Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Install a Bathtub and Shower Surround with Tile - The Home Depot

Learn how to install a bathtub and shower surround with tile. Ceramic tile is great for shower and bathtub walls because it can stand up to the constant moisture that showers receive. In this video you will learn the steps to properly install ceramic tile in a tub and shower space. For more information, visit

Monday, October 26, 2015

Concrete Resurfacing

This video shows all the steps involved in resurfacing concrete with a stencil pattern.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thnigs To Know About Home Security

When discussing Home Security there are a lot of different factors to talk about. We will try to touch on the most common and the most important aspects of your Home Security. The most common are door locks, alarm systems, the door itself, internet security, Wi-Fi security, social media security. There are more but these are the most important. You should consider all of them when taking your Home Security inventory.

Locks: Your door locks should be at least a grade 2 lock. You should take inventory of your keys, do you know how many you have and who has them. If not consider re-keying your locks to a new code. Deadbolt locks should be on all exterior doors and don't forget the door from your garage into your house.

Alarm Systems: If you have an alarm system it does you no good if you don't use it. Alarm systems can get very complex. You should have at least these basic options: your system should have an audible alarm at your house, it should be monitored by a central monitoring station, and have a cell backup. Your windows and doors should be monitored and you should have motion sensors. You should use it every time you leave your home as well as during the night.

Doors: All exterior doors should be solid either wood, steel or fiberglass. You can have great locks, but if someone can kick in the door they do you no good. Any solid doors should have a view hole so you can see who is at the door before you open it.

Garage Doors: Don't neglect this door, make sure that your garage door opener has the latest revolving codes. Don't leave your remote control in an unlocked vehicle. When you leave for vacation disconnect the garage door opener.

Internet and Wi-Fi Security: Make sure that your computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones have some type of internet security protection. This is especially important if you do any type of internet banking or investing. Any Wi-Fi connections should also be secured with the latest WAP2 protection and make sure that you use strong passwords.

Social Media Security: You shouldn't advertise when you are not home or away on vacation. Your children should be told the importance of this. The last thing you want is to tell the burglars when the best time to break into your house is. Also monitor your children's online activities; there are a lot of people waiting to take advantage of them.

George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price. For additional information or to purchase Locks go to
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Home / Builder's Warranty Inspections by SitePro

The Panhandle area continues to grow. As a result, home builders continue to scramble for more and more land and seem to be building homes at a record pace. Owning a home is the American Ideal, but building a home is the Dream of a Lifetime. Unfortunately, for some new homeowners it can become a nightmare.

As a result of extraordinary growth in the Panhandle over the last few decades, builders have grown to rely upon subcontractors who are continually looking for qualified labor. Most of these subcontractors are exceptional and well trained. However, with the record pace of building, it is possible to have workers who are tired, overworked or not as qualified as they should be. As a result, some new homeowners have found that these subcontractors have maybe forgotten to insulate portions of attics, have not installed electrical or plumbing components correctly, or have failed to finish their work such as not installing all the roof tiles needed for a roof. If they do not document these items or catch them before the end of their warranty, the homeowner, not the builder, is responsible for repairing these items down the road when they sell their home and the buyers have an inspection performed.. As a result, these homeowners are faced with hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in costs that could have been avoided with a comprehensive inspection.

By working with SitePro, you can provide your builder with a thorough, detailed written summary of defects that need to be corrected while your home is still under warranty. It's a good idea to have an independent authority conduct your home inspection. That way you have the peace of mind knowing you have a complete and accurate account of your home's condition.

There are many local inspection companies who perform these types of inspections, but only a few are as thorough, experienced, or professional as a SitePro inspector. Understanding that a new home can be overwhelming and sometimes fearful, our inspectors take extra time to ask you what issues you are concerned about. We encourage you to be present during the inspection and in some cases follow us so you can see what we see. Whether you follow us or not, we take time at the end of the inspection to walk through the home identifying issues. Additionally, inspectors from SitePro take extra time to point out maintenance issues. Our inspections not only cover the basic items in a normal inspection, we spend extra time looking at systems and structural components to ensure potential issues caused by substandard workmanship are identified and corrected before they become an issue. SitePro inspectors are not only highly qualified in construction trades, building and zoning and real estate, we have an acute understanding of the process as well as typical mistakes that are made over and over by some subcontractors.

Why not REQUEST AN INSPECTION today and have the PEACE OF MIND you always wanted for a fraction of replacing/repairing/installing items in the future?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Things You Should Know for a Floor Tile Installation Project

Watch our How to Install Ceramic and Porcelain Floor Tile videos and learn the steps needed for a successful installation. You'll see how to complete each step and work the required tools, such as trowels, manual snap cutter, wet saw and tile nipper.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Spray foam insulation nightmare: What can happen if it's not installed correctly (CBC Marketplace)

Canadians are installing spray foam insulation in their homes in ever-expanding numbers. It’s sold as energy-efficient, easy-to-apply solution, but when the job goes wrong, it can be a nightmare for homeowners. Tom Harrington takes you inside the walls and up into the attic to explore a home renovation horror story, a foul-smelling foam job that’s driven a family from its home.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fill out the 2015 U.S. Needs Assessment Survey!

The U.S. Needs Assessment Survey identifies the needs and gaps of the fire service. Find out from leaders of national fire service organizations (IAFF, IAFC and NVFC) why it’s critical for fire departments to fill out the survey, and ensure that their needs can be heard and met.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Protect Your Home from High Wind and Earthquakes

Learn what mitigation measures can strengthen your home against both earthquakes and high winds.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sparky on the Street - Smoke alarm placement

When Sparky the Fire Dog® asks people where in the home smoke alarms should be located, he gets quite a few answers. Learn where smoke alarms should be installed in the home (and where they don’t belong).

Visit Fire Prevention Week for more information and free resources on smoke alarms.