Patricia's Construction and Contracting Blog: Tips for Novices to Experts

  • Custom Vs Semi Custom New Homes

    13 May 2016

    You may be planning to have a bigger home built for your family. You may also be unsure about whether you should opt for a custom designed new or home or a semi-custom designed new home. This article discusses those two ways of having a new home built. Use this information to help you to make an informed decision about which option is better suited to your needs. Custom Designed New Homes 

  • 3 Common Myths About Mining and the Environment

    13 May 2016

    Have you been discouraged from conducting mining activities on your rural land because of environmental concerns? Read on and discover some common environmental myths about mining that you should not believe. Myth 1: Mining Adversely Affects Water Supplies Many jurisdictions have standards governing the quality of effluent from mining activities. Such regulations may even be the basis upon which authorization to begin mining is granted. This oversight is intended to prevent or limit any contamination of groundwater resources in the areas where mining activities are taking place.

  • Causes of Pressure Vessel Corrosion and How It Can Be Prevented

    13 May 2016

    Pressure vessels (PVs) are important for many domestic and industrial applications, such as hot-water storage systems, mining operations, liquefied gas storage systems, nuclear reactor vessels and distillation towers, among others. For proper performance and continued safety of those using the system, it's important to implement stringent measures to prevent processes that damage these vessels. Corrosion is one process, and it can occur as a result of various factors in the internal and external environment around PVs.

  • Things You Should Know about Tilt Up Panels and Why They are Ideal for Your Construction Project

    12 May 2016

    Are you looking for a way to speed up the wall construction of the building you are setting up? Well, going for concrete tilt up panels is a good way to do it. Basically, tilt up panel construction involves the preparation of the site, casting the concrete on a floor slab and using cranes to lift the concrete panels from the ground to the position where you want to set it.

  • How to Integrate Black Into a Kitchen Renovation

    11 May 2016

    When it comes to kitchen design, people often want the space to be as light and airy as possible. This means that white and pastel shades dominate kitchen spaces. Unfortunately, this means that black is all too often ignored, because people will think it will make a kitchen space too claustrophobic. While you might not want your whole kitchen to be dominated with black, this sophisticated shade should not be ignored.

  • Electrical safety tips for the winter season

    11 May 2016

    The winter brings with it shorter days and colder nights. The use of electricity drastically increases, and so do the risks associated with it. Snow and stormy weather raise the likelihood of power outages, which may lead to dangerous situations. That means you need to take good care of yourself and your family. So here are some electrical safety tips for the winter. Caution on hitting an electric pole With the reduced visibility on the roads, the chances of hitting obstacles are increased, especially at night.

  • Some Signs That Your Home Might Need a Professional Drain Cleaning

    11 May 2016

    When your home's bathtub drain is completely clogged, then of course you'll need to call for a professional drain cleaning or snaking out of the pipes. However, pipes don't need to clog entirely for them to need a cleaning service, as there are other signs that indicate the pipes have an obstruction or should be cleaned of debris. It's also good to have this drain cleaning done regularly just to avoid major damage to the pipes that can occur once they do clog, including a burst pipe or broken connectors.