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Tips To Protect Your Home During Renovation

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If there is one thing that you should do first if you are planning to renovate your home or have professionals help you tweak the interior of your home, it is that you should prioritize preparing your home’s interior protection. The last thing that you want to happen after finishing renovating your house’s interior is clean paint stains from random parts of the house and a lot of debris. So how do you go about protecting your home?

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  • Dust Protection: It will not be surprising if a family member has dust allergies but it can be very frustrating for that family member. One of the first things that you should do is to ensure that air registers and ventilation within the work area are blocked especially if the work going to be done involves demolition. If you fail to block these airways, dust will eventually make it through these air ducts and your filter which can affect their efficiency.
  • Floor Protection: The floor can also get damaged especially during demolition jobs or while contractors walk between the door and the work zone. Using heavy duty plastic with an adhesive back to lay over carpets or choosing to use painter’s tape instead to apply it around the perimeters of your room can keep your carpet clean during the renovation.
  • Plastic: In case you are working with drywall, it is important that you properly cover your floor as well as other important possessions in your house’s interior. In case you will be sanding your spackle, make sure that you properly cover the floor as well as your other interior equipment or furniture.

While employing the services of professionals to help you accomplish your renovation, you can actively contribute to them by finding ways to protect your house’s interiors.

How to Apply Venetian Plaster

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Knowing how to apply a layer of Venetian plaster is a useful skill. However, you will probably want to have the work done by a professional, so that it is warranted. When you work with the designer to create the look that you want, you will have full creative control. The plasterer will give ideas, but you get the ultimate say on what goes in your home. Venetian plaster is a very valuable plastering technique. It is used by many interior decorators, and it has a wonderful consistency when it is completely dry. It gives you a new way to spice up your décor, and it is a cheap method of making your home look like a million bucks.

The Venetian Plastering Technique 

Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster is an application in which layers of paint are applied in very thick layers, usually with a tool such as a trowel or spatula. It gives walls a very aged vintage look, and it can work wonders in a home that lacks texture. The texture of Venetian walls are amazing, because they can reflect light at different angles, unlike other techniques that use faux painting, such as painting with sponges or stippling. Venetian plaster looks great in conservatories, enclosed porches, or anywhere you want to create fantastic visual appearance with your walls. It looks best in rooms that have a lot of sunlight.

The Effect of Venetian Plaster

When using Venetian plaster, there are first a few things you should consider, and preparation is required. You will first need to determine what colour you want your walls. Colour choices are endless, so you can have pretty much anything you want. You will also need to make sure that you have an in-depth consultation with your contractor, so that they know exactly what you want.  Use a reputable firm such as John Anthony Plastering who have detailed case studies and references (http://www.johnanthonyplastering.co.uk/). Once you have everything set, you need to get a contract so that both you and the contractor are protected. Before the contract is signed, you need to ask the contractor how long they anticipate that the job will take. Before your contractor will be able to apply the plaster, they will first have to clean the wall with a damp brush. They will then use sandpaper to sand it down and smooth off any rough edges. Sanding the wall is a crucial step, as the Venetian plaster needs a surface that it can adhere to.  If there are holes or blemishes on the wall, then this will be visible through the plaster.

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Types of Arborist Equipment

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Aside from the qualifications and experience you have gotten in your chosen profession, working with the right tools is important to your career. This fact also applies to the jobs that arboriculturists (or arborists) perform. In addition to those important skills, knowing the different arborist equipment and the right pieces to use at any time is essential. A large selection of arborist equipment can be found at skylandequipment.com.

It’s always safer to call a professional when the need arises, though this may not be necessary if you also have the qualifications. Arborists study trees, vines and shrubs, and they know how to take care of plants and trees so that they can mature within the shortest possible time. Even at maturity, their knowledge is also important for the harvest.

Since they sometimes work near power cables and are exposed to other forms of risk, they must have the right equipment to ensure their safety as well as their efficiency. Some of the most recommended tools for the arborist include chainsaws, lopping shears, ropes, climbing gear, cables and protective clothing such as gloves and protective shoes. An arborist may also make use of a “cherry picker”, which is a special truck for taking him or her to any height along the tree.

The chainsaw is portable and mechanical. It works with the aid of electricity, compressed air, hydraulic power and a two-stroke engine. Chainsaws are used by the arborist for felling trees, cutting wood, pruning, limbing and bucking. Chainsaws are very important in fighting forest fires, because trees must be cut to prevent the spread of fire. Types of chainsaws include the professional saws, all-round saws, consumer saws and tree care saws. A qualified arborist knows the exact type and size for any kind of job.

Lopping shears are another type of cutting tool. Their handles are long to enable the user perform an excellent job. Lopping shears and pruning shears have identical functions but the lopping shears are preferable when the branches, vines and roots are too hard for pruning shears to remove.

You can know a qualified arborist by the kind of tool he uses. Tree services such as planting, emergency care, removal and pruning are some of the requirements that arborists provide. However, it will be extremely difficult to perform these duties without the right arborist equipment.

Replacing Garage Door Springs

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Equipment needs to be replaced or repaired especially if they are no longer functioning properly. And the difficulty of repairing equipment depends on how complex its mechanisms are and a good example is a garage door. Like any item or tool, garage doors also deteriorate as time passes by and it needs to be maintained at least once in a while. Changing a garage door’s torsion spring can be very challenging and may even be dangerous for those who are not familiar in doing so.

The torsion spring is basically what lifts the garage door so it is advisable for first-timers to have a professional assist them in repairing it. An important thing to keep in mind before repairing or replacing the spring is that it might break if you attempt to wind or unwind it. The cone might also slip or explode if you also attempt to do former. Using a secured ladder while grasping the bars tightly on their ends far away from the cone can keep you from harm’s way. You also have to make sure that you have the necessary tools to help you fix your garage door available. You need ten inch vice grips, an adjustable wrench, and two one and a half inch by eighteen inch winding socket bars, socket wrench, rules and a file.

Before loosening the spring, you have to make sure that you there are winding bars on each holes in each cone. After this, you have to unplug the power cord from the garage opener while the garage door is closed. When you are done unplugging it, you can now disjoint the opener from the garage door. You have to make sure that the new spring’s size is similar to the old one and then mark the torsion shaft appropriately based on your measurement. When you are done unwinding the old torsion springs, what you have to do next is to loosen and remove the two bolts and secure the center stationary torsion cones to the spring bracket. You may then replace the springs and reinstall the torsion hardware. Wind the new springs and make sure that you lubricate the garage door so to have it run smoothly then you reconnect the opener and plug the power cord.

Again, if it is your first time doing this, it is recommended that you ask for professional’s assistance rather than risk yourself getting hurt.

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How to Extend the Life Span of Your Garage Door Spring

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Garage doors need to be maintained on a regular basis to keep them from being dysfunctional and to prevent any potential accidents from occurring. A good practice is to check the springs of your garage door at least once in a while and see how it is performing. Taking note of the sounds that it makes and its consistency when you attempt to activate it is important. Bouncing, sticking and the garage door creating too much noise are bad signs and means that it needs proper maintenance. Lubricating the springs is a good habit that can help you extend the life of your garage door.

Care for Garage Door

However, if you think that there is really something wrong with your garage door, do not attempt to fix it on your own especially if it is your first time. Always ask for professional help. Referring to the garage door’s manufacturer can also help you figure out the best way to repair it and maintain it since they come in different models and specifications. What is important is that you regularly check the spring if it is functional. Temporary removing the release mechanism of your garage door and lifting it manually is also one reliable way of knowing if it is working. If you can lift it without any kind of resistance coming from the garage door and can stay lifted three to four feet above the ground then it is in good condition. If it appears out of balance then you may ask an expert’s help to reposition it.

Monitoring your garage door for any signs of malfunction at least once a month can prevent you from unnecessary expenses for repairs and maintenance.