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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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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.

Is Your Boiler Operating Too Loudly? Lime Scaling May Be To Blame

Commercial boilers are necessary for a wide variety of businesses, but they are susceptible to problems that can make them run too loudly or poorly. If your commercial boiler is running too loudly (a condition known as kettling), there's a chance that lime scaling is to blame. What Is Lime Scaling? Lime scaling is the buildup of lime deposits in your boiler. This happens because of contaminants in your water feed and isn't necessarily limited to lime.

Thinking About New Siding? What To Look Into

If your home has a lot of damage and wear on the outside, and it's making the home look older than it is, new siding could be the answer. You'll want to talk with the siding professionals in your area to see what siding is the best for the climate where you live, and vinyl siding is a great choice for many professionals. Vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices that both new construction builders, and home owners looking for an update, choose to use today.

Fixing Up A Dining Room? Hire An Electrician To Add A Chandelier

Some homes have an open floor plan in which the dining zone, living space, and kitchen are all in one area. This allows features from the living room or kitchen to bleed into the dining space in a good way. But if you have a dedicated dining room, the room itself needs desirable features to look impressive. If you want to invite family and friends over for dinner more often, you may be thinking about how you can fix up the dining room to turn it into a highly attractive and functional space.

3 Fresh Ideas for Xeriscaping Your Yard

At the heart of things, xeriscaping is about creating a sustainable landscape. While some homeowners take that to mean doing no landscaping at all, this isn't always the most beneficial method for managing you yard. Wind and water can create erosion if you don't lock down your topsoil. Instead, create a beautiful landscape that doesn't require much supplemental water. Scatter Wildflower Seeds Perhaps the easiest method for creating a pretty xeriscape yard is to scatter wildflower seeds.

Reasons To Swap Out Your Outdated Electrical Hot Water Tank For An Energy Efficient Model

If you're thinking about switching out your old hot water heater and upgrading to a newer model, consider giving a tankless or on-demand hot water heater a try. Heating your water is often a large expense, especially if you have more than three people living under one roof. According to the US Department of Energy, water heating is the second largest expense in your home. There are other advantages to purchasing a tankless hot water tank that you should know about before you decide on a model or type that is best for your household.

What Does It Mean If There Are Black Spots On Your Siding?

Black spots on your siding can negatively impact the appearance of your home, thus detracting from your property value. Knowing what causes black spots to appear on your siding and how you can get rid of them can help you take care of your house. What does it mean if there are black spots growing on your siding? The black spots you're seeing on your vinyl siding is very likely mold or mildew.

Great Ideas for Using Wrought-Iron Gates and Fencing in Your Landscape Design

Wrought iron can help to add an elegant touch to any landscape design. Finding ways to integrate wrought iron into your landscape does not have to be challenging, even in small areas. Follow these tips for using wrought-iron gates and fencing in your landscape. Wrought-Iron Fencing Around Your Entire Lawn Many older homes have wrought iron fencing around the entire perimeter of their lawns, giving them a distinct Gothic appeal. Your home does not have to be a huge two-story home to have wrought-iron fencing around it.

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.

Can You Install Your Own Vinyl Siding?

If you want an affordable way to upgrade the exterior walls of your house, you should definitely consider vinyl siding. Perhaps the best feature of installing vinyl siding is the fact that you can do most of the work, as long as you have the ability to handle the physical aspects of the labor. You will also need some basic tools. This article briefly explains the process of installing vinyl siding.

The Perks Of PVC Fencing

Even a short fence can add a little bit of privacy and safety to your yard. Small fences are especially useful for households with young children or pets. If you want to install a fence in your yard, you probably want a material that is easy to maintain and can withstand the harsh treatment from your active children and pets, not to mention moisture from the rain and sprinklers. PVC is a great material if you have these requirements.

Want To Work In The Housing Industry But Don't Like Sales? 3 Great Alternative Options

If you want to work a job that allows you to be around real estate transactions and in the housing market, but you don't want to be a real estate agent or work in direct sales, there are some alternative occupation options to look into. Many of these jobs even allow you to work from home, or to make your own schedule. Here are a few different career options and training to look into.

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.

3 Reasons To Choose An Electric Fireplace

Remodeling your home can be a great way to incorporate features you wish had been included in the original design of your property. One feature you might want to consider adding is a fireplace. These features can make your home more appealing, and lend a custom feel to your living space. There are many different kinds of fireplaces to choose from, but an electric fireplace will be able to provide you with some significant benefits.

3 Features To Consider When Building A Custom Home

One of the best aspects of building a custom home is being able to customize every aspect of the home to maximize your own comfort and potential resale value in the future. Listed below are three features to consider that can make you very comfortable in your custom home while also making it more attractive to potential buyers in the future. Large Master Bath A large master bathroom is one of the most important features in any home if you want a place to relax after a long day.

Taking A Closer Look At The Benefits Of Propane Heat And Power For Residential Customers

Heating with propane may not be the most common for residential properties, but it is still a popular choice. If you move into a home that has a propane-powered heat system, you may find yourself a bit apprehensive about the whole propane delivery and usage process. However, the apprehension you feel likely comes from not being fully familiar with propane as a heat source. As a resident who will be new to propane and propane delivery services, from a company like Blue Flame Gas Service, it is a good idea to get to know the perks of heating with and using propane right off the bat.

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.

5 Benefits Of Land Surveys For Home Buyers

There are so many things to keep track of when buying a new home, that some tasks are bound to get overlooked. One important but often skipped aspect of buying a new home is having a land survey performed on the property. Here are five great reasons to get a land survey before purchasing a new home: Discover the Exact Boundary Lines Land surveys often turn up surprising information concerning boundary lines.

3 Tips For Keeping Your Home Warm On A Budget

Being able to keep your monthly living costs down is ideal. This will allow you to save more of your hard-earned money for other things you may need or want. During the months of winter, you're sure to have a higher than the normal heating bill. This may take a toll on your wallet. However, there are ways for you to reduce the costs of staying warm and knowing specific tips to help you to do so may come in handy.

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.