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Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

3 Steps To Hiring A Quality Electrician

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Uncategorized

When it’s time to hire an electrician, you’re likely already stressed about the need for an electrician at your home. The last thing you need is to accidentally hire an unqualified team of electrical contractors.

With over 566 thousand electricians in the United States alone, according to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, finding the right worker for your home is not an easy feat. That being said, with so many professionals competing for the job, you have variety as a homeowner. Here’s how to choose qualified Gainesville electricians to visit your home.

Look For Reviews And Testimonials

The best way to know if an electrician is worth your time and money is to find out what other consumers have to say. Whether you seek out a decent electrical contractor by networking with friends or browsing pages and pages of Yelp reviews, learning about consumer experiences usually gives you an idea of how professional the contractor is.

First, ask your friends and trusted acquaintances if they had any electrical work done on their house in the past year or so. Even a small job such as a generator installation counts. As long as the person hired an electrician, to fulfill a residential task, he or she is fair game.

Ask that friend about the professional’s job, work ethics, and customer service. did the electrician treat them with respect? Were the contract negotiations straightforward? Was the project completed successfully? Once your questions are answered, you can do further research on a few short-listed candidates.

Check The Business’s Reputation

Every reputable business has a rating with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB keeps profiles on all of the businesses that register with them. They also keep track of any complaints or lawsuits against any given business that may be put forth by a former customer.

Simply visit the BBB’s website, search for your chosen electrical contractors, and check out their profiles. If their BBB ratings are decent and no complaints were lodged against them, they are likely great candidates.

Ensure State Certification

Is your chosen electrician licensed to work in the state of Florida? Every team of electrical contractors Gainesville has to offer should carry individual state certifications.

State-certified electrical professionals can ensure that your home is serviced according to state specifications. They can also ensure that your electrical meter complies with the regulations and guidelines of the state of Florida.

Are Your Ready To Hire An Electrician?

Now that you know how to seek out qualified electrical contractors, it’s time to find one that meets your needs. Have you short-listed several professionals based on the above steps?

4 Common Types of HVAC Maintenance Issues

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Air conditioning maintenance harrisonburg, Emergency plumber, Furnace repair

The first type of air conditioner was invented by a man named Willis Carrier in 1902. Since this time, many people have grown to depend on HVAC systems for temperature controlled air throughout the year. It’s great to be inside of your home when an HVAC system is working properly. Unfortunately, almost everyone will deal with HVAC issues throughout their lives. Therefore, it’s wise to learn about what could be causing the HVAC problems you’re dealing with. Here are four reasons your HVAC system isn’t working properly.

  • Torn or Otherwise Damaged Air Ducts

    Throughout your residence, ducts allow air to travel freely. However, these ducts are made of materials that are prone to wear and tear. If your ducts endure enough damage, it could affect airflow throughout your home. This often causes people to leave their HVAC systems on for longer, increasing their energy bills. Fortunately, an HVAC maintenance professional should be able to find and fix damaged ai

What to Consider When Buying Fencing

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Fence installation ct, Privacy fence, Pvc fence

Purchasing a fence for any purpose takes some consideration. There are multiple factors that go into choosing the right one for you. Below is a look at some of the things you will want to think about when buying fencing so that you wind up with something that fits your needs.

Where Is It Going?

Residential fencing and commercial fencing tend to vary in style and purpose, which is why it’s important to factor in where you need your fencing to go. If you want to block off your back yard for your pets you might want a different kind of fence than what someone would use to gate off a restricted parking area. A wood fence might be a great and visually appealing choice for a home, but tall metal fencing is probably better for security purposes.

Why Do You Need It?

The use of the fence is also going to factor into what you choose. If you want more privacy in your back yard then you would want a large wood pr

The Many Benefits of Commercial Solar Energy and All Renewable Energy Sources

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Residential solar panel, Solar panels for houses, Solar power tampa

Solar power is the largest renewable energy source worldwide, and it is continually growing. With 120,000 terawatts of solar power entering the earth daily, there is much energy to work with. Given the amount of power, commercial solar energy has the ability to keep a building running on its own power grid after installation of solar panels. There is still potential for much more growth over the coming decades, especially in the help to reduce the carbon footprint we leave on the earth.

Understanding Commercial Solar Energy and How It Works

There is often a lot of fear with the potential of solar panels to provide enough energy for homes and businesses on a regular basis. During certain times of the year, there are shorter amounts of daylight, which brings this concern. Therefore, many of the details about solar systems must be evaluated for the proper use of solar power for any specific location. Certain features of solar power systems can help increase the amount of en

Taking A Look At Our Lighting Alternatives

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Acorn light fixtures, Induction lamp, Led canopy light fixtures

The use of the light bulb is an incredibly important thing in society as we know it. After all, it is electric light that allows us to do so much. Before electricity, working late into the evening would not be nearly as possible. In addition to this, it would also be a great deal harder to do things like enjoy ourselves past the falling of darkness. During the winter months, when darkness comes quickly, this is even more important.

However, the energy usage from electricity is quite drastic indeed, something that is fully supported by the statistics on the subject. As a matter of fact, lighting alone uses up 18% of all energy used by commercial buildings. In addition to this, lighting along also accounts for more than 10% of all energy used in residential buildings as well. In total, more than 20% of the energy generated by the United States goes towards the purposes of lighting.

And while lighting is certainly essential to so many of the ways in which we live our lives, ligh

Behind The Importance Of Waste Removal Services

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Grand rapids garbage, Track, Yard waste

Here in the United States, the need for proper waste management is high. After all, the average American generates an impressive amount of trash, even just on a daily basis. In fact, the amount of trash can be as high as four pounds a day – and that’s for each individual currently living in this country. Therefore, the need for residential waste removal services is high, and not something that should be neglected in any community, no matter what part of the country it is located in.

Fortunately, residential waste removal and management services are becoming truly more commonplace than ever before. For instance, residential waste pickup is now the most common type of residential waste removal and management, allowing people to leave their trash at the curb and in front of their homes. This is ideal, as it means that the trash can simply be picked up and people won’t forget to br

When You Should Hire Remodelers for the Home

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Home remodeling portland oregon, Remodeling contractors, Remodeling portland oregon

A homeowner, unlike someone who rents their living space, has the option of hiring remodeling companies to refinish or replace much of the hardware in their home, from the floor to the walls to plumbing and more. When remodeling companies are hired for the job, a homeowner can coordinate with them to design what the renewed rooms or house will look like, and in some cases, a design build home remodeling crew may be desired. Design built remodeling teams can work with the homeowner to design and illustrate what the new space will look like, if the homeowner has trouble deciding this for themselves. Remodeling contractors have a wide variety of talents on their team, with wood workers, plumbers, electricians, floor experts, and more working together to remake a room (or several). When is it time for a homeowner to reach out to remodeling companies, and what might they expect from this?

The Business of Remodeling

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Renovate Vs Remodel: Understanding The Difference

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Uncategorized

The popularity of home redesign shows has risen in recent years. Thanks to the lovely Chip and Joanna Gaines and the uproarious Property Brothers, homeowners are paying more attention to their livings spaces: what can be changed or improved through renovations or remodels? However, it’s important to know the difference between those two words before you go choosing new paint colors and ripping out appliances.

 

Renovate And Renew

 

At its core, renovation involves updating or fixing something that is already present. Though new components will be added in some cases, the focus of renovation is on solving a problem. For example, 98% of U.S. basements will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime; if a recent heavy rain or burst pipe disaster occurs and your basement is now hidden under two feet of water, you’ll need to renovate it to account for flooding repair. At the same time, outdated objects and appliances (such as old toilets, washers and dryers, and sinks) can be replaced with renovation projects.

 

As an added note, renovating often goes hand-in-hand with restoration, which is focused on returning the building to its original state. If your bathroom is being restored to the way it looked in the 1960s, you might want to replace that outdated tub with a more modern shower.

 

Remodel And Change

 

Remodeling, on the other hand, is preoccupied with change regardless of need. If you’re simply interested in improving the look and feel of your basement by adding carpeting, heating and cooling systems, and even an entertainment center, you’ll be pursuing a basement remodel. Generally speaking, remodeling takes a lot more time and effort. The following are examples of remodeling projects to give you a better picture.

 

  • Expanding the square footage of a building
  • Gutting, removing, or adding walls
  • Raising ceilings
  • Adding plumbing
  • Adding heating/cooling ducts

 

Fortunately, the general contractors you’ll need to rely on for either situation almost definitely specialize in both. Understanding the difference is more to help you, as a homeowner, with the expectations: remodeling projects often cost more as it requires significantly more materials, and can take a longer time to complete. When you’re aware of the reality of the situation, you’ll be better prepared for the process.

When a Foundation Repair Company is Needed

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Clay-rich soils, Foundation failure, Limestone formations

All modern buildings, may they be large office buildings or banks or residential homes, need a solid concrete foundation upon which to sit. In fact, one of the first steps of any construction project is to dig up the space for the foundation, then pour concrete and allow it to cure and form the foundation. From there, the home may be built, and there is more than one way to build a good foundation. Of course, like any hardware, these structures may sometimes suffer from foundation failure, so a foundation repair company or foundation repair services may be called upon to handle it. A good foundation repair company will have its own website and positive customer reviews, and a homeowner may find a local foundation repair company by reference or an online search.

Common Foundation Models

There are a number of ways to build a foundation, and four particular models have

Geologists and Foundation Repair Work

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Certified geologist on staff, Foundation issues, Foundation repair services

All buildings, may they be small suburban homes or a large shopping mall or school, are built upon foundations. And in the case of homes in particular, there are some popular and effective foundation models that contractors may choose from when constructing a home on a plot of land. Later, if a homeowner is suffering from foundation failure, foundation repair companies can be called upon to fix these foundation issues, whatever they may be. And during construction, a certified geologist on staff can be consulted to check which foundation types are safe to build in an area. Due to various soil types, proximity to fault lines, and more, a certified geologist on staff must be present, or else a foundation may be in trouble. A certified geologist on staff will know what foundation types are safe to build, and where, helping make a foundation a good investment for the home. What are some of these foundation type