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Signs Of Insect Damage In A Tree

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Are you concerned that a tree in your yard is suffering from failing health due to insects? If it is, it may be time to have the tree removed before it becomes a falling danger, or the insects spread to other parts of the landscape. The following are the signs to look for to see if an insect problem is causing the decline of your trees health. Small holes in the bark Read More»

3 Tips To Ensure You Pass Your Plumber Apprenticeship Test

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A plumber apprenticeship is designed to give you on-the-job training and experience. In order to be eligible for an apprenticeship, many states want to be sure that you have the basic skills needed to be successful in this role. Therefore, you may be required to take a plumber apprenticeship test. The test mostly covers high school English and math concepts. Some of these concepts can be difficult to relearn all over again if you have been out of school for a long period of time. Read More»

Is It Safe To Lay New Roof Shingles Over The Old Ones?

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When it comes to reroofing, you want to make as little work for yourself as possible. Part of this could be laying new shingles over the old ones. Is this possible, or will you create more work for yourself in the future? Here’s a look at all you need to know. Does Your Building Code Allow It? You’ll need to check the local building codes. This type of installation is possible, but not always allowed by the government. Read More»

Safe Steps To Clean Up Heating Oil Spills

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Oil heat is efficient, comfortable and consistent. Unfortunately, it isn’t without its risks. Leaks and spills are perhaps the biggest concerns when you have oil heat, and knowing how to deal with them is important. Whether the spill in question is the result of an overfilled oil tank or due to a leak, you need to know how to respond to it properly. Here are some tips to help you clean up oil spills safely. Read More»

Replacing A Custom Glass Pane

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If you have had an incident occur where a custom glass window pane has broken, you will want to take the necessary steps in replacing it as soon as possible to help avoid injury. Often custom glass panes are relatively small in size, using several panes to make a pattern in a window. This type of pane replacement may be done on your own if you have the proper tools. Here are some instructions to follow when doing a small custom glass window pane replacement yourself. Read More»

4 Plumbing Jobs You Really Need to Leave to Your Plumber

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It’s tempting to tackle small plumbing problems on your own. You defeated that hefty hair clog in the shower, so you should be able to handle anything else, right? The reality is that as plumbing problems grow larger, they become more difficult to track and to deal with properly. Having a professional in your corner means that he or she has seen and dealt with just about every plumbing issue out there. Read More»

4 Tips To Protect Yourself When Entering Your Home After A Flood

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If your home has recently been struck by a flood, you are probably anxious to get inside so that you can take a look at the damage, and so you can try to salvage your most valuable and important possessions. However, you should know that entering a home that has been flooded can be extremely dangerous. Luckily, following these four tips can help you stay safe. 1. Dress Properly First of all, you shouldn’t just walk in while wearing just anything. Read More»

Replacing A Damaged Slate Tile With A Nail And Bib

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Slate tiles are a durable building material. They can last for centuries and withstand some of the harshest weather mother nature can dish out, but they are also susceptible to damage. Your roof as a whole can last for longer than you own your home, but individual tiles can break down and cause problems. Rather than allow damaged tiles to leak water into your home and destroy it, you need to repair damaged tiles as quickly as possible. Read More»

Creating A Dream Patio: Why Concrete Is Best

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If you want a patio that is going to look great, but doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, decorative concrete is a solid choice. There are a lot of reasons people are choosing to use decorative concrete around the home instead of a wood deck. Below are a few things to consider. No Splinters or Scratching The concrete isn’t going to develop splinters or scratches like a wood deck can. You don’t have to worry about the nails used to hold your deck in place coming loose and causing damage or an injury. Read More»

Don't Turn Off Your Heater! How You Can Blast Your Heater, Yet Retain Your Skin And Respiratory Health

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Central heating is quite possibly the most wonderful invention you can turn to in the chilling winter months. Yet, it gets a bad rap for causing health problems. Here are reasons why you should fully enjoy your central heating services system, and what you can do to mitigate any negative effects. Your Skin Central heating is often blamed for dry skin. True, the air that a heater pumps out might be dry, but that is not the only culprit for dry skin. Read More»