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Renovation Costs

Guide to Maintaining Your Limestone Fireplace

So you have decided on a limestone fireplace, one that is long lasting and durable. So what now? How do you take care of it?
Here are few simple things to ensure years of use with your limestone fireplace mantels. While a limestone fireplace surrounds is durable it is also a very porous surface; that if not taken care of properly will need to be replaced every year, which could become costly.
Once you get the limestone fireplace mantels installed, the next thing that will need to be done to ensure that you get many, many years of use out of it is to get it sealed. You can either do this yourself or if the company that installed or sold you the limestone fireplace surrounds offers it have them to seal it for you, which may be an extra fee.
Sealing it yourself is cheaper and here is what you do. When you seal it yourself make a trip to the local hardware store and speak with one of their sales associates’. They will be able to recommend the best chemical sealant for your limestone mantel or surround. Make sure that you get the sealant that is recommended and not one that is cheaper. If you get the cheaper sealant then it might turn the limestone a darker colour then what you originally wanted. When you get the sealant home, make sure that you apply no less than two coats to your limestone. The first application should be completely dry before you apply the second coat to the limestone. Follow the instructions on the sealant and don’t over apply the chemical sealant. Six months to a year you will need to apply another two coats to the limestone, after that you may not need to apply anymore sealant to your limestone. If you are going to use real fire in the fireplace and not use it for just decorative purposes then you will need to get a chemical sealant that is useful for fire. Now that you have applied the sealant to your limestone you may want to know how to clean it on a regular basis.
Don’t grab the first cleaner that you come across because this will only damage the limestone. The reason that it will damage it is because most cleaners are considered abrasive. Instead use a dampen cotton cloth and extremely diluted soapy water to clean the surfaces. Make sure not to have the cloth too wet, this may end up soaking into the limestone therefore changing the colour of the stone.
Never use anything other than a dampen cotton cloth and extremely diluted soapy water on your limestone. Don’t put anything that might damage the limestone on it, these include but are not limited to: vases with real flowers in them, drinks of any kind and anything that might leave a mark on any type of surface.
Following these simple steps will ensure years of use out of your limestone and reduce the cost of repairs!…

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Remodel Kitchen

A Short Guide to the Pros and Cons of Popular Seagull Deterrents

In coastal regions seagulls can be a persistent nuisance to the upkeep of properties and can cause mess and damage to buildings and their surrounding areas. In Cornwall, south west England, many towns have significant problems due to the high concentration of buildings and people in relatively small places, especially during the summer months. However, there are many ways seagulls can be deterred from congregating around your own property and this article introduces the pros and cons of some key methods.
Wire
Perhaps the best aspect of using seagull wire as a deterrent is how difficult it is to see after it has been installed. This means that if retaining the original aesthetic quality of your building is your priority, wire is probably your best bet to ensure that. Additionally, wire is comparatively cheap (less than A�50 for 100 metres at time of writing), but for it to be as efficient a deterrent as possible your property will likely need to be assessed, and the deterrent installed, by a professional – which will add to your overall cost. Wire is also one of the more humane methods of bird deterrent.
Spikes
Spikes are arguably the best choice for deterring gulls completely and after they are installed all kinds of birds can no longer land at all. Depending, on the area they need to be placed – they are likely the most expensive deterrent (at around A�4 per metre) before adding adhesive costs. However, with the right tools they are fairly easy to install yourself, but are less humane as many animals, domestic or otherwise, run the risk of being impaled. They are also considered to be the most unsightly option available – and perhaps better for business or industrial areas.
Netting
Seagull netting is great for stopping birds nesting under roofs and for keeping areas generally bird-free. Comparatively, the product cost is very cheap (at less than 50p per square metre in some places), but it follows that a considerable amount may need to be purchased in order to ensure complete efficiency. Additionally, netting is a more humane method than spikes, can be installed easily – and in the right context is not too unsightly.
Visual
Visual deterrents can range from shiny tape to replicas of predator birds to simply frighten off real birds. Although the appealing nature of these deterrents, i.e. price, ease of installation, aesthetic quality and how humane they are, are obvious – it is fair to say that seagulls are a little more savvy than pigeons and smaller birds and may be harder to scare. If you are sure that gulls are the primary problem, it is likely you will need to consider another method such as wire, spikes or netting.…

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Kitchen Remodel

A Guide For Buying Field Shelters

Field shelters are perfect for housing outdoor pets like horses, sheep, and goats. They protect them not only from extreme weather conditions like hot Sun, wind, snow, rain, and frost, but also from predators. In fact, field shelters give your farm animals conducive environment so that they stay healthy and fit.
Though farm shelters are mainly used for housing livestock, but you can also use it for storing farm equipment and material like tractor, rakes, seeds, and fodder. As these structures can be put to a variety of uses, it is important that you choose one for your fields carefully.
In this article, we discuss some important factors you should consider when buying a farm shelter.
Decide your budget
Of course, your budget is the most important thing that would ultimately decide what kind of shelter you can buy. Once you decide your budget, it will become easier for you to narrow down your choices.
Research about the different types of shelters
There are various types of field shelters. Broadly, they can be divided into standard and custom-made. In both these categories, you have the option of fixed and portable structures. Portable structures are better as you can easily move and fix them at different locations when required. They can be really helpful if you want to shift your livestock to another farm or you want move them to another location within the farm due to some problem like flooding. Once you decide the type of structure you want, the next step is deciding the type of material for it. The most popular material for farm structures is timber. You can also get one in metal or plastic.
Decide the size of structure
Field shelters are available in sizes varying from 10 feet ?� 12 feet to 12 feet ?� 48 feet. You should decide the size of shelter depending upon the different uses to which you want to put it to and the number of animals you want to house. For instance, if you intend to keep your tractor inside the structure, you will need a spacious building that gives enough space to your farm animals and also allows you to store your tractor properly.
Choose structure that is waterproof and has good ventilation
Whichever structure you choose, make sure it has good ventilation. It is important for a farm shelter to be well-ventilated, otherwise humidity may increase due to animal waste. Moreover, the structure should be waterproof to protect your farm equipment and livestock from wet conditions.
Take safety into consideration
You would not like your animals to get hurt due to sharp edges of the shelter or due to protruding nails and screws. Therefore, before buying, you should make sure that the structure is absolutely safe for livestock.
Nowadays, it is very easy to buy field shelters. There are many online home improvement stores that sell shelters and sheds. When buying online, you should take care of a few things. For example, you should check if the seller is reputable and reliable; what the cost of shipping is; do the seller has customer-friendly return and exchange policy; and if their prices are reasonable.…