Happy Valentine’s Day with BETC and French home improvement store Leroy Merlin

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The French home improvement store Leroy Merlin and its agency BETC decided to help couples renovate their relationship in a few easy steps, right on time for …


Kitchen Renovation

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Kitchen Renovation

Posted by A-1 PAM Plastering & Remodeling, Inc. on 2013-04-13 00:46:34

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Considering Buying a Wall Mounted Vanity?

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Wall mount vanities are a very big trend. They are for the contemporary home with sleek styles and finishes. If you have a contemporary flair and remodeling your bathroom, a wall mount vanity will make a big impression. Since there is no bottom to the vanity it makes it really easy to clean as well. It sounds like an easy decision to make if you like the style but be forewarned. It may cost a lot more than what you may expect.

The installation of the wall mount vanity is where the cost can go up significantly over a floor mount vanity. Before making any purchase, discuss the costs with contractor so the expense is known upfront. Many contractors have never installed a wall mount vanity but they'll tell you it's no problem. It's not unexpected to question your contractor's experience. If they have no experience, later they may come back to you with "unforeseen" issues and demand more money. It is important to discuss those details before the purchase is made and even then there still may be something "unforeseen". This is unfortunately true with most aspects of the renovation process.

There are two main issues to address with your contractor when installing a wall mount vanity. First, discuss the installation to the wall. Since you will not have the vanity yet, you may not know how it's supposed to be installed. There may or may not be installation instructions available in advance or at all. This is more common than you may think but the industry is starting to provide more information overall. The installation is more about the wall and the stud and less about the vanity itself. Reinforcing the entire vanity wall before tiling is widely recommended. The vanity is normally bolted to the wall. Second, be sure to address the location of the plumbing supply lines and drain. Many wall hung vanities have a U-shaped cut-out to accommodate the drain. This is especially common for any vanity with drawers in the center. The supply lines and drain need to fall within the frame of the vanity and they must be centered if there are any U-shaped cut-outs. If the vanity is open on the inside without shelves or cut-outs then the plumbing does not have to be in the center but it is more visually appealing when you open the vanity doors. If you will need to move the plumbing to accommodate the vanity, please discuss the additional labor costs before you purchase the vanity.

By addressing these two major issues with your contractor prior to your purchase, you will clearly understand the total cost involved with purchasing a wall mounted vanity. If you are doing new construction, you will still need to review the vanity specifications with the contractor.

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Chinese Drywall Repair: Ready, Set, Sue!

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“Don’t anticipate there’s going to be some magic paint… that’s going to fix this problem,” announced David Kraus, a state toxicologist with the Florida Department of Health.  Damnit!  Now what am I going to do with all this paint I bought from those lying magicians!  If your home smells like eggs and your appliances have stopped running, you may want to get in touch with a professional liar- in other words, a lawyer.

What is it?

Chinese drywall repair refers to the repair of drywall that has been imported from China which is emitting gases that corrode copper, reek of rotten eggs, and worst of all, can make you sick.  This is not to imply that all Chinese drywall is tainted, though recent reports have primarily targeted several Chinese drywall manufacturers.  It is still unknown, however, if any of the contaminated drywall was originally manufactured in the U.S. or made in China and later rebranded in the states.

This specific type of drywall is alleged to contain high levels of sulfur, which causes corrosion in copper piping and wiring within houses, as well as within electronics and appliances such as air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators.  There has not been much conclusive evidence to pinpoint the reason for the drywall’s toxicity, although a popular theory is that the drywall became tainted from being manufactured in gypsum mines, which used coal fly ash, a waste by-product from power plants.  When coal fly ash leaks into the air, it can potentially emit sulfur compounds.

While it is unknown how many U.S. homes contain Chinese drywall, most reported cases are developing in Florida, with a smaller, yet significant amount in Alabama and Louisiana.  This is most likely due to the humidity and heat of these areas, which causes the sulfur in tainted drywall to migrate into indoor air, creating a noxious odor. However, some attorneys involved in Chinese drywall class action suits believe that the problem may be larger than the scope of the three states in question, claiming that the humidity of these areas is what’s exacerbating the foul smell and corrosion of copper.  Likewise, the head of construction consulting firm Foreman & Associates claims that in 2006 and the early months of 2007, the United States imported enough drywall from the Chinese manufacturers in question to build at least 50, 000 homes.

Who needs it?

The tell-tale signs of tainted Chinese drywall are foul odors (especially noticeable when first entering the house), corrosion of household appliances and electronics (most evident through blackened wires) which causes them to break down (especially if they’re fairly new), and the onslaught of health ailments, primarily headaches, sore throats, and irritation of the eyes.  So if you’re experiencing at least two out of the three (be mindful, it is allergy season), you should probably contact a local inspector.

Most of the homes affected were built between 2004 and 2006, when post-hurricane reconstruction forced a U.S. drywall shortage, which in turn caused builders to look abroad.  However, … Read More

Home Improvement Loans-Get FHA Home Improvement Loans Online

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Home Improvement Loans-Get FHA Home Improvement Loans Online Home improvements can be a great way to make a property a better place for you and …

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