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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.

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

When to Have Bamboo Floors Installed

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Engineered bamboo flooring pros and cons, Flooring made from eucalyptus, Strand bamboo flooring

Any house or public building is going to have some flooring in it. A building’s flooring may often be taken for granted, but damaged, dirty, or warped flooring will quickly gather some unwanted attention. Any responsible homeowner or public building manager will hire contractors to put down new floorboards, whether they be traditional hardwood planks or their new competitor: different types of bamboo flooring. Premium bamboo flooring can match traditional hardwoods in many ways, and bamboo hardwood flooring may be tough, attractive, and easy to maintain for most homeowners. The cost of bamboo flooring may vary, but overall, the cost of bamboo flooring may be close to that of hardwood, giving bamboo a place in the market. This eco-friendly material can do a lot of good for environmental protection as well, making it an attractive option for many. When the cost of bamboo flooring is fair, a homeowner ma

3 Important Reasons to Have Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Uncategorized

Our homes have numerous ducts and vents, such as the dryer vent that runs from your dryer to the exterior of your home. All other vents are referred to as ducts. For your family’s safety and health, it’s essential to keep these ducts in top condition.

What happens if you don’t?

Routine duct and vent cleaning can prevent serious problems in the future. Here are three reasons to take this advice.

1. Fire Prevention.

The lint screen in your dryer only catches about 25% of the lint that is present. The other 75% accumulates along the walls of your dryer vent, posing a serious fire hazard. Statistics back this up. In fact, 34% of dryer fires in residences are caused by failure to clean the dryer vents, making this the number one reason for such fires. The United States Fire Administration also states that each year, 2,900 dryer fires result in approximately 100 injuries, five fatalities, and $35 million worth of property damages and losses.

Professional dryer vent cleaning and floor vent services performed on a regular basis can prevent this from happening in your home or business.

2. Better Health.

Five to seven times every day, pet dander, dust, chemicals, and other impurities in the air are drawn into your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, then recirculated. As time passes, this recirculated matter builds up in your air ducts, causing potential health problems. This is especially true for individuals with allergies or asthma.

Thorough cleaning of your ducts, including floor vent services, minimizes this issue. The ROTOBRUSH system used by Duct Squads has 90% more vacuum power, enabling them to eliminate the most severe build-up in duct systems and floor vents. Knowing that your family is breathing clean, pure air also gives you peace of mind.

3. Energy Savings.

The annual cost of utility bills for an average family in the United States is $1,900. Cooling and heating account for 54% of that cost. Sadly, anywhere between 25% and 40% of the energy used to cool or heat your home is wasted, according to the United States Department of Energy. Part of the reason for that is because the build-up of impurities in your HVAC system causes it to work less efficiently.

For maximum cost-effectiveness and efficiency, it’s recommended that the air ducts in your home be cleaned every three to five years.

Routine maintenance and cleaning of the ducts and vents in your home, including floor vent services, reduces the risk of dryer fires, improves the air quality in your home or business, and saves you money on your energy bills. When you consider these three reasons for having professional air duct and dryer vent cleaning done on a regular basis, picking up the phone to schedule this service just makes sense.

What Flat Spline is Used For

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Golf ball proof screen, Golf ball protection screens, Mesh screen fabric

Screens and meshes are commonly used to control what can go in and out of a window, and large screens and mesh nets can be used to protect an outdoor area from unwanted insects. Most American homes have screens made of plastic or metal wires on their windows, and for good reason. Mesh screen fabric can allow breezes, sunlight, and sound to pass through, but these screens and their flat spline sealant will prevent larger objects such as insects or birds from getting through. Flat spline, meanwhile, is the vinyl, ribbon-like material used to seal a screen into its frame, and flat spline should be replaced when damaged so that the screen won’t fall out. Good flat spline can not only keep mesh screens in place, but also prevent gaps from forming that could allow insects to get through. A homeowner might also find flat spline for sale at a local hardware store if they need some. And what about a bug screen for patio activities?

Screens on the Windows

As mentioned above, many w