Helpful Tips for Effective Tree Stump Removals


tree and stump companyTree stump removal is far much involving than cutting down a tree. It is not an easy process but it is definitely doable. The job can be done easily and quickly as long as you have the right tools and skills. Below are helpful tips on how to clear undesired tree stumps within the right standard.

Use the right tools

Effective tools and equipment will help you clear a tree stump through the DIY approach. Several tools are available to simplify the stump removal process. Popular tools include shears, digging bar, pruning saw, shovel, axe, chainsaw and hand winch. These tools will definitely make the stump removal process easy and straightforward. The right tools also create a safe working environment that is less likely to lead to injuries.

Do the necessary research

Research is necessary if you are removing a tree stump for the first time. Research will help you ascertain how capable you are to handle the job on your own. Learning about the most straightforward method of removing tree stumps and your work will be completed within the shortest time. Read and understand the right practices involved in tree stump removal. Research will also help you complete the work with a lower chance of accidents or injuries.

Safety precautions

Take every precaution that will ensure you remain safe as you remove the tree stump. There are several significant safety precautions to consider before beginning the process. Consider acquiring the rightful eye-wear to protect your eyes against damage from chips of wood. A quality pair of protective gloves is also useful in protecting the hands against damage by the tools.

The hole left by the tree stump should not be left empty. Consider filling it up with topsoil and spread grass seed on the top. Add a layer of mulch hay over the grass seed and water it regularly while monitoring its progress. The grass will cover the spot perfectly well and you will love the look in your yard. Empty holes are too dangerous and could lead to accidents.

Consider involving an expert like Tree Care Edmonton, someone I never hesitate to recommend.

Certain situations require one to involve experts in tree stump removal. This is often necessary in situations where the stump and its roots are quite size-able. You can also use the services from experts if you do not have the necessary tools required to complete the work within high a high standard framework. Additionally, a professional tree remover in Edmonton will check if the roots of the tree stump are diseased and help you clear it from the landscape.

Before deciding to involve an expert, it is critical to weigh the time, effort and cost involved when handling the process on your own.

My Home Foundation Leak Repairs


foundations repairs at my homeEven though repairing a foundation leak is neither an expensive nor a hard task, no homeowner who truly loves their home, would love to see any foundation leaks. This is because foundation leaks tend to lead to major problems when left without being repaired. However, before beginning the repair process, consider finding out the cause of the foundation leak and the effect it has had on the whole foundation. This will enable you to choose the most efficient London foundation repairs options which will get rid of the problem forever.

Some few things you need to do during the home foundation leak repair process are as follows:-

Pinpoint The Cause Of The Leak

In common cases, water is usually the root cause of most foundation leaks. You can start by preventing water from making its way to the foundation. Water can get to the foundation through the soil around it. The water might come from the gutters in the roof or the ground around your foundation allows the dangers of stagnate water because it does not slope. You might have also planted some water thirsty plants in the soil around your foundation which allows water to get into it. Whatever leads the water into your foundation, get rid of it or prevent the water from reaching your foundation before beginning your repair job.

Make The Preparations

Dig around your foundation using a shovel; you could dig about 30cm around the foundation and create some kind of a slope. Make the slope as sharp as possible, this will allow effective diversion of water away from your foundation.

Place Down The Plastic Sheets

Place the plastic sheets from your foundation outwards and attach them to the foundation with any effective adhesive, then let it dry. Cover the plastic sheets with soil and using soil that is non-porous like clay so that it can further prevent water from seeping into the foundation.

Tackle The Cracks

Cracks are usually the result of water leakage into the foundation. Clean the cracks first before mending them to remove any debris or dirt that might be lodged in them. Debris in the cracks will not allow a good repair job because the cracks will not hold the filling properly with the dirt inside. Of course the size of the cracks will greatly depend on the materials that you will use in repairing them. Epoxy resin is ideal for small cracks while concrete is suitable for larger cracks. Fill the cracks and allow the substance to dry.

Call A Professional

“Never assume anything” says Braawi Construction and Concrete; the damage might be more than you think which is why you will need a professional’s eye to perform an inspection on your foundation. The professional will definitely give you the advice on the measures to take in case your foundation is suffering from serious damage.

The bottom-line is simply keeping the water away from your foundation. This will save you numerous home foundation leak repair tasks.


Why Hire a Pro to Install New Windows and Doors


house blueprintAfter you are done with the construction of the major parts of the building (garage, residence) new windows and doors installation wraps up everything to make the building complete just before furnishing it. The installation of the windows or doors can be one challenging job if you do not have the right expert or personnel to properly fix them. The following are some of the reasons why you need to hire a professional or expert when Installing new windows and doors to do the job for you.

They have the right skill to properly put everything in place

Installing placement doors and windows is not a task to be handled by a casual handy man. This is because it is a large scale project that requires the right tools, skills, precision and training from the best window and door specialist. The doors or windows are supposed to be installed in such a way that they are able to perfectly float within the allotted frame. If not installed properly windows and doors can allow water to lick in something that might make the windows and doors to rot even in newly constructed houses.

Essentially, when installing a new window, the perimeter of the opening should be sealed with sticky sheets containing self adhering waterproof membrane, some strips of metal flashing and a reasonable amount of caulk. The installer should then finish the installation by plugging in the gap between the framing and the window with foam insulation. As it sounds, this cannot be a do-yourself job or a handy man’s tasks because you just have to ensure everything is installed right.

A quick warning of caution regarding installation, would be to mention you want sound-proof window units near your exterior air conditioner as they tend to be noisy. There are ways around it, and if you are in the market for a new cooling system, I recommend a Laird and Son lennox air conditioner unit. They are efficient and quiet.

You can find them online

Most window and door installation experts are nowadays based online and you can hire services on an online platform. They will provide in-home installation services at reasonable terms and conditions. Since there are a variety of door and window installation experts found online, you need to compare their services and identify one providing excellent services at affordable rates among the many. While some might require you to pay them before they start working, others will first finish the installation and fixing before you pay them.

No need of taking chances

You would obviously want to have the doors and windows perfectly fixed or installed in your house for an appealing look and their longevity. Hiring an expert to do the job for you will reduce the cost of carrying out repairs arising from rotten doors or windows and subsequently your time in doing the same. Do not take chances hire a professional window and door installer today online or you identify one locally.

My Other Job: an Industrial Millwright


machine shop stationIt pays the bills, right? I have been a trained and certified Millwright for half of my life and enjoy the troubleshooting involved, which translates into my home repair and wood-working hobbies. Millwright service involves the installation, servicing, repair, quality and safety check of industrial machinery and equipment. This include machinery such as conveyor belt systems, packaging systems, production and manufacturing machinery and safety equipment. Millwrights are also involve in moving machinery from one site to another, assembly of power plants and construction equipment. They are also called in whenever reassembly of equipment is required.

Workers in this industry are required to adhere to safety rules and regulations and must have safety gear such as hardhats, goggles and hearing protection gear. while most of the workers are full time employees, some work on call and on contract basis. however, a single millwright job does not take long and workers move from one site to another. According to the United States Department of Labor, there were 447,600 millwrights employed on a permanent basis in 2012.

In the US, millwrights are typically required to have a high school diploma and the must undergo further training for up to a year. Additionally, millwrights have to undergo apprenticeship for up to four years to gain adequate skills and experience. others may opt to undergo a two year associate degree program on industrial installation and maintenance and later undergo and an apprenticeship program to gain the requisite experience.

Most employers prefer to employ millwrights who have undergone training in programming, electrical and electronics installation, engineering drawing, engineering mathematics and blueprint reading. Although millwrights used to specialize in one line of trade such as hydraulics and electronics, employers now require millwrights who have a wide range of skills. This enables them to handle many different challenges that might arise in the field and enables them to adapt from one contract to another. I learned my craft at Central Machine and Marine in Sarnia, and plan to finish my career there.

There are various bodies which provide certification to millwrights. The society for Maintenance and reliability Services is one such organization. For one to be registered with the body as a millwright, one must undertake the Certified Reliability and Maintenance Professional (SRMP) examination. This examination is available to all professional regardless of educational background. Those who apply to sit the exam are required to sign a code of ethics to ensure they adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards.

There are many companies in the United States that provide industrial millwright services. lists over 502 companies that provide the service. Some of the companies include Central Millwright Service and Coker Millwrights Inc. These companies are spread out throughout our country and specialize in different fields of the trade.

Signs That Your AC Unit Needs Repair or Replacing


repair manIt’s that period of the year when the sun rays are heating up the ground and the temperatures are soaring to unbearable levels. This is when the air conditioning installer comes to the rescue. It is not only used for cooling purposes but during the winter it can also be used to heat up a room. Generally, during the hot season, it brings in cooler air from the environment and during the winter it heats up the air in a room thus making the internal environment conducive.

An air conditioner installation, like any other equipment, is prone to wear and tear. This means that every now and then it is important for one to perform maintenance checks on it. There are a few signs to look out for to determine when to perform repairs on the air conditioner.

The easiest sign to look out for is if the system is producing more noise than usual. A good system will produce constant low humming noise that means that it is running efficiently. Excessive appliance noise usually means that there are loose parts and leaving it will only make the problem worse.

When the airflow from the system is weaker than usual then it is time to do some repair. Usually this means that the air filter needs replacing. The air filter ensures maximum air flow as well as for purification purposes. In the event that the replacement does not work then the issue may be with the blower.

The surest sign for the need for repair is in the event that the system does not provide cool air as it should or if it takes an extended period of time to get to the right temperature. This could be due to an issue with the air conditioner. This can be solved by refilling the coolant and if that does not work consult an expert.

However, there comes a time when the air conditioner installation cannot handle anymore repairs and it requires a complete overhaul. The most obvious sign is the constant need for repairs. As time goes by the repairs will only get more expensive as the system wears down and it may be cheaper to go for a new system all together.

In the event that the system does not keep all rooms at even temperatures then one should replace the air conditioner system. One may find that some rooms are hotter than others because the system is blowing more air in some areas as compared to others.

To keep an air conditioner installation working in tip top shape for a good number of years then the only way is to perform regular maintenance on it. This can be done annually or every six months depending on the frequency of use. Most systems are designed to last for approximately ten years after which an overhaul is required.


Expanding on Previous Post: What is Air Duct Cleaning?


What is Air Duct Cleaning? (con’t)

air ductsI wanted to expand on the risks involved with not keeping up to date with your home ductwork maintenance:

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home’s indoor air quality. These services typically — but not always — range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climatic region, and level of contamination.

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, it is important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits. Methods of duct cleaning vary, although standards have been established by industry associations concerned with air duct cleaning. Typically, a service provider will use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts, then vacuum them out with a high-powered vacuum cleaner.

In addition, the service provider may propose applying chemical biocides, designed to kill microbiological contaminants, to the inside of the duct work and to other system components. Some service providers may also suggest applying chemical treatments (sealants or other encapsulants) to encapsulate or cover the inside surfaces of the air ducts and equipment housings because they believe it will control mold growth or prevent the release of dirt particles or fibers from ducts. These practices have yet to be fully researched and you should be fully informed before deciding to permit the use of biocides or chemical treatments in your air ducts. They should only be applied, if at all, after the system has been properly cleaned of all visible dust or debris.

Note: Use of sealants to encapsulate the inside surfaces of ducts is a different practice than sealing duct air leaks. Sealing duct air leaks can help save energy on heating and cooling bills.

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What’s the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?


stainless steel fridgeStainless steel appliances have a sleek look until they are covered with fingerprints and streaks. If your house is anything like mine, they are covered in the latter more than they have that sleek showroom look. We recently bought a new refrigerator and I thought that my favorite stainless steel cleaner was perfect for all of my appliances until I grabbed it and tried to clean the new refrigerator. Epic fail. Streaks galore. So this had me wondering about the best way to clean stainless steel appliances and what the best products are to use.

First of all, different companies use different grades and types of stainless steel which may need to be cleaned differently or may work better with different brands of cleaners. I can attest to this in my home because different products work on each stainless appliance. This is why I set out to find something that worked on all of my appliances.

What’s the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?

Apply to a microfiber cloth and clean quickly. Don’t let the cleaner dry on the stainless before buffing it in to the surface. I recommend using a microfiber cloth that is designed to be used on stainless steel.  This is my favorite one from Casabella.

When applying cleaner you need to wipe your cloth in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel.  This is because dirt can get trapped in the grain of the stainless and it will be and appear much cleaner this way.

Find a product or method that works on YOUR stainless steel appliances. I’ve found 4 products that work the best on my three different brands of stainless steel appliances. For my appliances the Weiman cleaner and polish works the very best on all of my appliances.

YOU ALREADY HAVE IT – White Vinegar – apply directly to cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

CLEANER AND POLISH – Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish – spray on cloth or appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth. Buff with a clean, dry cloth.

PRE-MIXED NATURAL CLEANER – Seventh Generation Stainless Steel Cleaner – spray on cloth or appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

CLEANING CONCENTRATE – Branch Basics mix up 100:1 – spray on cloth or appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

Other products and ideas to try:

Club soda – spray directly on appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

Olive or baby oil – apply to a cloth and wipe on already clean appliance to buff and protect against fingerprints and smudges.

Window spray – some swear by this technique – if you can’t get your stainless clean you might want to try this.

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Air Ducts in my House were Nasty!


indoor studioThey went over-looked, and I would have paid for it in the longterm with my health! My indoor recording studio is the most high-tech room in my house, I call it the bridge of the Enterprise, because it is crucial to have optimal temperature levels for the instruments and equipment involved with laying down tracks. Then, I realized that the ductwork was important — all over my house! Here’s why:

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:

There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:

  • Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.
  • You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.
  • If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or mouldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
  • If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.

If any of the conditions identified above exists, it usually suggests one or more underlying causes. Prior to any cleaning, retrofitting, or replacing of your ducts, the cause or causes must be corrected or else the problem will likely recur.

Some research suggests that cleaning heating and cooling system components (e.g., cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers) may improve the efficiency of your system, resulting in a longer operating life, as well as some energy and maintenance cost savings. However, little evidence exists that cleaning only the ducts will improve the efficiency of the system.

You may consider having your air ducts cleaned simply because it seems logical that air ducts will get dirty over time and should be occasionally cleaned. Provided that the cleaning is done properly, no evidence suggests that such cleaning would be detrimental. EPA does not recommend that the air ducts be cleaned routinely, but only as needed. EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, take the same consumer precautions you normally would in assessing the service provider’s competence and reliability.

Air duct cleaning service providers may tell you that they need to apply chemical biocide to the inside of your ducts as a means to kill bacteria (germs) and fungi (mold) and prevent future biological growth. They may also propose the application of a “sealant” to prevent dust and dirt particles from being released into the air or to seal air leaks. You should fully understand the pros and cons of permitting application of chemical biocides or sealants. While the targeted use of chemical biocides and sealants may be appropriate under specific circumstances, research has not demonstrated their effectiveness in duct cleaning or their potential adverse health effects. No chemical biocides are currently registered by EPA for use in internally-insulated air duct systems

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, preventing water and dirt from entering the system is the most effective way to prevent contamination.

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The Many Options for a Slick Countertop


underneathWhether you’re re-modeling a kitchen, building one from scratch or just ready to give yours a face-lift, countertops are a central part of the look. And you may be daunted by the wealth of options on the market; countertop surfaces range from well-known butcher block to less common materials such as glass and terrazzo. We’ve chosen 11 of the most popular to get you started. Read on to find the one that’s right for you.


Pros: Granite’s beautiful mottling and the host of colors and patterns found in nature make each piece one of a kind. It stands up well to splashes, knife nicks, heat and other wear and tear.

Cons: Like most stone, granite must be sealed every so often to avoid stains. And its heaviness means you’ll need very sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight.

Cost: $35 to $100 per square foot, installed

Solid Surfacing

Made primarily from acrylic and polyester, solid surfacing first was sold under the brand name Corian, which is often (erroneously) used as a generic term for it. Today, it’s made by a host of manufacturers and has enjoyed steady popularity over the years.

Pros: Because solid surfacing is nonporous, it’s virtually maintenance free — no sealing or special cleaning required. Although it can be susceptible to scratches and burns, those are easy to sand out. Color and pattern options are extensive, and because you’re not trying for the look of a natural material, you can experiment with vibrant hues such as turquoise or tomato red. Seamless installation means there are no cracks to trap dirt and debris.

Cons: Solid surfacing can have a patently artificial look and feel, yet can approach the price of natural stone. As mentioned above, it doesn’t stand up to hot pans or sharp knives as well as other materials.

Cost: $35 to $100 per square foot, installed.

Quartz Surfacing

Crafted of resin and quartz chips tinted with color, quartz surfacing (also called engineered quartz or engineered stone) is a good compromise between the beauty of stone and the easy care of solid surfacing.

Pros: Quartz surfacing has the same advantages as solid surfacing with regard to maintenance. As an engineered product, it’s available in a far greater range of colors and patterns than natural stone.

Cons: This material doesn’t have the natural variegation of granite, so it may be evident that it’s an engineered product. It’s relatively pricey, although its durability can make it a worthwhile investment.

Cost: $40 to $90 per square foot, installed


Is there anything that looks and feels more glamorous than a marble countertop? Peerless in terms of its luminescence and distinctive veining, it’s an ultra-traditional choice.

Pros: Nothing beats marble for sheer elegance. It stands up to heat well, and because it remains perennially cool, it’s a traditional choice for pastry and baking stations (read: Dough won’t get too soft).

Cons: Marble is very susceptible to stains, even with sealing. For that reason, it’s not often used throughout an entire kitchen — most homeowners limit it to one or two small areas. It can also scratch and chip.

Cost: $40 to $100 per square foot, installed


Modular and inexpensive, ceramic and porcelain tile offers nearly limitless options for colors and designs. Tile works with almost any kitchen style, from country to majestic Old World.

Pros: It holds its own against heat and sharp blades, and resists stains. If one or two tiles chip or crack, they’re fairly easy to replace.

Cons: Tile’s uneven surface can make it difficult to balance a cutting board or roll out a pie crust. Unsealed grout is prone to staining; standing moisture can damage it and contribute to bacterial growth.

Cost: $10 to $80 per square foot, installed


Made of paper blended with resins and fused to particle board, laminate has been a kitchen mainstay for decades. In the past, it hasn’t always had a reputation as stylish, but that’s changing: The latest designs on the market mimic stone, butcher block and other pricier surfaces.

Pros: Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop materials, so it’s a good choice if your budget is tight. It’s low maintenance and easy to clean. Its light weight doesn’t require the support of a thick cabinet base.

Cons: Laminate is prone to scratching, burns and, in some cases, staining. With wear and moisture exposure, the layers can peel. Because of the raw particle board core, you can’t use laminate with under-mount sinks, and it’s also difficult to repair if it gets damaged.

Stainless Steel

Once found mostly in commercial kitchens, stainless steel has slipped into vogue within the past two decades. These countertops are custom made to fit your kitchen, so you’re guaranteed a tailored look.

Pros: There’s a reason stainless steel is used in restaurants and other high-traffic kitchens: It’s nearly indestructible, and it resists heat and bacteria. It also provides a very distinctive look that feels appropriate in contemporary and industrial-style kitchens.

Cons: Fingerprints show and must be wiped off frequently, and stainless steel can also dent. It can be loud as pots, pans and dishware clang against the surface. Chemicals can affect its color and cause unwanted etching. Stainless steel is extremely expensive due to the custom fabrication.

Cost: $65 to $125 per square foot, installed