The Perfect Side Dish or All By Itself!
The Perfect Side Dish or All By Itself!
In light of June being garage door safety month, we at Trinity Fireside have decided to provide a list of helpful tips to prevent possible injuries and complications that can occur. This is not a list that covers all manufacturer’s doors, but tends to be the most common issues that homeowners run into.
The springs on a garage door can be the most dangerous part of the door itself. Over time these springs wear out and need to be replaced in order to prevent them from breaking and causing injuries. Doors that have two springs should have both replaced at the same time. This will not only avoid injury but will continue to allow your door to work efficiently and properly. When the springs are squeaky, try lubricating first and if the noise persists call a technician for maintenance.
Check the cables alongside the spring system for worn or frayed cords. When worn, these cables are at a higher risk of breaking and can cause injury. Call a trained technician to replace the cables when needed. When a garage door has extension springs, a safety cable should be used to contain the springs. Extension springs are under high tension and can cause injury if it breaks.
Garage doors should open and close smoothly whether old or new. When doors move awkwardly up and down, it may mean that the spring system is out of balance. Similar to balancing tires on a car, balancing springs prevents wear which allows for long term use. Also, when purchasing a new door, it’s tempting to use the old garage door track in order to save a few dollars. However, each door is different in weight, size, and material. For safety, longevity, and ease, it’s best to replace the track to match the new door. Then the two will function as one.
Many homeowners pinch their fingers each year when pulling down a garage door to close. If the door does not have pinch-resistant joints, they should have lift handles or suitable gripping points on both sides of the door. Even for those with an opener, it’s best to have door handles in the event that the electricity goes out or if the opener isn’t working.
Installing a garage door on your own can be dangerous. It’s safest to have a trained technician install and to annually check/maintain your garage door. Each door is manufactured differently. It’s important to read the manual and to store it nearby when needed.
Make sure your garage door is safe this month! Visit https://trinityfireside.com/steel-garage-doors/ to view our selection of garage doors!
In today’s world having a home office is much more common due to numerous companies allowing employees to work remote. While working from home can have a number of advantages, limited space can present a problem. Alice Roberston has several ideas on how to utilize and design space for an at home office. Whether you’re an empty nester remodeling a room or a young professional working remote, this article will help to inspire and prepare for the transition!
For more by Alice visit her blog at www.tidyhome.info
How to Create a Home Office with Limited Space
By Alice Robertson
One thing most of us are really good at is filling the space of our homes. If your house is already maxed out and you’re in need of a good workspace, s
Redefine a room
One of the simplest solutions for installing a spacious home office is to take an existing room and redefine its purpose. If your kids have left the nest, an old bedroom could be given a fresh identity as your new workspace. You can even keep some bedroom-like furniture, such as a small dresser and daybed, to allow for the occasional overnight guest.
Another idea is to convert a walk-in closet or den. Bear in mind that the tighter the space, the more succinctly you need to measure and plan your alterations. Also, using a highly functional space, like a closet, can mean doing a lot of decluttering or rehoming of belongings. One idea is to make the space flexible, hanging onto a portion of the storage or incorporating some elements of both purposes. The result is that part of the initial identity remains, but you still get your new office area.
Breathing new life into an outbuilding can be an ideal solution, permitting you an escape from your normal obligations. This can be particularly useful if you tend to get sidetracked by kids, honey-do lists, or housekeeping. If there isn’t a garage or extra building you could revamp, a prefab steel garage is a practical solution. It’s good looking, durable, and efficient, and it helps you to step away from the tug of everyday life.
Paying for your project
Begin your project with a clear idea of how you want to pay for it. Do you have cash saved, will you take out a loan, or do you plan to pull something together on the cheap? The full range of possibilities are reasonable, and it’s up to you what you want to spend. Home Stratosphere estimates your budget for new home office construction should start at around $10,000, which includes hiring a contractor and getting permits. On the other hand, a simple room conversion could be done for $400 for supplies and paint. If you scour your extra furniture and hit thrift shops, you can likely create a workspace for virtually no outlay.
What are your essentials?
Your basic requirements will depend on what you plan to do in your workspace. Are you bookkeeping for the family, freelance coding, going back to school, or selling things on Etsy? Think through how much desktop space is required, if you need drawers or shelves for supplies, and whether file cabinets are a must-have. It’s also important to consider the look you want. For instance, floating shelves are hot right now, but your space might lend itself better to built-in shelving.
Don’t forget electronics
What you will accomplish in your space will also affect what gadgetry you require and how you make use of your elbow room. There are all-in-one printers so you can scan, print, and copy, but you will need a horizontal surface to house it, whether rolling cart, shelf, or the side of your desk. You might want a headset to block noise from adjoining rooms or to keep from distracting other family members. You might be deciding between a laptop versus a tablet, and Lenovo offers information to help you weigh the pros and cons of each. Keep in mind your overall work area and ensure there is enough room to house all your devices. And whatever you decide, a smart power strip is a great way to save energy and protect your investments.
When your space is limited, finding opportunities to add “one more thing” can seem impossible. However, with a fresh perspective and creative thinking, you can revamp the room you have. When you’re ready to create a home office, there are plenty of solutions, even when there isn’t plenty of space.
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Garage door upgrade was ranked as the number one remodeling project with an average return on investment of over 98%!
The Remodeling Cost vs. Value report is based on an annual nationwide survey by Remodeling Magazine.
The survey asks Realtors® around the country to estimate the return on investment at resale for specific home remodeling projects. Based on the study, exterior replacement projects are among the most valuable home improvement projects.
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With cooler weather upon us, there is nothing better than cozying up to the warm crackling of autumn colored embers. Your friends at Trinity Fireside, would like to help you get your fireplace ready for the heating season.
Arrange a Yearly Inspection
By having a professional service, the fireplace annually and taking a few proactive steps on their own, homeowners can ensure greater heating efficiency and safety, as well as prolong the life of the unit.
We often mistakenly believe our fireplace does not require any maintenance. The fact is all fireplace types from wood to gas to electric should undergo annual maintenance.
For example, gas fireplaces need the fan, pilots and burners checked each year. And wood fireplaces require an inspection and chimney cleaning to remove creosote, which can build up and cause chimney fires. The chimney or vent should also be checked before the season’s first fire to see if birds or animals have built nests in it, or if leaves or other debris have accumulated. At a minimum, all homeowners should also install a carbon-monoxide alarm in the same room as the fireplace and another one near the bedrooms.
Homeowners can handle much of the day-to-day maintenance however; most tasks are better left to a professional. Here are some tips for getting the fireplace ready and keeping it in tip top shape this winter:
• Clean out the firebox at least every week when using the fireplace regularly, but leave an inch of ash in the bottom to act as insulation. NOTE: Never use a vacuum to clean out the firebox as coals can stay hot for several days after extinguishing a fire.
• Before removing ash, open the damper so loose ash is drawn up the chimney rather than out into the room.
• Remove all ash during the months the fireplace is not in use.
• Burn only seasoned or hard wood in the fireplace. This will help minimize creosote buildup in the chimney. Burning small, controlled, hot fires rather than smoldering fires will also help keep creosote under control.
• Vacuum the firebox and heat exchanger regularly (only when the fireplace is cold, of course) to keep efficiency and air quality high.
• Consult a professional to clean the pilot assembly, purge trapped air from the gas supply line, and then test-fire the fireplace.
• Use only a soft brush to remove dust or spider webs from gas logs since they can be fragile. Make sure to position logs properly after cleaning to avoid sooting.
• Use glass cleaner made especially for gas fireplaces to clean the glass front &ndash never use oven cleaner or abrasives.
• Clean the firebox and control compartment with a brush and vacuum.
• Never use glass cleaner to clean the back of the glass, use only mild soap and water. Remove dust particles from glass by simply buffing lightly with a clean, dry cloth.
• Replace the light bulbs about every two to three years or when the flame and/or ember bed is dark on one side.
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