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Tips To Make Lasting Plaster Crack Repairs

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Plaster walls were often constructed in homes through the late 1950s until drywall replaced plaster as a wall covering. While plaster may need to be replaced by a professional contractor if excessive damage is noted, you can fix cracks on your own. Cracks can be easily filled in with lime-based plaster material. However, quick repairs rarely last. You will need to do several things before the repair is made to make sure that plaster remains after your fix is completed. Read More»

4 Tricks For Dealing With Aluminum Alloy Warpage During Heat Treatment

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Aluminum alloys are widely used for both exterior paneling and interior parts like gears because of its relatively high strength compared to its weight. While it’s possible to machine aluminum alloy parts with tolerances as tight as steel, the metal may not have the ductility or strength for the job after machining alone. Unfortunately, the thermal processing to improve its characteristics can also cause it to distort and warp. Maintain your tolerances while improving the structure of the aluminum by trying one of these four heat treating tricks. Read More»

5 Common Mistakes Made during DIY Exterior Drain Tile Installation

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When faced with a wet basement due to leaking foundation walls, you may not want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on professional repairs. However, trying to fix the problem on your own with a DIY exterior drain tile installation is all too likely to backfire unless you have plenty of excavation experience and own the right equipment. Watch out for these five common issues that pop up if you choose to go the DIY route so you can handle them like a professional. Read More»

How To Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Exposure From A Gas Fireplace

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Gas fireplaces offer a lot of benefits that wood-burning fireplaces do not offer, and that is why you might be considering a gas fireplace for your home. If so, you should realize that gas fireplaces do require maintenance and they do have risks. One risk you should be aware of is the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking into your home from your fireplace. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas; however, you can prevent this from being a problem by installing a carbon monoxide detector in your home, and by keeping your fireplace maintained. Read More»

4 Reasons You Should Be Treating And Purifying Your Water

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There is no doubt that you want what is best for your and your family’s health. One of the best things you can do for your family’s health is to make sure that you are having your water treated and purified. Treated and purified water can lead to healthy practices in the future and can instill the values of living a healthy life in younger members of your family. Not only that, but it will just help you live a healthier life. Read More»