A Primer on Lead-Based Paints

One of the most pressing concerns for homeowners who own or are looking to buy an older home is the fact that the walls and other surfaces were likely painted with lead-based paint. According to the EPA, 87 percent of all homes built before 1940 contain lead paint, and a much lower 24 percent of all homes built between 1960 and 1977 harbor this highly toxic paint. As such, it is vitally important for owners (and potential buyers) of older homes to know the facts about lead paint -- especially before undergoing any home renovation or restoration projects! Danger of Lead-Based Paints Lead paints are dangerous to homeowners because they contain high amounts of lead, a highly toxic heavy metal

Pros and Cons of Fiber Cement Siding

What is fiber cement siding? Fiber cement siding, different from the wood and vinyl sidings commonly used by builders today, is made of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. Like any siding type and/or style, it has its pros and cons, so it's best for homeowners to do some research -- due diligence, as we like to say! -- before deciding whether or not it meets all of their home siding needs. Pros of fiber cement siding: Fiber cement siding is tough stuff! In other words, it is durable, non-combustible, and able to withstand the variability of almost any climate. If properly installed, it isn't prone to moisture issues, and it is unlikely food for termites, woodpeckers, and other home

Electrical Panels

Answers to all of your burning questions..... What is an electrical circuit breaker panel? This panel is essentially where electricity enters your home (from the local electric company) to be distributed to all of its electrical circuits. Electricity from nearby power lines enters your home via its electric meter, which is usually located somewhere on the outside of your home, and then travels from this meter into the electrical panel. In most homes, the electrical panel is located on a wall inside the garage. The electrical panel contains various breakers that protect all electrical circuits throughout the home. Potential problems with electrical panels *Panel does not conform to UL (Und

Dryer Vent Safety for Homeowners

One of the greatest -- and possibly most overlooked -- cause of house fires today is an improperly installed dryer vent. Clothing dryers are undeniably one of man's greatest inventions (according to most busy homemakers, anyway!), and we would guess that many never give much thought to their safety. So, what is the purpose of a dryer vent, anyway? A dryer vent essentially exists to get all of the byproducts of a clothes-drying-cycle safely out of the house. In other words, it transports all moisture and lint from your clothing to the outside world. In order for this to happen, it must be made of materials that meet all safety standards and properly installed. Safety Considerations First

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