Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
28 January 2015
A sturdily built roof can last you at least twenty years, so you may forget to include it as part of your home's possible expenses until you notice there's something wrong. A damaged or failing roof can let water leak into your house, let in light and even start to sag or collapse. But not all damage means you need to pay for a whole new roof. If your roof is otherwise sound, you can call for repairs instead.
23 January 2015
Biomass heating can be a great solution to reduce the heating costs for your home. It can also be a solution to provide your home with hot water. The biomass boilers that are available today can be connected to central HVAC, radiant heating and potable water for your home. These systems cost a lot less than gas or electricity, and will need fewer repairs. If you are thinking about a new heating system for your home, here are four benefits that you will get from using biomass energy for heating:
21 January 2015
Asbestos insulation has to be removed prior to tearing down a building to prevent dangerous asbestos fibers from entering the environment. Asbestos has been known to cause lung disease and cancer in people who breathe in the fibers. Here is how you can safely remove asbestos insulation from the pipes in your home before you tear it down. You Will Need: Disposable Protective Clothing Breathing Mask/Respirator Protective Eye-Wear Rubber Gloves Plastic Sheeting Pump Sprayer Utility Knife Tape Asbestos Disposal Bags Mop Mop Bucket Five Gallon Buckets or 55-Gallon Drum Put Up Plastic Sheets
16 January 2015
Obviously you want some distinction between the indoors and outdoors. That's what roofs and walls are for, right? However, if you have a patio, create some transition between the two spaces, so that the patio is simply an extension of your indoor living style. French Patio Doors The patio door is the most obvious transition between the indoors and outdoors since it's what you actually use to move between the two.
13 January 2015
If you dread the day each month when your electric bill is ready or cringe when you think of the ecological footprint that you and your immediate family will leave behind, it is time to consider thebenefits of solar energy. It is often surprising to learn that there are actually different types of solar energy that can be used today and it does not have to be an "all or nothing"