you may have for home improvement is to install enhanced lighting. Light fixtures may be found in most or all rooms of your home, and they can have a dramatic impact on the style of the space as well as energy consumption in the home. Whether you are working on improvements to just one room or want to tackle the whole house at once, an electrician can install enhanced … Read More
The importance of home work shop safety
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
West Adams Heights
“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…
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