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Two Ways To Make Your Custom Pool More Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Feb 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Ways To Make Your Custom Pool More Eco-Friendly

There’s no denying that a backyard pool isn’t particularly environmentally friendly, considering the amount of electricity, water, and chemicals needed to maintain it. That doesn’t mean people who are concerned about the Earth have to refrain from getting one. Here are a couple of things you can do to customize a pool to reduce the impact it has on the environment. Use Natural or Earth-Friendly Methods to Heat Your Pool In general, heaters are installed to help keep pool water warm. Although these heaters are fairly energy efficient, they still use electricity or gas to function, both of which can contribute to pollution and greenhouse gasses. For instance, 39% of electricity produced in the US is generated using coal. You can reduce the carbon footprint of your pool and save money by using natural or eco-friendly methods to heat it. One option, particularly if you live in a cool clime, is to paint the pool a dark color. Darker colors such as navy blue absorb heat from sun rays, which can naturally warm pool water. An alternative option is to make pool warmers by soldering pieces of black tarp onto a few hula hoops and floating them on top of the pool. The dark material will trap heat from the sun and warm the pool in turn. If you prefer to use a regular heater in your pool, install one that’s solar powered. This type of heater uses solar panels to generate the electricity needed to heat the pool. Since sunlight is free, this can save you a lot of money on your energy costs. For instance, warming a pool using a gas-powered heater costs an average of $2,000 per year. That’s money you would save by switching to solar. Be aware, though, that a solar system can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000, with the average cost landing around $5,500. For comparison, many gas and electric heaters can be purchased for under $2,000 but do cost anywhere between $300 and $600 to operate. Use Alternative Methods to Keep the Pool Clean Conventional swimming pools commonly use chlorine and other chemicals to kill bacteria and keep algae at bay. However, these chemicals can be hazardous to the environment and humans as well if not used correctly. For instance, chlorine sometimes combines with impurities such as sweat and lotion to produce a byproduct called chloramines that can irritate the skin and eyes of people swimming in the water. Use alternative methods to clean your pool to minimize environmental and health hazards related to use of pool chemicals. One thing you can do is to use aquatic plants to rid the pool of bacteria and impurities. For instance, sphagnum moss can filter out bacteria from pools for up to 30 days and can be composted after use. Other plants such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweed can be planted in a smaller connected pool that will filter out contaminants as the water circulates between the large and small pools. If done correctly, you may be able to forego chemicals completely. Ozone sterilization is another option for keeping your pool bacteria free without use of chemicals. This type of cleaning system uses electricity to activate ozone (also known as tri-atomic oxygen) into a sterilizer that can kill pathogens, bacteria, and other contaminants...

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How to Spot, Remove & Prevent Roof Ice Dams

Posted by on Jan 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Spot, Remove & Prevent Roof Ice Dams

With a couple of months still left of winter’s snowy weather, it is important to check your home’s roof for any excess buildup of snow and ice. Rooftop ice dams can push melt water five to ten feet up through the shingles of your roof, causing damage to shingles, your underlying roof, and indoor aspects of your roof. Here are some signs you can look for of a possible ice dam on your roof, how to remedy the ice dam, and prevent future ice dams from forming. Signs of a Roof Ice Dam If you are concerned your home may have an ice dam growing on its roof, you don’t always need to get onto the roof to find out. Getting up on your roof that is covered in snow and possibly ice is dangerous and you can usually see ice dams from the safety of the ground.  When you look at the front slope of your roof, you may have an ice dam if you can see a thick build-up of snow that looks like a snowdrift. If you view this snow drift from a side view, the snow will be thicker at the bottom edge of the roof. From the front view you might be able to see a thin, dark layer of ice sandwiched between the roof and the layer of snow.  One of the best ways to determine if you have a roof ice dam is to look for large, numerous icicles hanging from the front of your roof. A really good indicator of an ice dam is when many of the icicles are two to three inches in diameter. Along with these icicles, you may see ice dripping from the soffit and underside of your roof, and down the front of your home’s exterior. If your roof is leaking water inside your home you suspect is from an ice dam, but you cannot see if from the ground, it may be an ice dam that has formed higher up on your roof. Ice dams can form around dormer windows or above skylights. In this situation you will need to get on the roof to locate the ice dam. Removing an Ice Dam If you have determined your roof has formed an ice dam, you should do what you can to remove the damage. With the help of a friend holding the ladder for you, climb up to the edge of your roof to chisel a channel through the ice dam so the snow melt can drain from the roof. Use a hammer claw and chisel channels every two to three feet along the ice dam of your roof. Make sure you don’t cut all the way down to the roofing shingles as this can cause damage to your shingles if you accidentally cut into them. You can also fill a nylon stocking with sodium chloride and lay it across the ice dam on your roof, with one end of the filled stocking poking over the edge of your roof. The sodium chloride will melt a channel through the ice dam to allow snow melt to drain from your roof without freezing. Remember the sodium chloride can corrode metal roofing materials, including the flashing and gutters. Ice Dam Prevention Ice dams form on your roof when your home’s heat warms your attic and roof. By sealing...

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5 Tips For DIY Kitchen Cabinet Installation

Posted by on Dec 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For DIY Kitchen Cabinet Installation

If you are looking for an easy way to update your kitchen without remodeling a whole kitchen, look no further than new kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets can be installed by a professional like, or you can opt to do your very own kitchen cabinet installation. If you decide that you want to install your new kitchen cabinets yourself, you should keep these tips in mind for flawless, beautiful cabinet installation. There are a few things that you should know of to help your cabinet installation process go easily.  Work In Order Working “in order” is the most efficient way to install kitchen cabinets in your home. What does working in order entail? First and foremost, you should work from the top to the bottom. This means installing wall cabinets from your highest point of destination and working down from there, right down to the base, if that is a piece of the puzzle you’re going to install. Starting at the top means that nothing is going to get in your way. You don’t have to worry about installing a kitchen cabinet on the ground level and then attempting to install another one above that and being unable to due to the fact that you can’t reach your work area properly.  Remove Drawers and Doors It is important to strip your cabinets down before working on them. That means removing all of the drawers and doors that are present in the cabinets. Most cabinets come with the drawers and doors already installed, so it might seem a bit counterproductive to remove them before installing the cabinets. However, this will make the cabinets easier to handle, lighter, more maneuverable and ultimately, easier to install. Just make sure of one important thing before you reinstall the drawers and doors: that the drawers and doors are each attached to each respective cabinet to which they were originally attached. Support The Weight Of The Cabinet Although installing cabinets is usually a 2 person job, it need not necessarily be as long as you support the weight of the cabinet. Use a cleat and save the back of the cabinet. From there, use a 1 x 3 or 1 x 2 piece of wood to support the weight of the cabinets and continuously help to push the weight of the cabinets flush against the wall. Even if you do this, the weight of the cabinet can cause it to fall forward. However, at the very least, the cabinet will not be sliding this way or that all over the wall and you do not have to worry about another person holding it flush against the wall. Use Small Finished Nails Make sure that you find your wall’s studs and are installing the cabinets against studs, every time. If you are not, then the chances of the wall not being able to support the weight of the cabinets is, in fact, quite great. After you have successfully located the studs from which you are going to hang the cabinets, you will want to use small finished nails. Why is this the case? Small finished nails are very unobtrusive and you won’t really see them after you are finished installing the cabinets and, in addition to this, they are actually quite strong despite their small stature....

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Troubleshooting A Low Water Pressure Issue In Your New Home

Posted by on Dec 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting A Low Water Pressure Issue In Your New Home

If you have recently moved into a new home and you have noticed that water pressure seems quite a bit lower or weaker than normal, then you may need to contact a plumber to look for a potential cause. Before you do this, you can try to troubleshoot the problem on your own. Keep reading to learn about a few ways you can do this. Look For A Reducing Valve If the previous owner of your home wanted to conserve water or if they felt that the water pressure in the home was too high for some reason, then they may have installed a device called a water pressure reducing valve close to the water meter in your basement. This device contains a diaphragm, a disc assembly, and a spring to slow down water as it passes through the valve. This greatly reduces water pressure. To locate a water pressure reducing valve, look for a bell shaped device with a small nut on top. If you find the device, then you can adjust it to allow more water through to the pipes of your home. This should increase water pressure immediately.  To adjust the water pressure, use your fingers or a wrench to loosen the nut on the top of the device. The adjusting screw sitting on top of the valve will be free to adjust at this time. Turn the screw in a clockwise manner so the screw moves inward. Start the adjustment with two or three revolutions and then check the water pressure by turning on your kitchen or bathroom faucet. Continue adjusting the screw until you have reached the desired water pressure. Replace the nut on the screw when you are done. Inspect For A Leak If you do not notice a water pressure reducing valve in your home or if adjustments to this device do not help to increase water pressure substantially, then look for a leak in one of your water lines. Even a small leak can decrease water pressure and a pipe break near the water meter is likely if your entire home is experiencing water pressure issues. Look for the presence of water along the main water lines. If you see water, but cannot locate the leak, then spread a small amount of dish soap on the pipe and look for areas where bubbles form. Once you locate the leak, turn off the water at the main and use a rag to wipe the leaking pipe clean. Use a piece of medium or large grit sandpaper to lightly roughen the pipe around the leaking area. You will need an epoxy putty to cover the leak, so look for this material at your local hardware store. Cut off about a one-quarter inch piece of the putty, making sure that you have equal parts of the two colors that make up the material. Mix the putty with your fingers for several minutes or until the putty is one consistent color. Roll the putty in a ball and press it over the leak. The putty will start to set in about an hour. However, you should wait several hours or overnight if possible to use your water to make sure that the epoxy hardens fully. If you do not want to use epoxy to repair the leak, you can use a...

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Wouldn’t You Prefer A Durable, Appealing Privacy Fence? The 101 On Your Vinyl Fence

Posted by on Nov 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wouldn’t You Prefer A Durable, Appealing Privacy Fence? The 101 On Your Vinyl Fence

From creating an enclosed backyard space for your children and pets, to increasing your home’s value and appeal, the benefits of a privacy fence are easy to see. Unfortunately, choosing from the various fencing materials can be overwhelming. Thankfully, investing in a vinyl fence is a smart decision for your family’s privacy, safety, and home’s overall appeal. Using this guide, you will understand vinyl fencing and learn the proper techniques to keep your privacy fence clean and appealing. Construction of Vinyl Fencing PVC was a common material used to create vinyl fence panels in the past. While the material is durable, it discolored easily due to various environmental conditions, such as the sun’s rays and basic weathering. Today, the outer layer of the vinyl material contains titanium oxide. This ingredient prevents discoloration without inhibiting the durability of the vinyl material. Lifespan of Vinyl Fencing An aluminum or chain-link fence may be an attractive option for your home and budget, but creating privacy with these materials can be difficult. Many homeowners opt for wood fencing, which is not only appealing, but also readily available in a variety of sizes and installation designs for privacy in  your backyard. Unfortunately, wood fencing has an average lifespan between 10 and 15 years. Although a good investment, proper cleaning and maintenance is essential to prolonging the lifespan, durability, and appeal of wood. To achieve appeal, durability, privacy, and a longer lifespan, opt for vinyl. While virtually maintenance free, a simple cleaning each year will uphold the appeal, durability, and value of your vinyl fencing panels. Annual Cleaning While your vinyl fence is able to withstand light discoloration and staining, dirt, dust, and debris can build up on the surface. Each year, consider washing the entire length of your fence using a light-duty pressure washer. Light-duty pressure washers offer a maximum of 2,000 PSI, or pounds per square inch of water pressure. This is a sufficient amount of water pressure for removing dirt, dust, leaves, straw, and other debris from your fence. After connecting the pressure washer hose to your outdoor spigot, stand a few feet away from the fencing surface. Hold the sprayer nozzle at an angle and begin spraying your fence using side-sweeping motions. Work your way across the entire length of your vinyl fence, rinsing away all debris. If you notice stubborn patches of mud on the bottom of your vinyl panels, consider a more involved cleaning solution. Add the following to an outdoor pump sprayer: 3 gallons of warm water 3 cups of baking soda Shake the container to dissolve the baking soda into the water. Then, pump the handle to create pressure in the sprayer nozzle. Douse the baking soda solution on the muddy areas of your fence and allow it to sit and soak for a few minutes. Rinse the remaining solution and leftover mud off with your pressure washer. If you live in warm, moist climates, you may notice patches of dark green or brown growth. These patches may be mold, mildew, or algae, which is unhealthy and unappealing. To remove this growth, consider a simple solution containing 1 gallon of warm water and 1 gallon of white vinegar. Prevent the mold spores from contacting your skin, eyes, and airway by wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a...

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Expecting A Baby? Here Are 3 Health Risks To Be Aware Of In Your Home

Posted by on Oct 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Expecting A Baby? Here Are 3 Health Risks To Be Aware Of In Your Home

If you are expecting a baby, you’ve probably spent countless hours preparing the nursery and your home for the arrival of your bundle of joy. However, it’s important to also pay close attention to your home’s water supply and indoor humidity levels as well. Here’s what you need to know about how water and low humidity can affect your baby’s health and what you can do to reduce your baby’s risks.  Regulate water temperature to reduce risk of burns According to statistics, out of all hospitalizations of children due to scalding burns, 17% of them were from hot tap water. Sometimes, parents get too preoccupied while preparing a bath for their babies, but even the most careful of parents can run into problems with water getting too hot for their baby’s tender skin. Sometimes the plumbing in the home runs in series rather than in independent branches. A series plumbing set-up is what causes the water in a shower or tub to get too hot when someone flushes a toilet or runs water from a faucet somewhere else in the house, which could burn your baby. One way to prevent this type of situation from happening is to install a separate tankless water heater for the bathtub where you will be bathing your baby.  It’s important that you pay close attention to the temperature setting of your hot water heater to prevent burns to your baby’s skin. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends setting your hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for the safety of your baby. Contact a professional plumbing service, such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc., for help with the settings and any necessary repairs or upgrades on your water heater. Filter water to reduce risk of food allergies Yes, you read that right. Researchers have found that 90% of food allergies are linked to a chemical called dichlorophenol, which can be found in your drinking water. Dichlorophenol is a byproduct of the chlorine that is used by municipalities to disinfect water in their water treatment facilities.  Dichlorophenol is made up of one molecule of phenol (carbolic acid) and two molecules of chlorine. Fortunately, most water filtration systems for home use can filter out these molecules. Ask your plumber for more information about the types of water filters you can use to reduce your baby’s risks of developing a potentially life-threatening food allergy due to exposure to dichlorophenol from your water supply.  Since you’ll be shopping for a water filtration system, it’s a good idea to get a better understanding of what exactly is in your home’s water supply. Send out samples of your water to your local health department for testing. Show the results of the tests to your plumber so he or she can pinpoint the type of filtration system that would work best for your home.  Use a humidifier to reduce risks of infantile eczema & asthma Infantile eczema is a painful skin rash that can be triggered by dry skin, allergens, and irritants. As many as 15% of children are diagnosed with infantile eczema. The most important thing to understand about this condition is that 50-70% of children with infantile eczema develop asthma when they are older.  Researchers believe that thymic stromal lymphopoietin is produced by the skin when the skin is damaged by infantile eczema. This substance courses through...

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What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of alternatives that you can take to the traditional gas burning route. One can go the traditional route, such as that of a wood burning stove, or you could jump on the solar powered band wagon. However, there are numerous alternatives to the traditional gas burners; one of those is a wood pellet burning heating system. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn what exactly wood pellets are and a list of the advantages and disadvantages you’ll have to live with if you so decide that a wood pellet burning heating system is right for you. What Are Wood Pellets? Becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe, wood pellets are an amazing source of biofuel that have been proven to effectively heat your home or place of business. Wood pellets are a condensed form of wood and biodegradable debris that serve to heat your home with all of the comforts of a normal gas based system, such as hot water heating and comfort control for individual rooms. Wood pellets are a form of biodegradable fuel and are a renewable resource, which makes them appealing to certain environmentally conscious individuals. What Are the Advantages? First and foremost, what most people like to hear: wood pellet burning heating systems are incredibly cost-effective. If you have a gas burning system, then take into consideration that if you switched over to a wood pellet burning system, you could save as much as 25% on your yearly fueling bills. With both oil and propane undergoing a lengthy inflationary period, this is even more of a financial incentive to switch over to a wood pellet burning system. Wood pellets are inexpensive to manufacture, and are a renewable resource, which means it is less likely that scarcity will ever cause their price to skyrocket, unlike oil and gas. Wood pellet burning systems can also be retrofitted to your existing heating system, which means that you can enjoy all of the same comforts as your gas based system, but at a much lower price. Wood pellets are not an esoteric form of biofuel, but rather are readily available, which means they can easily be delivered right to your front door. Not only that, but wood pellets are a far more environmentally conscious form of energy burning than other forms. It’s even far cleaner than burning regular firewood. Not only can wood pellets increase the ecological safety of your area, but they can also serve to create a robust local economy. What Are the Disadvantages? This is not to say that wood pellets are without their disadvantages. Pellet fuel is larger than its gas equivalent and storage of wood pellets can become quite inconvenient. It is also not quite as convenient of a way to heat your home as oil and gas. Wood pellets must be delivered to your home, as opposed to having gas simply pumped into your house, and must often times be delivered in large quantities, which can create potential storage issues with those individuals without the adequate amount of storage space. Cleaning can also be a problem: the ash that collects during the burning process must be emptied regularly in areas delegated to be adequate ash dumping zones. In other words, ash can...

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4 Things Electricians Check During Home Electrical Safety Inspections

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things Electricians Check During Home Electrical Safety Inspections

The two most common months for electrical fires in the home are December and January, but electrical fires are not just limited to those two months. Electrical fires can start for a number of different reasons, but most of them could have been prevented. If you want to keep your family and home safe from electrical fires, you may want to hire an electrician to perform a home electrical safety inspection. This is a comprehensive type of inspection that will identify and repair all potential risks involving your home’s electrical system. Here are four important areas the inspection will cover. Ground Fault Interrupter Outlets Ground fault interrupter outlets (GFCIs) are special outlets your home should have by all water sources. GFCIs automatically stop electricity from flowing to an outlet if an appliance that is plugged into it gets wet. Water does not mix well with electricity. When you are using electrical appliances or devices near water, you could get an electric shock if the appliance gets wet. This is why GFCIs are important. If the electrician finds that you do not have GFCIs in the proper places, he or she will recommend replacing your standard outlets with GFCIs. Light Bulbs Electricians also typically check the light bulbs in all your lamps and fixtures. The purpose of this is to make sure you are using the right sizes for the fixtures. If you use a wattage of bulb that the fixture is not designed for, it could overheat and cause an electrical fire. You should always make sure you carefully read your lamps and fixtures to find out what wattage is recommended. You can then choose that particular wattage, or lower, when selecting bulbs for your fixtures. Outlet Hazards Your home probably has dozens of electrical outlets throughout the rooms, and an electrician will make sure you are using them correctly. If outlets are not used properly, they can become overloaded, which can lead to an electrical fire. One hazard involving outlets occurs when too many things are plugged into one outlet. If you have several power strips plugged into an outlet, and if the power strips are full, you are probably overloading this particular circuit. The electrician will suggest you even out your power load by plugging some of your things into a different outlet. Another outlet hazard involves the use of extension cords. Extension cords are commonly used in older homes when there are not enough outlets present, but they can pose dangers to your home, including: Overloading circuit – If you are using a thin, cheap extension cord, you should not have a lot of things plugged into it. You can easily overload these thin cords, which can lead to a fire. Tripping – You should also carefully place your extension cords in areas where they are not a tripping hazard. Tripping over a cord can cause injuries to the person who tripped, but they can also cause other types of damage, such as damage to your home. If you are relying on a lot of extension cords in your home, the electrician may recommend adding more electrical outlets to your home. This will help you cut back on the number of extension cords you use, and it could help reduce your chances of an electrical fire...

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How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

French patio doors, which are hinged patio doors that typically feature large glass panels, have a reputation of being unsafe for homes with children. Parents worry that their children may fall through the glass, throw a toy through the glass, or become injured when they lean on the door and it swings outward. These are all legitimate concerns, but there are ways to avoid these risks without having to give up the doors of your dreams. If you’re considering French patio doors for your home, follow these tips to choose the safest ones and install them in the safest manner possible. Choose doors with shatterproof glass. Some French doors are made with glass that is similar to the glass in your car’s windshield. Marketed as shatterproof glass or laminated glass, it consists of two layers. Down the middle of the two layers of glass, there is a sticky material. If the glass does break, instead of pieces flying everywhere, they will stick to this sticky material. If your child runs into shatterproof glass or throws a toy at it, you might have to deal with a broken door and a few scrapes — but you won’t have to deal with extensive glass wounds. Look for a door style that does not have glass at the very bottom. To make your door even safer, choose a style in which the glass panels don’t come all of the way down to the floor. This will further reduce the risk of injury if your child bumps into the door. By the time he or she is tall enough to reach glass that starts two or three feet up the door, your child will have more control of his or her body and will be less likely to crash into the door. Mount your doors so that they swing into the home. It’s often most convenient to have your patio doors swing out, so you don’t have to leave space clear in your home for them to swing in. However, when you have kids, sometimes you have to sacrifice convenience for safety. Mount your doors so that they swing into the room. That way, if a door is accidentally left unlatched, your child won’t go tumbling to the ground if he or she leans on it. Also, make sure you don’t leave your child alone on the patio, since he or she could go flying inwards if the door is left unlatched. It’s typically easier to avoid leaving a child alone on the patio than in the room where the doors open. Use curtains or blinds to cover the doors when you’re not home or in the room. Some homeowners are concerned a thief may look into the large windows of their French doors, see what is inside, and take this an an opportunity to break in. While nobody wants a break-in, they’re even more worrisome when you have kids. If your yard and patio as positioned in such a way as to allow passersby to see into your home, mount some curtains or blinds on your patio doors. When you’re leaving the house or even just leaving the room, you can close them to ensure nobody takes advantage and looks into your home. Make sure the hinges are covered. Getting fingers caught...

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4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

Posted by on Aug 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

If you are the project manager of a downtown construction site, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider regarding public safety. In many locations, construction fencing is required to section off the dangerous areas of a construction site. However, in downtown areas, this usually involves encroachment into areas that the public uses. Here are a few things to consider. Will the local businesses be affected? Problem – The construction site encompasses areas that are used by local businesses, which means they may lose business since the construction fencing will also cordon off their main entrances. Most businesses cannot afford closing their doors during the time you and your crew will complete the construction project. Solutions – Be sure to take the main entrances of the businesses that will remain open into consideration when you install the construction fencing. This likely will mean that you’ll need more fencing than you had originally planned. You’ll need to provide access to each doorway for the employees and customers. If it’s too dangerous to allow entrance to the businesses, such as if your project involves tuckpointing a brick façade, you may want to consider scheduling your project during the weekends, early mornings, and late nights so you don’t interfere with the local businesses your community relies on. Will the construction fencing interfere with parking spaces and sidewalks? Problem – If the construction fencing has to be placed where there are parking spaces and sidewalks, it’s important to speak with the municipal authority to develop a plan to compensate for the lost areas the public needs. Solutions – Most municipalities require temporary sidewalks be cordoned off and protected from the construction site. Depending on the construction site, this may include installing overhead barriers on top of the construction fencing to protect pedestrians in the sidewalk from falling debris. If the sidewalk is temporarily moved to the side of the street, you’ll need to provide an additional barrier to prevent vehicles from driving on the temporary sidewalk. The strength of this barrier will largely depend on the amount of traffic that is typical for the affected street, as well as the municipality’s regulations regarding public safety in construction zones. Will any city and/or school bus stops be affected? Problem – The construction fencing may be in the way of normal public transportation for city buses and school buses. The public and children who use these buses may get confused as to where to wait for their buses. Solutions – Municipalities and school districts typically handle the rerouting of buses and the establishment of other bus stops. However, to prevent confusion, signs may need to be placed directly on your construction fencing to direct people to the alternative bus stop. If there are no other possible alternatives for the affected bus stop, then perhaps you can consider relocating some of your construction vehicles and equipment if that will help reduce the amount of space that is taken up behind the construction fencing. Will the fencing block the field of vision of drivers? Problem – Fencing that is placed directly alongside the corner of the street may block drivers from being able to see traffic approaching the intersection, which may lead to vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, this could cause your construction company to be sued...

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