Myths About Carpet

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Homeowners in 2017 love hardwood floor. No one loves carpet anymore it seems and we believe its due to some incorrect myths on the internet. We want to dispel those myths because we still feel that carpet is an excellent choice for flooring in a home.

Here are some untrue myths about carpet:

CARPET IS TOO HARD TO CLEAN

The majority of homeowners feel that carpet is too hard to clean compared to hardwood floor. This could be because you need to vacuum carpet on a regular basis and because you need to hire a professional carpet cleaning service every few months too.

But when you think about it, vacuuming carpet is much easier than scrubbing or dusting hardwood floors. Hardwood floors collect dust fast and the dust is visible on the surface whereas it is trapped and invisible in carpet fibers. You will also see footprints on hardwood floor you won’t see on carpet.

If you are able to avoid major spills or accidents on carpet, we feel it is much easier to maintain and clean on a daily basis than hardwood floor.

CARPET IS BAD FOR ALLERGIES

One of the most common myths about carpet is that carpet is bad for anyone who suffers from allergies. This is not true at all.

In a home with carpet, dust and allergens float in the air and eventually settle down into the carpet. Then the dust and allergens are trapped on the floor until your vacuum cleaner or the carpet cleaner you hire remove them from the floor and from the home.

In a home with hardwood floor, dust and allergens float in the air and then will land on the floor after awhile. Then a breeze or air from someone walking by or circulation in the home will shoot the dust and allergens into the air again until eventually you or someone in your family breathe them in.

Allergy sufferers would rather have allergens trapped in their carpet than circulating in the air in their home.

CARPET IS BAD FOR PETS

We do not think carpet is bad or worse for pets. You do need to be careful with puppies and kittens that are housetraining as urine stains are very bad for carpet, but in the long run, we feel carpet is 100% fine for pets and the pets will enjoy the comfortable floor to lie on and nap on.

The problem with hardwood floor and pets is that their claws and nails will scratch the surface of the floor. A deep scratch on hardwood floor is impossible to repair and a new board will need to be installed. The cost of hardwood floor and installation is much more expensive than carpet cleaning or stain removal products.

These are three of the most common myths about carpet online. We’re sure there are several more as hardwood floor becomes a more and more popular choice for homeowners in 2017.

We promise you won’t regret installing carpet in your home and we feel it is the superior choice for family homes.

How to Install a Deadbolt

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You can give yourself more peace-of-mind in your home if you install a deadbolt. A deadbolt is one idea to make your home more secure and it is an easy project to complete.

Below we will provide instruction on how to install a deadbolt on the exterior doors of your home. This is an easy upgrade you can complete in one day with the right tools and proper process.

STEP 1: LINE IT UP

Use a tape measure and measure either 6 inches above the doorknob or 8 inches below the doorknob to determine where to install the deadbolt. Both options are good and it is just a matter of preference for where to install the deadbolt.

You need to mark the spot on both the front and the back of the door because you will drill through both side. You also need to mark the center of the door as well for the latch bolt.

STEP 2: BORE HOLES

You need a hole saw for this step in the project. You can either purchase one from your local hardware store or rent one. You should line the saw up with the center marks from your measurements from before.

Don’t drill all the way through. Drill halfway through the front of the door and the other half through the back to prevent splintering the wood. Be sure to drill at a balanced level as well.

STEP 3: INSTALL THE LATCH BOLT

Fit the latch bolt into the hole and mark the outline of the face plate. Cut the outline with an utility knife and remove the indent for the face plate of the latch bolt. Then insert the latch bolt and face plate and screw them into the recess.

STEP 4: INSTALL LOCK

Insert the lock mechanism into the bore hole. The lock handle should be on the interior of the door. Turn the handle to ensure it functions correct. The handle should be in an upward position when it is unlocked and horizontal when it is locked.

STEP 5: INSTALL THE STRIKE PLATE

Drill holes on the door jam to install the strike plate. Line up the plate with the lock bolt and attempt to turn the lock mechanism. If the mechanism does not turn the entire way you need to adjust the placement of the strike plate and attempt to turn the mechanism again. This is one of the more challenging aspects of the project and you will need to be patient and ensure the plate and bolt line up before finishing the installation.

Once the correct placement has been determined, drill in pilot holes for the face plate and then use screws to secure the face plate in place.

Alternate each screw. Do not screw one screw in 100% as this could knock the face plate out of its alignment.

Now close the door and attempt to use the lock mechanism. If it locks in place with the handle pointed up, the project is complete and your home is now safer than before.

You can now have peace-of-mind in your home and know it is more secure.

LED vs. Incandescent Light Bulbs

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The new trend in home lighting is LED light bulbs. You might be turned off by the higher cost of LED light bulbs compared to traditional incandescent bulbs but there are many benefits to upgrading that we will outline below.

Here are a few reasons we recommend that you switch from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs in your home:

ENERGY COSTS

There are several ways to reduce energy usage and energy costs in your home. One way is to choose a high-quality furnace filter and replace it often. Another is to upgrade to LED light bulbs.

A good LED light bulb will last around 25,000 hours. This means you will save on the cost of light bulbs over time for the initial investment upfront and that you can save up to $135 dollars in energy costs over the lifetime of the LED lightbulb. That’s just one bulb. Now multiply those cost savings across all of the lightbulbs in your home and you start to see how much money new LED lightbulbs can save you.

LOWER COSTS

The price of LED lightbulbs are decreasing each year too. This means the initial investment isn’t even as expensive as it once was. The manufacturers of the bulbs are finding ways to build the bulbs better and cheaper than before and homeowners are now benefitting from it.

BULB STYLE

The sizes of LED bulbs are now more traditional and the style mirrors the look of incandescent bulbs meaning from an appearance standpoint, there is almost no difference between the two bulb types.

You can also now find specialty LED bulbs for chandeliers and other decorative types of home lighting that weren’t originally available.

PERFORMANCE

LED bulbs are now producing the same or more light than their original design and still using far less energy than incandescent lightbulbs.

DAY OR DIM

You can choose between a brighter light or a dim and traditional light depending on your preference. This is a choice unique to LED lightbulbs.

We hope this post encourages you to upgrade to LED lightbulbs in your home today! For more home repair projects and information, read our blog.

How to Repair Window Screens

Let’s face it. If you have a screen door or window screens in your home, there is a very good chance one or two of them will tear or be damaged due to their fragile nature. The good news is this a relatively easy home repair for even an amateur repairman and we can provide the instructions to repair a window screen.

The extent of the repair project will depend on the extent of the tear in the screen. A large tear will require that the entire screen be replace while a smaller tear should just be a minor fix.

We will tell you how to do both to ensure no matter the extent of the damage that your window screen is in perfect condition once the project is complete:

How to Repair Small Tears

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Window Screen Repair Kit

Let’s first discuss how to repair a small tear in window screens. There are repair kits available for purchase at your local hardware store. Manufacturers offer kits for both aluminum and fiberglass window screens.

The repair kits include instructions on how to use them and they’re quite simple to use. The kits include a small section of screen in the shape of a square. The section has an adhesive back. Simply peel off the cover of the adhesive and place the square over the small tear. Now smooth out the square with your hands and it should conceal the tear.

How to Repair Large Tears

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Window  Screen
  • Spline
  • Spline Tool
  • Utility Knife

If the tear is too large for a repair kit, you will need to remove the entire screen. You will need a screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to remove the screen’s spline and then pull the spline off of the screen frame. Remove the two side splines and the top and bottom spline.

If you don’t damage the spline when you remove it you can reuse it but we recommend purchasing new spline the same time that you purchase the new screen.

Now pull out the old screen from the frame. You should now have an empty frame in front of you.

Roll out the new screen across the frame. Allow the screen to hang over the top, bottom and sides of the frame. Then use an utility knife to cut the screen from the roll.

You now need to install the new or old spline into the frame channel. You will need to purchase a spline tool for this. A spline tool looks like a mini pizza cutter. Place the new spline into the frame channel and push it in with your fingers. Then roll the spline tool along the spline in the channel to secure the spline in place.

Do this for all four sides of the frame. Then it is time to trim the excess screen from the frame with your utility knife. Cut along the outer edge of the spline you installed. That completes the project!

Now place the new screen and frame back into your window or door frame and admire your new window screen.

Learn more home repair projects and “how-tos” from our blog!

How to Choose a Furnace Filter

The air inside of your home is estimated to be 1-3x worse than the air outdoors. This is true of all homes. Your furnace is one of the main culprits for these pollutants.

The furnace filter is often overlooked but if you purchase the right one it can provide many benefits to your home.

There are basic and premium options to choose from and some are able to remove allergens and others protect the furnace itself. Which furnace filter is the right one for your home?

Before we explain the different filters available, we must note how important it is to change your furnace filter at least two or three times a year.

If you do not change your filter enough it will clog and overwork the furnace and do nothing to improve the air quality of your home. This will increase your energy bill too. You must be diligent about replacing furnace filters.

Let’s review the options available for furnace filters:

First, familiarize yourself with the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating scale. The scale indicates how good a filter is at removing small particles from the air. The highest rating is 20 although that is often reserved for commercial use and not residential.

Fiberglass Filter

The most basic option of furnace filter is a fiberglass frame. This filter has a MERV rating of 4 and it is very good at trapping large particles and preventing them from entering the air in your home. This is the most popular furnace filter but there are better options available for purchase.

Disposable Pleated Filter

Disposable pleated filters are excellent for anyone who suffers from allergies. These filters fit in the same slot as a fiberglass filter but are much more efficient in trapping particles and preserving air quality. The MERV rating for a disposable pleated furnace filter can range anywhere from 8-15. You can choose from the standard level, mid level or ultimate level depending on how much you want to spend and how important it is for you to improve the air quality in your home.

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Tips for Dealing with a Home Repair Emergency

Your home is one of your greatest assets, and you’d spend your time and money on home improvement projects and making necessary repairs to ensure your family is safe and comfortable. Despite all these, it’s important to indicate that homes tend to depreciate over time. The rate of depreciation and deterioration is higher when you don’t maintain your home properly. The other thing to remember is that you can be faced with minor or even serious damages anytime.

From your roof to the foundation, your home’s structural elements can develop problems for one reason or the other. Some of the common causes of structural issues include water damage, storm damage, and fire. No one is responsible for maintaining your home and preventing any further damage to your property. The responsibility lies on you, as the homeowner. So, what happens when you’re faced with an emergency home repair? Where do you begin? What are supposed to do? Read on to learn more.

Always have a List of Professional Contractors

Well, it’s a good idea to invest in some DIY tools and equipment that can help whenever you have small problems in your home. However, some tasks are best left to professionals. Any work that involves your electrical, plumbing or HVAC systems need professional expertise and shouldn’t be handled by an amateur. The first step to take is locating the names and contact details of local general contractors, and write them somewhere or save them on your phonebook.

On Call

What should be your focus when searching for local general contractors? Start with the companies’ websites and verify if the contractors do offer emergency home repair services. Pick the twenty-four-hour emergency home repair service numbers and keep them. You don’t want to wait until a storm or high wind hit your region before you start looking for professionals. You want to have someone you can contact right away to fix the problem and prevent further damage.

Insurance

When dealing with an emergency home repair, it’s important to contact your insurance agent as well. Of course, you must have homeowners insurance to contact an agent. Why should you contact your agent? It’s essential for the damage to be assessed and an estimate for the repairs to be written. Consider hiring your own contractor even when your insurer recommends a specific contractor for the job.

Get Several Estimates

The fact that you’re dealing with an emergency situation and there’s need for urgent repairs doesn’t mean you can just do everything in a hurry. Take your time and obtain several detailed estimates. You want to hire a licensed and experienced expert for the job. Pick an expert that provides you with a detailed estimate that highlights the work to be accomplished as well as the cost.

Remember to Communicate

If there’s something you must not ignore or forget is communicating clearly with the contractor. Communication starts even before the project begins. Share all the necessary information related to the work to be done, before, during, and even after the project. There’s nothing wrong with raising concerns and asking questions.