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Posts published in June 2016

Points To Consider When Setting Up Gates

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You might take up a project of making a gate for your property or any other space. Small gates are easy to execute, especially if you are handy at wood work. These help to keep in small children and dogs effectively, even within certain rooms or to keep them from wandering into open terraces. If you are planning to execute DIY gates you need to keep in mind certain requirements. The frame needs to be sturdy. You need to ensure that the swinging motion is smooth. Ensure that the gate is wide enough and solid as well.

Gate frame

When you are setting up a gate frame, it is an important part of a gate as for a garage door repair construction. If you do not set up a sturdy frame the door will not be able to stand up against dogs who try to put their strength against the door, to keep in livestock that is unruly or when violent winds arise. By standard measures the left and right edges of gates need to be 4 inches by 4 inches for the posts. The posts for a garage door usually measure about 2 feet when they are cut. You need to cut the posts longer than the height that you wish to have for the gate.

Width of gates

After you have considered the requirements of the frame it is time to turn your attention to the gate width. The builder usually measures the width of the widest item that might need to get across. As per the measurements the gate frame needs to be assembled. For further information about please click here.

Setting up the gate

Once the frame is getting ready, it is time to dig holes for putting in the side posts. This can be achieved with a small shovel when you are creating it on soil ground. Mark the spots with spray paint. The holes need to be made parallel to each other. The holes should be deep, about 2 feet into the ground to be sturdy. These are the ways you can ensure that the posts will be sturdy and deep enough to hold the frame.

Finishing the gate

The above steps will help to make all necessary arrangements in place for the gate to be finished. Once you have put in the posts, ensure that dirt is stacked around them in a firm way. The frame should not move. The gate itself is usually a rectangular framework that needs to be put on hinges with screws. You might need some pieces of wood as well. Ensure that the gate swings freely in the intended direction or both ways. Once you have followed these guidelines you would have successfully set up a gate for your home.


Inspect Carefully Before You Take A Leap To Buy An Old House

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You must be very happy with the fact that you are getting an old house in such a low price! Well, that is really good. But have you inspected the entire house carefully? Old house means, you have to have renovate it, if not the entire thing, but at least some portions of it for sure. Many a times, the condition of the house remains good. But still, do check every nook and corner of the house before buying it so that you do not end up regretting later.

The topmost thing which you should do is to have a thorough conversation with the owners of the house. Clarify all your doubts and queries regarding the house. Ask them the reason for leaving the house. Many a times it has been seen, due to certain drawbacks of the house, the owners sell their house and shift somewhere else. So in that case, ask them f anything as such is there. If not, it’s your duty to inspect if you sense anything as such.

Check for the doors and windows’ condition. Most of the time it has been seen that new owners opt for window glass repair, as glasses are either cracked or have got enough scratches and marks, which need renovation indeed.

It is better to call professionals for door and window glass repair, as it is not that easy to work with that perfection as they do. Moreover, they can even help you by choosing the appropriate glass and so on.

A few other tips

 Look for the surroundings of the house. Check for whether the house has appropriate spaces around it or not. It is necessary for emergency purpose.

 Check the wiring or electrical facility the house provides. Check whether there is proper earthing and insulation or not. Check for the plug -point availability in all rooms.

 Look for the flooring. If the flooring is damaged badly, it is recommended not to go ahead with it, as it will take a major portion of your budget. Moreover to do flooring work, one will renovate the entire floor and not a part of it. And that will cost you too much.

 If you are buying a house in cold area, look for the central heating facility. Generally chimney flue liners, which are still found in some old houses, are made of terra cotta. So for restoring such chimneys require a part of your expenses. Check for the condition, type and efficiency of the chimney.

 Check the plumbing system. If the house later has added or extended it rooms, etc. Then the house must have a combination of old and new pipelines.