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Basic Plumbing Tools for Your Home

January 29, 2018 Erik Ortiz 0

Plumbing problems are common especially when you are living in an old house. Homes with internal plumbing system will eventually present clogs and leaks for you to deal with. That is why a plumbing kit should be an essential component of your tool collection at home.   There are a large number of plumbing tools in the market but there are only a few things that you need. Impulse buying of tools will lead you to devices that will end up unneeded and not fitting for your home plumbing problems. Also, you should buy tools that you find easy to use. Tools that perfectly fit your “feel” will make fixing a whole lot easier and comfortable. They will also reduce the risk of problems on your part such as bruises and blisters on your hands.   Among the important tools that you should have in your plumbing kit is the adjustable pipe wrench. This tool is the icon of all plumbing tools and is pretty essential in plumbing work at home. An adjustable pipe wrench is used for gripping round objects such as pipes. Its serrated teeth make gripping easy as well as tightening and loosening pipes. Adjustable pipe wrenches come in a lot of shapes and sizes which can provide leverage for you work.   Adjustable wrenches however may damage pipes because of it serrated teeth. To avoid this, you can cover the teeth with duct tape or wrap it with cloth. Another wrench that you should have is the crescent wrench. This tool will help you in dealing with threaded fitting. It has a thumbwheel that will allow you to adjust the grip of the wrench. Most crescent wrenches have no serrated teeth so you will not encounter damages on your pipes and other plumbing fixtures. Having a set of pliers is also necessary in your plumbing kit. Pliers are needed for tightening and loosening nuts or fittings as well as holding pipes and fittings for soldering.   But aside from the gripping tools, you will also need a tool to prevent leakage. To deal with leaks, it is a must that you have a Teflon tape in your plumbing tool box. Teflon tapes are inexpensive thin white tapes used to seal pipe threads when they are joined together. This tape is very versatile that it can also be used to seal air and gas from leaking from the threaded connections of your pipes.   Hacksaws and tubing cutters are also must-have tools for plumbing. A hacksaw is used to cut metal and plastic pipes as well as screws, nuts, and bolts. Tubing cutters on the other hand are C-shaped cutters used to cut copper pipes for a smooth and squarely cut perfect for fitting joints.   To complete your plumbing kit, you should also get a hold of clog clearing tools such as the sink or closet auger. A sink auger is a valuable plumber tool used to clear and break clogs from sinks and tubs. But this tool cannot be used on toilets since toilets are water closets and require a different kind of tool. To unclog toilets, you must have a closet auger with you. Closet augers and sink augers are not interchangeable in terms of usage since both are created for a different purpose.   You will never know when you will have plumbing problems at home so it is best that you have your own plumbing kit with you. Plumbing tools are pretty affordable so having you own will not be problem for your budget. Just always bear in mind to get the basic tools first when buying your plumbing tools. You can get additional tools later. to read more about project in the home. You can also visit our site

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Hiring a roofing contractor

September 25, 2017 Erik Ortiz 0

Hiring a Roofing Contractor for Your Facility? Keep in Mind These Essentials Climate and time put a lot of wear and tear on the roof of any industrial or commercial facility, but sooner or later it becomes necessary to repair or replace even the sturdiest of roofs. Assembling the funds is only the first step a facility manager or building owner must take when arranging such a project. To make sure the job is done right, hiring a roofing contractor with the proper qualifications is vital. Long-Term Savings When considering contractors, it can be tempting to go for the lowest bid. However, while this may save your business capital in the short term, over time such a decision can have a high total price tag. In order to offer a bid below cost, the materials used could be cheaper than is required, or the contractor may be uninsured, leaving you with little recourse should the work later fail. By seeking out a qualified contractor, you can have confidence in your facility’s future. Researching Candidates To be certain you’re hiring a roofing company with the right qualifications for your project, investigate possible candidates, just as you would when hiring for any internal position. Reputable contractors should have a dedicated business listing online or in local directories, as well as a permanent address. Most of them also maintain websites with additional information, and are often members of trade or professional organizations. There are several additional factors a qualified roofing contractor should possess: Insurance: At a minimum, a contractor should have general liability and workers’ compensation coverage. Manufacturer certification: Many roofing products require a certified contractor to handle installation, or else the manufacturer’s warranty may not be valid. Licenses: Check what the licensing requirements are for your state or county, and verify with the local licensing board that the contractor holds up-to-date licenses and can pull any necessary building permits. Recommendations and References One way to confirm reliability when hiring a roofing contractor is to ask for recommendations, either from manufacturers and other contractors, or from facility managers at other companies. It’s also a good plan to request at least three references from any contractor you intend to use. While you can expect these to be satisfied customers with little negative to say, contacting them can give you a better idea of what the contractor is like to work with. Reading online reviews may also provide a more complete picture of the contractor’s reputation. Industrial  and commercial facility roof repairs or replacements can be costly projects. To ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth, contact us to learn more about hiring a roofing contractor with the right expertise and qualifications.

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Reliable provider of lawn care service

August 1, 2017 Erik Ortiz 0

Landscape designing has come of age. A lot of people nowadays are continuously searching for a landscape design that gives a mix of natural beauty and also homely charm. Improving standard of living makes sure that landscaping turns to an essential requirement for homes along with commercial establishments all around the globe. Businesses provide greenbelts nowadays. A professionally worked out landscape design helps to make sure that a nicely patterned greenbelt is achieved. Occasionally, it has been spotted that people who enjoy gardening as a hobby – enjoy creating landscape design. For this reason, the patterning and also zoning of the garden is not achieved. This is exactly where the interest in a good landscape design comes into the process.   We’ve all heard the saying that “The grass is greener on the other side,” right ? Well, sometimes that’s true. Not all lawns are exactly the same. That is why no two standard lawn plans are alike—at least, they shouldn’t be. The key is finding a lawn care service plan that is uniquely configured to meet the specific needs of your lawn, to get you on the right side and to achieve a lawn you love.   New leaf Lawn and Landscape is a reliable provider of lawn care service in Jacksonville, AL. Their focus is on exceeding the customer’s expectations with properly cared for lawns that are the picture of ideal health. Our landscapers understand how to give each yard the treatment and care it must thrive. We take pride in providing outstanding quality landscaping services for each and every property.   New Leaf lawn And Landscape Service provides outstanding residential and commercial landscaping services and they have a best landscape designer in Jacksonville, AL and also you can visit their office near Baja California Grill and Coop DeVille.    

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Water Heater Problems Call a Plumber

June 26, 2016 Erik Ortiz 0

Water Heater Problems One thing about my husband is that he loves taking hot showers. He is very active and he says that they make him feel better. He takes two a day. I am not complaining. At least he likes to stay clean is the way I look at it. I love having a good smelling man! Just a few months ago I was getting a little annoyed with my husband and his showers. He is always the first one up. So he gets the first shower of the day and every time it was time for me to get a shower we had no hot water. At first, I really did not think much of it. I thought if I just wait a little longer than I would be ok for a shower. Well, after a few days I knew that something was wrong and it was not my hubby. The Best Plumber to Call Once we figured out that something was wrong I knew it was time for a plumber. Like always, I knew who the best plumber to call. So I did just that. He came out and looked at our water heater. Sure enough, we had a heating element that was bad. So we had half the hot water than normal. It only took him 15 minutes to fix.

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Having Water Damage Means a new Roof

June 23, 2016 Erik Ortiz 0

That morning when my husband woke up to water being in the kitchen was a nightmare. That is no way anyone ever wants to start their day. Luckily my past experience in real estate I knew who to call for the water damage. They fixed the water damage we had in the house and found where the leak was at. They recommended a roofing company to me. I knew some of the people there but I already knew who I wanted to call. It was not the roofing company they told me about. They did great fixing the water damage and I knew they would since I had worked with them in the past. We had a good many of the shingles get blown off from that storm. We had no way of knowing that our roof was in bad shape. He said that there was a recall in some of the material that they used back then. Even I did not know that. I guess that is what happens when you are out of the game awhile. The roofing company I used also put the roof on the house. So they fixed us up free of charge since there had been a recall. See how everything works out! That would not have happened if I used the other company.

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One Rainy Night and a Morning of Water Damage

June 19, 2016 Erik Ortiz 0

One Rainy Night I have always loved rainy nights. Just the sound of the rain hitting your roof and window. It is very relaxing and calming. My husband is a fan too. Pretty much everyone I know loves going to bed when it is raining outside. Why? Because that means good sleep for that night! That is one thing that I love to death is my sleep. My husband is an early riser. I am not. I like sleeping in. That is one perk of retiring early. Every day is Saturday. Definitely, now since the kids are older and can drive. This one rainy night we all went to bed sleeping great but woke up to something else. A Morning of Water Damage My husband, as always, was the first one up. This morning was different, though. He was waking me up and telling me to come in the kitchen. I was a little ill because I was having one of those dreams that seemed so real. When I walked into the kitchen I could not believe my eyes. We had a major leak somewhere and the first thing I thought of was water damage. I knew many of the best water damage companies around. So I immediately called one that morning. We were lucky that it was somewhere we could see. So the water damage was very small. It could have been a lot worse.

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I have 99 Problems and Real Estate is not One

June 17, 2016 Erik Ortiz 0

I have one the best lives anyone could ask for. I am not bragging at all. I know that I am very blessed and that it all can be taken away with a blink of an I. After working for about 15 years in the real estate business I was able to call it quits. You can say I was pretty good at what I did for a living. I loved my job. It was a very hard decision when I quit and retired very early. My family was much more important than working. Why work when you do not have to right? I am here to tell you what I think a really good real estate agent should sound like. Being very successful in that field I want to help others out there still. That is one of the main reasons why I started my blog. One thing you should always look for in a really good real estate agent or real estate company is trust. You have to find someone that you trust dearly. Like in any career field, there are some bad ones out there that will take advantage of you. I have seen it happen before. If you start seeing signs that you do not trust your real estate agent. Then it is time to move on.