Posts made in January, 2015

Spring Is Coming! (So Are Problems With Sagging And Raised Fence Posts)

It won’t be long before spring is here and the ground will start to thaw, then freeze, then thaw…then freeze some more. By the time all the freezing and thawing is done, you may be looking out your window at a fence that no longer holds a nice even line. Some of your fence posts may end up sunken into the ground below the rest, and others may be sticking awkwardly in the air! If that happens, it’s time to either repair or replace your fence.

The Cause Of The Problem

The basic reason that you end up with fence posts that are sunken or raised over time is that the water in the ground freezes into a solid when the weather gets cold, expanding its use of space. The ground contracts and pushes the fence post upward. Then, when the weather warms, the ice turns fluid again, allow the earth to contract, and the fence posts can sag.

In the process of expanding and contracting, the earth can squeeze on the fence posts from the sides and underneath, pushing them up. Or, the earth can just break away from the posts and let them sink. You tend to see more of this trouble if you live in an area where there is a lot of water run-off, and with old fences that have endured years of changing weather. Even a new fence can have problems if the posts weren’t installed deeply enough.

Should You Replace Or Repair Your Fence?

If your fence is fairly new, you’ll probably want to repair the fence posts and any damaged fence areas, rather than replace it. Fixing the fence posts usually requires digging the hole for the fence post both deeper and wider than before, and setting it with enough concrete or gravel around it to keep the ground from squeezing the posts up and down with the weather changes.

If your fence posts were originally set with concrete instead of crushed gravel, it can be really difficult to tackle this project on your own. The tension put on the fence by the misaligned posts can also damage your fence if you aren’t careful. If you have more than one or two posts to fix, consider hiring a professional fence contractor to get the work done with minimum risk to the rest of your fence.

If your fence is older, has experienced a lot of neglect, and is showing more than one or two areas where the wood has rotted or the metal has rusted, consider replacing the fence altogether. Sometimes, shifts in the ground over time can cause what was once a good fence to become a dilapidated mess, and replacing it is quicker and cheaper.

A fence can be both a beautiful addition to your home and a practical measure to keep pets and children in, and strangers out. However, even one or two posts that are sagging or raised will pull on the remainder of your fence, damaging it as a whole unless you get the posts fixed quickly. Contact a fence contractor such as Hahn-AA Fencing and discuss your options to see if your fence is repairable, or if its time to replace it.

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How To Repair Your Hardwood Floors

Are your hardwood floors showing sign of wear and cosmetic damages? If so, and you want to restore the look and quality back into your floors then you may want to consider doing some simple and easy to do repairs. Not only will repairs help you avoid the costly expense of having to replace your floors, but they can add a bit more life back into your home, without you having to spend a whole lot of cash. So, to restore your floors you may want to consider simple repairs:

Scuff Removal with A Pencil Eraser:

If there are shoe or furniture scuffs on your floors and you want to try an easy and affordable method to remove these scuffs then you may want to consider using a pencil eraser. A pencil eraser can be very effective and can help remove scuffs from the surface of your hardwood floors without creating any damages to the wood of your floors.

This method can be very helpful, as it is very inexpensive, which allows you to perform this method whenever scuffs are present, without you having to worry about the cost of this service.

Refinish The Surface:

Are your floors covered in scuffs, dents, and chipped paint? If so, you may want to consider refinishing the surface of your floors. This can be done by buffing out the surface of your floors with sandpaper, adding a primer, followed by adding your hardwood floor finish. With this service, you will be able to restore your entire hardwood flooring, which will make your floors look and feel like new.

Add Padded Felt To Furniture Items:

To ensure you are not constantly dealing with dents or scuffs caused by furniture items, you will want to consider placing felt on the bottom of each furniture leg that you own. This will help reduce cosmetic wear and damages to your floors, which can add life and quality back into your floors. This will also increase the longevity of your floors, which can give you a better return on your investment if the floors aren’t the original floor that came with the house during the time of your purchase.

With repairs and services like these you will be able to restore the appearance of your hardwood floors and help prevent further scratches and scuffs from occurring. So, rather than assume your floors are beyond repair, consider trying out these tips and you may find them to be very effective.

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Taking A Look At Affordable Warehouse Storage Racking Solutions

The company owner that depends on employees reaching a certain level of production every day understands the great need for organization. Poor organization leads to slow and irregular material handling. By utilizing workable, more organized types of inventory and material storage, you can rest assured your company’s production materials are being handled in the most profitable manner.

The Racking System Best For Your Materials

The type of materials used daily in your company’s production need to be in a place easy to reach and easy to stock. One of the greatest mistakes many managers and owners make when choosing racking systems is not considering the placement of most-used materials. For example, if your production workers depend on plastic pellets, making sure the ones used the most are on the bottom racks is important. If those same plastic pellets are stored up high in a racking system, your material handlers will need more time retrieving them. Several types of racking systems are available for you to choose from:

  • Pallet Racks: Pallet racking systems are common and used a great deal by industries that store materials like lumber and large sheets of plywood. Pallet systems work great for large, flat materials and also for boxed materials. However, pallet racks are not easy to move once erected, so any materials used less often should be placed at the tops. Materials on the top racks are generally accessible with high mast forklifts.
  • PushBack Pallet Racks: For companies without a great deal of storage space, the push-back system is a good choice. Push-back racking systems allow you to store pallets, boxes and other materials on a sliding rack for pushing materials back into the racking system. With this racking system, the rule also applies of placing the most used materials on the bottom and on the outside of other materials behind them.
  • Gravity Racking: Gravity flow racking systems are great for warehouses limited in storage space because you can store material deep into it. A roller system work to bring materials to the front for easy access and pick up.

Training Material Handlers Adds A Higher Level of Organization

Before you allow a material handler loose on a forklift in your company, making sure that person has had adequate training about the racking system you use is extremely important. Remaining organized and on task in any kind of production means material handlers being trained about the best way to make the most of the racking system. By taking the time to train material handlers, you save time in the long run for mistakes that ultimately lead to disorganization and slower production.

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4 Common Electrical Problems And Their Solutions

Are you having issues with your wiring? Are you trying to decide whether you should call an electrician or not? Here is a short list of common problems and their most likely causes:

Recessed lighting works seemingly at random: Recessed lighting has a safety feature to prevent it from overheating and causing a fire. If your recessed lighting stops working, check to make sure that you aren’t using a higher wattage of bulb than the socket is rated for. If the bulb doesn’t seem to be the issue, you’ll need to have an electrician come out and inspect the fixture or fixtures in question. Insulation may be too close to the wrong side of the fixture, causing it to overheat and shut off.

Circuit breaker trips when you plug things into outlets: Even circuit breakers can get old and worn out. If having an electrician replace the circuit breaker doesn’t help, then you’ll need to talk to them about other solutions. Most older homes weren’t built with modern electrical devices in mind, meaning that they may need a partial or complete rewiring in order for you to be able to dry your hair while your spouse is on the computer and your child listens to his or her stereo.

Light switch gets warm: This is perfectly normal for many dimmer switches. However, a regular on and off light switch shouldn’t be noticeably warm to the touch. If this is happening, turn off the light immediately and call an electrician out to take a look at the switch. It may be nothing or the switch may need replacing, but it’s best to be sure that everything is functioning correctly.

Electric bill is suddenly higher than normal: Do you have an electric water heater? A small hot water leak, especially during the winter, can cause your electric bill to skyrocket. If none of your faucets are leaking, it’s still possible that there is a hidden leak inside one of your walls. Check your electric meter reading at 9 pm and then again when you wake up at 9 am. The next night, do the same thing except you should unplug your water heater first. If your electricity usage is drastically different on the second night, then you may need a plumber rather than an electrician. If there is no difference or only a small difference, an electrician like one from Mr. Sunshine Electric can help you pinpoint where the problem actually is.

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Aluminum Fencing As An Alternative To Costly Wrought Iron

A wrought iron fence can add class and an exclusive style to your home, but maintenance, weight and cost are all issues associated with the problematic material. To get the same effect without all the headaches, aluminum fencing might just be the answer. 

Low Maintenance

An aluminum fence bypasses some of the hidden costs of wrought iron, and a major cost that most overlook is maintenance. A wrought iron fence requires routine maintenance, and repainting every 2 to 3 years, along with provisions for rust removal and replacement due to said rust. Aluminum, on the other hand, does not rust regardless of weather conditions or soil chemistry, both of which can greatly shorten the duration of a wrought iron fence’s life. 

Surprisingly Budget-Friendly

In addition to being good for several years longer than wrought iron, aluminum fencing comes at the same price. The real savings come when examining the hidden costs of installing and transporting wrought iron versus aluminum, and the main advantage here is in weight. Lightweight aluminum is more cost effective to ship, with an average density of around 2.5 kilograms per cubic decimeter, whereas the number for iron comes in at about three times that. This translates to lower shipping costs if you need to move your fencing a long distance, and less installation costs, and you could even install it yourself if you’re particularly handy. 

Adaptable to Your Yard, No Matter What

One of the main problems with wrought iron is that it is difficult to install on any sort of gradient. In this case, most homeowners will instead install a wooden fence that could block a nice view. If you live in a hilly environment, aluminum fencing really is the only way to go, since aluminum fences are rackable, or able to lean to accommodate a slope. The same cannot be said for wrought iron, which can put you in hot water if you can only put 3/4 of a wrought iron fence around your property due to a pesky hill. 

If you’ve been hesitant to put up a wrought iron fence on your property due to the high cost or the fear that it might not work with your yard, aluminum fencing is absolutely for you. With dozens of options and even a few faux wrought iron choices available, there is simply no reason to go without a quality, durable aluminum fence instead. Contact a fencing company like Carter Fence Co for more information.

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