Woodworking Project Tips – Dust Collection  0

Posted on September 26th, 2007. About .

Being aggressive in cleaning dust from the air in your shop doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a ton on new equipment.

If you don’t have a dust collection system in your shop, now’s a great time to start. For many hobbyists and home-shop woodworkers, such systems seem like a luxury — the last tool to be bought. But more and more of us are beginning to take dust seriously. That’s a fact that the tool industry now recognizes.

Healthy Shop Habit

There’s a reason to be concerned. Wood dust is related to many health hazards, including irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; skin rashes; asthma; allergies; and some serious lung diseases. It has even been linked to a rare form of nasal cancer. Estimates indicate that up to 13% of woodworkers have dust-induced asthma. Breathing wood dust can also cause chronic bronchitis or emphysema. During their lifetimes, one third of all woodworkers experience some adverse health effects from contact with wood dust.

While shop vacuums are extremely popular among woodworkers, they may not be the best solution for systematic dust control. First and foremost, their capacities are generally much smaller than that of most large, stationary machines. Second, their filters usually don’t trap some of the micro-particles that can aggravate allergies and irritate the respiratory system. There’s no doubt: For most shops, a complete dust collection system is necessary to protect your health.

Should you use a DIY Home Test Kit ?  0

Posted on September 20th, 2007. About .

Benefits and Setbacks.

Test kits, like the ones we offer on this site, are to be used as a First Step in identifying mold and it’s type, that could be dangerous to your health and your home environment ONLY.

Home testing WILL NOT quantify exact amounts of mold or give you the detailed results of more expensive professional methods that may be necessary if you discover that you have a problem.

Home test kits work well for people who are unsure about the presence of dangerous molds in their homes or businesses, want to find out more, and need a cost effective means of receiving reliable laboratory analysis if it is needed.

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Hiring a Professional Remodeling Contractor  0

Posted on September 19th, 2007. About .

Home Owner Hints – The Contract

Hiring a professional remodeling contractor for a home improvement project can be a very pleasant experience if you take the time to educate yourself about the process and the details involved.

First and foremost is to make sure you know what you want and have a well-written contract with your home improvement, home repair or remodeling professional.

Detail what the Home Improvement contractor will and won’t do. (e.g) Cleanup. This is an additional labor cost for the home contractor, it may slightly raise the cost of the job, but it is well worth the price.

Specify all materials. Your Home Improvement contractor should provide a detailed list of all materials for the remodeling project in your contract. This list should include size, color, weight, model, brand name, quantity and product.

Explain all of the financial terms. Make sure that the terms are spelled out in the contract. The total price, payment schedule, and a cancellation policy (if there is one) should be clear.

Include written warranties. Make sure any warranties offered are written into the Home Improvement contract. A warranty must be identified as either ” full ” or ” limited “. If it is a full warranty all faulty products must be repaired, replaced or your money returned.

A limited warranty indicates that all replacements and refunds of damaged
products are limited or restricted in some regard.

The name and address of the party who will honor the warranty (Home Improvement contractor, distributor or material manufacturer) must be identified. Make sure the time period for which the warranty is offered is clearly specified.

Follow all codes with any restrictions noted for your home improvement, repair or remodeling project. Be sure that your contract clearly states and code or permit restrictions as well as any fees involved in the work being done on your home.

Be understandable. Think carefully and be certain that you understand the entire contract before you sign it. Review the scope of the entire home improvement project and ensure that all the items you have requested are included.

If you do not see a specific item in the contract, ask about it, otherwise assume it is not included. Never sign an incomplete contract, and always be sure to keep a copy on the final document with original signatures.

School Mold?  0

Posted on September 3rd, 2007. About .

Q: RemodelingGuy’s - I need your help. A co-worker who has been sick with respitory/Allergy problems for the past month+ has just been informed that she has a hearing loss that may be able to be corrected with surgery. We are both teachers who work at a “sick” school. We have a high absentee rate with teachers and students. The teachers always have some type of respitory or allergy problems among other illnesses. Many of us believe it is the black mold we see creeping out of our air conditioning vents. So, first – what can we do to verify if it is black mold and second how can we determine the extent of our problem? Any help is appreciated.

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Concerned

ANSWER: If it was me, I would be talking very strongly ……and I mean strongly …..to your local school board with the help of some parents if you can.

Demand to have an expert come in to do some investigating.

RESPONSE: To school mold: My daughter attends school in south florida,and although staff and parents have complained for years, the school district has denied any problems with mold at our school.My daughter had a series of unexplained health problems such as “huge” hives, asthma (she is eight and never exhibited symptoms before)constant URI, forgetfulness, and the drs. couldn’t determine the source. Interestingly enough, and teacher new to our school was having the same issues and went to the same drs. office. my daughter had a test run called “toxic mold panel”. I suggest that ALL of you get to the drs. now and do the same.She has tested positive for toxic mold, and other staff are in the process of testing. School boards have no business subjecting our children and our teachers(staff) to such a dangerous environment. Maybe President Bush shoukd worry less about ” no child left behind” and concentrate on “No child left unable to breathe and function” due to their negligence.

A: Good for you guys!

The proof is in the pudding.

If people like you keep up the pressure and continue to provide evidence of what is really happening, one day hopefully soon, the powers that be will have to take notice.

RESPONSE: I would like to see a lot more info posted on this mold issue. I knew in a vague sort of way that mold was dangerous, but never would I have thought that it could be deadly. The drs. in the south florida area seem to be aware that school mold is a hot topic, and they have even admitted to me that they have other children in their practices that are currently being affected/treated. They are also reluctant to become involved in a battle with the school board. I wonder if this were affecting their own children if they would be so ready to dismiss it out of hand.I am very annoyed!

Insulation in shower wall?  0

Posted on September 1st, 2007. About .

To: The RemodelingGuys – I’m replacing my shower. After tearing out the old one, (which was shower board over mud), I see that there is no insulation of any kind in the wall. Two of the shower walls are outside walls. I’m installing a three piece Sterling, Vikrell Shower, (which is supposed to be water tight) directly to the studs. I live in Southern Calif My house is about 40 years old. My Questions are: Is there really any need for me to install insulation in the walls, seeing how I’m in SoCal and there wasn’t any to begin with. If I do install insulation should I use a vapor barrier? If so, should the vapor barrier be toward the inside or outside? If I don’t install any insulation or vapor barrier, are my chances of getting mold lower or higher? Thanks for your help, Jay

A – Insulation does many things, keep heat in, keep heat out, keep sound out, keep sound in. depending on where you live can determine what it does for you. I insulate all the walls of my bathroom, interior and exterior for all those reasons.
With regard to moisture, vapour barrier in SO Cal. shouldn’t be critical as you don’t do a lot of heating although with a bathroom you will have a room with a lot of warm moisture so a good vapour barrier would be important. the idea is to keep the moisture from diffusing thru to the interior of the wall. this can accomplished with a plastic membrane (on the warm side) or with a good vapour barrier type paint. all penetrations in the wall such as switches, light fixtures, etc. should be sealed for best results.

Sealing where house meets basement  0

Posted on September 1st, 2007. About .

To: The RemodelingGuys – I have a little gap between where my townhouse (wooden framework) meets the basement (poured concrete wall). Even though I can’t see daylight through it, bits of the ground eventually and slowly funnel their way in. I would like to be able to dig down just a little bit outside and seal it. My question is…what would be a good sealer for where the wood meets the concrete? I could caulk it but what type of caulk would be best to use? Is there some type of plastic or paper
that should cover over it as well? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

A - This is quite common and is a simple cure. run a continuous bead of caulk along the plate, make sure the floor is clean. try an acrylic type caulk, acrylic will bond well to both wood and concrete and should be compatible with most carpets, underlays and tile.

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