Don’t Let Your Beach House Wear You Out

Whether you own a beach house or just snagged that great summer rental, you’re no doubt looking forward to fun in the sun. But as anyone who has spent a long day in the dunes knows, there’s usually a lot of stuff to lug around. Leisure time can be pretty tiring. How can you avoid getting worn down? By being as efficient and organized as possible. Here are a few ways to do so.

Save Steps

Some of today’s most desirable summer homes are equipped with beach house cargo lifts. These convenient external elevators have grown in popularity because coastal homes are being built higher above sea level. They’re capable of moving large quantities of items to higher floors quickly. Most have a capacity of at least 1,000 pounds. Cargo lifts are also a much easier way to stock a house at the start of the season than making multiple trips up a staircase, where injuries are all too common.

Make Lists

You think you’ve gathered everything for your trip to the ocean: the beach chairs, sunscreen, umbrella, snacks and toys. But then you get down to the ocean and realize you forgot towels. The long trek back to the house begins. Or worse, you may have even forgotten to stock the house with certain essentials and now have to find a store to make an unexpected purchase. Both scenarios can be avoided by simply making a list of necessities.

Plan Ahead

Waiting until the last minute can induce stress. Whether you’re an owner preparing for the season or a renter planning a stay, get in the habit of packing at least two days in advance. You can then use the additional time to closely review everything you’ve packed. Most people find that this technique helps them avoid overpacking.

Owning or renting a beach house is often a reward for all your hard work. By following these tips, you can ensure that your time at your vacation home never feels like more hard work.…

When And How To Use Plastic Welding Repairs

Plastic welding is the repair of broken plastic items, such as industrial equipment, furniture, toys, and automobile parts. Plastic does have a limited lifecycle, and the longevity of a plastic item can be impacted by several factors, such as weather, UV ray exposure, and chemicals. Plastic welding repairs are best done when the broken parts are worth the replacement and when it would be more cost effective to repair rather than replace.

Utilizing the right welding equipment makes a huge impact on the quality and appearance of the repaired plastic section. Typically, plastic repairs are performed using hot air welders and injection welders. The hot air welding units are typically more cost-efficient, but they require a higher skill level in order to perform a strong weld.

Below are examples of best practices when performing plastic welding repairs.

Clean The Part Before Welding

The first step in making a plastic welding repair is to clean the part thoroughly with soap and water. It sounds like a no brainer, but skipping this step can absolutely impact the efficiency of the weld. Welders should also make sure the part is completely dry before beginning their repairs. Most manufacturers provide recommendations on the best cleaning products for the specific piece of plastic, so welders should consult the user guide before beginning the repair.

Work Out Deformations in The Plastic

Many plastic welding repairs are done on automobile parts, such as bumpers. In these cases, it is important to work out any deformations in the plastic using a heat gun and reworking the piece back to its original shape. This can be a tedious process, so it’s important that welders are patient. It is also important to keep the heat gun moving as they work out the shape until all deformations are repaired. They can also sand to reveal any remaining deformities and repeat the process until they are satisfied with the result.

Create a Strong Bond

Not only is it important to prep by cleaning, but also to create a strong bond between the plastic using a plastic welding rod. Welders can use aluminum tape on the backside of a plastic piece in order to help keep the shape of the plastic in place while working. This also helps prevent welding materials from pushing through the weld itself. As always, consulting the manufacturer’s recommendations for welding the specific type of plastic will help to minimize errors or deformities.…

How To Find The Right General Contractor For Your Next Project

Whether you have a renovation project, are in need of major repairs, or are looking to build something new, a general contractor can be invaluable for your upcoming project. >When a general contractor oversees a project, they take on all of the responsibilities of making sure it is completed on time and according to specifications, and oversee the process of hiring subcontractors and workers, purchasing materials, and anything else necessary for the project. It is critical to find a reputable and experienced contractor who can get the job done right, on time, and within your budget. The following are some tips to help you find the right contractor for your next project.

Ask For Referrals

When searching for chicago general contractors, personal referrals from friends and family are often some of the most trustworthy sources for locating reputable services. They can give you feedback on the quality of the general contractor’s work and customer service, as well as tips on what to look out for to ensure that your project runs smoothly.

Check Their Portfolio Of Work

Most reputable and established general contractors will have a portfolio posted online of their past work. Do some research on some of their most recent projects and check testimonials and reviews from former clients. Search for similar types of projects and visit some of their completed projects in person if possible to check out the quality of their work.

Ask Questions

Make sure to ask questions to ensure that the general contractor is well suited for your project. Here are some to help get you started:

How many projects have you worked on that are similar to mine?

Who will be supervising the construction site?

What is a realistic time frame for completing the project?

Is The General Contractor A Good Fit?

Most important of all, do you feel comfortable with the general contractor and do they have the experience and expertise to work on your specific type of project? Make sure you are comfortable with their communication style. It is important to be able to communicate and work well with your general contractor. And to get the best results, the contractor should have plenty of experience working on your type of project.…

I Had to Get Them Back

As part of a spring plan to give my house a much needed makeover, I decided to get rid of the shutters that sit in front of the windows. Every day while being in my home, I would see the shutters just sitting there, and I didn’t really care for them. So I took the shutters down and had them destroyed because I didn’t want them anymore. Had I been thinking, I would have sold them for money. After a month, I wanted the shutters back. Without the plantation shutters, the window looked so barren. I added curtains, but they just didn’t look right.

This isn’t the first time I’ve gone back on a home improvement decision. Once I painted all of the rooms in my home a light blue color, but decided that the blue made everything look like a child’s bedroom, so I reverted back to an egg shell color.…

The Windows Look Amazing with These Shutters

I bought my first house nearly two years ago. I got it at a great price because there were a lot of things that needed to be done to it. These things were very minor though, and I was able to handle most of them myself. The most expensive thing was bringing in an electrician to run a few extra outlets for me, so I made out a lot by the time I was done. With all the details taken care of, I decided to look at some plantation shutters companies because that was the only other thing I wanted to take care of before calling my renovations projects finished.

The reason I wanted to get the good shutters rather than something from a box store is because I did not want to have to change my window treatments after just a few years.…