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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 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.

    How To Deal With Drafty Windows

    If you have drafty windows in your home, it can make you dread the winter due to cold temperatures and increased heating costs. Window drafts are not something you are stuck with forever, as there are things you can do to fix the problem. By understanding your options, you can decide on which one is best for your home. Completely Reseal The Windows Drafts can often come from the pane of glass within the window frame not forming a good seal.

    Winter Waterproofing: Three Quick-Fixes For Homeowners

    Successful homeownership is all about proactive planning and maintenance. For instance, during the winter, many homeowners fail to prepare their homes for the spring run-off that invariably follows every winter.  This oversight can lead to significant water damage and costly repair bills. Here are a few ways that you can proactively waterproof your home: # 1 Create a Tight Seal-If you've ever put a full water bottle in a freezer you know exactly what happens to water when it freezes: it expands.

    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.

    A Simple Maintenance Technique That Adds Years To Your Wooden Fence

    Wooden fences are a retro and stylish addition to your backyard, but they can be hard to maintain. Though treated lumber should last more than 20 years, a poorly maintained fence is likely to degrade much quicker. Follow these basic steps to make your wooden fence last a lifetime. 1. Trim Bushes and Trees Start by trimming the bushes and branches that hang near your fence. Though hanging branches can actually form a natural sun barrier over your fence, dead branches may collapse and seriously damage your fence.

    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.

    Seven Ways To Add Years To Your Gutter's Life

    Your gutters have a fairly big job, which is to take water and moisture away from your home. If gutters did not provide a way for water to go when it comes off the roof during a storm, it could potentially do damage to the home's structure over time. Consider using the following seven strategies to maintain the gutters of your home, and to extend their utility longer: 1. Give your gutter a wash.