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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.

Dealing With Clogged Drains? Here’s How You Can Fix Them

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Garbage disposal problems, Grease disposal, Plumbing service

Fixing pesky leaks can do wonders for a household. The average household’s leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year, roughly the amount needed to wash 270 laundry loads. The leaks in the average house are everywhere too. Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water a day or more and toilets account for 25 to 30 percent of household water use.

To reduce water waste and to optimize a household plumbing system, drain cleaning is important. Drains may get clogged with debris over time and can lead to a wide range of problems including flooding, leaking and smells.

There are many signs of a clogged drain and it’s important to stay on the lookout for potential hazards. Ignoring a clogged drain can lead to future problems and potentially costly plumbing installation.

Identifying the Problem

Signs of a clogged drain include:

  • Slow Drainage: A sink full of water is often a sure sign of a clogged drain an

A Look At Ideal Gardening Practices In The United States

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Commercial garden hose, Restaurant, Sprinkler

For the devoted gardener, there is nothing better than spending the day in the garden. But gardening is a time consuming process and requires more of an investment than many people realize when they first decide they want to take up gardening as a hobby. There is much to consider when starting your garden and then later maintaining it, from the type of plants that you grow to even the type of garden hose that you buy. And the type of water hose that you buy is more important than many people realize and with more options out there than most of us are aware of, from the RV marine hose to the sprinkler hose to the simple and standard garden hose.

Garden hoses also come in varying sizes, typically with a diameter of half of an inch to three quarters of an inch. The diameter of hose that you choose will likely depend on a number of factors, such as your purpose for the hose as well as the size o

Are You Preparing to Update the Flooring Selections in Your Home?

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Flooring company, Kitchen remodelers in northern va

To say that the flooring needs updating in your house would be an understatement. In fact, the flooring problems in your home are getting to the point where they are detracting from the value of your home. Unfortunately, it has been a number of years before you have had the finances to make any updates or improvements. Now that you have the majority of credit card debts taken care of, however, you are now able to tackle the flooring problems. The plan is to start with refinishing the wood floor in the kitchen and when that project is completed you will replace the carpeting throughout the house. The final project will be replacing the linoleum floor in the shared bathroom between your daughters’ separate bedrooms.
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3 Options For Choosing A Root Growth Fertilizer

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Plant root stimulator, Root growth stimulator, Tree care

Fertilizers enhance the growth of plants. That goal is accomplished in two ways, the traditional one being additives that provide nutrients. The second mode by which fertilizers act is to enhance the effectiveness of the soil by modifying its water retention and aeration.

When it comes to selecting fertilizer for root growth, there are several options. Some plants need an extra boost to establish roots and some need a more solidified structure for root growth. Consider these options when choosing a fertilizer for root growth:

  • Go Natural: Having a natural source of potassium or phosphorous is good for root growth. They release nutrients gradually which helps encourage root development for a period of time, usually a few weeks. Things like kelp and wood ashes are good sources for potassium and bone meal is high in phosphorous. Overall, using a natural fertilizer for root growth will have long term benefits. Conservative estimates report 30 to 50 percent of

Home Improvement Lesson #1 Call Your Roofer

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Garage, Porch additions, Roof repair panama city fl

One of the most exciting aspects of home ownership is the use of the outdoor space that comes along with your home. It can be a small area, or acres of land: but whatever it is, it is yours to do with exactly as you choose.

In your own backyard, you can create an oasis that is completely your own, designed to meet your needs and created in accordance with your specific likes and dislikes to your own taste. And most Americans clearly feel this way. In 2017, it is reported that homeowners spent over 60% more on home improvement projects than they did in 2016 (according to a survey from HomeAdvisor).

What kind of home improvements are being done? The list is long, and as varied as your imagination! Some of the projects include screened in porch additions, garages, garden sheds, Continue Reading No Comments

5 Steps You Need to Take When Having New Carpet Installed

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Carpet, Carpet westland mi, In home carpet sales

When it comes to home flooring, everyone’s got a preference. Some swear by the natural look and feel of hardwood flooring. Others prefer vinyl flooring or laminate flooring.

A significant portion likes carpeting. Carpeting accounts for 51 percent of the U.S. flooring and 44 percent of homeowners have indicated they prefer carpeting in the bedroom. In fact, 38 percent of people in a Houzz survey said they plan to carpet their master bedroom.

When it comes to carpet installation in a home, there are several benefits:

  • Carpet installation is fast, cheap and easy compared to wood flooring.
  • Carpet can be extended with regular vacuuming and steam cleaning.
  • Carpet offers a level of comfort that can be hard to get with hardwood flooring.
  • Having the right carpet can really make a room stand out and have a significant design impact on a particular room of a house where it’s installed.
  • Carpets made out of recycled content can be eco-friendly f

Why You Should Protect Your Hardwood Floors

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in How much paint do i need for my room, Ideal paint for wooden floors, Wall primer

You take your floor for granted, walking all over it and expecting it will always hold you up and protect you and your family. If you’ve got hardwood floors, though, whether it’s just for preference and beauty or to increase the value of your home, you need to be thinking, “Why should I protect my floors?” If you want to protect your investment, keep your floors holding you up, and enjoy looking at them for years to come, you need to consider the ideal paint for hardwood floors, the ideal treatment for hardwood floors, and what you can do every day to protect your flooring.

  • Why should I protect my floors: because moisture is a killer. When you think about the wet and your floor, you’re probably most concerned about things that get spilled on it from above. And while that’s definitely something to avoid (and to clean up immediately if it happens) your floor can get moisture damage from more than just the toddler’s sippy cup. Changes in humidity levels in the s

The Average Home Spends Over 50% Of Its Energy Usage On Heating And Cooling How To Save Money

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Construction project, Residential construction services, Types of construction services

The hot season is in full gear. Is your air conditioning unit up to the task?

Heating and cooling are some of the biggest drains on the average American energy bill. They’re also an unavoidable part of a comfortable home. This even extends to the building construction company and small business that needs to keep the air clean on a constant basis. When you’re noticing a spike in your energy bill, or just want to make sure you’re not losing more money than you’re making, it’s time to contact your local air conditioning services. They can make some keen recommendations on your situation and figure out whether or not you need a new installation or some simple repairs.

Furnace, boiler or air conditioner, your local contractor can handle it all.

Energy Consumption In The United States

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Why You Need to Maintain Your Home in the Summer with an AC System

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Ac service and repair, Heat repair, Hvac repair charlottesville

If you’re like most folks, you yearn to stay cool when the summer season hits. If you have a new AC system, this is generally not a problem. But what if your system is in need of updating or you need a new one installed? That’s why it’s important to find a local HVAC company that can help you stay cool in summer weather. Learn more about the important reasons you need air conditioning before summer heat hits.

If Your Unit is a Decade or Older, It’s Time to Replace

If you have an AC unit that is over a decade old, consider getting a new one. most units only last for 10 years, 15 at the most. When you’re dealing with a system that is older than that, certain components do not work as well. For example, the dehumidifier doesn’t suck out as much moisture from the air, and you may need to run the air for a longer period of time to cool the house. When you have a newer m

How to Protect Your Baby Before She’s Even Born

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Low voc, What is varnish, What is wall primer for

You’re expecting a baby! Congratulations! No doubt you’re getting the room ready, prepping the grandparents, and arguing about baby names. As you think about the colors that you want baby’s room to be, and how to provide a safe environment for your new little one, have you thought about how the paint your using could harm them? Here’s why you need to get non toxic paint for crib use, and for everything in your baby’s new room.

Understanding the Problem

Many paints, including that used for painting furniture in the baby’s room, contains Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. High levels of VOCs can cause a lot of problems for people with chemical sensitivities.

A Swedish study on dampness in buildings and its effect upon health found that exposure to PGE (the chemical compound VOCs particularly found in common household paints) doubled the chances that children with allergies would develop allergies to other things over time. The children in the study who lived in home