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Guide to Drywall

Guide to Drywall

Drywall is an amazingly versatile material, from simple walls to elaborate ornamentation. The more you know about drywall, the better you can appreciate its uses and make the most of drywall in all your projects and renovations. About Drywall First invented in the late 1880s, drywall has evolved over the decades to be a widespread building material particularly popular for the interior construction of walls and ceilings. Also known as plasterboard, sheet rock, wallboard, buster board, custard board, and other names, the product is the same – thick sheets or panels of gypsum between front and backing layers. Different additives...

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Choosing A Contractor Over Doing It Yourself

Choosing A Contractor Over Doing It Yourself

Okay, doing it yourself does carry certain perks – for one, taking pride in pointing out your workmanship to friends and family, and secondly, saving money over hiring a professional contractor.  The cost of hiring a professional contractor is often the primary disadvantage cited by the do-it-yourselfer.  But let’s admit it, there are some jobs better left to a professional. What are some of the advantages of hiring a professional contractor? Quality craftsmanship is one big advantage.  Think of it this way, once you start a job; you’re bound to come across something you didn’t expect.  When you tore out...

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How to Hire a Contractor on a Budget

How to Hire a Contractor on a Budget

Sometimes, as much as you would like to do it yourself, there are things that may just be beyond your expertise or your schedule. These are the times when hiring a contractor is the best route towards getting your project done quickly and professionally. But what happens if your budget doesn’t quite allow for the expense of hiring the job? All is not lost. There may be some things you could do that will allow for the benefits of having a contractor, and still keep it within your budget. If the project allows, consider hiring during the off-season. This is...

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Window Moisture: What Your Windows Are Trying to Tell You

Window Moisture: What Your Windows Are Trying to Tell You

Window moisture is indicative of a larger problem. Over time, this moisture can lead to mold, mildew and eventually rotting of the trim and window framing. Just to be sure though, check for leaks around your window. Obviously, this would just occur during rainy weather. The moisture from that leak could then show itself again as condensation on the inside of your window. In most cases, a leak is not the issue, but it is a good place to start. More than likely, your windows are telling you that there is too much humidity in the home. This is a...

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Small Engine Repair Importance

Small Engine Repair Importance

Whether you are maintaining your personal equipment, caring for company tools, or running a mechanic’s business, the importance of small engine repair cannot be underestimated. By understanding just how vital the maintenance and repair of small engines is, you can invest in your equipment properly to keep every engine running smoothly. Types of Small Engines Small, gas-powered engines are far more widespread in tools, home equipment, and recreational vehicles than many people realize. Small engines are found in… Tillers and cultivators Lawn mowers, trimmers, and edgers Air compressors Concrete mixers Chain saws and wood chippers Snowblowers Snowmobiles, ATVs, and outboard...

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