Dry Rot Remediation

Dry rot is a very common problem in the NW because we get so much rain. Moisture and lack of air circulation is all you need for dry rot to appear on wood. Wood rot problems are especially dangerous when rot appears on the wooden structure of the house. Once the fungus starts to grow on your structure, it destroys wood tissues which are responsible for the wooden structure to be firm and solid. Dry rot causes wooden parts of your house to decay, become soft, lose its shape, and loses the ability to withstand weight pressure. This leads to the leaning of the house to one side, dropping of the floor level, sagging in open spans of wood (such as garage door openings), and roof structure deformation. All these signs are warnings to us that something is going on inside the structure of our house and something may be affected by dry rot. The rot problem has to be taken care of right away once it has been determined!

If you notice a sagging corner on your window sill it didn’t appear there over night. If you are able to see rotten particles with your naked eye without taking apart your wall it means that the rot has been inside for quite some time and is in the stage where the rot starts to affect the surfaces that are visible. One sagging corner of the window sill may not just be a simple repair of a small piece of your sill but it might mean that the whole window frame is affected by dry rot and has to be repaired. That’s why it’s very important to fix the damaged areas once you suspect that you have a problem.

Now fixing dry rot damage is not a simple procedure, most of the time dry rot has to do with your structural framing, except when it’s just the exterior siding trim that is rotting. But most cases, dry rot gets to your framing. You have to realize that the part of your wall that is rotting is actually holding the wall itself, so if you will just start taking studs out to replace them with new framing, the whole wall may just collapse. It is the same story with the floor joist system or roofing trusses. So dry rot repairs often require building additional support walls or installing supporting posts to hold the rest of the structure while you are doing the rot repairs to the wall. Things get more complicated when you are dealing with two or three story homes. Then you have more weight pushing on your damaged walls and you need additional support to withstand all that weight. Fixing dry rot requires not just good carpentry skills but also engineering knowledge of weight distribution and support.

One more important thing about dry rot and what’s causing it, that I should mention, is the vapor barrier on the house. Since the vapor barrier is the under-layment that separates your siding and your framing by tacking on the vapor barrier to your wall before installing your siding, it is very important to choose a good quality product that will actually allow your structure to “breathe”. This means that the vapor barrier will let air circulate behind your siding. A very widely used product brand is Tyvek. In my opinion it is the worst choice you can make when choosing your vapor barrier. Tyvek is actually a plastic like product that will withstand moisture pretty good but doesn’t “breathe” very well, so if any moisture will get trapped behind your Tyvek vapor barrier there is almost a 100% chance of getting the dry rot fungus on your walls. An even worse situation is with new construction housing.

Since construction in the Pacific NW doesn’t stop for the rainy season, homes are being built under all conditions. So just imagine when Tyvek or other poor performing vapor barriers are installed right on soaking wet plywood, all that moisture has no way to escape. You basically have the conditions for dry rot right from the very beginning. But you will notice dry rot only years later when the rot had caused extensive damage to your structure. So my advise would be to use a rain screen system on your walls, or a high quality vapor barrier such as HydroGap by Benjamin Obdyke. HydroGap has plastic bumps, which makes it an uneven surface that allows air and moisture to travel between those bumps and drain out and away from the building. HydroGap is made of fabric like material that “breathes” better.

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How A Balcony Can Help You Save Money?

Balconies are a beneficial addition to any apartment, home or building and have many uses. A balcony adjoining a dining room or sitting room adds an extra dimension to any home. Without a doubt, balconies are the perfect choice for an outside room extension. Small-sized balconies are wonderful additions which enhance any living space, while large-sized balconies can be used as main living areas which bring the wonderful outdoors into view. Modern, vintage or a sleek style? All of these are feasible options.

Below we discuss how a balcony can help us save money:

Save Some Money and Get Some Exercise

It always feels good to escape outside to get some relaxation. However, in this busy world of ours, it is often difficult to get out of the house every day to get some fresh air. You can use your balcony for this purpose, and you can even drag your yoga rug on to the balcony to exercise in the morning or even later in the day after work.

Enjoy a Special Treat within Your Home

A great hotel-style balcony outside the sitting room or bedroom is a good choice and establishes a link between the outside and the inside. A balcony which is big enough for a table and two chairs creates a special place to enjoy a sunrise breakfast or a sunset dinner.

Sightseeing without Paying a Penny

A balcony can offer a bird’s-eye view of the area while you sit or read a book. A high-level balcony can get plenty of the sun and offers sky views, which will give you a new energy to kick-start each day.

Save Energy and Give more Life to Your Clothes

You can run a clothesline on the balcony and air dries as much of the laundry as you can. Excessive use of the dryer can be damaging for your clothes, so don’t overdo it. This can weaken the fibers of the clothes. If you partially dry your clothes so that they are slightly damp, and then hang them to air dry on your balcony, you will not only save energy and money, but your linens and clothes and other items will last much longer.

Allows More Privacy

A balcony is usually surrounded by the three walls of the house or apartment. This means you can have plenty of privacy when using your balcony for any purpose.

Grow Organic Food at No Extra Cost

A balcony is an ideal place for growing vegetables using the container vegetable gardening method. There are many advantages to this sort of gardening. The vegetables can be grown in spectacular pots while urban architecture can influence the kind of display you want. In addition, you can change the combinations and designs on a whim by swapping plants, as well as move the containers. This will not only save you money, but will also provide you with healthy organic food.

In a nutshell, the following benefits can be achieved by having a balcony:

Use the balcony for yoga or exercise and save money that you would have spent at the gym.
Put a cozy sofa or a comfy chair on the balcony and enjoy the fresh air like you would in a park.
A balcony can offer wonderful scenic views.
A balcony is a link between the outside and the inside of a home.
A small table and some chairs can make a balcony a special place to enjoy meals.
A balcony can provide a bird’s-eye view of the world while you just sit, think or read a novel.
A balcony offers plenty of sun and sky views.
A balcony can be used to grow your own vegetables.
Author (Muhammad Naveed) is a freelance writer and have written lots of articles on health, travelling, smartphones, fashion and trends related niches.

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Four Areas of Asphalt Maintenance

When looking at asphalt maintenance it can be divided into four areas. The primary cause of asphalt failing is the penetration of water into the asphalt base. Overtime, it will become brittle and dry with the aggregate beginning to wear away and cause cracks that will let water penetrate into the base of the pavement. When the water seeps into the crack it causes the base material to move and settle. This leads to the surface cracking in a pattern that is grid-like When the payment has reached this stage there are only two options, which are replace the old asphalt or patch repair it.

Patch repair

It deals with areas that are isolated. Using a backhoe and saw-cutting the pavement is removed. They can also use a grinding machine. Once the old asphalt is removed, it is replaced with new asphalt. The removal method determines the amount that is removed. The removal depth should be equal to one point five times the original thickness of the asphalt. You may also have to replace the base-rock to match the adjacent areas to allow for a base support that is uniform. The amount of removal should be extended twelve inches past the area that failed.

Asphalt overlay

This asphalt maintenance is affordable and provides a new wearing surface. When dealing with asphalt overlay there are certain factor you need to be aware of, which include:

• Overlay thickness-it should be a maximum of two point five inches with a minimum of one point five inches
• Smooth transitions-when you are considering where to grind the existing pavement down remember not to grind down the overlay section to match the existing structure. If you do this could weaken the overlays strength. They will grind the existing payment down to where they meet flush together to prevent this.

Inlay and pulverize in place

Both of these areas of asphalt maintenance are accomplished using a milling machine. During the process of inlay, it removes a depth of the existing asphalt, which is many times a previous overlay. This will let the contractors to put the asphalt back to the pre-inlay elevation. The method of pulverize-in-place will reduce all of the asphalt to particles that are base-rock size.

Seal coating

This is an important part for extending the life of the asphalt and it should not be overlooked. Seal coating is a mixture of mineral fibers, emulsified asphalt, and water along with other admixtures. This will seal the top layer of asphalt to prevent water from penetrating the pavement surface and protecting the top layer from wear from sun exposure and oxidation. It is what gives the asphalt its even black surface.

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Four Areas of Asphalt Maintenance

When looking at asphalt maintenance it can be divided into four areas. The primary cause of asphalt failing is the penetration of water into the asphalt base. Overtime, it will become brittle and dry with the aggregate beginning to wear away and cause cracks that will let water penetrate into the base of the pavement. When the water seeps into the crack it causes the base material to move and settle. This leads to the surface cracking in a pattern that is grid-like When the payment has reached this stage there are only two options, which are replace the old asphalt or patch repair it.

Patch repair

It deals with areas that are isolated. Using a backhoe and saw-cutting the pavement is removed. They can also use a grinding machine. Once the old asphalt is removed, it is replaced with new asphalt. The removal method determines the amount that is removed. The removal depth should be equal to one point five times the original thickness of the asphalt. You may also have to replace the base-rock to match the adjacent areas to allow for a base support that is uniform. The amount of removal should be extended twelve inches past the area that failed.

Asphalt overlay

This asphalt maintenance is affordable and provides a new wearing surface. When dealing with asphalt overlay there are certain factor you need to be aware of, which include:

• Overlay thickness-it should be a maximum of two point five inches with a minimum of one point five inches
• Smooth transitions-when you are considering where to grind the existing pavement down remember not to grind down the overlay section to match the existing structure. If you do this could weaken the overlays strength. They will grind the existing payment down to where they meet flush together to prevent this.

Inlay and pulverize in place

Both of these areas of asphalt maintenance are accomplished using a milling machine. During the process of inlay, it removes a depth of the existing asphalt, which is many times a previous overlay. This will let the contractors to put the asphalt back to the pre-inlay elevation. The method of pulverize-in-place will reduce all of the asphalt to particles that are base-rock size.

Seal coating

This is an important part for extending the life of the asphalt and it should not be overlooked. Seal coating is a mixture of mineral fibers, emulsified asphalt, and water along with other admixtures. This will seal the top layer of asphalt to prevent water from penetrating the pavement surface and protecting the top layer from wear from sun exposure and oxidation. It is what gives the asphalt its even black surface.

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Home Improvement Article Category

One of the first things that you need to do as soon as you notice water damage to your ceiling is to locate what is causing this problem. In order to prevent any future damage you have to fix the problem. After the problem has been fixed then you can clean up the mess. The problem with water damage to your ceiling could be something as simple as drying the ceiling or as serious as removing mold from the ceiling. The last thing you do is focus on is any cosmetic repairs or structural damage to the ceiling.

Finding the problem

This is the first step in repairing your ceiling. Having leaking or busted water pipes or a leaking roof are the two more common problems of water damage on your ceiling. Other more noticeable causes can include bathtubs and sinks left unattended while on and overflowed. It could also be overflow from a clogged toilet. You may be able to find the cause for the water damage if you are familiar the structure of the home. If you cannot find the cause, you should contact a plumber to find the cause.

Repair the problem

How much it is going to cost and the time it will take to fix the problem depends on what is causing the water damage to your ceiling. For example, it will cost more to replace the area of your roof that is leaking than if the problem was replacing a few pipes are leaking. The least expensive repair would be unclogging the overflowing toilet. Regardless of the time it will take to repair it and the cost, it is cheaper to fix the problem now instead of waiting for more problems to happen.

Cleaning up the mess

Once you have the problem fixed, it is time to check to see how severe the damage is and how long you have had the problem. Both of these factors will help to determine how long it will take to clean everything up. For example, if the damage was not too severe and the leak does not last long you may only need to dry the ceiling. If it is severe with a long lasting leak, you will not only have to dry the ceiling but also check for mold. Having mold in your ceiling is dangerous and can cause health problems that can be severe. With mold, you should hire a professional to take care of this problem so it is handled correctly and it is all removed.

After the problem of the water damage to your ceiling has been taken care of, you need to see if it caused any structural damage and have it fixed by yourself or a professional.

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