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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Some Methods Foundation Walls

• Stabilization of bowed or fractured walls using a Fortress Stabilization System.Essentially, this involves the use of special Kevlar and fiber straps along with a special epoxy. The straps will stop shifting of the walls without the need for any outside excavation, which means less cost for you, less time required for the repair, and less disturbance to landscaping and to the rest of your home. When you choose this method of repair, a series of different straps are interconnected, and then bolted to an aluminum bracket attached to the home’s bond board using lag bolts. These straps that are attached to the aluminum bracket are then epoxied to a special fortress strap made of carbon fires so that the walls of the foundation are no longer able to move laterally.

• Polyurethane crack injection.If your foundation walls have only cracks in them, these cracks can be filled using a special method whereby surface bonds are attached and polyurethane is injected into the crack through holes in the surface bond and packed in tightly. The polyurethane will solidify and fill the crack.

• Complete or partial wall rebuilds. Block basement walls can be completely or totally rebuilt from scratch for a solution to larger foundation problems. This is a permanent and extremely effective solution although it can be more labor intense.

Other possible options for fixing foundation walls including reinforcement with steel I beams to help support foundation walls and the home above it; the use of earth anchors and wall plates; straightening of the basement walls; and reinforcement suing concrete re-bar.

Each of these different options has their own advantages and disadvantages, but all of the options provide long-term solutions to problems with the walls of the foundation of your home. When you are dealing with foundation problems, the longer you wait to act, the worse your problem is likely to become. Do not hesitate to take action because of fear of what you will find or fear that repairs are going to be too expensive. An experienced basement waterproofing and foundation repair expert will explain all of your different repair options to you and will help you to make an informed choice about how best to repair the foundation of your home.

Fiberglass Exterior Doors

Doors which are made up of fiberglass are made to embody the pleasing attributes of glass, stain, decorative metals, finish, and carvings. The fiberglass doors are created in a manner which will make it similar to wooden doors but more durable and stronger. Fiberglass doors are finished using different method, most common of which are the high gloss finish and the low sheen finish. The finish of fiberglass doors is made more aesthetically arresting through staining. The color of the stain is usually matched to the overall color scheme of the door unit and the interior design of the whole home.

Fiberglass doors are readily available in the market. Doors of this kind can be purchased primed and ready or they can be customized to fit the customer’s specifications. The surface of the door itself is smooth and silky. However, most fiberglass doors are created using toughened glass to make it durable and pressure-resistant.

An exterior door made up of fiberglass is not only more durable, it also provides a higher sense of security. Fiberglass doors are almost resistant to fire and depending on the type and make, the fire rating of a fiberglass door can range from 20 to 90 minutes. Although these exterior doors are designed to minimize the damages caused by fire, they are also equipped with thermostat properties which enable them to regulate the temperature. Fiberglass doors can help a homeowner curb down the expenses due to too much usage of heaters and air conditioners. These doors consume less energy, and therefore are considered as environment-friendly options.

Fiberglass exterior doors are decorated with different highlights such as stained glass or raised molding. An exterior door can also be designed with custom carving and other door accents made up of metal or wood. There are some additional details that are very intricate and Victorian while there are some which are simple and modern. For furnishings fashioned from metal, they can have a finish which embodies the color of chrome, brass, stainless steel, nickel, bright brass or rubbed bronze.

Tips Fix Leaking Pipes

1. After you have turned off the main water valve, drain the water and make the surface dry to avoid any sort of accident as for example your bathroom floor becomes slippery after such leakages.

2. Drape or wrap a piece of rubber around the leaking joint. After that apply a stainless-steel hose clamp. If you don’t have rubber for fixation, then you can use a piece of garden hose around the area of leak to cover the hole in the pipe and also around the areas of hole in the pipe.

3. You can also make use of adhesives. They work effectively on dry and clean surfaces. Apply the epoxy on both sides of the leakage.

4. For leaks around fittings, use epoxy putty and apply it around and over the leak.

Now, some Permanent methods of fixing leaking pipes:

1. For leaks in PVC and copper fitting pipes, use a pipe cutter with a plastic cutting wheel to cut out a section to allow you to slip in a compression coupling. Tighten the coupling by hand.

2. Use flexible metal tubes with compression couple on each end to provide a permanent fix.

3. You can install pipe clamps that are specifically designed to fix leaking pipes. You just have to fix or place the clamp over the hole, tighten the screws thereby making a permanent seal.

Any of the above method if you ever need to deal with a leaky pipe will get you back in business quickly.

Exterior Cladding

Sandstone was obviously a extremely popular building material during the entire 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is a very attractive material and easily workable. The first stone masons were mostly of Scottish origin and did a roaring trade in South Africa, because of the popularity of sandstone as a constructing material. Sir Herbert Baker the well-known architect, was the cause of the appearance of most of the sandstone buildings of note in South Africa, of which there are lots of places of worship, government buildings, homesteads and of course the renowned Union Buildings in Pretoria, which was completed in 1913. Preceding to Baker, the locals simply hewed the stone from the mountain ranges of the eastern Free State in the creating of farmsteads and outbuildings, a few of which remains today. The sections of Fouriesburg, Clocolan, Ficksburg and surrounds remain the major supply of sandstone in an area where there are some spectacular samples of sandstone. There are numerous of sandstone buildings in Bethlehem and Bloemfontein of national importance, many of them designed by Herbert Baker. Supposedly the same stone mason was accountable for hewing all the stones for these buildings becoming a wealthy man asking 1 penny per stone.

It is using this backdrop that the exterior cladding of structures in sandstone has become preferred again as the manual work in creating the material no longer necessitates a stone mason, but instead machines to cast this product. Exterior cladding, today, even so, is rather more for ornamental purposes than that of functionality, but none the less makes a wonderful impact on remodeled houses and the appropriate style of new buildings. It is to be anticipated that the use of exterior cladding with stone products will remain with us and that even new releases might be created to mimic the granite stone of which so many farm residences were built too. Even such product used as exterior cladding would provide for the opportunity of decorating and cladding of lodges and the like in an authentic manner.