Treated pine is a very common wood used for outdoor decking; pine itself is very affordable and yet very durable and strong, while also being easy to cut and fabricate on your own. This makes it a good choice for any deck, porch, steps, walkways, outdoor furniture, and the like. If you're thinking of building a new outdoor area or anything else for yourself, note a few questions you might have about using treated pine so you know it's the right choice and know how to work with it properly.
17 June 2016
The presence of water during excavations for basement construction is usually considered an inconvenience in construction. Groundwater does not create an ideal environment for excavation and other construction works. If not suitably managed, groundwater can cause significant problems and hitches in the excavation process, more so if the process involves deep basement construction. Adequate control and management of this water are essential for a successful basement construction project. Problems associated with groundwater
16 June 2016
Concrete is a popular construction material due to its durability and longevity. As such, it will be used in an array of applications in and around your home such as the basement, balcony, patios, flooring and more. However, it should be noted that at the end of the day that concrete remains a porous material. Therefore, it will have a propensity of absorbing water. If left constantly exposed to moisture, it may start developing water damage over time.
15 June 2016
A mezzanine floor refers to a platform that is raised. It is also known as an intermediate floor since it is higher than the ground, but not necessarily a top floor in a building. The mezzanine itself tends to be freestanding and is supported by steel columns. These steel columns will have anchor points to secure them in place so as to prevent the mezzanine floor from moving around. If you own or are renting a warehouse, you may want to consider a mezzanine floor to make the most of the space that is available to you.
15 June 2016
You may have chosen to invest in a gas-powered boiler so as to enjoy the benefit of lower electricity utility bills or because you have limited space for the installation of the boiler. Regardless of the reason that made you settle for a gas-powered boiler, it is important that you understand what you should be looking for whenever you choose to inspect the boiler for various defects. This article discusses two common defects that you should watch out for with a gas-powered boiler and the potential problems associated with these defects.
15 June 2016
Wood is often the traditional choice of stud material used on interior wall frames during construction. One of the main reasons for this is that wooden studs are often the most cost-effective for use in wall framing. Steel studs are often more expensive than their wooden counterparts and their use in residential construction has just begun to gain popularity. This article provides a few reasons why the extra initial cost of steel studs may be worthwhile in the long run.
14 June 2016
A construction site goes through a lot of excavation dust and dirt over time. It, therefore, gets messy and cleaning goes a long way in making things run more efficiently and safely. Whereas some contractors opt to do the cleaning at the end of a project, it is better to do so throughout the duration of the project. This is especially the case when you consider residential construction sites where your neighbours and family are affected by the debris.
14 June 2016
Building design can have a great impact on the environment, economy, and society. Whether this impact is positive or negative depends on the sustainability of the building. Sustainable design aims at creating win-win design solutions that meet the needs of the owner and have a positive impact on the environment. Before undertaking a building construction, there are factors to consider in coming up with a sustainable building design. Here are some of the key factors:
13 June 2016
If you find your home has a foul smell and you can't figure out where it is coming from, it may be time to inspect your HVAC unit. After prolonged use, heating and cooling systems can give out a foul-smelling odor every time they are switched on. The odor is popularly referred to as Dirty Sock Syndrome. The Dirty Sock Syndrome is a common complaint of homeowners who use heating and cooling systems all year round.
10 June 2016
If you are looking to carry out minor excavation on your property, whether for landscaping or for renovations, then you should consider hiring a mini excavator. This handy equipment is easy to use and helps you save on costs that you would incur if you opted to hire out complete excavation services. When hiring out a mini excavator, you should consider what attachments would be best suited for the project you are carrying out.
10 June 2016