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Home Addition Considerations

Home Addition Considerations

There are many reasons why someone would want to add on to their existing home, such as adding an extra bedroom for a growing family or building more entertaining space for hosting parties. Whatever your reason for a building addition, proper planning is critical to...

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Generator – Portable or Whole House?

Regardless of where you live, power outages are a common problem for homeowners. For homeowners along the Gulf Coast, hurricanes can leave communities without power for days while the electric companies try to restore power. When the power goes out, there are options...

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What Do Floor Tile Cracks Mean?

What Do Floor Tile Cracks Mean?

What Causes Floor Tiles to Crack? Unfortunately, floor tile cracks are common in houses. The floor tile crack may actually grow in length or width.    When you look around the room, absolutely no other signs of cracks or distress exist.   Your house may be less than a...

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What is a GFCI receptacle?

So, you have heard the term “GFCI receptacle” but do not know what it means.  First, the word “receptacle” is often interchanged with the word’s “outlet” or “plug”, but they all refer to the same electrical feature.  Second, GFCI stands for “Ground Fault Circuit...

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Oil Paint vs. Latex Paint

When painting a home, you generally have two choices when it comes to paint selection – oil paint or latex paint. While there are other terms and labels used like acrylic, alkyd, and enamel, there are a couple of important things to remember when choosing paint types....

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7 Common Outdoor Electrical Problems

Are you having trouble with your outdoor electrical system? Do breakers trip or lights turn off when it rains? Does the power to your house go out during storm events? Frustrated? Who wouldn’t be! If you’re finding yourself in this situation, it’s time for...

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Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Hurricane season occurs between June 1 and November 30. If you live in a hurricane zone, you know these storms are unpredictable and very disruptive to people’s lives. Often, floods and destructive winds during hurricane events cause untold damage to houses.  With...

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Value of a Structural Engineer

Value of a Structural Engineer Why would you hire a structural engineer to design your house?  Shouldn’t building contractors know how to build a house?  How expensive is it to hire an engineer?  All very good questions! In a world of ever-changing building codes and...

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Garage Slab Cracks

Garage Slab Cracks

Garage Slab Cracks Garage slab cracks are caused by various conditions and show up in the slab in different ways.  Two common conditions include (1) “spider cracks” generally located in the center or open area of the garage and (2) a long crack near the common wall of...

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Foundation Corner Crack

Foundation Corner Crack

Foundation corner cracks are extremely common in residential concrete foundation slabs. These cracks are also commonly referred to as slab cracks. They occur, as the name suggests, at the corner of the foundation where brick veneer is installed on the house. That’s...

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