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The power tool manufacturing industry in the United States is huge — it generates $3 billion in annual revenue. Lots of their business is in wholesale car accessories, so the public doesn’t always know the newest advancements in auto body repair tools. There are just under 250 business in the U.S. that manufacture power tools, and with all of this labor devoted to building auto body shop tools, there is a lot of innovation in this field. We’ve come a long way from the first power tools; the lathe is the oldest known power tool used by the ancient Egyptians. If you’re interested in learning more about these elusive auto body tools and (more…)
Having reliable heating and air conditioning systems usually isn’t something that most Americans think about — until their system breaks down in the middle of a snowstorm, and they find themselves frantically searching for any HVAC repair services that will make house calls on a Friday night. It’s easy to forget how much we depend on this industry, but you may not have realized just how much money gets funneled (sometimes needlessly) into HVAC systems, and just how big the American heating and air conditioning service industry is.
63%: The percentage of natural gas in the U.S. that was funneled into heating systems during 2009 — just (more…)
Solar panels have become increasingly popular in the last few years because they are an alternative to burning fossil fuels. Solar panels are a form of renewable energy, or a source of energy that doesn’t deplete limited resources. There are many types of renewable energy, including wind power, solar power, biofuel, and hydropower. Solar energy is one of the most well known, and it works by converting light energy in the form of photons into usable energy that can be translated into a power source. Solar panels are delicate structures that absorb the sun’s rays and perform the complex process of converting light into energy. Because solar panels are fragile, they require mounting systems to protect them. Keep reading to learn about some essential solar panel hardware.
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Many people who invest in custom home building often cite the ability to design custom floor plans for new homes as a major motivating factor in their purchase, but there are plenty of other reasons to purchase a new custom home.
In addition to choosing custom home designs, home buyers also have the chance to go green from the foundation up and ultimately save money on energy.
In a recent survey, 92% of customers who built or bought houses built to the National Green Standard in the past three years said they would purchase another. Over half of the people surveyed understood that while their green home may have cost a little more, the benefits far outweighed the cost.
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The reality is that no matter how much some people dream of lush landscaping design, not everyone has a green thumb. While one answer is simply hiring a garden and lawn care company to take care of maintenance, there’s an easier way: hardscaping design. This refers to the subset of landscaping that uses materials such as landscaping stones, wood and tile to create designs that don’t need a bit of watering. To give you an idea of what hardscaping can do to create a versatile and beautiful — but low-maintenance — space, here are five creative uses for landscaping rocks that can cut do (more…)
Have you considered extended your living and entertaining space into your garage? It may sound crazy, but you can turn a simply cement garage into a beautiful space that’s good for more than just storage.
Garages are primarily intended for parking cars. And sure, a number of people do use them for that purpose. But there are also a great deal of people with garages who still have to park their cars out in the driveway, because there’s no room in the garage. And why is that? Because the garage is full of junk.
Garages often become a catch-all for various odds and ends, because it’s a good place to toss things to get them out of the way. Especially if you’re entertaining, you can just toss a pile of books or a stack of papers or a bag of clothes into the garage, if you don’t have (more…)
Did you know? People have been using metal screws to fasten objects since the 1400s! And since the 1400s, people have been dealing with nature’s unfortunate response to bolts and screws: RUST. According to the all-know Wikipedia, “Rust is an iron oxide, usually red oxide formed by the redox reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture. Several forms of rust are distinguishable both visually and by spectroscopy, and form under different circumstances.” But how do you guard your bolt and screw supply from rust? Follow these three tips.
Protect from water
Water is what often causes metal to rust. If your favorite car is out in the drive way, keep in mind that it is sensitive to the elements. Keep the car over the covered patio or use popular cream washes that treat (more…)
If you’ve recently acquired a property that has been foreclosed on or has sat vacant for some time, then you may need to look into some property preservation work. Here’s a little more you might need to know about these services, if you’ve never used them before:
Who Uses Property Preservation Services?
Preservation services are commonly used by banks or real estate companies who are taking over derelict properties, or by commercial institutions who need to hold vacant properties. Property preservation work generally includes some property rehabilitation, as well, and its goal is to get a property safe and in good condition so that it shows (more…)
As any local interior designers worth their salt can tell you, great interior design can have a number of beneficial effects for your home and your family. Using the right colors, for example, can improve your mood, help regulate your appetite, and even help you relax when it’s time to go to bed at night. As the U.S. Green Building Council writes, tapping into the latest interior design trends with the help of the best interior designers can also boost the price of your home when it comes time to sell.
The only problem with working with home interior designers to i (more…)
Cities across the country are starting to see the first signs of winter with thin blankets of snow starting to accumulate on the ground. For many, the light snow flurries are a reminder that there isn’t much time to complete home and landscaping projects before winter officially arrives. One of important item that many homeowners tend to forget about is waterproofing a house for the winter. Even though the rain may be gone, snow and ice can still contribute to flooding and moisture in basements. With the clock ticking away, here are some essential home waterproofing projects to get done this weekend to ensure prevent wet basement problems all winter long.
- Clear Out Gutters – Damaged, clogged and malfunctioning gutters are a common cause of (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
An devastating hail storm last spring is giving you the opportunity to replace some most of the windows in your home. You have some depreciation costs that have accumulated over the last 20 years, but you know that any money that you put in will be a good investment. Home windows are an important part [...]
As seasons change, it’s important to think about the status of your windows. In fact, statistics gathered from Spring 2016 found that nearly 31 million people throughout the United States reported living in a household that had either purchased drapes, blinds, or another type of window treatment within the past year. Considering that, it’s important [...]
A home’s roof is one of the most important components of the entire design. Without a roof that is sturdy and made with quality materials, it could leak and fail to provide insulation to the rest of the house. Roofs require regular maintenance, inspections, and replacements. In addition to regular maintenance, it is also important [...]