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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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A Personal Spa: Six Pre-Installation Questions

Your own personal spa may have been a fanciful dream for some time, but finally placing that order can be thrilling. However, before you reach that point, some serious consideration is required so you're both prepared for costs and aware of various things which could arise after you have the spa installed. These six spa questions need answers. 1. What Permits are Locally Required? Factoring in the cost of permit applications isn't necessarily a fun part of owning a spa, but it is certainly necessary in many towns.

Driveway Looking Worse-For-Wear? 4 Problems You Could Be Facing

Look at your driveway. If it's covered in a network of cracks, potholes, and crumbling edges, there might be some underlying issues that are causing the problems. Unfortunately, your driveway can't tell you what those issues are. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to identify the cause of your driveway problems. Here are four problems that could be causing your driveway to deteriorate faster than it should.

Tips For Designing A Luxurious Master Bathroom

Perhaps you're remodeling your bathroom or starting from scratch. Either way, you've decided you want a touch of luxury in your morning routine. A well-outfitted bathroom can really give your day a good start--or sendoff. Design you master bathroom with at least a few luxuries to facilitate your ablutions. Install a Walk-In Shower Shower-tub combinations are good for smaller areas. If you've got the luxury of space, opt for a walk-in shower instead.

Why A Boiler Might Make Gurgling Sounds

Have you noticed that your boiler has been making a lot of gurgling sounds lately? There are a few things that can lead to a boiler becoming noisy, so you will need to get the problem assessed by a professional contractor to find out if repairs can be made. Take a look at this article for deeper insight on what might be wrong with your boiler that is causing the gurgling noises.

Furnace Pilot Igniting Too Slow? What Can Cause This

If the pilot light on your furnace is taking longer to ignite, there are a few possible causes of why this is happening. In some cases, you can take care of this problem yourself. Follow the tips below so you can have a warm house when it gets cold outside. Gas Valve One problem your furnace may be having is the gas valve malfunctioning. When this valve turns on, it is supposed to release gas when you turn the furnace on.

Redoing Your Patio? Why Ready-Mixed Concrete Is The Way To Go

When your patio starts to reveal chips or cracks, you know it's time for an overhaul.  However, you may be reluctant to start the project because you think that it means that large trucks will have to start coming in to mix and pour the concrete on site.  That's why ready-mixed concrete is so beneficial.  Learning more about how ready-mixed concrete can help you repair your patio will help you determine if it is the right choice for you.

Preventing Hair Clogs In Your Drains And Pipes: Three Approaches That Work

There are only so many things that are more gross than pulling a wad of decaying hair from your sink traps or tub drains. If you find that you are in need of professional drain cleaning services more often than you would like, then try one of the following three approaches to prevent these nasty hair clogs. Drain Catchers For less than the price of a fancy coffee, you can buy a drain catcher from your local hardware store or big box retailer.

A Metal Roof Is A Great Choice For A Home

Cedar, slate, asphalt, rubber, foam, galvanized steel, copper—what do these materials have in common? They can all be used for the roof of your home. With so many roofing options to choose from, it can be difficult to make a choice. In the end, you need to choose a roof that will protect your roof from whatever mother nature can throw your way. Metal roofs make a good choice because they are impervious to fire, resilient to snow's mischief, and helpful in keeping cooling costs down.

How To Fix A Leaky Sink Sprayer

If you notice water around your kitchen sink, it is probably caused by the sink sprayer. Because sink sprayers are used for dishes and help control the flow of water, they can get worn down over time and start to leak. Leaks commonly go unnoticed since it only happens when you operate the sprayer. Here are tips on how to fix sink sprayer leaks. Replace the Nozzle Gasket Leaks in the sprayer head can be caused by the gasket sprayer.

Completing Jobs And Controlling Flow - Preparing For Fluid Control System Installation

A wide variety of industrial projects require the use of fluid under significant pressure, so installing a fluid control system may be a necessary step. Before you seek out such a system, however, it's important that you take the necessary steps to make sure your job site is ready for those improvements. Below, you'll find a guide to some steps you should take before the installation of your fluid control system.

Answers To Your Important Questions About Duct Cleaning

If you or other members of your family seem to be allergic to your house, and coughing or sneezing is as common as snoring at night, it is time to see if your air ducts are dirty. If your home often has the windows closed, allowing the heater or air conditioner to run non-stop, your air is simply being recycled. Unfortunately, that means that the allergens from both outside and inside linger within the ducts causing a feeling of general poor health for some individuals.

Two Situations Where Specialized Air Duct Cleaning Is Required

Air conditioners and furnaces blow a lot of air through your air ducts, so it only makes sense to have them cleaned periodically. But there are certain situations where a regular air duct cleaning may not be enough to truly clean your ducts. If you have any of the following in your home, you should make sure to tell the air duct cleaning company before they come out. This way, they can come prepared to do a deep clean.

A Guide To Finding The Best Water Heater For Your Needs

The process of purchasing a water heater is not as simple as waltzing in to a hardware store and picking the first one you may see on the shelf. In order to purchase a water heater that will provide you with enough hot water for you to enjoy your shower in the morning, you need to take the time to learn about the different types of water heaters available on the market.

Four Things You Will Want To Know When Choosing Replacement Windows For Your Home

If you have an older home, it may be time to have the windows in your home replaced to improve energy performance. This can be confusing with all the choices you have when replacing windows. You may want to replace the entire window with new vinyl windows that require little maintenance, just replace the sashes, or use replacement inserts. You may also want to do things like add insulation and weatherproofing when you have windows installed.

Troubleshooting Washing Machine Motors

A well-functioning washing machine depends on its electric drive motors to operate the different cycles, from spin to agitate. Many problems stem from the motor or from it's peripherals, such as the belts and clutch. You can help narrow down the cause by zeroing in on the specific problem. Problem #1: Machine Won't Operate If your washing machine won't turn on at all, no matter which cycle you choose, the problem can lie in the power supply, timer and switches, or the motor.

Three Ideas To Hide Drains And Pumps In Your Basement

If you have a finished basement, you may have to install drainage systems. Drains can be installed outside or inside of your home. For existing homes, drains may need to be installed in your basement to deal with existing moisture problems. This can take up a lot of space if you want to have them hidden behind basement walls. The wall can also be directly finished and the drains can be part of the open space.