Raising Chickens in the City

Filed Under: Home repair    by: ITC

Interested in raising chickens in your city home?  You’re not alone.  Increasingly, people are finding the benefits of raising their own chickens worth the small hassle and expenses involved.    Your two biggest hurdles will likely be researching city ordinances, followed quickly by figuring out how to construct your chicken coops.  Let’s start with an overview of the benefits of raising your own poultry: Read more…

What’s an Energy Performance Certificate?

Filed Under: Home repair    by: ITC

There’s a program in the UK that looks like it might make it’s way here to the United States.   An energy performance certificate (EPC) is very similar to the “EnergyStar” stickers that we see here on major appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners.  However, instead of showing the efficiency of an appliance,  these certificates break down the energy efficiency of your home.  A similar certificate is available for commercial buildings, and is referred to as a commercial epc certificate.  In any case, both create a nice graphical depiction of not just the potential energy costs of a structure, but also some recommendations for improvement. Read more…

The Dangers of Asbestos

Filed Under: History    by: ITC

The most current edition of  Merriam- Webster’s dictionary defines asbestos as “any of several minerals that readily separate into long flexible fibers, that cause asbestosis and have been implicated as causes of certain cancers…”.  In other words, it’s so well known that asbestos is deadly that it’s made it into the dictionary. It’s responsible for several diseases, including malignant lung cancer,mesothelioma (another kind of cancer) and also a non-cancerous disease solely attributed to asbestos called asbestosis.

If you live in an older home, and haven’t had an asbestos survey performed, don’t wait any longer. Read more…

Getting the Location of Your Greenhouse Right

Filed Under: Home repair    by: ITC

Doing your planning upfront is a crucial task before taking on a home greenhouse project.  While the planning is important, building your own greenhouse doesn’t need to be complex or overly expensive. What type of greenhouse you should build should be determined by the overall space needed, available build sites, aesthetic considerations, and your budget.  No matter what your budget, however, you have to ensure that it’s a properly designed environment for the plants within. Check out this advice from South West Greenhouses, experts in the field: Read more…

What’s It Cost to Build a Garage?

Filed Under: Home repair    by: ITC

The cost of building a garage is driven by several factors that will be unique to the area that you live in, as well as the type and size of garage you choose to build. Going in chronological order, the first cost you will run into, assuming you already have a plan, is the preparation of the build site.   Typically you’ll need to pay for a some excavation and leveling of the ground where the foundation will go, followed quickly by the pouring of the foundation.  This cost varies based on local market prices, and the size of the garage’s foundation.   Read more…

DIY wood floors — the basics

Filed Under: Do it yourself    by: ITC

If you are ripping out worn out carpeting and find hardwood flooring underneath your first impulse may be to lay new carpet over the wood since refinishing hardwood floors may seem like something that is out of your reach. Many homes have hardwood flooring because in the 60’s it was considered luxury for a room to be carpeted wall to wall, which of course has change quite a bit since then given most homes are now carpeted. Read more…

Q&A: Becoming an Electrician in the UK

Filed Under: Electrical, Home repair    by: ITC

Q: For the last decade I have worked exclusively in the public sector.  While I’ve earned a good wage doing so, it’s not my passion, and I’m currently out of work.  I do find that I enjoy technically oriented tasks, and so I am very interested in working as an electrician in Liverpool. While I know that there is a process for training and certification, I’m unable to find helpful information on the web. I’m specifically looking for information on qualification, how long the training is,  how much it costs,  and if there’s an “apprenticeship period” I’ll have to cover off first. I’m also curious about the what a typical starting salary would be, and how much experience I would need before opening my own business. Read more…

Avoiding DIY Plumbing work with a little care

Filed Under: Home repair    by: ITC

When something goes wrong with your plumbing the results can be quite expensive, but with some DIY plumbing knowledge you can prevent these repairs from becoming necessary by taking care of your homes plumbing yourself.
First of all, when the end of autumn comes around you should disconnect all outside hoses around your home because it will stop pipes from freezing and you will not need to worry about water damage. On the other hand, you can take some time to purchase hose bibs that prevent freezing and not worry about this DIY plumbing prevention task. Read more…

DIY home improvements

Filed Under: Do it yourself    by: ITC

Many people like the idea of DIY home improvements because they help trim the budget for many household maintenance jobs. If you like the idea of fixing items around the home without the need of a repairman you will first need to prepare your garage or toolbox since there are a few essentials that you will have to purchase from the DIY store if they are not in your possession. Read more…

4 Signs That it’s Time to Call for Help with Your DIY Project

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair    by: ITC

1. Stress

Getting stressed out? Stress is a contributing factor to a lot of household injuries, and possible damages. For example, below is sign #2, –a direct contributing reason to get stressed out. Signs 3 and  4 are direct possible results of being too stressed out to do your project efficiently. So before you start freaking out, relax, and call a friend, or a professional, to lighten the load. Read more…