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Live In The Desert? How To Create Water Reservoirs Prior To Your Water Well Drilling Project

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Although a small percentage of the total land mass of the U.S. is covered in desert, there are still many residents that choose to live in these arid locales. As such, they have to find sources of potable water, which usually comes in the form of a water well. If you have moved to a desert state or if you have lived there for some time and need a new water well, you may be short on water for some time. Here is how you can prepare for your water shortage before you drill a new well and create water reservoirs. Above-Ground Reservoirs There are survival kits that help you construct water conservation tanks. Most of these kits help you build tough, heavy duty tubs (for lack of a better word) to hold as much clean water as you can gather during the rainy seasons and whatever you can add to it from your current well. Keep the tubs covered and the lids secured until you need to tap these tubs for water. You can also construct your own water tower to act as a water reserve. If you do not have any welding skills to create the barrel-shaped body of the tank, see if you can find a ready-made barrel substitute that will not rust and will contain all of the water it collects. You do not have to erect it high in the air, but the water tower should be off the ground and able to dispense water with a spigot or pull chain and spout. Below-Ground Reservoirs Below-ground reservoirs are constructed a lot like in-ground swimming pools. These do require a lot more maintenance and monitoring to keep the water clean, but because they are in-ground, the water tends to stay a little cooler than any water you store above ground. You also have to contend with run-off and purification issues, but if you are willing to deal with these extra steps, you could possibly collect more water. (Some desert-dwelling homeowners use the below-ground reservoir for watering their lawns and washing outdoor surfaces while they use the above-ground reservoirs for drinking, cooking, washing laundry and dishes and bathing.) If you need help constructing a below-ground level reservoir, ask your well drilling contractor for a few tips. Once You Have Your Reservoirs and They Are Filled to Capacity… Once you have your reservoirs set up and they are quite full (this may take a while), then you can give a well contractor like Hudson Valley Drilling the go-ahead to begin drilling your new well. While the contractor and his or her crew are busy finding you a new source of water, you can use the water in your reservoirs for your daily needs. If it looks like your contractor may need a few extra days to find you more water, use your reservoir water...

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How To Inspect A Used Forklift

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If you are purchasing a used forklift for your business for the first time (from an outlet such as Independent Lift Truck Of Alaska), it is important that you give it a thorough inspection just like you would do if you were purchasing a used car. Here is how and what you need to inspect when purchasing a used forklift for your business.     The Front Of The Forklift The first area you should inspect is the front of the forklift. Look directly at the forks on the machine and see if there are any large cracks in the forks; if there are cracks, the machine will not be able to safely lift its maximum capacity. You should also make sure that the forks are not distorted or bent; if they are, the forks would need to be straightened out to ensure it could safely and evenly carry a load.  Next, look at the thickness of the fork. The thickness of the fork on the bottom near the ground should match the thickness of the portion of the fork that makes an L with the machine and is off the ground. If there is a big discrepancy in thickness, the fork may be too worn out to do you any good.  As you move up the forklift, you need to check the mast rollers, which are where the chains are located in the middle front of the forklift. Make sure there are no missing links on the chains. Then, make sure the chain is securely in place and that no anchor pins are missing. Next to the chain should be a hydraulic hose that contains necessary fluid for the machine. Look up and down the hose and make sure that it is not leaking fluid.  Finally, inspect the remainder of the front of the forklift and make sure there are no bolts missing or lose, any cracks, or other signs of damage. The Cab Next, you need to check the cab of the forklift. First, look at the cab from the outside. Make sure that the canopy looks strong and does not look bent or crushed in any way; if the canopy is compromised, whoever is operating your forklift would not be protected in the event of either a rollover or a dropped load. Make sure that the side screens are in place and secure.  Then, sit in the cab. First off, make sure that the seat belt works securely and that the seat moves correctly and allows for the correct use of the forklift. Generally, the seat should swivel a bit so the forklift driver can see all around them.  Next, turn on the forklift. Listen to the sounds the engine makes; it should not make any strange sounds, such as rattling or groans. Check out the hydraulic levers and make sure that you can lower and raise the loader arm, as well as tilt it forward and back and left to right. Pay attention to how smoothly you can move the arm when there is nothing on it. Then, drive the forklift and make sure that it can move both forwards and backwards. Take the forklift in a figure-eight to test out the turn radius, steering, and brakes.  Finally, check all of the lights and make sure...

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Do You And Your Neighbors Want A More Private Subdivision? Options To Consider

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If you and your neighbors are tired of people driving through your neighborhood that doesn’t have an outlet, and you want to keep people from passing through for no reason, or with malicious intent, you’ll want to talk with your homeowners association. Video Surveillance Put a security camera at the entrance of your subdivision, and include a sign that warns people they are being watched. This may be enough to keep people from pulling in, and you’ll have everyone that comes in and out of the development on camera. The cost of an IP camera system is worth the investment, especially if you’ve had some suspicious activity lately. These can be hidden throughout the subdivision as well if you want more than just one at the main entrance. Custom Gates Would you prefer it if people had to drive up to a closed gate before they could get into the subdivision? You can get a gate that is motion activated, so even though it will open for all, people will likely pass it by if they think they can’t get in. You can also get a gate that requires a pass code; often this can be each person’s address. If so, you can have this gate on a timer or effective all the time. This is a great way to make the subdivision private, and to stop people from wandering in and driving around. Contact a company like Carter Fence Co for more information. Privacy Signs Changing the sign that you see when you drive up to the development, or adding a sign that says Private Drive should warn drivers that they can be in trouble for passing through. These can be created out of stone or wood, and they can look very nice, instead of something that stands on a stick. Talk with the homeowners association about getting the privacy signs and warnings added around the property entrance. These are just a few of the things that you can do to make the development more private, and to stop people from house-looking and driving around without a reason. You may have to get approval from the city where you live for some of these additions to be made, but these changes are worth the time and cost. It’s worth spending the money if you have to pay more on your homeowner’s association fees to get these different changes in place, and to make your development somewhere you feel is private and...

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Replacing The Bleachers In Your Athletic Arena: Options To Consider

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When you are the owner and operator of an athletic arena, you want to make sure that you have created an ideal environment for athletes and teams to compete in as well as for spectators to come and enjoy the events. However, if you have been in business for a while, your arena may be in need of some upgrades and some replacements for existing fixtures. If you are at that point, one of the best steps that you can take is to replace your bleachers. The bleachers that you have in your sports arena make all the difference in the world for spectator comfort and enjoyment. Get to know some of the different bleacher options available to you so that you can get those bleachers replaced as soon as possible. Retractable, Metal Telescopic Bleachers If you have an athletic arena that you use for various types of athletics and events, you want a space that is versatile and that can change in floor size as needed. Retractable, metal telescopic bleachers can accomplish just that. These bleachers offer a variety of options, from no bleacher seating at all when they are fully retracted to a large area of seating when they are all the way pulled out (as well as increments in between). Retractable metal telescopic bleachers are easy to navigate, can fit a large number of people, and are relatively comfortable. Permanent Concrete Bleachers On the other hand, if you know the exact size of the floor space that you will always need for your arena, you may want to install stable bleachers like concrete bleachers. The best thing about permanent concrete bleachers is that they do not have any moving parts (like retractable telescopic bleachers do) and therefore will require less maintenance than other, moving bleachers. They are also extremely durable and strong and can withstand a great deal of traffic and a large number of people using them. Of course, you will have no versatility with concrete bleachers, and they may be less comfortable to sit on than other materials because concrete is extremely hard and can have a rough surface texture. Molded Plastic Covered Bleachers In addition to options like retractable, metal telescopic bleachers, you can customize these bleacher options. Molded plastic covers for the bleachers can help add style and comfort to your bleacher seating without taking away from the bleachers being retractable.  You can customize the color or colors you choose for your molded plastic covered bleachers so that you can add home team colors (if you support a specific team at your arena) or so that you can remain neutral in your bleacher design. Now that you know a few of the options available to you when you decide to update your athletic arena’s bleachers, you can choose the perfect option for you and get your bleacher installation started as soon as possible. For bleacher installation, contact a company such as Decking...

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How To Seal And Insulate Ducts

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Modern furnaces have great energy efficiency, especially if you choose an Energy Star rated product. However, no matter how efficient your furnace is, you will lose a lot of heat and waste a lot of energy if your ducts are not fully sealed and insulated. To adequately seal and add insulation, you will need to do the job before the drywall is installed. This article explains how to seal the ducts seams with aluminum foil tape and how to install thermal bubble rolls for extra insulation. Taping the Seams No matter how tight the seams feel when attaching the duct, air will almost always be able to escape. Also, over time the ducts could shift and move, causing the seams to become lose. This is why adding tape is so important. First, make sure you use aluminum foil tape instead of duct tape. Duct tape is great for lots of things, but surprisingly, not for air ducts. Foil tape will create an air tight seal. Double-tape each seam and push down very tight so no air can escape. Adding Thermal Bubble Insulation Rolls Thermal insulation rolls can definitely help with heat loss. This job is much more time-consuming than taping the seams because you need to cut each piece to fit in between the stud bays. You can speed up the job if you buy a product that is wide enough to wrap around the entire duct. Otherwise, you can to wrap the ducts sideways, and this means smaller pieces, more cuts and more taping. Since most studs will be equidistant, you can cut more than one at once. The rolls can be cut with normal pair of scissors or a utility knife. You should also use aluminum foil tape instead duct tape for a better hold and more insulation. Add tape to the entire edge, then wrap the roll around the duct and add tape to the other edge. The key is to overlap the rolls a few inches and tape tightly across the entire seam. You can also tape the edges together if there are every 2 pieces that are not separated by a wooden stud. These two simple jobs are cheap and quick, but they will definitely lead to a more energy-efficient heating (and air conditioning) system. You can do the work yourself, or even request that your contractor has it done before the drywall is installed. Contact a company like West Country Heating & AC for...

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How To Repair Your Crumbling Chimney

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Really old chimneys frequently have issues with crumbling and flaking mortar. Either acid rain or age causes the mortar to deteriorate, and then it does not take much more than a strong wind or the sonic boom of thunder to shake a few bricks loose. If you are currently experiencing problems with loose bricks and/or a crumbling chimney, here is how you can repair it yourself. Buy Supplies to Repair the Chimney You will need some supplies to fix the chimney. A mason’s trowel, a five-gallon construction bucket for mixing quick-drying cement and a few fresh bricks just in case you cannot re-use the old ones are the best supplies to start with. You will also need a sturdy ladder if the crumbling section of your chimney is on your roof. If your roof is especially steep, you will need a way to secure yourself while on the roof so that you do not fall. (Do NOT attempt to tie yourself to the base of the crumbling chimney! If some bricks are falling off of it, there is probably a good chance that other parts of the chimney are equally unstable and unpredictable, and your body weight could yank the chimney down after you.) Mix Your Quick-Drying Concrete/Mortar and Prepare to Climb Mix your quick-drying concrete or mortar in the five-gallon pail you bought. DO NOT fill it to the top–only fill it halfway since it will already be heavy to carry up. When it is thick and pasty, get ready to climb your ladder. You may want to tie a long rope around the handle of the pail and secure the lid of the pail so none of the mixture spills when you use the rope to pull the pail up. Now, climb your ladder with the end of the rope from the pail in one hand and what you bought to secure yourself to the roof in the other hand. Secure Yourself, Pull Up the Concrete/Mortar and Begin Bricklaying Once you have secured yourself to the roof with a safety harness or some other safety device, pull up the bucket of mortar or concrete. If you can, straddle the roof ridge closest to the crumbling chimney. Pick up whatever bricks are lying about and try to figure out where they came out of the chimney. Then slather the bottom and sides of the brick with mortar before reinserting it into the hole where it came from. If there is already a brick in place above it, be sure to slather the top of the brick with mortar before you put the brick back in place. Repeat the process until all of the bricks are back where they should be. Note where there are cracks or missing bits of old mortar and slather some fresh mortar onto and into these areas. Now your chimney should hold together again for a while longer. If you feel uncomfortable attempting this job yourself, contact professionals from a company like Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service to do the job for...

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4 Concrete And Foundation Improvements To Protect Your Home From Water And Settling

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Foundations are largely made of concrete, which can be damaged by problems such as static water pressure. Settling in soft soils can also contribute to problems with a concrete foundation. If you have settling problems or worried about the soil your home sits on, you may want to consider improvements to protect against water damage and a settling foundation. Here are some improvements that you may want to consider to protect the foundation of your home: 1. Concrete Cutting To Prevent Cracking In Concrete Finishes As your home settles, solid concrete slabs can crack as one area falls below another. To prevent this problem, concrete cutting can be done in strategic areas of concrete. This can help prevent cracking of concrete and other damage caused by this problem. This can be a good solution for areas of your home where you plan to have finished concrete floors. 2. Removing Concrete At Foundation Walls To Install A Drainage System In older homes, moisture and water problems in a basement or below grade levels can be a problem. To solve this problem, you may have waterproofing repairs and improvements done. Another improvement that you may want to do is install an interior foundation drain system. This can be done by breaking the old concrete and installing a new foundation drainage system inside your home. 3. Patching Cracks In Foundation Walls To Prepare For Waterproofing Improvements Foundation walls can also crack from problems with static pressure outside your home. To stop these problems, you may want to improve the exterior drainage outside of your home. Another repair that will need to be done is waterproofing and repairs to the cracking in foundation walls. If you have outdated waterproofing, you may want to consider replacing it for an improved waterproofing system. 4. Tensioned Concrete And Underpinning Foundations For Homes Located On Soft Soils Tensioned concrete is a solution that can be used to stop a home from settling in soft soils. It is a method where cables are installed beneath the foundation, and then, tension is applied to prevent uneven settling of you home. Another solution that may be used for soft soils is foundation underpinning, where supports are driven beneath settling areas of the foundation. Underpinning can be used as the sole method of repair or with tensioned concrete. These are some improvements that you may want to consider to protect your home from some of the most common settling and water problems with concrete foundations. If you need help with repairing your foundation, contact a concrete repair contractor and talk with them about doing some of these improvements for your home’s foundation. Visit for more...

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3 Benefits Of Hollow Metal Doors

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If you are currently looking for the right commercial doors for your business, you probably have a few things in mind. You might be thinking about cost, and you probably want to ensure that your doors look good, are nice and secure, and will last for as long as possible. Although there are various options out there that you might be interested in, a hollow metal door can be the best choice for many commercial applications. These are a few reasons why. 1. They’re Light One thing that you will notice about a modern hollow metal door is the fact that they are often relatively light. A lot of people worry that metal doors will be uncomfortably heavy to open and close, but this is not the case at all. Because they are hollow on the inside, you do not have too much excess weight to worry about. This means that your doors can be relatively easy to open and close for you, your employees, and your customers. 2. They’re Secure Another great thing about hollow metal doors is the fact that they are safe and secure. Security is probably a big concern for you when it comes to your business, and you don’t want to worry about someone kicking in your door and being able to access your building to commit a robbery or other crime. Hollow metal doors are great for all sorts of uses when security is important, including in jails. This means that they aren’t easy to break through and can help keep your building safe and secure. 3. They Look Great You might not think that hollow metal doors will be very attractive, but many of them are. Aesthetics are probably quite important to you when it comes to your business, and luckily, attractive hollow metal doors are an option. Some of them even look just like wooden doors, and people won’t be able to tell that they aren’t made of wood just by looking at them. This is a great way to enjoy a more classic and traditional look while still enjoying the other perks of a hollow metal door. There are a lot of options out there for those who are shopping for commercial doors. If you are looking for the perfect doors for your place of business, however, you are sure to find that hollow metal doors are a great choice, regardless of the type of business that you operate. For commercial doors, contact a company such as Callahan Door and...

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3 Ways To Incorporate Custom Glass Into Your Bathroom

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If you are currently in the process of building or remodeling your bathroom, you need to think about all the different ways that you can incorporate custom glass into the design.  Custom Glass Shower Doors Instead of hanging up a shower current, or installing solid doors on your shower, you should consider installing custom glass doors on your shower. Glass doors can really open up your shower space, and make it feel larger than it really is. It can also make your entire bathroom feel larger and more spacious. Your glass shower doors do not have to be made out of clear glass either; you can have the glass frosted so that it is a little more difficult to see into your shower from the outside. You can also have your shower doors tinted a specific color, such as a light blue, that matches with your overall decorating scheme. Glass Dividers If you have a large bathroom, and you want to break up the space, you can have custom glass wall dividers installed in your bathroom. This will break-up the space while still making the room feel spacious and large.  A great place to put up a custom glass wall divider is around the toilet area, for a little extra privacy when you need to go. Or, you can put up a custom glass wall divider between your bath and shower area, and the sink and toilet area. With a custom glass wall divider, you can also add a little extra flair to your bathroom. You can use frosted glass to divide your room, or you can use custom stained glass, which allows you to easily add some art and style to your bathroom. Glass Shelves Don’t forget about shelves! Instead of going out and trying to find shelves that will work in your bathroom, see if you can have custom glass shelves made. There are lots of places and ways you can use custom glass shelves in your bathroom. You can have glass shelves installed next to a pedestal sink so you have somewhere to put your hand soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. You can have shelves made for the corner of your bathroom for storage. Or, you can have shelves made for the walls so you can add some style pieces to your bathroom. You could also have glass shelves installed in your shower area so you have somewhere to put all of your soaps.  As you design your bathroom, think about all the ways you can incorporate glass into the design. Glass is a great way to add a custom touch to your bathroom while also making it feel more light and open. Talk to a professional like Wildwood Glass Company Inc about how you can add some custom glass touches to your...

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5 Things to Be Aware of Regarding Roof Safety Harness Use

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While a harness is not necessary for all roofing work, some roofs are steep enough to require added security. A roof that is steeply pitched at an angle of 18.43 degrees or more is classified as a “steep roof” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When you’re working on a roof that’s this steep, using a safety harness can prevent injury and even save lives.  The following are a few roof harness safety tips that you should be aware of to stay safe even when working on the steepest roofs. Use slide guards when you’re working with a harness Slide guards are platforms attached along the roof parallel to the roof’s eaves that allow the roofer a sturdy foothold while working. These platforms don’t only support the roofer, but they also make convenient places for storing tools while working.  Attach your roof brackets into a truss Slide guards are attached using roof brackets that must be attached at trusses for a secure hold. Make sure you’re nailing brackets into a truss so that they don’t come out or become weakened when they’re subjected to the weight of a worker.  Inspect your harness every time you put it on Over time, your harness is going to become worn out. It there is worn webbing or faulty stitching, your harness might not work properly when you need it. Make sure you’re promptly replacing an old harness before it becomes risky to work with. You should also inspect your harness for a tight fit every time you put it on. If straps are loose, you may slip out of the harness and become injured.  Don’t attach the roof anchor too close to the roof’s edge When you use a harness, you’ll attach yourself to the roof by an anchor that will typically be attached at the peak of the roof.  Make sure you’re not attaching your anchor close to the edge of the roof. Attaching your anchor as close to the center of the roof as possible creates a sturdy hold that will keep you secure as you work and prevent your anchor from slipping off the roof’s edge.  Minimize the distance between yourself and the roof anchor While you want to try to attach the anchor close to the roof’s center and away from it’s edges, you also want to minimize the distance between yourself and the anchor. As you move further from the roof anchor, more slack can build up in the rope that’s holding you to the anchor. If a great deal of slack is left between you and the anchor, you’ll be more likely to become injured if you slip.  For more information or assistance, contact companies like American Building & Roofing...

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