Types of Insulation for Residential Construction

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    There are a variety of insulation types that can be used around your home and selecting the right one for the job you are working on can be a little confusing.

    For most jobs you will probably want to stick with fiberglass insulation. Whether in batt form or loose fill it gives a decent R-Value per square inch and with proper precautions working with it can be quick, easy and clean.

    This does not mean that fiberglass should be the only choice …

    Insulation Guides for Energy Savings

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      Your homes insulation works both in the winter and the summer so the amount and type of insulation that you have will make a huge impact on the livability of your home year round. Unfortunately once a home is built it can be difficult to add insulation to the walls but because heat rises and the sun impacts your homes roof increasing attic heat in the summer a large benefit can be seen by increasing the amount of insulation in your attic.

      Attic insulation can …

      Benefit From Free Passive Solar Heating

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        The Sun is the most powerful source of energy in our Solar System and without its light and heat the Earth would be just another inhabitable Planet. The problem we find today is harnessing its energy for our own use. Although there are many products being manufactured such as Photovotaics for Energy to Electric conversion one of the first known and easiest methods of harvesting the Suns energy is …

        Lead Paint Hazards Renovation Guidelines

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          The use of lead paint in homes and buildings built prior to 1978 is common enough that guidelines have been set by the EPA on how a home remodeler should approach projects and how they should inform their customers before starting a job.

          This requirement is not only on contractors that tare down walls or sand exterior siding the problem occurs in every variety of work so the guides apply to all contractors.

          To learn more about the exact EPA Guides you …

          How to pick a Low Flow Toilet

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            1 piece toiletOver 10 years ago back in 1994 a Federal Law mandated the use of 1.6 Gallon per flush Low Flow Toilets. This meant that companies had to rush to market designs that were less then up to the task of the standard 3.5 gallon tanks that most home owners were use to but today there have been many advancements.

            As a matter of fact …

            Pre Purchase Home Inspections

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              Pre-Purchase Home Inspections are important for any prospective property buyer for two big reasons. First it provides you information about the condition of the property so you can haggle price and second if the condition is such that improvement costs outweigh the resulting resale value or conditions are so bad that total demolition of the property is required you will know before you make any decisions.

              If you are an …

              2008 Commercial Construction Show

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                2008 Commercial Construction Show
                June 3 – 5, Orlando, Florida

                This is really a good show to attend for anyone in the Construction Trade but it is really targeted at commercial building. The attendees include all aspects of the trade from all around the country

                There are already a few hundred exhibitors listed for the 2008 show and the full brochure hasn’t even been released yet so you know there will be a lot of people there to meet.

                 In addition

                The 2008 Commercial Construction …

                ACS Home Shows – Ideas For Consumers

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                  The ACS Home Show is intended to allow contractors mostly large national chains an ability to reach the public in one large event.

                  For the most part you will see a mixture of local and National Supplier / Contractors that perform remodeling and depending on your location you may see anything from a small gathering with light material pamphlets to setups and product samples.

                  Since this is really a promotional venue for the businesses the drawback of this type of show is …

                  Working with Contractors

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                    As an investor your profit margin is much more important when you work with contractors then it may be for the average home buyer that feels a kitchen remodel will bring them money when they sell their home in 5 or 10 years.

                    The Contractor that you hire can make or break your profit in a number of ways.

                    Timelines- First is the contractor reliable enough to give you a specific time line for completion and then stick to that timeline.  The …

                    The MLS System

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                      One of the resources that all property investors should make use of is their local and the national Multi Listing Service, MLS System.

                      The Realtors in your area and nationally depend on the MLS system to inform other Realtors about properties that are available by registered Realtors.

                      This does not mean that every property in a given location will be listed on the MLS system it just means that Realtors have come together to pool their power over the buying and selling …

                      Flipping Houses 101

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                        Home ListingIn this special series of HowTos we will look at the in’s and out’s of home buying and selling for a profit.  There are many different levels of investors in the home improvement business and no matter where you start you should have an understanding of what you wish to accomplish and what it will take to get it done.

                        For some people it might just …