How Tom Silva Became a General Contractor | Ask This Old House

How Tom Silva Became a General Contractor | Ask This Old House

Build A Solid Wall Yurt: Part Two

This is the second article on building a solid wall yurt. Although yurts both are vastly lighter in weight than conventional housing and offer minimal wind resistance, they, like any house, still require solid piles on which to rest. There are a number of options available to provide a solid base for your yurt, with the simplest and most solid being beams on pad, with no posts and no piles.

How to Find a Good Wireless Doorbell

If you don’t have a doorbell, isn’t it frustrating when you don’t hear people at the front door knocking? You’ve probably missed deliveries, and your friends and family might have stood outside in the cold because you just didn’t hear them.

Intercoms for Your Home

What does a home intercom system provide? Convenience, safety and luxury!

Guidelines In Using Tape Measures

If you have some tape measures in your toolbox that differs by manufacturer as well as by length, that can mean major trouble for you if you try and use multiple specific measuring tape on any given tasks. The markings on tape measures tend to differ from one manufacturer and another just like the accuracy of the markings on them.

Tips on Cleaning Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are becoming very popular to homeowners because they add a distinct personality and beauty that ordinary flooring doesn’t have. Keeping them clean though can be tough as dust and dirt from everyday use can become a cause for concern.

DIY Shed Plans – Can They Really Help You?

DIY Shed Plans are the same as any other DIY jobs. A lot of people who need to design and build their own shed in the garden or backyard are usually more than happy to construct theirs with prefabricated kits. You do not need to be experienced at woodwork or carpentry when thinking about relevant ideas as building the shed is made simpler because the blueprint and guides comes with the prefabricated kit.

Preventive Building Maintenance Suggestions

Maintaining a building in serviceable condition requires investment of time, money and efforts. Regular building maintenance can prevent damage or at least restrict it and avoid any kind of mishaps. Preventive maintenance involves fixing minor issues before they lead to major ones.

Is Water Damage a Possibility?

When we think of water damage, we think of the unfortunate citizens of a country that has experienced severe flooding, a tsunami, a hurricane or other disaster on a large scale. Don’t be fooled! Water damage is potentially as close as your tap!

Hidden Services Require Easy Access

The service system that distributes water, gas and electricity throughout a building has many different guises each one of which has their various merits. In many cases however the initial build is carried out for ease and cost and the services are distributed under the floor above the ceiling and channelled into the walls. This gives an excellent finish and looks ideal for the new incumbents to the property but it does raise a number of other problems, which can occur as the years go by.

Self-Tapping Screws – Still A Major Fastening System

The system of securing using self-tapping screws has been around for many years and has become an invaluable system of fastening two items together. The system of self-tapping works on the principle of the screw cutting its own thread as it is presented and screwed through the two or more items to be fastened together. The design of the screw is such that it must be made of a material harder than that into which it is screwed so that it can cut its own thread before it goes blunt.